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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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very good

1,309 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 56
Gots: 152 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: chilidog on 07-28-2002

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Ratings: 1,309 | Reviews: 477
Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a Great Lakes pint glass.

This is a beautiful beer, very pure red in color and a small frothy head.

Overpowering aroma of sweet malt. Smells like butterscotch.

Not nearly as sweet as it smells, but just right. Good and malty with just enough hops for a good bite of a finish.

Goes down smooth and easy. Great Lakes never lets me down.

Photo of UDbeernut
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap Poured into standard pint glass

A: clear ruby red color, plenty of carbonation. Decent head with good retention and stiky lacing

S: sweet aroma most likey from carmelized malt

T: sweet taste, carmel malt slight hop bitterness balances

M&d: Medium bodied, nice buttery mouthfeel very drinkable beer.

Another great selection from GLBC


Photo of hooliganlife
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle. pours deep copper with light head. smell is very malty. the taste is huge malts with little hop presence really. I kind of get a wet hop flavor? which I found odd. the mouthfeel is pretty perfect, nice light carbonation. this is pretty decent but after maybe a few i would be looking for something new.

Photo of Avagadro
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 1-16-2009

Enjoy By: 3-19-2009
6.5% ABV

A: Light copper in color with a frothy head. There is a small amount of carbonation visible, and the beer is crystal clear.

S: Bouquet is active, grabbing the drinker's attention immediately. Caramel, toast, and clove come together to create a great aroma.

T: Flavor is dominated by malt. Sweet barley takes the lead, with a great toasty/roasty flavor to back it up.

M: Medium to full in body. Carbonation is lightly active on the tongue.

D: Another great brew from GLBC. This is an excellent example the the Irish Red style.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful looking tawny ruby brown, soft ropes of carbonation do their best to hold up this well worn looking head which subsides rather quickly into a soapy lace.

The aroma is a true accomplishment in brewing, a wonderful aroma coming from any beer and simply heaven for the style. Initially the aroma is slightly citrusy with notes of grapefruit being the easiest to distinguish then moves/melts into a remarkable malty essence. I knew I've smelled this before and I've finally put my finger on it, this beer smells like a piece of fresh toasted bread spread with a thin layer strawberry preserves, not even Southern Tier could top this with their next creation. I could smell this every day, all day, they should pipe this aroma into anywhere such things can be piped to.

Soft carbonation makes me contemplate the flavor of this beer. Not as quite straightforward as the aroma but close. There is a slightly sweet hop fruitiness in this beer that is easily balanced with remarkably fresh cereal grains. I could go on about this beer but then I wouldn't be drinking it any longer. It has pretty much everything I like in a beer, hops that are not overly done, malts that are not overly sweet, a nice dryness that makes me yearn for another sip and a mouthfeel that reminds me more of a cask ale than a bottle of soda. Go out and get this stuff while it's fresh.

Photo of UA8
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear amber color with a tall yest somewhat thin off white head.

S- Slight notes of citrus and grassy hops with a biscuity malts.

T- Kinda light on flavor starts with light biscuit malts, mid palate has a hint a citrus and herbal hops, finishes sweet and yeasty.

M- Nice and refreshing with a lively, moderate carbonation.

D- Ive had this beer twice and have to say that the first time it made a stronger impression than it did this time. However with that said it really comes off as more a of a lighter ale than an Irish red. Its refreshing and the flavors are nice but could stand to be slightly more pronounced.

Photo of kels
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the first beers that got me interested in drinking craft beer. I wasn't reviewing back then, so I was excited when it came back out this week so I could get to it. This is from a bottle poured into my Great Lakes pint - how fitting!

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden brown with red highlights. Very clear with good carbonation running throughout and a 2 finger white fluffy head that quickly fades to a half inch skim and leaves behind good, sticky lacing.

Smell: Deliciously sweet and subtle malty smell with a bright, crisp hop presence. Very lightly detectable, as with most Great Lakes beers I've had.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is a balanced and flavorful blend of crunchy, bready malts, and bright, crisp hops. A subtle sweetness comes from the toasted grains, and a very clean feeling comes from the medium-bodied, mildly carbonated mouthfeel. The only thing I'd like is a little higher CO2.

Drinkability: So high, and even better with food.

Just as good as I remembered. I'd love to try it on tap.

