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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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Photo of Eldalonde
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a beautiful color of brown and red. The head is real nice in that it stays with the beer and it laces the glass. It has a rather lively carbonation when first poured. Overall, this beer looks great, but it just doesn't taste near as good as it looks. The flavor can be rather disappointing. Having said that, it's not a bad beer. It goes well with food and the flavors improve as it sits.

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Photo of PapaEugene
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A regular supermarket beer in The Netherlands. The one time I tried to order it in Dublin the barman was looking at me if I was a totally crazy. Never heard of Irish Red.

A: A dark yellow/light amber color and a thick white head.

S: Malts, caramel and some hops.

T: Again malts, caramel, hops and some raisin fruitness. Slight metallic tint.

M: Medium carbonation, light body.

D: Allthough not impressive as a taste pallete, I still think this beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz. can. Has a brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is somewhat sweet, fairly mild. Taste is also sweet, a bit of malts and quite refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this is a quality brew worth checking out.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours from the bottle really more of a pale straw/gold, but ends up a deepish amber, though in no way is it truly red. The head is a beige/white mix sith a creamy layer on top of small, tight bubbles, about four fingers tall. not much active carbonation, and all together pretty standard looking with an over aggressive head.

S: A little malty, but I have a sneaking suspision this is just a Adjunct Lager type thing with some food coloring. I get no hops, but upon some investigation, a little spiciness and roast, I suppose.

T: Thin, bland, perhaps a little malt, but not much. A touch of bitter. Not bad I suppose, very quaffable, but other than that...

M: Thin and watery, not flat, but no crispness whatsover.

D: Very drinkable, but why would you want to? Even Killians is better than this.

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Photo of thekanna
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Transparent amber color with a large head upon a turbid pour.

S: Some sweet malts and yeast. Nothing too unique.

T: A nutty yeastiness bequeaths a sweet red bean-like malt and some phenols.

M: Goes down extremely smooth and creamy, with very light carbonation.

D: Not bad for providing refreshment and cutting through sharp flavors. I had this with lamb biryani at an Indian restaurant and it was a nice relief from the spiciness of the dish.

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Photo of illidurit
3.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very effervescent light amber color with a thick creamy off-white head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma is cereal grains and a metallic twang reminiscent of copper. Flavor is sweet caramel up front, tangy toasty notes in the middle, and then a lasting grainy finish with a bit of mineral character. Not too bad actually. Mouthfeel is thin and overcarbonated.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It poured with a nice, 2-finger, off-white (nearly tan) head. The body was a rich, copper color with lots of tiny carbonation rushing to the surface. The head fell to a very full lace and left lots of sticky rings around the glass.

S- The aroma was mainly doughy malts with some earthy hops adding to the balanced mix. Maybe a little light.

T- Very refreshing flavor. It was a nice mix of grainy malts that give a good caramel flavor that is cut with the earthy hops noted in the aroma.

M- Strong carbonation provided a tingle on the tongue, add that to a little hop bite, and you know you're drinking a beer. Full malt profile provides a little grainy kick. Pretty solid.

D- A good beer. The style celebrates subtleties. I can see drinking a few in a sitting, but all said, I'm not going to seek this beer out.

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Photo of Duhast500
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a reddish orange with some slight white head but no lacing.

The smell is a bit malty with a some slight hints of hops.

The taste is a little spicey with a bit of a toffee and caramel flavor.

This beer goes down easy but downs have a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Is a pretty easy drinking beer and is light in ABV making a for a good session beer.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear reddish amber color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Hay and wet grains. Slightly sweet malt and bittering hops.

T: Malt up front with a sweet taste that lingers through the mild bitter finish.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Dry and crisp.

D - Easily drinkable and somewhat flavorful. Nothing special or memorable.

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Photo of GreyMorel
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Not red, but rather an amber color with some gold around the edges. Refridgerated bottle poured a dence off-white head with decent retention.

