6. Murray’s Sassy Blonde

Posted: May 6, 2009 in Australian ales, traditional looking label
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Murray's Sassy Blonde - bottleMurray’s Sassy Blonde
 Australian flag - small

Company info:
Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 4.5%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Label info:
‘At Murray’s, we handcraft the beers we love to drink. Our Sassy Blonde is our take on a feisty Belgian Pale Ale with a spicy flavour and aroma. A glamour on its own, or with seafood’

What the label really means:
‘We’re pretty proud of this beer – enjoy!’

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: I have mentioned previously that if there is one element I appreciate in beer labels, it is the level of toughness it displays. The other element I am most impressed with is tradition. If a label is both tough looking, and traditional it scores extra points.
For me, Murray’s Sassy Blonde isn’t very tough looking but it exudes a certain traditional feel that immediately makes me believe it must be an Aussie favourite from a bygone era. It depicts an emu and a kangaroo on either side of a glass of beer. The image has been designed in an almost comical way, looking similar to the way early settlers depicted these creatures. If that’s not enough to make you start thinking tradition, the text also is very pre-World War I and I can imagine this bottle heading into the trenches to quench the thirst of our diggers. On top of all of that, the central image is adorned by an image of wheat and hops on either side. Excellent work Murrays.

I give it a label rating of 8.5 out of 10.

AROMA: Oh wow! Open this bottle, pour it into a glass and you’ll be hit by an amazing fruity aroma.

Taste: GLASS – Very, very nice! Take a sip of this and you’ll think to yourself (as I did) ‘Gee that hits the spot’. It’s an instantly gratifying taste involving a perfect blend of bitterness and wheat flavours. I also note that it tastes very light which to me is unexpected – a good thing for those that hate ‘bloaty’ beers.

Murray's Sassy Blonde - glass

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Unfortunately, this beer’s taste becomes somewhat depleted when drinking from the bottle. It becomes more bitter and not as enjoyable  – I attribute this to the fact that the aromas that waft up from the glass are no longer present to difuse the beer a tad.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7 out of 10.

A word from the wife: ‘Delicious…it’s either slightly smokey….or slightly oakey…’

She gave it a taste rating of 8.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I believe this would go beautifully as a BBQ accompaniment. Perfectly suited to be sipped while turning the snags, prepping the steaks, and asking the wife to hurry up with the salad. Ahh to sit back and drink this with those fine foods and a side of BBQ roasted vegetables – the perfect evening.

Best season to appreciate: I feel this would go down a real treat in the warmer months of the year.

Time taken to finish bottle: 4.5 minutes. I just couldn’t stop drinking this once it was cracked.

All-nighter beer? Sure is! The more I drank of this the more I realised I was falling in love with a Sassy Blonde.

NEXT WEEK: Redoak Organic Hefeweizen (our first beer ‘by request’)

  1. BargeDave says:

    Good beer. I agree with your review.


  2. Franky says:

    Your wife sounds like the best thing to have ever stepped foot on earth!


  3. Sniv Whettuce says:

    Crack! Sniff!…Mmm, fruity…Glug! Burp!…Crack! Glug! Burp!…Crack! Glug! Burp!…zzzzzzzzzz


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