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Murphy's Irish Red - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish RedMurphy's Irish Red

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Nine Fine Irishmen in Las Vegas. This beer is a reddish amber color with a thin light beige head and very little lacing. Roasted malt aroma is difficult to detect. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, similar to other low-end Irish beers like Killian’s. Sweet malt flavor with a touch of caramel and hops. The finish is slick with just enough hops to even it out. The beer is OK but definitely not worth the $6 price tag at this joint.

Photo of beragg
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had never had a real Irish red ale so when I found out this was contract brewed in Holland I was little disappointed. It poured a deep red with a large head quickly receded. The smell was odd at first, not inviting at all. When I tasted it though it was better. Still it didn't have that much taste and it was thin almost like an American lager. It seems like I'll be able to drink a few of them, but otherwise, I don't think I'll drink this beer again.

Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap from Murphy's Irish Pub, in the Young Building at The Big E, West Springfield, MA.

Clear plastic pint cup presentation. Nice 3/5" light beige head over the deeply reddish brown brew. Aroma is of medium malts, with a slight hoppy presence. Taste is pleasantly malty, with a well-balanced flavor. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both reasonably good, with the sessionability of this brew being quite good.

Photo of WesWes
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a weak malt scent that I guess has pale and light crystal malts. It seems like there are some adjuncts as well along with lager yeast. The taste is average as well. It is a bitter beer with some maltiness, but not much. It is dry and watery. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer just sucks. It has terrible aroma and taste. It's one and done for me.

Photo of redmosquito
3.16/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap: Nice red hue and good solid head. Roasted malt aroma, no hops and not much yeast. Nice sweet roasted malt taste, with slight metallic taste (which I attribute to rotation). Good mouthfeel. Overall a descent beer, I would say it is tastier than Killeans, and I’d order it again.

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.51/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was a good looking red ale with a moderate head that left lace rings around the glass as I drank.

The smell was slightly sweet and skunky. This did not bode well.

The taste was grainy and smoky, with a slightly bitter lingering smoky aftertaste. Not good at all.

This is not what I expected from an Irish ale. It was rather disappointing.

Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with one finger of head. Not too much lacing. The smell is sweet with caramel malt, maybe a little toffee. The taste has a little bit of a coffee flavor, almost espresso bitterness. Some toffee sweetness, but a slightly dry finish. The body is good and thick, and the drinkability is nice right at 5.0% abv. Not too bad for my first Murphy's.

Photo of claytri
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear red bronze with a matching head. It's smell is sharp of malt and hops. The taste is a little surprising as it is maltish with a hint of berries. The feel is oily and a little thick. I have enjoyed this beer with a variety of foods and by itself. Nice to find it on tap at Fran's in New Hope, PA.

Photo of tavernjef
2.34/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at The Liffey: Clear reddish brown, thin smooth vanilla hued cap, specks of lacing sticks. Aroma has much ado about nothing, I wiff and wiff and I get hardly anything. Faint of all faint sweet malt. Flavors are just as offering, hello, I'm I drinking something or not. Very mild, very faint, and very quick malty sweetness with a smidge of toastyness. Irrefutably tasteless. No off flavors, just no flavors. Feel isn't watery really, just thin and lacking. I had this in a bottle some time ago and it was so bad I decided not to review it. Saw that it was on-tap so I figured, maybe, it might be a bit better. Um....nope.

Photo of merlin48
2.13/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one is an enigma. I have the same bottle as pictured, and on the front label it has a blurb that says, " brewed to the original recipe since 1856". On the back label, it says, "Product of the Netherlands". The pour is remarkable. A nice copperish amber body with a dark ivory head that is long lasting, and deposits generous sheet and patch lacing down the glass.

Aroma begins the downhill slide. Skunky, eurohops that evoke medicinal, dirty, dishwater. Smells similar to a Heineken.

Mouthfeel is average, with light to medium body and high carbonation.

Taste resembles the aroma, with a bitter, euroskunk, nasty dishwater flavor. Malt presence is understated with a slight note of caramel. Some Heineken taste here.

An Irish red beer brewed in Holland. OK. The Dutch and Irish are the friendliest people I've met in my limited world travels, and I've had enjoyed superior beers in both countries. This pseudo-Irish red beer, that begins with such an exceptional appearance fails to impress, when it gets past its superior looks. Is this now brewed by Heineken, or what?

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer sure looks the part before the crown is cracked. Good looking thick-necked bottle with an impressive red, green, cream and gold label. It doesn't look too shabby after the pour either. Pristine orange-copper with a large, light beige head that's more firm and rocky than expected. Scraps of lace are starting to stick and I'm left with a respectable partial coating on the inside of my glass.

