Murray's Punch & Judy | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Australia
murraysbrewingco.com.au

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by lacqueredmouse on 04-27-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of sirob
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of magpieken
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of SmashPants
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle. Fantastic stylish label, per the Murray norm.

Appearance: deep golden colour with ruby tints and thick, white head. Light bodied, and a light carbonation of fine bubbles.

Aroma: light toffee malts, some complex hops over the top. Quite light aroma, not all that much to it, to be honest.

Taste: some tropical fruits here, with the same malts backing up. Really far too weak.

Aftertaste: the bitterness does come through afterward, but not strongly enough. A bit of a wishy-washy beer.

Mouth feel: light bodied with medium carbonation. I expected it to be a bit lighter, to be honest.

Overall: a light English bitter, with light flavours - toffee and caramel, with good English hops. Not my style, and not strong enough flavours.

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Photo of KenOath73
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A good tasting mid strength ale with a nice hint of spiciness in the malt profile.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Murray's sweet dependable Murray's have been a bit of a standard-bearer for decent craft beer in Australia for a while now, and to be honest I'm surprised Punch & Judy has thus far eluded review as it is a drop I've had at least once before. Time for me to right this... I wouldn't say 'wrong' and 'injustice' would be a bit melodramatic, let's say 'neutral' - time for me right this neutral! (has a good ring to it actually).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Wow, do not shake this one up - hazy amber-brown bodied with a 2 inch white foamy head... also there is now beer on my kitchen floor... perhaps a bit on the fizzy side then.

S: Nutty malt mixed with some caramel malts provide a hefty base for some floral and citric hops. Not bad but there is a bit of a tavern mop aroma mixed in as well (yes, I know what a tavern mop smells like, I have worked in taverns before). Bit of a mixed bag here.

T: Flavour is as expected; nutty/caramel malts, floral/citric hops. Passionfruit makes a surprise appearance as well. There is a chemical aftertaste that one finds in Aussie macro lagers - like some sort of cleaning agent - not good. Aside from this the balance is alright, a bit on the boring side but that is always expected from a mid-strength.

M: Mid to light bodied with that fizzy carbonation that was noted above in the exuberant head.

D: Bit of an average brew from Murray's then. This ale has promise but is let down by the odd aftertaste, tavern mop aroma and ebullient carbonation. Feels like a missed opportunity for me as I quite enjoy the nutty flavoured brews, and this has nuts in spades. Also this is a mid-strength and my opinion of mid-strengths is 'why even bother' and at 3.9% ABV this brew does somewhat epitomise my opinion.

Food match: Tavern stew is the first thing that sprung to mind, along with a crusty bread loaf, despite being a mid-strength there is a certain heartiness to this brew too.

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Photo of Stew41
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thumbs up for having a go at a classic style and keeping the ABV under 4%. Creamy palate with nice caramel malts. Some fizz and minerals. Hop impact is light but appropriate for the style. Lacks punch ultimately and somewhat over-rated as a near top ten beer in Australia as defined by this web site.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of PolarBear3
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lovely amber colour with off white head that retains well

S - Tropical, citrus including some passion fruit, sweet candy.

T - Sweet candy apple, toffee, nutty caramel biscuit with a nice balanced hoppy finish

M - Nicely balanced with medium body and medium carbonation

O - Pretty nice beer that is balanced nicely with its sweet malt and gentle hops
Recommended

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Photo of wordemupg
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330mlbottle poured into pint glass 4/4/14

A hard little bugger to get into a glass, hazy dark amber with plenty of sediment and half a glass of lose tan head hangs around leaving foam at the very bottom, very carbonated, chunks of lace stick out from the glass

S citrus, leafy and herbal hops, nutty caramel, a little musty damp basement, almost smells like an apple orchard after harvest, bruised mushy apples and wet leaves

T a little more sweet malt, caramel comes out a little more then the nose, lots of bruised apple and pear, still herbal, I want to love it but only like it

M has some body for 3.9%, very foamy, almost explodes when it hits your mouth, leafy on the finish

O I thought I might have an old bottle but I found a BB 7 months away so I'm guessing this is a 5 month old bottle, a little musty and I'm not sure if its intended and its way over carbonated

not a bad brew but I'm wondering if I got this bottle in perfect condition, if I see this again on my travels I might give it another go

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Photo of hopnerd
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Mosant
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 330ml bottle.
Appearance: pours a beautiful golden Amber colour with slightly off white head that has some resistance and retention qualities.
Aroma: fresh tropical fruits and citrus hops aroma reminiscent of sweet orange.
Flavour: freshness of the hop flavours are very upfront and full flavoured. This is a lively carbonated beer which when combined with the flavours from the hops and lower alcohol make this very refreshing and sessionable.
Overall: there is only mild bitterness on the finish and I would prefer a little more however the beer is very enjoyable and well balanced.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip at Murrays, poured by Murray, shame there was no handpump as that would've made it extra special.

