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Murray's Oak-Aged Icon 2IPA - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Oak-Aged Icon 2IPA
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 11-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.63/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this as part of the Murray's Hoptoberfest Dinner at Murray's@Manly during Sydney Craft Beer Week. Pretty much what the name says: the Icon, oak-aged. Note that this was made as a one-off experiment: it's hence not indicative of Murray's beers in general.

Pours a deep bronze-colour, probably a shade or two darker than the regular Icon, from memory, with a solid, slightly billowy white head. Lacing is solid enough, and the body looks solid but fluid. Not bad.

Nose is full of oak, with the hops striving vainly for a look-in. This gives a slightly funky greenness to the aroma, along with a freshness like newly caught fish. But mostly it's oak: vanilla and smoothness with a slight sharp grassiness.

The front of the palate is dominated by the oak, with a woody vanilla flavour starting strongly, and leading into a smooth, oddly flat mid-palate. By the back, there's some prickly hop bite coming through, but it's rather grassy and a little bit lacklustre. Aftertaste has reverted back to the oak, with a very woody but smooth finish.

Smooth in the mouthfeel as well: this is probably the only aspect of the beer that is better than its counterpart.

It's a little bit overwrought at times: the oak is used a bit like a sledgehammer, and it doesn't necessarily complement the hops or the base beer overall. It has a smoothness, but it feels like too much, and the balance is off: it makes it a lesser beer than the straight Icon.

Murray's Oak-Aged Icon 2IPA from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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