Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Murrays Fred West Coast IPA
Brewery: Murrays Craft Brewing Co.
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Format: 640ml Bottle
This is a classic US-inspired IPA with all the requisite focus on hops. So much so that, for the first time ever, Murray's have eschewed the New Zealand hops which go into every one of their other beers in favour of those from the Pacific Northwest. That helps produce a beer with a big fruity aroma and substantial bitterness which lingers long. It's an unfiltered IPA – only the second the brewery has produced – which retains a soft creamy head that helps round out the mouthfeel. At 6 per cent and 75 IBUs, it's big enough to cause trouble and more than bitter enough to let you know about it. Like the countless tortured souls you might encounter when riding Greyhound buses in the region that inspires this beer style, Fred comes with an abrasive edge which might surprise. But unlike so many of those passengers, our Fred isn't unbalanced – it's just his style.
WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
Murray has nailed it!
Served in an IPA glass the attractive copper/orange pour generates a 1 finger head that retains at approximately 2 mm, holding up well and allowing tonnes of lacing to cling to the glass. All we have to do is take one whiff to know that Murray has nailed this, instantly we're taking in those big citric fruits like grapefruit, passion fruit, lychee and mandarin. Boosting these gorgeous fruits are wafts of pine resins, coriander, spice and a subtle caramel malt backing. Superb aroma. In the mouth it's full and creamy with moderate carbonation. Solid body with a decent IBU (75) to boot. Upfront we get a nice splash of grapefruit and pine. Not as aggressive as most West Coast IPA's but a definite hop dryness carries the fruits forward while the mid displays the soft caramel malt base. Light citric fruits and a muted alcohol warming pairs with a firm return of hop bitterness to finish it all off. Good length on the back end. 5.6% ABV is spot on for this IPA with everything working in unison. As we mentioned before, they have absolutely nailed this. Perfect balance between the US hops, the malts and the ABV. All of a sudden the Grand Cru has a contender for Murray's best beer.
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