Murphy's Irish Red
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #250
Ranked #49,626
3.23 | pDev: 16.41%
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can, bought in Norway. ABV here is 4.7%, to permit the beer being sold in our grocery stores. Canned (and watered down?) in Norway by Hansa-Borg Bryggerier. Reddish brown colour, good head. Aroma is malty with caramel, hints of oak and spices. Full malty flavour, nicely rounded, hints of caramel and herbs. Aftertaste is not unpleasant, but short and a bit watery. This beer is better than I expected, and much better than Kilkenny.

Apr 17, 2021
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EMH73 from New York

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown with red hues, a one inch white head that left some lacing. Smells of malts, caramel and bread. Taste follows the nose with additional notes of toffee and balancing earthy hops. Far less sweet than other mass produced red ales. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth mouth feel.

Nov 23, 2018
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murphy's Irish Red Ale on tap, 5% ABV. Pours brown or real dark red, with a nice two finger beige foamy head. Nose is malty and grainy, taste follows with roast malt, some sweetness, and moderate bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Mar 16, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear brown color with a large off-white colored head. The aroma is malt. the taste matches the nose. A very basic beer.

Jun 15, 2017
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Foyle from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.
Pours a thick, foamy cream colored head that falls slowly with plenty of lacing on the glass. Color is clear amber with abundant carbonation streams. Aroma of rich bread dough, caramel, earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly wet finish. Flavor is abundant with molasses, toasted malt with some char, caramel, raisin, well balanced with earthy hops. Really enjoyed this one and would buy again.

May 20, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

This beer pours a deep amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with several inches of beige head that leaves a little lacing.

It has a sweet malty smell. I also get some caramel.

There are toffee, caramel, and toast flavors.

Medium to thin mouthfeel

This style is a lot sweeter than its American cousin. It was easy to drink and goes well with my corned beef and braised cabbage.

Mar 17, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good clarity for a bright red beer with off white head almost 1/2" tall. Aroma hit some of those red malts, but was largely like sniffing air.

Tiny sweet malt taste, woodier than light, the minimal hopping seems to yield itself to minor metallic notes and bitterness.

Its an easy enough drinker. Good for people who like a little color in their beer, but not a lot of malt or hops.

Feb 22, 2016
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Suds from Missouri

3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear, amber-colored liquid. The head is white and leaves a reasonable lace. The aroma is a bit vegetate, with a little sulfur and malt. Malt scents. The flavor is malt-forward, but the center is a bit hollow. Light hop scents. Decent, but not great.

Feb 06, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Carrefour. In Teku glass. After dinner. Very drinkable. Balanced. Doesnt shine on nothing and has nothing wrong. Soft bitterness and a biy of caramel in taste and aroma

Nov 22, 2015
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the_awesometeer from California

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Thin slightly foamy head and a reddish brown tint.

Smell: Malty and very simple. A generic smell to it.

Feel: Watery. Very thin.

Taste: Very simple malt flavors.

Overall: Very simple and just an ok beer.

Jul 30, 2015
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Capt_Pete from Florida

4.73/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On Tap in the only Irish Pub in the area that carries it - Paddy Cassidy's, Cocoa Beach, FL. I enjoy the clear, red-amber pour, the malty sweetness and it's slight bitter taste. (I'm not a fan of sweet-tasting brews.) It's light-bodied enough to be a regular brew for me and anyone that likes ales, especially if you can find it on tap. I've also tried the bottles but definitely prefer a correct temperature pour on draught.

Mar 19, 2015
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timontheroad from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a clear reddish Amber color, two finger head.
Smell: Malty sweetness and biscuity notes, with just a light grassy smell
Taste: biscuit, grassy hop bitterness and some caramel notes
Mouthfeel: fairly thin and light bodied
Overall: not really a great beer, just Ok, fair to middling

Mar 08, 2015
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woutervaneijk from Netherlands

2.32/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Drank it on-tap in an Irish Pub here in Rotterdam. Liked most aspects of this beer (color was nice, smell was okay, mouthfeel was above average) but the taste did not live up to those standards. A shame, really.

Dec 30, 2014
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buzzarooski from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +19.8%

I Thought this was a Good Irish Red....that could have been a GREAT Irish Red....but for some reason decided to "SKIMP" on the BODY which left it....dare I say......a bit "WATERY"

GREAT Look, GREAT Smell, GREAT Feel, but just an OK in the end.....the OVERALL: rating is......Slightly Above Average.....

