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Brewed by Galway Bay Brewery
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Galway, Ireland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 132   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 IBUís provides a soft, lingering bite, balanced by the 8.5% ABV.


4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hutman (5) - IRELAND - JAN 3, 2014 does not count
Iíve had this on draught a few times. This is the best Irish beer ever brewed, a beautiful big bold double IPA, hoppy goodness.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisMagnets (1) - - DEC 12, 2013 does not count
Super hoppy, but balanced really well with a strong malt profile and citrus notes, leaving a refreshing bite and lingering taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stravale (2258) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 5, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2014 Bottle from Hanlonís Gala [160714] 9/4/8/5/17
Good to return to this beer after a while....now to try the bottle...aroma of massive tropical fruits, grapefruit, mango, sweet fruity malts, very fresh, complex fruits, fantastic aroma hangs around constantly, more fruity and less malty than before.....Taste of massive fruits, tons of hops, alcohol well hidden, hops so so fresh....Palate has huge sweetness and bitterness perfectly in balance....Overall - This is me is better than keg, more fruity, less fruity toffee malts, more tropical fruit, piney, fruit salad hop....Yes this is the #1 in Ireland...up to 4.3

Cask @ The Salthouse, Galway [160414] 4/7/8/3/15 3.7
Found this rather cloying on cask - flavours are heavy....really needs to be on keg, the CO2 just lightens everything up, more dynamic flavour and aroma, better palate. Iíve had it a couple of times more on keg and itís much better for my palate

Keg @ Cottage Bar, Galway [021213] 8/4/8/4/17 4.1
Deep hazy orange, dense bubbly white head, good lacing
Aroma - big tropical fruits, sweet fruity malts, grapefruit pith, lots of pithy resinous fruits, super aroma
Taste as the aroma, great background of sweet fruits, mango, tropical nots, juicy citrus, resinous hops, good bitter sweet balance, complex flavour, so drinkable for the abv, cracking stuff
Palate - Soft carb, full body, rich mouthfeel, sweet malt, intense bitter hops in there but counterbalanced well be the sweet malts. Finish is smooth, equally intense sweet and bitter.
Overall -They beat BrewDog easily at making DIPAs with this. Absoutely superb.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlhooker (26) - Dublin, Ireland, IRELAND - DEC 2, 2013
On tap Brew Dock, Dublin. Amber with very slight white head. A real sipper. Lovely tropical fruit hop taste. Really well balanced on palate. Smooth finish. An excellent example of style.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2721) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 2, 2013
On tap at Brew Dock. I've had this a few times but finally getting around to rating. Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a small brownish head. Aroma: Cat piss (the good kind!) citrus and pine, so sharp and pungent, amazing, very tropical, tons of mango too. This, to me is almost the perfect aroma (I don't believe that perfection can be attained!). With great anticipation the flavour is: big mango flavour, very bitter, my saliva glands are pissing themselves, slightly alcoholic with tons of pine needle and cat piss. Like drinking a pine, mango and (good) cat piss cocktail. Lovely long bitter finish. This, ladies and gentlemen is without a doubt the best Double IPA ever brewed in Ireland. Amazing job. Well done, hit it out of the ballpark with this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
culchiem (2619) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 30, 2013
Draught at Brew Dock. Hazy orange with a medium tan head. Aroma is intense tropical fruit. Flavor is lively fruit, lots of if, nicely balanced with a malt pine. Finish is strong bitter hop and malt finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Seaneh (6) - IRELAND - NOV 16, 2013 does not count
I think this beer is damned near perfection and probably the best beer Iíve had from any Irish Brewery, definitely the best Pale Ale Iíve had from an Irish brewery anyway. A full on hopbomb with big pine and citrus flavours followed by a sweet malt profile and finishes dry and bitter. This big, bold beer from the West coast of Ireland would proudly hold itís own with the big boys form the West Coast of the Us.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
ciaranc (973) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 16, 2013
Draught, against the grain. Cloudy, murky brown/amber, decent lasting foamy white head. Huge fresh resin, pine, tropical fruits nose. Flavour is fruity hops up front, then caramel malt sweetness, followed by an enormous wave of oily resinous hop bitterness. Decent body, not too heavy, soft carbonation lifts things a little, finish is super long, sweet, pineapple and bitter. Canít complain that there is no hoppy Irish beer any more, thatís for sure. Fabulous to have a DIPA of this standard and freshness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACD (669) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 15, 2013
Tap at Against the Grain. Hazy amber pour, big lasting white head. Great fruitiness on the nose: dank mango, blood orange and grapefruit. Matching that is plenty of thick semi-sweet pine resin and slightly burnt caramel. The taste is a wonderful explosion of new world hop goodness: mango, pithy grapefruit, and thick piney resinous notes aplenty. Thick (and lightly nutty) caramel malt backbone, but not so much as to override this big hop kick - pure pine and grapefruit take the lead. Great citric bite and mouth-coating resin to finish. Just the tiniest hint of booze. Ireland has a DIPA to be proud of. Wonderful stuff, in the same mould as BD's Hardcore, but better. No joke. This is exciting stuff.


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