Bay Ale
Galway Bay Brewery

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Galway Bay Brewery
Irish Red Ale
Ranked #39
Ranked #22,596
3.73 | pDev: 11.8%
Apr 30, 2022
Mar 10, 2011
Very Good
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Notes: Bay Ale is a copper coloured, traditional ale with malt and hop aromas and a smooth and well-balanced flavour. Hoppy, yet malt-forward this ale strikes a great balance. Using Perle, Bobek and Willamette hops alongside a strong malt backbone this beer is both for savoring and thirst-quenching, depending on your mood.
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a brown to reddish color with a beige, stable head.

Aromas are of wet grass and caramel malts, together with a coppery citrus whiff.

Has a light and refreshing body with a well developed, effervescent carbonation to it, creating an intriguing refreshment.

Tastes of caramel wrapped old leaves, bitter lime rind and opposing sweet caramel. These initial high contrasts result in an intriguing tension, highlighted by the beers soft, yet bubbly carbonation, enriched by a note of dough. Finishes heavy on the limes with a pungent bitterness and lingering, resinous malts.

This is straight forward, bitter, sweet and intense. Lovely!
Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 3.14 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 24, 2022
Rated: 3.58 by misteil from Ireland

Dec 17, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Nov 10, 2019
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap. Dark red color with a small amount of tan head. Malt and caramel smell. Smooth and creamy feel. Caramel malt flavors with a dry finish. Pretty good.
Aug 08, 2019
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle from Reilly's, Lisnaskea (£2.50):
Quite a dark amber to red beer with a fairly thin head that covers half the surface. It's a malty & quite sweet offering with some caramel & bread coming through a little further on. The taste is malty too with a lot of bread malts & caramel again plus some toasted flavours too follow but it's balanced & easy going with moderate carbonation. Nothing spectacular but a another fairly decent offering from the brewery & one I'd have again I guess.
Apr 06, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by VashonGuy from Washington

May 09, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 3.28 by EMV from Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Aug 03, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Jul 11, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Apr 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Popadeaux from Oklahoma

4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had a pint at Oslo on 05/08/15, at the Original Brewery location in Salthill. Had just driven from Dublin in a car with the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car, on the wrong side of the road in construction traffic and needed a tall cool one. Galway Bay fit the bill!
Thank you Allen! The food was great also!
Jun 08, 2015
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Reviewed by NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
NOTE: recipe is constantly changing at the brewery. Review is for a Bay Ale drank in April, 2015.

Poured a cloudy, dark red/mahogany colour.

Minimal aroma, very faint sweet malts.

Clean, light, mellow sweet malt flavours. Very basic, yet nice, Irish red ale.Very session-able.
Apr 24, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by Richie71 from Ireland

Apr 07, 2015
Rated: 3.14 by innominat from Ireland

Mar 29, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by IronTom from Illinois

Mar 16, 2015
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Rated by Pgawish

4.89/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Awesome flavor, easy on the stomach for those of us who have sensitive ones
Feb 21, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by RXUYDC from California

Jan 26, 2015
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Reviewed by mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4/5  rDev +7.2%
500ml bottle bought online from

Poured a nice mahogany red colour... Creamy tan head poured quite thickly then faded slowly to thin layer... very light carbonation... some decent wispy lacing...

Aroma - Nice strong caramel maltiness, some light spicy fruitiness (figs and raisins), biscuity hints, light molasses hints, some nice nutty sweetness, light peppery hops, faint toasted bread notes...

Taste – Lots of nice caramel maltiness, fruity spicy and peppery hops bitterness, light nutty sweetness, maybe a faint hint of nutmeg, some biscuitiness, some light prune and fig notes...

Feel - Nice and smooth... Medium bodied... Very, very quaffable - a superb session beer...

Overall - A very good Irish Red ale.... definitely recommended...
Nov 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by BrandonZp5 from Washington

Sep 15, 2014
Rated: 3.84 by funkel81 from Colorado

Sep 14, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Eramen from Ireland

Jul 16, 2014
Rated: 4 by beerinabottle from Ireland

Jul 08, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Nunya from Ohio

Jul 08, 2014
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Cask at Against The Grain, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high frothy off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tea leaves are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of tea-like flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has the most in the way of tea-like flavors compared to any of the other beers I've had in the style.
Jun 23, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by dryndantheman from Ireland

Apr 21, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by msanborn from Texas

Nov 18, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by gtermi from Texas

May 25, 2013
Rated: 4 by Eucrid from Ireland

Mar 10, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Polasiuss from Ireland

Oct 21, 2012
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served from tap into Bay Brewery pint glass at the Salthouse pub in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: One finger head of fair cream and very poor retention. Copper colour. Clear.

Sm: Caramel, toffee, cream, barley.

T: Lovely cream lacing from the open bleeds into the body which is rather hoppy with the notes from the nose. Cream on the finish. Well built; adequately balanced.

Mf: Nice coarseness and smoothness balances, but it ought to be more dry. Way too heavy for its relative simplicity.

Dr: Expensive, but nicely done. All around worth a go, just to say you've tried it.
Mar 10, 2011
Bay Ale from Galway Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 33 ratings