Murphy's Irish Red | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish RedMurphy's Irish Red
691 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Ratings: 691 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of pandashaver
1.84/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma screamed macro lager: light bread and metallic. Appearance is this beer's best feature: 2 finger somewhat off-white head on a reddish amber transparent body. Fizzy head dissipated quickly, but maintained a small (<1/2 finger) head throughout. Flavor was watery and much like a macro, lacking depth. No bitterness or sweetness. Palate was watery and went down like water. Not lingering and very forgettable. Metallic aftertaste and finish. Overpriced for what it is, lacking in depth and character. Not enjoyable on it's own. Probably will not have again. I was, however, impressed by the mild head retention throughout.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber pour and with a little white head. Not much to the smell basically just a bit of malt. Tastes pretty good I was worried that it might be a little light in taste. Flavor came more alive as it warmed up near the bottom. Overall it wasn't bad a decent beer that you can enjoyably have a few of.

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Photo of Bagman007
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Deep red coloring with a yellow hint to it.

S- Faint malty smell. Not a whole lot there.

T- Good taste to it, but nothing special. Doesn't really stand out from other Irish Red's.

M- A little bitter, but not too bad. Goes down easy.

D- Definitely a drinkable beer several times during a sitting.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never saw this one at the package store until recently so gave it a whirl.

Eh, nothing too great here. Not as good as Sam Adams or Hooker in terms of the style as this one is kind of boring. It's light bodied and easy to drink which gives it alot of points though. Some caramel malt can be detected but not too much.. a decent beer but nothing great.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this (several times) on tap on a cruise ship. Nothing really outstanding in the nose or flavor, but nothing wrong with it either. Bright copper color with a medium off-white head and decent lacing, this beer went down smooth and had a nice rounded finish.

Definitely a good session beer!

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Photo of Douglas88
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet caramel malts and some light grassy notes. The taste was fairly skunked; sweet caramel malts, light hops and grassy flavors also. Overall, decent, but a bit off. Slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murphy's Irish Red..

Appearance-deep red color, sticky lace on the head which isn't big but is there.

Smell-malty, some alcohol, nothing extraordinary.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malty upfront, smooth mouthfeel, flavor is somewhat unbalanced, needs some more hops I think, just tasted muddled and had a little bit of residual flavor I didn't like that much.

Drinkability-smooth, some flavors that I don't like that much but it' ok, certainly easy drinking.

Overall-an ok Irish Red, not nearly as good as some others but not the worst beer I've ever had. I'm much more partial to the stout.

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Photo of JamesS
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light red/amber color, very see-through, with just a bit of head and a little bit of nice lacing. Nice scent, very sweet and malty, and very slight. Good taste, malty and sweet, with a nice Irish red tang to it, with just not quite enough hops to give it a better balance. It does go down very smooth, extremely nice and clean on the palate.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish amber in color with a think khaki head. Little retebtion or lacing.

S - Very faint aroma of sweet dark malts. The nose just wasnt there.

T - Very sweet up front with a caramel and toasted sugar taste. A very faint spicy hoppiness came through quickly but did not linger. Just not much substance to the taste.

M/D - Thin to medium feel and decent carboantion. A little on the sticky side. Nothing I would seek out again but also not a beer I would pass on if offered.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Perhaps the can wasn't the best way to go, but hey. Poured (yeah, I poured it from the can) a light red that was seethru with a minimal head and no lacings. A metallic smell (go figure) with just a hint of hops and I couldn't detect any malts clearly. Too medicinal for my liking, there is an alcohol burn even though this isn't very strong. Contained a decent hop punch with some punch as it passed over the tongue but then left my pallete dry. Hints of some roasted/caramel malt to make it pass, but it turned a little watery. I don't know which I prefer, this or Killian's, and that's not a good thing. The Murphy's Stout is much better.

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a crisp light copper with a thin frothy head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a bit of caramel and very slight hops. The taste is much fuller and well balanced, crisp caramel malt and earthy hops with a slight dryness. The beer is medium bodied and dry with slight carbonation. This is a great example of the style and at least on draft, seems much better than the reviews show.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this was a beer I would recomend, and it is from my grandma's area of County Cork this was definatly a brew I would highly recomend, I thougouhhhhly engoyed this beeer, I am drunk by the way. soo I cannot participate in the great rev9ew process. I actully think of this beer as an amuture Irish beeer.

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Photo of ralree
2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Clear, reddish orange, no retention, no lacing, 2-finger head goes away in 10 seconds, bubbles stick to the side, so it looks over-carbonated like soda. Looks terrible.

S: Malt liquor with a little bit of hop backing. Smells just a little bit better than Coors Light.

T: Malt liquor taste, a little hop backing. Not anything else but alcohol, which is overpowering. Lack of flavor on swallow other than a slight bitter bready twinge. Not a good beer.

M: Over-carbonated (burns the tongue), a little syrupy, medium-bodied, non-astringent.

