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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

1,120 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,120
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 49
Gots: 57 | 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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Somehow this guy got swept under the rug following my recent jaunt to the Firk. Ordered last, to compliment my share of a burger (tasty stuff, I tells ya). It pours a clear copper topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises caramel, light greens, oak, and a light-ish dash of orange peel. The taste follows fairly closely, with notes of orange peel, light caramel, sweet rice, and a sort of celery-type flavor. Everything has a vague sweetness to it, though a similarly vague bitterness pervades as the finish nears. I'm still not sure if they go together all that well. (I'll get back to ya.) The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a decent brew, especially in the capacity of accompanying the burger, but frankly nothing all that special. I can't really knock any part of it per se, but I also can't rave about them either. You know what I mean.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 01:18:29 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rich, lightly sweet, caramelish, toasty and berry-ish flavors of Conway's Irish Ale are sure to please. It's deep-amber/copper body glows with orange and gold highlights, and the creamy off-white head holds just fine, leaving behind spotty walls of lace. The nose is clean with a malty and fruity edge. It's medium bodied and gently crisp on the tongue. In many ways it's just your basic Irish red ale, but it does have a distinct malty character that's caramelish, toasty, and offers the suggestion of some roastiness in the background. Blanced towards sweetness, the bitterness is just enough to give it ballast and keep it from becoming sweet. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 22:07:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from hawks10, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts with the breadiness from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There are background flavors of fruit and spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:46:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an easy drinking, if not very challenging Irish ale. Minimal amounts of that mildly fruity and leafy thing that seems prevalent in the style. Decent enough to drink, though not overly interesting or mind blowing. I hope this is an accurate sample of this beer. Really, I just tried it because it was one of the Great Lakes beers I had yet to check out. Next!

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2013 21:25:47 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-19-2013 02:37:02 | More by Jason
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed the #1 Irish Red Ale (yet) but I can get the #2 locally so what the hell. Beer is served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is red and clear with a big white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is a little roasty and sweet. Smells exactly like I expected.

Beer is medium bodied and easy drinking. Mildly sweet on the front end, a little bitter at the back but the bitterness is from a type of roasted grain that I find a little odd. I know that's a brewing trick, add a little roasted grain at mash out for color, that's probably what happened here. I enjoyed it and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:57:08 | More by drabmuh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from pwoods, Cheers Patrick!

Pours amber with a finger of tan head. Some lacing & minimal head retention

S: Cereal notes & not much else

T: Caramel, grainyness & dryness up front, plus some nice pear & apple notes lingering in the back of the throat. Some leafy hops & biscuitty malt as this warms, plus a bit more caramel apple-laced grainyness. Finishes with a semi-yeasty bite & more green apple. .5 Deduction for being a bit off style

MF: Medium bodied, semi-sticky, with moderate carbonation

Drinks very easy, not the best Irish Red I've had, & has some aesthetic issues, but session worthy!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 03:47:32 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finished my classes today and turned in my last paper before spring break, so on my way home from class I stop at the liquor store. Good thing I did it seems they recieved a new Great Lakes product whoo hoo! This Irish ale pours a fine amber with a creamy tan full head that is already leaving me a nice even ring of lace. The aroma is a very slight hop aroma with caramel malt sweetness to it, overall pleasant. In the taste category this beer combines a bit of a smokey blend to it with a rather sharp bite to it between the balance of malt to hops. Overall a selection I am happy to be able to find on the kickoff of this St. Patrick's Day weekend. This beer is medium to light in body and it sustains a smooth lighter mouthfeel to it, and I only wish I could find it on tap by St. Paddy's cuz I think this would be my go to on that day!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 01:57:49 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of off-white foamy head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, leaving back a sudsy cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma is a nice mix of toffee, citrus, and roast, which is wrapped up in some fresh feeling leafy tones and light mineral notes.

The taste is caramel sweetness, buttered toast, and green citrus, with a leafy bitterness that trails some dry spice in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp prickle on the tongue that spreads out into more of a firm creaminess in the rest of the mouth. This has a nice crisp feel to that really puts those hops to good use here.

This is a very solid Irish Red Ale and probably one of the better examples of the style that I’ve had recently. This was well balanced and flavorful with a crisp and quenching feel to it. I could easily drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 16:52:25 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this with carlos -enjoyed from schooner glassware, purchased at The Brass Rail in Campbelltown.

The color is deep ruby red with a slight scarlet hue and nice thick cap of cream with tight bead. The smell is very herbal and has a slight bready tinge with mild hint of nuts and light spice. The feel is good with a nice dry body and slightly stronger than average yet still nicely balanced with a little spiciness in the finish.

The taste is good but comes off very smooth and lager-like at times with a slight toasted grain character and mild caramel notes intermingling. the finish has an almost lager-like flavor with herbal hops enhancing the malt but leaving a slight dry effect. Overall this is a very drinkable Irish Red. I wasn't expecting one with the amount of alcohol, but it is well balanced and very drinkable for the strength I enjoyed this more than most I have had of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 19:07:43 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent malt scent that boasts of pale and biscuit malts. It has a mild caramel malt sweetness and a dry Irish ale yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some toasted/bready notes. This has got to be the most complex Irish ale I've ever tried. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer. It's full flavored with excellent malt character and a smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 22:01:53 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perfect St Pattys Day Beer thanks to the great Noslenwerd.

Pours a frothy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over crystal clear toasty honey orange with a slight reddish hue color.

