Review: Conway's Irish Ale, Great Lakes Brewing

Conway's Irish Ale
Great Lakes Brewing Co. — Cleveland, OH

  • Style:  Irish Ale
  • Bitterness:   25 IBUs
  • ABV:  6.5%
  • Malts:  Harrington 2-Row, Crystal 77
  • Hops: Northern Brewer, Mt. Hood, Willamette
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "We pay homage to Patrick Conway, grandfather of co-owners Patrick and Daniel, and a Cleveland policeman who directed traffic near the Brewery for nearly 25 years. And to all of the hometown heroes who make our city great, we toast with this sweet, roasty brew that pairs best with a well-deserved hot meal after a hard day’s work." — Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Great Lakes does not distribute in Oregon. I came across this beer during a trip to Ohio.  I decided to try it because St. Patrick's Day is coming up and I'm feeling a bit Irish.

The tasting: Copper in color with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Crystal clear, with a small amount of effervescence floating through the glass. Aroma of bread, toasted malt, and some mild earthy notes. Overall, aroma is fairly light. Taste is very similar to the aroma with the addition of a light caramel sweetness and a mild herbal hop bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor.  Conway's is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes with toasted malt and a light hop bitterness that doesn't linger.

Rating: 3 star.  Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  If you can find it, this is a good choice for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations. It's a malt forward brew with just enough hop bitterness to round it off.

Have you tasted Conway's Irish Ale?  What's your favorite beer to drink on St. Patrick's Day?

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