Murphy's Law

Virginia
United States
Smartmouth Beer Murphy's Law Amber Ale
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

Murphy’s Law Amber Ale acknowledges the relentless and unexpected obstacles that challenged us at every stage of starting Smartmouth Brewing Co. Incidentally, Murphy is also the name of Porter’s pet boxer. This amber is balanced: the malty essence that comes through with a subtle roastiness is countered just so by hops that keep it smooth. Enjoy this good all-around beer with chili, grilled chicken, pizza or burgers. For an interesting cheese pairing, try it with Gruyere.

Profile

ABV: 
5.8%
IBUs: 
35
Hops: 
Cluster
Malts: 
Carapils, Crystal 20L, Kiln Coffee, Munich, Pilsner
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This Amber Ale has a sweet, rich caramel aroma supported by a lightly grainy and dusty malt undertone. True to style, it features a  clear, amber color with a low, off-white head that dissipates after only a few moments. This beer's flavor contains caramel and toasted malts, cherry and red apple. Hop flavor is absent aside from a light grassiness. It is moderately bitter and finishes evenly but is under-carbonated. Hoppier versions of Amber Ales are the norm, but this example is notable for its interesting ester profile.