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Of Foam And Fury

Rating: 4.4

My third beer from the Galway Bay brewery now and like the previous two, this is another than I had to travel to Galway in order to get my hands on. Following on from the brewery’s Buried At Sea & Full Sail offerings, both of which were very enjoyable beers, this is one that I’m really looking forward to trying. The beer is one that I picked up in the McCambridges of Galway shop over the summer after having it near the top of my ‘Irish beers to try’ list for quite some time. Widely regarded as one of the islands best beers, this one is a double IPA that comes in at 8.5% abv. and was first introduced in late 2013 before going on to be one of the brewery’s most popular offerings. Like the majority of Irish craft beers this isn’t one that I’ve spotted outside of Ireland, and to be honest I’ve only seen it in Galway itself so I doubt it’s one that’s likely to make it to Scotland anytime soon but it’s definitely one that I’ll be on the lookout for the next time I’m over in Ireland if it’s half as good as the online reviews suggest it will be; let’s find out if it is.

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Appearance (5/5): Quite a bright looking beer, this one sits as a cloudy orange colour that boarders on amber and is topped with a respectable, one centimetre tall head that’s quite thick and foamy looking; it’s fits the name at least. Retention is very good as well here, there’s almost no movement at all over the opening minutes and the head manages to stay throughout the time it took me to finish the beer, there was also some touches of lace on the sides of the glass on the way down too; excellent stuff.
Aroma (9/10): Quite a strong nose as I’d expected, the beer opens with a solid tropical aroma that’s coupled with some grapefruit and pine notes; there was a mix of orange, mango and apricot coming through with some citrus not far behind. There’s a nice floral aroma around the middle of the beer and a couple of sweet malts make an appearance to help the balance; some brown sugars and caramel make up the bulk of this. Towards the end some touches of alcohol show but only faintly and there is some further fruits in there too.
Taste (8/10): Opening up quite a bit more bitter than the nose hinted at, this one was very hoppy with a lot of tropical fruits in the early going; in particular some mango, apricot and orange from the nose show but there is also some grapefruit, passion fruit and peach in there. Around the middle there is a lot of sweet malts and caramel coming through, just like with the nose, alongside some biscuit flavours and a bit of pine too. It’s definitely a strong beer with a lot going one and it’s rounded off by some pleasant floral touches and some touches of citrus; excellent stuff.
Palate (4/5): Quite a thick, full-bodied beer with a huge amount of hops coming at you from the opening bell. There was tonnes of bitterness to this beer and it seemed relatively fresh with moderate carbonation levels and a few citrus bursts. There was a resinous feel to the bitterness at points and it was sharp too with quite a dry finish that seemed to linger.

Overall (18/20): This one was a truly excellent Irish beer, easily coming in as the best beer from Ireland that I’ve tried and well ahead of the next closest which coincidentally happens to be another Galway Bay offering; their Full sail IPA. The beer opens up with a lot of tropical fruits, some nice pine bitterness and some sweet malts helping the balance the beer some. It was full of flavour from the start, the combination of fruits early on being particularly good and the relatively high alcohol content was also quite well hidden too. The beer was an easy one to drink and well worth the fairly high price I paid for the bottle; it’s definitely one worth hunting for if you find yourself in Ireland at any point.

Brewed In: Galway, County Galway, Ireland
Brewery: Galway Bay Brewery
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Double IPA
Abv: 8.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: McCambridges of Galway (Galway, Ireland)
Price: €7.15 (approx. £6.44)

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