Brewed by Galway Bay Brewery
Style: Irish Ale
Galway, Ireland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Also available bottled
Bay Ale is a copper coloured, traditional ale with malt and hop aromas and a smooth and well-balanced flavour.
Hoppy, yet malt-forward this ale strikes a great balance. Using Northern Brewer, Bobek and Willamette hops alongside a strong malt backbone this beer is both for savoring and thirst-quenching, depending on your mood.
Speciality Malts - Brown, Crystal & Munich
Hops (33 IBU) - Northern Brewer, Bobek and Willamette(Note: Change of Hop from Perle to Northern Brewer)

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MonsterMagnet (1381) - NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2017
Bottle, pours a nice clear deep amber with an off white head. Malty with some hops, rather boring really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tricksta_p (4216) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2017
Bottle from Speciaalbierpakket. Magnum and Williamette hops. Aroma is bready malt, caramel, some toffee with a slight hint of dried fruits. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Body is medium. A bit dull this one, mostly just crystal malts, not bad but it lacks character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamestulloch (3924) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2017
Bottle from Ninas Mini Market. Clear ruby/amber body with tiny flecks floating beneath a medium off-white head. Lively fizz. Aroma of stewed apple, caramel, tea and wood. Flavour of toffee, woody malt and earth. Medium body with a smooth texture. Soft fizz. Sweet and very enjoyable - much better than previous reviews suggest, which admittedly are from over three years ago. This bottle was hopped with Magnum and Williamette.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fellebag (1447) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2017
Bottle 50cl. Small white layer disappearing. Dark red brown color. Aroma is wood, sherry barrels, chocolate, cocoa. Taste is some sweet with raw cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (15094) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2017
Tap @ The Black Sheep, Dublin. Clear light amber color, average sized off-white head. Smell and taste malts, light hops in the background and a light malt bitter finish. Decent body and carbonation. Ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (5350) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2017
500ml bottle (bb 13 Dec 2017) at home on 8 Mar 2017, from The Cave, Great Western Road, Glasgow, nutty, toffee malt aroma, amber brown with a good creamy beige head, caramel, toffee, !light spice, creamy, long dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnstledger8 (1105) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a mostly fading light beige bubbly head. Aroma is of toffee, red fruits, floral, grassy. Taste is of red fruits, berries, forest fruits, toffee, grassy, hint of citrus, grassy, bread notes. Oily mouthfeel, soft to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (6974) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2016
500ml bottle between three on an Irish tasting evening at home on 11th Nov 2016. Slight red hue to the deep amber body, off-white head on all three glasses. A little more malty aromas and flavours in this Irish Red (as youd expect), some decent hop action going on too though. So toffee and caramel verses a grassy/woody, bittering hop combination.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrTipple (4321) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2016
Caramel and bread malts very light toasted malts. Dark, hazy brown, small, creamy, white head. Light sweet. Intense grain and cereal malts, bread and caramel, light bitterness coming up in the finish. OK Irish Ale, nice maltiness throughout. Keg at The Black Sheep, Dublin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (6397) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2016
Bottle from Dicey Reilly in Ballyshannon. Appearance - deep amber to brown with a lovely fawn head. Nose - red fruit, wood and biscuits. Taste - more of the same. Some orange fruit too. A touch of popcorn on the finish. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry balanced finish. Overall - exactly as an Irish Red Ale should drink. Enough taste to keep it interesting while being extremely drinkable.

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