Photo of Freshie
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at their Main location in downtown Cleveland. 1/3/09

ABV and IBU of 25 listed on tap menu, with description.

A- Amber, and clear, with slight white head. Missing that tint of red.

S- Semi-sweet malt aroma. Light barley and toasted malt. nothing special really. Probably due to the cold serving temperature. Aroma did not come through as with their other beers.

T- Light sweet malt. some light floral hops.

M- Very watery, with some carbonation.

D- If anything, it did go down smooth.

Not much to this one. A very light Irish ale. Very average too below average. I don't think this batch was up to snuff.

Photo of treyrab
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I finally found this one. Great Lakes is by far one of my favorite breweries. Poured into a pint glass...

A: Hazy deep copper red with a small head. This one does not lace, though it is so sweet and lacking hops I was not expecting it to.

S: The smell is pure sweet caramel and munich malts. Smells like a sweet caramel apple with some sugar on top, fantastic.

T: The taste is very, very sweet with caramel. Extremely malty, which I was expecting. But other than sweet caramel and munich malts, there is not much hops.

Great Lakes never disappoints, and this is no exception. A great example of the style!

Photo of kinger
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seasonal Irish Amber from Great Lakes, named after their grandfather an honor for sure. Faintly sweet malty aroma not much else aside from a very low key hop nose. Twinkling amber pour sizable head that soon becomes a thin film leaving mild lacing. Crisp with an easy finish this has a real good medium bodied fullness to it. Flavor is more intense than the aroma, lots of sweet malts caramel and a touch of honey. Low key hop presence nice change from this brewer. Overall one of Great Lakes' more simple beers but it's a nice choice for it's respective style.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a DFH off-centered pint glass.

Pours a fiery, copper-orange body; excellent clarity beneath a thin, decently-retained khaki head that eventually recedes to a wisp of bubbles. The nose picks up fruity notes of grape juice, pear, and green apple, alongside sweet caramel malts and a light biscuity note. Very good so far.

Very enjoyable taste: peppery hops with a hint of citrus, perfectly balanced by amber malts and breaded notes. A kiss of alcohol and hops leaves a complex and intriguing finish. Body is perfectly carbonated with a medium thickness--everything an Irish Red should feel like. All in all, Great Lakes delivers once again...a stand-out beer.

Photo of beveritt
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass. The label shows a turn of the century policeman in front of a church or chapel and explains that this is Patrick Conway, the owners grandfather. I loe the info Great Lakes puts on their beers, ABV, recommended serving temperature, and a best buy date.

Appearance: Pours with just over one finger of almost white foam. This settles into about half a finger of head that sticks around for the rest of the glass. The beer itself is a honey orange, with a slight reddish hue. Beer is absolutely clear.

Smell: A little fruity upfront, with hints of orange and other citrus. Very slight metallic tang. The barest aroma of sweet malt and hops in the finish.

Taste: Just a hint of citrus upfront, followed by solid malt backbone. Subtle sweetness blends well with some breadiness. Finishes with mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is average. Body is very good!

Drinkibability: Another solid offering from Great Lakes. Easy drinking yet flavorful.

Photo of johanvond
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Archives

This offering form Great Lakes pours amber-red with a tall white head. There was a sent of toasted malts and seeds. The malt profile is of slight carmel, roasted nuts and toffie. There is not too much for the hops because the malt is so dominent. There is a nice malty body with a reasonable amount of carbonation. The aftertaste has too much bitter coffie flavors.

Photo of mhewes
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a good copper color with a nice head that leaves a little bit of lacing behind

S : Not too strong in the smell but there's some bready aroma along with some nutty smells. Not picking up any hops

T : Mainly toasted malts with a little bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Not too much going on.

M : Smooth with good carbonation

D : Not bad. It's a fairly simple beer that is easy to drink but I'm not sure how often I would pick it up in the future.

Photo of nrbw23
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice rich deep copper color. A light tan colored head that leaves a light lacing.

S- Not a whole lot going on here. Lit hops and small amount of caramel. Overall pretty light.

T- A very nice balance between hops and malt. Also has a nice bready taste.

M- A nice feel to this one maybe a little dry in the finish.

D- A great brew and excellent example for the style. Very drinkable.

