Angry Man Pale Ale

Company info:
Murray’s Craft Brewing Co
Bobs Farm, N.S.W

[www.murraysbrewingco.com.au]

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $TBC AU

Label info: ‘While the true identity of this beer’s namesake must remain a secret, its taste does not! Murray’s Angry Man Pale Ale is big on attitude and big on taste. Its spicy-citrus aroma and flavour stems from the NZ Motueka and Pacifica hops. Angry Man Pale Ale pours a brilliant golden colour and features a full bodied finish and complex character. Perfect with spicy food’

What the label really means: Sounds good – I am self-enraging as I look for my bottle opener.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: I am a massive fan of many of Murray’s labels, and this one is just as brilliant. For starters there’s an image of a man with a moustache boxing with a kangaroo. Nuff said. Pack up, let’s call it a night. But then step back and you notice the whole Lonsdale boxing feel the label has. I love it. Once again Murrays have produced something very close to beer-label perfection. It’s tough, it’s classy, it looks traditional. I have to admit, it was definitely the label that drew me to this beer. Very impressed.

I give it a label rating of 9 out of 10.

AROMA:  Delicious mellow fruity aromas.

Taste: GLASS – I poured the tiniest amount possible into my glass and was hit with an avalanche of froth spewing up from the glass. Had I done something wrong? Was I losing my mind? I tried to top up my tiny pour by tilting the glass on a 45 degree angle and pouring ever so slowly – the froth shot up the glass and nearly over the top like some bizarre beer milkshake. The beer at the bottom is an enticing golden colour, look closely and you’ll see little yeast particles jumping around like they are trying desperately to reproduce. It’s quite a sight, but the realisation of trying to take a sip is slowly dawning on me.
Once I make it through the layer of froth, Angry Man Pale Ale is actually quite delicious. Malty caramel swirls through a smooth, well-spoken brew that is literally bursting with flavour. It’s complex, it’s full-bodied and punchy. The froth however, is really a bit of an uppercut.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Woah – one sip from the bottle and its like I’m taking a hit of gas direct from a tank. When I do get to the beer it’s super-frothy and fizzy. It’s bizarrely bloating and not at all pleasant.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 4 out of 10.

Song of choice: Try this alongside Angry Anderson’s ‘Suddenly

Accompanying food: Salt and pepper squid with a garlic aioli.

Best season to appreciate: A Summer brew.

All-nighter beer? If I could somehow strain this, I could drink this all night.

NEXT WEEK: TBC

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Comments
  1. […] of an effort in pouring this beer. I had the same problem I experienced a couple of weeks ago with Angry Man Pale Ale  in that froth spewed forth from the glass. With today’s tasting, I had to fight my way […]

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  2. BargeDave says:

    For the second time this week, I’ve had to recall Angry Anderson’s Suddenly. Just walked past a rack of women’s mags celebrating the 25th anniversary of Scott and Charlene’s Neighbours wedding. If you don’t recall that or get the reference to Angry, I’d love to swap brains with you.

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  3. Diddlysquat says:

    That froth reminds me of the time I tried to put scotch and coke premix through my soda stream. Quite the explosion.
    Damn I’m gonna have to hunt down some of this beer a bit harder now, sounds delicious.
    Radio, poor Brian Nayler, did they res-erect him to cover this important event? Did any Dim Sims survive the inferno? What about Eric?

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    • BargeDave says:

      Scotch and coke premix through the soda stream! Best idea I’ve heard this year. If those Nobel prize judges are paying any attention to this sort of ingenuity, you’re a shoe-in.

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      • Diddlysquat says:

        Yes indeed, a fine idea. I thought I was pretty clever up to the point where I was cleaning it off the ceiling. But my oh my, what a head.

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      • Mason Hell-Cat says:

        But Diddly why were you putting it through the Soda Stream any way? Wasn’t it fizzy enough already?

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        • oilbeefcooked says:

          Well I gave it a nudge and can confirm that the ‘Dark Knight’ stout is probably Australias best stout. The Pilsner was food. The Icon 2IPA was lush but don’t think I could go on a session with it. The ‘Punch & Judy’ (mid) was excellent as was ‘Angry Man’. Whale Ale was nice. Don’t remember much after that…

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    • radiosnivins says:

      Eric has gone the way of his Mars Bar dim sims, Diddly. If it’s any consolation, it was slow and painful.

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    • Diddlysquat says:

      I think a well dosed scotch mixed with coke lacks carbonation. Plus soda stream premix is pretty flat.
      Perhaps from now on I’ll mix my scotch with Angry Man Pale Ale and have carbonation aplenty!

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  4. BargeDave says:

    Mine was overcarbonated too, and in fact I dug out a bottle from the back of the fridge at DM’s because some bottles seemed under-filled. Love the hop characters, and appreciate the effort which has gone into this one.

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    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Did yours froth as much as mine, BD?

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      • radiosnivins says:

        Mine did. They were the frothiest bastardoes I’ve ever met. It completely ruined the glugging experience for me. Still, mustn’t blub. Nine out of ten.

        On a semi-related note, I was driving into Murphett’s yesterday to procure a quartet of Angry, when Eric’s, the local dim sim specialist a few shops down, exploded. Luckily, I happened to be filming at the time, and I caught the whole thing. My footage was on all the news services last night. Apparently, the explosion was caused by a batch of faulty curry dim sims. Personally, I think the fault was putting curry into a dim sim in the first place, but, then, I’m a traditionalist. Yer, so, I’ll probably win a Peabody, or a Victoria Cross, or something, and never hafta pay for a beer again.

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      • BargeDave says:

        I, umm, didn’t get a chance to pour it into the glass. I drank mine on the drive home from DM’s. It’s technically (by which I mean actually, or non-technically) illegal to do so in SA, but this is a very recent change to the laws and until recently we didn’t have open container legislation.

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      • radiosnivins says:

        If I was to guzzle Angry straight from the bottle my cheeks would explode. You must have the jowl elasticity of Louis Armstrong, Bargé.

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  5. Gordon says:

    I am going to the Murrays Brewery on Friday so I will keep you posted.

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