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Galway Hooker Sixty Knots IPA

Rating: 3.5

My third beer from the relatively limited range of beers that the Galway Hooker brewery produces now, this one following one from their Irish Pale Ale and Irish Stout offerings that I’ve reviewed here in the last. This one continues my recent trend of trying a new beer from the brewery in each of the last three years and this is one that I managed to find relatively close to the source when I visited Galway earlier this summer. The beer is actually one that I was on the look out for prior to my visit given it was from a Galway brewery that I’d tried something from before and because of how limited their range of beers is; thankfully I was able to find a bottle in the McCambridge’s Of Galway shop in the city relatively easily before trying it a couple of nights later, elsewhere in Ireland.
Galway Hooker Sixty Knots IPA

Appearance (4/5): A bright orange to amber colour with quite a thin looking, half centimetre head that was a bubbly white texture. There  was a lot of fine bubbles rising to the surface of the beer and head retention seemed okay in the early going with it roughly halving in size over the opening minute and sitting with quite a clear body.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a fresh beer on the nose to start with a lot of pine and grapefruit coming through in the early going, there was some resinous notes in there too with a bit of caramel sitting on top of them. The base was a malty one with some nice sugars coming through and adding to the caramel sweetness alongside some toasted aromas and a touch of tropical fruit; mainly some mango but also a little apricot made an appearance. Towards the end there was some pineapple and the odd zesty citrus note to give the beer quite a nice nose, my only complaint being that it could perhaps have been a touch stronger.
Taste (7/10): The taste followed on well from the nose and kicked off with quite a few citrus flavours and a zesty feel to it that had some faint spices showing as well. This was quickly followed by a much stronger resinous pine flavour that was backed up with some grapefruit hops and a combination of mango and apricot that carried through from the nose. There was again some sweet caramel coming through on top of some toasted malts and the beer had a pleasant background sweetness throughout too.
Palate (3/5): Quite a fresh beer with a light-medium body and some faint spices coming through relatively early. There was a crisp feel to the beer with a nice citrus tang and some dryness the further things went on but the balance could have perhaps been a touch better, with the pine bitterness coming through stronger than the rest of the beer but it wasn’t a bad one on the whole.

Overall (14/20): Quite an interesting offering from the Galway Hooker brewery, this one got off to a fairly good start with a nice combination of grapefruit and pine hops alongside plenty of zesty flavours that went down well. There was some nice tropical flavours around the middle and the caramel malts added some sweetness, although this could have perhaps been stronger and as a result the balance of the beer was negatively affected. Overall the beer was a good one that went down quickly easily and I definitely enjoyed it at the time, whether I try it again is another question entirely though.

Brewed In: Oranmore, County Galway, Ireland
Brewery: Galway Hooker Brewery
First Brewed: 2015
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: McCambridge’s Of Galway (Galway)
Price: €2.90 (approx. £2.42)

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