The nose is unimpressive. Lightly toasted malt/grain with a faint, indescribable off-aroma. The flavor doesn't impress either. Caramel malt and scorched grain with an unpleasant bitterness and faint metallic notes. The not-all-that-pleasant melange of flavors deflates into a watery muddle in fairly short order, resulting in a brief finish. The body is closer to light than to medium and there's isn't much in the way of carbonation.

On re-reading, the beer isn't quite as bad as my description would suggest, but it definitely didn't live up to my expectations; which weren't all that high to begin with. Average at best.

Murphy's Irish Red reminds me of a redhead who fails to make the finals of a beauty pageant: decent looks but utterly without substance, and a bit too nasty to be in the running for Miss Congeniality. Now, about that tall brunette who's a Phi Beta Kappa...

Photo of kbub6f
3.16/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This reddish, dark amber, clear beer has a very big, cream-colored, bubbly, foamy, thick, active head. It leaves some spots of lacing on the glass. The smell is sourish and almost lagery. A faint caramel front introduces a darker malt middle that sweetens a little with a touch of fruit. The finish sours some and sports a nice bitterness with some nuts. Not great, not bad (and needs to warm up a little to develop much taste).

Photo of BeerBob
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murphy’s Red beer pours a dark amber from it’s brown 12oz glass bottle.

The lively carbonation brings the head to over two fingers... but then fades just as quickly as it formed, leaving just a few islands of foam and some what of a broken ring around the glass and a few spots of lace as well.

Nose is of malt and whiffs of alcohol with mossy undertones moving in and out.

Taste is a dry malt with moss and hops playing in the background of the mouth with a nice citrus closing aftertaste.

A refreshing and satisfying brew that I will be look for again.

Photo of Soybomb
2.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Pours a deep amber and red color with a short head that quickly dropped off to just a ring.

smell: Not really much going on here. Something kinda grainy at most.

taste and mouthfeel: Sweet, malty, little to no hop flavor coming through. Medium carbonation keeps it pleasant to drink. Very light bodied. Somewhat bitter finish.

notes: Nothing special to me here, I think even for $1 I can do better, but you can certainly do worse too.

Photo of Sixpack595
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a slightly hoppy aroma I expected a bit more flavor. Unexpected skinky/heinies aroma and a funky aftertaste really hurt this beer, but it was still fairly drinkable. Amber body and tan head, not a bad looking beer. Flavor was sweet and pleasant with a funky aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but certainly nothing to hunt down.

Photo of edchicma
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmmm...I saw the name Murphy's and decided to try it. I love their Stout, but this is not that great. Appearance was ok, reddish, but little head and lacing. Taste was way to sweet, with a catch in the mid palate and later the throat....Drinkability suffered ...too oily...too sweet to enjoy. Disappointing.

Photo of Darkale
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber in color, with a fast head that lingers for about half of the beer. Slight lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet, but not very strong.

Bitterness is mixed with high candy sweetness, with an overall tang throughout -- other reviewers have called it metallic, and while that's not exactly it, it's closer than any other adjective I can come up with.

Brisk but not harsh in the mouth.

This is not a beer that I would turn down, nor would I feel abused if I found it on tap at a local restaurant. But I followed my last one with a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, and the comparison was not one that the Murphy's people would have appreciated.

Photo of Stingray5
2.71/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber with a short white head. First disappointment was lack of aroma. Just not much happening. Malty maybe? Feels a little generic here. Mouthful on the thinner side, taste was better, with a caramel malt sweetness. Adjuncts detected. No noticible hops.

Funny, on the back of the bottle it read "Product of The Netherlands". Contract? Did Ireland move and I didn't get the memo?

Photo of surfmeister
2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: beautiful copper beer with firm, resilient head, best aspect of brew
Smell: nice malt presence, a bit nutty
Taste: started with a nice malt burst but then my taste buds were assaulted with a "dirt/iron" taste, which they couldn't recover from, I guess some describe this as "metallic", ruined beer for me
Mouthfeel: OK, but hard to evaluate when you don't like the taste
Drinkability: did not want a second one

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Irish-style Red was brewed in the Netherlands by Heineken.
It pours a tannish, red-tinted amber, with a fast fading white head.
The aroma is mostly of cut hay and peat, with a vague scent of cracked malt. The malt body is liquid and smooth. The fairly malty taste is offset by tea-like and a light citrusy bitterness. A light metallic bite is noticed in the back of the throat, as is just a touch of Euro hop taste. It's not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find more, unless maybe on tap.

