Beer Quote

QUOTES & TOASTS

Live fast, die young and leave a big fat corpse.

— Bart Simpson, The Simpsons
Screw You

WHAT YOU'RE SAYING

Twitter

WE TWEET

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER »»

The Beer Belly: Be The Beer!
Murphys

Murphy’s Irish Red

2.89 average, 19 votes
Loading...
by John Carroll
2009 February 16
Share

Murphy's Irish RedI have had a good deal of Murphy’s Irish Red in my day- and in my nights. For the most part it’s been the draft version as served in a dark, dank Irish Pub. It’s dry, crisp and hoppy with a rich red hue.

The bottled version is also dry, crisp and hoppy with a rich red hue- but it is extremely carbonated. It is carbonated to the point where its taste presents itself like a cheap domestic lager rather than a well crafted red ale. This is unfortunate but it’s not unique to this beer. Over-carbonation seems to be part of the whole bottling process when it comes to beer since shelf life (and evaporation) are a big concern. Among the beers that I find to taste better on tap are Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Harp Lager and Pete’s Wicked Ale- but those bottled versions aren’t bad, they’re just not as good as the draft. The Murphy’s bottled version is a little closer to bad.

It’s sad, but you may want to try a Killian’s Irish Red if you want a better tasting beer- it’s possible that America has once again improved upon a European original. But if you want to keep it Irish, I would recommend Harp Lager over Murphy’s Irish Red, especially if you’re trying to keep it “reel” and red on St. Paddy’s. If you find historical data about a brewer appetizing, it may interest you to know that the Murphy family has been brewing beer in County Cork, Ireland since 1856. In addition to their Irish Red they also brew an Irish Stout. The Murphy family is second only to the Guinness family in the production of beer in Ireland and it’s export out of Ireland.

There are 13 archived comments… View All
Pardon us while we pay for beer...

Share

2
Leave a Reply (New comment system--please up/down vote!)

avatar
800
2 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
1 Comment authors
Jim M.Brian's Belly | St. Patrick’s Day: “Céad Míle Fáilte” One Hundred Thousand Welcomes Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Jim M.
Guest
Jim M.

If you want to go with Harp you are not going Irish but rather going Canadian. If I’m not mistaken Guinness closed the Dundalk brewery quite awhile ago and licensed Harp to be brewed in Canada. You might try Smithwicks which is the Guinness owned ale that replaced Bass in their portfolio. Guinness wanted to import Smithwicks into the U.S. for many years but was unable to due to a contractual agreement with Bass. When Bass left it opened the door for Smithwicks importation.

trackback

[…] Fáilte” One Hundred Thousand Welcomes on Brian’s Belly Presents: Our Trip to IrelandBrian’s Belly | Murphy’s Irish Red on Harp Lager, Quarters for the Meter, and Heaps o’ Troubleglen on Beck’s Oktoberfest: […]