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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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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-15-2003

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
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Photo of Thorpe429
1.92/5  rDev -44.7%
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.

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Photo of Lawl3ss
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
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

Photo of hotstuff
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a medium sized ivory creamy, smooth head that contained fine-large sized bubbles.It had a clear and carbonated body with a reddish-brown hue.The nose was light malt and hops with a smooth and hoppy flavor.The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and light-medium bodied.This beer left a good lacing on the side of my glass.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jadler16
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of psweendogg
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of farrago
3.32/5  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.

Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mountdew1
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice dark red color with a slight thick head that lasted for a little while. Had a spicy earthy aroma but I was unable to place any portion of it. Taste was the same. Had a pleasant kick to the taste but couldn't identity any part of it. Nice in the mouth, a little to much going on for my tounge. Easy to drink however. Pleasant beer.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Roman70!
Poured from Bomber into pint glass
A - Pours red/amber, clear with a small light tan head that stays for a bit.
S - Sweet candied sugar malts up front, touch of hops, a touch of butter
T - Malty up front then kind of rich and buttery. A little bitter on the back end,
M/F - Very smooth with carbonation slightly on the light side. Medium body.
D - Decent easy drinking red though it didn't strike me as special in any one way.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thank you again to CooperEllis for nabbing me some bottles at the brewery.

a - i always love the brown bag no frills vibe to portsmouth brews, but this one seems to actually have it's own label, but with the brown bag vibe. opened the bottle and filled my portsmouth tulipy snifter. poured a nice maroon orange. transparent with a bit of a brownish tint. not much head and semi slick lacing. swirling the glass rebuilds a bit.

s - nice soft toasted malt. nutmeg. nicely balanced, but as you'd expect for the style rather subdued.

t - much like the nose...toasted malts. green tea. malt bomb.

m - medium bodied good carbonation. malt bomb.

o - overall, not my favorite style, but this beer is true to style. it didn't blow me away, but wasn't bad.

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Portsmouth Murphy's Law Red Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
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