S - Very simple, with malts being prominent

T - Also very simple. Malts upfront followed by hops. Clean finish.

M - fairly crisp with good carbonation

D - Drinkability is good. The simple taste, clean finish, and moderate carbonation combine to produce a beer that slides down happily.

Overall a good beer. Not something that your going to sit and ponder, but a solid drinker you can grab without wory.

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Photo of thain709
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A dark cooper body...I wouldn't say red...an off white head that disappeared quickly...no lacing

S - Some malts coming through...nothing special

T - The malts are there...but they aren't strong but yet they aren't lacking...a slight metallic taste...once again nothing special

M - Medium body...a tad thin

D - After all that's stated above...I could drink this beer as a session beer...it was a nice choice at the Irish pub

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro Tap to the rescue--> I honestly don't believe that I am the first to have it this way. Speak up people.

Appearance- A nice light tan cream head, which lasts to the end of the glass, what a nitro head delivers. The body is a pale red, but this is being generous.
Smell- A weak watery scent of roasted grains and slightly of caramel.
Taste- A soft grain feel with a hint of hops. Some toasted malt and nice roasted grain notes, much better than the nose indicates.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The Nitro helps reduce the body into a lighter creamer version of its former self and help smooth out the beer. It also has the tendecy to make it like water but sadly it does change this beer to much for the better.

Summary- The unloved child of the Murphy's family and for good reasons. Stick with other Irish Reds.

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Photo of BierBreath305
2.33/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1. This beer is not Irish.
2. This beer is not red
3. This beer is not an Irish Red

Brewed and canned By Heineken in Holland. Go figure, because it smells just like a Heiny and has the same fluffy head that disappears completely in about 35 seconds. Taste is also similar, maybe just a touch more malt than a Heineken.

In my opinion, the only thing that differentiates this red can from a green can is the ever-so-slightly darker color of the beer.

Don't waste your money, this beer is not what you think it is. Not even close. Murphy's Stout kicks ass but this is mislabeled garbage.

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Photo of justincolts
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a very thick and fluffy head. The color is something of a golden reddish color.

Smell-Adequate, nothing to be repelled or absorbed by

Taste- Drinkable, not a lot going on otherwise.

Mouthfeel- A bit light, without the crispness of a good red beer. Not offensive by any mean.s Adequate.

Drinkability- Pretty drinkable. Certainly not a bad beer, I've had better Red beers, but hard to mind drinking it either.

A significantly average beer, nothing really horrible, nothing extremely great

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.4/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale copper in color with a light foam head that quickly breaks up when poured into a pint glass. I am not able to pick up anything striking on the nose. The taste seems a bit odd and is reminiscent of some macrobrew or over produced craft beer that I have had but cannot place. I wouldn't call it a great beer for sure. It is pretty common. I suppose I could see some being into it, but it just doesn't get it done for me.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up on tap at the local pub. Little to no head, but that is basically how all pints are poured there. Arrived a darker, but very clear red. Very thin aroma, can't really characterize it. Taste is smooth and light, not nearly as full as I would have expected from an Irish red. Very drinkable though, due to its overall lightness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Big, fluffy head which was quickly gone. Not really a red. More of a dark amber color. Slight lacing which I was surprised by.

S - Malty. Slightly surrounded by finishing hops.

T - Malty start with a dry, hoppy finish. Nothing special at all.

M - Crisp but still somewhat flavorful.

D - Easily drinkable. Not much here as far as a great beer goes. Its a pretty standard beer that, if you want something different from an MGD, it'll do ok for you.

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Photo of patobandito
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In honor of St. Patty's day. (it was the only Irish beer in my fridge) Here goes

Pours a malty brown color with a thick foamy head that took about a minute to disapate. Leaves a thin lacing down my glass. Smells mostly of a roasty malt. Tastes similar with a sweetness to it. Didnt really like it at first, but after a few sips it began to grow on me. Its actually quite tasty. Its better than other Irish reds i've add (read: Killians) but its not fantabulous. Its a bit on the thin side, but that is my only complaint.

