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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

1,131 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 51
Gots: 58 | 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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-18-2011 00:40:08 | More by nmann08
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-16-2011 08:48:39 | More by ej285701
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brycevolk

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-15-2011 18:25:48 | More by brycevolk
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ninner00

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-15-2011 17:56:55 | More by ninner00
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-15-2011 06:14:10 | More by mjtiernan
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Geno78

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-15-2011 05:27:42 | More by Geno78
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scott2269

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-15-2011 00:17:40 | More by scott2269
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meetyouoverboard

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 18:29:00 | More by meetyouoverboard
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 18:23:15 | More by thebouch01
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throwback

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 17:51:41 | More by throwback
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SaintJonah

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 17:08:42 | More by SaintJonah
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 15:27:14 | More by sbricker
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a mild copper-amber. A bit light colored and only has a small halo of head immediately after the pour. Nice color, but the fact that it's a bit pale and the lack of foamy head detracts.

S - There is just a lack of smell on this. This particular bottle has been sitting in my cellar for a while due to overflow of beer. However, this has a very faint smell of caramel malts. The smell is lacking overall.

T - Well the taste more than makes up for the smell. The beginning is a sweet caramel, then it finishes with subtle hops. Delicious beer.

M - The mouthfeel is about what I would expect. A bit thick, and it swirls in my mouth without much carbonation. Great sipping beer as it warms.

Overall, this is a nice beer. I like it now with a few months of age on it, and I can see liking it fresh, too.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 00:26:52 | More by gdrydenc
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending this one, Jeff.

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: A very toasty aroma. Lots of sweet, toffee and caramel malts with plenty of toasted malts. There is a touch of fruit to the nose and a bit of hops in there, but they're pretty faint.

T: Quite a pleasant flavor which consists mostly of sweet and creamy caramel. Plenty of toffee and toasted bread are there as well. Malt driven, certainly, but there is just a very light hop flavor and bitterness.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A pretty decent Irish Red. The malt character really stands out and gives a good flavor to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 04:47:22 | More by womencantsail
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KrautAficionado

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cherry-copper in color with a foamy, soapy, grey and audibly popping head. Sweet caramel biscuits roll out the aroma, along with hints of honeyed oats, bran flakes, molasses snap cookies and a slight copper kiss. Sweet hazelnuts and subtly smooth caramel team with sugared bran for the primary flavor onset. Heartier profile than expected. Sticky toffee chews with Irish cream flavored nougat in the center. Medium-bodied, slightly thick and oily, and a substantive palate load, especially considering its parameters. Sweet caramel creations and dead-on carbonation levels contribute to a formidable, balanced end quotient. Cedar smoothness, butter almond, pistachios and vanilla bring things to a close.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 04:36:40 | More by KrautAficionado
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SFrankBrew

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: 12 oz bottle - Pours a cloudy amber red with a thin white head which dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma of malt, bread, and a hint of hops. Taste is caramel malt, yeast, and faint hops in the finish. Medium bodied with good balance. I am not typically a big Irish Ale fan - but this one is okay.. Would I get it again? Questionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 19:51:32 | More by SFrankBrew
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argock

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Best by 032511 on label. Received as gift from brother Greg.

A: Pleasing amber-brown with solid, tightly bubbled 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and some scattered lacing.

S: Grainy, malty nose with plenty of biscuit notes, but the citrus hoppiness is restrained but a nice complement to the caramel and biscuit aromas.

T: The flavor is a classic amber with upfront biscuity, caramel maltiness and a moderate citrus hoppiness. The cereal graininess has a big but not overwhelming presence.

M: The beer is not very dry but has a lush mouthfeel. The carbonation is low and contributes to the creamy smoothness.

O: I enjoyed this brew a lot -- it is unsung in the Great Lakes lineup and provides a nice example of a superdrinkable amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 04:38:38 | More by argock
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sauron681

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium ruby color, very clean appearance. A nice thick head, but low carbonation. Lacing is average.
A sweet cherry and plum aroma. Nice toasted malt flavor, that finishes dry, yet sweet at the same time.
A hearty bread like aftertaste with a light alcohol warming with what seems to be a honey like flavor that lingers in the mouth.
Overall a pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 03:03:02 | More by sauron681
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PhageLab

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Nice solid head of froth on this clear reddish brown beer. Retention was great, and some spotted lacing was left behind. Love their label art.

S - Sweet malts, raisins, and a touch of dried apricots.

T - Unexpectedly peppery, but it compliments the sweet body rather well. Good malty flavor.

M - Crisp light body, medium carbonation level that works well here.

D - The ABV is quite deceptive here, from drinking it I could swear this was a lot lower. So not quite sessionable, but I don't think that would stop me. Reco.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 16:11:20 | More by PhageLab
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oline73

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a finger and a half of tan head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Some bready caramel malt sweetness. Not a ton going on here.

Taste: Again, the malt is really the star of the show. Hints of bread and caramel. The is a very mild spice note. A bit nutty as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: A solid Irish red. I really like the malt flavors. Well balanced and mild.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 21:12:35 | More by oline73
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ONUMello

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A bit past its drink-by date of 4/13, but I've always found those to be very conservative.

A: Mahogany colored, one-finger head.
S: Sweet malts prevail, a hint of molasses.
T: Toasted nuts, a bit of honey. Just a whisper of hops.
M: Very smooth, enjoyable and easy to drink.
O: A very nice beer to kick back and enjoy. Balanced and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 21:21:25 | More by ONUMello
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SylviaFaye

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 1 inch off-white head sits comfortably over a clear amber body with considerable carbonation. The nose is fruity with hints of banana. The initial taste follows the smell with fruity esters, but as the beer rolls over the tongue, a whole palette of flavors emerges, including a slightly hoppy, toasted almond bread middle, and a final alluring, bitter pull. The mouth feel is of medium consistency.

Varied, interesting, and tempting... this beer is definitely one to try from this company.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 19:28:53 | More by SylviaFaye
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep translucent copper-bronze hue, capped with a plentiful ecru head, leaving rings of lace upon the glass.

S - Slightly sweet, with a generally malty nose offering light notes of honey and chocolate.

T - The taste is equal parts subdued honey-toffee-cocoa maltiness, earthy hop, and effervescent minerality.

M - The feel is just short of medium-bodied, and has a good soft creamy effervescence.

O - Excellent drinkability and taste, overall, even if the brew is a bit middle-of-the-road.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 04:10:37 | More by ktrillionaire
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel-amber, with large foamy head. Heavy and attractive (but not intricate) lacing.

Nose brings to mind baked yeasty bread. Appealing.

Taste is immediately rich and flavorful. Toasty, with some hints of honey maybe, and a mellow, citrusy hops kiss at the finish.

A really well-rounded and unusually complex Irish red ale here. Superior, and very delicious!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 18:46:04 | More by secondtooth
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm supposed to have enjoyed this by April 5th, almost three weeks ago. uh-oh

A - Ruby red with pinkish coloration on the body, a small tan bit of foam on top. Good color for the beer.

S - Malty sweetness, bit of spices like cinnamon in the back. A hint of tartness, perhaps it's a bit older than it should be.

T - Malts all the way. Nice caramel and toffee roasted flavors forward, some light hints of chocolate. A very nice malt profile that is balanced without much hop presence.

M - Relatively thin, but smooth and pleasant.

O (D) - drinks pretty easy, tastes good. Nothing offensive, but its not something that you can't help drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 16:53:11 | More by ColdPoncho
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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