Murph's Irish Red
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Murph's Irish RedMurph's Irish Red
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Red Ale - Irish
3.77 | pDev: 10.61%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Murph's Irish RedMurph's Irish Red
Notes: Named for our #1 Beer Man, Nick Murphy, this deep malty Irish amber ale is relaxed and easy going. A change of pace from our usual hop bombs, this beer is sure to put a smile on the face of any Irishman! Who needs a pot o’ gold when you got yerself a pint o’ red?

34 IBU
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 97 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours hazed reddish-copper with a wispy head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel in the "red" style with light toast.

The taste is of caramel - sweet - balanced by mild earthy notes and light roast.

It is smooth. Very easy to drink.

A nice easy-drinking, true-to-style, malt-forward, but balanced, Irish Red.

Dec 04, 2014
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MNishCT77 from District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. pint poured at the brewery, unknown brewing/kegging date, drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - amber-red coloration, moderate clarity, initial frothy off-white head settles into a glass lacing with carbonation lakes, tight pinkish bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass

S: 9/12 - rich caramel and reddish malt aroma, little hops, some alcohol in the background, no diacetyl, no DMS

T: 14/20 - on the front if the palate, there is a gentle bitterness; in the middle of the palate, the malt profile - caramel, toffee and butterscotch; on the back end, there is a continued malt presence, finishes semi-sweet but not cloying

M: 4/5 - moderate body, silky/smooth, moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - very good-to-excellent Irish red ale, a style that I don't typically drink - silky mouthfeel and rich malt profile; again, highly recommended for the $4.50/pint price

TOTAL - 37/50

Nov 04, 2014
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from a growler, amber red with a thick creamy tawny head. Looks good. Smells earthy and malty, light grain. Very nice mild and inviting. Taste is smooth lightly grainy, lightly bitter. Caramel and biscuits. Very lightly pine. Mouth feel is creamy body is medium light holds together well. This one is mild across the board but with good craft roots clearly visible. Easy drinker but not spectacular.

Dec 20, 2013
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man, LOVE beers like this! Served with a huge, foamy, frothy, sudsy, tan head that slowly subsides to a light cover which lasts alll the way down and lots of clingy lace. Color is a slightly hazy, dusky amber red. Aroma is very malty, a hint of roast, fruit, toffee, and biscuit. Flavor's like nose and has a killer combination of sweet, carbonic tang, fruit and bitter from hop, and hint of roasty dry at the end that makes this stuff dangerously tasty. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is of average length, and like I say, eminently drinkable.

Jul 25, 2012
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FreshHawk from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange-red color. Medium sized, creamy, smooth, frothy, slightly off-white head. Average retention leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Toffee and caramel aplenty as you would expect. Some sweet bread and hints of light brown sugar. Slightly roasted malt aroma. A touch of earthy and floral hops.

T - Pretty sweet with loads of toffee and a good amount of caramel. Touches of nutty and earthiness with a roasted malt finish. Brown sugar and some dark fruit aspects. Sweet, toasted bready malt. Sweet but not cloying.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. Slightly dry finish.

D - Pretty easy to drink and while it is sweet, it is far from cloying. Tasty and easy to put down. Plenty of malt but it has a nice hoppy touch.

Notes: Nice Irish Red. Not my favorite from TG (can't match their IPAs or Stouts) but it is a nice change, and for a smaller brewery it is good for a deviation from their niche. Plenty of malt and a nice sweetness but not cloying. Overall it is nice but not something I'll crave.

May 24, 2012
Murph's Irish Red from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 97 ratings