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Brewed by Galway Hooker Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Co Galway, Ireland

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is an exciting new style of beer that we call Irish Pale Ale. This delicious beer is pale in colour, has a full well balanced hop flavour and aroma, a good foamy head, a carbonation level similar to standard lagers. Now you can, of course, make it as complicated as you like by adding various chemicals and preservatives to the beer so that it ferments and matures faster, has a longer shelf life and is cheaper to produce. However, as a small independent craft brewery, we believe in using traditional techniques and think that only the four basic ingredients of beer should be used to produce this wonderful, thirst quenching, “magic potion”. All we want to do is produce a pure and natural beer for the Galway market. Nothing more.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
Pooper (3) - - NOV 2, 2013 does not count
Hmm . First IPA I’ve been a bit meh over. Too much on the bitterness on the back and not enough fruit/flower on the front. Deffo more a session beer than a dessert beer. Wouldn’t buy the bottle again over others but wouldn’t dismiss it if it was on draught either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (4345) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
Golden with a small head. This is an IPA with a tasty grain and a fruity nose.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4063) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle whilst on holiday in County Cork. Bronze with a small head and low carbonation. Slightly bitter with a malty background. Inoffensive but not very inspiring.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
triskaideka (153) - Killarney, IRELAND - OCT 13, 2013
Keg from Tigh Neachtain’s, Galway. Clear golden colour with white head. High level of carbonation. Good hoppy flavour. Refreshing pint

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartlebier (1880) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2013
500ml bottle from Mondial de la bière, Mulhouse. ESB-inflected UK-style Pale ale, biscuit ma,t forward with almost more flavourful dimension to the malts than to the reticent hops: whisky malt aromatic, almonds, with a fine, almost smokey finish. Long since I’ve had such a nice and thick, chewy malt body on such a light beer. Pity the hops and overall taste fail to follow suit. I’ve never been, but ’tis probably the way of Galway hookers to have more body than spirit.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeverszeuge (625) - GERMANY - SEP 18, 2013
# 3403 ersma: irish pale ale - schmeckt das anders als englisches? „hand crafted in small batches“. orange-bernsteinfarben mit dezenter verschäumung. malzig-süßlicher geruch mit leicht pappiger note. der antrunk ist malzig, süßlich, ale-ig mit leichter bitterkeit. dezente blumigkeit. die mitte wirkt etwas wässrig, der abgang bringt etwas mehr bitterkeit mit, aber nur einen hauch. ansonsten auch eher dünn. die flasche ist ansehnlich. fazit: eher mäßiges geschmackserlebnis. kann man trinken, muss man nicht. 10,10,8,8,11,8 - 8,65 - 18/9/13

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Orange pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma of bready malt and Good carbonation but a bit watery. ok drinker

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevd193213 (877) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Draught. Light golden pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Refreshing, light to medium body with a clean finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2234) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 16, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2014
Keg @ Hanly’s Bar Strokestown [120714] 6/3/5/3/11 2.8
Had it a few times since the last rates and the beer has deteriorated...cereal bit buttery pale malts, dab of bitter hops, almost no citrus, over fizzy...tbh not a lot better than macro offerings...down to 2.8

Keg @ Hanly’s Bar Strokestown [171113] 6/3/7/3/14
Well it was tasting better and fresher here, some zesty citrus hops, but also a lot of caramel malt. In the finish a pleasent cereal caramel butter biscuit flavour comes though quite strongly and stays in the fairly long linger. Up to from 3.1 to 3.3

Keg @ Oarsman, Carrick-on-Shannon [160813] 6/3/6/3/13 3.1
Blonde, clear, frothy white head
Aroma - soft pale malts, touch of sweet light caramel, vague hint of fruit, little on the nose
Taste - Light pale caramel malts, touch of soft cereals, mellow bitter hops, touch of zesty hop
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, texture is a bit creamy, soft bitter palate, little tangy. Finish as main flavour, light cereal linger, light tangy bitter
Overall - Refreshing, not too hoppy, some nice sweet pale malt in there, ok

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MustangMarkF (219) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
500ml Bottle. Pours a amber gold body capped with a medium but moderately lasting white head. Aroma is faint and unimpressive in strength but nice on the nose. Faint citrus notes come through a maly biscuity base. Taste is grapefruit, hops, caramel and malt giving way to a dry but not lasting crisp finish. Not what I would call an American Pale Ale (and to be fair they dont call it that either) but a lovely crisp beer. Not a top 10 but nice enough/


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