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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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1,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 52
Gots: 58 | 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 Morey


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

First off, let me just say that this is the first Irish Red Ale that I have had. Now that that's out of the way...

Pours a beautiful reddish orange color with an impressive 2 inch head following a medium pour. Smell is pretty clean with little whiffs of holiday spices at times. This head is leaving some nice markings on the glass after each sip. Taste is very smooth. Just as you think the hops are about to hit you (the way an IPA would), the malt flavor rushes in and balances everything out. Very different, yet satisfying.

Morey's Bottom Line: This beer is incredibly easy to drink. So much so that it reminds me a bit of a Lager. Fortunately there is enough Ale-like qualities to set it apart.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 21:17:30 | More by Morey
Photo of boogles


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a red it was good. For holding up production of my favorite beer in the world, blackout stout, well... I hate IT! I'd say it was about what I suspected having thried their other offering. It was a good beer, but not one to seek out. I'd settle for four months of Blackout and none of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 06:44:33 | More by boogles
Photo of pacothrash


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

On tap at Beef O'Brady's in Centerville, OH. Nice golden amber to red color with a small white head which was quickly gone. Nice malty smell. Malty, caramel taste with some biscuit flavor and a small hoppy bitter bite at the end. One of the many nice beers by Great Lakes. This is a very easy to drink beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2008 20:05:54 | More by pacothrash
Photo of elmore


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bought this beer as a single. Pale red-brown color with a white 1 finger head. Decent retention, but not much lace.

Smells of some carmely malts. No real detectable hops. Taste of lightly roasted malts with a little bit of hops bite. Dry finish with little sweetness.

Carbonation is moderate-low and has a somewhat watery mouthfeel.

A pretty straight forward beer. Pretty drinkable. Would make a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 18:56:18 | More by elmore
Photo of genog


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fellow BA poured this one for me when I was over for a super bowl party.

Poured a light reddish color with a creamy style off white head that lingered for a bit and then slowly died down. Plenty of sweet toffee malt is initially picked up. Slightly floral hops, but there is another smell somewhat like tea leaves? Taste is the toffee sweetness with not much hops at all to follow mostly a bready malt here. Mouth feel is slightly creamy but a little more watered down.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 14:09:03 | More by genog
Photo of Natural510


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, red-orange color without much head.
Smells malty with hints of caramel.
Tastes light & fairly sweet, with a slight bitter aftertaste from the hops. Hops & (toasted) malts blend together well. Caramel & citrus afternotes.
Crisp finish, much like a lager. Very smooth & drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 00:59:41 | More by Natural510
Photo of prototypic


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

Appearance: It pours a clear, reddish-amber color with a slightly off-white, two finger head. Retention was average, but a solid coat of lace remained.

Smell: Initially, it smells of toasted malts and yeast. Hops are more prevalent than expected. Light notes of chocolate and grains.

Taste: Caramel and toasted malts give it a nice mix sweetness and dry flavors. Hops add a little bitterness and balance. Quite yeasty and biscuity on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Pretty well carbonated. Quite smooth and drinkable. It's a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 02:59:31 | More by prototypic
Photo of pwoods


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Biggs on Colerain Ave., poured into a pint. 3/20/08 freshness dated.

A: Pours a tawny amber with perfect visibility. About 1 finger of head forms and dies within the minute to an even skim. Bits of patchy lacing.

S: A bit of English variety hops with a yeasty back note. Sweet malts and a short drying alcohol zing.

T/M: Floral English hops with a surprising bitterness. A bit of pepper without the kick. Sweet malty bread and yeast. I'm not sure if I would have been able to recognize it if I hadn't read up a bit on the style but it has a nicely defined tea flavor and even a bit of dextrin added. Shows how newb I still am. Finishes pretty dry with a bit of lasting bitterness. Body is a tad below medium and carbonation is average.

D: Not quite as good as some of their other offerings but yet another solid brew from GLBC.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 01:39:10 | More by pwoods
Photo of hustlesworth


4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- very attractive clear copper/amber with world class head, a puffy off white raw biscuit with a creamy ocher tint, great retention and webs of lace.

S- malty sweet caramel, and a buttery toffee nuttiness are prominent with cappuccino & milk chocolate in the background. grassy herbal hops, exotic tea, and dried fruit.

T- a perfect blend of sweet & sour, earthy chocolate & vanilla, malty & bitter. one of the best balances i've experienced in any kind of ale. it's like a cocoa cereal i used to eat as a kid- sweet grains, caramel toasty malt, honey roasted cashew, mild chocolate, sweet over ripe fruit, damp wood, soil, clay, and an herbal tea hop finish.

MF- perfect creamy medium/full bodied and medium carbonation, goes down like a citrus juice.

D- no problem knockin em back tonight, too bad it's only a seasonal release.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 04:01:52 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of giblet


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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!


Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 21:06:47 | More by giblet
Photo of shroompod


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear red color. Decent head , some lacing.

Smell it hoppy , decent citrus smell. Faint malt.

This beer has a nice grapefruit taste , Slight caramel flavor is enough to keep it from becoming a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium , decent carbonation.

A solid brew , probably my favorite Irish Red to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 01:38:44 | More by shroompod
Photo of rrg1gb


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

This poured a dark amber, clear with lots of carbonation, but little to no foam retention. Take a whiff and there's a light roasted aroma to it, and it smells a bit like caramel biscuits.

The flavor has a nice roasty kick but there's a bit of hops in the background. There's much more of a roasted malt character to it and is fruitier than Eliot. There's lot of carbonation but it doesn't hinder the flavor.

