Murray's Punch & Judy - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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Reviews by danieelol:
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
More User Reviews:
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
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours coppery amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows lots of tropical fruit: lychees, melon, paw-paw along with orange blossom. Underneath is lovely cookie-dough and a little nutty malt that becomes more prominent later on. Very nice!
Flavours almost exactly mirror the flavours but the nutty malt really stands out now.
Carbonation is much too high.
Murray's continue to impress me.
11-01-2010 09:59:23 | More by CrazyDavros
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
Clear marmalade with a two-finger head that leaves flecks of lace and a strong bead.
Passionfruit and guava alongside some very approachable light toffee, caramel and bready malts. Just a whiff of floral perfume.
Much like the nose with an additional moderately bitter pine presence. Very satisfying.
Nice high carbonation offers a great body for the low ABV and contributes a mid-palate tingly bitterness.
Drinkable much? Brimming with flavour and sessionable as hell. Possibly Murray's best beer and without a doubt the best <4% beer in the country.
08-12-2011 10:54:34 | More by spicelab
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
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
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
330 ml poured into a tulip Served at room temperature
A-- Poured a dark, golden honey color. Very opaque. Eggshell white head settled down to one finger in height. No carbonation shows on the sides of the glass. Have had a lot of gushers with this cold so tried something different tonight. On swirling the glass get a two finger head that slowly dies off leaving thick lacing on the sides of the glass.
S-- Mango, pineapple, passion fruit, soft grapefruit and splashes of apricot and peach blossom. Small bits of sweetness creep in as well. Good aroma.
T-- Grapefruit and pineapple bitterness mixed in with floral touches with touches of carmel. Not overly bitter but enough to say hello and keep your attention.
M-- Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Bitterness does change to more classic IPA grapefruit flavors in the back of the mouth as it loses the more floral Kiwi hop characters. Medium carbonation and medium feel and long lasting flavor.
D-- At 3.9% it is more than drinkable. Can drink tons of this stuff. Has a lot of classic IPA flavors but uses kiwi hops. Low ABV beer with a lot of flavor and to me is one of the best on the market here. One of Murray's flat out best offerings. Says a lot how Kiwi hops can be used.
04-06-2011 15:16:36 | More by mulder1010
4.58/5 rDev +20.5%
appearance: gorgeous toffee pour and body, with a sizzle butterscotch sauce head.
2 finger head leaves light lacing as it recedes to a persistent brim.
Smell: citrus to start followed by waves of wild hibiscus.
Taste: Wild hibiscus dominates, bitterness along sides and back of tongue.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation gives way to further aromatic exploration.
Overall: Sensual experience, highly aromatic, very drinkable at ABV 3.9%
09-02-2011 12:45:43 | More by jimiboi
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
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Had on tap at the Local.
Pours a deep red-tinged amber colour, clear with a slow bead up the sides. Head is medium with small beige bubbles, retains a crown and leaves some pleasant trails of off-white foam. Nice-looking bitter.
Nose is very hoppy, with a distinctly floral tinge. Fair malt backbone with hints of English toffee, but predominantly a nice fruity hop character with some resinous notes, a bit of pineapple and rosewater. Pleasant and enticing smell.
Taste starts off sweet with a few notes of toffee and a nice barley flavour, hops come through not strongly, but distinctively, without a huge hit but a nice lingering presence from the mid to the back. They're quite floral in nature with some herbal notes and hints of mint, passionfruit and a slight medicinal character on the back. Not outrageously robust, but a lot of flavour for a milder beer and a lot to like.
Feel is light and fluid with a little bit of a harsh sizzle as it goes down. But a very nice body for how light it is.
Trust Murray's to brew a lighter beer well. A balanced, tasty beer without all the bells and whistles.
04-28-2010 03:59:42 | More by laituegonflable
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%
On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse ANZAC Day SepcTapular.
Pours a bright, deep golden amber color, with a tight bubbled sheen of white foam on the top. Looks light bodied, with a little persistent carbonation. Not bad.
Some light toffee malts and a very decent English hop character on the nose, melds together in a pretty true mix. It's reasonably light, but quite pleasant and true to style.
Light malt again, and a nice resiny hop character to keep it from becoming overpowerrjng. Some butterscotch through the centre, before a clean and single-minded bitterness sweeps through to clear it out at the end. Mouthfeel could use a cask conditioning - a smooth lack of carbonation would fit well. As it is, it feels too light and sparkly.
A lot of character for such a session-strength brew, but it all stays tight not to overwhelm the palate. As much as I like Murray's brewing the more extreme end of their spectrum, I'm gratified they can also brew simple classic styles so well.
04-27-2010 05:49:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
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
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
3.15/5 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
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
Like the name of this brew anyway it pours a orange,honey hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and lacing everywhere,the aromas are citrus zest,passionfruit and some boiled candy,it has a rather light mouthfeel and has tastes of passionfruit,lychee,boiled candy and some light caramel which ends with a dry bitter finish,overall its a nice tasty beer for a midstrength but think it would be tastier if it had a stronger ABV.
10-27-2010 08:56:08 | More by ADZA
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
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
Pours a gold/copper colour, with a one finger head. Head recedes to a film . Lacing is good. Great serving temp at Murrays @ Manly.
Aromas of English style hops
Taste is on par with English bitter, bitterness is restrained at first but builds. Great taste at less than 4%
Mouthfeel is amazing - carbonation is low/non-existant, as you would expect. BIG BIG difference to bottled version...
Overall, great to sit in Aus next to your mate and complain - 'this beer is flat and warm' :-)
08-02-2011 01:55:38 | More by heygeebee
Murray's Punch & Judy from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.