Murray's Icon 2IPA - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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Reviews by davidfoley:
2.85/5 rDev -24.4%
Appearance - Straw to amber in colour; No clarity; Strong carbonation; Off white head, good moderate retention;
Smell - Floral spicy hop aroma; Mild sweet malt smell; Citrus, dried fruit & vanilla
Taste - Hops, citrus fruits, dried fruits, banana, sweet, tangy dry finish
Mouthfeel - Medium body, good carbonation, tangy finish
Overall - Poorly balanced, a little to sweet and tangy
12-08-2011 13:37:28 | More by davidfoley
More User Reviews:
2.35/5 rDev -37.7%
Brought over from Australia
Appearance: watch the pour! head is aggressive with big bubblebath suds that have staying power; apricot color, very hazy, probably unfiltered
Aroma: resinous hops with some sweet citrus pairing up well - grapefruit, orange peel
Taste & Mouthfeel: intense, sharp carbonation; heady alcohol; almost medicinal pine flavour, like a mild Buckley's; metallic, tinny; very odd bitter finish, like the pith of an orange; some caramel malt lurking as balance
Overall: I find myself almost hesitating with each sip, wary of the cutting mouthfeel and astringent hop flavour; it's not a pleasant drink, gives the sense of having been boiled too long and any subtle notes removed
Maybe an effect of the travel, who knows
11-15-2012 02:11:39 | More by BGDrock
4.47/5 rDev +18.6%
Clear red-amber appearance. 1 finger head which leaves a fair amount of lacing.
Truckloads of citrussy, resiny, piney hops. There is a good amount of sweetness in the smell to back up the hops, but not too much by any means. A sort of savoury smell that I cant put my finger on too. Loverly!
Immediately presented with hop flavours ranging from grapefruit, orange and even maybe kumquat to piney resiny flavours. Strong bitterness too. Great malt backbone in the sense that the sweetness adds balance but doesnt encroach on the hop territory. Just great. One of my favourite beers for sure.
Moderate to low carbonation, probably due to the growler with a smooth but not too viscous mouthfeel. Each sip screams out for more!
03-31-2010 09:41:37 | More by jbowers56
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a lovely ruby/amber with a small off-white head that shows good persistence and lacing.
Aroma is fruity as! Tangerine, pineapple, paw paw, grapefruit and passion fruit. Then there's some spicy and resinous hops in the background, along with some sweet malts.
Taste is some brief citrus fruit up front before a strong sweet malty backing and some alcohol show their presence. Green hoppy bitterness follows in a finish of reasonable duration.
Smooth alcoholic heat creeps up on the palate. Lovely cream body.
Murray's continue to amaze me with their brews.
05-24-2009 10:33:39 | More by CrazyDavros
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
330mL bottle. Had a few times previously, but first time since the new (old) design.
Muddy-looking orange, in no small part due to a heavy haze. Two-finger slightly off-white head leaves some decent flecks of lace and a raised ring.
Indistinct citrus, tropical and vegetal hop notes over a decent sweet caramel malt background. There's definitely some tangerine and pineapple but that's all I can identify with certainty. Pretty assertive doughy yeast presence. Flashes of brandy and medicinal notes every now and again.
Taste is better. Loads of orange, grapefruit, honeydew melon and a late pine oil that helps to offset the high sweetness.
Nice even mouthfeel that coats the palate. Moderate carbonation and a deceptively strong drying bitterness.
Feels like a very well made beer but struggles for clarity, particularly in the aroma department where it feels like the hop character is muddled by the yeast and an a times overt booze presence. Not convinced about the freshness of this - tastes quite different to how I remember so keen to try again and re-review.
10-28-2011 09:55:59 | More by spicelab
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
Drank fro My De Struise Tulip
A - This beer pours a clear reddish copper colour with a large off white head that stays around.
S - Plenty of lemon and grapefruit
T - Wow very prominent hops up front with a nice bitterness on the finish, big amounts of grapefruit and orange in the middle too, this is a big IPA
M - Light to Medium body and plenty of carbonation.
D - A Champion brew and you have to try it.