THREE WORDS....Woulda...Coulda...Shoulda! :)

Sep 22, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/29/2013. Pours slightly cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, pear, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, pear, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, pear, apple, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice flavor balance and solid complexity of bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light hop flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very solid Irish red ale. Nice balance and solid robustness of bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

Jul 26, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color was deep mahogany with a burnt like hue that was capped by a relatively stout mass of brownish foam.

The nose was very light but I could detect the malted barley, toast, roasted nuttiness and light biscuit.

The flavor seemed spot on the nose with light flavors but appropriate barley, roasted nut and toasted biscuit.

The feel was dry and easy but thin.

Expected more out if this but it'll do pig, it'll do.

Jun 24, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized thick patches surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a lighter aroma of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavor of toasted, caramel, and bready malts with very light hints of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of earthy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable but not anything overly special - I could easily have a couple of these in a session but it will not likely find a regular place in my fridge.

Jun 08, 2014
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Brewhemoth from Netherlands

3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 300ml bottle into a pisner/session glass.

A: Pours a copper/amber, with a half cm. very light-tan head. The head dissipates reasonably fast, leaving a little bit of lacing. No real visable activity.
S: Sweet caramel malts, and light fruity hops. A distant toast/roast
T: Sweet malt. light roast. (dark)Bread-y. A little spice at the end.
M: Feels thin at first, but coats the mouth decently. Carbonation is high for my preference - slight tingle on the tongue. A nice dry finish.

May 14, 2014

2.51/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. Pint glass. Amber color, clear appearance. Off-white froth creates a creamy, fairly good retention, crown. Floral & toasted aromas, wet grass & eartht odors to the nose. Crispy, toasted & earthy bitter upfront. Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation. Dense to watery texture. Sparkling & spicy palate. Dry bitter finish followed by slight woody notes & dried nut touches on the aftertaste.

Apr 21, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber red with a tight white head. Huge caramel malts, slight toast and light citrus hops, very short lived in the aromas. Taste is equally wispy, very thin complexion, malts dominate, especially caramel. Feel is watery and fizzy with high carbonation, just dies in the sip.

Mar 28, 2014
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sobuf from New York

3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

St Patrick's Day weekend, so I figured I'd try at least one Irish beer. I've obviously tried the obvious culprits - Guiness, Harp, Smithwick's, Murphy's Stout, etc. So I saw a 6'er of Murphy's Red Ale and decided to take it down while working outside. I figured if I had to listen to the people partying up at the bars, I may as well be drinking while cleaning up my yard right?

It's not a bad beer - the malts make it sweet and smooth to take down - although there's definately a metallic after-taste that almost gives off an alcohol taste. Which isn't horrible, but gives it a bit of a harshness to it. I wasn't expecting much, and Murphy's didn't give much. I wouldn't buy it again, but I suppose if you want to get into a St Patty's spirit once a year and you happen to buy this beer, it's definately drinkable.

Mar 15, 2014
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Captain_Komamura from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance -It is a dark amber / red color, with a thick head.

Smell - It is a sweet malts and a bit of hops.

Taste - It is a bit sweet from the malts, with the hops adding a nice spiciness to it.

Mouthfeel - It is a bit weak-bodied, good carbonation though.

Overall - It is an OK beer.

Jan 16, 2014
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mjurney from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, clear. Good amount of rising carbonation. Thick frothy head.

Faint amoma. Caramel malts and earthy.

Deep caramel malts, bready, slight dark roast. Bright fruit character. Hop bitterness is mild, mainly leafy-earthy. Finish is very crisp, a little dry. Body is medium, crisp, refreshing, dry.

It's an excellent beer.

Sep 01, 2013
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Ryan_Graham from Iowa

3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light Brown, Half a finger of head. Fades quick.

S: Light hoppy smell.

T: Deeper taste than a domestic beer but nothing spectacular.

M: Not too much carbonation. Very light on the pallet. Goes down smooth.

O: A smooth bubbly beer with a light taste and smell. It's not terrible but not outstanding either.

Jul 21, 2013
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kvnstfrd from Missouri

1.29/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a small, soapy head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: An extremely faint smell of toasted malts with a stale musty odor.

Taste: The only detectable flavor is an astringent, metallic bite, especially in the finish. The aftertaste reminds me of Alka-Seltzer.

Palate: Over-carbonated with an extremely dry and puckering finish.

This is one the worst beers that I've ever had. A few sips and the rest went down the kitchen sink! I was shocked at how unpalatable this beer was.
(Funny, I see no mention of this beer at Murphy's website.)

May 23, 2013
Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 700 ratings