Portsmouth Murphy's Law Red Ale | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Murphy's Law Red AlePortsmouth Murphy's Law Red Ale
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Portsmouth Murphy's Law Red AlePortsmouth Murphy's Law Red Ale

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The eponymous creation of our former Head Brewer, Paul Murphy, is a full-bodied ale whose ruby color and toasty sweetness result from the generous use of caramel malt, balanced by four hop additions, including a dry hopping in the conditioning tank.

22 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 03-15-2003

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by jkeefe1800:
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3.2/5  rDev -8.8%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pretty beer. It was a red/brown color with a small white head and a little lacing. It had a sweet, grainy aroma. Intriguing taste: sweet at the beginning, then some hops bitterness kicked in. Decent mouthfeel. Very drinkable; my wife didn't finish hers because of the hops, so I drank the rest and ordered my own.

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Photo of kneary13
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KTCamm
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass.

Pours dark brown with hints of red throughout. Sharp caramel smell that really jumps out. light sweet taste with very low carbonation. Smooth. Some toffee taste with a falvorful hop. Id like a little more carbonation and bite, but a good beer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber ( Thanks Joe!) to a pint++ glass (Ha, I picked up a nice 20z glass. LOL) the liqiud is red and has good carbonztion. The head is smallish but creamy, off white and leave some lace.

The smell is sweet caramel malt, semi grainy.

The taste follows, nice sweet grainy malt, peppery and woody, nicely complex. Really quite a nice brew.

The mouthfeel is good, big body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is great, this is a must try craft offering. Prosit, MK

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Photo of hotstuff
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a medium sized ivory creamy, smooth head that contained fine-large sized bubbles.It had a clear and carbonated body with a reddish-brown hue.The nose was light malt and hops with a smooth and hoppy flavor.The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and light-medium bodied.This beer left a good lacing on the side of my glass.

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Photo of u2carew
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a very thin head. Hazy amber colored body.
S) Robust malty nose - caramel, buttered toast.
T) Malt bomb! A delicious malt bomb at that. Caramel. Toasted grains. Hints of butterscotch. Dry grainy notes in the finish along with some hop bitterness.
M) Crisp. Clean. Medium body.
O) Delicious. Initial appearance had me a bit worried by the aroma and taste turned that around. I would definitely drink another one of these!

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours brown with a reddish hue and a small bubbly head leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma consists of sweet toffee notes along with an almost rye like spiciness. Not many hops.

Holy malt bomb. Starts out sweet and finishes even sweeter with an almost sickly sweet brown sugar aftertaste. Not many hops at all to be found.

Mouthfeel is too light the lower carbonation enhances the sweetness.

This was pretty awful. One note and that note isn't even good. Way too sweet and nothing at all remotely interesting going on here.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought 2/18/12

Pours a dark amber color with a good sized fluffy off-white head, fades at a slow rate and leaves a cap on top for a good while, only bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell is malty, slightly toasted, bit of a breadiness to it.

Taste is fairly one note but that's not necessarily bad in this case, toasted malt up front, hops are muted, balanced flavor with a decent creaminess, carbonation spot on.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice dark red color with a slight thick head that lasted for a little while. Had a spicy earthy aroma but I was unable to place any portion of it. Taste was the same. Had a pleasant kick to the taste but couldn't identity any part of it. Nice in the mouth, a little to much going on for my tounge. Easy to drink however. Pleasant beer.

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Photo of jadler16
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jneiswender
4.46/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from growler into mug. Light cola body and a off white head. Smell is of yeast and chocolate and fruit. Taste is fruity and finishes bitter. Medium carbonation. Nice beer

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Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of wildcat29
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of sethmeister
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler filled at the bar 2 days ago.

Clear mahogany body with a creamy tan head. Well laced.

Scent is caramel, bread and toasted notes.

Taste is dense sweet chewy caramel. Toffee. Rich sweet malts. Toasted flavors. Hops are mild here - just a touch of bittering and a slightly earthy / spicy flavor. Fruity esters.

Mouth is a creamy and substantial medium.

A very satisfying example of the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.92/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by TurdFurgison. Thanks, Eric! Pours a reddish-amber color with a short off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some amber malt and faint hops along with a pretty decent amount of diacetyl, which carries over into the flavor. Very disappointing. Buttered bread. I would not have this one again. Hopefully it was just an off bottle.

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Photo of Syraquse
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Brewpub.

Creamy 1 finger head fades slowly lacing, reddish copper brown almost auburn crystal clear.

Nose toasty reddish malts, light sweet crystal malts, light earthy touch herbal grassy hops.

Taste starts with plenty of malts, toasted, chewy, almost straw farmhouse rustic malts, again lighter earthy slight grassy herbal hops, bit of bitterness, pretty dry overall. Finishes still dry but not too much, light lingering toasty malts and herbal grassy hops.

Moth is med bodied, dec carb.

Overall pretty good, nice rustic toasty malt profile, nice earthy herbal hops and not too bitter, maybe a touch more sweetness would have helped.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice clear red/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light malt nose and flavor is toasted malt and a hint of caramel. $5.95 for a 22oz bottle from the brewery in Portsmouth, NH.

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Photo of anewlanguage
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of william5586
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get this on tap during a recent trip to Portsmouth, but I had had a few drinks already that day and decided to buy a bomber and wait to review based on that.

Poured form a bomber into an imperial pint.

A- Poured a deep dark red with almost no head. I poured pretty hard for the second glass and got about a half a finger of head that disappeared pretty quickly.

S- Sweet malt and tea.

T- Very sweet malt and tea like tastes dominates. There was a very very slight bitterness but it was much more on the sweet side. The finish was dry, grainy, and very slightly bitter.

M- Very smooth medium body with low carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink session beer. The sweetness might get to me after a few however.

Overall this was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewpub itself.
Poured a very dark red, nearly brown colored ale. Little head, no lace. Aroma and taste are quite nice, tons of roasty cereal malt, also is very fruity and sweet which are aspects of red ales that I really enjoy. Has a touch of dryness as well to bring balance to the beer. Is also quite smooth and sessionable, so it goes back nice and easy but brings the flavor
All around a very nice example of the style, one of the better ones I've tried as of late.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Alex for busting out this brew to help end my weary day of traveling.

A - It pours an auburn-umber hue, and is capped with a creamy-looking white froth, depositing spotty lace.

S - The nose is sweetly roasty, with caramel, burnt sugar and toasted grain leading the way. There is also a fair amount of earthy hoppiness, and a vague hint of peat. Mellow and enjoyable.

T - The taste follows the cue of the nose, and offers light toffee and caramel, some earthy hop, English Ale yeasty fruitiness and an overall sublime balance of the elements involved.

M - The feel is just about at medium, and is softly carbonated; enhancing.

O - This beer is gone so quick; I have about an ounce left to tick by the time I'm thinking about it. Deliciously balanced, and not aggressively positioned in any direction; this brew is exceptional, overall.

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Portsmouth Murphy's Law Red Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
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