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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,164 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,164
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

firebeer06, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Mdodge8837, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Rhynes2
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Beautiful dark color for this beer. The flavor is very malt centered but still well balanced. It lets the malts give off a nice sweetness with the hops it balances out nicely. Pours a nice two finger head with good retention but not much for lacing. It's not my favorite brew from Great Lakes but I get it every year when it comes around.

Rhynes2, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of HollandTunnels
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

A - Poured a nice amber red, 1 inch foam

S - Malt and a little smoked or toasty and sweet

T - A bit on the sweet side tasts and smell are similar

M - Good, easy or mid

O - I liked the beer just alittle on the sweet side for my taste but overall good beer

Serving type: bottle

HollandTunnels, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of dusting871
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

dusting871, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of jharkins07
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jharkins07, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

doucmehu, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

From notes. Best by 4/12/11; consumed 3/17/11

A - Pours clear amber with two fingers of head that has pretty good retention.

S - Mostly malts a bit sweet and a bit of toasted grain.

T - Similar to smell, taste is slightly sweet malts and toasted grains. Finishes pretty clean. Pretty tasty.

M - Nice medium mouthfeel. Coats the palate without being heavy.

O - An easy drinking Irish red. I wish I had gotten a bit more hops out of this, but not bad as is.

warnerry, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JohnnyMc, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a very clear light amber color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles and a finger of just off white creamy head that lingers for a bit then dissipates, leaves a thin layer of lacing
S: interesting sweetness and what i can only say reminds me of creaminess, maybe whipped cream
T: very clean and crisp taste, very clean, begins with just a slight sweetness, nice nutty malt and sweetness in the middle, very toned down but still present, leaves just a slight sweetness on the palate afterwards
M: a bit intense on the carbonation in the beginning, then has a creamy texture, and leaves the mouth slightly sticky
O: a decent brew, drinks nicely and cleanly, i could drink a sixer of this with no qualms

BigPlay1824, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of tgoldian
4/5  rDev +5.3%

tgoldian, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of beerme626
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

Coming off of Edmund Fitzgerald recently, I was surprised by Conway's Irish Ale

A: A nice amber red, but with a small head that dissipated almost immediately.
S: The best part. A rich, fruity smell with distinct notes of berries.
T: Again, a little fruity for an Irish red, with a bit of alcohol taste and little hop bitterness
M: Very thin, almost flat (though the bubbles from carbonation are clearly visible).
O: Not what I expected from Great Lakes, but worth the single bottle I bought.

beerme626, Feb 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

brealbg, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

IkeMan90, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

xdefeatsy, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mattyrubes
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mattyrubes, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of alexgash
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz. bottle. Best by 03/26/12.

Deep auburn-copper with golden edges. Clear and clean. Thick finger of whipped, creamy, light beige head. Good lacing. Malty mix of caramel rolls, honeyed toast, and fruit (apple, pear).

Toasted malts up front, with slight graininess. Sweetish caramel and fruit fill up the palate. Toasted malt notes throughout. Modest herbal hop presence gets a little lost in the malt. Some herbal bitterness in the finish, but mostly lingering fruit and honey toast. Medium-bodied, with a nice creamy feel. Not my favorite style, but a nice example of it.

alexgash, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

daverdave, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

JayDub12, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

ng85, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Whistlepig89, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

meanmutt, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jminch, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%

I picked up a bottle of Great Lake's Conway's Irish Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I haven't had an Irish Red Ale in a while and Great Lakes is a pretty solid brewery so I decided to give this beer a try, lets see how it goes. It had a best buy date of 3-26-12. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok and it has a nice looking old school picture on the label. It poured a nice copper/red color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. The color was a little light but the head was spot on.

S- The aroma of this beer is all about the malts. It starts off with lots of malts that smell lightly toasted and pretty sweet, it imparted some brown bread, caramel, and biscuit like aromas. Next comes a light amount of spices and a really light earthy hops aroma. The aroma was on the sweet side and seemed to be pretty average.

T- The taste seems to follows the nose. The first thing that I pick up is loads of malts that seem lightly toasted and have a high amount of medium sweetness and impart some caramel, biscuit, brown bread, grains, and a little bit of cereal. After that comes that light amount of spices that I got in the aroma and a light amount of earthy and herbal hops on the finish with a very low amount of bitterness and a biscuity and slightly spicy aftertaste. The flavor seems to be pretty average as far as Irish Red Ales go, it wasn't that memorable and little dull.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, medium bodied, and it had a medium amount of carbonation. I got no complaints with the mouthfeel, it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought that this was an Ok beer and a pretty average Irish Red Ale, it didn't have anything that was out of place for the style, but it seemed like the flavors didn't meld as good as they could of and the sweet malts didn't let hardly any other flavors and aromas come through. This beer went down fairly smooth, one went down smooth and I might be able to drink another one but after that I think the sweetness would start to get to me. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was pretty spot on for an Irish Red Ale. What I liked least about this beer was the high amount of sweetness, I think the sweetness needs to be toned down some to make this beer more enjoyable and drinkable. I don't think I would buy this beer again, there are better Irish Red Ales to be found that are more available at the same price. I don't really recommend this beer unless you are a huge Irish Red Ale, I find it to be a pretty middle of the road kind of beer. Great Lakes is a pretty solid brewery and this beer was Ok, but it just wasn't that memorable of beer and it really didn't hold my attention, better luck next time guys.

StoutHunter, Feb 04, 2012
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.