Murray's Easter Ale | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by laituegonflable on 05-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by danieelol:
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny ruby colour, slightly paler around the edges. Head is dense but sunken to a film; slight brown tinge and nice clingy lace. Looks pretty good.

Ooh, nice hot cross bun smell. Lots of cinnamon with a sultana and raising character as well. Sweet but spicy and a slight touch of sour. Not quite as potent as it could be but it spot-on smells like an Easter bakery.

Taste is quite rich and a bit tart. Almost chocolatey at times but a slight undercooked dough flavour which sounds unpleasant but isn't. It's given a helping hand by the spice which is not quite there in any intense texture but certainly abounds in the flavour: mostly cinnamon with mild clove and nutmeg as well. Dried fruit is apparent at the back, rich, slightly sweet and a bit earthy and dark. It's a bit on the sour side for me, not sure if I could drink too much of this. But then, I'm not such a big fan of hot cross buns either and I think this pretty much has that flavour bang-on.

Decent body to it, but feels a bit empty and thin towards the back, without much texture.

Yeah, I don't know if this beer is entirely to my taste. I really loved the pumpkin ale and I feel that this kind of lacks the sweetness of that and errs more on the side of dried fruit which I find a bit rich for my palate. This is certainly wonderfully suited to the sales pitch and so lots of kudos for that but I can't say it'll become a beloved fixture for me on the Murray's drinking circuit.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst

Pours a deep golden colour. Very clear in the body, with a fine collar of white, not a huge amount of head proper. Decent body. Forms an edging of lace. Fine carbonation. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is spicy, but freshly so and rather light. I expected something thicker and heavier. Indeed, there's not a lot of sweetness or fruit at all. The basis is rather bready, with a hint of something syrupy, if not genuinely sweet—maybe fresh raw honey. It seems to capture an easter bun rather well.

Taste is definitely spicy, and there's not a lot of sweetness here at all; it's more like a raw bit of aniseed, spicy cinnamon and lots of pepper. Almost a touch of eucalyptus to it, making it biting and bracing. It's more refreshing and less wholesome and warming than I expected.

Feel is light, but it matches nicely with the spicy and light flavours.

A decent beer, and more importantly, an interesting beer. Spices are light, but the beer as a whole is light as well, so it matches together rather pleasantly.

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Murray's Easter Ale from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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