Murray's Icon 2IPA - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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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
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
3.18/5 rDev -15.6%
Note: marked here as an IPA, name suggest DIPA, will be interesting to see what I think.
Appearance - 3.5
A gentle pour results in a glass full of foam and little else. Minutes later a second attempt left a large, loose, cream coloured head over a hazy, copper coloured body. Good lacing and head retention.
Smell - 4.0
The nose is dominated by hops and yeast. Lots of ripe fruit - grapefruit and pineapple, a little pine needle, some spiciness and dusty yeast.
Taste - 3.0
First off, one taste of this beer puts it firmly in the DIPA category for me. Alcohol presence is big, warm, peppery and medicinal to the point of being a flaw. Sweet, fudgy malt character, grapefruit, spicy and piney hops, red apple, assertive bitterness and lots of sour yeast flavour that reminds me of Coopers.
Mouthfeel - 3.5
Fine carbonation is very lively (perhaps too lively), giving a rather Belgian-like mouthfeel. Medium bodied, could stand to be a bit lighter.
Drinkability - 2.5
A struggle for me due to the over-carbonation, booziness and unwelcome sourness.
OVERALL - 3.3
I have to say that I did not really enjoy this beer. It was well inside its expiry and had been stored in the fridge since leaving the bottle shop, but I still think it was somehow spoiled. I'll be interested to try it again to see if my opinion changes.
11-12-2010 13:56:25 | More by LittleCreature
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
3.43/5 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
3.48/5 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
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
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
Another encouraging result from my modest cellaring efforts on this beer. I actually did not try on release but did sock a 750ml away for 12 months. So, no reference point but this beer looks good. Relatively mild for a DIPA across both the nose and palate. Pours with a massive foamy head that takes forever to quit. Nose shows sweet hops and some lower key sweet malts. Hops are quite settled to taste and don’t really bite at all - impact from the aging perhaps? Quite resiny. There’s also a very interesting funky brett-like character (ie dirty wine like) that kicks in the back palate.
07-26-2011 21:53:33 | More by Stew41
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
Reviewed from notes:
Thanks to brendan13 for sending this one to me.
appearance: golden orang with a 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.
smell: pine, hops, malts
taste: dry, bittering, hops, malts
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,
drinkability: it's an alright IPA but after having the Hop Hog this is just subpar.
03-13-2011 20:38:57 | More by THECPJ
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
3.68/5 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
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
750ml with best before date of 4/09/08...
Appearance - Crazy huge head on a careful pour. Beautiful copper color with zero haze. Thick and creamy head that stays around a while and leaves a full-covering of lace throughout.
Smell - Overwhelming bitter piney hops with acidic hints and sweet/overripe pineapple malty flavors coming through - though hops are dominant (as appropriate for style).
Taste - Super-bitter, with more malt balance that advertised by the smell. Big, malty palate-numbing bitter hoppiness. Certainly a hop-bomb with an almost harsh ending... perhaps strong on the high-alpha hops? Alcohol present, not totally hidden but certainly not boozy.
Mouthfeel - High carbonation creates a burst of flavor directly after hitting the tongue. Oily, resiny textures from high hopping.
Drinkability - Bitterness is great for polishing off a single 750ml bottle, but that's it. Certainly a deceptively easy brew to drink for the ABV, but somewhat palate-ruining. All in all, a great DIPA from one of my increasingly favorite Aussie craft brewers.
12-09-2007 11:03:47 | More by willjansen
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
A 330ml bottle
Beutiful amber /orange tone with acushion of tightly packed white froth.
Delivers on the promise of big aroma.It smells of fruity bitter hops
Also delivers on promise of taste .It is sharply bitter , but the overall flavour is moderate , perhaps like water melon pith.
It hides its 7.5% well ,although it is a bracing mouthfeel it is balanced enough to be quite refreshing.
A braver soul than I would drink this in quantity but for me is well suited to a small sampling whilst solving the problems of the world
10-24-2008 04:54:28 | More by jarmby1711
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Corked & caged 750ml bottle with best before date of 4/09/08.
Normally I don't mention the label but this one is great. I didn't notice in the picture on the internet but seeing it in the flesh it is one kangaroo "behind" another kangaroo with the slogan "Make love not war." Extra .5 appearance point right there. Anyway....
A - Nice cooper colour with an off white fluffy head that slowly falls away. Little bit of lacing left behind.
S - Great floral & fruity fresh hop aroma hits upon opening the bottle. A definate alcohol note comes through as the beer warms.
T - The biscuity, slightly sweet caramel malt comes through backed up by some citrus fruit, piney hop presence. Alcohol too.
M - Medium bodied with a lowish carbonation level. A fairly high bitterness.
D - A pretty damn good beer. Obviously wouldn't have a session on it given the price and availability but definately get some while you can.
10-04-2007 10:23:28 | More by brendan13
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
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
3.93/5 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
3.98/5 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
Murray's Icon 2IPA from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.