Murray's Icon 2IPA | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Icon 2IPAMurray's Icon 2IPA

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Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 08-03-2006

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 40
Photo of BGDrock
2.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brought over from Australia

Appearance: watch the pour! head is aggressive with big bubblebath suds that have staying power; apricot color, very hazy, probably unfiltered

Aroma: resinous hops with some sweet citrus pairing up well - grapefruit, orange peel

Taste & Mouthfeel: intense, sharp carbonation; heady alcohol; almost medicinal pine flavour, like a mild Buckley's; metallic, tinny; very odd bitter finish, like the pith of an orange; some caramel malt lurking as balance

Overall: I find myself almost hesitating with each sip, wary of the cutting mouthfeel and astringent hop flavour; it's not a pleasant drink, gives the sense of having been boiled too long and any subtle notes removed

Maybe an effect of the travel, who knows

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Photo of bylerteck
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tap at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy golden colour with light carbonation coming up. Creamy, soapy one finger head. Spotty lace left and a film of retention.

S - Juicy hop, bread, some pine, citrus, honey, some sticky dates and mango. Sweet fruit as well.

T - Honey covered fruits? Boozy pineapple. A bit boozy. Less depth than the aroma.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a dry prickly finish.

O/D - A bit rough, otherwise worth a shot. Bottled version was much better and smoother. A bit aggressive on tap.

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Photo of davidfoley
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Straw to amber in colour; No clarity; Strong carbonation; Off white head, good moderate retention;

Smell - Floral spicy hop aroma; Mild sweet malt smell; Citrus, dried fruit & vanilla

Taste - Hops, citrus fruits, dried fruits, banana, sweet, tangy dry finish

Mouthfeel - Medium body, good carbonation, tangy finish

Overall - Poorly balanced, a little to sweet and tangy

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this may be the first time I'm getting a review of this beer down although I have had it many times previously.

Pours a dark guava juice colour

Smell is initially overwhelmingly plastic- passionfruit seeds with some metal. This fades away to some lactic, yeasty notes; almost yoghurty. The hop contributions remind me of guava juice.

Taste is very bitter. They have thrown a lot of bittering hops into this thing. Really rivals the more bitter US takes on IPAs. It's also quite sweet with a good alcohol presence.

It has the same thing going on as with Spartacus- the bitterness seems to come both from hops and alcohol. However it is much better than Spartacus. The main difference is the mouthfeel is thinner and it's more highly carbed, although there's still lots of hop resins.

Honestly not very drinkable, and the malt presence even reminds me of a quad in some ways. However it's a very good and unique take on the style. Murrays are on to a winner with this one. Only quibble is the slightly outrageous $25 a 4-pack standard retail price.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden amber topped with two fingers of creamy white head, followed by long streaks of lace.

S - Floral and citrus hop aroma up front, then the caramel maltiness and slight alcohol hit.

T - Here it's the malt that takes over first, tannins and boozy sting follow and finally a herbal hop bitterness.

M - Moderate slick body, low to medium carbonation.

O - Even balance of malt and hop. Carries enough heat so you won't forget this is a 7.5% abv beer. I'm glad I tried it but probably won't be looking out for it in the future.

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Photo of spicelab
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle. Had a few times previously, but first time since the new (old) design.

Muddy-looking orange, in no small part due to a heavy haze. Two-finger slightly off-white head leaves some decent flecks of lace and a raised ring.

Indistinct citrus, tropical and vegetal hop notes over a decent sweet caramel malt background. There's definitely some tangerine and pineapple but that's all I can identify with certainty. Pretty assertive doughy yeast presence. Flashes of brandy and medicinal notes every now and again.

Taste is better. Loads of orange, grapefruit, honeydew melon and a late pine oil that helps to offset the high sweetness.

Nice even mouthfeel that coats the palate. Moderate carbonation and a deceptively strong drying bitterness.

Feels like a very well made beer but struggles for clarity, particularly in the aroma department where it feels like the hop character is muddled by the yeast and an a times overt booze presence. Not convinced about the freshness of this - tastes quite different to how I remember so keen to try again and re-review.