Pours a light copper colour, with just the barest of white foam on top. Some lacing though. Was able to swirl and get some head on it.

Smells of passionfruit mainly, with some grass hop aroma.

Nice mix of passionfruit, bread and caramel flavours. Only letdown is it can taste a little watery with the passionfruit later on. Otherwise would score higher.

Mouthfeel is very good. Nice solid body for the ABV, some lingering bitterness. Very sessionable.

An easy to drink, flavoursome, low ABV beer. Plenty worse low ABV beers being made out here.

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Photo of ADZA
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like the name of this brew anyway it pours a orange,honey hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and lacing everywhere,the aromas are citrus zest,passionfruit and some boiled candy,it has a rather light mouthfeel and has tastes of passionfruit,lychee,boiled candy and some light caramel which ends with a dry bitter finish,overall its a nice tasty beer for a midstrength but think it would be tastier if it had a stronger ABV.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of admiral
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An excellent English session beer that packs a fruity punch for it's low alcohol content

aroma: predominately citrus/fruit with some malt and yeasty aromas. Opens up nicely for a bigger aroma the closer you get to finishing it.

taste: initially pear and lemon come to the fore with citrus, spice, orange peel, caramel-yeast and mineral flavours all coming through along with tropical fruit flavours once the beer opens up more. Good malt flavours to balance it out (although more fruit than malt flavours overall) and a nice moderate bitterness on the finish.

Great session beer and a lot more flavour than I expected.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse ANZAC Day SepcTapular.

Pours a bright, deep golden amber color, with a tight bubbled sheen of white foam on the top. Looks light bodied, with a little persistent carbonation. Not bad.

Some light toffee malts and a very decent English hop character on the nose, melds together in a pretty true mix. It's reasonably light, but quite pleasant and true to style.

Light malt again, and a nice resiny hop character to keep it from becoming overpowerrjng. Some butterscotch through the centre, before a clean and single-minded bitterness sweeps through to clear it out at the end. Mouthfeel could use a cask conditioning - a smooth lack of carbonation would fit well. As it is, it feels too light and sparkly.

A lot of character for such a session-strength brew, but it all stays tight not to overwhelm the palate. As much as I like Murray's brewing the more extreme end of their spectrum, I'm gratified they can also brew simple classic styles so well.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eric5bellies
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dull Golden Amber colour, with a two fingered head that reduces to a film. No lacing.

S - Bits of passion fruit and some caramel malt. Nice floral hop aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with a nice pine hoppy flavour and passionfruit. The finish is a little dull with the bitterness is not accompanied by any particular flavour.

M - Medium to full carbonation,with light to medium body.

O - Nice solid beer with plenty on offer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Pours coppery amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows lots of tropical fruit: lychees, melon, paw-paw along with orange blossom. Underneath is lovely cookie-dough and a little nutty malt that becomes more prominent later on. Very nice!
Flavours almost exactly mirror the flavours but the nutty malt really stands out now.
Carbonation is much too high.
Murray's continue to impress me.

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Photo of
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle pours deep burnt amber with large, crisp, lively beige head.

Passionfruit, lime rind, floral perfume, pungent. This beer has a delicious and refreshing fragrance. Smells similar to an american IPA. Theres also notes of fresh cut grass.

Caramel, more passionfruit, chamomile tea. A real thirst quencher.

Thin body, lively, soft drink-like effervescence really adds to this beers general drinkability. I could drink this by the gallon.

Excellent beer. One of the best and most flavourful low alcohol beers.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Local.

Pours a deep red-tinged amber colour, clear with a slow bead up the sides. Head is medium with small beige bubbles, retains a crown and leaves some pleasant trails of off-white foam. Nice-looking bitter.

Nose is very hoppy, with a distinctly floral tinge. Fair malt backbone with hints of English toffee, but predominantly a nice fruity hop character with some resinous notes, a bit of pineapple and rosewater. Pleasant and enticing smell.

Taste starts off sweet with a few notes of toffee and a nice barley flavour, hops come through not strongly, but distinctively, without a huge hit but a nice lingering presence from the mid to the back. They're quite floral in nature with some herbal notes and hints of mint, passionfruit and a slight medicinal character on the back. Not outrageously robust, but a lot of flavour for a milder beer and a lot to like.

Feel is light and fluid with a little bit of a harsh sizzle as it goes down. But a very nice body for how light it is.

Trust Murray's to brew a lighter beer well. A balanced, tasty beer without all the bells and whistles.

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Photo of brendan13
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A Darkish copper colour with 2cm off white head that fell fairly quickly.
S - Toffee maltiness up front with some fruity hop notes coming through afterwards.
T - Sweetish toffee malts balanced by fruity hoppiness.
M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Bitterness is there but not overpowering.
D - A nice, tasty sessionable beer that is well worth trying. Good to see a good low ABV% beer from an Australian craft brewery.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Murray's Punch & Judy from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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