Brewed by Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial IPA
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A recently created style in the USA, Icon 2IPA is made in the American/Imperial Indian Pale Ale Style. Icon 2IPA is an extreme beer - extensive hopping creates intense citrus/passionfruit/peppery characters in the flavour and aroma balanced by sweet biscuity malt, which finishes with full bodied, rich and with a rounded bitterness. At 7.5% alcohol, Icon 2IPA is a beer to be savoured.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yota (1) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2007 does not count
The aroma hits you like a freight train when first poured, you might be thinking "is this too much for me?" well suck it up cause this is by far the best IPA, DIPA in Australia. The beer is balanced, the hops aroma and flavour are out of this world. Fruity, bitter, malty. It does not come better than this! The only issue I have is that it only is available in bombers or on tap at select locations. A six pack would be better, I really, really don’t want to share this with anyone and by the end of it I am feeling decidedly merry! Try some today.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Geoffrey1952 (2) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2013 does not count
The best beer in the world, bar none!!! I’ve been drinking beer all my life and never have I had a better beer. Torpedo comes close, but not better. Well done Shawn. Disappointed with flat beer in the stubbies, but consistently great on tap. Earthy, Malty, Spicey. Warms the cockles of the heart. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2007
I think the rootin roos are on the label as it is a play on words. You know, a pun like. The 2 denotes number of macropods, and the IPA is Indigenous Pouncy Animals. The make love bit? Yeah makes a lot of sense since no bloody kangaroo has ever been useful in any of the wars we have fought. Where were they when Darwin was being bombed and what the hell did they do at Da Nang? Oh wait, I geddit, they are an Aussie Icon! And so should this beer be. While the whole DIPA thing seems to be distinctly American (just like diapers v nappies, but that is another story), this one from Murray’s brewery is a treat. I couldn’t wait to try this to such an extent that I cracked my first one of these from cellar temperature rather than the fridge. The result was no disappointment at all. The appearance in the glass, a Duvel snifter is a rich coppery colour with a fine creamy head, even at room temperature. The nose is a melange of citrus and toffee with the promise of a malty back palate in the tasting. Such it shall be. Beautifully balanced with the definite smack of floral and spicy hops combined with a caramello maltiness this one is a treat. Like the Scottish lad, my wife had a taste but then immediately declared me a loony for liking something so bitter. Meh, what does she know? She likes Pimms and lemonade. Anyway, Muzzah you have nailed this one old son. At $17 bucks a pop there are going to be many out there who will be amused with the label but shocked at the asking price. So what, that leaves more for those of us who love this. After all we can’t blame the brewer when our crappy federal excise laws discriminate against beer in favour of the fermented grape. I do sincerely hope this does get some more exposure and Murray can then perhaps expand production and as a result use economies of scale blah blah. I aim to drop a fifty on the weekend to get the equivalent of what is an impressive six pack. Now if I was going to say something corny in the end, which has nothing to do with the flavour constituents of the beer of course, I would suggest that you all say wallaby damned, I think I will hop to it and pouch a couple of these bewdies quicker than we can all say tsk tsk tsk to Joey for his Eccy thumping. But I won’t.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - MAR 17, 2012
Buona buonissima, il colore e’ decisamente piu’ scuro rispetto a quello della foto! Sembra una reale extra o forse il contrario, chi puo’ dirlo! Cmq ottima 2ipa!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2010
Not for the faint of heart . A big hit of that citrus hop aroma, orange amber in colour and hazy. Strong bitter hop taste and aftertaste that lingers for some time with a touch of the 7.5% alcohol hit. This is not a session beer, but a beer to be savoured. If you like bitter beers with tons of flavour, the you must give this beer a try. Not easy to get, it’s a seasonal beer, but worth the effort.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Tap (extracted from bottle, Biero Melbourne). Great beer. Aromas of biscuit, caramel, and grass. Taste is sweet, with a long-lasting bitter finish. Palate is velvety, with a medium body. Amber, with a frothy white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scotchy (23) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2016
A wonderful aroma of American hops comes through this thick head. Must have a very complex bill of hops because you cannot identify individual hops rather a range from citrus, to cracked pepper spiciness. No overt grapefruit or fruity esters and a good malt balance. Love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dandm (90) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2016
Great cloudy golden Amber colour with a frothy white head. Fruity, hoppy, citrus aroma. Very bitter but balanced with good malt and plenty of spice too. Light in the mouth and even watery. Long resiny and fruity finish. A great beer. It might have been the first IPA I ever had and it’s great to see it back in business and better than I remember.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad (1477) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2007
So we wait months for Murrays to bottle this and when it finally turns up at a local bottle shop it comes in a corked 750ml bottle labelled with a couple of kangaroos shagging under the slogan, "Make love not war". The label is eye-catching, sure, but not necessarily in a "Hey! There’s two kangaroos shagging! I must buy more of this product!" sort of a way. More in a "What pony-tailed marketing twat thinks that will sell beer?" sort of a way. The price-tag is fairly hefty and I’m wondering how many Australians will actually want to drink 750mls of imperial IPA in a sitting? I buy a bottle and I’m home now and ready to pour. It’s a beautiful amber-orange colour and raises a thick whipped-cream head that lasts superbly. This is a very good-looking beer. The aroma is softer than I expect but gorgeous - rough-cut Seville marmalade, lychee and passionfruit. There are muted malts in the background but it’s mainly about the hops. A restrained aroma, rather than aggressive. First sip and it has a beautifully creamy body. Not too thick for the style, but very smooth. Some double IPAs are overpowering but this is great. Peaches, pear juice and limes bedded in malts and capped by a huge wash of alpha acids. A minty mid-palate and some robust fusels in the swallow. My wife takes a sip and says it has grapefruit-pith intensity of bitterness. A few sips later, she declares that it tastes better "when it doesn’t touch your tongue". She pours the remainder of her glass into mine. I’m guzzling this stuff like water and the 7.5% abv is starting to kick in. This is incredibly morish for a double IPA. Damn, I’m feeling good! Look at those cute kangaroos. Hur hur hur! Thish ish grand stuff. I’ll just have a liddle more... Yeah, that’s the shtuff.... And one for the road... Aw crap! All gone? This sucksh! Whose shtupid idea was it to shell this in theshe crappy liddle 750ml bottles? Thish stuff should come in 2-litre bottles, minimum. And they should home-deliver. And there should be more kangaroosh on the label. Yeah. More kangaroosh... I’m gonna bed now... Get me shome more in the morning... (750ml corked bottle from Liquor on Parade, Kingsford)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madquacker (1112) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2008
Impressive deep murkiness in colour with a good two fingers head. Beckoning introduction followed by a powerful and lingering sweet apple, licorice citrus and acidic aftertaste which kept on giving. The 750ml bottle looked daunting but once got into it, couldn’t get enough. A good beer.

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