10-20-2010 13:33:48 | More by eric5bellies
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
330ml bottle. best before 270809. after a trip across the strait (thanks to brendan13) i wont leave it that long.
similar in color to jamieson beast. maybe a bit more haze and a shade darker. leaves a fine layer of sediment in the bottle.
head is over 1cm thick and very stable, egg shell white in color.
big sweet malt aroma with a light hint of alcohol. so far this jamieson beast could pass as being from the same brewery. good dose of floral hops with a bit of citrus. actually, the alcohol presence starts to pick up a bit as it warms.
starts with a good firm malt flavor and finishes off with a sharp bitterness. certainly not too sweet, but heavy with both malt and hops to maintain some sort of balance (if you want that sort of thing. i would be happy if this were a bit drier personally).
and thats really my only gripe. yes its a big beer, but comes across as though it reminds you with each sip. really borderline with being a double ipa, and i would even say move it up. a good regular ipa should be much more easy to drink than this. even so, this is incredibly flavorful and im glad to have tried it.
03-03-2009 08:42:32 | More by joecast
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
This is a mighty beer that will strip your palate for an hour. I first had this on tap at the Newcastle Craft Brew festival in September and I couldn't taste a thing for half an hour after. I bought a bottle but the cork was so tight it broke the neck off the bottle. Anyhow...this one was OK and I got to spend some quality time with it. Beaut looking copper with a creamy head and powerful hoppy aromas. Flavour is rich caramel/toffee with a massive hop blast that will overwhelm most. There is even a warning on the label "not a beer for the faint-hearted". True, but I love it for its mouth-smashing over-the-topness. I had it after some Malaysian food and after a glass of this bloke, there was not a trace of dinner left. I won't buy this very often (apparently they only do 700 cases or so because the volume of hops clogs the lines and requires a lot of maintenance) but I will from time to time as it is a real treat for the hop-head.
11-10-2007 10:29:15 | More by rjimlad
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
This pours a copper colour. Not much of a head but some lacing remains. Obvious sediment.
The nose is of hoppy fruitiness and toffee. Some alcohol is evident.
Bit too much alcohol on the palate for me initially but it seems better as I go. Not quite as out of balance as first feared. Lots of bitterness.
A medium to high carbonation.
A beer with a good kick to it.
12-18-2008 09:19:23 | More by Macca
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
Ahhh, gushers. This never gets tired. Like many others I find it hard to pick what is "double" about this beer. the nose shows some pineapple fruity hops but not much in the way of pine-like intensity. On the palate the bitterness is quite subdued for the style and alcohol levels. Some marmalade and caramel malt finishes it off nicely. Biggish without being big. A touch of hop resin on the finish. Possibly a bit more approachable than others of the US ilk.
12-06-2010 10:20:11 | More by juju7
4.4/5 rDev +16.7%
Growler straight from the brewery. Poured into a Great Divide glass
A-- Poured an reddish gold color with a white brown head that slowly disappeared into a film. Not a lot of visible carbonation.
S-- Pine, grapefruit, lemon, want to say orange or tangerine but not sure with carmel or toffee hints to this. Great smell with a nice touch of malt to back this up.
T-- Aggressive hops with a malt finish. NICE. Lots of pine and citrus, backed with a very carmel malt finish. Almost a cross of a East Coast US IPA with a West Coast IPA.
M-- Has the flavors of a West Coast IPA. Big hops and citrus with the Eastern US malt and drinkability. Almost perfect carbonation, very creamy and the flavors just last for a long time and get more pronounced as it warms.
D-- Excellent. Not massive and over the top like US ones are currently. This beer is more about being sessionable and very much fits that bill. Closest thing to being at home again!! An excellent replica of a US IPA and maybe the best beer in Australia. Worth the drive to get it and will be worth getting in bottles come fall.
03-15-2010 11:55:21 | More by mulder1010
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
Dark amber in colour with a small white head that only slightly hangs around.
Massive pine notes meet citrus in a very strong hoppy bouquet. Also contains an interesting iodine meets caramel note in it. Can't put my finger on it, but I think I like it!
More of a tropical fruit palate with some caramel, biscuit and dark fruit sweetness and aggressive bitterness. A little hollow on the palate.
Creamy, well balanced and good length.
It loses a few marks for being a touch cloying, but otherwise this is a bruiser of a beer that is well balanced and hides the big alcohol level well. Good effort and worth checking now it is in 330mL bottles.
