Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale | Galway Hooker Brewery

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
86
very good
29 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
91
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
23.18%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
Galway Hooker Irish Pale AleGalway Hooker Irish Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Galway Hooker Brewery
Ireland | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnfromDublin on 11-20-2007

View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 91
Reviews by MAB:
Photo of MAB
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Odd that an Irish brewer would be producing an American Pale Ale, but there you are.

The color of the beer itself, and its head, is much as I would expect a pale ale to be.
There is an aroma of hops, and the minerals in the water contribute as well.
It tastes like a UK beer- full of gypsum notes, fighting with the hoppiness. Very clean and with a slightly bitter aftertaste, though. Nice!
It is properly carbonated and feels good in the mouth.
Overall, the sum of the parts add up to a very good score.

 505 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevieDarrier
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Wezzle
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of beerinabottle
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of WalkerHater
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lawlerj
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint on tap at O'Neill's in Dublin.

A - pours amber translucent gold, moderate head, leaves moderate lacing as its being drunk.

S - not too strong, but has a nice wheat/grain smell to it w/ some sweet cloves added to balance.

T - strong hop bite for a pale ale, but well balanced. Nice and fizzy.

M - light/medium body, good carbonation, really aids the drinkability.

D - not too complicated, but would be perfect for a hot summer day. I hope to find this in the states some day.

 494 characters

Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JohnIreland
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Has a lovely copper colour, with a nice white head which laces excellently down the glass.

Not very bitter, and a very nice APA-style hop after-taste, which is balanced without being overpowering.

Very consistent and pretty session drinkable too. Pity it's not available in bottles or cans for consumption at home.

One of my favourite beers.

 344 characters

Photo of drummerdwzp
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of langfot99
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lansingj24
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Irish pint at Monroe's in Galway.

A: Light red. To the point of some strange pinkish hue. Yields a good white head with good retention.

S: Citrus, pine, and floral scents. Very unique scent.

T: Pine stuck out. Also had some flavors that I hadn't tasted in an APA, like flower-esque flavors.

M: Light body. Crisp finish. Good transition beer between Guinness and other Irish Ales.

D: Session beer status with the ABV. I would say the flavor could be overwhelming when/if drank excessively. Still, a great beer and a great bar. Recommend to try both.

 567 characters

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-tap at Against The Grain, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high creamy beige head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tea leaves are present in the smell.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of tea leaves along with notes of pale malts. The tea flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a little creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a simple red ale that goes down very easily. I like how the taste of tea blended with the other malty flavors.

 768 characters

Photo of MacarthurParker
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this tap three times in Dublin: first at the Porterhouse, second at the Bull & Castle, and third at Cobblestones Bar. I have to say that I drank three different beers each time. Both good, but all very different.

My favorite pour was at the Porterhouse; poured in a tulip pint.

A: Honey with a two finger white head.

S: Lots of honey smell with a hint of sour and citrus hops.

T: Tons of honey. Some hops, but there is a strong sweet clovey honey taste that is unlike any beer I've ever had.

D: Great drinkability here, if you dig the sweetness. This is easily sessionable and a great beer to keep ordering all night,

Overall: I've had loads of beers that have included honey in the brewing (including HopSlam) and nothing got close to the sweet honey flavour that is Galway Hooker. The second time I had this beer it was a nice and hoppy APA (tasted like a toned down Alpha King); both beers were good, but I preferred the first. I don't know if this irregularity in flavour is due to poor quality control or just hop fade, but this is definitely a dynamic beer. A must try if you can find it.

 1,105 characters

Photo of Caudalie
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of bro2baseball
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to like this beer. I haven't run into many good microbrews during my time in Ireland, and was hoping this would change my luck. But something about the taste did not sit well with me . I can't identify it, but I guess it was almost a metallic taste - something that didn't seem to belong. Not much aroma to it, from what I could tell. Most of the reviews on here are complimentary, but I just did not enjoy this beer.

 426 characters

Photo of MaxOhle
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale from Galway Hooker Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.