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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1,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
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

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(Beer added by: chilidog on 07-28-2002)
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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy mixture of a light sun-down orange with red highlights, decent sized tan head that has great dedication. Biscuits, malts and some sweet orange juice detected on the nose. Caramel malts, a bit dry, maintains a decent hop flavoring. As she warms, some juicy sweetness, bubble-gum offerings are found. Butterscotch, toasted bread, very rich and filling, in a good way. The backbone has a spicy bite that combines wonderfully with the wonderful texture and body that this beverage has! One darn fine Irish Red!

Photo of Dogbrick
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Lakes usually provides exemplary models for the beers they create, and the fact that this brew is merely above average is kind of a letdown. Still, it’s pretty good. Deep ruby amber color with a medium beige head and thin lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and caramel. Medium-bodied and on the carbonated side, with flavors of sweet malt, light hops and a bit of fruit. The finish is clean and somewhat sweet. Overall pretty good, but I just know GLBC could knock this one out of the park if they really wanted to.

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

Poured from a bottle, dated to be enjoyed by May, 2005, into an imperial pint glass. A reddish, vaguely copper color; very pretty. Smells slightly of alcohol, malt sweetness, very slight hop aroma, and a bit of toastiness. A good white head, half inch to an inch forms that settles down to a thin layer as you drink. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

The taste is a pleasant amount of sweetness balanced by some hop bitterness. Great Lakes says it's 25 IBU, which isn't that much for a beer with this much malt, so it's a mild hoppiness. Close to the style definition for sure. As the beer sits in your mouth, the wonderful light toasty flavor appears. It feels nicely full in your mouth. And the level of carbonation seems about right.

The drinkability is good, although at 6.5% you feel it a bit faster than some. Great beer and sad that it's only around for part of the year.

Photo of frazbri
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured crimson-golden and clear with a short creamy white head, good lace. Floral, citrus and bread aromas. Malty, bready, with a citrus tang and mild bitterness. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Conway's is another solid brew from Great Lakes. It stands on the sweet side of the balance scale. This would be a great selection for your St. Patrick's Day celebration. I've also gotta say this might be a good transition beer for your buddies. It is an easy drinking beer. If it was a tad lower in alcohol, it would be an ideal session beer.

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum! They really need to start making this one year round!

Pours a clear and deep orange red with a thin white head. Lots of lacing throughout the entire pint. Nose is spicy a well balanced, a biscuity character is the dominant scent. Taste is quite gorgeous, extremely well balanced and smooth, with a fair spicy character, biscuit, slightly herbal, and a mild but tasty hop profile, overall quite malty, in the best of ways, quite beautiful! Mouthfeel is quite full and almost a bit creamy. Drinkability is quite good, very fresh tasting and smooth, very easy drinking. Perfect for St. Paddy's!

I deeply like this one, it was worth the lengths I had to go through to hunt some down. Finally found a six-pack at Big Ten in A2, MI.

Forget that dyed green crap on the 17th, get some of this instead, if you're lucky enough to find it! It's like the gold at the end of the rainbow, and those wee Irish bastards aren't giving up the goods very easily.


Photo of bnuttz
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a caramel copper color with a nicely lacing off white head. Smells of sweet caramel malts and a hint of noble hops. Taste is very balanced. Bicuits and caramel are the most prominent malt flavors here. A nice hop bite to keep these malt flavors in check. Mouthfeel is very nice, medium and well suiting for the style. I would love to put quite a few of these down as is with any great lakes brew.

Photo of Maestro
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a seasonal from Great Lakes. I hear they only make one batch every year. The beer pours a hazy dark orange/red color. The head is creamy and lingers for quite some time. Lots of lacing clings to the pint glass as you drink. The nose has some fruit and spice. The taste is quite mild with a mellow taste almost like tea. The malts are sweet and the hops are subdued. Although the alcohol is a little higher than some, it would make for a nice session beer. This is a keeper!

Photo of Skidz
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright orange brown and sits a deep, gleaming reddish-brown in the glass with a good sized light tan head, fading to a light skim, some random lacings around the glass.

Smells fresh and malty, with raw apple cider aromas pouring out amongst a lightly toasty body. Freshly baled hay and honeysuckle float on top. Miniscule nuttiness and bits of maple leaves.

Tastes gloriously toasted, nice rich malt presence. Hop bitterness picks up quickly to balance it all out, bringing some green, leafy flavors. Dabs of caramel soak up juices of nectarines and plums. Finish is well bittered with lingering toastedness.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth, nice solid carbonation the melts out to soft formed bubbles. Medium-light bodied. Solid feel all the way.

Excellent candidate for those questionable spring months. Easily finds its way into my belly.

Photo of maxpower
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy glowing amber with a nice creamy off white head that leaves sheets of lace in my glass. Sweet fruity aromas, nutty, buttery, toasty and sweet fruity flavors. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side. Another good one from this brewery.

