Murphy’s Irish Red Beer

Another review tonight. I mean, what goes better with watching Criminal Minds? I had Katie’s baked ziti for dinner tonight and the rest of the prosciutto bread she brought too. It was possible the best prosciutto bread I’ve ever had. It had a hint of pepper to it, which I really got into. And now I’m hungry again. Anyways, this beer is an actual Irish beer from Ireland. I’ve only had one other beer from the brewery, so let’s see how this one goes.

ABV: 5%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to, “After the Murphy’s brand was bought by Dutch brewer Heineken International, “Irish Red” was launched for the export market, as it was hoped that it would be more popular than stout overseas. The label copy for Murphy’s Irish Red (33cl bottle) states : ‘Product of the Netherlands.'”

Random: Criminal Minds is one of the only shows that I actually set time aside to watch during the week. It’s a bit of a routine in my house.

Indeed, the bottle does say that this is a “product of the Netherlands.” But, it poured with a huge and fluffy two-finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear brown color with lots of carbonation visible through the pint glass. The nose had notes of caramel malt, mineral water, toffee sweetness and a bit of hops. The taste was not nearly as good as the nose, and I didn’t even think that the nose is outstanding. The mineral quality was more pronounced in the taste than the nose. This overwhelmed all other flavors. There may have been a bit of caramel malt in there, but I couldn’t get it due to the other flavor. The finish lingered with the expected mineral/metallic quality. The body was slightly thicker than expected with moderate carbonation. This brew was a borderline drainpour. Avoid…

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Murphy’s Irish Stout

On Saturday, my buddy and I went out to check out a local bar. It’s one of the few bars in the area, since now I live in the middle of nowhere, and although I’ve been here almost a year, I haven’t been to all of the bars. Some of the local bars aren’t the nicest, but my sister told me this one had decent food, so we ventured out to watch the Yankees game. After a few Sam Adams Summer Ales, I decided to review this Irish stout.

ABV: 4%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Murphy’s Irish Stout is a dry stout brewed in County Cork according to the original recipe by Murphy’s Brewery since 1856. In comparison to its heavier and more bitter chief competitors, Guinness and Beamish, Murphy’s is a lighter and sweeter dry stout. Its flavour is evocative of caramel and malt, and is described as ‘a distant relative of chocolate milk.’ The resemblance to milk extends beyond flavour to texture; Murphy’s is free from any hint of carbonation, and is delivered ‘black as strong cappuccino’ with an inch of foam – ‘the head’ – on top. The head, in particular, is lauded for its remarkably thick and creamy nature and its ‘spoonable’ density.”

Random: Murphy’s is now owned by Heineken…

This brew poured with a thick off white creamy head on a dark brown, almost brown body. I love watching a beer like this cascade and settle. It was so pretty. Anyways, I didn’t see any carbonation due to the color of the brew. The nose had roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of coffee and maybe even some vanilla in there. On the first sip, to me, this was very similar to Guinness. The roasted malts come out a lot with the chocolate taking a back seat. There was low carbonation on the brew and it was a bit on the creamy side. I thought that this was a little lighter than Guinness, but all-in-all, very similar. The finish lingered with a bit of bitterness. I continued to sip on the beer, trying to figure out how different it was from Guinness. What I came up with was that it was a hint smoother and less bitter and definitely lighter. I didn’t have a problem finishing this pint and really enjoyed it. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0