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Murray's Angry Man Pale Ale - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Angry Man Pale AleMurray's Angry Man Pale Ale

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82
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Murray's Angry Man Pale Ale is a unique mix of classic UK and US pale ale styles. The best of British and German malts balances the huge citrus hop aroma and flavour strongly influenced by generous use of New Zealand-grown Motueka and Pacifica hops. A brilliant light-golden colour, Murray's Angry Man Pale Ale has a full-bodied finish and complex character. This is well balanced with biscuity/toffee flavours from selected caramalts.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 10-07-2011)
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Reviews by heygeebee:
Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From local Liquorland. Despite Murrays protestations, this bottle has NO BB stamp, and therein maybe lies the problem...

An aggressive pour yields only a half finger of white head. Cloudy amber/gold body. Lines of lace.

Aromas are subdued. Hint of citrus, bready malts.

Taste is all doughy/bready malts in the mid palate and a warming alcoholic back palate. Little hop presence really. Almost more of a Helles style. mrs heygeebee notes her taste buds must be going :-(. Really late in the bottle as it warms some hints of pineapple and passionfruit emerge, but they are stale flavours, rather than lifted.

Mouthfeel is OK - but the alcohol seems noticeable, and that's a worry at this ABV.

Hmmm Nirvana was one of my pivotal moments in Coming to Craft. This seems a pale shadow of that beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Camallan
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MrKennedy
2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tulip at the brewery.

Pours a pure golden colour with a white head of foam that laces very well and retains its height pretty well throughout.

Smell is grassy with a little bit of passionfruit thrown in.

Taste is as per the smell, cut grass with some passionfruit around the edges. Tastes pretty dull and the NZ hops don't really work for this one.

Mouthfeel is harsh, not really the bitterness, but the harshness of the Kiwi hops hit late. Decent sized body for the ABV and style.

This doesn't really work. Technically not a bad beer, but doesn't taste like a good one either. In fact, this sample wasn't near as nice as when i had tried it at the Union Hotel in Newtown.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large white, head.
Nose shows grapefruit, soft peach and passion fruit along with some very faint clean malt.
Some fruit hops as flavours too, along with some honey.
Carbonation could be a bit higher.
Pretty easy-drinking stuff.

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SourinQns
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jjkatter
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- nice golden color with tall pillowey head that hangs around to the end.

S- Floral with fresh hoppey aroma.

T- wonderful hoppey flavor with a well balanced malt and floral and citrus.

MF- robust body without being overbearing. real nice going down.

O- I think this one would appeal to most beer lovers. This Murray's really knows how to brew beer. I highly recommend this one and I would also recommend trying anything else you can get your hands on from this brewery.

Photo of Joel12
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy copper color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, roasted malt and mild caramel sweetness.

T: Taste of citrus, some roa. sted malt sweetnessHas a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body smooth with an interseting character and a nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer, worth checking out.

Photo of magpieken
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of CaptainHungry
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of vancurly
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 070912

I like this Angry Man line of beers. The Brown Ale is winning hearts and minds among my friends. This ale will certainly win a lot of fans as well, particularly Antipodean hop lovers.

a) Pours a murky dark honey. The head is quite finely bubbled.

s) Very much in the Pacific Ale sub-style of APA. Strong, tropical, resinous aromas, with the guava & passionfruit that has become the fashion of late.

t) This is Alpha Pale meeting Stone & Wood Pacific. The oomph of the former and the fruit the latter. Spicy, wild vegetation.... like macheteing your way through lantana. Followed up with an elegant caramely malt, which belatedly apologises for the machete damage.... Firm and appropriate bitterness. A big pale ale, beautifully crafted and a joy to drink.

m) Hop-oil tingliness ahead of a medium & smooth body. Fairly dry finish which gives the bitterness an extra edge.

o) I think this is Murray's beer at its best. Good hops, good malt, good beer. You can keep your dark/Belgio/impy freakshow.... this is what I'll be drinking.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy brown-yellow, almost green tinged. Head is white, huge, fairly fluffy with visible bubbles. Great retention, lace a bit thin. Bit stodgy looking and head too big but OK.

Smells fruity and inviting. Passionfruit, mango and a touch of citrus. Stewed pear and lemon meringue aroma, mild touch of spice. Ginger definitely, as well. Very enjoyable, nice bonuses around the edges.

Taste is also fruity, a lot lighter. Tangy citrus notes get oddly chocolatey midway with lots of toffee and caramel malt. Notes of vanilla and then some mild roast on the back. Stewed pears, nice melange of spices. Bit light on the palate and bit light on the body. Pleasant desserty-style fruit flavour, but yeah could use a fair bit more oomph.

Decent texture but a bit light on again.

Nice brew, actually goes down quite nicely on a cold wintry night, for a pale beer.

