Murray's Nirvana Pale Ale - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
In anticipation of the beer I will be reviewing next (Chimay White) I thought I would give something decent a go; Murray's Nirvana Pale Ale. I've heard a lot of bold claims being made about this beer, "best APA in Australia", "better than Little Creatures Pale Ale", but there really is only one way to find out for myself - the taste test.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.
A: Big frothy white head is the first thing that grabs the attention. this then reduces down to a half centimeter layer of goodness. The body presents a pleasing cloudy sunset orange.
S: Damn! There are HUGE hop aromas wafting right into the pleasure centre of my brain and this is exactly what I've been missing from the last ten reviews. The hops are so powerful smelling that I'm not even detecting the malts. The aroma is a mixture of stone-fruit, pineapple and a hint of cannabis (or in the case of this beer "cannabliss"). Now my only concern is the taste wont deliver on this mighty and promising aroma.
T: Well my fears have been alleviated in one sense; this ale tastes damn good. It's a mixture between "S&W Pacific Ale" and "Mac's Hop Rocker Pilsener", which can be described as stone-fruit front palate flavours followed by toasted biscuit malts and a slight resin earthy herbaceous hop bitter finish.
M: Almost as rich and creamy as a Wiessbier - carbonation is to a tee with this brew. The resin like hops make it stick to the inside of your mouth like a peanut butter beer would (perhaps there were such a thing).
D: I can totally dig this beer... HOWEVER (and here's the "but") it is not quite as complex in flavour as the Little Creatures Pale Ale, and it's more expensive when I can get 2 pints of LCPA for $10 at my local. So my conclusion is that Murray's has done a damn fine job (as evidenced by me throwing the word "damn" so liberally throughout my review), and whilst I could easily drink this brew day-in day-out I could do so also with LCPA... at a cheaper price. Sorry Murray's, close to toppling my favourite APA but just a little bit shy. Still a definite in my top ten Aussie beers.
Food match: Suitably something bold would go with this, like a beef Vindaloo or a Rogan Josh. Also would go well with a Thai green curry and spicy Szechuan cuisine.
09-09-2011 09:51:44 | More by doktorhops
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
Glorious amber-orange hue, slightly cloudy. Effervescent carbonation sustains an impressive inch high head.
Huge aroma, full of oranges, grass and peach blossom. Biscuity matiness is detectable behind the massive floral hoppy goodness. This really is magnificent.
Taste is dominated by green hoppy bitterness, with sweet malts and floral notes in the background.
Body is pretty decent (e.g., not watery like some common APA's), with the expected lively carbonation.
Damn, this is an excellent example of the style, a really great summer beer too.
03-09-2009 04:11:20 | More by CrazyDavros
3.78/5 rDev 0%
Poured into a tulip, big rocky two finger head, leaving great lacing. Beautiful dark bronze colour, cloudy. Overall a great looking beer.
Fruity hops on the nose, passionfruit, pineapple, sweet grapefruit. Picking up some nice malt sweetness as well.
I really love the malt flavour in this, sweet caramel. Hops take over, same as nose, but somewhat muted. A lingering bitterness carries through, maybe slightly too bitter to finish.
Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, perhaps a touch high.
Overall, a fantastic beer, I love the big fruity smell, would have loved to have a bit more in the taste, I feel the bitterness takes over a little bit, sort of has an IPA bitterness to it.
06-12-2011 11:50:14 | More by goom
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours a reddish gold color with a decent amount of fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Smells of light malt and citrusy hops, not bad at all. There's a lot of hop flavor in there as well, decent amount of bitterness as well, overshadowing the mild maltiness. It tastes a lot like an american IPA, only not quite as bitter. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but still somewhat creamy. Overall, it's very flavorful and drinkable. Wouldn't hesitate to get it again.
