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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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Ratings: 694 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of janubio
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber colour, rather than red, with a creamy head that does not hold for too long. Aroma of butter, spices, caramel and sulfurous.
Dry rough flavour, mouth of caramel, buttery, some hidden hints of coffee and tobacco. Very good one, and easy to drink at any moment.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.3/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this out of a 12oz bottle. It poured a dark amber to almost caramel color with a small off white head. The head didn't last long and there was no lacing on the glass. The smell was a bit malty, but the taste was sweet, with a hint of hops. This is a very quality beer in my opinion. This is a good beer for watching the game, or even make a good session beer. I would definatly recomend this beer to anyone. Just a little harder to find in my area though.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a big fan of this beer a few years ago and had not drank it in a while I saw it on tap at a bar in the Detroit Airport and thought it was time that I rated it.

Appearance- It poured more of a caramel color than a red. It had just the right amount of foam and left a good lace on the glass.

Smell- A little bit of hops but more malt and yeast.

Taste- Not very bitter and a little more sweet almost balanced. There was slight metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel- Very balanced.

Drinkability- A good versatile beer for just drinking, eating or darn near anything.

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

Poured a rich brown rather than red. Creamy rich head atop a clear liquid. Smell is somewhat nutty with a mild malt characcter and almost no hops. Taste is mild slight nuttiness a bit of sweetness. The aftertaste is dry despite the sweetness. Body is medium to rich with a light carbonation. Overall a quaffable brew and better than the avg macro but nothing great.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice simple Irish Red. Nothing too special. It pours a deep amber color, with medium head and nice lacing.
I can't detect any hop aroma.
The flavor immediately tastes like a full beer, but then it goes away quickly. This may add to drinkability, but it detracts from the beer character.

Overall: crisp clean roasty malt flavor that diminishes quickly. Probably too expensive to be a session beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that provides good lacing

Smell: Vague hints of sugar water solution

Taste: Starts out with a slightly tart unbaked dough flavor that builds in a grainy direction, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors disappear and are replaced with....nothing, nil, nada; after the finish the grainy flavors reappear, however

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite style and not a good interpretation

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Photo of Minkybut
3.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer was a pretty gold red with a nice creamy foamy white head. Nice fresh bread smell. Clean smelling clean tasting beer with a slighly nutty/malty taste. Great lacing alo. I liked the beer and will buy again.

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

12oz brown bottle

Murphy's Red Beer was an amber color and clear. It had a white head that was quickly reduced to a thin layer. The aroma was lightly malty and a touch toasty. The taste was a little sweet malt upront with a dry lighly bitter finish. It was light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was average. This is definately not best Irish Red Ale out there.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-beautiful amber/red body with thick foamy white head. Head fades to the perfect size and stays there while lacing sticks to the glass.

S-nothing noteworthy of the smell. maybe faint malt and carmel to it.

T- the taste is very simple. sweet malt (maybe carmel) that finishes clean. The taste is not strong or bitter. finishes clean.

M-light carbonation with medium body. very smooth.

D-the simple taste and exceptional mouthfeel make this an extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a slightly dull-looking reddish brown, with little of the off-white head and no retention to speak of.

Minimal nose, with some sweetness and pale malts noted. Didn't note the bittering hops I know is there.

Better flavor then I remember. Lightly roasted malts up front, sweetness in the middle, and a bittering finish with an almost grassy flavor. A bit spritzy, but overall a decent mouthfeel on the light side of medium.

Not something I want everyday, but seems very well suited in terms of drinkability for this particular holiday.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear amber hue with a strong red tint. A light tan thick head slowly settles to a thick frothy cap. Solid ringed lacing down the glass.

Toasty malts with a little bit of caramel and butterscotch. A light floral hop aroma is in the background.

Highly toasted malts, almost giving a burnt flavor. A little bit of a slippery butter flavor comes in here and there. There are just enough hops to create a good balance. Medium bodied with high carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry, with a little bit of lingering grain.

Not a bad Irish Red Ale. A good amount of tasty toasted grain. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a red/burgandy color with a foamy, off-white two-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and that's about it.

T - It tasted of malt, clove and grains.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - An okay red beer. Not as good as Murphy's Stout.

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Photo of skizziks
2.47/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a nonic. Very carbonated. 3+" of light beige foam leaps up during the pour. Oddly adjunct lager aroma detected at arms length. Head slowly collapses as a rocky mishmash of shaving cream and bubble bath. Lots of sticking on the glass and good retention. The beer is a very clear ambery-copper or maybe coppery-ambery.

Aroma is weak and watery with more of that adjunct lager character. Stale malts. Maybe a very small amount of herbal hops. Lame.

Hmmm, I let this one warm up a little too much, pretty much cellar temp. Still, not much flavor here. A light sweetness of honey with some grain husk and a hint of roastiness. Sweet mingles nicely with the bitter on its way back and the bitterness with some late carbonation show it the way down the gullet. Grain husk and bitter linger. Astringence (husk) sticks to the cheeks a bit. All very quick and mild.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery with some building foam of carbonation. Medium light body. I'm sure this beer is better about 15degF colder, but I don't get the feeling that it gets that much better. Most likely the last I'll ever have.

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

Fine pour, amber with a sunset red tint, frothy head of ivory that’s thick and gooey. Malty and biscuity in the aroma, but then, the taste disappoints! A bit on the watery thin side, just subtle hints of malt and doughy undertones.