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Photo of Stew41
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another encouraging result from my modest cellaring efforts on this beer. I actually did not try on release but did sock a 750ml away for 12 months. So, no reference point but this beer looks good. Relatively mild for a DIPA across both the nose and palate. Pours with a massive foamy head that takes forever to quit. Nose shows sweet hops and some lower key sweet malts. Hops are quite settled to taste and don’t really bite at all - impact from the aging perhaps? Quite resiny. There’s also a very interesting funky brett-like character (ie dirty wine like) that kicks in the back palate.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a seven month old sample - well stored.

Pours a treat. Deep copper colour with a magnificent cream two-three finger head, which lasts forever. Excellent lacing. The most outstanding local brew visually.

Quite strong aromas of citrus - lets say grapefruit - and pineapple, also some pine.

Taste continues with a citrus hit, which is then backed up by a wallop (technical term being used) of hops, and a powerful, but not overbearing bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost on the chewy side for body, again a delight, and the taste lingers well after the last drop. Carbonation is fine.

One of Murray's best ales, and indications that the Aus brewing scene can start to compete internationally

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Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks to brendan13 for sending this one to me.

appearance: golden orang with a 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

smell: pine, hops, malts

taste: dry, bittering, hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

drinkability: it's an alright IPA but after having the Hop Hog this is just subpar.


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Photo of juju7
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, gushers. This never gets tired. Like many others I find it hard to pick what is "double" about this beer. the nose shows some pineapple fruity hops but not much in the way of pine-like intensity. On the palate the bitterness is quite subdued for the style and alcohol levels. Some marmalade and caramel malt finishes it off nicely. Biggish without being big. A touch of hop resin on the finish. Possibly a bit more approachable than others of the US ilk.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Note: marked here as an IPA, name suggest DIPA, will be interesting to see what I think.

Appearance - 3.5
A gentle pour results in a glass full of foam and little else. Minutes later a second attempt left a large, loose, cream coloured head over a hazy, copper coloured body. Good lacing and head retention.

Smell - 4.0
The nose is dominated by hops and yeast. Lots of ripe fruit - grapefruit and pineapple, a little pine needle, some spiciness and dusty yeast.

Taste - 3.0
First off, one taste of this beer puts it firmly in the DIPA category for me. Alcohol presence is big, warm, peppery and medicinal to the point of being a flaw. Sweet, fudgy malt character, grapefruit, spicy and piney hops, red apple, assertive bitterness and lots of sour yeast flavour that reminds me of Coopers.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Fine carbonation is very lively (perhaps too lively), giving a rather Belgian-like mouthfeel. Medium bodied, could stand to be a bit lighter.

Drinkability - 2.5
A struggle for me due to the over-carbonation, booziness and unwelcome sourness.

I have to say that I did not really enjoy this beer. It was well inside its expiry and had been stored in the fridge since leaving the bottle shop, but I still think it was somehow spoiled. I'll be interested to try it again to see if my opinion changes.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a see through amber hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head that stays with heaps of lacing,the smell is definately what you expect from this style with orange,grapefruit,stonefruit and pine needles all on the nose,it has a nice above medium bodied sticky mouthfeel which leaves your lips very sticky with pine resin and taste is spot on with hints of piney hops,grapefruit,a tiny touch of caramel and finishes with a stonefruit bitterness,overall i really enjoyed this brew as it feels like they really got the balance of hops and malts near on perfect even though the hop taste outweighs the very well hidden malt character it really does work and will definately buy this brew again.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank fro My De Struise Tulip

A - This beer pours a clear reddish copper colour with a large off white head that stays around.

S - Plenty of lemon and grapefruit

T - Wow very prominent hops up front with a nice bitterness on the finish, big amounts of grapefruit and orange in the middle too, this is a big IPA

M - Light to Medium body and plenty of carbonation.

D - A Champion brew and you have to try it.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear red-amber appearance. 1 finger head which leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Truckloads of citrussy, resiny, piney hops. There is a good amount of sweetness in the smell to back up the hops, but not too much by any means. A sort of savoury smell that I cant put my finger on too. Loverly!

