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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

467 Reviews

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Reviews: 467
Hads: 1,352
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 19.69%
Wants: 65
Gots: 198 | 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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Reviews: 467 | Hads: 1,352
Photo of srv33
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber red pour, inch head, excellent lacing. Smells of caramel and malt. Taste is of roasted malt, and a bit of vanilla and peppery zest. Mouthfeel is thick, wonderfully balanced and very smooth. I was really surprised by this, the flavor profile and smell is somewhat simple, though its very smooth with just the right amount of zesty finish, creamy and that makes for a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wonderful, deep color. Not quite ruby, but more reddish than brown. eggshell-white head, about 1 inch in size

smells of sweetness. matly as hell, but very balanced all around.

tasted of many irish ales... slight alcohol burn with a finishing maltiness. overall thick brew; very heavy beer with a strong malty flavor.

heavy bodied beer that is a slow drinker

an enjoyable beer that is fun to drink slow. Not an easy chugger; great dinner beer with chicken

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Photo of dahlen22
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Bread, malt, and caramel.

Taste: Smooth is the word. Medium body with notes of bread, caramel, and a hint of hops in the end.

Overall: Extremely drinkable even at 6.5%. Not the normal Irish ale for sure. Almost has a New Belgium Fat Tire appeal in the smoothness and drinkability department. Have already went through 3 six packs, and I got another as this will be gone soon. Cheers!

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Photo of adams82
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz. bottle.

A: This beer pours a red/copper color, much like I expected from an (Red) Irish Ale. Not much staying power in the head, it looks nice and fluffy and shortly thins out.

S: Slightly floral and fruity but mostly sweet aroma coming from this one. Smells good! It begs to be sipped.

T: The evolution of taste: It starts a little spicy, some of the floral notes in the smell come out here as well but it finishes with a toasty and malty kick! Nice dry finish, very toasty, very good!

M: Good mouthfeel here. Carbonation seems right, rolls on throughout the mouth nicely, smooth.

D: Talk about quaffable! Easy to drink and a pleasure to do so! The 6.5% abv is not apparent here, one after another would not be a problem.

I have had limited experience with GLB Co., but they have all been very good. Conway's Irish Ale is a great beer to have any time of year and seems like it should go great with any meal. While not perfect, this is a great session beer to be enjoyed at any time!

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Photo of littleshamrocks
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear copper body topped with a respectable creamy off-white head. About average in the carbonation department. Looks a little bit like tea. Left very small traces of lacing.

S: Up front smell of toasted grain to bread-y malt with noticeable floral to herbal hop aroma in the background.

T&M: Medium body with a straightforward flavor similar to the nose. Toasted malt, herbal hops, toffee, caramel, and pepper spiciness come to mind. Carbonation is medium at best and the finish is relatively clean.

D: Solid brew to be sure. I have yet to taste a poor offering from Great Lakes, and this is no exception. I think they hit the nail on the head by calling this a "meat and potatoes'" kind of beer on the label. It's a no frills, solid, good tasting beer. Recommend.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of Bills453
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - poured from bottle into chalice. Dark orange color with red tint. Nice one finger head, left pretty quickly but the lacing is real nice.

Smell - grassy, plant smell. Some wheat/straw. A hint of sweetness which smells floral.

Taste - ok. Seems to really be missing a strong flavor.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - not my favorite from Great Lakes, actually I think this one is my least favorite. Still an ok beer tho.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a Great Lakes pint glass.

This is a beautiful beer, very pure red in color and a small frothy head.

Overpowering aroma of sweet malt. Smells like butterscotch.

Not nearly as sweet as it smells, but just right. Good and malty with just enough hops for a good bite of a finish.

Goes down smooth and easy. Great Lakes never lets me down.

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Photo of perfectkaos
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with an off white foamy head that quickly dissapates.

dont really pick up much of an aroma, some malts, some hops, but not much really.

great balanced taste of malts and hops. nothing really stands out, but thats not really a bad thing.

this beer goes down easy and packs just enough of a punch to make it a great session beer. if only it were available more than just early spring.

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Photo of gustogasmic
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours red-brown, totally translucent but a pretty dark/ saturated shade. Light, fluffy foamy head, no retention to speak of.

S: Toast! Big toast! Very grainy.

T: Big toast once again, with a strange apple butter note and a unique (not yeasty) sort of funk that I can't put my finger on. Tough to describe.

M: Clean and quick, goes down easy. No lingering taste but for a little of the toastiness from the nose.

O: Not very familiar with the style, and I usually appreciate breadiness in beers, but this one tilts the scales flavor-wise. It's not got the biggest malt backbone to carry it, or any hoppiness. This would make a good food-beer, it's light enough to be swiggable and has those robust toastinesses that I think could ride well over salty, greasy stuff. Not for me, though.

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Photo of imaguitargod
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle to a nice off-white colored head that stuck around from a very long time. Great red/copper color well carbonated. This is a tad malty in its sweetness but not overbearingly so and has a slight floral nature to it. Easy to drink and not bitter like some Reds you'll have.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of Tallboy
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-12oz bottle pours a bright ruby copper that is highlighted by a nice beige froth.
Scent-Toffee and caramel are prevalent with some interesting malts but no outstanding hops to speak of.
Taste-Bready and sweet toasted malts where the predominant flavor with some vibrant green hops and tasty caramel.
Mouthfeel-Nice medium mouthfeel.
Drinkability-A nice Irish styled session beer. I have tried a lot of GL's brews and have yet to find one that I can speak bad about!!!

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Photo of tjkurz
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass. Reddish amber with minimal head - less than half inch on the pour with but tight. Smells roasty and tastes similar with fresh tea like flavor (pekoe) hitting the back of your taste buds. This is nicely carbed and and very drinkable.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Mike B., thanks man!

