Murray's Spartacus | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's SpartacusMurray's Spartacus

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Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mulder1010 on 09-26-2010

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by danieelol:
Photo of danieelol
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK, finally getting around to reviewing this.

A: Very aggressive pour yields a nice dark orange beer. Good head and lacing.

S: mango, pawpaw, overripe fruits, passionfruit. Very sweet syrupy smell also coming off this one. Vaguely offputting burnt rubber aroma. Bit of pine.

T: Syrupy sweet, alcohol, bitterness. It is concerning that I think there's more bitterness from the alcohol than the hops.

M: Thick and syrupy. Needs more carbonation tbh.

O: I don't like how prominent the alcohol is in this. I have the same problem with ICON. IPAs/DIPAs should taste like beautiful piny, floral hops (or in this case like NZ hops) with a rich malt tapestry behind them; with the alcohol being non detectable. In Hardcore the hop and malt flavours overwhelm the alcohol. This beer doesn't hide the alcohol as well as can be done. Also, I just don't like the flavour profile that much. And I'm still not sure where the burnt rubber part comes from.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MrKennedy
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle thanks to danieelol and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip style glass.

Pours a deep copper colour with just over a finger of foam that is beige in appearance.

Smell is slightly floral, plenty of marmalade and sweet darker malt. Hardly DIPA, turned into a barleywine going off the smell.

Taste is very malty and sweet, a bit of butter and marmalade and some caramel.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, not a lot of bitterness given the style.

Overall, this isn't a DIPA at all. More a barleywine for sure. Not a lot of bitterness or hop flavour. Disappointing for what you expect and seek. As a standalone beer, without reference to style guidelines it isn't too bad. But i do go for barleywines in winter.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of spicelab
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bronze-orange. Two fingers of not especially compact white head. Okay retention, mild lacing.

A syrupy fruit fiesta. Green apple, pineapple lollies, orange rind and candied citrus. Shedloads of bready malts. Slight spicy herb and solvent character.

Toffee apple, toothpaste, lime zest and a hint of organic grassiness. Booze is pretty hectic. It's unconventional and verging on unhinged, but being a sweet-tooth, I sort of get into it.

Syrupy and rich, with moderate ethanol warmth. Bitterness is not high or lasting. Given the ABV, it's pretty understated.

A very different IIPA with no shortage of rough edges, but enough personality to forgive the flaws.

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Photo of Rwalford74
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eric5bellies
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Stella Tulip

A - Pours a slightly hazy Golden copper colour, with an off White head that reduces quickly to a film.

S - Malt woth boozy hops.

T - Boozy up front with some hoppy notes, piney and small grapefruit before a lingering boozy caramel malty finish.

M - Medium body and low to medium carbonation

O - Not enough hop in this DIPA for me. It tastes like they are being restrained by the malt and it should be the reverse. Nonetheless a must try.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murray's Spartacus
10% DIPA
Riwaka and Motueka hops (NZ)
Bought from brewery (growler format) and served in Globe glass

A-- Poured a golden amber color, very short lived, under half one finger of off white head. Became off white film. Upon swirling would get brief flashes of the head, not much more.

S-- Peach, apricot, passion fruit, orange and peach blossom. Has a decent nose.

T-- Peach blossom, apricot, orange in the taste. Big floral taste to this, followed by Carmel stone fruit and some lemon and lime tartness to finish in the taste.

M-- There is grapefruit but it is very reserved. Lots of peach and passion fruit with lemon and lime tartness and acidity. Lime tartness lasts quite a while in the feel before I get a finish of carmel. Low carbonation and big body but not over the top at all.

D-- 10% ABV does creep up quickly but it is drinkable. Murrays has hit the nail on the head with this beer. Very well made and thought out. By style this is a great DIPA and a great interpretation of the style.
For me, the hops just do not work for me. Felt like I was eating a flower, no real hop backbone to this. I miss the huge grapefruit and pine. Was told at the brewery that this is not a hop bomb. No it is not at all.
I am not killing the beer and will be in the minority but I like the pine and grapefruit of ICON where this is a bigger and better version of the NZ Renissance MPA. Just does not work for me.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of vancurly
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an absolute mind****. Strong, rich, flavoursome, very, very moreish. I'm not sure if it's a one-off, but I have enjoyed it on-tap at Murray's in Manly, as well as in the bottle from their Port Stephens outlet.

a) 1 inch off-white, spongy head. Hazy marmalade amber in colour.

s) Pine resin aromas, passionfruit, caramel and licorice, almost barley-wine richness in the malt. Warms to melon and pineapple.

t) Rich flavour, honeycomb, caramel, brambly wild green vegetation and tropical fruits. Spicy, with alcohol warmth, and a prickly bitterness.

m) Silky smooth, if not slightly oily. Not at all heavy, nor cloying.

d) "Dangerously drinkable" says the label. I agree. Classy beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big fruity orange colour, kind of cloudy. Off-white head, small bubbles with thin crown retaining. Lace is OK, not very sticky. Looks good, though.