Immediately presented with hop flavours ranging from grapefruit, orange and even maybe kumquat to piney resiny flavours. Strong bitterness too. Great malt backbone in the sense that the sweetness adds balance but doesnt encroach on the hop territory. Just great. One of my favourite beers for sure.

Moderate to low carbonation, probably due to the growler with a smooth but not too viscous mouthfeel. Each sip screams out for more!

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Photo of mulder1010
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler straight from the brewery. Poured into a Great Divide glass

A-- Poured an reddish gold color with a white brown head that slowly disappeared into a film. Not a lot of visible carbonation.

S-- Pine, grapefruit, lemon, want to say orange or tangerine but not sure with carmel or toffee hints to this. Great smell with a nice touch of malt to back this up.

T-- Aggressive hops with a malt finish. NICE. Lots of pine and citrus, backed with a very carmel malt finish. Almost a cross of a East Coast US IPA with a West Coast IPA.

M-- Has the flavors of a West Coast IPA. Big hops and citrus with the Eastern US malt and drinkability. Almost perfect carbonation, very creamy and the flavors just last for a long time and get more pronounced as it warms.

D-- Excellent. Not massive and over the top like US ones are currently. This beer is more about being sessionable and very much fits that bill. Closest thing to being at home again!! An excellent replica of a US IPA and maybe the best beer in Australia. Worth the drive to get it and will be worth getting in bottles come fall.

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, amazing hop aroma with grassy notes. Grapefruit, citrus and pine are all over this. A sweet, crystal malt backbone is present but is clearly (and pleasingly) dominated by the hops.

Pours a beautiful amber colour with a slight haze from dry hopping. A tight, creamy off white head is nice.

What a great beer. Masses of hops with clean, crisp pine and grapefruit flavour. I also get a hint of tangerine. A strong pervasive bitterness is great and really stands up. The crystal malt backbone is stunning. It is prominent but only enough to let the hops shine. While some more hop flavour would be nice the whole is well constructed and a pleasure to drink.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation (probably due to the growler format). Perfectly suitable and it actually works with the flavours here as higher carbonation could accentuate the bitterness too much.

This is surprisingly drinkable for such a beer. The sweetness helps to send the bitterness down and make a great beer. Very good.

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Photo of vancurly
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 500th review, and I am glad to have this beer for the milestone.
Served by Murray Howe at the brewery outlet. A fresh minikeg too.
Pours a superb dark orange, with a white head & lace. Sitting in the courtyard, it looks fantastic in the morning light.
Smells like a malt factory, with lovely tropical fruit aromas. Fresh, piney, herbal. Tastes similar to aroma, with a lovely balance & firm bitterness.
Chewy, remarkable

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely ruby/amber with a small off-white head that shows good persistence and lacing.
Aroma is fruity as! Tangerine, pineapple, paw paw, grapefruit and passion fruit. Then there's some spicy and resinous hops in the background, along with some sweet malts.
Taste is some brief citrus fruit up front before a strong sweet malty backing and some alcohol show their presence. Green hoppy bitterness follows in a finish of reasonable duration.
Smooth alcoholic heat creeps up on the palate. Lovely cream body.
Murray's continue to amaze me with their brews.

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Photo of joecast
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. best before 270809. after a trip across the strait (thanks to brendan13) i wont leave it that long.

similar in color to jamieson beast. maybe a bit more haze and a shade darker. leaves a fine layer of sediment in the bottle.
head is over 1cm thick and very stable, egg shell white in color.

big sweet malt aroma with a light hint of alcohol. so far this jamieson beast could pass as being from the same brewery. good dose of floral hops with a bit of citrus. actually, the alcohol presence starts to pick up a bit as it warms.

starts with a good firm malt flavor and finishes off with a sharp bitterness. certainly not too sweet, but heavy with both malt and hops to maintain some sort of balance (if you want that sort of thing. i would be happy if this were a bit drier personally).

and thats really my only gripe. yes its a big beer, but comes across as though it reminds you with each sip. really borderline with being a double ipa, and i would even say move it up. a good regular ipa should be much more easy to drink than this. even so, this is incredibly flavorful and im glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Macca
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a copper colour. Not much of a head but some lacing remains. Obvious sediment.