D: Terrible - I cannot finish at all. I'll never buy it again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.94/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a pathetic beer.

Looks nice in the glass - good amber colour with contrasting white head.

Nose is suggestive of light roasted/toasted malts, with faint citrus.

Palate is light bodied, slightly harsh, light malt flavor with weak hops to balance. Almost like a bud light version of an irish amber. What went wrong with this beer?

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Photo of giblet
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer was interesting. i had it years ago and hated it. times change and tastes change. i had it today and it was pretty damn good. poured nice with surprising little head. nice carbonation. decent lace in me glass. very light reddish amba color. nice malty taste and a decent finish. this was pretty damn good. i see that it is now brewed by heineken. not that that is bad.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of ZorPrime
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this beer when I was in Orlando on a business trip. Wanted to try something new from the Irish... decided to go with the Red instead of the Stout! yeah, I was crazy.

I have to say, this beer is hard to define with the smell and does not taste as usual for a red beer. Nevertheless, it was a good beer to drink but on glass was enough.

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Photo of batty
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance is a orangey-biscuity golden brown, completely clear and with plenty of carbonation. off white head drops fairly quickly, but leaves a thin layer.

can't get much out of the smell of this brew.. bit of biscuity malts and alcohol after too much effort.

taste is more interesting than i gave it credit for the first time i tried this beer. on close inspection you find a hint of fruit and hops right on the front, lightly malty very clean middle, nice bitter and crisp finish.

medium-light mouthfeel, decent carbonation and all pretty crisp-clean, though maybe a tiny sticky on the end. could definitely continue on these for quite some time, though in all honesty really not my style.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Nine Druken Irishmen in Sin City. The appearance is nice deep red with a creamy lace head. The nose has slight hoppy spiciness, not much else. The same for the taste better than you average american macro, but lacking. The taste was watery, refreshing, slight hops. The mouthfeel fairly carbonated and refreshing. Could be an OK session brew.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looking at the pour it's not very red. More gold with a subtle red hue. Doesn't make a strong impression in any regard. Taste is malty as heck with just a touch of hops to barely balance things. As malty as it is, it's not overly sweet. Fairly drinkable, but there's better reds out there.

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Photo of gunnerman
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass pours a reddish hue with a minimal head that leaves little lace on the glass. Smell is a bit skunky, I was dissapointed this smell coming from a can. Taste was a bit bland a bit of a bitter mess with a hint of hop sweetness in there as well. Overall I had some High expectation of this beer but was totally let down. I will not try this again.

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Photo of nickfl
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Ample, slightly off white head that settles quickly, but leaves good lace. Copper color with good clarity.

S - Toasty, biscuity malt aroma with a hint of smoke. No hops.

T - Toffee and caramel maltiness with a sweet, grainy flavor in the middle. Caramel and roast malt with mild bitterness in the finish. Slight diactyl.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a moderately dry finish.

D - The aroma is a bit weak, but the flavor is spot on for the style. Overall, it is quite drinkable but I can't say I really liked it; something about the balance of the malt character is just kind of unpleasant.

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Photo of Moxley
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on tap at an Irish Bar called Molly's in Gramercy Park in Manhattan.

Average beer, looked like a flat cola with a beige 1/2 inch head that settled about half way through with moderate lacing.

It had a pretty strong metallic like flavor with hops up front and a malty finish. Pretty typical for this style of beer.

Probably wouldn't have it again, but I'm glad I tried it.

This could definitely be a session beer if you're in to this style.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

sooo my bar got this just for st pats day. maybe it was the wrong choice...

A- clear reddish-brown dirty penny color with a nice creamy puffy off-white head. cap has decent retention after a hard pour and a glass with preexisting lace crusties...a decent bit of lace as well, even in a clean glass.

S- some weak caramel malt and noble hop aroma crossed with some english hops. right away it's evident that this beer is affiliated w heineken. some off-metallic odors and toasted grains, grassy, weak.

T- weak taste as well, mineral water, metallic coin taste matched the dirty copper color. a hint of caramel, diacetyl, cooked veggies, grassy straw, not what i expected in red from ireland. a bit of spicy grassy hop flavor and weak pale raw barley & noble hop finish. tastes more german than anything.

MF- thin body, medium carbonation...seems lacking.

D- good D though, watery and chuggable!

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

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance : red/amber color, with white foam head
Smell : caramel, malt and fruity aromas
Taste and mouthfeel : slight caramel tone to the flavour, sweet and creamy, fruity and roasty
Drinkability : an average beer in Irish red ale style

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The canned version doesn't start off promising in flavor (comparable to the tap version I had some time ago), but given some time to warm up, it becomes a more palatable beer with less astringency. I choose this beer for St. Patrick's day when I was at my friend's house, though the irony is this is brewed in Holland by Heineken. Nothing impressive, just a decent mass producd red ale.

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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 691 ratings
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