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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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1,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 51
Gots: 72 | 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 Gritsak
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

noticed this at a local store and had never seen it before so i figured what the hell...i dont think its possible to get a bad brew from great lakes anyways.

poors amber color with an off white head that stays all the way through. laces really well.

mouthfeel is a little think and smooth..good blend of carbonation

taste is sweet up front and smooth on the way down with hints of malt

this is another hit from great lakes...i could be satisfied drinking this all night long.

Gritsak, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of kwalters
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I had to choose a favorite session beer, a beer that I could finish off multiple bottles of, this would be it. Far and away the best Irish red I've tasted. To the masses, this is like an intense Killian's. To the longtime BA's, it might be similar to a weakened Scotch ale. I really like this one.

It's color is a nice amber red. The head is sturdy and lasting with good lacing. The flaovr seems a bit tipped towards sweetness and malts, but that's a good characteristic in my book.

I've been on a quest to try as many different brews as possible and in so doing I only buy one or two bottles of each kind. Conway's Irish ale is a brew I'll be buying in sixpack formation, for sure!

kwalters, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a scarlett red color with small, compact tan head. The nose is really bready in my opinoin and slight alcohol. But in taste, I do not recognize any alcohol. Which is quite amazing since it's a red ale at 6.5%. The flavor is malt dominate, but there's an array of various malts. Toasted biscuity sweetness along with some caramel are strongest. A slight citrus sweetness is also there. Hops stand up to the malt but dont overtake it. They're not bitter but more floral. Very dry finish. Quite good.

granger10, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear amber nectar. Small off-white ebbs quickly and leaves scattered lace on the glass.

Aroma is heavy roasted and sweet malts. Hint of floral hops in the background.

Flavor seems to be mainly caramel and roasted malt, very roasted. Very "full" beer in the mouth and fairly high alcohol doesn't seem to show up on the palate. Heavy sweet and roast is offset by a slight bitter finish.A bit of roasted grain. The alcohol is hidden very well. Finished with a pleasant toasted nut/slightly bitter taste. Pretty well-balanced.

Highly drinkable, although relative sweetness makes me think more than two would be too much.

CRJMellor, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery color, very clear, good head which dissipated fairly quickly, trace lacing.

Smell: Sweet malty smell, maybe a bit grainy.

Taste: Beautiful balance of sweetness and bitterness, neither particularly dominates. Almost has a root beer-like taste up front.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, full bodied beer. Pleasantly warming.

Drinkability: Another hit from GLBC. This is a very nice offering, not too overwhelming, I could see myself drinking a few of these tonight. Way to go, Great Lakes.

JackTheRipper, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This along with Casco Riptide are my favorite red alse out there,pours a deep red/amber with a real nice creamy sticky head,the aroma is nutty and malty sweet with some bread-like aromas.The taste is slightly burnt with some real nice malty sweetness,very good roasted qualities with a ever so slight hop profile.A real nice beer to sit down and savor.

oberon, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know for a guy who apparently loves kickking back macro brews in his spare time, this brewer really does a bang-up job for Great Lakes (And nothing against having a few Macros, I just expect brewers to be pushing the envelope not dumbing things down on their spare time)....No dumbing down with this beer (or any of their beers I've tried)....a high quality red...great toasty aroma...body is medium....the flavor is surprisingly bready....It's great though....some caramel too....the hopping is floral and definitely sits quietly in the background but it clearly plays it's part in keeping thisfrom being too one-dimensonal..

I love this beer and am giving it's drinkability high marks because of that and because it seems very balanced for as swet as it is...This is probably the best red I've had...if not in the the top 5 for sure...clean, crisp, tasty, great nose...Now if only we could replace the 100 or so taps of Killians in my town with this I'd be happy...

ZAP, May 26, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with the familiar GLBC black and white label. No "best by" information in the little box...

Appearance: Poured a hazy amber color. Lots of floaties suspended in mid-beer. Creamy off-white head settles to a thin layer with a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very malty. Sweet and bready. Slightly bitter aroma also noted.

Taste: Mostly caramel sweetness. Chewy in texture. A bit of roasted grain. The alcohol is hidden very well. Finished with a pleasant toasted nut/slightly bitter taste. Very nicely-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. No aftertaste.

Drinkability: Another solid offering from GLBC. Not my favorite, but it is certainly high up on my list of ambers. I gotta get my parents to buy some for me before their next road trip from the Buckeye State. A great session beer that is very drinkable. GLBC delivers again.

I raise my glass to fellow BA PhantomVoDoo for trading this to me during our last road trip to Ohio.

