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Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale (258 of 1001)

Rating: 3.6

I’m down to my last review of all the beers I tried whilst in Dublin last month and this one also happens to be the last Irish beer I still have to review from the 1001 beers list featured on this blog, it’ll be my 258th beer from the list as well. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while now, based solely on the excellent name of the beer but Dublin was the first time I’d ever came across the beer as it seemingly doesn’t make it to the UK all that often. It is brewed by the Galway Hooker Brewery, a place (and beer) that took its name from a public competition back in 2006 when both were launched. Based on American beers such as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, this one is what the brewers call the first ever Irish Pale Ale thanks to the addition of caramel to give the beer more of an Irish Red Ale type taste. The beer is available on-tap Roscommon, Cork and of course Dublin but is apparently also available in supermarkets across the country, hopefully that means it’ll make it to Scotland at some point in the future because it was a beer I enjoyed. An interesting note on the brewery though, despite the ‘Galway’ part of the name the beer is actually brewed in the neighbouring County Roscommon but either way it’s not a bad scoop and one worth trying.

Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale

Appearance (4/5): Light amber and pretty clear looking but also fairly bright. The head is white and foamy, sitting just under half a centimetre tall and it manages to leave traces of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): Touches of sweetness and quite creamy on the nose, there is a nice pale malt and hops combination with some earthy bitterness coming through alongside hints of citrus and caramel, particularly towards the end. The hops weren’t as strong as I thought they would be but the caramel and earthy aromas made sure it wasn’t a weak beer on the nose at least.
Taste (6/10): Sweet initially with some nice hops coming through but again they’re not the strongest, although some grassy flavours and a touch of citrus backed them up a little. There was some nice pale malts and caramel coming through with a light bitterness and background fruits to round thing off with.
Palate (4/5): A smooth beer with hints of bitterness throughout and about medium carbonation with touches of sweetness dotted about the place. The beer was an easy one to drink and the finish was a dry one.

Overall (14/20): The beer wasn’t a bad one 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. The beer was an easy one to drink with a good combination of earthy flavours and bitterness interspersed with caramel and some sweetness that manged to keep things interesting without really standing out.

Brewed In: Oranmore, County Galway, Ireland
Brewery: Galway Hooker Brewery
First Brewed: 2006
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 4.4%
Serving: Pint (Draught)
Purchased: Cassidy’s, Dublin, Ireland
Price: €5.00 (approx. £3.97)

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  1. August 9, 2016 at 11:22

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