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Portsmouth Murphy's Law Red Ale - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Murphy's Law Red AlePortsmouth Murphy's Law Red Ale

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The eponymous creation of our former Head Brewer, Paul Murphy, is a full-bodied ale whose ruby color and toasty sweetness result from the generous use of caramel malt, balanced by four hop additions, including a dry hopping in the conditioning tank.

22 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-15-2003)
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Reviews by sethmeister:
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler filled at the bar 2 days ago.

Clear mahogany body with a creamy tan head. Well laced.

Scent is caramel, bread and toasted notes.

Taste is dense sweet chewy caramel. Toffee. Rich sweet malts. Toasted flavors. Hops are mild here - just a touch of bittering and a slightly earthy / spicy flavor. Fruity esters.

Mouth is a creamy and substantial medium.

A very satisfying example of the style.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2011 19:11:51 | More by sethmeister
More User Reviews:
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Pwbres

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-18-2014 05:03:27 | More by Pwbres
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 22 oz. Bomber into 16 oz. shakers. Best by date June 2014, although it was purchased at the brewery last weekend.

Look- extremely cloudy deep amber-red. Pours with two fingers of whipped almond cream head. Falls quickly, minimal lacing. The hue would be spot on if it wasn't opaque.

Smell- Nice, if subdued. toasted caramel and honey, slightly dusty.

Taste- well, it is almost the best-by date. Nonetheless, this seems over- oxidized, a little beefy and ashy. Raisin and rye toast dominate, a little sweetness and black tea. Finishes with a yeasty French bread flavor.

Mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 22:16:20 | More by Lawl3ss
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jadler16

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-02-2014 17:40:48 | More by jadler16
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Syraquse

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

04-06-2014 23:26:54 | More by Syraquse
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -42.5%

03-16-2014 13:08:06 | More by Fettpopps
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

10-31-2013 19:27:01 | More by ajcormier
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

04-23-2013 05:48:56 | More by Kelp
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Florida9

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown-tinted red in color. Forms a rather smallish, creamy, tannish colored head that reduces to just the faintest of surface coatings and leaves just a trace of lacing.

S: Aroma is very creamy, with notes of sweet caramel, bread, and just a touch of toast, along with a very faint hint of green apple.

T: Taste is very malty. Lots of caramel. Moderately sweet. A little toast or roasted malt. There is a slight bit of citrus on the finish, but the hops are quite restrained on this one.

M: Malty with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel to it. Mild to moderate bitterness, though there is a slight soapiness on the finish. Lower carbonation.

O: A fairly standard - and fairly unexciting - Irish ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:03:53 | More by Florida9
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.88/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by TurdFurgison. Thanks, Eric! Pours a reddish-amber color with a short off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some amber malt and faint hops along with a pretty decent amount of diacetyl, which carries over into the flavor. Very disappointing. Buttered bread. I would not have this one again. Hopefully it was just an off bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 18:44:23 | More by Thorpe429
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anewlanguage

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-27-2012 17:26:13 | More by anewlanguage
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seplo

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

10-30-2012 18:47:47 | More by seplo
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass.

Pours dark brown with hints of red throughout. Sharp caramel smell that really jumps out. light sweet taste with very low carbonation. Smooth. Some toffee taste with a falvorful hop. Id like a little more carbonation and bite, but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 13:39:22 | More by KTCamm
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ahbaggins

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -42.5%

07-26-2012 01:13:21 | More by ahbaggins
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask w/Magnum, served in a pint glass

Pours a chilled mahogany color with a creamy tan head that was a little over two fingers. Good retention as the head fell to about half a finger and never fully disappeared.

The aroma is of toasted biscuits, toffee/caramel, tea leaves, and some grassy hops.

The magnum hops really come out in the flavor profile, adding a pleasing bitterness. Toasted malt up front with toffee and earthy tones through the middle. Dry tea leaves show up in the finish before a sweeping mild bitterness from the magnum hops.

Medium body, clean, good carbonation. The addition of magnum really boosts the overall profile of this beer. Adding a solid layer of hop bitterness.

This is a fine Irish Red. Clean, malty, with a manageable abv---borderline sessionable. The magnum addition does wonders for this beer.

Serving type: cask

07-21-2012 14:34:53 | More by ColForbinBC
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farrago

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You get about a finger of light eggshell white foam, island of larger bubbles in the middle, fades away at a steady clip, a few splotches of lacing but that’s it. Coppery orange brown color of average clarity, turns a yellow hue around the rims, broadly scattered large bubbles, nothing close to beads. Molasses, milk chocolate, honey and sweet bread dough fill the nose, some cola and then pine sap, not a great deal of hoppiness happening here, conversely truly not as sweet as the various elements make it sound, has pretty good length. Medium-bodied, creamy mouth feel with a lot of carbonation which tends to diffuse the flavors and contributes to a drying finish, where a metallic side comes through. Otherwise, it’s a basic array of cocoa, caramel, malt, butterscotch and toffee with a touch of café au lait. The grains are sweet with a light toasted quality, again the hops remain in the background. Moment of peach or apricot pit or fig. Whisper of earthiness and matted straw. Overall, on the sweetish side for its type but friendly enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 19:02:03 | More by farrago
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-13-2012 00:38:22 | More by ms11781
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours brown with a reddish hue and a small bubbly head leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma consists of sweet toffee notes along with an almost rye like spiciness. Not many hops.

Holy malt bomb. Starts out sweet and finishes even sweeter with an almost sickly sweet brown sugar aftertaste. Not many hops at all to be found.

Mouthfeel is too light the lower carbonation enhances the sweetness.

This was pretty awful. One note and that note isn't even good. Way too sweet and nothing at all remotely interesting going on here.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 18:06:16 | More by jmarsh123
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice clear red/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light malt nose and flavor is toasted malt and a hint of caramel. $5.95 for a 22oz bottle from the brewery in Portsmouth, NH.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 22:03:52 | More by jdhilt
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a very thin head. Hazy amber colored body.
S) Robust malty nose - caramel, buttered toast.
T) Malt bomb! A delicious malt bomb at that. Caramel. Toasted grains. Hints of butterscotch. Dry grainy notes in the finish along with some hop bitterness.
M) Crisp. Clean. Medium body.
O) Delicious. Initial appearance had me a bit worried by the aroma and taste turned that around. I would definitely drink another one of these!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 00:38:05 | More by u2carew
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wildcat29

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

03-12-2012 17:08:56 | More by wildcat29
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought 2/18/12

Pours a dark amber color with a good sized fluffy off-white head, fades at a slow rate and leaves a cap on top for a good while, only bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell is malty, slightly toasted, bit of a breadiness to it.

Taste is fairly one note but that's not necessarily bad in this case, toasted malt up front, hops are muted, balanced flavor with a decent creaminess, carbonation spot on.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:55:41 | More by deltatauhobbit
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-20-2012 15:58:59 | More by smutty33
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.9%

02-01-2012 23:27:55 | More by phingdong
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -13.8%

12-02-2011 05:41:27 | More by rab53
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Portsmouth Murphy's Law Red Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.