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Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale - Galway Hooker Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Galway Hooker Brewery visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnfromDublin on 11-20-2007)
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Reviews by richmof:
Photo of richmof
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bull and Castle - a beer I have been wanting to try for some time.

Deeper amber colour; decent head with good retention.

Hops and caramely malt on the nose. There is a decent balance to this beer, with earthy hoppiness evened out by caramely, biscuity malt. The finish lets the beer down though - it simply disappears into nothing. Not a bad stab at an American pale ale though (I am guessing the brewers were influenced by Sierra Nevada).

Was happy to try this beer but would not be drinking it on a regular basis, I think, unless I lived somewhere with no choice...like Galway.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of lawlerj
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JohnIreland
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of langfot99
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lansingj24
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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.

Photo of MacarthurParker
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Caudalie
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of bro2baseball
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MillRat
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best pale ale brewed in Ireland, standing head-to-head with the best pale ales from anywhere else, too.

A deep golden ale with a persistent rocky head that releases great biscuit-like malt aromas accompanied by citrusy hops notes that push the pale ale envelope. Remarkably solid malt flavors for an ale of rather restrained ABV that never once gets near the sweet or syrupy side of the equation, with more complex hop flavors that the aroma only hints at. This beer doesn't so much meet session beer requirements as defines what a session beer should be, interesting enough to make you want multiple servings and low enough in ABV to make that a realistic option.

Photo of digita7693
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O Neils in Dublin. Asked if they had any pale ales and just couldn't turn down a Galway Hooker...

A clear gold with a decent head

S malty sweetness with only a hint of the hops, but pleasant

T refreshing and easy drinking beer, with a slight hoppy bitterness. a solid beer to have a couple of, but not my favorite

M quite smooth and easy drinking, not much to it

very happy to have this in Dublin as most pubs merely serve guiness, bud, coors and miller, a few others have some nice beers

Photo of mdagnew
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Twisted Hop bar at the Belfast Christmas market...

Poured a light amber colour... White head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded to decent light covering... light carbonation... good sticky lacing lines cling to the glass...

Aroma - Light maltiness mixed with a good dose of citrusy and peppery hops, tart fruits (grapefruit, lemons, apples), very floral, faint honey sweetness, light breadiness, some sea salt...

Taste - Good grassy and citrus hop bitterness, light pine, tart fruits (grapefruits, apples), light sweet biscuit malts, peppery, some salty notes, floral and perfumed...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light / medium body. Very, very quaffable and refreshing...

Overall - A excellent brew and all the better for being fairly local to me... it's time this became a permanent fixture in the bars of Belfast.. recommended...

Photo of bradcochran1234
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale from Galway Hooker Brewery
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