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Connemara Pale Ale

Rating: 3.85

My first beer from the Independent Brewing Company of Ireland which, given the name, I can only assume is an independently owned brewery based in Ireland and one those beers I seemed to spot all around Galway on my recent visit to the city. I actually managed to try the brewery’s Connemara Red Ale prior to this one and it wasn’t a particularly enjoyed offering, nor one I went to the trouble of reviewing either but later the same even I stumbled across their Connemara Pale Ale in another pub and decided to give the brewery a second chance. This one is a relatively strong offering for an Irish beer, coming in at 6% abv. and taking the ‘Connemara’ part of its name from the region with County Galway that the brewery is based. The beer was another that I picked up in the Galway area that is definitely a local beer in that I’ve not managed to spot it elsewhere on my travels around Ireland before or since trying a bottle for this review.

Connemara Pale Ale

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber in colour with some bright patches and a semi-cloudy body that is topped with a one centimetre, bubbly white head which borders on being foamy but looks quite good in the glass.
Aroma (7/10): This one was a surprisingly hoppy offering for an Irish brewed beer and one that opened up with quite a lot of pine notes and some Citra hops too; there was some grapefruit and the odd tropical fruit as back up too. Towards the middle some sweetness and touches of mango came through alongside some apricot with a biscuit malt aroma towards the end too.
Taste (7/10): The taste kicked off with some biscuit malts and a lot of citrus in the early going, there was some pine hops coming through as well though and the odd hop oil came through as well. There was a combination of mango and grapefruit around the middle with touches of caramel backing it up. Overall it was a fresh tasting beer that had some further tropical fruit flavours to see things out.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and definitely quite a fresh, very hoppy offering that had a lively feel to it thanks to the solid carbonation levels and the citrus tang that featured around the middle. It was a dry beer towards the end with the tropical fruits adding a nice sweetness to proceedings and overall it was quite a bitter offering without it ever becoming intensely so.

Overall (17/20): Quite a pleasant and very hoppy beer overall, there was certainly a lot more bitterness and pine flavours showing than I’d expected from an Irish brewed beer given how subdued some of the previous IPA offerings from the country have been but this one was definitely American in style from the start. There was plenty of citrus and grapefruit flavours coming through with some nice touches of tropical fruits too which helped add some sweetness around the middle and the relatively strong abv. of the beer was also appreciated. An excellent beer all round and definitely one of Ireland’s better offerings, this is one I can see myself going back to again if I’m able to find a bottle anywhere in future.

Brewed In: Carraroe, County Galway, Ireland
Brewery: Independent Brewing Company of Ireland
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: The Front Door, Galway, Ireland
Price: €5.00 (approx. £4.20)

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