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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

1,167 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 51
Gots: 72 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chilidog on 07-28-2002)
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Photo of fx20736
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, served cool.

light amber forms 2 finger beige head, little lacing.

aroma is surprisingly hoppy, of the Noble variety.

mouthfeel is ok.

taste of spicy hops and GL's signature toasted malt that has a slight taste of chocolate.

Notes: there is something about Great Lakes' ales; Burning River, Nosferatu and now Conway. They all have a cocoa aftertaste. Conway is hoppier than any Irish Ale I have ever had. I don't like anything about this beer. The color is insipid, the aroma not to the style, the taste out of sync.

fx20736, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Jerid
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Jerid, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Headgoober
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Headgoober, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of mark-herrmann
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

mark-herrmann, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of liftop
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

liftop, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of adamette
2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap last night at Winking Lizard into a clear pint glass. Review from notes taken while enjoying the beer.

A Great Irish Ale presence with 1 cm head and a nice light brown tranlucent body.

S Almost no smell whatsoever. I have to fight to get some barley maybe. I am not impressed with the smell which is really difficult to detect.

T Thin, some barley, malt but really kind of forgettable. This really reminded me of a lager with a bit more barley. It is not a complete departure from its style but I remain not very impressed at all.

M Moderate with minimal malt, barley. Thin physicially, somewhat watery. Appropriate to the style but not much more here.

D Fair since it is just kind of forgettable. Style suggests that it should be even higher drinkability wise.

Notes: Not Great Lakes best offering and maybe one of their weakest.

adamette, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Telix
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: As is typical for Great Lakes, it's an attractive brew. It's clearly filtered and is a lovely orange-gold color, with good levels of carbonation. There wasn't much head on my pour, and there was no lacing evident as I drank.

S: Very mild, extremely so. I have absolutely NO idea how anyone reviewing this beer would give this high marks on smell. This was a very fresh bottle and it still had almost no aroma. There was some slight malt sweetness with no hop bitterness. I had to stick my nose into the glass and swirl many times just to get anything at all.

T: It's pretty boring, really... some mild maltiness with a bit of buttery biscuit/cracker going on, with a very mild honey sweetness of caramel malts. The bitterness is very "european" and refined, with very mild classic hop notes - nothing great to me. The finish is surprisingly long, with bitterness that lingers in a mildly distasteful manner. There is a mild lemon note on the palate, but it's decidedly NOT an American ale citrus flavor. It's an integrated beer that just isn't very flavorful, really.

M: Pretty standard ale thickness. Great Lakes usually nails mouthfeel pretty well. The flavor is pretty thin but the beer itself is fairly substantial. It's a bit "zippy" on the tongue, but it's ok.

D: It's not very tasty or intense, it's almost too mild to care about - it certainly won't wear you out but it's not offensive. I'd want something more flavorful to session, but if you dig extremely mild european ales you might want this. I'm not very impressed with this, really, it's a rare miss by my hometown brewery.

Telix, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Nfrey
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Nfrey, Jan 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

vader06, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Dray
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Dray, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of BryanK
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

smulford68, Jun 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

nineworldseries, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of schusterbauer
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a bit light in hue for being a red ale -- looks like an APA. 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass, head rises to the top of the glass, and eventually disappears, never to be seen again. smells, well, like an APA. hops first, and then some sweetness from malts. taste is, again, hops first, giving way to what has the potential to be an enjoyable, toasty malt profile. there's also an odd red licorice flavor that manifests itself every few sips. a lot of mismatched flavor here, which is a shame, because despite that fact, it's apparent that good ingredients are present.

when i think of an irish red ale, i think of a beer that has a lot of bread and malt flavors, with a bit of sweetness -- good food beer. this is not good food beer. disappointing.

actually, this beer makes me want to write an essay on the unfortunate topic of inordinate hop levels seeming to be the american signature on attempts to interpret non-american styles. this, too, shall pass....(hopefully)

schusterbauer, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 3-8-07
Best before 4-27-07

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a good head that leaves light lacing.

Smell is very light and fruity, with a sweet almost strawberry hop aroma.

Taste is a little disappointing. A vegetable earthiness at first masks almost every other flavor, and maintains in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is decent, very carbonated, thin, and mildly refreshing.

Drinkability suffers as a result of the taste being sub-par.

Overall, not a very enjoyable beer for me. I usually like red ales, so I think it's this particular one that has this overpoweringly earthy dirt flavor.

BMoney575, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of TheBrewo
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a flared pilsner glass. This beer glowed a solid reddish gold, holding a one finger tan head of creamy bubbles. This showed moderate retention with spotty sheets of lacing here and there. No sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared moderate. The aroma was strong with white and red grapes, which showed with a juicy sweetness and light tartness. The malts were paler in aroma, with clean steel. Finally, baker’s yeast rounded out the back and softened things up. Our first impression was in regards to the huge grapey flavoring. As we sipped, red grape and bright strawberry sugars hit first. These mixed with softer pale malts, but really dominated the palate. The middle moved forward with more chalky, grainy malts, and gritty pepper at the peak. Here the balance was better, with the sweetness cut significantly. We were pulled to the finish on a wave of even more toasty, deeper malts, and a tonic water sourness, but that grape was persistently in the background. The aftertaste breathed of copper, grassy hops, and light peppery booze. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was high and prickly. There was a light coating around the mouth with a brief astringency before all traces of the beer were gone. The mouth was cooled with decent slurp, but cream and froth were poor. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how fresh and easy drinking it was. The fruitiness was overbearing at first, and was still quite strange by the end, but the balanced through the middle saved it. It was nice for the style, but seemed to be lacking just a bit in every category.

TheBrewo, Apr 25, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has poor retention; furthermore, the head is white and foamy. The color of the beer is a reddish copper hue with amber highlights. The clarity of the beer is clear with carbonation bubbles. The head left no lacing on the glass.

Nose: The malt is caramelized, toasted malt, and a subtle sweetness. There is a mild hop that is floral and a hint of wood. Other notes are yeast and slight buttery character.

Taste: The beer is malty with notes of caramel, toast, and subtle sweetness. There is a mild hop character with a hint of floral and wood.. Other flavors are yeast and a slightly buttery character.

The mouth feel of the beer is coating, and slightly chewy.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium light. This is an okay Irish Red Ale, the flavors are not in balanced too malty.

colts9016, Apr 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Zonian1, Feb 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Loveyourbeer, May 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

HeyJim, Mar 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Lanstrum, Jan 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Segelstrom, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -21.1%

TooGood, Apr 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Buckeye_Bill, Mar 09, 2014
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.