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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

466 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 466
Hads: 1,347
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 6.27%
Wants: 62
Gots: 183 | 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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Reviews: 466 | Hads: 1,347
Photo of detchazm
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have liked this beer for sometime. I started homebrewing about a year ago. I tried to brew my first Red Ale as close to this as possible. Dark reddish hue, not a very aromatic beer. It doesn't smell bad, just doesn't smell much at all. I found it to be very filling. A sweet & heavy taste. I have always liked Red Ales as my favorite style & flavor. Living in Cleveland makes it a disappointment that this brew is only seasonal. I would drink this all year if I could.
CHEERS
CM~2013 (485 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful looking tawny ruby brown, soft ropes of carbonation do their best to hold up this well worn looking head which subsides rather quickly into a soapy lace.

The aroma is a true accomplishment in brewing, a wonderful aroma coming from any beer and simply heaven for the style. Initially the aroma is slightly citrusy with notes of grapefruit being the easiest to distinguish then moves/melts into a remarkable malty essence. I knew I've smelled this before and I've finally put my finger on it, this beer smells like a piece of fresh toasted bread spread with a thin layer strawberry preserves, not even Southern Tier could top this with their next creation. I could smell this every day, all day, they should pipe this aroma into anywhere such things can be piped to.

Soft carbonation makes me contemplate the flavor of this beer. Not as quite straightforward as the aroma but close. There is a slightly sweet hop fruitiness in this beer that is easily balanced with remarkably fresh cereal grains. I could go on about this beer but then I wouldn't be drinking it any longer. It has pretty much everything I like in a beer, hops that are not overly done, malts that are not overly sweet, a nice dryness that makes me yearn for another sip and a mouthfeel that reminds me more of a cask ale than a bottle of soda. Go out and get this stuff while it's fresh. (1,373 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I first tasted Conways several years ago I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Since then, every winter these become available and quickly disappear from Northeast Ohio retailers' shelves.

It's a special brew, with a smooth, drinkable character. I hope to drink these until I go to my grave. The color and clarity are second to none.

I think I should go out tomorrow and try to find some more before they are gone. (423 characters)

Photo of burring
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: beautiful copper color. Slight head, maybe about a half, to three-quarters of an inch. Little to no lacing. A lot of activity in the way of carbonation.

Smell: malty smell. It's nice. Not bold, not underwhelming--seems to have the right balance.

Taste: malt character up front, smooth finish with a residual hop flavor that creeps up to the back of the palate. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: very well rounded and smooth. It's pleasant to hold in one's mouth. It seems to have a sort of wholeness. I find it extremely enjoyable.

Drinkability: it's at this point in the day where I love to kick back, sip a beer and think. This beer is great for that. It's not boisterous or bombastic--it has a particular laid back quality where you just want to casually sip it with a good meal. (792 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum! They really need to start making this one year round!

Pours a clear and deep orange red with a thin white head. Lots of lacing throughout the entire pint. Nose is spicy a well balanced, a biscuity character is the dominant scent. Taste is quite gorgeous, extremely well balanced and smooth, with a fair spicy character, biscuit, slightly herbal, and a mild but tasty hop profile, overall quite malty, in the best of ways, quite beautiful! Mouthfeel is quite full and almost a bit creamy. Drinkability is quite good, very fresh tasting and smooth, very easy drinking. Perfect for St. Paddy's!

I deeply like this one, it was worth the lengths I had to go through to hunt some down. Finally found a six-pack at Big Ten in A2, MI.

Forget that dyed green crap on the 17th, get some of this instead, if you're lucky enough to find it! It's like the gold at the end of the rainbow, and those wee Irish bastards aren't giving up the goods very easily.

Slàinte! (971 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: perfect amber color with little head and slight lacing.

Smell: malty and grainy.

Taste: malt throughout with a smooth finish a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: light on the tounge.

