Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale - Galway Hooker Brewery

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Ireland

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnfromDublin on 11-20-2007)
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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 nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a small head of white bubbles topping a clear, copper colored body. Good retention and lace.

S - Light, cracker flavored malt and a hint of musty hops. Perhaps a bit of red apple and plum yeast.

T - Light, bready malt up front with a bit of toast. Some musty/spicy hop flavors appear in the middle. It finishes with a hint of citrus and moderate, but rounded, bitterness, balanced out by dry toasted malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is kind of flat, with just a little malt and fruit, but things come together better in the flavor. The malt is still mild, but the hop character is enhanced with a somewhat complex blend of musty spice and a hint of citrus. A nice, drinkable pale ale and a pleasant break from the black swampwater that dominates Ireland.

Photo of mdfb79
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of stcules
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.
Pleasant.

Photo of tbeckett
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 33cL stange glass.

A: Thing, short-lived head. Very clear copper colour. Some bubbles and heavy lacing. Looks plain but appetising.

S: Buttery. Very buttery. Traces of flowery hops.

T: Nicer than anticipated! Crisp, clean, and pleasant. The butteriness reappears in the end of the taste. A nice hoppy aftertaste without being bitter. The maintaste is of light, pale malt with floral accents. Good beer.

M: Watery and kind of boring, just substantial enough to linger of a bit.

D: Very drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. Not great, but a solid enough effort that I wouldn't feel amiss recommending it.

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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 FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of flyingpig
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of Nunya
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

From notes. I had this beer both at the Porterhouse in Dublin and in a Galway bar. Named for a particular type of boat from Western Ireland.

Pours a bit light for a pale ale, straw gold with hints of amber. The smell is fairly hoppy and very refreshing. Tastewise, the strong hoppy notes come through in both the start and the finish, both grapefruit-esque citric and floral. The middle even things out with a mostly dry and slightly sweet malty biscuit. Medium bodied with a slightly aggresive carbonation.

A really good pale ale all the way and a good change of pace while in Ireland. Similar to a very fresh tasting Sierra Nevada PA with more of a citric hop presence.

Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Caudalie
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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 falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jewellrunner
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale from Galway Hooker Brewery
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