Smells very tangy and hoppy. Big passion, pineapple and lemon sherbet on there. Touch of paw-paw, white peach and thyme as well. Big and fruity, complex enough to intrigue in spite of its largely ungrounded nature. Very nice indeed.

Taste starts with more of those same big fruity hop notes - passion and mango on there, before the malt kicks in with its bold, sticky toffee presence. Gets those resiny hop notes, quite sticky and oily on the back, with maybe a lack of kick or cut to their presence, but the flavours are all pretty pleasant. Lots of melon, with a slight midori character, mango and lemon zest as well. Bitter and boozey, but with a nice twist of fruit both front and back. Heavy beer, but pleasant drinking, especially for the style.

Nice and full body, with a slight sharpness from the hops late-mid. Not bad at all, really.

Bit full-on for everyday drinking, but the fruit notes are intriguingly constructed from the hops - almost Belgian in the way they add mystique to the heavy booziness and stop the beer getting bogged down by its sheer size. I like it a lot.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely clear and bright orange, with a fine head of white bubbles, that leave a little sudsy lacing as they collapse. Minimal carbonation, and I'm suriprised at how fluid the body is for a 10% beer. It looks quite light and liquid. Good though.

Nose is fruity and ripe with big New Zealand hop characters. Notes of peach and passionfruit, with a slight citrus bend to it. Minimal spice, but I was told not to expect it despite Motueka and Riwaka being Saaz cultivars. Smells more like classic NZ hops like Nelson Sauvin. Lovely.

Taste is a little odd, and not quite as bitter as I expected. Some fragrant overripe fruit on the front, with a big dollop of melted toffee, and some candied orange peel. Later a small amount of warm bitterness hits the tongue, almost a melange of alcohol heat and true alpha bitterness. It recedes pretty quickly though, not leaving much of a hop oil coating on the tongue. It's quite pleasant, but not as aggressive as I expected.

An interesting beer, and one which is surprisingly subdued for all its statistics, and, lets face it, the rhetoric surrounding its release. Very tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Local Taphouse, St Kilda. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a copper colour. One finger of creamy eggshell head and mild carbonation. Sticky rings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Kiwi hops, some breadiness. Lot's of tropical fruits and sugared fruits.

T - Super juicy hops. I wrote 'jesus!'. Lot's of tropical fruit and a noticable malt backbone, but very strong hops. Pine, apple, mango and passionfruit come out. Sticky sugared fruits, sweet resiny hops as well.

M - Good carbonation, full body, fruity and bitter finish.

O/D - One of the better DIPAs I've had here. You can't tell the ABV is so high either. Very juicy and tasty while being really easy to drink. Lovely.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Burnt orange in colour, under a small creamy head and spotty lacing.

S - Bread, apricot, citrus peel and booze.

T - Pretty boozy, similar in taste to aroma, apricot is prominent, mandarin rind, bread, very hoppy.

M - Full body, both creamy and oily, medium carbonation and some arse kicking bitterness.

O - This is certainly a DIPA alright, hot and hoppy.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazy apricot hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is straight out piney hops and caramel and thats about it,it has a nice full bodied semi sticky well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of sweet pineapple,mangoes,lychee,boiled candy caramel and finished with a resinous piney hop finish and overall a very nice IIPA and would buy again and glad to see other aussie breweries producing beautiful examples of this style cheers.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Many many thanks to danieelol for supplying this beer to me. Much appreciated.

Pours a amber/gold with no head. None. Light film and no lacing. This from an aggressive pour (twice).

Aromas of pine, citrus, grapefruit and also some sweetness.

Taste is of pine, alcohol, grapefruit, in that order, and somewhat disconnected. Toward the end, the main taste is tending toward vodka(!).

Mouthfeel is light, esp for the ABV.

Overall I was was expecting ICONs big brother. Dear dear. Less nose, less flavour, less mouthfeel. Obviously a whole lot of bottle variation going on here reading the reviews....
Down .5 on overall due to price point.

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Photo of baggio
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[email protected] in Sydney.

A: Golden copper with a creamy, white, head.

S: Tropical fruits, Pine, Caramel, Citric notes.

T: Tropical fruits, Malt, Caramel, Hint of pine, Citric notes.

M: Despite this being 100IBU it is very well balanced. Reminds me a bit of a gentler hopslam.

This is by far the best beer i've tried in Australia to date. Damn drinkable. The growler i got did not last long either :) (Thanks Mulder1010 for hooking me up. U da man!)

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intense, full on resinous hop aroma. Nice caramel malt backing. Good.

Clear, amber colour with a creamy, off-white head.

Smooth malt with lots of resinous hops. Plenty of spicy hot alcohol and strong bitterness.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. I want a touch more dryness and less body.

This is a tasty IIPA and possibly the best IPA/IIPA brewed in Australia. There's a touch too much alcohol to make this a true quaffer but I couldn't help but have a few.

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Murray's Spartacus from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 17 ratings