Very drinkable as the abv is low, and it has a decent taste. Just not something to look forward too or seek out

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Photo of soupyman10
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Appealing, very red color, but less than a half-finger of head and no lacing whatsover

S - Mostly malt scent, slight roasted, with a hint of coffee

T - Nice, roasted malt flavor, stronger than the smell but not too strong

M - Highly carbonated, to the detriment of the flavor

D - A good red, but too carbonated in that it masks the flavor. Fairly drinkable, although there are better reds out there at better prices

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

Although this beer claims to be "brewed to the original recipe since 1856," I highly doubt that to be true. Perhaps it is the macro brewing techniques surely used by Heineken that drain character from this beer. I would call it overly crisp for a red, not enough rawness to the characteristics. It has the distinct bittersweet malt notes of a red yet they seem to float around in a watery texture. Endnotes are just a fade out of earlier flavors with mundane hop bitterness. A highly macronized red “beer,” I guess it lost its characterization somewhere in the process of macronizing.

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

Gave this brew a try last evening and I can say that I feel it was a somewhat disappointing choice. The brew was poured to a amber color with a good sized head that broke down quite quickly leaving a little lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma seems to be really just malts that I think gave off a nut and caramel like scent but that could also be coming through in the flavor as that is really what I am picking up after taking a sip. Not a bad brew, just nothing to write home about. Probably a few years ago I would have thought that this was a good brew, now it seems just average at best.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/31/06 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: I had trouble picking up much of a smell, but there’s a little caramelized malt and tea.

T: Taste is light and malty, with flavors of caramel, tea and a touch of hops. Leaves a faint after-taste. Just like the smell, the taste isn’t very strong.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very flavorful, but easy to drink and not too filling, it’s a good beer to pound if macros are your only other choices.

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Photo of Gavage
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear copper in color with a short 1" head that last a while. Light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness is single component in the aroma of this beer.

Taste: malt is up front with a touch of nuttiness and very mild bitterness. Your tastebuds will get bored with this after a while.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium bodied. Very brief lasting malty sweetness sticks to the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: a dull and boring session beer. Better on tap than in bottle, but still not one I long for.

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Photo of beveritt
2.13/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 16oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Can states "Brewed to the original recipe since 1856." Except that now it is brewed in Holland by Heineken in Holland. Doesn' sound very original to me.

Appearance: Pours with a 1 inch foamy head, that falls very quickly to just a few islands of foam, maintained by ever-rising bubbles. The beer itself is, surprise, red, maybe more of a deep amber. Perfectly clear.

Smell: This smells like what I think of when I think of cheap beer. Sweet, but not malty. Hops are grassy and slightly skunky. The scary thing is that it is supposed to smell like this, you can't skunk a can.

Taste: Ugh. Sweet and smoky, almost a chemical-laden flavor. It tastes like burnt food.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation.

Drinkability: My first and last. I picked this up beause I heard a rumour it was not going to be made much longer. Personally, I don't think that would be much of a loss to the beer world.

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Photo of beeragent
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, ending in a nice hazy red finish. 1/2 inch head, that faded quickly, leaving little lacing along the glass. Little nose on this one, but what is there, is a slightly sweet aroma. The mouthfeel is medium. The taste is suprisingly better than expected. Slight amount of sweetness, but not overpowering. This being my first experience with an Irish red ale, I cant really compare this to any others. Overall, this is a very tasty beer, and a very easy beer to session.

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Photo of Phocion
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mildly hazy golden-red with a surprisingly stubborn and rocky white head.

Aroma is weak and one-dimensional. Sweet roasted malts and just a trace of very light hops.

Taste is almost identical to the nose, but a little more pleasant. Creamy roasted/toffee malts with subtle dry hops in the background. Not much else to say.

Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. Although this beer is anything but impressive, it isn't offensive either. Good session beer, but nothing for a special occasion.

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Photo of Phatz
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a red brown amber color with a huge off whit head and moderate lacing.

Smell: A hit of Heineken Hallertau hops, bread malts grain and some toastyness along with a hint of sweet.

Taste: Straightforward Irish amber. Bready malt flavor that is crisp and dry with hops in the finish, that pinch the back of the throat like ginger.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel that fades off in body.

Drinkability: This is an extremely sessionable beer. It is the type of beer I would get in a pitcher while playing pool at a bar the guys. Not something I need to sip in PJ's before bed. It is nothing special, but it is easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of CU570M
2.15/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I am not sure what to say about this beer. It was a sharp tasting beer with full flavors, but It taste a lot like a lot of other beers i have tried. I see this beer has gotten pretty good scores but i honestly didn't find anything special about it. The best thing about this beer was the bottle.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale ruby orange with decent clarity and streams of fast rising bubbles. An effervesent three finger head of dense cream shows excellent retention and lots of sticky lace patches. Clean nose, some mild toasted malt and english hop aromas. Sweet toasted malt and english winter barley flavors upfront, followed by tons of dextrin and a mellow clash of herbal hops. Semi-drying aftertaste, light sweetness, and very balanced hop bitterness. Light bodied with medium-carbonation; an exceedingly smooth mouthfeel. Finishes easy with a touch of residual caramel and mild english hops to match. A session ale for sure.

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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 694 ratings
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