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Murphy's Irish Red


The bread notes in this beer are easily its most defining characteristic. It doesn't smell toasty as much as it smells like homemade bread warming in the oven. Even drinking Irish Red is redolent of biting into freshly baked bread: It is incredibly soft and rounded on the palate and leaves many of those same biscuity flavors in your mouth. The hops in this brew need to be more noticeable to keep pace with all the malt flavors, but overall, Heineken (owners of Murphy's) has made a very drinkable brew. When you can get it on tap, do: The head and body are much creamier when the beer's straight from the keg.


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