11-27-2007 12:05:04 | More by Kulrak
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
The pour is a relatively standard one, with an amber body and a nice two-finger head - rocky, but very light in volume. It quickly dissipates, and on this occasion neglects the opportunity to lace my glass.
The aroma is a little underwhelming, but holds distinctive floral notes with some mild biscuit-malt recognised too.
Upon first sip, I'm instantly reminded of Little Creatures Pale Ale; strong spice, citrus and florals dominate the palette. A great flavour.
The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy, but is countered with high carbonation to save it from feeling long and flat - it's very lively.
Unfortunately for Murray's, it's not something I'd buy again, but I only say this only considering its strong APA competition. It's either beaten by far more unconventional variations, or matched by the pre-existing Little Creatres Pale Ale which tastes extremely similar and has already made a much larger footprint with fans of this style. They'll need to do more than match Little Creatures to secure returning customers.
04-01-2008 10:27:40 | More by rec
3.43/5 rDev -9.3%
received from finite. cheers buddy.
nice label, looks like something a local kid drew in school.. meant in the nicest way of course. 330ml 4.5%abv
a good looker. a bit cloudy but still bright when held to light. low carbonation. forms a decent head with above average retention.
hmm. nose kind of strikes me the wrong way. floral and hoppy, but not crisp, even a bit dull. like the malts are getting in the way or holding it back or something. not bad, but not my thing.
flavor gets back on track though. good hop presence right through. restrained bitterness and smooth flavor.
an ok pale that i would like to try again. fresh and on tap preferably as i think that is how this beer, like many others, would shine.
10-10-2007 10:32:06 | More by joecast
3.93/5 rDev +4%
A- Slightly cloudy amber colour. Huge, perfectly white head. Frothy with huge bubbles but still pretty nicely persistent, while also leaving good amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass
S- A delicate malt sweetness is backing up a nice refreshing feel from the hops, which bring some quite distinct though not really strong herbal and fruity notes
T- Very light in body and on the malts side, just a hint of caramel sweetness on the back of things. A refreshing herbal/flowery feel pervades the whole tasting experience, while notes of citrus, passion fruit, mango and similar exotic fruits make themselves heard pretty distinctly. Pacific hops are overall definitely dominant. Pretty hoppy beer, if you are looking for a beer with lots of hop flavours and not so high bitterness you should definitely check out this one
M- Light but not at all watery body, with a nice juicy feel that has those fruity flavours feeling even more distinct. Medium carbonation, beer is pretty smooth on the palate and pleasantly prickly on the tongue. Aftertaste is maybe a tad too much on the sweet side for the stlye
O- Highly enjoyable beer and definitely something to look for in the hot months. Pacific hops all over the place
05-19-2012 09:51:56 | More by Cozzatoad
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
A well balanced beer that delivers all the trademarks of a good APA. The cascade hops are quite evident but not dominant. Lots of grapefruity citrus notes. Malt backbone supports well. Won't wait so long next time between beers on this one. Good beer.
02-01-2010 12:12:50 | More by juju7
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured into a SA Perfect Pint
A-- Poured a golden wheat color, a little bit of haze to this. Fairly carbonated in the pour. A good 1 finger off white head that kept its head for a good amount of time with a bit of lacing.
S-- Mostly grapefruit and citrus smell. Hops are soft and the malt and fruit are bigger. More acidic smelling than others.
T-- Large acidic taste. Grapefruit and lemon. Hops do not jump out and grab you like others. Much more malt driven but get a feel of the hops in the taste.
M-- Good lively carbonation. Closer to a EPA than an APA but has aspects of an APA. Nice mouthfeel and balanced well with the hops and malt. Very clean finishing and with a bit of a bite at the end. Could be a bigger hop taste to this though.
D-- Very drinkable. More sessionable than say LC is but LC has a bigger hop taste to this. A cross between an EPA and an APA. As an EPA this is exceptional, as an APA it is a little bit thin but that is OK. Easily drink 3-4 of these in a sitting and not feel a thing. Very worthy Australian beer and a good example of both the US and English styles in one beer.
