Posts Tagged ‘Murrays Craft Brewing Co’

Fred IPA - BOTTLEFred IPA

Company info: Murray’s Craft Brewing Co
Bobs Farm, N.S.W
[www.murraysbrewingco.com.au]

Bottle size sampled: 330ml
Alcohol: 5.6%
Standard drinks: 1.5
Cap type: Non-twist
Cost: I picked this up for $TBC AU

Label info: ‘At first glance you might think only his mum could him, but once you taste our new Fred IPA, we reckon you’ll fall under his spell. Sweet but bitter, Fred is aggressively late hopped with a house blend from the US Pacific Northwest. A beautiful hopped up brew to be enjoyed with smoky and spicy southern US style Mexican food’

What the label really means: Oh hell yes. This sounds like my kind of brew. Just be wary of using the term ‘new’ though label writers of the world – it’s only ‘new’ for so long. There’s a local business near me called ‘The New Cafe’ – it’s been around for fours years, surely people will tweak that it’s no longer new. I’ve already heard rumours that it’s referred to as ‘The Slightly Old and Not Really New Anymore Cafe’ by the social snobs.

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Label: How much longer can I bang on about the sheer perfection of Murray’s labels? What can I say, they are sheer bloody geniuses at this. This once again is an example of their brilliance splashed across a bottle. It’s a red label with a caricature of a dude with tightly cropped hair and a three day growth. He has soulless eyes that stare out to beyond, his teeth gritted in concentration or frustration. A stripe of orange splashed paint is sprayed across his eyes, face, and out on to the label, dripping down the sides. On the left of his head is FRED while on the right is IPA. Just like last week’s review, it’s a fine mix of stencil art and graffiti and it’s brilliant. This is far and away Murray’s best label to date.Fred IPA - GLASS

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

AROMA:  This truly is hopperific. Delicious passionfruit and melon aromas pounce like a mermaid beckoning weary travellers to their untimely ruin. 

Taste: GLASS – This is one hell of a fine IPA. It’s very, very dry, full flavoured and meaty with an intensely citric bitterness on the finish. Swirl it round in the mouth and you’ll detect those fine passionfruit offerings that are just hanging back in the chorus line, refusing to take the solo. This is so much gutsier that I expected and is prompting me to use the expression ‘hat lifter’. 

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE  This is damned fine from the bottle. The dryness is now reduced, which was totally unexpected and a pleasant touch as it helps present those other flavours more wholesomely. A little of the fruitiness takes a touch of centre stage and it is certainly welcomed. What a drop.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: My local pub serves a fine burger called ‘The Austen Midnight’ – smoked brisket, onion rings, bacon, cheese, and a jalapeno infused mayo. I’ll take one of them and a Fred thanks bar tender.

Best season to appreciate: A good Summer brew.

All-nighter beer? I’ve never been much of an all night drinker of IPAs or dryer brews so for me, no, this is not a session brew.

NEXT WEEK: Love Tap Double Lager

Rudeboy - BOTTLERudeboy

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

[www.murraysbrewingco.com.au]

Alcohol: 4.8%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $TBC AU

Label info: ‘Murray’s Rudeboy Pilsner’s distinctive crisp and refreshing taste has seen it become a favourite among the country’s top chefs and foodie community. Murray’s Pilsner pours a pale straw colour with an intense citrusy aroma and flavour. This is delivered by the New Zealand motueka hop, which is balanced by sweet biscuity malt, and finishes with a refreshing bitterness’
AND
’cause most other pilsners are mod-cons’

What the label really means: With only the front tagline, ’cause most other pilsners are mod-cons,’ as the only reference to the rudeboy name (and subculture) I’m a little concerned this is an off-target marketing stunt.

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Label: Murray’s, you have done it again. These guys cannot put a foot wrong in the labelling department. This label has the mod-inspired target symbol with a soft blue on the outside and a pinky red on the inside. ‘rudeboy’ is emblazoned across the middle with the ‘b’ pointing up to the top of the label. It’s simple, it’s fun, it’s a well-received nod to rudeboy and mod subcultures. Once again for Murray’s, this is very close to label perfection.

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

AROMA:  A tad disappointing, there’s distinctive wheaty citrus flavours emerging but little else.Rudeboy - GLASS

Taste: GLASS – Rudeboy is a typical pilsner with good crisp, mouth punching flavours that make this brew a real smack to the chops. A smooth dry beer with tinges of raw sugar caramelisation. It’s not the edgy, rule-breaking, throw caution to the wind brew I had hoped for but it’s still a good drop.

