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Portsmouth Murphy's Law Red Ale | Portsmouth Brewery

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

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
portsmouthbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,704
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
48
pDev:
15.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 29
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 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 Back_in_the_Saddle
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy burnt amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was stringy and messy.
The smell started off with some roasty to toasty caramel malts with some light nuts hitting underneath the nose appropriately.
The taste was moderately sweet with an ample amount of bitter from some earthy and spicy hops. Malts and nuttiness come back nicely to cling in the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation is relaxed allowing a crisp sweetness to lay down on my tongue.
Overall, as an Irish red ale, I'd say this one works.

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Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psweendogg
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jkeefe1800
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of kneary13
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Pwbres
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Lawl3ss
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 22 oz. Bomber into 16 oz. shakers. Best by date June 2014, although it was purchased at the brewery last weekend.

Look- extremely cloudy deep amber-red. Pours with two fingers of whipped almond cream head. Falls quickly, minimal lacing. The hue would be spot on if it wasn't opaque.

Smell- Nice, if subdued. toasted caramel and honey, slightly dusty.

Taste- well, it is almost the best-by date. Nonetheless, this seems over- oxidized, a little beefy and ashy. Raisin and rye toast dominate, a little sweetness and black tea. Finishes with a yeasty French bread flavor.

Mouthfeel

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Photo of jadler16
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Syraquse
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of ajcormier
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown-tinted red in color. Forms a rather smallish, creamy, tannish colored head that reduces to just the faintest of surface coatings and leaves just a trace of lacing.

S: Aroma is very creamy, with notes of sweet caramel, bread, and just a touch of toast, along with a very faint hint of green apple.

T: Taste is very malty. Lots of caramel. Moderately sweet. A little toast or roasted malt. There is a slight bit of citrus on the finish, but the hops are quite restrained on this one.

M: Malty with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel to it. Mild to moderate bitterness, though there is a slight soapiness on the finish. Lower carbonation.

O: A fairly standard - and fairly unexciting - Irish ale.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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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2/5  rDev -43%

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

On-cask w/Magnum, served in a pint glass

Pours a chilled mahogany color with a creamy tan head that was a little over two fingers. Good retention as the head fell to about half a finger and never fully disappeared.

The aroma is of toasted biscuits, toffee/caramel, tea leaves, and some grassy hops.

The magnum hops really come out in the flavor profile, adding a pleasing bitterness. Toasted malt up front with toffee and earthy tones through the middle. Dry tea leaves show up in the finish before a sweeping mild bitterness from the magnum hops.

Medium body, clean, good carbonation. The addition of magnum really boosts the overall profile of this beer. Adding a solid layer of hop bitterness.

This is a fine Irish Red. Clean, malty, with a manageable abv---borderline sessionable. The magnum addition does wonders for this beer.

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Photo of farrago
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You get about a finger of light eggshell white foam, island of larger bubbles in the middle, fades away at a steady clip, a few splotches of lacing but that’s it. Coppery orange brown color of average clarity, turns a yellow hue around the rims, broadly scattered large bubbles, nothing close to beads. Molasses, milk chocolate, honey and sweet bread dough fill the nose, some cola and then pine sap, not a great deal of hoppiness happening here, conversely truly not as sweet as the various elements make it sound, has pretty good length. Medium-bodied, creamy mouth feel with a lot of carbonation which tends to diffuse the flavors and contributes to a drying finish, where a metallic side comes through. Otherwise, it’s a basic array of cocoa, caramel, malt, butterscotch and toffee with a touch of café au lait. The grains are sweet with a light toasted quality, again the hops remain in the background. Moment of peach or apricot pit or fig. Whisper of earthiness and matted straw. Overall, on the sweetish side for its type but friendly enough.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 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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Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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