Murphy's Irish Red | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish RedMurphy's Irish Red

Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of RepMichigan
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.86/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No discernible date, just some character strings near the bottom of the bottle, and on the bottom of the back label.

Appearance - Pours two finger pearl white head with good stick and decent to good retention. Clear medium brown body.

Smell - Very skunky. Some mild, musky corn underneath.

Taste - Light bodied. Corn. Faint traces of metal. Some faint bitterness and maltiness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Somewhat sticky. Head offers slight creaminess. Like solvency/astringency.

Overall Drinkability - I heavily suspect this is either an out of date or skunked bottle, but I can't be sure because there is no clear date. Lesson be learned, brewers!

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Photo of scootny
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very pretty beer with a clear amber red and a rocky head with a dusky off white hue. Smell is malty with butterscotch notes. A faint earthinesss as well. Taste is malty and smooth with a mild but respectable bitterness. Medium weight but a touch on the fizzy side detracts from a pleasant overall feel. Not bad, but not great. A nice enough session ale. Smooth and easy drinking with enough flavor to make a couple of these a nice moment and a decent gateway brew.

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large head that settles in a rocky fashion. Relatively light (spotty) lace on the glass. The color is deep, dark amber. Clear.

Rich caramel aroma--moderately sweet. Light hop background. Only distraction is a metallic note of iron.

Like a classic Amber Ale--big, semi-sweet crystal malt beginning, plenty of biting hop in the swallow. The aftertaste is short-lived, though. The flavor is not multidimensional. Good body, high carbonation. This is a good beer when other micros may not be available.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of clarity to the brighter red hued beer. Aroma was largely neutral, like most red ales, just a smidge of sweetness.

Again, a little bit of sweetness, and not much else makes up the flavor profile. Light toasting and grain. Really not a whole lot going on, how can you tiptoe around saying its pretty plain? No hops. Light body, some metallic notes. Meh.

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Photo of Boto
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught: This one poured a clear amber color. It had a tight, white nitro head. Almost solid lacing down the glass. The aroma was lighter, but decent. Somewhat sweet, caramel, floral. The taste is OK. A bit creamy. Fairly neutral on the bitter/sweetness divide. Malts, faint fruits. Hint of roast. Drinkable.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass

A: has kind of an odd color, slightly brown, slightly red, a bit of golden hay color when held up to the light, perfectly clear, pours with two fingers of very foamy light tan head that lingers for a while, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: my first whiff of this brew reminds me immediately of...crappy beer, reminds me of the smell of my fraternity house in college, nasty old keystone and sweat, there is a slight hop note that hits the nostrils at the very end
T: taste is surprisingly decent given how i felt about the other aspects of the brew, slight caramel malt and a bit of smokey flavor
M: smooth on the palate from the beginning to the end, leaves a lingering creaminess on the tongue
O: if you can get over the smell and the appearance its not an entirely terrible brew, i could have one or two but thats about it for this one

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Photo of Brabander
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this beer in a restaurant in the place where i live on tap. Not served in the proper glass but at least it looked like the Murphy glass!

Nice darkruby/red fluid with a small head. No carbonation.

Not much going on in the smell, some sourness which i also tasted when i took the first sip. A decent beer but not more than that. Next time better a Belgian beer on the tap!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murpheys Irish Red

Pours pale for the style, a pale orangish gold. Decent foam and lace. In the smell, grainy, lightly floral, kind of macro-like. In the taste, a one dimensional malt sweetness, grainy bite, ghost like hop bitterness and a more or less clean finish. It is a lighter bodied ale, similar to some english ales, but rather bland.

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Photo of Beeronious07
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought it at the local Beer shop for 1.53 euros in 330 milliliters bottle and served it at a temperature of 7 Celsius in a 330 milliliters Skopsko mug. Best before end: AUG-2011 0237528S2115

A - love the coper color in combination with the clearness of the beer. and also the quite good head of creemee color and texture.

S - some butter with bread and some hops.

T - slightly bitter, and u can not even feel any alcohol in there.

M - watered down with next to nothing carbonation, but still some ticklish feeling in your mouth if u keep it in there for some time.

nothing special but the color of this beer even though its a great beer to have on a hot day like it is today. but on the other hand the masked 5.0 ABV can make you pass your capacity without even filing it ...

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass. Pours a clear garnet red. Off white ring for a head. Slight lacing.

Aroma is again sort of maibock ish. Bit more of that red aroma in this one though.

Taste is a bit better than the O'hara's Irish stout I had earlier. Bit like a maibock still but a bit more hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Nice carb.

Overall better than O'hara's but still not that great. Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of rvdoorn
2.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: the beer pours a reddish color with a small head.
Smell: Sweet malts, bread, some hops and butter.
Taste: Malts, butter, nuts and a slightly bitter spicy aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation and medium bodied.
Overall: Simple mass consumption beer, no taste layer, not complex at all, nice for pub quiz and (the real) football though.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking red color. The head was white and fizzled away not leaving a lacing because. The aroma was mostly malts and other grains. Not much hops in there. The taste was smooth and was full of caramel malts. The mouthfeel was a little thin and wasn't as interesting I was hoping for. Overally I was a bit disappointed with this brew.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours reddish with a medium-large white head that leaves some lacings.

S: Sweet malt dominates. Butter and spices. Some bitter hops in the back.

T: Sweet malt, slightly roasted together witm bitter hops. Buttery creamy and some nuts.

M: Smooth. Aftertaste is short. Body as well as carbonation is medium.

