Murphy's Irish Red | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish RedMurphy's Irish Red

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Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 325 | Ratings: 684
Photo of Capt_Pete
4.73/5  rDev +48.7%
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.

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Photo of irishevans
4.35/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

way under rated. not a rare find, but a great irish red none the less, copper red in color, a nice finger thick head that stick a little. the taste is crisp and has a mellow hop flavor, and a nice lingering finish. the mouth-feel is tingley and sharp, and it goes down a nicely as any other red on the planet. when (not if) you happen upon this give it a try, be it on tap or in a bottle.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.3/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this out of a 12oz bottle. It poured a dark amber to almost caramel color with a small off white head. The head didn't last long and there was no lacing on the glass. The smell was a bit malty, but the taste was sweet, with a hint of hops. This is a very quality beer in my opinion. This is a good beer for watching the game, or even make a good session beer. I would definatly recomend this beer to anyone. Just a little harder to find in my area though.

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Photo of bastardface
4.23/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given this beer by my bartender when I asked him to just give me a random beer. I was relatively surprised to find out that I enjoyed the heck out it. I ended up ordering two more. It's easy to drink and has real fine taste. At first it has a little bite but as you sip it you will be refreshed. I highly recommend this beer, as it is easy to drink. I plan on having this beer again when I get the opportunity.

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Photo of dictatorial
4.2/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty great beer. I got a single bottle and drank it from a large mug. The appearance was a beautiful red with vibrant carbonation, the smell was great and the taste was, to me, above average. It left no bad after taste and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I still don't know the exact alcohol content as it is not labeled on the bottle, but it is a really great beer. Overall, great beer and I would recommend it.

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Photo of BarryNL
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very bright (obviously filtered) deep copper colour. Thin head which dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a minimal layer which lasts all the way.

S: Toasty malt aroma. No real complexity, but a decent aroma nonetheless.

T: Caramel and toasted grain. Clean with no real detectable hops but a nice bitterness on the finish. Clean and uncomplex.

M: Reasonable body, smooth and clean.

D: Very drinkable - this is a reasonable session beer - the bottled version if 5% but a slightly weaker 4% version would probably make a nice session pint.

Overall, this is a pretty much spot on example of the style - if you don't like it then you probably just don't like Irish Reds. The finish could be a little drier and it could be a great beer if it was upped to 6% or so with a bit more of everything but it's a competent, if uninteresting, example of the style - exactly what you'd expect from a big-name brewery. To be honest though, complexity is not a characteristic of this style.

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Photo of IrishRacer
4.12/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Dutch-Irish Red poors nice, but is a little lighter than I like my Red's. It gathers a well developed blonde head, though, and drinks smooth.
This is a nice Red, although if I close my eyes and think "Heineken", I taste a Heineken. I'd like to side-by-side with a true Irish pub-tapped pint...

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Photo of mjurney
4.09/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice red color, small white head, some carbonation is visible. Smell is slightly sweet with carmel malts, slgiht metallic, and a little hops. Full malt flavor, which quickly and smoothly fades into a nice hop finish. The malt does have a richness to it that is very satisfying. I think think this is a very good example of the style. Well rounded and full bodied.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.02/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It may be the Irish Catholic in me, but I really like this brew. I consider it an old stand by when I go out to a pub and I get tired of Guinness. It had a very nice deep radish color, with a white head that lasted a while. The taste had some undertones of citrus, but a lot of hops. Aftertaste was smooth and rolled down the ole esophogas pretty easily.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can, served chilled, in a 20oz pub glass.

A - clear, orange/amber color with a good sized beige head that thinned to a light layer, leaving some spotty lace.

S - earthy/malt aroma.

T - good malty flavor upfront with a bittering finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - I could put down a few of these with some corned beef & cabbage on March 17th.

Final Note: A Grand Irish Ale!

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Photo of adamette
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the "glass of the month" at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. Poured from tap last night into a Murphy's pint glass for $5.75. Very cool.

A Nice suprise of a creamy head, 1 cm which stuck around for 2 minutes. Appropriate amber (red!) translucent body which defines the style.

S Classic amber smell, some toffee in the background possibly.

T Classic Irish Red taste. Obviously, this is to style and it may define the style for me. It certainly delivers on what is promised by the name, style.

M Some bite to the feel but it is mostly light mouthfeel, as anyone might expect.

D Great drinkability and I believe that this style lends itself to drinkability.

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Photo of veech
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a favorite of mine way back when I first started drinking imports and craft beers and it disappeared in my local market for several years. It has resurfaced at the World Market and i'm glad it did. A: Deep red with a very creamy head that lasted till the last drop with excellent lacing. S: Sweet malts dominate with mild hints of almost oak wood. T: Smoothe delicious maltiness that is a little milder than the appearance and nose would suggest. M: Thick enough to represent the beer without hurting drinkability which is strong. Even though Heineken took over Murphy's I still enjoy this beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear copper color with massive slightly off-white head. Smell is minimal with a slight metallic note present. Taste is very enjoyable with a nice malty sweetness in the doreground blanaced well with a strong hop bitterness. Finishes very refreshing and craving another taste. Good session beer.

