Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale | Galway Hooker Brewery

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Galway Hooker Irish Pale AleGalway Hooker Irish Pale Ale
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:
105
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
6
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21
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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 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 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 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 22Blue
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bylerteck
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

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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 gtermi
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kwjd
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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 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 Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Pens1967
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale from Galway Hooker Brewery
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