Photo of PorterLover83
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a orangish coppery hue that leaves a slight head. First smell is sweet flowery hops and very slight malt coming through. Malt hits first with a kind of a toasted creamy hop, afterwards. Its not a sick creamy though, just the texture. This one has a medium mouthfeel and an overall good drinkability. I'm usually not an over the top hops guy but this is a good balance. Definately recommend.

Photo of sleazo
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a light brown with a one finger cream head. This dissipates after a few minutes to a luzurious looking cap which coats the sides of the glass with lace.

S_Sweet biscuity malt domiates the smell without venturing into caramel territory. Hint of sourness.

T_A bit richer than a pale, the roasted character comes through in the initial taste. Backing that is a milder biscuit malt and minor grassy hoppage. Starts out sweet finishes slightly dry with a bit of acidity.

M_Rich, creamy mouthfeel with a mild carbonation.

D_A nice combonation of malts and a very drinkable ale overall. Another winner from Great Lakes. Thanks to pimppfor the chance to try this.

Photo of csmiley
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear and light copper color with hints of ruby. Ended up with a little over a half inch of head. Retention was good. Lacing was average.

S - Caramel and bread start out the aroma profile. Some nutty aromas bring up the rear. Light in the olfactory category for the most part.

T - Caramel starts out big in this one. Midway through there are several sensations coming through including: bread, nuts, and maple. On the end there is a wisp of hops but it stays tucked away behind the other flavors very well. Alcohol does remain constant throughout but blends will with all the other flavors in the beer.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Smooth with a slightly sweet finish .

D - Drinkability is good for this one. I could very easily drink many of these with no problem.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a nice reddish amber with great clarity. A finger of light cream-colored foam on top. A few swirls of lace here and there.

Aroma - toasty, powdery grain. Rather light.

Taste - a fine start of toasted malts, a touch of grainy sweetness. Some good balancing bitterness on the swallow. A dry, warm finish. A fairly simple red with great flavor presence and balance.

Mouthfeel - rather smooth, the carbonation is crisp, right where they oughtta be.

Drinkability - a fine session beer, looks like it'll be St. Patties Day all week!

Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I see a bright yet deep ambery/copper. Very little head, but a cool column of tiny bubbles spewing from the bottom center of the glass. Very uniform. The aroma is a pretty inviting baked then quickly toasted, old fashioned white bread. It just smells warm and comforting. The first sip is great toasted malts, bread with a smooth light caramel finish. The palate is very upfront, nt a lot of stuff lurking in the shadows. No real nuances. Just great malt and a hint of caramel. Very easy to drink beer.

Photo of Homerbag
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A darker, somewhat of a blood red, with virtually no head except for a foam ring.

Smell is soft and of toasted bread, earth hops, clean mineral water. I use balance a lot in my reviews, especially pertaining to hops and malt. This is more than balance, this is a harmony. Niether the toasted malt or the earthy hops compete with each other. Great Lakes make it seem simple, when most beers can't get that right. Feel is a bit dry and does have a bittersweet aftertaste. Higher carbonation makes this eaier to drink, but not what I would call refreshing. No hint of alcohol.

I know the boarderline of session beers is 5.0 and this one is at 6.5%, but I would call it sessionable. No matter what the ABV is you are gonna feel the effects after 5 or 6. This is a good choice if you are feeling a little Irish, and don't want or are afraid of the dark.

Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Conway's delivers a beautifully clear rustic orange color with golden highlights and a slim rusty beige lid that leaves slippery lacing.

The nose is very pleasant and balanced. Sweet berries with lightly toasted grains and herbal, tea-like, hops.

Perfectly medium body with excellent oily smoothness accompanied by fuzzy carbonation. The taste delivers sweetness, toastedness and bitterness in perfect balance. Very light berry and caramel sweetness in harmony with lightly toasted malts and herbal earthy tea hop bitterness. The finish is quite clean with just a tingle of toastedness and bitterness.

Not my favorite from GLBC, but that is mostly because of the style. This beer is classicly good.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale pours a brilliantly clear light copper color with a thin white head. A moderate-high malty aroma rises from the beer, toasty grains and some breadiness. The flavor is highly malty, toasty and bready--like the aroma. The hop bitterness is moderate with a bit of hop flavor at the swallow. The body is medium and moderate carbonation delivers an appropriate prick at the swallow. Overall a tasty brew, nice malt profile without being too sweet, slightly dry, toasty finish is pleasant.

Photo of tjkurz
4.12/5  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.

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Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.