Murray's Fred West Coast IPA

Murray's

In the realms of beer geekery, Murray's is perhaps best known for its collection of imperial stouts - and with good reason. But it shouldn't be forgotten that they do love to create the odd IPA too - or several. From the pint-sized, drink-it-by-the-pint, Retro Rocket to the aptly named Icon 2IPA via Big Wednesday and the occasionally spotted Spartacus Imperial IPA, they've got the full range covered. And with Fred joining the family in 2014, the hoppy waistline got fatter still.

Being a classic US-inspired West Coast IPA, it required the brewers to move beyond the exclusive use of New Zealand hops for the first time 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 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.

Style
US IPA
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
75 IBU
Name
Murray's
Address

3443 Nelson Bay Rd
Bobs Farm
NSW 2316

Phone
(02) 4982 6411
Regular events

New Years Day: Anniversary Ale release
Easter long weekend: Blues, Brews & BBQs
June Dark Beer Month

Open Hours

Cellar door
Mon to Fri: 10am to 5.30pm
Weekends from 10am
Restaurant
Lunch: Open 7 days
Dinner: Friday and Saturday nights in January (bookings essential)

Tours

Public tours daily at 2pm. $5 per person. Bookings recommended.
Groups of 20 or more and private tours by appointment.
Extreme Brewery Tours via helicopter. (Murray is not the pilot - but he'd love to be). By appointment.

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