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Galway Bay Althea

Rating: 3.45

My fourth Galway Bay beer now, this one following on from three that I picked up or tried when in Ireland during the summer of 2016 when I was in Galway for an overnight; the last of them, Of Foam And Fury, finally being reviewed here in October of that year. This one is a beer that I seen a couple of times during that trip but at the time it was quite a new beer and I’d not heard anything about it so decided not to try it at the time in favour of some of the brewery’s more established offerings. I again spotted the beer recently when in a Winemart store in the north of Ireland, sitting alongside a couple other beers from the brewery that I’d already tried so I finally opted to give this one a go and cracked it open on Christmas day at the end of last year. The beer is a 4.8% abv. session ale that is closest to a session IPA in style and hopefully it’ll be the first of a few new Galway Bay beers that I’ll get to review here in 2018 given their beers appear to be more widely distributed of late, I’ve started seeing them in Scotland too now which can only be a good thing.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a cloudy bodied beer, this one was a pale amber colour with quite a large head that sat about two and a half centimetres tall with a foamy texture that left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass and held well too.
Aroma (6/10): Subtly hops with some citrus and touches of hay opened things up alongside a little peach and background fruits. There was some fresh touches around the middle with grapefruit and a couple of tropical fruits but it could have been a touch stronger. Some light malts and biscuit seen things out with it having hints of a golden ale on the nose.
Taste (6/10): Light fruits and some background pine hops kick things off with the taste but there wasn’t any great strength to the beer, something I half expected given it was a session ale but I’d still have liked it to be a touch stronger. There was some orange and peach around the middle with some pale malts and biscuit flavours towards the end before a faint grapefruit bitterness seen things out but there wasn’t too much variety with the taste matching the nose closely.
Palate (4/5): Fresh and quite tangy with a strongly carbonated, hop-filled feel to a beer that was quite bitter throughout. There was a lively feel to this one with a light-medium body and a crisp, well-balanced finish without it ever really exciting.

Overall (13/20): This one was a pleasant enough session offering from Galway Bay, it was definitely lighter than I have wanted but came through with about as much strength as expected given the style. It still seemed a little underwhelming, particularly when compared to a couple of the beers from the brewery that I’ve tried previously but it remained drinkable throughout with some subtle hops and background fruits showing alongside a couple pale malts and biscuit towards the end. At times it hinted at a golden ale type offering but there was enough citrus and hops in the early going to place it as an average session IPA.

Brewed In: Galway, County Galway, Ireland
Brewery: Galway Bay Brewery
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.8%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Winemart (Enniskillen)
Price: £3.00

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