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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 04-27-2010)
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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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dmorgan310, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

wordemupg, Apr 04, 2014
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 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 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 francisweizen
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

francisweizen, Oct 01, 2013
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
Photo of ADZA
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

ADZA, Oct 27, 2010
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 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 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 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 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 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 Agentveba
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

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

vancurly, Dec 27, 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 SmashPants
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

SmashPants, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of magpieken
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

magpieken, Oct 25, 2013
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 doktorhops
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

doktorhops, May 21, 2014
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Murray's Punch & Judy from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.