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Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale - Galway Hooker Brewery

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Galway Hooker Brewery visit their website

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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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Caudalie, Mar 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Nunya, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

From 07/27/14 notes...brought back from Dublin for me. Best by 28.03.15, 550ml bottle into a mason jar type glass.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright orange yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, bready malts, grains, dough, and some herbal notes. Not bad but pretty bland and not a lot going on here.

t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, grains, dough, earthy notes, and some sweet corn. Not very good, worse than the nose.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall not a very good beer...not skunked or anything, but not much going on in the nose or taste. A below average beer, wouldn't seek it out again.

mdfb79, Jul 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

AltimusPrime, Mar 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

BreweryRun, Oct 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

jenray, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of bro2baseball
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

bro2baseball, Feb 06, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

MacarthurParker, Jun 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

SavageHopHead, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint in Cassidy's, Dublin:
Light amber, bright & clear with a 0.5cm foamy white head that leaves minor lacing on the sides.

Sweet & creamy, pale malt & hops with some earthy bitterness come through, citrus & caramel too. The hops weren't as strong as I'd have liked but it wasn't a weak beer at least.

Sweet with some hops but again they're not the strongest, some grassy flavours & citrus backed them up a little. Nice pale malts and caramel come through with a light bitterness & background fruits at the end.

Smooth with hints of bitterness, medium carbonation & some sweetness. An easy one to drink & the finish was a dry one.

Not bad at all, I was hoping it would have been a more hop-filled affair with some nice American style hops coming through but sadly it wasn't to be but it was still a nice one with the caramel keeping things interesting. It's not a stand out offering though.

flyingpig, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

falconxman, Jul 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

langfot99, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Dmtfs7, Feb 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

dryndantheman, Apr 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tbeckett, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

metter98, Jun 26, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught in Kelly's pub in Galway, Ireland. I'd had it quite a few times prior to this, and I continue to order it to this day. Some like it with Grenadine.

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin fizzy head. Inviting.

Sm: The usual suspects: malt, barley, some bittering hops.

T: Bitter body with a crisp fresh uplifting finish. Fizzy open. Well balanced and well built for the style, especially in that it doesn't go overboard on the bittering hops, a common fault in pale ales.

Mf: Very coarse but light on the palate. Smooths over for the finish.

Dr: If you can find it at the right price, it's a nice light pint between Guinness.

As a side note, this is really neither an APA nor an I(n)PA. This is a beer that gets screwed over by beeradvocate's imperfect categorization system.

kojevergas, Mar 07, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On top at The Kings Head on Shop Street in Galway. Very glad to be able to taste a local brew while in town. As an American I was surprised to see an APA style beer. It was nice, however I only ordered one, then went back to a lighter beer (I was watching the football and not so much in the mood for good beers!). It was nice to try a new beer that I cant get in the United States. The Galway Hooker Ale was a bit sweet and earthy or grainy and dirty for my personal belief of what an APA should be. It seems as if they used some sort of spice that I couldn't figure out what it was. However it was rather delicious and I will be enjoying this beer more the next time I visit Galway.

Keitherduder, May 13, 2009
Photo of stcules
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light amber color, clean. One finger of foam, decent.
Very irish smell, good maltiness and biscuit, balanced by the hop, earthly and slightly citric.
Same for the taste, biscuit malt, grainy. Then hop. Well balanced.
Light body, good drinkability, and good aftertaste with tea and citric notes.

stcules, Aug 31, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -7%

Honeybourne, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Oxymoron
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in Galway but got lucky as it was over the Easter weekend and most places closed down. The pint arrived a crystal clear straw yellow color with a light amber hue. A soft white head with very limited retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose has a more English Pale hop aroma but really comes out. This is a bit overstated as the malt is limited overall, but some light caramel and grainy notes are there. The hops have a light herbal and earthy aroma. Some minor citrus and rose phenols are there but light. Some yeasty notes but for the most part very clean.

The taste has more of a US Pale taste (as compared to the nose). The hops come out with a stronger bitterness that lingers into the finish. A bit much but the finishing hops so come out. The citrus, for example, has a lemony and grapefruit taste that blends with a light herbal hop note. A more bready and biscuit malt but still pretty grainy. Would like a bit more malt to balance out the bitterness.

The body is light and finishes dry. This enhances the bitterness a bit more leaving an astringent finish. The carbonation was a bit much as well for a beer so dry but ok. Overall it was a pretty beer for Ireland. Some minor things I would like to see tweaked but still good.

Oxymoron, Apr 27, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

richmof, May 11, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

lansingj24, Jan 16, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
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Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale from Galway Hooker Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.