Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Telix:
2.73/5 rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.
A: As is typical for Great Lakes, it's an attractive brew. It's clearly filtered and is a lovely orange-gold color, with good levels of carbonation. There wasn't much head on my pour, and there was no lacing evident as I drank.
S: Very mild, extremely so. I have absolutely NO idea how anyone reviewing this beer would give this high marks on smell. This was a very fresh bottle and it still had almost no aroma. There was some slight malt sweetness with no hop bitterness. I had to stick my nose into the glass and swirl many times just to get anything at all.
T: It's pretty boring, really... some mild maltiness with a bit of buttery biscuit/cracker going on, with a very mild honey sweetness of caramel malts. The bitterness is very "european" and refined, with very mild classic hop notes - nothing great to me. The finish is surprisingly long, with bitterness that lingers in a mildly distasteful manner. There is a mild lemon note on the palate, but it's decidedly NOT an American ale citrus flavor. It's an integrated beer that just isn't very flavorful, really.
M: Pretty standard ale thickness. Great Lakes usually nails mouthfeel pretty well. The flavor is pretty thin but the beer itself is fairly substantial. It's a bit "zippy" on the tongue, but it's ok.
D: It's not very tasty or intense, it's almost too mild to care about - it certainly won't wear you out but it's not offensive. I'd want something more flavorful to session, but if you dig extremely mild european ales you might want this. I'm not very impressed with this, really, it's a rare miss by my hometown brewery.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2010 03:49:06 | More by Telix
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3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
fairly clear and light brown in color, sort of red-tinged.... scant head or retention, minimal lace
somewhat bold toasted graham cracker malt aroma and flavor... a bit more toasty than I expected or is traditional.... some mellow sweetness in there
vague pear esters (or hop flavor?), mildly minerally.... actually, there is a fair bit of hop flavor and bitterness, but more so on the perimeters, in the near background
clean light-medium body with a slight tannic bite
all in all, it's a fine drinking beer... had the one - would've gone well with some buttery, flaky crust sort of food (pot pie?) if I'd had it.... when I was offered another one on the house, I gladly said yes.... it doesn't blow you away, but I would certainly pick up a sixer of this
Serving type: on-tap
03-14-2014 17:44:51 | More by Bouleboubier
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
APPEARANCE: Deep mahogany and perfectly translucent. A thin head on top, about a quarter-inch thick pops up and quickly fades into a few wisps. Lacing is minimal.
SMELL: Very, very bready without much else going on in the nose.
TASTE: A big dose of sweet caramel malt is the most distinctive flavor, but by no means the only one. A nice mild spice keeps things interesting while a drying, bready finish provides some balance.
MOUTHFEEL: Very sweet to start, but dries throughout the sip. I expected this to be a much thinner beer, but it is medium bodied leaning towards the bigger side. It's really nice to have an Irish Red with some substance.
OVERALL: Slightly sweeter than I prefer, but without that sweetness the body would not have been as solid, so I'm good with it. Great Lakes still does not suck in my book! Great to try a new (to me) seasonal from them, I'm thrilled that the woman was able to bring some back from the brewery for me.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 05:28:57 | More by StoneTSR
3.69/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Aroma: Bread, malt, and caramel.
Taste: Smooth is the word. Medium body with notes of bread, caramel, and a hint of hops in the end.
Overall: Extremely drinkable even at 6.5%. Not the normal Irish ale for sure. Almost has a New Belgium Fat Tire appeal in the smoothness and drinkability department. Have already went through 3 six packs, and I got another as this will be gone soon. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 23:23:23 | More by dahlen22
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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