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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

1,258 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,258
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 58
Gots: 121 | 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:
Beer added by: chilidog on 07-28-2002

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Photo of Chrixsus
5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of WesM63
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark reddish amber in color. Forms a small, but creamy off-white colored head that eventually reduces to a thick ring around the edges. Some minimal lacing.

S: The smell, while not bad, seems off to me. Lots of malty fruits, apple skins, apple pie, pear, white grapes and a touch of toast.

T: Flavor is likewise malty with an appreciable caramel maltiness, some toast, and then some sweet stewed apples and pears. Mild herbal happiness. Finishes like apple cider.

M: Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: I had this one after a Brian Boru and the two just don't compare. This one is much more malty with a lots of fruit (which I wasn't expecting) and very low on the hops and bitterness. Glad to have tried it, but couldn't see coming back to it.

Photo of CaptainHate
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of fergster75
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bezakjon
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of dexterk1
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours with a reddish/dark amber color. Head is relatively thick and stays for a little while.
Odor is light. Some hops noticeable and maybe some grain.
Taste is pretty good. It is not outstanding but good. Hops are noticeable from beginning to end. Some breadyness also. Also a little pine in the middle.
Mouth feel is light and carbonated. Pretty well balanced.
Overall, not the best Irish ale. However, i do think it is worth drinking and would try it again.

Photo of MaximalC
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours completely transparent, somewhere between amber and ruby in color with a healthy off-white head. Aroma is mild and unobtrusive. I had no idea what to expect from this beer in terms of flavor, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. First sip invokes a sweet, malty, lightly spiced flavor with a very smooth feel. It's easy for caramel malt to become cloying if one's not careful, but I don't find that to be the case here. There's just enough citric hop flavor to balance the sweetness, making this brew very easy to drink. My only grievance is that things fall apart a bit on the back end, where an indefinable and slightly metallic aftertaste overstays its welcome. That transgression is fairly minor though in the grand scheme of things, and I would readily endorse this irish red ale as a fine session beer and something worth trying if you're looking for something a little off the beaten path.

Photo of json83
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of alwaysintense
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JackieTH
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bronze pour with small head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace. Smell is biscuit, caramel, grassy hop. Taste is cereal, caramel, a bit nutty, a hint of sweetness. Finish is dryish and clean. Body holds together well, slightly prickly carbonation on a semi-creamy feel. Pretty good.

Photo of DrGonzoDDS
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DerekP
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 3/4/12:

Label denotes "Best before 4/14/12." Brownish-red appearance. Off-white head slims down, but a thin rim holds steady. Clear with very little carbonation bubbles.

Fruity hops & sweet caramel in the nose. Clean, smooth & inviting.

Prickly bite up front. Carbonation, subtle sweetness & bittering hops. Tart apple. Spicy hops flavor. Caramel malts.

Fairly balanced with a touch more hops to boost. Medium-bodied with a sharp, yet not intense hoppiness.

Photo of fx20736
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, served cool.

light amber forms 2 finger beige head, little lacing.

aroma is surprisingly hoppy, of the Noble variety.

mouthfeel is ok.

taste of spicy hops and GL's signature toasted malt that has a slight taste of chocolate.

Notes: there is something about Great Lakes' ales; Burning River, Nosferatu and now Conway. They all have a cocoa aftertaste. Conway is hoppier than any Irish Ale I have ever had. I don't like anything about this beer. The color is insipid, the aroma not to the style, the taste out of sync.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of aSASn
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of korguy123
1.57/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottle into tulip
Best before 3/31/2012

A- Clear copper/red pour with a finger width white head. Lacing is decent.

S- Definitely getting citrus and a slightly sweet malt but the smell that hits me like a ton of bricks is what my brain thinks is cabbage. It's something slightly rank and off putting. It's a strange, sickly sour aroma.

T- Biscuity, slightly sweet, there is a bittering hop flavor and that awful cabbage/ sour vegetable taste. Taste is part smell, when I hold my breath and take a sip it's a 3. When I catch a whiff it's a 1.

M- Nice carbonation, Light bodied.

O- My goodness, I really like Great lakes. I do hope this is a bad bottle or my taste buds are shot (just had a vanilla coffee porter) this beer is almost vomit inducing...

Photo of tmeals
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red-amber brew with an inch of loose head.

Semi-sweet grain nose with a subtle dose of citrus/earthy hops. Clean smelling, but dumbed-down.

In the taste is much more of a toasty malt taste with a similar hop profile from the nose. A little grapefruit, a little chalk. Grassiness is evident, and balances well with the cereal sweetness. Not a bad Irish Ale.

Mouthfeel is full for the style. Feels great. Some heft and ensuing carb.

I'm enjoying my pint just fine, but I may not order another anytime soon. Good brew, but I can pass.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,258 ratings.