Murphy's Law Amber Ale | Smartmouth Brewing Company

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Murphy's Law Amber AleMurphy's Law Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Smartmouth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by clayrock81 on 11-15-2012

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of theroguebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of JJStout83
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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 fishguyac
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of VTWicked
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of drt72
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Feel_the_Darkness
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Smartmouth Brewing Company. Pours a nice amber with decent head and lacing. Aroma is not the strongest in the world, but the taste is pretty crisp with decent, dry finish. Overall not a bad amber.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L) Pours an amber/light copper hue with a lovely head. Surprisingly good lacing.

S) The smell is very malt forward, with lovely light caramels, with toasty grainy notes genuinely resembling caramel popcorn. It's actually quite a pleasurable amber to sniff.

T) The taste is quite nice. A bit weaker than the aroma, but the light caramels and a smidge of toffee are there, as well as a light toastiness. Quite pleasant.

F) Medium/High carbonation with a lovely medium body. A pleasure to sip.

O) Thank heavens for the smell. Smartmouth sure knows how to make a beer inviting. Just drank with a pot-roast, would pair well with just about any comfort food.

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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 Maltyduo
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Cyrano41
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of AGB
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of racingkenny14
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of vabeerguy
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a twelve ounce can into a nonic glass. Head was average but quickly receded. Some lacing. A nice reddish brown color. Starts a little sweet but ends with a hint of bitterness which will linger between tastes. I almost always keep a six pack of Murphy's Law on hand since it is one of my go to beers when I want something somewhat refreshing but not overpowering. Taste lands somewhere between a lager and a pale ale. I have enjoyed this beer for a long time and will continue to buy it.

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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 Lingenbrau
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful and clear amber red with a just off white head. Doesn't lace at all. Smells like caramel, sweet bread, a hint of earthiness, and a touch of vanilla, but you have to search for them. Flavor follows almost to a T, and is quite pleasantly smooth and inviting. Medium carbonation and a tasty toasted bread aftertaste make this beer inviting to consume quickly. Cheers!

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Photo of LAND_MINE
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
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 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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Photo of Boone757
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Murphy's Law Amber Ale from Smartmouth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 65 ratings