Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale | Galway Hooker Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Galway Hooker Brewery
Ireland
galwayhooker.ie

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnfromDublin on 11-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Jenlh2485
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of mnixon86
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of beerinabottle
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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 Madigan
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tried the Hooker in Galway itself about 18 months ago and was instantly won over by its fresh, distinctive taste. It has all the hoppy bitterness of a classic pale ale married to the solid drinkability of a good draught lager, with a lingering, and very satisfying, citrus aftertaste. I've heard it compared favourably to the great American PA Sierra Nevada and, from the point of view of quality, that comparison stands up but the crystal malt gives it a very refreshing bitterness that's lacking in SA and other Americal pale ales. It's become much more widely available since it's small beginnings, and has moved beyond Galway and can be enjoyed at several locations in Dublin's city centre including the Palace on Fleet Street. Unfortunately, it's not available in bottles yet but hopefully that's just a matter of time. Well worth going out of your way for. Sláinte!

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Photo of Matheus_Ferreira_Rosa
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mtrabold
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of pDubs
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Druss157
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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 Jayball10
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the stuff! Becoming very popular in Dublin and rightly so.

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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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Photo of mdagnew
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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...

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Photo of Cliffy
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

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 lenny87
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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 sleazo
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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 JohnfromDublin
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at The Bull & Castle pub, Dublin, Ireland. Appearence is a clear copper coloured body with a decent white head. Head subsides somewhat, but leaves a thin head and moderate lacing. The smell is a very nice floral bouquet with hops and very subdued malt. Taste is very good; a refreshing bitterness with a nice dry finish. Very drinkable.

This beer appeared in 2006 and is only (as yet) available on tap in Galway city and several other locations around the country (check the Hooker website). Now a firm favourite in the B & C (also available at the Porterhouse on trial).

Incidentally, a Galway Hooker is a type of sailing boat that once traded off the west coast of Ireland.

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Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale from Galway Hooker Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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