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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

1,121 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,121
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 49
Gots: 57 | 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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Ricochet

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been awhile since I've reviewed one from my hometown. For a red ale, this one scores on all bases. Dark amber with little head and full, dark malt smell with hops to spare. Mouth seemed light, with little to no bite and smooth when swallowing with a creamy finish. You can taste the hop bitterness, with the roasted malt flavor and alcohol making a balance that only beers that really nail thier style. Very dry from the bitterness and a slight wine note.

So, what can I say, this is great stuff. Another homer from the hometown brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 05:54:13 | More by Ricochet
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spw109

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-28-2014 04:18:06 | More by spw109
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle. Nice use of creative packaging on the carrier; effective at light-protection and adds a distinctive eye catching appeal.

This pours out a nice dark amber, killians on steroids as someone else pointed out. The head was tough to beat - big and frothy all the way though with large swaths of lacing.

The nose was an interestingly rich amalgam of maltiness. Just a whiff or two of hops if your mind can pluck them out.

While other brewing companies make hop fiascos, this is truly a malt monster. A bit sweet to imbibe too much of, but damned good.

So if you're a dedicated malty, or just need a palate cleanser in between your 90 minute and Hop Ottin', this is the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 03:09:22 | More by GreenWBush
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pschul4

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my mini snifter

A- Looks insanely red. Nailed the red ale part

S- Lots of malt in the nose. Tiny bit of hops. Pretty good stuff going on here

T- Delightfully sweet malts and just a pinch of tasty hops. Very well done

M- Nice combination of smooth on the front and prickly on the back.

O- I don't really like reds so this was a big surprise. Well done GLBC!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 22:13:31 | More by pschul4
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

04-18-2014 22:47:28 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with one-finger, white, cream head that lasted several minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Subtle citrus and floral hops with bready caramel malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Caramel malt and and subtle hops.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry. Nice and crisp.

O: This is a very drinkable and delicious beer from Great Lakes. I've had it several times on tap and would recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 01:14:38 | More by SolipsismalCat
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giblet

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

egggsellennnntt! very nice beer from GLB. pours a nice reddish amba. bood carbonation and lace. nice hop flava that marries well with a sweet fruit. a nice balance.

very drinkable, specially on a cool winters day by the fire.

i admit that i am a lover of Great Lakes Brewing. this one is no exception. not as heavy as some irish ales but a much better example of one than Killians.

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 21:06:47 | More by giblet
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Natural510

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, red-orange color without much head.
Smells malty with hints of caramel.
Tastes light & fairly sweet, with a slight bitter aftertaste from the hops. Hops & (toasted) malts blend together well. Caramel & citrus afternotes.
Crisp finish, much like a lager. Very smooth & drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 00:59:41 | More by Natural510
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-06-2014 21:02:14 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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steveh

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Didn't get to try this last year, so here's a go.

6.5% -- GL always likes to amp it up. Best by 05/10/11 right on the label. Best served at 45°F -- I could tell that from the first few sips.

A -- Nice, clear, orange-copper color with a creamy & cream colored long-lasting head.

S -- Hmm. Mild vegetal character in the nose -- cooked peas, rhubarb. Seems I've gotten this character from the GL Oktoberfest and Elliott Ness before -- yeast, old hops, malt strain? Not heavy, but not great since there isn't much else in the nose.

T -- Starts off with lightly roasted malts, blends into sweetish and bready malts and finishes lightly citric, probably from hops. There is sweet toastiness then light bitterness in the aftertaste. Dry finish.

M -- Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel.

D -- It's tasty and appetizing, though I like a little more sweetness -- the high ABV may have fermented out all the sweet malt character. And that vegetal character lingers in the aftertaste, not awful, but sort of distracting. I like Sam Adam's Irish Red a lot, might have to compare these side-by.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 22:05:11 | More by steveh
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

03-14-2014 15:25:53 | More by drdiesel9483
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-30-2013 00:43:40 | More by dcbeers
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CreekyJarls

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-16-2013 11:52:09 | More by CreekyJarls
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nitter

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-23-2013 02:15:59 | More by nitter
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-28-2013 19:22:35 | More by ChrisKayler
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falconxman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-09-2013 06:57:54 | More by falconxman
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nineworldseries

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

06-02-2013 23:26:54 | More by nineworldseries
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-04-2013 01:21:46 | More by ruckus232
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beerme626

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 05:29:41 | More by beerme626
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meanmutt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-05-2012 20:51:06 | More by meanmutt
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-25-2014 03:32:19 | More by brpendergast85
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pottergator

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-20-2014 00:00:10 | More by pottergator
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jp312

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-17-2014 02:35:40 | More by jp312
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-16-2014 18:55:21 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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rcjennings

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

01-19-2013 23:30:47 | More by rcjennings
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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