Murphy's Law Amber Ale | Smartmouth Brewing Company

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Murphy's Law Amber AleMurphy's Law Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smartmouth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
smartmouthbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by clayrock81 on 11-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Zraly:
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the Brick Anchor Pub in Norfolk with my boss. It poured a slightly clear amber with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of caramel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ordybill
4.21/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a slight hop aroma with yeast, faint but inviting.
Appearance- Pours a reddish brown with a small white head.
Taste- Has a rather malty flavor that I enjoy with that is more toasted malt than anything else, there is some hops in the background.
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Overall- A thoroughly enjoyable beer, I will drink this again.

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Photo of hophugger
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not one of my favorites. This beer pours a reddish brown color with ok head. This beer overall is weak in flavor,. Wanted more hop bitterness but got a mild malt bitterness that wasnt that great. Seems a little watery and lacks the robust flavor of a good amber ale....Won't revisit, sorry

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Photo of Kmlund
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Links41
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Segelstrom
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Oldy… Nov 23rd 2015. drum roll…

Bright yet dark copper bodied, with quite a bit of clarity. Head creation makes a basic two finger tan head, but settles to a simple thin pick and good three millimeter collar.

Simple caramel malt, with a light bready sweetness on the nose. A hint of bitter grain, possibly small acridity kicking in. Manages a bit of warm sweet bakery tones, faint maple syrup but with much less toned sugar sensations. Pretty decent aroma.

Palate goes for a bit more simple tones. Slightly muted caramel, with some hint of wet but not totally washed out mouthfeel on first sip. Mild sensing toast and hint of crackly character. Pith like bitterness of grapefruit on the finish, even slightly steely and ferrous particularly on the aftertaste. An almost dry lingering bitterness like rye catches in as well.

A drinkable decent brew, but the hop angle seems to be a hint of just a little harsh astringency which is surprising at this age, and could use a bit of malt sweetness and depth to counter.

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Photo of bitterandtwisted
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Unclejesse33
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of gopens44
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Maltyduo
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jimpyle48
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled draft

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Photo of Mattyb79
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, vibrant, copper coloring with a filmy, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of sweet caramel, nutty notes, hints of roast, and cream highlights. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with tangy caramel and nut sweetness to follow. Very rich and sweet throughout, with a subtle bitterness to clean up the palate a bit. Round and full bodied, but light and drinkable. The aftertaste is a slightly cloying nut and caramel blend, with hints of chocolate. Smooth, light, lingering finish. Not bad, but nothing overly remarkable.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of VBWharfRat
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on-tap at the Green Parrot in Virginia Beach. Served in an ice-cold pint glass so the head was fairly suppressed. Nice reddish amber color and some filmy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fairly mild, some hoppiness and more than a touch of Belgian-type yeast.

I had this with fried oysters and onion rings and the flavor worked well with food. A bit more hoppy than malty but there were elements of both. The yeast thing I noticed in the aroma was more prominent in the taste. Seemed to work well with the other flavors and added a bit of novelty to the taste.

Mouthfeel was crisp with a nice touch of bitterness.

I would order this one again.

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Photo of alexkwilhelm
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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Murphy's Law Amber Ale from Smartmouth Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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