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Galway Bay Full Sail

Rating: 4.2

Only a second ever beer from the Galway Bay brewery for me now and one that I managed to pick up from the McCambridge’s Of Galway shop in the city, a place with quite a decent beer selection it must be said. This one follows on from the pint of Buried At Sea stout from the brewery that I sampled on-tap in the city during my visit and is another I’d noted to be on the lookout for prior to my visit given its place on a few ‘Best Of Irish Craft Beer’ lists that I’d read in the past. The beer is an American style IPA that was originally brewed to 4.7% abv. but now comes in at the slightly higher 5.8% and is one that I sampled a few days after leaving Galway and visiting elsewhere in Ireland. The beer was my second of three beers from the brewery that I managed to pick up on my travels, with a review of their Of Foam And Fury double IPA to follow once I finally crack it open; I can’t wait for that one.

Galway Bay Full Sail

Appearance (4/5): A cloudy bodied beer that was medium amber in colour, maybe a touch darker and topped with a half centimetre tall, foamy head that has the odd bubble through it as well. Retention wise the beer was about average with it slowly receding and breaking up slightly but it did manage to stop short of turning patchy on the surface.
Aroma (9/10): A refreshingly hoppy nose with some pleasant pine hops and plenty of caramel sweetness to open things up initially. There was some citrus zest following on from these and I got a few earthy hops and a hint of tropical fruits coming through to add to the sweet, resinous notes of the beer. It was definitely a lively nose and I got some mango and apricot notes towards the end with a hint of orange and grapefruit too; excellent stuff all round.
Taste (8/10): The taste followed on well from the nose with this one and started with a solid pine hop base that was quickly followed up by some strong grapefruit and a few slightly lighter tropical fruit notes. There was a great middle made up of sweet malts and caramel that both came through a fraction stronger than they did with the nose. Towards the end some sugars complimented a final burst of mango and peach before some orange and further citrus flavours seen things out.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied, perhaps just a touch lighter than this but there was a great hop bitterness running through this one without it threatening to overpower. A pleasant tropical sweetness followed to give the beer quite a fresh feel with a zesty dryness towards the end; an excellent effort here and one that was very easy to drink.

Overall (18/20): Great stuff, a truly excellent beer from Galway Bay and 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 and 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 and zesty flavours featuring alongside an earthy bitterness at times but the beer was still a very easy one to drink; outstanding stuff and I can’t wait to crack open their double IPA now and see if that can go one better than this.

Brewed In: Galway, County Galway, Ireland
Brewery: Galway Bay Brewery
First Brewed: 2012
Full Name: Galway Bay Full Sail Dry Hopped IPA
Type: American IPA
Abv: 5.8%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: McCambridge’s Of Galway (Galway)
Price: €3.99 (approx. £3.38)

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  1. October 11, 2016 at 08:10

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