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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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 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 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 drperm
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it at the Bull & Castle Gastro Pub, Dublin.
This pale ale with nice malty tones really does have something to contribute to the pale ale constellation. It’s a brand new brewery, only around since the summer of 2006. I expect great things from them.
Pairs excellently with B&C's boxty, potato wedges with roasted garlic cream cheese, and corn & chicken chowder, also with the spicy chicken sandwich.

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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
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