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

Taste: BOTTLE  From the bottle Rudeboy becomes a tad watered down in flavour – while all the key ingredients are still able to be tasted. It remains big and beefy and a tinge of bitterness creeps through in the after taste.

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

Accompanying food: Lamb…pinkish pepper-crusted lamb.

Best season to appreciate: The dryness leads me to suggest this as more of a Winter brew as it’s not refreshing in the least.

All-nighter beer? It’s a bit too dry for me to stick to all night, so no.

NEXT WEEK: TBC

Moon Boy

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

[www.murraysbrewingco.com.au]

Alcohol: 4.5%
Standard drinks: 1.2

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $TBC AU

Label info: ‘Murray’s Moon Boy is a very drinkable session strength all natural Golden Ale. Moon Boy has a very light German Pilsner malt backbone with a crisp, dry, very moreish finish. Extensive dry hopping with the NZ grown Pacifica hop gives a late tropical fruit aroma to spice things up but without too much residual hop bitterness. Light, dry, naturally cloudy and unfiltered, the Moon Boy is great warm weather drinking. Pair with fish and chips or natural oysters’

What the label really means: One finely crafted brew.

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Label: While this may, on first glance, appear to be a very familiar hipster type, complete with slicked back it’s hip to be square pompadour, thick rimmed glasses and even thicker beard, it’s the pointed canine teeth that elevate the guy to a new level of cool. While the current trend of beardos continues to sweep the nation, we’re subtly reminded by Murray’s that werewolf’s were the originators of cool. How many bearded men serving you beer, or behind a coffee machine  secretly wish they were a lycanthrope? It’s that primal rage inside all of us that longs to howl at the moon. And this label captures that longing with aplomb.

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

AROMA:  A deliciously intoxicating aroma of grapefruit.Moon Boy - GLASS

Taste: GLASS – One sip and this brew far exceeded my wildest expectations. It’s softly presented with subtle fruit tones masked by big smatterings of meaty hops. It’s refreshing, smooth, very easy to drink and highly sessionable. Loving it. 

I give it a beer from glass rating of 9 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE  Sadly, from the bottle, Moon Boy loses much of its subtle flavours and becomes very plain, a little more bitter, and a tad boring. Stick to the glass.

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

Accompanying food: Seafood…particularly BBQ blazed prawns.

Best season to appreciate: More of a warm weather brew.

All-nighter beer? Absolutely – a beer I could see myself drinking well into the night.

NEXT WEEK: TBC

Wild Thing Imperial Stout - BOTTLEWild Thing Imperial Stout

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

[www.murraysbrewingco.com.au]

Alcohol: 10%
Standard drinks: 2.6

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $TBC AU

Label info: ‘Wild by name, wild by nature. Black from head to toe with dominant hints of strong dark chocolate and a little bit rummy fruitiness. Aggressive hop bitterness matched to a rounded, silky body and mouthfeel, Wild Thing Imperial Stout is a feast for all the senses. Purrfect with the darkest of chocolate. Thankyou for supporting slow beer’

What the label really means: Bring on the wildlife.

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Label: Once again Murray’s prove that they are well ahead of the game in beer label design. First glance and the label just screams brilliance. It’s sharp, it’s smooth, it’s sophisticated, it’s sexy, it’s saucy. In the middle of the glass stands a thing lady dressed in a latex or rubber cat suit. A whip drapes from her left hand. It’s either a BDSM dame, or it’s Catwoman. The colours are all shades of grey, and it works a treat. The whole design just works and there isn’t a single element that is out of place. Brilliant.

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

AROMA:  Malty, rich, and deep.

Taste: GLASS – Syrup-like in texture and mouth feel, this is a super-smooth brew with a noticeable, and enjoyable, back of mouth espresso bitterness. It’s very rich, very complex in flavour with strong malty, molasses flavours. This is one hearty beer to be sampled, savoured, enjoyed.Wild Thing Imperial Stout - GLASS

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

Taste: BOTTLE  Drinking Wild Thing from the bottle is certainly enticing given the beautiful label. However, the syrupy texture becomes a little over-bearing. There’s no room for it to breathe! It’s still good, and it’s still very obvious this is a well-crafted beer, but I am going back to the glass to finish this.

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

Accompanying food: A chunky steak and kidney pie would work with this!

Best season to appreciate: Definitely a by the fireplace Winter brew.

All-nighter beer? It’s not really a session beer (and not because of the barely noticeable high-alcohol content of 10%!) for me…it’s just a bit too intense in flavour to last more than three or four.

NEXT WEEK: TBC


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.

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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