Photo of elricorico
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice ruddy copper colour with a thin fizzy off white head. The head was gone quite quickly. No lace was left on the glass.

The smell is a lot of toffee. Kinda sweet but not too sweet.

Taste is more of the same, toffee sweetness, but not too sweet, followed by a hit of hoppiness on the finish. A touch of alcohol is the last taste.

Mouthfeel is good, but nothing special. Thin to medium body, light carbonation.

Goes down well, and was a good dinner beer. I owe my friend Praneel for bringing me a mixer of Great Lakes beers, as they don't come out this way.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated best before Apr 10, 05. Pours a deep amber/light copper color with a fluffy, beige head. Lots of toasty biscuity malt, subtle grassy hops with a light yeasty fruitiness. Big on the sweet biscuity malt complete with tea-like tannins, some herbal hops come through in the finish. A touch of fruitiness gives it an extra dimension of depth. Medium to fuller bodied, it is one of the better Irish red ales I've tried. Very drinkable.

Photo of BeerFink
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice sunset orange/red color with an off-white froathy head. The smell is sweet, flowery, and clean. The taste is wonderfully complex. The malts are big, lending a great toasted flavor. The hops are used sparingly, just enough to balance the malt and still make their presence known. A hint of caramel and citrous fruit gives extra complexity. A noticeable spiciness is also present. This light and refreshing brew disappears quickly, I should have bought an extra 6 pack.

Photo of aquilontendants
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Frugal Homebrewer and drank same day of purchase. Poured into thick stein glass.
Beer smells very malty, and toasty. There is a background of hops aroma hid well behind the malty intensity. The aromas are very welcoming to the style, but unclear as to what style.
Its appearance is ruby-red orange and when poured, a one finger head was left atop the beer. That faded to a thin head throughout the drink.
Wonderfully malty and toasty this beer is. I will not hesitate to say this is the best red beer I have tasted. Its alcohol strength works perfectly with its robust toastiness and crisp taste. The hop flavors are right there with it, not hiden too well and blending very well with the slightly roasted, again toasty, biscuity flavors.
The mouthfeel is great and fresh. I would say it is a medium-bodied beer, and it fits perfectly with its style. GLBC has really hit the mark of the aspect of the brau, could not be better, for my taste at least.
The drinkability is very good. It fills the mouth up quite a bit with flavor but that flavor is full, and desirable. I might have to keep some of this ready for St. Patrick's day.
Overall this beer is one of the best red ales I have tasted. Eggerton's (spelling?) red ale is also a mentionable one to try if you can get your hands on it, though it is stronger and more assertive than this one. I stand by on my rating of this beer, very high!

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy medium red color with three big fingers of off-white head. There is quite a bit of sticky lacing left on the glass. The smell is very malty with lots of sweet aromas like caramel and burnt sugar. A nice nose. The taste is good as well. Fairly sweet lightly toasted malt sit atop a small dose of hops. Very well balanced and smooth. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability fairs very well. A smooth refreshing 6.5% brew!

Photo of Mitchster
4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed with Harrington 2-row, Crystal 77. Hopped with Northern Brewer, Hallertau, and Fuggle.

6.5% ABV, 25 IBU's, OG=14.5P.

Slightly cloudy deep caramel with a touch of ruby accents, forms a whipped dark beige head with very good retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is pleasant with abundant crystal and biscuit malts, a touch of roasted barley, toast, nuts (akin to Fat Tire), and a touch of butterscotch. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a creamy, medium body. Excellent mouthfeel. Taste begins with a ton of toast and biscuit, some excellent (German Noble?) spicy flavor hops perfectly in balance with the abundant malts...the malt body is luxurious with wonderful residual sugars...a tiny wisp of alcohol, and a very nice roasted and toasty finish with mild bitterness.

First off, I am not a fan of Red Ales, but this is the best Red Ale I've ever none. This sets the standard for all others to follow in the category, and is everything I want in a red. Amazingly drinkable, I could put these back all night long. Reminds me to a certain extent of Fat Tire with the wonderful toast and biscuits. I absolutely love this stuff and it will become a regular addition. Amazingly balanced and rich, without ever fatiguing the taste buds. Another amazing brew from the alchemists at GLBC! Highly recommended.

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

Poured to a copper red colour with an overly long lasting head which seemed to destroy any semblance of lace. A rich carmel/toffee aroma overtook the slight waft of whiskey malt (perhaps a sour mash). Had a positive effect on the palate and although a touch tart in the sweetness department; its durability showed through. A very functional Irish Ale; good to the last dram.

Photo of Ahhdball
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good red/orange hue with beige head that sticks with the drink about halfway.
Couldn't really smell much to this but a faint floral scent. I was in a favorite tavern of mine and unfortunately there was a lot of smoke.
Great taste! A hearty toasty malt with a great hops in the finish. Slight fruit but not too much citrus. A flavorful Irish Ale that would shine in the Mother Land.
Great job GLBC!