Photo of Beastdog75
2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As mentioned, this is not really a true Irish beer, but no matter what its origin may be this is simply a "red" beer that is pretty generic all around. Also, I simply hope that it is a "placebo effect" that took place while drinking this, but I thought I detected some Heinie similarities in this beer.

Murphy's Red pours a nice medium amber color, but it certainly is not red. Nice clarity. A rather eye-pleasing expansive off-white colored foam head forms and thins out within a minute, but leaves decent lacing. I could swear that I was smelling a Heineken. Perhaps not as sulfuric, but the skunky smell was there with a cheap-grain smell backbone to it and a light fruitiness that brought to mind the green-bottled monster (mind you, this beer was bottled in brown glass). The mouthfeel was generically thin and fizzy. The flavor is mostly of some toasted malts, and maybe could be considered to be a little on the sweet side. A light fruitiness is detectable to an extent, but there is very little in terms of hop bitterness. Again, I could swear there is some very light "Heinie" flavor in there. A heavy, toasted grain quality arrives in the aftertaste, bringing with it a distinct nutty type of flavor. This beer is deprived of any alcoholic warmth in the finish.

Not a bad choice for an easy drinking session brew, but there is better (and cheaper) out there. Murphy's is probably better off sticking to stouts, but this is an offering that would probably please your average Joe 6-Pack.

Photo of theozag
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You may remember the Murphy Brewery, Cork, Ireland, from such delightful beer reviews as "Murphy's Irish Stout," but look closer... I mean CLOSER. Read the fine print for Red Beer and you'll see that although this brew is crafted under Murphy supervision, it's made by Heineken in the Netherlands. A problem? No, not really, but don't let anyone pick a fight with you claiming this is a true Irish beer.

Pours a gorgeous dark amber-brown with a thick off-white head. Smell is sweet, slight, and simply pleasant. Starts with a creme-like flavor and a tasty malt smoothness. Full-bodied with flavor suggestions of cinnamon, rich creme, and perhaps some semi-sweet chocolate. Just a little hop bitterness throughout. Finish is not remarkable. Aftertaste is *thick* but not terribly heavy.

Photo of diablo14
3.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have to say i love this as a session brew. not complex, but tasty and satifying all the way. i could drink pints of this all night long, and really, its brewed for that exact purpose.

red in the purest sense of the word, with the creamy head you expect from any irish beer. nose lacks a fair bit, with only marginal sweet malt aspects and not much else. fortunately the flavor has a lot more. has a great backbone of malt with an oatmeal presence and some dried fruits and nutty aspects. not too fizzy , it lets the hops come to the fore on the back palate in a firm, but not forceful way. awesomely smooth and creamy, the sweetness of the beer is balanced by the gentle hops and a subdued but lingering bitterness. lovely!

a supremely good drinking beer, murphys red sets the benchmark for any in the style. perhaps others have done better since, but these fellows have brewed something anyone can drink and enjoy. i know i always do.

Photo of bditty187
2.49/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear auburn-bronze hue, similar to iced tea in color, the off-white head reached a height of a finger plus, it was rather rocky and impressive, superior retention. Plus it laces well. The nose puts a halt to the good vibes the appearance created. In fact, the bouquet was rather awful and not indicative of a Red... Ale? The smell is analogous of a lager, especially a typical Euro-lager (it is called “beer” on the label), the scent is largely naked with little maltiness, a suggestion of caramel, and a dose of grassy hops that don’t harmonize well with the malt. As for the taste, there is very little going on with the flavor profile; the caramel malt influences are weak and the hops are grassy and inappropriate in my opinion. It is largely clean, somewhat dry and somewhat sweet. There is very little complexity and no development on the palate from start to finish, which is quick. The aftertaste, however, is very metallic, nasty. Forgettable. Medium-body in body, indifferent carbonation produces a mouthfeel that is ordinary and empty. This is a major yawner. Give me a pillow. Skip this one.

An Irish Red brewed by Heineken, yeah! Actually my bottle just says “Murphy’s Red Beer.” I purchased a single 12-ounce bottle in Lincoln for a $1.50.

Photo of Reidrover
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 14.9 oz can brewed by Heineken in Amsterdam.
Amber in appearance with a large frothy off white head..quite attractive actually.
The smell is pretty weird though..it smells like Heineken Lager just a little more malty.
The taste is mostly malty, a slight buttery tinge,sweet with small hop bite at the end.
A very creamy and smooth beer on the tongue.
Its a drinkable ale..would make a good session beer.

Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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