O: An Irish Red Ale isn't to complex as a style, this one was no exception.

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Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: More of a light brownish than a reddish color. Nice lacing.

S: Bread. Malts. Some hops.

T: Apple/pear flavors. A little toffee flavor that lingers around.

M: More of a personal preference, but I think there is too much carbonation in it. It also has a crispness to it that I'm not too fond of.

Overall: This is just an overall average beer. The flavor is a little too light for me, and there just doesn't seem to be a whole lot going on.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I lived in my home - Galway, Ireland - for nine months. I vowed to do me best to try every Irish beer that existed. I succeeded largely, but a few select brews escaped me: 8 degrees brewing, because it's new; Guinness exports like the Nigerian one, and Guinness Red; Biddy Early's brews, because it closed down; and this beer, Murphy's Irish Red. I even searched Cork for this beer, but found no luck. If Abbott's Alehouse in Cork didn't have it, and the Porterhouse(s) and Bull & Castle in Dublin didn't have it, where could I possibly find it? The answer ended up being Berlin, Germany, in the specialty (laden) beer shop. I had to leave Ireland to find this Irish beer. Go figure.

I served this 33cl bottle in a Guinness pint glass ('borrowed' from the King's Head pub in Galway), in me friend's gaff in Berlin, Germany, the very day I purchased it. Temperature was about 10 degrees celsius, though the bottle label recommends 5-7 degrees. It was summer in Germany; what was I meant to do? Reviewed live.

A: A decent upward bubble show - somewhat rare for an Irish red. Six finger head of nice cream and decent thickness. Good retention, about four minutes or so. A copper-amber colour. Semi-transparent. Quite appealing.

Sm: Amber malt/hops, some cream, maybe even some slight ester hops - but I doubt it, as esters are rare in most macro Irish brews. Very slight hints of caramel and maybe even some nut. Pleasant and light in strength. No alcohol comes through.

T: Irish red me arse. Nuts pull through like a sweet light English brown ale (not surprising Murphy's should emulate English styles, the bastards). Some amber malt/hops enter in to a lesser degree, but don't quite resolve to the climax as the nuts do. Hoppy but limited to a simple barley foundation. Built poor for the [alleged] style, but decently for a lighter brown ale. For once, beeradvocate didn't screw up the beer categorization! The brewer did. (By the way, Killian's is not an Irish red either, and Irish reds are not widely consumed in Ireland with the exception of Smithwick's).

Mf: Smooth and wet, with limited coarseness on the climax. Not akin to an Irish red per se, but matching its true style. Refreshing enough I'd say.

Dr: 5% ABV is concealed - not that that's a difficult feat to accomplish. It refreshes on a Berlin summer's day, but would be better served a bit colder. Perhaps the label's advice was sound. It's a decent beer, but I understand now why we don't serve it in Ireland: none of the lads would give a shite. Very affordable in Berlin. I think it was something like two euro.

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Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is burnt amber verging on more of a coppery orange. The head looks good, a thick white pillow about one finger high that retains its form for a good while and deposits a good amount of patchy lacing.
The smell is somewhat nondescript; there's malt in here with a touch of biscuit and caramel, but not much else other than a typical grainy note and a light earthiness. I don't mind a malt-forward red by any means, but I also struggle to get even what is here.
A bit more comes out in the flavor. Malts are the main player, with the biscuit and caramel coming out up front but with an additional toastiness and a bit of extra toffee-like sweetness. There's even a nice nuttiness that's drawn out toward the finish. A little bit of a hops presence comes off at the front then fades under the malt.
The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is just a touch too spritzy for my liking. Otherwise a nice crispness stays the whole way and it's fairly smooth overall.

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

A: Clear, solid red color with nice finely bubbled head retention and great lacing.

S: Light malty odor with little hop presence.

T: Awesome nutty notes and a light smoke hint followed by some hop bitterness.

M: Nice medium/full body with this Ale.

Surprise! This wonderful beer can be described as a Brown Ale "light" which would be true to it's style. Smooth and clean it is obviously well brewed with a great process, quality yeast and water.

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Photo of hiku7
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle to a nonic pint glass. Pours a clear light rusty brown with a tall cream-color head.

Smell is of mild woody hops, yeasty bready must, apricot, and a slightly phenolic spiciness. Taste is the same, plus toasted malt with some toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly oily and dry.

Overall, this is a decent session beer with enough aroma and taste to carry you through a few pints.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint. I double checked, and yes, it was nitro.

A - Clear amber coloration, thick, fluffy head, excellent retention and some visible lacing.

S - Mostly spicy with a hint of malty sweetness.

T - Grain and toffee shows up initially, followed quickly by a caramel sweetness, and then it all vanishes. Another sip bears the same burden. The flavor comes and goes so quickly it is hard to savor.

M - Clean and creamy medium body obviously, then a disappointingly watery finish.

D - Doesn't require much thought or effort to enjoy, because there simply isn't much here. Nothing bad, mind you, just nothing that sticks around.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass served from the tap.

A: Pours a dark amber color forming a one finger white to yellow creamy bubbled head. Low retention and few lacings left

T: Sweet. Mild smell of caramel malts. Bit grassy hops. Bit metallic

T: Follows the nose. Strong taste if sweet caramel malts followed by the taste of grassy hops. Good bitter end. Bit metallic too

D: Very light body. Low carbonation. Dry and bitter end. Good drinkability

O: Good session ale. To be enjoyed in a British / Irish pub

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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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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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