Friday, February 8, 2013

Great Lakes Brewing Company - Conway's Irish Ale

I'm a big Great Lakes guy and I don't know how, but I never knew this one existed til I saw it on tap at my regular dive. Honestly I'm pretty disgusted with myself for lack of knowledge, because this is another good beer from the town Lebron use to play in. It is a seasonal but I'm not making any excuses.

This one is smoooooth. Nice malty sweetness, not to much hop character, just a perfect balance. When I ordered I was thinking it would taste more like an Irish Red, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not to knock Irish Reds, I wouldn't turn one down from a one legged older woman in a sequence dress at the Clark House.

It has a heavy creamy feel to the palate and the caramel malts relate well to the season (available January - April). You can knock these back all night, and at 4 bucks and 6.5% ABV its a deal for the quality. Smooth pour, creamy head, and lacing on the glass til the end. You can't go wrong with Great Lakes.

I did drink this next to a very annoying Russian man, who was actually from Germany. He offered the bartender 1000 Euros to sleep with him. She turned it down, but I don't know why, didn't seem like she had anything to lose. oh well...

Nerd Facts:
Harrington 2-Row
Crystal 77

Northern Brewer
Mt. Hood

Other Great Lakes Beer Reviews
Alchemy Double IPA
Lake Erie Monster IPA
Commodore Perry IPA
Eliot Ness Lager
Rye of the Tiger IPA
Christmas Ale

Drinkability: 8/10
Taste: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Curb Appeal: 7/10

Overall: 7.25/10