This is a great brew. I didn't really know what to expect, but I guess that's okay. It's got a light roastiness and sweetness throughout that is backed up with a bit of hops. I am pleased to know that everything coming from GLBC has a consistently high level of quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 02:57:03 | More by rrg1gb
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronzish auburn color. Is this what they call burnt sienna? I think it is damn close. Nice lacings.

Soft, fruity, perfumy smells fill the air as soon as i begin to pour this one. Ready to dive in.

Quite a potent tasting brew. Heavily malty with a lingering sweetness.

Medium-bodied. Solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. Could have a couple of these but would maybe get bored after two or three. Better than what I see offered at a lot of my local pubs.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 20:15:36 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of beakerboy


4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice copper color with a creamy half finger of head. The aroma is quite sweet and malty. The flavor has a good bit of caramalized malt and grassy hops. It has a heavy mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. This is quite different than I was expecting in a good way. I would deffinately get a sixer of this to share with friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 01:24:35 | More by beakerboy
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad brew. Not what I was expecting. No nutty or carmel character. Somewhat of a malt and refreshing hop character to it though. I liked this brew overall but not the best Irish red I have ever had. I do reccomend it as "worth a try". Its not bad overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 00:36:02 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of neenerzig


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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!


Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2007 22:23:16 | More by neenerzig
Photo of Duster72


3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber with little head and no retention. Aroma is sweet malts with no hop character. Taste is very like iced tea with some roastiness and strawberry present. A fine beer but nothing remarkable -- I wouldn't be interested in having it again, especially when it sits next to Commodore Perry!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 18:47:10 | More by Duster72
Photo of kimcgolf


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a wedding reception. Nice amber pour with an off-white head that lingered nicely and okay lacing. Aroma was slightly malty caramel with a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel was bittersweet, and the taste, again was a malty fruit, though not real dominant.

All rounded out to a smooth, pleasant finish. Not a great beer, but it turned out to be a pretty good session beer, as I had several.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2007 09:57:40 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of letsgopens


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale pours to a dark amber bronze with a dense white head that holds well and leaves a good lace.

This Irish red ale has a sharp fruity aroma with a hoppy overtone. This ale is not terribly strong in the smell department, but its flavor more than makes up for it aromatic shortcomings.

At tasting you are greeted by a toasty sweetness early followed by hints of carmelization and hoppiness. A complexly flavored beer. The medium texture with a smooth malty finish.

As is the case with nearly all Great Lakes Creations, I never get tired on this beer (its even better on tap at the brewery) and I impatiently wait for its release each year.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 21:46:41 | More by letsgopens
Photo of skizziks


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a nonic. The pour raises a 1/2" dense, off-white head that leaves some lace as it recedes. The beer is a very clear bright copper.

Aroma is of strawberry preserves, grain , iced tea, and a hint of roast.

First sip brings grain husk, quickly followed with an intense sweetness and more strawberry preserves! Slow malty finish with just enough bitterness to keep things balanced.

Full bodied with low carbonation brings the drinkability down a little but this is still a very nice satisfying take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 21:57:15 | More by skizziks
Photo of NeroFiddled


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
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

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

poured into a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap best by date: 4/12/07.

Clear,medium amber color, with a 3" tall creamy white head with fair retention and some spotty lacing. Moderate carbination some tiny bubbles stringing

Nice clean fruitty aroma with sweet lightly toasted maltiness. A bit of an iced tea aroma with an apple/pear like fruittyness and a touch of perfumyness.

Good clean sweet toasty carmell tastes. Nutty and fruity hints of very ripe apples and iced tea like flavors. Well balanced finishes smooth with a good fruitty tartness and a pleasing bitterness. Very Enjoyable.

Light to medium body has a light mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy.A nice pleasing taste thats easy drinking. This is my choice for St. Patty day next year could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 03:35:17 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of mmcave


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixer of 12oz bottles
Chilled and poured into nonic the head rose and immediately fell, it’s a sparse film lingering on the surface. The body is a hearty golden amber sort of a light shade of southern style sweet tea. Smells of light hoppiness, I might even say "tea like", with some subtle, but heartier malt character. Taste is the nose multiplied, with more complexity and subtlety. The malt really shows its colors toward the finish with a meager flourish of caramel and lightly toasted malt. Bitterness is very subdued, just present enough to provide good balance for the subtle malt. Mouthfeel feel is maybe a tinge thin, maybe not, but it does provide for good drink ability. This is definitely a beer that could be sessioned especially on a summer day, but because of it’s slight heartiness it could be decent during winter. I enjoyed this not crazy about it, but a good representation of the style and a worth while

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 19:18:28 | More by mmcave
Photo of Westsidethreat


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

A: Pours a clean pumpkin copper with a lackadaisical feel to. Head was a good inch of medium sized khaki bubbles but dropping fast leaving a quality ring in its place.

S: Cooked carrots, toasted cereal, old strawberries and watery orange juice.

T: Begins with a surprising amount of orange juice balanced with caramely dough. Really tastes a lot like it smells but with more spice pizzazz than the nose would let on. A lot of fermented red fruit allowed to mature can be found with a blend of buttery almonds and moments of rye. Finishes somewhat dirty with lingering breads with preserves.

M: Medium body with a hard water consistency…fitting for the style though. Bit of carbo sting.

D: Well I liked this beer. Very tasty and enjoyable after a brutal day at work. Good balance. Would have got higher marks if the dirty taste didn’t exist and a silkier mouthfeel was present.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 03:47:37 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of MDekker


4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 02:21:40 | More by MDekker
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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