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Murray’s Spartacus Imperial IPA

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


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
10% abv. Over 100 IBU. A huge, in-your-face, over-the-top brew. Too many hops additions to count. A big showcase of New Zealand Riwaka and Motueka hops – flowers and pellets. As many as we could squeeze in. Big – but dangerously drinkable! Very limited supply. DRAUGHT ONLY

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CitrusP (63) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2013
On tap at the Alehouse Project. Pours a fairly light golden colour with a creamy finger of white head. Very clear. Smells like a fresh bunch of NZ hops. Citrus, Pine and that NZ hop funk carries this one through from start to finish. Pretty bitter, but not bracingly. Drinks well for the size, low to medium carbonation. One of the best Imperial IPA’s in Australia, wish they made it more often.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9417) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
Draught as part of a tasting paddle at Rubber Duckie Taphouse, Sydney, on July 14, 2013.
Bitter, resin, alcohol taste. Alcohol, bitter aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, high to very high dry grapefruit bitterness. Clear golden color, white head. Warming alcohol. Sweet, malty, alcohol, hoppy scent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BreathingHeat (13) - Newtown, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2013
On tap at Murrays in Manly. Definitely the most solid Australian Am style IIPA I have had. Huge NZ hop kick. Great aroma and flavor. A must drink for big hopheads.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (20700) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
31st August 2011
Cloudy amber beer, small cream coloured head. Smooth silky palate. Rich beer! Nice caramel malt base. Rich deep hops! Slightly briney like a big barleywine but with sweetish peach and mango. Finishes with more caramel malt and a drop of aniseed. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2037) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
On tap at the Alehouse Project. Great beer, complex and balanced. Aromas of caramel, grass, chocolate, biscuit, and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Amber, with a thin head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnyguns (1104) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2012
Tap at Murray's at manly. Deep copper pour little head. This beer packs a punch! Straight away can smell fresh New Zealand hops with loads of grapefruit and citrus fruits. Taste is well balanced with a malty bitter finish rounding off the aggressive hop presence. Really easy to drink at 9.2%. I like this a lot

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1359) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured a golden amber color, very short lived, under half one finger of off white head. Became off white film. Upon swirling would get brief flashes of the head, not much more. S-- Peach, apricot, passion fruit, orange and peach blossom. Has a decent nose. T-- Peach blossom, apricot, orange in the taste. Big floral taste to this, followed by Carmel stone fruit and some lemon and lime tartness to finish in the taste. M-- There is grapefruit but it is very reserved. Lots of peach and passion fruit with lemon and lime tartness and acidity. Lime tartness lasts quite a while in the feel before I get a finish of carmel. Low carbonation and big body but not over the top at all. D-- Just does not work for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ALLOVATE (2816) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2012
Pour needs a good rouse to get any foam to form. What it manages it is quick to lose as it wanes back to a mere island of cream atop a cloudy burnished orange body. Strange note of play-doh, rotting guava flesh, and mango and tomato V8 juice plagues the otherwise deeply citric nose. It is a thick waft more reminiscent of a drink I would have alongside my eggs Benedict in the morning than an IIPA. Similar in the mouth; sticky, sickly sweet citrus juice dominates. Quite a raspy and hot note of higher alcohols in the back. Finishes with a burn and dries right out. Body is cumbersome, syrupy and oily. Pinewood, bitter orange zest, grapefruit, butterscotch, all linger long between sips being its only complexity. It simply tastes of Berri™ Breakfast Juice. I had just finished their sublime ’Punch & Judy’ ale expecting grandeur of this one. Just doesn’t work at all. One dimensional at best! (33cL, BB 05/04/13, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2012
Had on tap at murray’s at Manly. Big on Flavour. Great hop aromas. Big Hop bitterness throughout, and a slight alcohol taste, with a great lingering hop bitterness

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Theis (14937) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2012
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Cloudy amber - white head. Citrus, vitamin piller, medicin, hoppy, apotek (pharmacy), sweet malty, apple, candy, bad.

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