Murray's Oak-Aged Icon 2IPA | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
-
no score
Awaiting More Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 11-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1
Reviews:
1
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
0%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1 |  Reviews: 1
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this as part of the Murray's Hoptoberfest Dinner at [email protected] during Sydney Craft Beer Week. Pretty much what the name says: the Icon, oak-aged. Note that this was made as a one-off experiment: it's hence not indicative of Murray's beers in general.

Pours a deep bronze-colour, probably a shade or two darker than the regular Icon, from memory, with a solid, slightly billowy white head. Lacing is solid enough, and the body looks solid but fluid. Not bad.

Nose is full of oak, with the hops striving vainly for a look-in. This gives a slightly funky greenness to the aroma, along with a freshness like newly caught fish. But mostly it's oak: vanilla and smoothness with a slight sharp grassiness.

The front of the palate is dominated by the oak, with a woody vanilla flavour starting strongly, and leading into a smooth, oddly flat mid-palate. By the back, there's some prickly hop bite coming through, but it's rather grassy and a little bit lacklustre. Aftertaste has reverted back to the oak, with a very woody but smooth finish.

Smooth in the mouthfeel as well: this is probably the only aspect of the beer that is better than its counterpart.

It's a little bit overwrought at times: the oak is used a bit like a sledgehammer, and it doesn't necessarily complement the hops or the base beer overall. It has a smoothness, but it feels like too much, and the balance is off: it makes it a lesser beer than the straight Icon.

 1,453 characters

Murray's Oak-Aged Icon 2IPA from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.