10-28-2008 09:53:26 | More by koolk
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
My 500th review, and I am glad to have this beer for the milestone.
Served by Murray Howe at the brewery outlet. A fresh minikeg too.
Pours a superb dark orange, with a white head & lace. Sitting in the courtyard, it looks fantastic in the morning light.
Smells like a malt factory, with lovely tropical fruit aromas. Fresh, piney, herbal. Tastes similar to aroma, with a lovely balance & firm bitterness.
07-20-2009 03:10:27 | More by vancurly
3.43/5 rDev -9%
a: deep, clear amber color, steady stream of carbonation in the middle, thick cloudy head dissipates very slowly to finger-thickness, impressive lacing
s: earthy, hoppy aromas, very spicy
t: very spicy hops just about from beginning to end along with sweet malty middle and finishing with alcohol warmth and bitter aftertaste
m: medium body, high carbonation in front, settles to near creamy in middle and carbonation again in back
d: hop spiciness almost undid this one, but definitely got much better as it warmed. worth a try despite the overpriced tag & extreme difficulty in opening this bomber. a pretty good interpretation of a double ipa
10-17-2007 10:44:16 | More by belgbeerdrinker
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a clear amber colour with ridiculously huge beige head. First pour was all foam. It's nice though, sinking at the top around the edges and webbing out with tendrils of cream-coloured lace. Damn fine-looking IPA; if only the head were more modest.
Lots of floral, grassy hops on the nose, with lots of fruit esters coming through with lemon, grapefruit and melon. Slight resiny touch as well with a slight hint of mould at the back. The assault is all floral and fruity, nice complexities and nice IPA characters.
Malty front palate with caramel and some sticky toffee underlying. Melds nicely into the mid where hop bitterness begins to emerge, but not with any great aplomb or vigour. In fact there's a hop complexity lacking for an IPA. But lots of nice fresh tropical fruit with passionfruit and pink grapefruit. A really pleasant trail on the finish with very little sharpness. The malt is still lingering so gives it a sweet edge, but mostly a nice bitter twang to remind you of its punch. Very refreshing beer and quite enjoyable, just a bit lacking in the IPA stakes.
Thick mouthfeel, but smooth, good body but not over sticky. Pretty close to perfection.
02-25-2008 08:57:44 | More by laituegonflable
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
Tried on tap at The Australian Beer Fest at the Rocks.
Golden bronze colour, with a billowy white head. Fine carbonation. Looks good. Very nice.
Very strong hops on the nose, with a vegetative character as well. Aromas of freshly turned earth and crushed leaves. Very solid. Nice.
Very pronounced, almost constricting bitterness on the palate. It goes beyond the classic bitter character to a plane almost resiny, minty or hypersour. It's pretty crazy, but damn that's ballsy. The mouthfeel is like being kicked in the teeth from inside your mouth.
It's pretty heavy, too heavy to make it a good sessioner - and usually pretty pricey too - I just love the fact that this was the same price as any other beer on the day.
But it's impressive. Cheers to Murrays for bringing this to us!
11-01-2007 04:47:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.4/5 rDev -9.8%
Tap at Beer Deluxe. From notes.
A - Poured a hazy golden colour with light carbonation coming up. Creamy, soapy one finger head. Spotty lace left and a film of retention.
S - Juicy hop, bread, some pine, citrus, honey, some sticky dates and mango. Sweet fruit as well.
T - Honey covered fruits? Boozy pineapple. A bit boozy. Less depth than the aroma.
M - Good carbonation, medium body and a dry prickly finish.
O/D - A bit rough, otherwise worth a shot. Bottled version was much better and smoother. A bit aggressive on tap.
05-15-2012 05:27:28 | More by tbeckett
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
A - Golden amber topped with two fingers of creamy white head, followed by long streaks of lace.
S - Floral and citrus hop aroma up front, then the caramel maltiness and slight alcohol hit.
T - Here it's the malt that takes over first, tannins and boozy sting follow and finally a herbal hop bitterness.
M - Moderate slick body, low to medium carbonation.
O - Even balance of malt and hop. Carries enough heat so you won't forget this is a 7.5% abv beer. I'm glad I tried it but probably won't be looking out for it in the future.
10-29-2011 12:49:13 | More by dansmcd
Murray's Icon 2IPA from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.