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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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1,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,193
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 53
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 keithmurray
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear copper color with white head

Smell - this is faint, picking up caramel, green apple

Taste - green tea, caramel, green apple

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium bodied, high carbonation, sweetness upfront and some bitterness on the back/finish

Overall - good beer to have during a session, I am drinking this as I get ready for the SuperBowl

Price Point - $8.59/6pk 12oz bottles

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Lewdd
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of beersvh23
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of crytion
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of KillaB
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Brunite
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BigTrubble
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light caramel amber with a thin white lacing of head

S - caramel, some faint apple

T - apple, caramel, fruity esters, faintly bitter, some sweetness

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a rather simplistic beer. The esters from the yeast provide most of the flavor offering some fruitiness. The malt is prevalent, but it really only adds caramel. This was a nice beer to try once, but this isn't something I would seek out again.

Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of BierStein711
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Toasty Irish Ale poured from bottle into pint.

Two finger head, amber body!

Smells of toast and bread

Tastes of malt, toast, bread, and floral hop at the finish.

Tastes of malt, bread, smoke, floral hop, and more bread at the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel!

Overall, this is not a bad beer. But, I'm not too fond of the style.

I'd have this again!

Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Groomsy
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best by 03/23/12.

Conway's Irish Red, when poured, yields a... well, red... color. When held to light, it has some color resemblances to an English pale ale. Topped by a thin head of white bubbles, this beer leaves spotty rings of lacing down the glass. Carbonation isn't really evident here. It looks unflattering and unlively for a brewery of this caliber.

Although the Irish Red isn't necessarily an "exciting" style (nor meant to be), Great Lakes have nailed what makes the style enjoyable to drink. The nose is malt-heavy with scents of toasted barley, caramel, and toffee. Some hops hang in the balance and contribute some herbal tea notes.

There's a nice balance to be found here, and this a souped-up take on the typical amber ale. There is more earthiness to be found here than what one would find in a typical American amber or pale. Caramel and toffee dominate on the front of the palate; the ale yeast contributes some light fruitiness, and some residual earthy flavors linger into the finish. This style isn't meant to blow you away, but for entering into the spring season, this is a good balance.

The mouthfeel of this beer is its downfall, unfortunately. This brew would be made better with a more lively carbonation; I feel that it falls flat on the palate and is a little on the watery side. (Not exactly desired for the winter/spring transition). The lingering flavors are nice, but there's just not a good overall feel here.

While I wasn't expecting to get blown away by this beer, this was just a little underwhelming for a brewery like Great Lakes. While a good Irish Red (keep style in mind) and very much sessionable, there are a few caveats that take away, in my opinion. Worth checking out, however.

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,193 ratings.