Drinkability: Easy drinker no problem having more than one at a sitting. (264 characters)

Photo of giblet
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

egggsellennnntt! very nice beer from GLB. pours a nice reddish amba. bood carbonation and lace. nice hop flava that marries well with a sweet fruit. a nice balance.

very drinkable, specially on a cool winters day by the fire.

i admit that i am a lover of Great Lakes Brewing. this one is no exception. not as heavy as some irish ales but a much better example of one than Killians.

suckem up and movem out!

giblet (420 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +17%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of Maestro
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a seasonal from Great Lakes. I hear they only make one batch every year. The beer pours a hazy dark orange/red color. The head is creamy and lingers for quite some time. Lots of lacing clings to the pint glass as you drink. The nose has some fruit and spice. The taste is quite mild with a mellow taste almost like tea. The malts are sweet and the hops are subdued. Although the alcohol is a little higher than some, it would make for a nice session beer. This is a keeper! (481 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear bright red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of tea leaves, toast, caramel and toffee. The taste is slightly maltier than the aroma, but still quite balanced. There are some very nice strong tea notes that blend well with the toffee, and caramel of the malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this beer is really, really good, and spot on for the style. I will certainly be drinking a lot of this while its around. (559 characters)

Photo of MDekker
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The day after St.Patrick's Day...

This brew pours out a clear, reddish brown with a little off-white head. Some lingers throughout. My initial impression of the aroma is that's it's mostly malt - caramel, and a little hops. Nothing really particular in the nose. The taste is also creamy and sweet, but really well-balanced at the end. I notice a grassy, sort of mossy flavor, too, slightly minty in the aftertaste. So far this one is hitting all the right notes for me. It's very pleasant in the mouth, too, perfectly carbonated and just the right consistency. On top of that, it's just sliding down, too, so I'm really happy with this one. (644 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery color, very clear, good head which dissipated fairly quickly, trace lacing.

Smell: Sweet malty smell, maybe a bit grainy.

Taste: Beautiful balance of sweetness and bitterness, neither particularly dominates. Almost has a root beer-like taste up front.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, full bodied beer. Pleasantly warming.

Drinkability: Another hit from GLBC. This is a very nice offering, not too overwhelming, I could see myself drinking a few of these tonight. Way to go, Great Lakes. (512 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Served in Great Lakes conical pint

A - It is burnt orange in color. The pour produced a generous light tan head.

S - The aroma is sweet toffee and caramel malt.

T - The taste is slightly burnt toffee and caramel and finishes with soft floral hops.

M - Medium

O - This is probably my second favorite GL beer behind Edmund Fitzgerald. I really enjoy this beer. (377 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper amber with a 1 finger creamy off white head.

S - Toasted malt and biscuit with a bit of spice from the hops.

T - Quite malty with a good dose of biscuit and a little bit of a raw grainy taste. The spice from the hops compliment this one well.

M - Nice full and creamy mouthfeel.

D - A very tasty beer. This will become a regular spring drinker for me. (388 characters)

Photo of gimmehead
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: red-bronze, with a quickly receding cream colored head that thinly coats the beer

Smell: toasted malts, grainy, some caramel sweetness, and floral hops, biscuity

Taste: rich toasted malts, very robust malt character, noticeable hop twang for a great balance, biscuity earthiness, and a little honey-like sweetness

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: highly drinkable, great session ale (432 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- About a 1/4" just off white head on a crystal clear dark orange amber body.
S- Big caramel and roasted malts. Dry hops comes through too.
T- Light caramel malts mixed with some nice roasted ones too. Well balanced with some dry hops. Has a nice dry feel to it. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste mixed with a light caramel flavor.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is a very nice and drinkable. Very well balanced and the best Irish red ale I have tried. I think they hit the nail on the head with this one. (536 characters)

Photo of cueball52
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours a deep copper/red with a nice frothy head that dissipates quickly. Minimal head and lace to the bottom of the glass.Not a lot of aroma, just a mild sweet smell. The taste up front is sweet, carmel, with a touch of spiciness. Nice carbination, very refreshing with a dry pleasant after taste. Great balance and probabaly one of the better Irish ales out there. This ale is remarkably drinkable! (402 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a six pack as well as on tap at Ray's Place in Kent, Ohio.

