Murray's Punch & Judy - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
Murray's sweet dependable Murray's have been a bit of a standard-bearer for decent craft beer in Australia for a while now, and to be honest I'm surprised Punch & Judy has thus far eluded review as it is a drop I've had at least once before. Time for me to right this... I wouldn't say 'wrong' and 'injustice' would be a bit melodramatic, let's say 'neutral' - time for me right this neutral! (has a good ring to it actually).
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Wow, do not shake this one up - hazy amber-brown bodied with a 2 inch white foamy head... also there is now beer on my kitchen floor... perhaps a bit on the fizzy side then.
S: Nutty malt mixed with some caramel malts provide a hefty base for some floral and citric hops. Not bad but there is a bit of a tavern mop aroma mixed in as well (yes, I know what a tavern mop smells like, I have worked in taverns before). Bit of a mixed bag here.
T: Flavour is as expected; nutty/caramel malts, floral/citric hops. Passionfruit makes a surprise appearance as well. There is a chemical aftertaste that one finds in Aussie macro lagers - like some sort of cleaning agent - not good. Aside from this the balance is alright, a bit on the boring side but that is always expected from a mid-strength.
M: Mid to light bodied with that fizzy carbonation that was noted above in the exuberant head.
D: Bit of an average brew from Murray's then. This ale has promise but is let down by the odd aftertaste, tavern mop aroma and ebullient carbonation. Feels like a missed opportunity for me as I quite enjoy the nutty flavoured brews, and this has nuts in spades. Also this is a mid-strength and my opinion of mid-strengths is 'why even bother' and at 3.9% ABV this brew does somewhat epitomise my opinion.
Food match: Tavern stew is the first thing that sprung to mind, along with a crusty bread loaf, despite being a mid-strength there is a certain heartiness to this brew too.
05-21-2014 08:45:53 | More by doktorhops
3.46/5 rDev -8.9%
330mlbottle poured into pint glass 4/4/14
A hard little bugger to get into a glass, hazy dark amber with plenty of sediment and half a glass of lose tan head hangs around leaving foam at the very bottom, very carbonated, chunks of lace stick out from the glass
S citrus, leafy and herbal hops, nutty caramel, a little musty damp basement, almost smells like an apple orchard after harvest, bruised mushy apples and wet leaves
T a little more sweet malt, caramel comes out a little more then the nose, lots of bruised apple and pear, still herbal, I want to love it but only like it
M has some body for 3.9%, very foamy, almost explodes when it hits your mouth, leafy on the finish
O I thought I might have an old bottle but I found a BB 7 months away so I'm guessing this is a 5 month old bottle, a little musty and I'm not sure if its intended and its way over carbonated
not a bad brew but I'm wondering if I got this bottle in perfect condition, if I see this again on my travels I might give it another go
04-04-2014 01:23:11 | More by wordemupg
3.8/5 rDev 0%
An excellent English session beer that packs a fruity punch for it's low alcohol content
aroma: predominately citrus/fruit with some malt and yeasty aromas. Opens up nicely for a bigger aroma the closer you get to finishing it.
taste: initially pear and lemon come to the fore with citrus, spice, orange peel, caramel-yeast and mineral flavours all coming through along with tropical fruit flavours once the beer opens up more. Good malt flavours to balance it out (although more fruit than malt flavours overall) and a nice moderate bitterness on the finish.
Great session beer and a lot more flavour than I expected.
01-23-2014 08:38:38 | More by admiral
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
A - Pours a lovely amber colour with off white head that retains well
S - Tropical, citrus including some passion fruit, sweet candy.
T - Sweet candy apple, toffee, nutty caramel biscuit with a nice balanced hoppy finish
M - Nicely balanced with medium body and medium carbonation
O - Pretty nice beer that is balanced nicely with its sweet malt and gentle hops
09-30-2013 10:23:16 | More by PolarBear3
4.53/5 rDev +19.2%
Decided to grab some of this as it was at a more reasonable price ($15 per 4-pack) than I've seen in the past. Did buy a case direct upon its release, which I enjoyed similarly; but I don't think I ever reviewed it previously.
Pours a caramel gold with really billowing and overdone head. Causes some issues with the initial pour. But does retain well with good lacing. Yeast chunks left in the bottle means this needs a bit of a mark down here though.
Smell has the classic "passionfruit" NZ hop smell, and a more nutty hop aroma. There is faint toast and candy apple, and a malt presence too. Just great layers of flavour here. The NZ hops in this beer don't offend me like they've been known to.
Taste is a beautifully balanced and subtle blending of hop and malt. Lots more candy apple flavours here and just great passionfruit flavours.
Mouthfeel is a winning point too. Has hop bitterness and a hint of sweetness to help it down. Also it feels extremely refreshing and "watery" in a good way as it goes down.
Overall just a fantastic beer. This is really what I always expected great English beer was supposed to taste like, although obviously the prominent NZ hops mean it's a little off-kilter.