Photo of wordemupg
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 5/4/14

A hazy orange liquid that's full of tiny bubbles feeding a dense finger of cream coloured foam that hangs on for a while as a thick film leaving a couple thick rings followed by some random patches

S tropical nose with guava, passion fruit, peaches, and tangerine, has a little Flintstone vitamin c chewable going on, some faint hay and caramel with some herbal and spicy hops

T some orange rind and a little pine to go with what I smell, slightly more spicy, still heaps of tropical hops but there's more cereal and caramel creating some balance

M lighter side of medium, quite gritty at first but end up slick on the palate, almost to many bubbles but it stays on the creamy side of foam, rind and spruce linger on the finish

O a little bump overall for being so easy to smash, I'm already on my second bottle at this point in the review, hopped up pale ale with a little spicy kick

I'm surprised this one has such a average rating on BA, I liked it start to finish and my 4 packs going to be history in no time.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've reviewed the Nirvana back in the day, but believe that the Angry Man Pale is more than a rebranding (and indeed, the Nirvana has been through an evolution since my first review), so here we are anyway. I remember when the Angry Man was their Brown Ale alone. Ah, nostalgia. Anyway, this was the standard 330ml orange and blue labelled bottle, which I purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours a hazed orange-gold colour, with a slight heft to the body and actually rather minimal carbonation. Head is a fine but minimal white crest, that leaves some streaking but minimal lace. The body indeed is thicker than I expected, and holds the carbonation that is there rather statically when tilted. Overall, it's decent without being particularly exciting.

Nose is faint with generic, slightly grassy hops giving an earthy vegetative character, laced perhaps with a slight citrus overtone. But mostly, it's grassy, with that character playing into the malt to give a grainy, perhaps almost cereal character. Slight pepper and leaf mold notes come through. Again, I'm a little underwhelmed.

Taste is similarly subdued. Mild smooth entry provides some basis, but very little hop flavour, or even true malt sweetness comes forward to provide much interest. Instead, there's a grainy nothingness to the palate, followed by a dirty bitterness on the back that even seems insipid as it passes away. Feel is decent: smooth and quite strong, but with little else to provide interest it feels a little pointless.

Overall: I'm massively underwhelmed. Surely the Nirvana was better than this. I suspect this has undergone a gradual change to such a degree that it now bears little resemblance to its original. Also, given the wide distribution this now has, I suspect it must be brewed under contract somewhere else. The contract shift may have made a slight difference, but my guess is that it was the gradual change that has eventually made this so weak.

Photo of cougznthebear
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber hue

S: some floral notes, sweet biscuit/toffee malt

T: Solid, not as bitter as i was expecting,Def made for a session(pity it comes in a 4 pack) some nice floral notes along with the nice sweet toffee malt.

M: .Light-Med body, Could use some more carbonation(maybe got an older bottle?)

O: A Decent brew from murrays, although i liked it better when it was nirvana.

Cougz:Not my fav style of beer but i like the toffee notes.

Photo of tbeckett
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin, bubbly head. Murky, golden, orange amber. Minimal lace.

S - Tropical fruit hoppiness. Passionfruit, orange, grapefruit and some spice.

T - Follows the punchbowl nose, with a mild hop bitterness.

M - Moderate body and carbonation. About right.

O - Solid, tasty, tropical pale ale. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of doktorhops
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wonder what happened to Murray's Nirvana? Oh well, this will surely fill the void... plus the artwork on the bottle is classic Aussie humour (with the extra "u" as it should be!).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a conical pint.

A: Looks dashing with a cloudy gamboge body and a foamy chalk head that sits at around 2cm before dissipating to leave a heady lace.

S: Fruity hops (passion fruit, pine and citruses) assail, followed by spring water and that hint of a malt base. Decent hops will be the key to this brew.

T: Little bit bland in the flavour department - Nirvana it is not. The hops are there, as expected, with passion fruit, pine and citrus, there is a a touch of pepper in the mid palate and the toasted malt base, with a slight bitter finish... but it is a little bit "meh", and for Murray's to be "meh" is both baffling and disappointing at the same time.

M: Carbonation feels a wee bit over the top. Body is mid to light.

D: Easy to drink for sure, but a little too easy in this reviewers opinion. There is no challenge to this brew. No flavour dancing it's subtle jig across my taste buds both delighting and exciting at the same time. Throw in more hops and a bigger biscuit base with some crazy diacetyl action... or... bring back Nirvana.

Food match: Grilled tomato bruschetta with pesto or salsa verde.

Photo of admiral
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my favourite beers from this brewery - a very nice, well balanced pale ale with plenty of malty goodness

aroma: malt, citrus and some spicy sugar

taste: citrus, malt, spice with slight brown sugar and spicy fruit

tasty pale ale that for me is a combination of an American and British pale ale

Photo of edonovan0
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Murray's Angry Man Pale Ale from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.