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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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1,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 52
Gots: 61 | 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 tjkurz


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass. Reddish amber with minimal head - less than half inch on the pour with but tight. Smells roasty and tastes similar with fresh tea like flavor (pekoe) hitting the back of your taste buds. This is nicely carbed and and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 01:35:00 | More by tjkurz
Photo of riboflavin88


3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a beautiful reddish-orange hue. However, there was hardly any head even when poured harshly. Its nose definitely had a caramel, malt presence with a little smokiness in back. Its taste was mild in my opinion, caramel with moderate malt, and a little smokiness in the back just as in its smell. I didn't particularly like its mouthfeel. Its carbonation vanished as I got to the bottom of my glass, giving it a flat feel. More carbonation would have made it much more drinkable. Not a bad beer, but I've had better from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 03:11:15 | More by riboflavin88
Photo of Thanby


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, clear, honey-amber with a finger of smooth tan head. Smooth malt dominates the aroma, with a tiny bit of citrus and some woodiness and caramel. A well-rounded mild hop scent draws it all together. For the first second the heavier side of the malt is present, but it is immediately followed by the hops and lightens up to a caramel, bread flavor. The citrus is present but fleeting, which is fine because I think too much would have ruined the brew. Overall very smooth and easy to drink. Perfect for an easy social drink or to have with a burger.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 03:33:23 | More by Thanby
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Deep orange brown color with a thin layer of off white head.

S - Very light smell but there is some malt.

T - Nice crisp clean bite with a malty finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Nothing special but it's a good change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 04:55:44 | More by jeffmonarch
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
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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