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Murray's Punch & Judy - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 04-27-2010)
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Photo of gulden
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First review. From notes.

It looks incredible, a nice big head and a good amber colour. Head stays for a little while as well.

The aroma of this is quite good - lots of summery fruits - maybe some mango. Not overwhelming, but smells as though it is packed of hops.

The taste is excellent, this beer is definitely not relying on alcohol for the taste, instead, great malty flavour combined with a good fruitiness definitely appeals to me.

The mouthfeel is maybe a little overcarbonated, but not to the point where it is unpleasant - definitely not watery though.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, with a great intensity compared with the alcohol content is. Very easy drinking with all the benefits of lower alcohol and a huge flavour!

gulden, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of jimiboi
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%

jimiboi, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of danieelol
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

danieelol, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of jjkatter
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jjkatter, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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' :-)

heygeebee, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big, impressive, citrussy, floral aroma. Nice notes of biscuit and toffee. Yum.

Clear, copper colour with a big, foamy, off-white head. Good head retention.

Well balanced malt and hop flavour with a moderate bitterness. Good citrussy, floral NZ hop character. Biscuity, toffee malts are nice too. A little bit thin when cool.

Medium-full body with low carbonation. Suitable.

Nice, big flavour for a mid-strength. Nice NZ hop character and good body. A substantial but very easy to drink beer.

dgilks, May 12, 2010
Photo of joecast
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

joecast, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

mulder1010, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of LittleCreature
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
Like most Murray's beers I have previously tried, the head is big, fluffy and hard to control in pouring. This beer is a slightly hazy amber orange, topped by a finger (once settled) of loose off-white head.

Smell - 4.5
Beautiful biscuity, toffeeish English malt aroma, spiked with the citrus of new world hops.

Taste - 4.0
Lots of flavour that is balanced slightly in favour of hoppiness. Starts with sweet biscuits and toffee, then moves onto grapefruit, orange and some spiciness from the hops. Late bitterness is substantial, perhaps more than LCPA.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Light bodied and a little gassier than I would like for this style of ale.

Drinkability - 4.5
Superb session beer, I would love to try it on hand pump!

OVERALL
Rogers Beer has a competitor! While 0.1% stronger than the West Aussie brew, for me this takes the crown as Australia's best session beer. The alcohol and malt character are very much English Bitter, but hopping is more along the lines of American Pale Ale - I love it! By far the best beer I have tried from Murray's thus far, and one of the best beers brewed in Australia, period.

LittleCreature, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of spicelab
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

spicelab, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

dansmcd, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of jonno79
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am really digging this low ABV hop monster. Tastes very 'kiwi'.

Nose is pineapple, a touch of mango and that fuzzy roughness that is a hallmark of kiwi hops.

In the mouth it's fairly solid for the abv, with a pronunced tropical fruit explosion. It's not that dull straight forward bitterness you often get from Aussie beers.

Excellent BBQ slash gathering beer. Reminds me of the Drake's Alpha sessions. Excellent.

jonno79, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tbeckett, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of vancurly
4/5  rDev +5.3%

vancurly, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +5.3%

KalanM, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +5.3%

kiki3drt292, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of brendan13
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A Darkish copper colour with 2cm off white head that fell fairly quickly.
S - Toffee maltiness up front with some fruity hop notes coming through afterwards.
T - Sweetish toffee malts balanced by fruity hoppiness.
M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Bitterness is there but not overpowering.
D - A nice, tasty sessionable beer that is well worth trying. Good to see a good low ABV% beer from an Australian craft brewery.

brendan13, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

laituegonflable, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

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.

CrazyDavros, Nov 01, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

eric5bellies, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of admiral
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

admiral, Jan 23, 2014
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Murray's Punch & Judy from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.