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

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 4.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (15000) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle at home... Amber... Thin white lacing... Soft zezty lemon fruits... Soft sweet fruits... Pithy orange fruits... Juicy hop... Floral fruits... Light bitter orange finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7219) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. It pours hazy deep amber with a small white head. The nose is rich, orange peel, marmalade, resin, pine and alcohol. The taste is bitter orange, red grapefruit, resin, caramel, booze, peppery, oily and oily hop with a dry, citric finish. Medium+ body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Rich oily orange action, but decent enough.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SudsMcDuff (5930) - .....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 Iíve watched enough reruns of The Shawshank Redemption on basic cable that Iíll be able to successfully make it in prison.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3564) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 10, 2014
Sh** motherf***er did Vinnie rebrand Pliny the Motherf***ing Elder as Foam and Motherf***ing Fury? This beer has both of the key elements of beer: foam and fury. It is more surly and furious than Surly Furious, and you donít have to go to motherf***ing Minneapolis to tick it. Ireland, which is a legit country if you havenít been. Got it on cask, mildly hazy copper with a bit of foam like the wild oceans off the Galway coast. Surf is motherf***ing up. The aroma assaults your olfactory passages with something mind blowing: HOPS!!!!!! Hops and some malt. The flavor is freaking brilliant. This is a west coast IPA: west coast of Ireland that is. Who needs America when there are beers like this? Just kidding, I love America, but this is good. Clean sweet malt that explodes into ho - wait for it - ps! Hops! Like a pine forest full of flowers and grapefruits. Lots of pine, enough that it screams, "MR. CLEAN AINíT GOT SH*T ON ME!!!" Piney fresh flavor for days, fool. Donít get me started on the mouthfeel. Oily, slick as the Gulf of Mexico disaster, enough to f*** up some fish big-time! Not much carb because itís cask, obviously. Galway Bay comes up big with this one with a big olí, "F*** Guiness!", or stealing a page from Samuel Lís playbook, "Iíve HAD IT with these motherf***ing beers in this motherf***ing country!" Ireland is a land where you need have no ire because now you have beers like this. Tick D out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (3220) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours copper orange, nose is light cheese, juicy fruit, taste is a bit harsh, fruity, toffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (3172) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle at home from drinkstore
hazy dark amber with mango, slight yoghurt notes and orange pith. Frothy beige head. Medium body, pithy piney bitterness. Robust, bitter, mango peel, chalky notes, rich fruity finish. Excellent well balanced DIPA. I see why its been so well received.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2712) - 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 (2593) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2462) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stravale (2238) - 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.


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