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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1,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,194
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:
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(Beer added by: chilidog on 07-28-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of lovindahops
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Conway pours a glowing red body with a clear appearance and thin head that disappear. A solid look that is spot on for an Irish ale

S- a light plum with some sweet caramel and oat scent. There is some dry scents as well

T- great toasted flavor that mingles with a sweet bready theme. Think apples with caramel followed by a crisp finish of grapes and plum. Very good flavor

M- crisp, refreshing, and tasteful. Furthermore it's the right body from the style

O- a perfect irish ale. I will make this brew always around for the beginning of spring

Photo of HopNelius
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 12 oz bottle and into an Irish pint glass.
Appearane- red color, medium carbonation, some lacing.
Smell- notes of bread and cinnamon.
Taste- notes of bread and cinnamon, caramel, typical Irish red but better.
Mouthfeel- nice desert notes
Overall- one of the better Irish reds I have had. Great drinkability I could drink several.

Photo of jsprain1
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Red-copper with a thick head that doesn't last all that well.
S- Very simple on the nose. Toast, caramel, and a touch of noble hop.
T- It's a fine beer, but it never really gets past acceptable for me in flavor. It's a bit sweet up front with caramel flavor. Finish is toasted bread. Quite bready.
M- Medium body for a red. Carbonation is on the assertive end.
O- Like I said it's a fine beer but there is nothing that transcends the normal Irish Red level for me.

Photo of output01x
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before 04/03/12) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a full 1-finger cream-colored head that fades in a couple minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear bright red amber with a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen throughout consumption but never seems to stick around very long.

Dark, sweet malts give notes of fresh bread and caramel. A little spiciness gives a little extra character to the nose.

Each sip starts with notes of caramel, toffee, bread crust, dry cereal, and good spiciness. Once the beer is swallowed, none of the flavors really spike and no new flavors appear. The spiciness lasts a little longer than the other flavors and into a wet finish. The spice lasts on the palate between sips.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. The body is just thick enough to allow the flavors to come out without ever becoming sticky or coating. The carbonation is a bit fizzy but does not interfere with the flavors and really helps to make this beer very drinkable.

Photo of siege06nd
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to Great Lakes pint...

A: Pours a dark amber copper color, crystal clear. About a half finger of cream colored head that rapidly dissipates to a spotty quarter finger ring. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, toasted biscuit, and just a hint of citrus zest. Smells creamy and light.

T: Follows the nose. Grainy malt, caramel, some toasted biscuit, and a light dosage of citrus from the hops. Very creamy and smooth. The finish leaks just a little bit and is somewhat bitter.

M: Light to moderate bodied, smooth, creamy. Assertively carbonated. Good flavor profile.

O: A solid Irish Red. Fits the bill for the style quite well. It's smooth and straightforward, something Great Lakes has always done well. Very good session beer here, would love to have this during college football season.

Photo of lstokes
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a nice, lasting head. Nose is mostly sweet malt. Tastes like roasted nuts, caramel and graham cracker with just a touch of orange from the hops--I want to like this more than I do, as there's nothing wrong with it, but ultimately it's just kind of... there? Good malt character, and I enjoyed the three I had, but it's not a beer I'll be buying again.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got aggressive mid-pour and still only got half a finger of off white head. Body is a a burning copper orange color that could nearly top the head of any red blooded Irish person. Very few bubbles rising to the top of this beer, and no real lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and something sweet and fruity, with just the faintest whiffs of caramel.

Light toasted malt starts her off, then goes into a very rich biscuit flavor. A little caramel in the middle, and a spicy, slightly hoppy ending make for an enjoyable experience.

This beer is medium bodied and very sweet but not sticky. Washes down clean.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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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 JohnWaynes44
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, clear, copper pour, with a nice rich, tidy, cream head. Nothing notable in the nose, just some faint sweet grass. Tinny and sweet malts are wrapped around a bouquet of juicy fruit. Picking up hints of orange, lemon and some more of that grass that I smelled. The creamy, watery mouthfeel follows nicely with style. First time trying this, and I found it an interesting and damn fine example. I have come to expect great "ness" from this brewery and it continues to not disappoint.

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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