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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

1,190 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 54
Gots: 76 | 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 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!

Duster72, May 06, 2007
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.

kimcgolf, May 05, 2007
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.

letsgopens, Apr 27, 2007
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.

skizziks, Apr 21, 2007
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!

NeroFiddled, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
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.

jcdiflorio, Mar 27, 2007
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

mmcave, Mar 24, 2007
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.

Westsidethreat, Mar 21, 2007
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.

MDekker, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber red with a small white head that leaves a thin lace around the rim of the pilsner glass at BW'3.

Very sweet toffeed malt with hints of red berries, as well as some other red fruits. Nothing clearly distiguishable and only a slight sign of a floral hop.

Toffee caramel malt with a floral, chewy, pine induced hop finish. Again berry with a faint nut addition. Not overly complex but nicely palatable. Malt flavor is slightly too sweet. More hop could have made this beer more balanced across the spectrum.

mcallister, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Freshness info - best by 04/24/07 . Does not leave much head, and what little there is, quickly recedes into a foam ring at the edges, and there is no lacing to speak of. Body is an orangish amber, looks a little like brewed tea.

Smell - toasty malt and caramel, and hint of brewed tea.

Taste - very similiar to the smell. Toasty malt and some caramel. In the middle, a slight lemony hop twang asserts itsef and rides into the finish together with the malt for a subtle flavor of tea with lemon.

Mouthfeel - medium to thin bodied, smooth.

Drinkability - this is decent, but not great. However, it could be a good session beer.

ultralarry2006, Mar 15, 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 Tallboy
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-12oz bottle pours a bright ruby copper that is highlighted by a nice beige froth.
Scent-Toffee and caramel are prevalent with some interesting malts but no outstanding hops to speak of.
Taste-Bready and sweet toasted malts where the predominant flavor with some vibrant green hops and tasty caramel.
Mouthfeel-Nice medium mouthfeel.
Drinkability-A nice Irish styled session beer. I have tried a lot of GL's brews and have yet to find one that I can speak bad about!!!

Tallboy, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of jdoncbus
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass - amber, rustic color. Modest head with little lacing.

Not much of a smell.

Has a distinct creamy taste & feel to it with a tinge of wood; lasts about 3-4 seconds with a pleasant, mellow aftertaste.

I wasn't floored by the brew but enjoyed it enough to get a six pack of it every year when its out there. As a Cincinnati native, GLBC is my favorite thing about Cleveland :-D

jdoncbus, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of perfectkaos
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with an off white foamy head that quickly dissapates.

dont really pick up much of an aroma, some malts, some hops, but not much really.

great balanced taste of malts and hops. nothing really stands out, but thats not really a bad thing.

this beer goes down easy and packs just enough of a punch to make it a great session beer. if only it were available more than just early spring.

perfectkaos, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a bright red, sparkling color with good head formation. Aroma was lightly malty with good caramel smells coming off of it. Taste was OK, but a bit ho-hum. Mouthfeel was typical. I would call this beer drinkable, but in a world with so many choices, I have a hard time strongly recommending it.

BeerBelcher, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> imperial
Please enjoy by: 04/03/07

Pours a clear light amber with a puffy white head that settles toa film of suds. Lacing is sporadic and minimal. Carbonation appears lush.

Nose: Sour yeast, caramel, light toast.

Taste is thin, with sweet malts, grains, little hops and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy. Slightly crisp on the finish and clean.

An extremely easy to drink ale, although no characteristics really stand out.

beerphan, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding offering by one of the greats! Pours a ruby red color with few laces. But smells decently and is great with cabbage and corned beef. Goes down smoothly, and can be the life of the party, of course if you can get them to listen. With original smoothness, has a little bitey edge at the end.

bigdeuce, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of milesfan76
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at BW-3 Niles.

A: Translucent brownish-red with about a three finger head that doesn't stick around long.

S: Little bit of hops, little bit of sweetness. Not a real strong smell.

T: Tastes like it smells- a bit of hop flavor but not real powerful, sweetness from malts following.

M: Light in body, nicely carbonated.

D: I'm tempted to keep drinking this all night. Sessionable beer, kind of hard to pace myself.

This brewery has yet to let me down. It is so nice to be able to get these seasonals on tap nearby.

milesfan76, Feb 11, 2007
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 ndekke39
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz bottle good by April 24, 2007. Pours a clear copper color, with little to no head. Smells of mellow malt, A little bit toasty. Not too strong. The taste is front-loaded with the clean, crisp malt. Continues into the middle. Nice, refreshing taste. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, although not too watery. A very smooth and clean beer. Another great offering from GLBC.

ndekke39, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says best before 4/12/07. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/red color with a small white head. It smells spicy and malty, and also like caramel and some floral hops. However, the aroma is a bit weak. It tastes like caramel, sweet malt and bread with a nice slight bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is medium, with just the right amount of carbonation and a bit of dryness. The drinkability is very good, this is a nice smooth beer that would be a great choice as a session beer. Too bad this is only a seasonal beer, I'd like it to be available year-round.

bluejacket74, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber and a slightly off white fluffy head that reduces to thin lace ring. Mild nose with notes of toasted malt, grassy hops, floral, and a faint sour yeastiness. Toasted grains and barley cereals followed quickly by a strong chocolate malt character. Slight spicy, floral hop characters keep it dry and tones down some of the sweetness. The overall smooth, nutty malt character is very tasty. The finish is dry, bready, and yeasty with some cocoa powder notes remaining the longest. Medium mouthfeel, some carbonated fizz, and little cloying make for some appealing attributes. Very tasty beer but might be a little too chocolaty for an irish red...or maybe not, focusing on a flavor and making it speak loudly isn’t necessarily a deviation but more an individual take on it...it was good.

cabsandking, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a nonic. Enjoy by date: 3/19/07. Clear, amber/red color. Moderate head faded fast.

Smell was malty and spicy. Caramel. Leafy hops aroma bloomed late.

Taste was sugar cookies. Caramel and mild hops zestiness. Drying, pleasant finish.

Mouthfeel was zippy yet it glass-like smoothness. No one element of this beer was spectacular but every characteristic was enjoyable.

Cresant, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby amber color with a thin off white head that fades rapidly.
Smoked spice and malt aromas are most predominant to me. A slightly smoked flavor with a tang from the hop that adds to an interesting mouth feel. Nice take on the style. Thanks to DE for the opportunity.

jjayjaye, Feb 01, 2007
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.