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Gallopers Golden Ale

Rating: 3.25

A little bit of a strange one now and one that I initially wasn’t sure where I should list it under given that it is an Irish owned and based brewery that was founded in Belfast around October 2015 by TV personality Eamonn Holmes and his son Declan. Owned by the Night Cap Beer Co. based in Belfast in the north of Ireland, the beer is currently contract brewed by Sadler’s based near Birmingham in England but they hope to move operation to Belfast in the near future; for these reasons I’ve opted list the beer as one from the north of Ireland for the purposes of this blog. It is a beer that does only appear to be available in the north of Ireland though with most online reviews coming from the Belfast area so I doubt this will be a beer that travels much either. I managed to pick this one up in Fermanagh on my recent trip to Ireland though and it was the first time that I’d spotted the beer which is also the final beer I managed to try on my travels; I do have a couple more bottles that I picked up but haven’t sampled yet so at least you have reviews of them to look forward to next.

Gallopers Golden Ale

Appearance (4/5): A slightly hazy looking beer, this one is a light golden colour with some amber touches and it’s topped with a bubbly white head that borders on foamy. Retention wise the beer does okay with the head slowly shrinking to about half its original size and leaving a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): Biscuit malts and the odd earthy aroma open things up here, there is a faint honey sweetness and subtle earthy hops coming through as well though. The beer definitely seems a little stronger than I’d been expecting thanks to this and there is some citrus aromas coming through too before a semi-fresh, almost toasted malt smell and some bitterness see things out.
Taste (6/10): Quite earthy and following on well from the nose, it’s also quite a sweet beer with some biscuit malts and grains opening things up alongside a bit of the honey from the nose. There was some earthy hops coming through and I managed to detect a little butterscotch before some grassy hops and a moderate bitterness started to come through nearer the end.
Palate (3/5): Definitely a sweeter beer than I’d expected going in, this one came through with a harsher than expected feel that wasn’t the most well-balanced either sadly. There was moderate carbonation and a few grains showing but overall the beer was fairly wet and moderately bitter as well but not entirely satisfying really; quite an average offering on the whole.

Overall (11/20): Quite a bitter and very earthy beer, this one started with a lot of biscuit malts and some toasted flavours but there was definitely a lot more sweetness than I’d been expecting thanks to the surprising addition of some honey flavours that also featured in the nose and were definitely welcome. Some butterscotch followed off the back of this and added to the sweetness with some touch of citrus and the odd grassy flavour featuring too but beyond that there wasn’t a whole lot going on and the beer faded fairly quickly I’m afraid. It was certainly a drinkable offering but I’m not entirely sure it is one that I’d opt for again given the choice.

Brewed In: Belfast, North of Ireland (Currently contract near Birmingham, England)
Brewery: Night Cap Beer Co.  (Contract brewed by Sadler’s)
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.29

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