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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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Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours much more amber than the "ruby red" that is described on the label. A thin, wispy head leaves a little lacing.

The smell is of caramel with very light toast and a touch of earthy hops.

The taste is of caramel, light toast with a bitter-ish finish. A bit of alcohol shows.

It has a malty smoothness to it and reaches medium-bodied.

An interesting, enjoyable American interpretation of an "Irish Red" - a bit hoppy and more alcoholic than traditional but it works for a different slant on the style.

jwc215, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance: pours a clear amber orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: light fruity aroma is all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, bread, ripe fruit sweetness, some hints of toasted nuts, and a moderate bitterness nicely balances the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is brief and short-lived.

Overall: a very quaffable ale that is refreshing and hits the spot.

Gavage, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

imperialking, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

yourefragile, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Sweet, light, caramel malt flavor. Very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is a touch bland for 6.5% abv. I do get a touch of vegetable DMS, but I'm not sure if that's completely inappropriate for the style. There's a light bitter aftertaste in the end, but in general it's pretty tasty. I'd like it to be lower in abv, because this beer could sneak up on me fast.

tempest, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Served on-tap at the Doubletree Cleveland Downtown Lakeside in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a clear deep amber in color with some heavy amounts of visible carbonation and light ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger and a half tall dense light beige head that very slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a hint of toffee sweetness. There are some light fruit notes from the yeast and just the faintest hint of citrus/orange peel hops.

T: Upfront the malts really take center stage with some toasted malt flavors that have notes of caramel and toffee sweetness followed by a slight hint of breadiness (which still has a bit of the toasted flavors). There are light hints of fruit and just a touch of citrus/orange peel hops. Lightly bitter in the finish which does not linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable for folks that enjoy the malt forward style (I do). Alcohol is well hidden and this beer is almost sessionable. Pairs well with food.

dbrauneis, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden copper red body that is crystal clear with a gentle release of tiny bubbles. The head is a thin creamy head that is white with a faint yellow hue.

S- The smell of lightly toasted malt with some note of dry fresh grain note in there. No real hop aroma in there.

T-This beer had a nice slightly sweet toasted malt flavor with some dry fresh grain flavor that follows. There is a very slight buttery note but it is not detected when the beer is really cold. There is a nice spicy flavor that finishes and some green hop notes in there. The finish is crisp and dry with a soft carbonic note.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz in the finish.

D- This is a nice smooth beer that has some good malt flavors and a spicy hop flavor but it would be nice to see the malt have a bit more depth and the hops back off a bit. Definitely a good crossover beer for those that drink Adjunct Lagers.

rhoadsrage, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Appearance: perfect amber color with little head and slight lacing.

Smell: malty and grainy.

Taste: malt throughout with a smooth finish a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: light on the tounge.

Drinkability: Easy drinker no problem having more than one at a sitting.

ejimhof, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

12oz bottle poured into my Founder's pint glass late at night.

Conway has a autumn orange with some faint redness in spots and nooks and crannies. I've seen much redder, anyway a nice light caramel colored head rose about an inch with some burst, not much legs to this. No lacing.

Smells consist of a typical irish red, caramel, small candy vibe, barely smellable hop sense. A boatload of toasted malt. This is fresh and it don't smell that bad.

Taste is simple but bold with the fresh bottle. Caramel and some apple slices dipped in caramel. Toasted malts giving basic bread in the middle. A sweet aftertaste. Hops are not in the picture but sort of keep things in perspective.

A very healthy medium body on this and very sweet, perhaps a bit too much. Kinda reminds me of sucking on a worthers original for a second. This was a easy one to take down, perhaps that's the Irish in me. It's simple, no more no less. I can see this going downhill in the bottle fairly quickly so drink up.

BARFLYB, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 4/7/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cal that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, pear, apple, raisin, floral, herbal, pepper, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, raisin, pear, floral, herbal, light pepper, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, raisin, pear, floral, herbal, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of bready malt, yeast ester, and light-moderate hop flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Irish red ale. All around good balance and robustness of bready malt, yeast ester, and light-moderate hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Best by 3/29/10

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Copper in color, clarity ok, some little yeasties hanging in suspension. Small head forms, sticks around for a while and laces the glass.

Smell: Bready malt makes up most of the aroma.

Taste: Deliciously malty with flavors mimicking candy roasted nuts. Caramel malt. Hop profile is relatively low, a light lemony bitterness that lingers on after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a high degree of carbonation. This beer is the opposite of flat. A semi-dry finish with lingering lemon/tea notes.

Drinkability: Quite enjoyed this one. Yet another solid brew from Great Lakes.

Stinkypuss, Mar 01, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

wrightst, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Best before April 28th 2011, we are good to go baby!

A three finger head off a golden pour. Head is an off cream brown color with tiny bubbles that fall away at a good rate. Very clear body of a burnt orange with some visible carbonation. Leaves a good collar but no lacing throughout the drink.

Bouquet is an interesting airy toasty grassy malt. Man Great Lakes beers smell so dang good. Very unique smelling with some sweet caramel like smell hidden in the back.

Taste is a grass malt backbone, with a small hop profile. Herbal tea like in sensation with grass, but also a little carbonated too. Somewhat of a drying finish also.

Another win for the Great Lakes, it may not be my favorite Irish Red Ale but it's a good one for sure.

smakawhat, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

tdm168, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

12 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet.

Pours a clear light coppery orange, dark amber, thin white head forms, wispy, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, not much there, no real lacing, doesn't look too exciting. Smell is nice and malty, caramel, some really toasty and grainy malt, oats/cereal, light floral, very malty. Taste is similar, very sweet, oranges, some grainy malt, biscuit, cereal, light fruitiness in the finish, low bitterness, not too exciting. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Alright beer, easy to drink but a little boring and light.

Viggo, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly pint glass. poured a bright copper color with a thin foam covering that barely covers the beer. It left some pretty good lacing on the sides as I drank it.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some nice apple and caramel scents. The taste starts off sweet with some malt and bread flavors but is somewhat balanced out with some bitterness in the finish. It also has a slightly fruity almost apple juice like flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very drinkable nicely flavored brew that goes down pretty easy. One of the better Irish Ale's that I have had for sure.

billab914, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

This beer is a glowing scarlet red. A bit of chill haze is noted. A nice medium sized light beige colored head sits on top and has some decent retention. Lacing is adequate. The aroma has some nice caramel tones as well as a predominant toasted grain aroma. Pretty nice. The toastiness of this brew is its main allure. Toasted malt flavor is very nice. There's also a dry, somewhat bitter hop presence noted as well. A very small dollop of sweet caramel malt accentuates as well. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and pleasing. Body is close to medium-full. One of the better Irish Red Ales I've had.

Thank you cokes for sharing Mr. Conway.

Bighuge, May 12, 2003
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Standard red ale amber-y appearance, clear, not thick, good head. Aroma had a very small peat smokiness to it. Nice. Not much else.

Taste, sturdier than your average red ale. Traditional in that it doesn't have any overpowering aspect of it, falls to the side of malt heavy, tea, toast. Nothing offensive, just an easy drinking red ale, with a little bit more substance than your average one you might come across.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 05, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Zaphog, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

rolltide8425, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

TurdFurgison, Nov 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

THECPJ, Feb 21, 2013
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.