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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Ratings: 688 |  Reviews: 326
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 JMad
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was a red copper color with a thick foamy white head that left a lot of lacing. Smells of grassy, lemony hops with a slight aroma of toasted caramel malt.The flavor is pretty much the same with the bitter lemon and grassy hops, there is an aftertaste of toasted bread. The feel is light with some stinging carboination and a dry finish. I thought this was a decent beer, it hasn't got very good reviews but I would drink this any day.

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Photo of RickS95
2.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like icea tea in a glass. It's very clear, with a slight red hue. Pours a nice white head that craters quickly and then dissipates.

Smells like sour rye. Kind of pilsnerish.

Tastes better than I thought it would, but still not great. Similar to the smell, a combination of sweet and sour/tangy with some peppery spice. The longer the beer stays in the swallow, the more sour it becomes.

Light to medium bodied at best, the more you drink the worse it feels on the palate. It eventually becomes a cross between bitter and sour.

It's not a very good beer. Has few redeeming qualities and not something I'd want to drink again. Not even sure I want to finish the glass.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.18/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a crystal clear, copper-red coloring with LOTS of carbonation. Pours a huge off-white head that cascades down to a manageable two inches. Caramelly nose with bubble gum/cotton candy notes, as well. Slight toasty scents, also. The beer has extremely light flavors riding a crisp and light body. Sweet flavors ranging from nutty to caramel, but lacking in any robust features. The beer tastes watery. Low malty aftertaste, the beer has a weak and rapid finish, which is the only merciful thing about this. Disappointing.

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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 eric5bellies
2.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours an Amber colour, with a white head that dies quick but does lace.

S - Plenty of sweet malt.

T - A little malt and stewed fruit but not much else.

M - Overcarbonated for me and medium to light body.

D - Not a great beer but OK for a session

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Photo of richkrull
3.59/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at Erin's Snug Irish Pub in Madison, WI.

Poured a very dark amber color with a good amount of head on it.

Didn't smell a whole lot besides malt.

The taste was pretty good, nothing spectacular but nice. Some bitterness in the finish.

Very smooth, good mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable beer, nothing overly exciting but it was a good beer.

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

My first taste of their Red Ale...I dig their Stout.

There's a bunch of numbers under the imported by on the label. I'm guessing that the first numbers, 0321 means it was bottled on the 321st day of 2010.

It sure has a very nice deep amber gold colour, produces a 1 inch head of foam and loads of lacing.

The smell is grainy, toasty, some caramel malt sweetness, a hint of some citrus. Not too shabby.

The taste is kind of a let down. There's some toasted malt, maybe a bit too much and dominating, a bit of sweetness, some bitterness for bitterness sake because it sure doesn't resemble anything citrus, and with that said and done, after about mid palate, things turn decidedly watery.

Light body, medium carbonation, okay mouth feel.

I'm not a big fan of this Irish Red but I'm glad I tried it. 5 more bottles to go. Maybe I'll throw some in a stew of some sort.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber gold and clear with some nice lacing. The lacing is quite respectable despite its othe qualities. It smells of lightly toasted malt and not much else. It tastes like it smells, pretty one dimensional, not bad, just nothing special. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some carbonation. I could probably make this a session beer if nothing else with more character is lurking about. Cheers.

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Photo of ColoradoRocket
2.26/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Faint orange hue, one finger head, active carbonation, minimal lacing.

Smell - Musty Malt.

Taste - Heavy malt, metallic finish.

Mouthfeel - Minimal water like mouthfeel. Heavy carbonation.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, not great.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.44/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. Pours amber color with a small, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and piny hops. Body is quite thing. Flavor was a big disappointment - stale, earthy hops. At least I did not have to pay for this. May be I'll rerate it when I have a chance.

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Photo of wfcoyne
2.64/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Beautiful amber color. Settles after a few moments leaving some lacing.

S - Malt. Lots of it.

T - Pretty average. Malty. Some complexity but nothing wowing.

M - Thin and unexciting.

D - Goes down fairly smooth. Not unpleasant. Easy drinker for those who usually stick to domestics.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.54/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The brew pours a golden copper color, with a foamy off-white head of three fingers. As the head diminishes, a thick lacing is left around the glass. The liquid is otherwise crystal clear, with normally active carbonation. The aroma is simple, as it is composed, primarily, of heavy malts and a tinny character. To counter, there is the faintest hint of sweet hops. The taste begins with big malty flavor. This comes through bolder throughout the middle, as there is a suggestion of roasted malts bringing it forward. The aftertaste is mildly sweet with an enormous bitter metallic character, likely secondary to the brew's hopping. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery, in keeping with the light body and low carbonation of the beer. The brew goes down as smoothly as any light beer, with the metallic flavoring keeping it from being a great drinking beer.

Overall, what we liked most about this beer was the relatively deep colors of the brew itself. However, the generous tins and metals given through the nose, and followed in the taste, make this lighter beer less than satisfying.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a moderate amber with an off-white head. The nose brings some light biscuit and caramel malt along with a touch of earthy hops. A very slight floral character as well. Taste is mostly some light bread and toast with a bit of bitterness that comes through in the finish and helps add at least a touch of complexity to this. Otherwise, pretty plain.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/25/2010:

12 oz bottle at 42* into a Murphy's pint glass.

