Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale | Galway Hooker Brewery

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Galway Hooker Irish Pale AleGalway Hooker Irish Pale Ale

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Galway Hooker Brewery

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnfromDublin on 11-20-2007

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 103
Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful copper-gold with a fairly thick white head that settled to a foam on top of the beer. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, bread, and some citrus.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pint on draft at Foley's in Dublin. Pretty standard Irish APA , in my opinion. Lowest ABV of the Irish APAs I've had and could maybe use more alcohol. Prefer this to Howling Gale, but would rather have a Kinsale Pale Ale.

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Photo of Popadeaux
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in a couple Pubs in Dublin. Just enough hops to make it drinkable as a go to beer. If available in my area, I would consume on a regular basis.

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Photo of mickwin
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

very pale, clear with plenty of froth, pineapple and citrus aroma, slightly nutty flavour, with lemon, and a little hops, a little bland for my taste, a pretty average beer, there are a lot of better irish pale ales around

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Photo of flyingpig
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of hoserking
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Peters Pub in Dublin.

I asked the bartender if he had anything new or unique and he told me I could have a Galway Hooker. I thought he was joking.
The other bartender stated that this beer tasted like SNPA, to which the first bar keep stated no it doesn't as it isn't crap.

This isn't crap, it isn't as good as SNPA, and it is definitely woth seeking out. I had been craving Hops for 7 days and finally found some. The hop bitterness is very American but isn't nearly as strong as our Pales. Mouthfeel is a little watery but overall this is a good beer and was welcome in a period where all I wanted was some hops.

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Photo of digita7693
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of TurtleCove
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Galway Hooker pint glass at JJ Harlows in Roscommon town.

Appearance is a clear and golden with a one finger head which dissipates quickly to leave thin lacing.

Smell is light, primarily of faint hops.

Taste is good. Hop floral notes followed by typical hoppy bitterness dominate, more than you might expect in a typical pale ale but not as much as in an American style IPA

There is a slick creamy flavour and mouth feel like a cream ale or cream soda. Very pleasant.

Carbonation is light and manageable definitely not fizzy.

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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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of richmof
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Galway.

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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.

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Photo of Keitherduder
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of MillRat
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

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

The beer is golden bordering on amber and had a nice looking white head - none of your "all the way to the top" silliness in Ireland thank god, and the nose was very citrusy, very hoppy and really got me salivating, and it was worth every mouthful! Hoppy, refreshing, clean, crisp, moorish are the best words to describe this beer, and I think 4 mouthfuls later all that slighty malty lovely goodness was gone. Yum, yum, yum

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