Full Sail
Galway Bay Brewery

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Galway Bay Brewery
American IPA
Ranked #2,227
Ranked #17,212
3.88 | pDev: 8.25%
May 13, 2022
Nov 08, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: The simple malt bill gives an ABV of 5.8% which carries the flavour and really allows the hops to shine through. The hops used are of American origin, Colombus, El Dorado and Cascade (45 IBU). With multiple generous additions in the kettle and further dry hopped before it reaches you as fresh as it can be!
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Yields a clouded golden color with a huge, stable white head atop.

Aromas on this produce layers of passion fruit, papaya and lime pulp among caramel malts and orange zest.

Got a light and refreshing, well balanced and thirst quenching mouthfeel to it, together with a perfectly fitting, higher carbonation level.

Tastes of ripe oranges, bitter limes, resinous, toffeeish zest and exotic fruit sorbet to establish a pleasant complexity. Turns a little sweeter then with lemon wrapped toffee, lighter caramel and lusciuos passion fruit. Finishes with maintaining, lingering bitter limes, a rustic, grainy and resinous malt backbone, as well as playfully integrated papaya, topped off by a clean, bitter and abrupt finish.

This is great fun, well brewed and got a nice balance to it.
May 13, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Pisshhead from Ireland

Jun 30, 2020
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
look: extremely pale, straw yellow, medium bubbly head with good retention.

smell: fruity, mango, papaya, lemon and orange, also getting a lil white chocolate in there, but not too fragrant for an ipa.

taste: well, it’s not an exactly an explosion of flavour, it’s rather mild and subtle with its fruity flavours and hops but there is a hop bitterness on the finish which is also rather metallic tasting. not bad, not exceptional.

feel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat dry, drinkable.

overall: this is, undoubtably, a beer, and that’s about it.

edit 07/11/2020

was a bit too harsh on this first time round, this is a decent ipa, mustn’t have had a fresh bottle, nice fruit flavours, big wallop of bitterness on the finish, has a nice body to it, very drinkable.
Apr 04, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Oct 30, 2019
Rated: 3.06 by Private_Biscuit from Alabama

Jul 03, 2019
Rated: 4 by AGust82 from Connecticut

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Feb 10, 2019
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Reviewed by JonnyGoldsbrough from England

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Full sail IPA 5.8% - American style IPA (bottle)

L4 - good head, but foamy. Classic light IPA
S3.5 - subtle citrus
T4 - Light citrus notes
F4.25 - great fizz, lively, decent body
O4 - not massive flavour profile but very enjoyable
Dec 29, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by mredlock from Ireland

Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by Eman17 from Illinois

Dec 23, 2018
Rated: 3.62 by S_McAteer_95 from Ireland

Nov 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A solid, fresh tasting IPA. Grassy, fruity, a tiny bit grainy, and quite fresh tasting from the bottle. Straw colored with a rough head reminiscent of that on a real ale. Enjoyed on a back patio in Dublin on a warm summer evening.
Jul 03, 2018
Rated: 3.54 by VashonGuy from Washington

May 09, 2018
Rated: 3.34 by gringotierney from Ireland

Apr 26, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS)

Oct 14, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania

Oct 05, 2017
Rated: 3.92 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Sep 04, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Jun 23, 2017
Rated: 3.97 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by nickfl from Florida

May 22, 2017
Rated: 4.2 by VictoriaTyagunova from Ireland

May 11, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Drknight from Virginia

Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by DangerDawg from Ohio

Oct 23, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by MTKATL from Georgia

Sep 21, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jul 31, 2016
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
500ml Bottle from McCambridges of Galway, Ireland (€3.99):
Great stuff, a truly excellent beer from Galway Bay & probably the best Irish beer that I've tried to date; I really enjoyed this one. The beer got off to a great start with plenty of hops & a solid caramel sweetness helping to level things out before the tropical fruits started to appear around the middle to the beer. I found the beer to have plenty of variety with some citrus & zesty flavours featuring alongside an earthy bitterness at times but the beer was still a very easy one to drink; outstanding stuff & I can't wait to crack open their double IPA now & see if that can go one better than this.
Jul 29, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Jul 11, 2016
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Reviewed by NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a light, gold/orange colour. Smells crisp, citrus hops, slightly grainy, and light. Tastes similar to the smell, crisp-hoppy, citrus, slightly bitter, clean grains, a bit of a dry mouthfeel, but a very easy going IPA.
May 05, 2016
Rated: 3.54 by kdivers from New Hampshire

Apr 27, 2016
Rated: 3.3 by ConorGolden from New York

Apr 18, 2016
Rated: 3.63 by DispyDnb from England

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 3.59 by Tiernan from Texas

Feb 10, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by Dorbeck from Indiana

Oct 09, 2015
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I had it several times in Ireland from bottles. A nice dry-hoped IPA with cascade and El Dorado. It shows herbal, floral and citrusy notes. Enjoyable.
Oct 04, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by jshusc from South Carolina

Jul 22, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by Shy5 from Oregon

Jul 06, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

May 08, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by IBUQT from Oregon

Apr 21, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by mdagnew from Northern Ireland

Apr 15, 2015
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Reviewed by mickwin from Ireland

4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
golden brown with generous frothy head, aroma is malty, distinctly hoppy , flavour is full well-balanced a top-notch beer, hoppy but smooth, fresh-tasting, one of the very best, possibly the best Irish beer, and even better on tap!
Mar 25, 2015
Full Sail from Galway Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 54 ratings