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Brewed by Galway Bay Brewery
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Galway, Ireland
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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 132   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
DIPA with massive malt backbone, hopped with Galena, Chinook, Pacific Jade and Simcoe in the kettle, and two dry hop additions to boot! Massive pine-wood aromas up front with a hint of exotic spice in the background. Big bitterness of 132 IBU’s provides a soft, lingering bite, balanced by the 8.5% ABV.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3274) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Keg at Against The Grain, Dublin. It pours a rich amber color with a medium tan head. Aroma is big bold juicy hops, dank, grass and grapefruit. Also notes of ripe apricots, mango and herbs. Some light caramel and no booze. Taste is well balanced, nice caramel malts sustain a juicy hop presence, with more piny and citric notes. Malty sweet character is not overpowering or sticky, and ABV is not perceived. Medium to full bodied with creamy texture and good carbonation. Overall, top notch DIPA and great drinkability

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hoptimusPrimed (73) - SPAIN - JAN 2, 2015
Fantastic aroma of citrus, with a golden colour. Strong hops but not overpowering the other flavours

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbad6 (23) - IRELAND - DEC 15, 2014
Pours an amber with tinge orange. Nice white head. Strong aroma of pine, citrus, marmalade. Orangy finish to this, not too bitter. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wvhoran (379) - Tasmania, - NOV 11, 2014
Draugh at Against the Grain, Dublin. Hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma is good, with toasted malt, good citrus character, some peach syrup, but lacking the immensity of an excellent DIPA--perhaps this isn’t fresh enough. Flavour is dominated by caramel malt and juicy citrus. Lots of simcoe with dank earthy resinous notes. Very bitter finish. Nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SudsMcDuff (6116) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Now this stuff is fantastic! and for coming out of Ireland, shows the direction of the beer scene there! inspirational! .. deep amber .. solid crazy good foam .. . rich resin, caramel and sheep shaggin blue dotted madness!! .. . just a pleasure to drink, the key: balance. malt and hops are there, in your face but still rounded. .. . . I now feel I’ve watched enough reruns of The Shawshank Redemption on basic cable that I’ll be able to successfully make it in prison.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rgf001 (157) - München, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2014
Pine and wood aroma. Cloudy Amber with white head that persists. Onion, Dank, Pine, resin, spruce, citrus, woody flavors. Dry finish. Well made IIPA but too dank for my taste.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
darrenmarshall (4) - - AUG 20, 2014 does not count
Had this when it first came out in Against the Grain, got a bottle on Saturday. Big change, not good now

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (4138) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours copper orange, nose is light cheese, juicy fruit, taste is a bit harsh, fruity, toffee.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2621) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle, thanks J-Dawg. Amber with white head. Aroma is quite cheesy with citrus and pine. Taste of pine and grapefruit, resinous. Quite bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1392) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Comfy golden, greasy oily head. Straightforward enough pine party on the nose - blood orange and dried out grass. Initial taste is lean malt, crunchy mango fibres and dripping scrapes of passion fruit. Very impressive crispness, not other worldly but I’d say they do well to put this out consistently well. Finishes creamy cheesy and cooling, ABV forgetting juiciness.

Bottle, Fancy Al Fresco Tasting, Cheers Hammy’s parents.


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