Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.85/5 rDev +27.6%
From Pitcher to frosted mug.
A - Pours a wonderful copper color with a good inch of off-white/tan hearty head that stays through the end of the glass. Lacing is on the higher end of the Great Lakes line about average.
S - More complex than most of the style. Notes of baked apple, toasted nut and molassas. The first glass was masked by the cold temperature but by the second the warmth really brought out the natural aromas that make this beer special.
T - The most distinguishable flavor is toasted malts with sweet notes of caramel and hickory. The hops are very well balanced and do not dominate at any point. It finishes with a fruity grapefruit and apple. All elements are balanced throughout which yield a flawless taste.
M - Slightly on the dry end, the finish is exceptional. This beer does not ware your palate out in the slightest which makes it the perfect compliment to food.
D - This is the easiest drinking beer GLBC has to offer. Easily got through the pitcher with a buddy. I could drink this beer all day.
This is my favorite beer from GLBC. It is a seasonal beer but I wish it wasn't. I reviewed it from draft but it is just as good out of the bottle. The only complaint I had was that it was served too cold. The twelve pack box is a wonderful buy. Do not hesitate to pick some up!
02-04-2009 00:57:01 | More by Jae27
4.83/5 rDev +27.1%
A- very attractive clear copper/amber with world class head, a puffy off white raw biscuit with a creamy ocher tint, great retention and webs of lace.
S- malty sweet caramel, and a buttery toffee nuttiness are prominent with cappuccino & milk chocolate in the background. grassy herbal hops, exotic tea, and dried fruit.
T- a perfect blend of sweet & sour, earthy chocolate & vanilla, malty & bitter. one of the best balances i've experienced in any kind of ale. it's like a cocoa cereal i used to eat as a kid- sweet grains, caramel toasty malt, honey roasted cashew, mild chocolate, sweet over ripe fruit, damp wood, soil, clay, and an herbal tea hop finish.
MF- perfect creamy medium/full bodied and medium carbonation, goes down like a citrus juice.
D- no problem knockin em back tonight, too bad it's only a seasonal release.
01-21-2008 04:01:52 | More by hustlesworth
4.78/5 rDev +25.8%
Brewed with Harrington 2-row, Crystal 77. Hopped with Northern Brewer, Hallertau, and Fuggle.
6.5% ABV, 25 IBU's, OG=14.5P.
Slightly cloudy deep caramel with a touch of ruby accents, forms a whipped dark beige head with very good retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is pleasant with abundant crystal and biscuit malts, a touch of roasted barley, toast, nuts (akin to Fat Tire), and a touch of butterscotch. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a creamy, medium body. Excellent mouthfeel. Taste begins with a ton of toast and biscuit, some excellent (German Noble?) spicy flavor hops perfectly in balance with the abundant malts...the malt body is luxurious with wonderful residual sugars...a tiny wisp of alcohol, and a very nice roasted and toasty finish with mild bitterness.
First off, I am not a fan of Red Ales, but this is the best Red Ale I've ever had...bar none. This sets the standard for all others to follow in the category, and is everything I want in a red. Amazingly drinkable, I could put these back all night long. Reminds me to a certain extent of Fat Tire with the wonderful toast and biscuits. I absolutely love this stuff and it will become a regular addition. Amazingly balanced and rich, without ever fatiguing the taste buds. Another amazing brew from the alchemists at GLBC! Highly recommended.
06-18-2004 22:48:23 | More by Mitchster
4.75/5 rDev +25%
Poured from a bottle to a Great Lakes pint glass.
This is a beautiful beer, very pure red in color and a small frothy head.
Overpowering aroma of sweet malt. Smells like butterscotch.
Not nearly as sweet as it smells, but just right. Good and malty with just enough hops for a good bite of a finish.
Goes down smooth and easy. Great Lakes never lets me down.
02-04-2009 00:41:28 | More by GoodKnight1220
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.