Fantastic beer and really shows Murray's to be a trendsetter. They were amongst the first in Australia making Barleywines and Imperial Stouts, and with this and Retro Rocket they're the first Australian brewer to do great things at the lower ABV spectrum. The quality of this beer cannot be understated. Its low ABV and big but delicate flavour make it perfect for a Sydney summer.
01-12-2013 10:12:31 | More by danieelol
2.9/5 rDev -23.7%
Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle. Fantastic stylish label, per the Murray norm.
Appearance: deep golden colour with ruby tints and thick, white head. Light bodied, and a light carbonation of fine bubbles.
Aroma: light toffee malts, some complex hops over the top. Quite light aroma, not all that much to it, to be honest.
Taste: some tropical fruits here, with the same malts backing up. Really far too weak.
Aftertaste: the bitterness does come through afterward, but not strongly enough. A bit of a wishy-washy beer.
Mouth feel: light bodied with medium carbonation. I expected it to be a bit lighter, to be honest.
Overall: a light English bitter, with light flavours - toffee and caramel, with good English hops. Not my style, and not strong enough flavours.
07-02-2012 10:57:52 | More by SmashPants
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Bottle from Purvis. From notes.
A - Poured dark copper wiwth good carbonation. Bright with a big three finger white head and a maountain on top. Big chunks of lace are left with one finger of retention.
S - Fresh hops, tropical fruit, candy, fruity malt.
T - Citrus, light malt, fruity malt. Neat flavours.
M - Good carbonation, light body and fruity hop/malt finish with a light bitterness.
O/D - Really nice. Drinks much bigger than the ABV and is really solid for it's strength. Really flavourful for a light beer and really enjoyable.
03-07-2012 00:50:46 | More by tbeckett
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
330ml bottle pours deep burnt amber with large, crisp, lively beige head.
Passionfruit, lime rind, floral perfume, pungent. This beer has a delicious and refreshing fragrance. Smells similar to an american IPA. Theres also notes of fresh cut grass.
Caramel, more passionfruit, chamomile tea. A real thirst quencher.
Thin body, lively, soft drink-like effervescence really adds to this beers general drinkability. I could drink this by the gallon.
Excellent beer. One of the best and most flavourful low alcohol beers.
01-28-2012 10:20:42 | More by
4.47/5 rDev +17.6%
330ml bottle poured into a La Trappe goblet...
A- amber with a very nice thick head settling into a generous lace.
S- floral with an actual essence of fruit punch (coincidence?).
T- I have yet to have a beer from this brewery that has let me down. Really a nice flavorful beer with floral hops, and wheat with freshly mowed hay.
M- nice effervescence with lots of character and body. finishes nicely.
O - This is my all time favorite brewery in Australia. These guys really know how to brew beer. I wish I had the opportunity to visit sometime and have a few on tap.
01-23-2012 07:55:35 | More by jjkatter
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Tulip at Murrays, poured by Murray, shame there was no handpump as that would've made it extra special.
Pours a light copper colour, with just the barest of white foam on top. Some lacing though. Was able to swirl and get some head on it.
Smells of passionfruit mainly, with some grass hop aroma.
Nice mix of passionfruit, bread and caramel flavours. Only letdown is it can taste a little watery with the passionfruit later on. Otherwise would score higher.
Mouthfeel is very good. Nice solid body for the ABV, some lingering bitterness. Very sessionable.
An easy to drink, flavoursome, low ABV beer. Plenty worse low ABV beers being made out here.
12-31-2011 05:59:20 | More by MrKennedy
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
A - Coppery amber in colour, big foamy head, sticky lace rings.
S - Sweet ripe peach and passionfruit, backed by honey and caramel malt.
T - The same tropical fruit hops up front with a nutty, caramel malt backbone.
M - Slick, oily, full bodied.
O - Well balanced and full flavoured pale ale (this is not an English Bitter by the way). For a mid strength beer this is exceptional.
10-30-2011 23:28:31 | More by dansmcd
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Drank from my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a dull Golden Amber colour, with a two fingered head that reduces to a film. No lacing.
S - Bits of passion fruit and some caramel malt. Nice floral hop aroma.
T - Similar to the nose with a nice pine hoppy flavour and passionfruit. The finish is a little dull with the bitterness is not accompanied by any particular flavour.
M - Medium to full carbonation,with light to medium body.
O - Nice solid beer with plenty on offer.
10-07-2011 12:38:25 | More by eric5bellies
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
Dull copper with a thin white head. Low carbonation.
Hoppy citrus aroma. Quite tense for such a low abv beer but very very nice.
Strong hop flavor & bitterness components but both handled very well by the beer. The minimal malt is pretty much nonexistent in the taste but when the hops are this nice, it's not missed.
No way can I honestly review this as an English bitter. It screams APA despite the low abv. Fantastic beer despite the style confusion. Would be a great summer sessioner.
09-12-2011 06:44:16 | More by joecast
Murray's Punch & Judy from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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