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Photo of adamette
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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 nrbw23
2.86/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark amber color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S- Aroma is mild and slightly malty. Kind of bland not a whole lot going on here.

T- Overall, I was pretty disappointed by this brew. Toffee and caramel maltiness with a sweet, grainy flavor in the middle with a bit of hop bitterness in the end.

M- Felt a little watery, medium body and carbonation.

D- Ok to drink there's just better out there.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.67/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz classy can

Appearance: Dark, burnt orange beer with a moderate ivory cap which soon fades to a light film

Smell: Mild sweet caramel, hints of tart apple

Taste: Mildly toasty (quite nice) caramel, light biscuit, slight minerality; this is all nice, but there's nothing that really stands out

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite smooth

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: This is a good Irish Red, not great...I'd probably pick up a Sam Adams Irish Red or a Boulevard Irish Ale over this

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Photo of CMW
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another find while cleaning out the fridge...

A - Pours a translucent amber color with a small but persistant off white head. Carbonation appears to be fairly low. There is also a decent amount of lacing present.

S - Mostly malt with a hint of sweetness mixed in.

T - The malt is the main flavor but there is also some sweet notes. Fairly lackluster taste.

M - Very thin and watery with almost no carbonation.

D - While I can drink these easily, it doesn't mean I will. Middle of the road brew.

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Photo of stockingcpl
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This brew pours with a wonderfully thick head. Sustain is excellent. Lacings are plentiful and surface spiderwebbing is consistant and lasting. Color is indeed a reddish amber. EXCELLENT first impression.

Smell: Aroma is thin with Euro Pale Lager as the predominant amell. This is interesting considering this is supposed to be an ale. Malt is thin as is hops. Not to good here.

Taste: Well....I have to admit...this does taste like a strong version of Heinekin. I would rate this as a strong Euro Pale. Taste curve is fairly sharp during onset. Sustain is rather long even if it is tapered. Hops strong during onset. Citrus is typical Heinekin, but a little stronger. Sustain is a sloppy aftertaste. Not well designed recipe.

Mouthfeel: I don't have much to say here. This is literally a strong yet poor quality Heinekin. Additionally all the aftertaste follows this same design. Not impressed.

Drinkability: Again, little comment. Heavy presence (hops and aftertaste) make this a mildly palatable drink that sits heavy on the stomache. Unfortunately there is no sugar or spice presence to offset this heaviness. Average and forgetable.


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Photo of mobyfann
2.87/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Paid around $1.80 for a pint can at The Party Source...

The beer pours a clear amber colored based, minimum head retention and no lacing, meh... aroma is sweet malts wiht a touch of skunk.

As IrishRacer reviewed before me, completely agree with him, a slightly modified Heineken with an Irish label, a no-no. Smooth in the mouth with moderate carbonation and light mouthfeel and at 5% abv is drinkable but not a session beer.

Final Thought: Brewed in Amsterdam, wtf? The only drug sold in Amsterdam (that is worthy) is not a brew, so specialize in what you do best. Disappointed!

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is the color of tarnished worn pennies with a whitish head. The head is quick to fall but the beer is still impressive in color.

Scent is lackluster. There are lightly toasted malts and grains but it smells weak, watered down and not to fresh. Masked is a light caramel with no evidence of a hop in sight.

Taste is well rounded but still less then stellar. The sweetness of the grains are somewhat pleasing but I get the same pleasure from drinking a coors light. Kind of a harsh statement but none the less true. This beer has no real character and the flavors are muted and dull like the scents.

Mouthfeel is in the same boat, not fantastic just ok. This beer reminds me of drinking a weak iced tea that has been brewed with some dirty tap water. An above average beer but only inches above that line.

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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 693 ratings
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