Appearance - A very frothy and rich look encompassing the surface. Pours a cloudy ambery red with average lacing. Little head accompanies the surface.

Smell - Smells of slight hops and spices. I get a hint of light cherries as well. It is quite a unique smell that I haven't quite experienced before.

Taste - A very, very light and crisp carbonated start dwindling to a cherry and fruit like finish. Perhaps a sweet caramel note on the finish as well. Tangy on the tongue. An absolutely delicious red ale. I could see this being paired with carrots and potatoes, as described on the bottle.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - This beer is dangerously addictive and is hard to stop drinking. It is an impressive red ale that I will be sad to see go out of season. (831 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer was amber almost scarlet in coloration. The head was a honey tinged coloration two fingers thick. The head quickly resolved. Faint traces of lacing remained on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a very nice grainy malty smell. There is a bit of floral hops present in the beer.

Taste: Small peppery spicy bite up front. This gives way to a very nice biscuity bready sort of maltyness.

Mouthfeel: This is a meduim bodied beer. The beer has an awesome creamy character to it.

Drinkability: This is a very nice drinking beer. I am glad I have a six pack more to drink. (651 characters)

Photo of bnuttz
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a caramel copper color with a nicely lacing off white head. Smells of sweet caramel malts and a hint of noble hops. Taste is very balanced. Bicuits and caramel are the most prominent malt flavors here. A nice hop bite to keep these malt flavors in check. Mouthfeel is very nice, medium and well suiting for the style. I would love to put quite a few of these down as is with any great lakes brew. (402 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my mini snifter

A- Looks insanely red. Nailed the red ale part

S- Lots of malt in the nose. Tiny bit of hops. Pretty good stuff going on here

T- Delightfully sweet malts and just a pinch of tasty hops. Very well done

M- Nice combination of smooth on the front and prickly on the back.

O- I don't really like reds so this was a big surprise. Well done GLBC! (387 characters)

Photo of Rennpferd
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It was poured clear with a deep red hue. It had a nice one finger head that held during the entire sitting.

It had a lite scent, malt was present.

It had a nice clean malt taste that was accompanied by a slightly bitter hop taste. It was medium bodied with a clean finish.

It was a great beer. Excellent for a session. (321 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass of this on-tap last night at a concert I attended at the Jigsaw Saloon in Parma. Served in a clear plastic cup. This beer is a fairly dark amber red/copper color. I don't remember the beer looking this dark the times I poured from the bottle and drank it, but maybe the beer looked darker because of the dim lighting inside the Jigsaw. Had a good head about an inch thick when drawn from the tap. Settled to a decent film layer covering the surface with a nice white ring lining the inside of my cup. Aromas of malt, a bit of roasted caramel, fruit, alcohol, and bits of spice and hops can all be found here. Tastewise the beer is fairly sweet upfront with flavors of malty bread, some fruit and spices, and a trace of hops. Has a good crisp and full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the manner that good beer should be. This beer does the winning!

Eric (896 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice amber red color, very clear, a decent white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing

Smell: Caramely, nutty, malty smell with hints of biscuit

Taste: Sweet malts and biscuit, hints of caramel and nuts. A little bit of a hoppy bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Great session beer, drinks super easy

Overall, another excellent beer from Great Lakes. Not easy to get in NJ, but its worth it. (457 characters)

Photo of Gritsak
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

noticed this at a local store and had never seen it before so i figured what the hell...i dont think its possible to get a bad brew from great lakes anyways.

poors amber color with an off white head that stays all the way through. laces really well.

mouthfeel is a little think and smooth..good blend of carbonation

taste is sweet up front and smooth on the way down with hints of malt

this is another hit from great lakes...i could be satisfied drinking this all night long. (487 characters)

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.