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: 685
Photo of buschbeer
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of the_awesometeer
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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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 timontheroad
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of woutervaneijk
2.32/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%

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! :)

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.02/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Brewhemoth
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of sobuf
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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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 Ryan_Graham
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
1.29/5  rDev -59.4%
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.)

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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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Photo of abijen
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: some kind of woody smell. Appearance: Amber/red color, clear liquid. The head is minimal white/tan. Taste: light bitterness and light sourness which finish a bit salty. An average duration Palate: light body, oily texture and a average carbonation Overall: a nice pub beer.

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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 beergoot
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two+ finger thick rocky, creamy white head sitting atop a reddish copper body. There is a basic and pleasing malt/hop aroma; faintly floral. Very nice sweet, grainy taste with a nicely complementary, subtle hop bitterness. Body leans towards a light-medium feel; clean, crisp, and dry.

I get the "tea-like" flavor in the generic Irish red ale description posted on BA and find this to be very satisfying for the style. There is a nice balance to this subtle, understated beer. Probably not what a fan of US west coast-styled IPAs would like, but certainly for someone looking for a mild yet distinctive beer. I'd certainly enjoy knocking back a few more...

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was pouring okay, then it just foamed up really quickly. The color is a amber to red.
The aroma is crushed grain and a mild caramel.
The taste has a watery start, mild bitterness in the middle, finishes with a mild sweetness. Unoffensive.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Nothing special, but an easy drinker.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and a slight hop aroma. Taste is much the same with a toasted bread flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is nothing all that special, but it is solid and easy to drink.

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