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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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80
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
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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Photo of jkeefe1800
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

jkeefe1800, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of kneary13
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

kneary13, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Pwbres
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Pwbres, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Lawl3ss
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
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

Lawl3ss, May 24, 2014
Photo of jadler16
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
Photo of Syraquse
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Syraquse, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of ajcormier
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Florida9, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
1.88/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of anewlanguage
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

anewlanguage, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of seplo
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

seplo, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

KTCamm, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of ahbaggins
2/5  rDev -42.4%

ahbaggins, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

ColForbinBC, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of farrago
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

farrago, Jul 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ms11781, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

jmarsh123, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

jdhilt, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of u2carew
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

u2carew, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of wildcat29
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

wildcat29, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of smutty33
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

smutty33, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +15.3%

phingdong, Feb 01, 2012
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Portsmouth Murphy's Law Red Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.