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Murray's Icon 2IPA - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 08-03-2006)
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mulder1010

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2010 11:55:21 | More by mulder1010
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dgilks

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, amazing hop aroma with grassy notes. Grapefruit, citrus and pine are all over this. A sweet, crystal malt backbone is present but is clearly (and pleasingly) dominated by the hops.

Pours a beautiful amber colour with a slight haze from dry hopping. A tight, creamy off white head is nice.

What a great beer. Masses of hops with clean, crisp pine and grapefruit flavour. I also get a hint of tangerine. A strong pervasive bitterness is great and really stands up. The crystal malt backbone is stunning. It is prominent but only enough to let the hops shine. While some more hop flavour would be nice the whole is well constructed and a pleasure to drink.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation (probably due to the growler format). Perfectly suitable and it actually works with the flavours here as higher carbonation could accentuate the bitterness too much.

This is surprisingly drinkable for such a beer. The sweetness helps to send the bitterness down and make a great beer. Very good.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2010 02:43:57 | More by dgilks
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vancurly

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.
Chewy, remarkable

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 03:10:27 | More by vancurly
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 10:33:39 | More by CrazyDavros
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joecast

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 08:42:32 | More by joecast
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Macca

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 09:19:23 | More by Macca
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koolk

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 09:53:26 | More by koolk
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jarmby1711

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 04:54:28 | More by jarmby1711
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 08:57:44 | More by laituegonflable
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willjansen

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 11:03:47 | More by willjansen
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rjimlad

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 10:29:15 | More by rjimlad
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2007 04:47:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 10:44:16 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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brendan13

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 10:23:28 | More by brendan13
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Murray's Icon 2IPA from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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