The nose is of hoppy fruitiness and toffee. Some alcohol is evident.

Bit too much alcohol on the palate for me initially but it seems better as I go. Not quite as out of balance as first feared. Lots of bitterness.

A medium to high carbonation.

A beer with a good kick to it.

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Photo of koolk
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in colour with a small white head that only slightly hangs around.

Massive pine notes meet citrus in a very strong hoppy bouquet. Also contains an interesting iodine meets caramel note in it. Can't put my finger on it, but I think I like it!

More of a tropical fruit palate with some caramel, biscuit and dark fruit sweetness and aggressive bitterness. A little hollow on the palate.

Creamy, well balanced and good length.

It loses a few marks for being a touch cloying, but otherwise this is a bruiser of a beer that is well balanced and hides the big alcohol level well. Good effort and worth checking now it is in 330mL bottles.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle
Beutiful amber /orange tone with acushion of tightly packed white froth.
Delivers on the promise of big aroma.It smells of fruity bitter hops
Also delivers on promise of taste .It is sharply bitter , but the overall flavour is moderate , perhaps like water melon pith.
It hides its 7.5% well ,although it is a bracing mouthfeel it is balanced enough to be quite refreshing.
A braver soul than I would drink this in quantity but for me is well suited to a small sampling whilst solving the problems of the world

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber colour with ridiculously huge beige head. First pour was all foam. It's nice though, sinking at the top around the edges and webbing out with tendrils of cream-coloured lace. Damn fine-looking IPA; if only the head were more modest.

Lots of floral, grassy hops on the nose, with lots of fruit esters coming through with lemon, grapefruit and melon. Slight resiny touch as well with a slight hint of mould at the back. The assault is all floral and fruity, nice complexities and nice IPA characters.

Malty front palate with caramel and some sticky toffee underlying. Melds nicely into the mid where hop bitterness begins to emerge, but not with any great aplomb or vigour. In fact there's a hop complexity lacking for an IPA. But lots of nice fresh tropical fruit with passionfruit and pink grapefruit. A really pleasant trail on the finish with very little sharpness. The malt is still lingering so gives it a sweet edge, but mostly a nice bitter twang to remind you of its punch. Very refreshing beer and quite enjoyable, just a bit lacking in the IPA stakes.

Thick mouthfeel, but smooth, good body but not over sticky. Pretty close to perfection.

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Photo of willjansen
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml with best before date of 4/09/08...

Appearance - Crazy huge head on a careful pour. Beautiful copper color with zero haze. Thick and creamy head that stays around a while and leaves a full-covering of lace throughout.

Smell - Overwhelming bitter piney hops with acidic hints and sweet/overripe pineapple malty flavors coming through - though hops are dominant (as appropriate for style).

Taste - Super-bitter, with more malt balance that advertised by the smell. Big, malty palate-numbing bitter hoppiness. Certainly a hop-bomb with an almost harsh ending... perhaps strong on the high-alpha hops? Alcohol present, not totally hidden but certainly not boozy.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation creates a burst of flavor directly after hitting the tongue. Oily, resiny textures from high hopping.

Drinkability - Bitterness is great for polishing off a single 750ml bottle, but that's it. Certainly a deceptively easy brew to drink for the ABV, but somewhat palate-ruining. All in all, a great DIPA from one of my increasingly favorite Aussie craft brewers.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a mighty beer that will strip your palate for an hour. I first had this on tap at the Newcastle Craft Brew festival in September and I couldn't taste a thing for half an hour after. I bought a bottle but the cork was so tight it broke the neck off the bottle. Anyhow...this one was OK and I got to spend some quality time with it. Beaut looking copper with a creamy head and powerful hoppy aromas. Flavour is rich caramel/toffee with a massive hop blast that will overwhelm most. There is even a warning on the label "not a beer for the faint-hearted". True, but I love it for its mouth-smashing over-the-topness. I had it after some Malaysian food and after a glass of this bloke, there was not a trace of dinner left. I won't buy this very often (apparently they only do 700 cases or so because the volume of hops clogs the lines and requires a lot of maintenance) but I will from time to time as it is a real treat for the hop-head.

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