Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very impressed with this. Like a stripped back Nirvana with dry structure and amazing herbal and nettle driven hops. Low malt impact, or at least subtle to my tastes. Hints of tropical fruit sweetness in the very back palate. It’s beers like this that serve as a very clear reminder that the beer geek needs to ease off on the bigger / whacky is better and instead focus on and encourage well crafted and super drinkable classics.
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I hadn’t seen this beer from Murrays before, but i’ve always been impressed by their beers so I picked a bottle up. Definitely not dissapointed. The beer has a big fruit driven hop aroma with a great US pale ale type nose. plenty of hop flavour as well, I hope that this beer is a regular and will be available widely as I may have found my new go to beer.
maneliquor (3379) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Dan Murphys (didn’t check the best before until I got home and it had gone past by about a month - guess I deserve that for going to Dan Murphys). Lovely clear amber pour with a large, fluffy white head on top. Aroma is light citrus and biscuit malts, all quite subdued. Light floral hops mingle with citrus hoppage. Slight nutty tone behind it all and backed by a sweet biscuity malt. Palate is cut short by a little over carbonation and fizz. Not bad but not like the reviews had promised. Will have to re-rate once I get my hands ona fresh bottle
Pyobon (1027) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012 (bottle) Pours clear golden with little head. Lovely aroma - complex floral and fruity bouquet. Medium body with good carbonation. Beautiful foretaste from the hops with the complex and light floral and fruity notes in the aroma. Solid mid-taste with malts balanced with bitterness. However the finish is a bit soft for a beer like this: the hoppy bitterness that shows such promise earlier does not deliver a long bitter finish. Overall a nice IPA: lovely flavour and nose, but room for improvement in the finish.
Rated: saturday, december 24, 2011
Edited Feb 2012 for changes to availability
ALLOVATE (2537) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeast on in it poured a hazy, dull sandy orange with very, very fine carbonation. Big rocky white crown dwindles back a little to leave a thick web of lace. There is a lot going on in the aroma. Resinous, spicy, herbaceous and piney nose with licks of biscuity malt, peach, guava and blood orange, very nice indeed. First sip brings a mountain of flavour to the palate and gets the tastebuds all tingling. Drawn out sweetness of ripe citrus fruits, quite tangy and all piercing. Good, firm, meaty body with just enough spritz to give it bounce, the tail end being smooth, resinous and oily. Biscuity malt, fresh cracked toasted grain fill it out and tie in well. Herbaceous, slightly floral hops slip up into the olfactories on the swallow which is surprisingly tamer than expected. End is dry, not too much sticks around between sips. A hint of fruit bubblegum builds. This is pure evil. I could just keep drinking this, I can’t really fault it. Easily one of Oz’s best Pale ales! (33cL, BB 14/09/12, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)
Maris (1097) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 330ml bottle on 10/12/2011. This is apparently a replacement for Murray’s Nirvana Pale Ale, and I seen numerous suggestions this is the same beer and simply relabeled. However, this one has a higher ABV, and it does taste different (albeit similar) to Nirvana. The respective labels indicate that different hops are used (Cascade and Hallertau for Nirvana and Pacifica and Motueka for Angry Man). Pours a deep, fairly clear golden with a small head which disappears quickly. Has a nice sweet aroma, with passionfruit, honey and caramel and floral notes present. Flavour wise, it’s sweet and fruity with some caramel malt evident. Finishes with a distinct hoppy finish. A truly excellent APA from one a few consistently good brewers in Oz.
Muggus69 (1390) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has replaced Murrays Nirvana PA. Such a joy to be able to get $4.30 schooners of it at my local bowls club!
Clean golden body, fluffy white head.
Aroma bursting full of tropical and citrus fruit hops; guava, grapefruit, bit of leafy resin, and light malt caramels.
Medium-to-full body, good carbonation, slick texture to it.
Plenty of fruity hop on the body with a genuine malt sweetness that gives the palate some nice weight. Solid bitterness to finish lingers.
Truely one of the great Australian APAs, be hard to go past compared to others.
ComradeK (1060) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Pours a clear golden amber, with a smallish white head, which lasts fairly well, leaving some lace. A strong, sweet aroma of honeydew melon is the dominant note on the nose, but it mingles with strong pine resin hops, a touch of pineapple and a tiny hint of caramel malt to create an extremely appealing aroma. Strong lime and tropical fruit hop flavours abound initially, with a trace of sweet mango leading through into a body which blends prickling pine hops with some smoother malt characteristics. A smooth, fruity finish has some caramel, more tropical fruit and some biting, peppery hops. Another really quality beer from Murray’s: a strong, hoppy APA with so much more going for it than the horde of various pale ales out there.
hawthorne00 (2682) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2014 Bottle. Pale amber with a white head that settles to a coat. Aroma of nectarines, marmalade, lychees. Slightly window-cleanerish. Richer caramel than the old Nirvana, similar tropical and stone fruits, a little more bitterness. Like it a little less than Nirvana when it was in good nick, but does what it says on the tin. [3.5]
Sometimes does what it says on the tin. A few murky bottles, the odd hint of cooked vegies and soap. Averaging score.
Brenhophead (636) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2012 I’m not sure whether they have tweaked the nirvana pale ale recipe or just relabeled the bottle (seems to be more hops aroma and flavour IMO). Alas i digress this is a classic aussie/us pale ale with a nice citrus + spicy aroma that is absolutely wonderful. The citrus/spicy favour does not disappoint and really backs the aroma up with a nice added malt character. This is a champion Aussie beer and i could drink it all night.. its a regular in my fridge cheers Murray...