Nose has some light toasty malts, a crisp ale aroma, slightly yeasty actually, light caramel malts, and just the slightest hint of a spicy hop addition.

Taste is different, starts with a corn like mash flavor, toasty and semi sweet malts, little crystal, sweet and vegetative, somewhat like dipping into a bourbon mash while it's fermenting (not that I did that at BUffalo Trace or anything), crisp ale flavors, lighter but a decent flavor, the slightest hint of floral hops. Finishes crisp and dry, light bitterness at teh finish, lingering malts and semi sticky sweet flavor.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, not bad, the corn flavor is really weird and unexpected, but it's still light and drinkable, a little sticky on the finish, but a crisp and dry ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 02:38:39 | More by jlindros
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/04/11 notes. Had on tap at RFD in DC.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, toasted malts, bready malts, fruity malts, and light hops.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, bready malts, and caramel malts. Some light creaminess to it as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very creamy, pretty nice.

d - A nice red ale. Some nice bready and toasted malts, and a nice creamy body. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 20:58:02 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a finger and a half of tan head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Some bready caramel malt sweetness. Not a ton going on here.

Taste: Again, the malt is really the star of the show. Hints of bread and caramel. The is a very mild spice note. A bit nutty as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: A solid Irish red. I really like the malt flavors. Well balanced and mild.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 21:12:35 | More by oline73
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours much more amber than the "ruby red" that is described on the label. A thin, wispy head leaves a little lacing.

The smell is of caramel with very light toast and a touch of earthy hops.

The taste is of caramel, light toast with a bitter-ish finish. A bit of alcohol shows.

It has a malty smoothness to it and reaches medium-bodied.

An interesting, enjoyable American interpretation of an "Irish Red" - a bit hoppy and more alcoholic than traditional but it works for a different slant on the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 19:45:27 | More by jwc215
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a clear amber orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: light fruity aroma is all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, bread, ripe fruit sweetness, some hints of toasted nuts, and a moderate bitterness nicely balances the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is brief and short-lived.

Overall: a very quaffable ale that is refreshing and hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:24:24 | More by Gavage
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-18-2012 05:03:21 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-28-2014 01:00:26 | More by yourefragile
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, light, caramel malt flavor. Very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is a touch bland for 6.5% abv. I do get a touch of vegetable DMS, but I'm not sure if that's completely inappropriate for the style. There's a light bitter aftertaste in the end, but in general it's pretty tasty. I'd like it to be lower in abv, because this beer could sneak up on me fast.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 23:54:52 | More by tempest
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden copper red body that is crystal clear with a gentle release of tiny bubbles. The head is a thin creamy head that is white with a faint yellow hue.

S- The smell of lightly toasted malt with some note of dry fresh grain note in there. No real hop aroma in there.

T-This beer had a nice slightly sweet toasted malt flavor with some dry fresh grain flavor that follows. There is a very slight buttery note but it is not detected when the beer is really cold. There is a nice spicy flavor that finishes and some green hop notes in there. The finish is crisp and dry with a soft carbonic note.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz in the finish.

D- This is a nice smooth beer that has some good malt flavors and a spicy hop flavor but it would be nice to see the malt have a bit more depth and the hops back off a bit. Definitely a good crossover beer for those that drink Adjunct Lagers.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 00:15:14 | More by rhoadsrage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

05-08-2014 01:31:14 | More by XmnwildX12
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at the Doubletree Cleveland Downtown Lakeside in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a clear deep amber in color with some heavy amounts of visible carbonation and light ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger and a half tall dense light beige head that very slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a hint of toffee sweetness. There are some light fruit notes from the yeast and just the faintest hint of citrus/orange peel hops.

T: Upfront the malts really take center stage with some toasted malt flavors that have notes of caramel and toffee sweetness followed by a slight hint of breadiness (which still has a bit of the toasted flavors). There are light hints of fruit and just a touch of citrus/orange peel hops. Lightly bitter in the finish which does not linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable for folks that enjoy the malt forward style (I do). Alcohol is well hidden and this beer is almost sessionable. Pairs well with food.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 12:39:01 | More by dbrauneis
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:22:38 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Founder's pint glass late at night.

Conway has a autumn orange with some faint redness in spots and nooks and crannies. I've seen much redder, anyway a nice light caramel colored head rose about an inch with some burst, not much legs to this. No lacing.

Smells consist of a typical irish red, caramel, small candy vibe, barely smellable hop sense. A boatload of toasted malt. This is fresh and it don't smell that bad.

Taste is simple but bold with the fresh bottle. Caramel and some apple slices dipped in caramel. Toasted malts giving basic bread in the middle. A sweet aftertaste. Hops are not in the picture but sort of keep things in perspective.

A very healthy medium body on this and very sweet, perhaps a bit too much. Kinda reminds me of sucking on a worthers original for a second. This was a easy one to take down, perhaps that's the Irish in me. It's simple, no more no less. I can see this going downhill in the bottle fairly quickly so drink up.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 04:52:28 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 3/29/10

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Copper in color, clarity ok, some little yeasties hanging in suspension. Small head forms, sticks around for a while and laces the glass.

Smell: Bready malt makes up most of the aroma.

Taste: Deliciously malty with flavors mimicking candy roasted nuts. Caramel malt. Hop profile is relatively low, a light lemony bitterness that lingers on after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a high degree of carbonation. This beer is the opposite of flat. A semi-dry finish with lingering lemon/tea notes.

Drinkability: Quite enjoyed this one. Yet another solid brew from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 05:27:03 | More by Stinkypuss
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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