03-23-2010 12:33:04 | More by mulder1010
4.22/5 rDev +11.6%
pours a dark amber with 1 finger head, reducing down to a persistent thin film with speckled lacing on the glass.
smell is amazing! passionfruit all the way.
Taste is initial passionfruit, which finishes on grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is quite bitter, with nice carbonation.
Overall a very nice APA indeed - highly recommend anyone try this at least once.
09-02-2011 10:28:35 | More by jimiboi
3.78/5 rDev 0%
Dark amber in colour with a strong white head that persists. Good carbonation.
Interesting floral hop aromas bordering on roses and violets. A nice, albeit, slight grainy note in there as well make this a refreshingly interesting nose.
More fruit dominant than floral on the palate with a good malty savoury backbone with only a trace of sweetness. Bitterness is only medium at best. Aftertaste is more fruity hops, predominately pineapple.
The mouthfeel really lets down this beer. Thin and watery with no real creaminess and a somewhat overly carbonated bite turn this from a really great beer into a good beer.
Definitely one for summer and would probably be a lot better on tap. Just lacks body more than anything. (a re-taste in 2010 shows far better mouthfeel)
08-14-2008 10:55:52 | More by koolk
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured out a beautiful golden marmalade with a nice throthy head. You can see this is fresh and full of fresh hoppy goodness.
When I cracked the bottle, straight away the hoppy floral aromas burst out. Apple, lemon, with malty buscuit tones. There is also a sweet honey quality.
Passionfruit, with backbone of citrus and some nice malty tones round out the flavour. This is a delicious APA style, and it's sad to think it is not so available here at the moment.
Good, smooth, medium body, with a slight creaminess. The carbonation is a bit high though, but nothing over the top. Incredibly easy drinking and at 4.5, if this was around on tap, it would be the ultimate session beer.
02-18-2008 12:50:37 | More by Lukie
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Clear amber in colour, white rocky head, and bubbling. Fair bit of flaky yeast at the bottom.
Big hoppy nose; fruity & spicy. Stone fruit, wild vegetation. Smells like someone's been clearing a weed-infested block with a brush-cutter.
Again big hop flavour, floral, touch of citrus. Hints of cereal peek through at the end. Definitely one for the Humulo-philes.
Medium body, easy drinking. Firm bitterness at the back, but no cloying feeling. Could put several away I think.
Very much a "hop juice"... could have a bit more malt profile on the palate.
02-16-2007 05:17:02 | More by vancurly
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
Nice-looking redwood kind of colour with a brown tinge. Good yellow head of lightly dispersed bubbles with nice thick lacing. Slight evidence of carbonation.
Nose is very good if typically pale ale-y, although I realise I shouldn't say that as a negative thing. A lot of fruit and floral hop aromas abound; really an exemplary pale ale kind of aroma, light but complex and interesting.
Tastes "darker" than I would have expected. A fair amount of fruit and hops remain from the nose but there is a roasty character I didn't anticipate. Hops dominate the front a bit, but it might be the combination with roastedness that makes it taste more bitter. It's very nice drinking though, with a very pleasant character and a nice blend of light fruitiness and grounded bitters. Similar enough to Little Creatures to be considered very good, but also with a few surprises in store. Mouthfeel is malty and pleasant.
Very pleasant, very drinkable.
04-11-2008 01:54:36 | More by laituegonflable
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a brilliant clear golden-orange colour, with a beautiful thick, solid crown of off-white foam. Dancing bubbles of carbonation stream at the perfect tempo from the base of the glass. This is truly a beautiful looking beer. Just absolutely what a pale ale should be.
Very fruity tropical nose, with notes of pineapple, passionfruit, melon and crushed leaves. Luscious and robust, but crisp and clean at the same time. It has plenty of oomph and character, but is also subdued. That's a good thing.
