Of Foam And Fury | Galway Bay Brewery

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Galway Bay Brewery

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This double IPA is hazy orange, dense bubbly white head, good lacing. Aroma - big tropical fruits, sweet fruity malts, grapefruit pith, lots of pithy resinous fruits, super aroma. Taste as the aroma, great background of sweet fruits, mango, tropical nots, juicy citrus, resinous hops, good bitter sweet balance, complex flavour, so drinkable for the abv, cracking stuff.

Added by StJamesGate on 11-18-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 54
Photo of flyingpig
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from McCambridges of Galway, Galway (€7.15):
Excellent stuff, easily the best Irish beer I've tried & well ahead of the next closest, the same brewery's Full sail IPA. This one opens with lots of tropical fruits, nice pine bitterness & some sweet malts that help balance things. Full of flavour from the start with good fruits early on & alcohol content well hidden. The beer was an easy one to drink & well worth the fairly high price I paid for the bottle; definitely worth hunting for if you find yourself in Ireland at any point.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange/catamel colour. Very hoppy nose, sweet malts, robust aromas, and definitely smells like a big beer. Tastes sweet, caramel malts, quite hoppy, but well balanced with the malts. Citrus nitesnotes, orange, passionfruit, heavier-bodied.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Big white head, amber-red color.

Quite fruity aromas, lime is very present, grapefruit, kiwi, honey.

Malty, bready beginning, with hints of syrup. Limey, dry hops going well along with the honey sweet malt. Hops then take over the action, resulting in a long hoppy aftertaste, very intense. Bready malt backbone is throughout recognizable, supporting the hops. Pine, honey, raisins, grassy, citraic hops - those are the main stages of the beer on the palate. Intense, lime defined aftertaste, overpowering the sweeter getting malts - powerful beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

500ml bottle bought from Drinkstore.ie, Dublin

Poured a deep coppery orange colour with a slight haze. Slightly off white head poured quite big and foamy then faded fairly quickly to wispy covering with thick edging... no carbonation at all... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Lots of (over) ripe tropical fruits (blood orange, mangoes, grapefruits), strong piney resin, citrus and grassy hops, clove hints, some rubberiness, floral honey, very perfumed, oaky traces, faint chalky notes, light almond nuttiness...

Taste - Lots of strong piney and citrusy hop bitterness to the fore with some medicinal notes, quite herbal - hints of basil and rosemary, clove, very floral and perfumed, caramel malts come through after the hops, some brown sugar, spicy and juicy fruits (grapefruits, orange peel, pears), some chalkiness, alcohol just coming through...

M&D - Fairly smooth with a little oiliness in the background then some sharpness comes through... medium bodied... probably couldn't drink too many of these in one sitting...

Overall - An excellent and very well balanced DIPA - one of the best Irish beers i've had... recommended...

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Photo of _bear_
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Draft, Salthouse, Galway.

Served in 400ml glass.

Rich, dark amber, slightly hazy with a generous off-white head and good lacing.

Aromas of tangerine, mango, burnt orange and possibly a hint of spice/clove...very appealing.

Flavour runs as above with some brown sugar, caramel and a hoppy backbone with the Simcoe dominating (in this batch-less so when bottled on previous tasting).

This beer is awesome, possibly not to my taste as much as the Blacks/Beoir DIPA but an absolute standard bearer for Irish IPAs which could stand up to all but the very best the US has to offer...

Highly recommended.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Against The Grain, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of pine resin hops along with underlying notes of caramel malts. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. Slight bits of alcohol become noticeable as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and somewhat crisp and sticky with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For an IPA, this beer isn't that bad and offers quite a dose of malts and hops compared to other beers from Ireland. However, it lacks the complexity in aromas and flavors offered by American IPAs.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Black Sheep, Dublin.

Bright amber - a bit pale - with pitted sandstone froth that trails.
Straight herbal, sticky hopsack nose - mad fresh.
Toffee and apricot jam, a bit of toasty bread crust, then orange, papaya and resin hops.
Orange rind finish and pithy, drying linger.
Medium, salty, some chew, slight burn.

Galena, Chinook, Pacific Jade, and Simcoe.

Doesn't live up to that amazing nose, even with dry hopping and all of 2 days age on it. Also can't find the alleged 132 IBUs - there's more mineral than chalk in here. This would be nothing more than solid in California.
At the same time, the 8.5% is buried, it's balanced enough to be drinkable, and nobody's saying there's not a lot of hops in here (though I wouldn't have guessed any NZ.)

The best Irish DIPA, which, yes, is praise with faint damning.

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Of Foam And Fury from Galway Bay Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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