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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

1,311 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,311
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 56
Gots: 154 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: chilidog on 07-28-2002

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Ratings: 1,311 | Reviews: 477
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, served in a nonic pint glass.

A- A good pour reveals a full inch and a half of frothy white head covering a transparent burnt orange body.

S- The aroma is bready malts with some saltine cracker notes. A lot going on here, from cashews, to caramel, to hops.

T- Surprisingly malty even though the nose was malty. This beer is very different as to how the taste arrives on the palate. The flavors comes in late and quickly, but the are fairly sweet and refreshing. Just barely enough hops to balance it.

M- I would absolutely love the feel of this one if it was just a bit more carbonated. Super drinkable, however. Silky smooth.

O- A great beer to keep you on your toes and awaken all your senses.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a red/brown color with a white one finger head which dissipates rather quickly; minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell is heavy with sweet and roasted malts, some carmel and a little orange also the smell is dank and earthy.

The taste quickly moves from malt sweetness, orange, carmel to tangy hop bitterness. The various tastes seem to hit all at once and that makes it hard to appreciate the individual flavors.

The mouthfeel is really tangy thanks to the high carbonation, there is also a cracker like feel to this brew.

Overall this is a good session beer, a little to tangy for my tastes. The sweetness in the smell does not come through in the taste and the whole thing has the carbonation level of soda. Not bad but this could be better.

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3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big, soft, off-white head that collapses down nicely to a fine head. Aroma is biscuity, sweet, a touch of caramel, and a touch of hops. Nice light-amber color. Starts sweet with notes of caramel and hop bitterness. Builds to a medium-low bitterness, then the malt comes back with a vengeance. Smooth, slightly sweet biscuit in the finish, a touch a caramel, and a faint lingering of grassy/grainy hops.

This isn't too bad. It's a really excellent balance of sweet malt and hops. I'm not really digging the slight caramel aspect to it, but it's still well done.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Bills453
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - poured from bottle into chalice. Dark orange color with red tint. Nice one finger head, left pretty quickly but the lacing is real nice.

Smell - grassy, plant smell. Some wheat/straw. A hint of sweetness which smells floral.

Taste - ok. Seems to really be missing a strong flavor.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - not my favorite from Great Lakes, actually I think this one is my least favorite. Still an ok beer tho.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

A-Reddish copper color, vivid. About a 1-finger head, some lacing.

S- Raisin bread.

T- Dry toasted malt, dark fruit, cinnamon-raisin.

M-Good body and carbonation, long dry finsh.

O- A good beer that I'd drink again, this one may have suffered from sloppy barkeeping.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Crystal clear very bright copper, small head doesn't last, thin foam around edges

S: Malty base with earthy hops, clean aroma, sweet but not heavy

T: Definitely malty sweet, but actually has a decent bitter backbone, unfortunately its a little too herbal for me, I'd prefer clean buttering, the herbal notes make the malt taste funky, not bad but it could be better, malt is caramel in flavor but not dark, doesn't ever get cloying but has a decent bready base

M: Just on the dry side, medium to full body

O: Solid, but not a standout

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an easy drinking, if not very challenging Irish ale. Minimal amounts of that mildly fruity and leafy thing that seems prevalent in the style. Decent enough to drink, though not overly interesting or mind blowing. I hope this is an accurate sample of this beer. Really, I just tried it because it was one of the Great Lakes beers I had yet to check out. Next!

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Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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