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Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Copper, rich, effervescent, small head and some lacing

S-Some malt, nothing powerful

T-Sweet, malt and grain provided most of the flavor

M-Crisp, just enough carbonation, smooth drinking

O-I happened to like this quite a bit. I was skeptical going to something lending itself more towards mass production, but I was happy with the beer and would buy it again if I wanted Irish Red.

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Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a big off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin foamy top and leaving a little decent lace.

Aroma is lightly caramelly,faintly toasty barley, plain bread, simple grain, ripe apples, grass and hint of tea. Overall, it actually resembles a slightly caramelly, toastier full-bodied US-style pale lager with a hint of tea, but it is nice.

Taste is very lightly toasty barley with hint of caramel, tea and thin leafy bitterness, dry with a lingering, lightly bitter toasty barley-leafy tea aftertaste with hint of a peppery bite. There is a faint caramelly sweetness lurking underneath the dominant, dryish but lightly bitter toasty barley and tea. Drinkability is pretty high since it's not too sweet and bitterness is a good level.

It's a good, solid beer, straightforward but effective with some malt and hop character, decently well-rounded, and certainly has some hop taste and bitterness to it, but it does seem a bit rough and thin.

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Photo of freed
3.96/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprise from a can! This beer is a gorgeous deep amber with a full, consistent head. The deep hue is a very attractive feature, and I find myself looking at it over and over. The smell is somewhat subdued, though a nice sweet aroma is present.

The taste is surprisingly good. Its got a wide malt flavor, slightly peaty, and a wonderful aftertaste. The rusty, almost husky feeling left reminds me of my palate when I was in GB. Pretty darn good for a can.

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3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Murphy's Irish Red is a deep amber hue with a 1" light beige head. The head settles to about half an inch and has great retention throughout. Great lacing!

The aroma is roasted malt. There is some light hops and a faint toffee smell. There is a good twang to the aroma of this beer.

Nice and malty. Light toasted flavor with an earthy background. Sweetness in the middle is well balanced with the roasted malt in the finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin although it is nothing that hurts this beer overall.

Rates very high in the drinkability section. Well made and very smooth brew and would be a pleasing session choice. I am very impressed with this Irish Red.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice clear brownish amber with a foamy head that is just a touch tan.

Smell. its got a nice toasty aroma to it, creamy roasted malt with a touch of hoppy kick.

Taste. more bitter than i thought, making it quite dry. I dont really get much sweetness at all. Toasty malts i think dominate the taste. malts, with the carbonation, give it a little peppery spiciness to it. after letting tit warm on my tongue i get a citrisy hoppiness. aftertaste seems to give me an alcoholic taste to it, though it's only 5%. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is good. good amount of carbonation. i think it has very nice balance and medium body.

Overall, i am very pleased with this beer. Nice enough complexities to let me enjoy one, but also a beer i think i could have for the whole night.

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Photo of hanco005
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—clear reddish orange with fluffy white 2 inch white head, then flops down to about 1/4 inch, leaving extreme lacing

S—mild hoppy scent, spicy and peppery

T—hop and caramel malt flavors take hold right away, but quickly fade away

M—a bit thinner than I expected, nicely carbonated

D—a good red ale. Could definitely enjoy this in a long drinking session. Easily enjoy 4-5 more.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-beautiful amber/red body with thick foamy white head. Head fades to the perfect size and stays there while lacing sticks to the glass.

S-nothing noteworthy of the smell. maybe faint malt and carmel to it.

T- the taste is very simple. sweet malt (maybe carmel) that finishes clean. The taste is not strong or bitter. finishes clean.

M-light carbonation with medium body. very smooth.

D-the simple taste and exceptional mouthfeel make this an extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Red Ale has a thick, creamy, slightly beige head and a clear, copper appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is mostly neutral, but faint barley malt is detected. Taste is interesting and good: malts, chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, and some touch of fruit, with a nice amount of hop bitterness at the end is what one finds here. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Murphy's Irish Red Ale finishes refreshing, enjoyable, easy drinking, and semi-dry. Overall, I liked this, and I recommend it.


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Photo of Redteketed
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear red copper, with an reasonable head, little sticky to the glas.
Smell: a light hoppiness and malt
Taste: a little bitter, hoppiness and burned malts, dry, burned, hopbitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: light/medium (in scale of: very light/light/medium/ chewy/need knife and fork)
Drinkability: good.
For Irish Red it is an average beer, but still perfect for social drinking

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style, but I'll take the exception from this good brew. Other than being a safe beer with little standout characteristics, there are very little to frown at. A solid caramel malt flavor that hinges slightly on maple syrup flavors and toffee. Lightly bready, but mostly toasty and nutty. Low butter-popcorn flavors. These characters come out in the aromas and subdue into the flavors and expecially the finish. Lightly malty finish keeps from becoming as clean as desired, but still a fine beer.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour a red amber color with a little with head and low retention.

S: woody and bread smell.

T: Watery in the beggining, but a mild bitterness came with a dry finish.

M: Dry and bitter afterfeel with a little floral feeling. Very drinkable and very balanced beer!

O: A good red beer that is worth what it costs.

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