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

A red ale is sort of like a center in football - he never gets noticed as long as he does his job. The only time anyone pays attention is when he fumbles. Likewise, a good red ale seems to be a beer that happily slips into the background, solid and easygoing, and largely unnoticed unless it is bad. Consequently, this beer deserves being singled out for praise for doing quite well what it sets out to do. No screaming hops, no massive malt, just a well-balanced, easy to drink beer. Nicely nutty and smooth, with just enough hops to balance the malt. A tip on the scale toward the sweet side, but just barely. Would be a great session ale, but I fear the abv will sneak up on me.

Photo of deejaydan
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've like most of the Great Lakes brews that I've tried, so I picked up some of this the last time I was at my local beer store.

Pours with a nice head that sticks around for a while. Nice lacing, a faint orangy-red color.

Not much aroma that I can pick up, a touch of sweet maltiness though.

Taste... this is where this beer shines. Sweet, malty and nutty, but not cloying. Delicious. A faint whisper of hops in the aftertaste.

Drinkability. I could easily drink this all night. This brew is dangerously good.

Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to finally try this the day before St. Patrick's day. This beer poured as nice dark reddish gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that retained itself very nicely. It coated the glass with lace when it finally drifted away. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops and some small spice and caramel elements. A flavor of malt, caramel and some hops present. Fairly sweet notes in the flavor and finish of this beer, with some spriteness in the finish. Great Lakes can rarely go wrong with their beers.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper/amber color with a white foamy almost fluffy head. There was a decent amount of lacing in the glass. Smells somewhat like caramel with some toasted notes along with it. Taste is slightly sweet, caramel with a dryness to it. Some amount of bitterness in the finish, but not overwhelming. I found it to be medium bodied. I didn't feel that it was particularly drinkable, mainly because of the dryness, but I did find it to be good. This usually surfaces around St. Patricks Day, and is another quality brew from Great Lakes.

Photo of Winter
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright copper in color with an off-white head. Aroma consists of caramel and malt with just a touch of toffee sweetness. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with some sharp carbonation upfront. Rich malt characteristics dominate the taste. Flavor is less sweeter than anticipated from the nose. Malt front is overshadowed toward the back of the tongue by a very assertive hop profile. Toasted malt flavor returns after the hops subside. Buttery finish. A solid Irish ale and another good offering from Great Lakes.

Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear tawny-bronze-coppery hue, the off-white head reached almost two fingers in height but my pour was a touch harder than it should’ve been, nevertheless the large head held very well. The lacing was unorganized but prevalent enough to be noteworthy. This is an attractive looking beer, albeit faithfully typical of the style. The nose is biscuity with a trace of toffee sweetness, a note of hops, rather clean. With minimal potency the invitation isn’t stated clearly. The palate is tasty, I mean don’t get me wrong it is tasty but very ordinary. The maltiness is biscuits with a hint of cracker; add in soft flowery hops, a kiss of fruitiness after that, the finish returns to the biscuity malt, nuts, and toasty caramel. It is clean yet a little muddled, I find this distracting. Medium in body, the bulk is very appropriate for the style, also the carbonation is low and natural. As a whole the mouthfeel is very good. I found this to be a very drinkable Amber Ale, as expected for the style, I am both impressed and turned off by the abv. It is cool to quaff an Amber Ale that packs a punch and it is a well-hidden sucker punch but, in my opinion, a redeeming quality of the style is session-ability. This one lacks that. But why should I care, I can’t get this locally anyway. But I can get a beer that is very similar, that pesky little beer called Fat Tire. Anyway Conway’s is a quality beverage and well worth sampling.

Thank you PhantomVodoo!

Photo of masterbruewer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber with a thick off-white head. Light carbonation

The smell, right out of the bottle, was strong malty scent with a little vanilla. It reminded me a vanilla malt from United Dairy Farmer's ice cream counter. A little hop scent became apparent as the pint had time to breath.

The taste starts with a wallop of hops that gives way to a nice malty flavor that turns a little sweet. The sweetness fades over the length of the pint, leaving a very nice flavor similar to an IPA.

The mouthfeel is just right, not too heavy, not too light.

This is a very drinkable brew, quite enjoyable with a nice mix of taste.

Photo of abents
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: A redish-brown brew with moderate carbonation and little head visable.

Smell: Not much of a nose, other than the obvious roasted malt aroma. Maybe a sweeter note of carmel in there as well.

Taste: Roasted malty sweetness with a very full taste to it. Slight alcohol tinge to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Again very full, but smooth. The carbonation feels great in the mouth.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer that tastes great, but yet is nice enough to enjoy a couple of them.

Overall a pretty good brew by Great Lakes, I would have to say I don't enjoy it as much as some of their other brews, but this one is still better than most Ambers I've had.

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.