Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Conway's Irish AleGreat Lakes Conway's Irish Ale

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very good

1,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 60
Gots: 178 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chilidog on 07-28-2002

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Photo of allensr
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

really like this surprised it isn't rated higher overall.

Photo of pat61
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Brilliant amber-gold with rich, lingering white/of-white head.
S: caramel, biscuit, no hops, toast, toffee.
T: Flavor, Toasty, sweet, light fruit, dry finish but some odd cherry, medicinal thing going on in the background. Not as smooth with more fruit esters than the style calls for. More roast bitter than hop – fairly low hop bitterness.
F: Medium low body, medium low carbonation.
O: Not as smooth as it could be, slightly off.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color (more reddish when viewed from afar) and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the sides of the glass, a collar around the edge, and delicate lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some notes of biscuits and hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, with the notes of biscuit malts being a little stronger and slight hints of sweetness from the malts being perceptible. No bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth a little.
O: This beer seems to be a little maltier compared to other beers that I've had in the style and doesn't exhibit much in the way of tea-like qualities.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Bgilanyi
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A little too bitter going down.

Photo of SmashAdams
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very easy-drinking and smooth. Nothing too exciting but definitely enjoyable. nb

Photo of KWolf
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not a really good effort from GLB. The soapy finish is off putting.

Photo of digital952
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth, excellent flavor. Especially good when on draught.

Photo of mchegash
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.25/5
A nice clear, dark orange-red in color. Minimal head. An average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer,

Smell - 3.5/5
Slightly metallic, a bit of hops, subtle fruit notes, a little sour earthiness. Roasted malts.

Taste - 2.5/5
Toasty/roasty malts, a little sour hoppiness, some light fruit notes. Overall has a slightly strange taste and I'm not a big fan. Slight spice notes.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Medium amount of slightly more than medium-intensity carbonation.

Overall - 3/5
This is a subpar beer in my opinion. Perhaps it's just the style but this one wasn't doing it for me.

Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is easily the best beer I have had in this style and one of the few that I would drink outside of March if it were available. Nice clean lager with a taste of caramel, toasted malt, and a bit of woodsy hops at the end. Super malty, super sessionable, great beer.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber / light ruby color with great clarity. One finger white head. Moderate toasty malt aroma, not much hop presence noticeable at all. Slight sweetness in the flavor with a dry finish. Clean and smooth. Medium bodied. Nothing groundbreaking here, but a solid ale for anyone looking for an easy drinking beer with the focus on the malt.

Photo of shanegatter
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice smooth beer, slight bitter taste which is good

Photo of Beerma
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the only Great Lakes I have liked. IT was sample number 9 so that may have been the only reason I liked it!

Photo of melennui
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seasonal favorite! Always excited when this one hits the taps

Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasantly surprised! I'm generally not a red ale fan. Very malty and bready with some citrus hints. Great Lakes does a good job.

Photo of markarizmendi
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice malted finish. Not my usual type of beer, but great for the time of year and I will drink this again.

Photo of classixIII
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with 1/2" slight cream colored head that disappeared rather quickly. Malty aroma some hops an a bit of yeast. Tastes is nice, malty, some sweetness, smooth with just the right amount of hops. Decent carbonation, very smooth. Another good one by GLBC, I'll drink some more of this.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. Good retention and a soft texture give it some aesthetic appeal, as does the large amount of lacing left on the glass. (4)

Smell: Big notes of toasted bread and caramel appear immediately. At times, it seems lightly hoppy (in other words, perfect for the style). As it opens up, the floral hops appear a bit more vividly. The aroma in general is wonderfully savory - Great Lakes may have nailed another style... (4)

Taste: Initially, caramel and toffee from the malts open it up nicely. I really like the subtle touches of biscuit and toast coming through, as well. A gently floral finish helps clean things up quite well. While it's not terribly deep, it's general execution and balance is exactly what I want from the style. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Not especially flabby or full bodied (to be fair, I don't think Great Lakes know how to make a flabby brew), with its finish remaining nice and clean. Carbonation is average for the style. (3.5)

Overall: This is not my favorite style by any means - however, I know a quality brew when I taste it. And this is quality. Toasty and savory, this beer's malt profile is shown off quite well. Since this isn't a style I'm overly fond of, I doubt I'll buy it again - fans of Irish reds will love it, though. (3.75)

3.7/5: An Irish red done right

Photo of JimKal
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is another one you need to let warm up as it changes the taste quite a bit. The first one I had I tried it while it was still too cold and was under-impressed. It pours with a red gold appearance with a nice head - vigorous pour of 3 fingers - that dissipates quickly to a hold finger head but has some nice lacing on the drink down. Nice malty flavor with a light to medium mouthfeel.

Photo of Johnwalker799
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Conway's Irish Ale has me feeling like I am running through the foothills of Ireland.

Photo of MillerMan16
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. First Irish ale I've tried.

Photo of imdabuzzard
4.94/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Good Irish ale. Not normally my style but drinkable

Photo of Pepper7
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey!!! This is a great beer, sweet but not too sweet, not hoppy, but just great!

Photo of lightsovrvegas
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great go to ale,yes

Photo of zdk9
2.67/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours clear dark orange fading into red. A half inch of frothy head quickly disappears. Perhaps my glass isn't clean enough...

S- Light straw and dry grass maltiness. Some toasted notes, like the straw was grazed over the fire and singed. There's also a slight tin note that isn't pleasant, though isn't the worst thing in the world.

T- Just a touch of smokiness surrounds a lot of sweet malt. There's bitterness in the back of the mouth, a good balance out.

M- Sweetness is a little clingy to the mouth, but mostly a light drinker.

O- Ok. Would be better with food. Decent toasted flavors.

Photo of Stevedore
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best by 3/22/2015, served in a snifter 2/5/2015.

A- Darker amber body, one finger white head with nice effervescence; thick foamy head and nice lacing. Average retention.

S- Grainy sweet toffee, biscuits, toasted bread. Nice malty nose. Mild floral notes.

F- As in the nose, this is a nice malty beer. Toasted bread, caramel, biscuits, toffee supplemented by a nice floral bitterness. There seems to be that house yeasty mineral flavour as well, which makes for a very drinkable and mellow brew.

M- Medium bodied, not too thick or thin, good carbonation. Very drinkable, not unlike the other GLBC offerings.

O- Very good beer, nothing special or overwhelming but it's very tasty and drinkable. It's a well-executed beer which is the MO of GLBC. Buy with confidence.

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Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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