Clean, sharp front palate, accentuated with peppery hops, and a clean, rounded, earthy, vegetative flavour halfway though. Brusqe characters of grain husk and yeast on the back palate, but it's almost like this is the culmination of all the rest of the flavours. Mouthfeel is a tad heavier than I expected, but there's a nice fullness and roundness that comes with the extra body. Very tight, very robust, very drinkable.
Yes, this is a very nice beer all round. A great little Pale Ale which to my mind, may even knock LCPA off its mantle as Australian Pale Ale Supremo.
04-04-2008 04:55:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
A - A slightly hazy orange amber topped by a finger of solid dense white head. Nice streaky lacing to follow up.
S - Passionfruity hops and spice. Very enticing.
T - All hops, citrus and floral. Tasty but a bit one dimensional.
M - Medium body, very easy drinking.
O - Another delicious beer with plenty of hoppy flavour without the full bitterness assault. Could use a touch more balance.
11-11-2011 05:10:49 | More by dansmcd
4/5 rDev +5.8%
The brew pours a golden copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of clingy lacing,the smell is citrus,boiled candy,marmalade and caramel,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel and has tastes of mandarins,passionfruit,boiled candy,toffee and is finished with a stonefruit bitterness and overall a pleasant enough quaffable brew.
07-07-2011 12:14:13 | More by ADZA
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
This could well be Australia’s best APA / Pale ale style (yep IMHO better than Little C). Darkish amber in colour with a persistent head, albeit it quite thin in texture. Classy hop treatment evident on the nose, and is underpinned with some nice malt sweetness. Hops again come to the fore to taste; herbal, vegetal, nettles, medium strength bitterness - all happening in a very well balanced and controlled fashion. I don’t pick up much malt character through the palate but the hop action just goes and goes on the finish. Good stuff.
07-29-2011 22:37:21 | More by Stew41
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
Paleish yellow , plenty of floaties and a great frothy head and lace that lasted the whole glass.
Smell was subdued but was tropical fruit in moderation.
Plenty of fruity hops in the taste witha solid maltiness The beauty for me was how it all balanced togetherso that nothing dominated , or all just blended along perfectly
A very drinkable beer
05-09-2007 21:58:53 | More by jarmby1711
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
Good looking golden amber, nice sized head with moderate lacing. Fresh hops hit the note first hints of tropical fruits with some earthen tones present. Stong but well balanced hop profile. More tropical fruits, pine, orange and grapefruits. Great balance of malt on this one, the hops are healthy but the malt gets its fair share. I agree with the asessment that its closer to an American IPA. Good beer. Does nothing much wrong.
12-06-2007 10:29:40 | More by Finite
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured into a pint glass a clear amber colour with a pretty big head that quickly reduces down to thin layer over the top. Leaves little to no lacing.
Passionfruit, citrusy with very little malt aroma. I'm guessing Simcoe hops.
The malt comes through on the taste as long as its not drank too cold as well as the hoppiness.
Medium mouthfeel that leaves a bit of both the hoppy to malty taste lingering.
A highly drinkable pale ale that isnt available at many places locally to me (only 1 in fact). I wouldn't go out of my way to track it down but if you get the chance then give it a go for sure.
04-15-2007 08:05:44 | More by brendan13
3.4/5 rDev -10.1%
Very little hop aroma for an APA. Sulphur is predominant with a touch of malt. Not great.
Moderately clear, gold colour with a small, short lasting white head.
Moderate malt flavour with moderate bitterness and moderately-low hop character. It is lacking the punch of a good APA.
Medium-low body with moderately-high carbonation. Crisp and quenching.
Easy to drink? Yes. Nirvana? No. The beer lacks depth of character and hops. While it is crisp, that isn't the only thing that there needs to be in an APA.
05-28-2010 02:45:23 | More by dgilks
Murray's Nirvana Pale Ale from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.