A: This pours a clear, dark red color with lots of carbonation and a half-finger of super creamy head.

S: It smells like rye, caramel, butterscotch, and toffee. How inviting!

T: It starts off sweet and malty with strong breadiness, toffee, and a bitter rye finish.

M: This is light bodied and creamy as hell.

D: This is tasty, super drinkable, and a terrific session beer.

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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 StaveHooks
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber brown. Huge 3 finger heads

S - Earthy grain, muted spice, bready malt, metallic notes.

T - Slighlty sweet caramel, along with some grain. Some earthy bitterness show up. Unfortunately some metal. Tea-like tannins coat the mouth on the finish for a dry aftertaste.

This is an easy drinking beer. Good dry finish. My only complaint about this was the metallic flavors coming through. Otherwise a good Irish Red.

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Photo of popery
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A serviceable, malt-forward red ale. This beer pours a transparent reddish-amber with a creamy, off-white head. The aroma is mostly caramel malt with some lightly toasted bread notes mixed in. There are also traces of smoke way in the background. The taste is relatively sweet, fairly water. Less intensity in the mouth than the nose. The feel starts smooth and almost good but it gets very thin and watery after the initial sensation. I'm not entirely sure what differentiates this beer from a (mediocre) Scottish Ale. It's not hard to drink, but I'm bored after only a couple sips.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a huge head and retains only a little lacing throughout. The color is brown/gold/red, but overall a bit lighter than expected

There are some caramel malts present in the smell, but the beer smells like an adjunct to me. I was excited to try the beer after seeing the pour, but the smell turned me off.

The beer's taste is not much better. There are some sweet malts and a little hop flavour; but overall, it tastes like someone mixed a good beer with an adjunct. More and more of an alcohol taste as the beer warms.

The feel of this beer is average, the alcohol is present, but the beer has a decent body and carbonation. The beer is drinkable in a pinch, I would take it over a BMC but not much else.

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Photo of e11a627
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass and shared with newk340.
A: Brown, orange, brandy. Nice light head.

S: No distinct aromas. Nothing fancy.

T: Taste of candy at the end with exhale. Otherwise tastes like a light beer.

M: Flat at first but a punch at the end with swallow.

D: It's a nice light tasting beer. Goes down nice. Very drinkable. I guess I was expecting more.

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Photo of newk340
2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a dark brown/amber color.

S: i'd have to say it smelled nothing more than a cheap amber.

T: no overwhelming taste or redeeming qualities, a cheap college session beer.

MF/D: rather flat leaving the drinkability rather average, however a step up from a cheap light beer. i'd banish it to the beer pong table.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation: Snow day #4... and not even in March yet...
Glassware: Kisatsky's pub pint...
Appearance: burnt orange, mildly effervescent body; thick, creamy pillows of off-white head--a classic ale body...
Aroma: malty--bread/dough yeast is dominant; some secondary notes have a floral substance, but they don't seem vibrant...
Palate: a bit too smooth--little resistance to the throat; warm at the back; the balance isn't bad, and the drink itself is no obstacle...
Taste: tart, mellow and pale in its aleness...a bit candied and sugary; caramel ends the experience...
Overall: reminds me of a shade of ale, almost a sample--because the odd lagerish quality, one that fizzes and makes great pace, makes this more of a swiftly produced Irish-themed seller for March...I can accept that I am easily led by holiday displays at Bottle King, but there are cheaper, local brews that can do the same as this...

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark, thin bodied, amber. Pours about a one finger, foamy, brown-hued head. Settles fairly slowly. Head pretty much completely dissipates. Does leave some spotty lacing, but mostly it just retreats back into the brew.

S: Pungent malt, yeast, and sharp hops. Almost that new tier smell.

T: Really pungent flavor. The hops are probably the strongest component here. It's not overly sharp, but the pungency overpowers the other components enough that the hops are most noticeable.

M: Medium body, the character really covers the palette. A little steely finish.

D: This is a decent sipping beer. Nothing wrong with it, but might be tough to work your way through multiples.

Atmosphere is decent. Pretty solid appearance, although it seems a little 'thin'. The nose is pretty characteristic of the style, and nothing really exciting to talk about. Flavor is kinda' harsh. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Rusty orange color, fairly transparent. Two finger head that dissipated leaving around a little lacing.

S - Not a whole lot here, little caramel, malty. Pretty earthy, a little grassy.

T - Yuck, not much going on here. Just some very bland caramel malts that taste a little grassy. Don't care much for this.

M - The blandness here is not helped by the relative flatness of this beer. Medium bodied, but just feels like dead pond water.

D - It's boring and tastes bad, but guess it's easy enough to get down.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330mL brown glass bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A: the beer is a clear orange color with indeed some rusty coloration in there. A bit of carbonation within. Head reached 2 and a half fingers, was offwhite, and had moderate retention.

S: A little hint of fruitiness, some bread and some spice. A bit of an off twang at the end.

T: Bready at first, and holding strong til the finish. A touch of toast in there close to the end, then a slight bitterness. Very basic beer, but also very easy going.

I'd gladly accept one of these anytime, and sometimes at these BG bars, this is the best offering. Not too bad, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
3.18 out of 5 based on 688 ratings.
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