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

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 IBU’s 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 (16998) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (13789) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge Convention 2015. Thanks! Pours unclear, dark gold with a foamy white head. The nose is heavy with minerals and rindy orange. Bitter and minerally flavor, lightly sweet, with oppressive rind notes, some oily pine, grainy bread. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Resinous finish with more orange rind. OK. Perhaps not as fresh as it could be.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12567) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle slpit at the Cotteridge Convention, thanks to Steve (BIK), 24/01/14. Lightly hazed orange amber with a moderately appointed off white covering. Nose is pine, earthy hops, candied fruit peel, passionfruit, mandarin, citric sherbets. Taste drops a little for me when contrasted with the nose, caramel malt, touch of pine needle, citric sherbet strokes, orange pith, light tropiciana, mineral wash. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a dose of hop bitterness. Decent easy drinking DIPA but no game changer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (11282) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottled, sample at The Cotteridge Convention, many thanks to Beersiveknown for this one. Hazy amber with white head. This was pretty special I though, rich jammy tropical fruit notes, marmalade and bitterness, full on the palate. Loved it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (9174) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2015
On tap at The Black Sheep, pours a clear amber with a large off-white head. Nose brings a big caramel malt backbone, with lots of citrus and resinous hops. Flavour is impeccably balanced, with loads of resinous hops and just enough caramel malt. It’s a big meaty body, but also blasts hops through to perfection. Wonderfully crafted. Excellent stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8787) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8256) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle at Cotteridge Tasting, Saturday 24th January 2015 Hazy light amber with slim wispy head. Thick in mouth, a little syrupy but hugely hoppy. Really zappy hops, soft in mouth, warmth from alcohol. Very good. Crikey two Irish corkers, btw big thanks to Beersiveknown for all of the Irish beers. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SudsMcDuff (6752) - .....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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (6166) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (5226) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge convention, 24/01/2015. Thanks to BeersIveKnown for this one. Quite a bit of hype about this beer. Hazed golden orange coloured pour with a nice looking head. Aropma is sharp lemon citrus, dirty hop. Flavour is composed of tart blood orange, resin, orange oil, dank hop. Palate is semi sweet, resinous sticky on the tongue, moderate carbonation. A little dirty / rought round the edges.


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