OldFrothingSlosh, May 21, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a glowing scarlet red. A bit of chill haze is noted. A nice medium sized light beige colored head sits on top and has some decent retention. Lacing is adequate. The aroma has some nice caramel tones as well as a predominant toasted grain aroma. Pretty nice. The toastiness of this brew is its main allure. Toasted malt flavor is very nice. There's also a dry, somewhat bitter hop presence noted as well. A very small dollop of sweet caramel malt accentuates as well. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and pleasing. Body is close to medium-full. One of the better Irish Red Ales I've had.

Thank you cokes for sharing Mr. Conway.

Bighuge, May 12, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tarnished bronze with a healthy pale tan head.
Nose of toffee and earthy malts. Not overly expressive, but appropriate.
Taste begins in the buttery toffee direction, fading to a earthy malt domain that is minimal with the sweetness, except for a few residual caramelly sugars. When cold, there's a fanciful earthy tang that cues at peat. As it warms, more caramel grows, the peat-ishness begins to assert itself midway, and becomes a highlight. Full of earth and tang as the flowery hops enter, more brash than expected, but nowhere near obnoxious.
Medium-light in stature, with tempered carbonation.
I think it is safe to label this the best Irish-style Red Ale I've ventured across thus far.

However, I do believe they missed a vowel in the name. Call this Conaway's Irish Ale, and I'd be inclined to give it 5 stars.

cokes, Apr 11, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another good GLBC beer. This one is good looking, but a bit less intriguing than others on the taste side. Pours a copper or orangish amber with a nice tan head; it also has some nice ruby highlights. The lacing is adequate if not great. The taste is full of malt sweetness, but gets some dryness from adequate hops. A good beer that has to run in stiff company at GLBC. This would be considered a great beer from many American brewers who offer only the fizzy yellows.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish hue with a white head, a light to medium body malty beer with enough kick to keep things fun. A decent offering from GLBC. This beer would make a good session ale a couple times a year. Not the best offering from GLBC but a solid as hell red ale.

jtw5877, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finished my classes today and turned in my last paper before spring break, so on my way home from class I stop at the liquor store. Good thing I did it seems they recieved a new Great Lakes product whoo hoo! This Irish ale pours a fine amber with a creamy tan full head that is already leaving me a nice even ring of lace. The aroma is a very slight hop aroma with caramel malt sweetness to it, overall pleasant. In the taste category this beer combines a bit of a smokey blend to it with a rather sharp bite to it between the balance of malt to hops. Overall a selection I am happy to be able to find on the kickoff of this St. Patrick's Day weekend. This beer is medium to light in body and it sustains a smooth lighter mouthfeel to it, and I only wish I could find it on tap by St. Paddy's cuz I think this would be my go to on that day!

WVbeergeek, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish copper color. Off white head that fades to a thin coating. Aroma dominated by sweet, grainy malts.

Taste filled with sweet malt flavor that is hard to describe. Caramel, grainy, candied-apple, and whiskey all come to mind, but none seem to quite fit just right. Very smooth. Touch of sweet alcohol with a slight warming effect. Well-balanced. Hops provide a clean finish. Malts coat the tongue and leave a slight, lingering malt sweetness after the finish.

Good mouthfeel. Medium body.
Very drinkable for a beer with this much malt character.
Overall, a very good example of the style.

PhantomVodoo, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber colored brew with an ivory colored head that fades to a thin carbonation layer. Aroma is deeply malted and earthy. Caramel notes as well. Flavors of hearty malt and caramel with a delicate bitter hop bite. Over the top malts are sure to please those malt lovers out there. Finishes strong. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Thanks to aaronh for this wonderful offering from Great Lakes.

cretemixer, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a rich amber highlighted red ale that pours with a half-inch off white head. The head slowly fades to a thin film indicative of a malty beer. A very nice lace pattern is left on the glass. The aroma is very malty, with a touch of hops. The combination of the sweetness and the hops almost has a cinnamon charcter to it. Very intruiging. The flavor shows some nice hop bitterness up front, with a very solid malt background. Hints of peat smokiness show through in the mid, with a decent bitterness on the finish. A nice balamce of malt and hops make this very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is a bit sharp, but yet refreshing. The overall balance of this beer makes it very drinkable. It is a shame this is only offered a couple of months a year. Worth a try. May especially appeal to bourbon and scotch fans, as the flavor profile is reminiscent of a good, smooth bourbon. Great Lakes has yet to disappoint me.

aaronh, Jan 21, 2003
Photo of chilidog
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great looking ruby-red, medium bodied beer that pours to give a nice off white head and lace.It carries a stronger malt flavor with a fruity overtone, almost cherry-like. It drinks very smooth but leaves the mouth dry. The bottle credits a 1995 world beer champ on my 02 sample, I can't beleave im the first review. I got the end of this years run on this seasonal, Jan--March St. Pats, brew. It will be a good find next winter.

chilidog, Jul 28, 2002
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Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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