Galway Bay Brewery Althea (4.8%)

At 4.8% this is reasonably boozy for something calling itself a Session Ale.
And that’s just fine by me.
What we have here is a decent Pale Ale with a big hop hit, though not quite the punch of a full blown IPA.
Althea pours a pale gold with a little ring of bubbles for a head and smells of lemon curd and peaches.
The hops are all over the beer giving you lots of lemon sherbet and grapefruit, peach, mango and pithy mown lawns, sharp, fresh and bitter, my only problem is that the malting isn’t quite strong enough to hold its own against the hoppy assault, with a little caramel, honey and wafer biscuits struggling to find a foothold.
What this means is that the beer starts to feel a little thin and watery in the finish.
Good but not great.

Source: EeBria

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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