Beer pours a reddish/brown hue with a short lasting head. I picked up lots of malts and toffee/carmel in the aroma. The finish improves as the beer warms as the carbonation is a little to prickly at first. Not a bad beer but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of HopNelius
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange/amber clear color. Has a nice malty caramel smell. The head is plentiful and off white in color. Initial taste is surprisingly pleasant, slightly malty, sweet and a hint of caramel. The flavor stays consistent to the finish. The lacing is very good and stays with you. This is only my 3rd Irish Red Ale so I'm still learning, but overall, I like this brew. I would definitely buy more.

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

For a red it was good. For holding up production of my favorite beer in the world, blackout stout, well... I hate IT! I'd say it was about what I suspected having thried their other offering. It was a good beer, but not one to seek out. I'd settle for four months of Blackout and none of this.

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Photo of RickKrumenacker
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- crisp, clear amber in color...two-finger, light-tan fluffy head...leaves a thin cap across the top

S- cedar chips and tobacco...very pleasant

T- I don't know if I've ever hand anything with these flavors before...smokey earthiness...tobacco really comes through like a good cigar...floral hop notes afer I swallow

M- clean and smooth...medium bodied

D- more punch than the standard Irish Red but still easy to drink

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Photo of beakerboy
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice copper color with a creamy half finger of head. The aroma is quite sweet and malty. The flavor has a good bit of caramalized malt and grassy hops. It has a heavy mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. This is quite different than I was expecting in a good way. I would deffinately get a sixer of this to share with friends.

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Photo of Telix
2.72/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: As is typical for Great Lakes, it's an attractive brew. It's clearly filtered and is a lovely orange-gold color, with good levels of carbonation. There wasn't much head on my pour, and there was no lacing evident as I drank.

S: Very mild, extremely so. I have absolutely NO idea how anyone reviewing this beer would give this high marks on smell. This was a very fresh bottle and it still had almost no aroma. There was some slight malt sweetness with no hop bitterness. I had to stick my nose into the glass and swirl many times just to get anything at all.

T: It's pretty boring, really... some mild maltiness with a bit of buttery biscuit/cracker going on, with a very mild honey sweetness of caramel malts. The bitterness is very "european" and refined, with very mild classic hop notes - nothing great to me. The finish is surprisingly long, with bitterness that lingers in a mildly distasteful manner. There is a mild lemon note on the palate, but it's decidedly NOT an American ale citrus flavor. It's an integrated beer that just isn't very flavorful, really.

M: Pretty standard ale thickness. Great Lakes usually nails mouthfeel pretty well. The flavor is pretty thin but the beer itself is fairly substantial. It's a bit "zippy" on the tongue, but it's ok.

D: It's not very tasty or intense, it's almost too mild to care about - it certainly won't wear you out but it's not offensive. I'd want something more flavorful to session, but if you dig extremely mild european ales you might want this. I'm not very impressed with this, really, it's a rare miss by my hometown brewery.

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Photo of heyitsbyron
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a single bottle ($1.35) into a pint glass.

Poured a clear burnt amber color with a very respectable pale khaki head of about 1.5cm. Head was nice and tight and stuck around awhile

Smells very balanced, equal parts malt and hops. Nice toasty flavors in there with slight caramel, if only a bit on the mild side.

Taste was kinda weak, but generally followed the smell. Sweet and caramelly, with a nice crisp finish. Good maltiness without being too heavy or too sweet. I think the yeast is giving it a pleasant breadiness too.

Very satisfying in the mouth, though not quite as creamy as the Great Lakes Christmas Ale. A bit high on the astringency too.

A real classic middle of the road "ale." There are no gimmicks, no fancy tricks. Just straight up ale that you can swill or enjoy patiently. Definitely a great beer to get out at the pub or to share with friends, but not necessarily worth the novelty of a once-a-year release. An excellent representative of the style, if only a bit plain. I must say this beer reminds quite a bit of Ireland-- astringent, bland, but thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of johanvond
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Archives

This offering form Great Lakes pours amber-red with a tall white head. There was a sent of toasted malts and seeds. The malt profile is of slight carmel, roasted nuts and toffie. There is not too much for the hops because the malt is so dominent. There is a nice malty body with a reasonable amount of carbonation. The aftertaste has too much bitter coffie flavors.

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Photo of twaddlac
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear reddish orange with a little head dissapating into a light lace. smells of faint honey with a mild hop note. Taste is slight hoppiness with a honey like aftertaste and a bit of sweet grass. drinkability is good but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of kwalters
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I had to choose a favorite session beer, a beer that I could finish off multiple bottles of, this would be it. Far and away the best Irish red I've tasted. To the masses, this is like an intense Killian's. To the longtime BA's, it might be similar to a weakened Scotch ale. I really like this one.

It's color is a nice amber red. The head is sturdy and lasting with good lacing. The flaovr seems a bit tipped towards sweetness and malts, but that's a good characteristic in my book.

I've been on a quest to try as many different brews as possible and in so doing I only buy one or two bottles of each kind. Conway's Irish ale is a brew I'll be buying in sixpack formation, for sure!

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Boston Celtics pint glass.. feeling Irish today!

A: Pours a bright amber with a thin white head. The head becomes a very thin lacing that sticks to the glass a bit while you drink it.

S: I smell toasted malts, caramel, and slight hoppy/fruity scent.

T: Very sweet and toasty from the caramel malts. At the end, you get a nice touch of hoppy bitterness and slight touch of lemon.

M: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation that helps bring the bitterness across the palate.

D: Very enjoyable and drinkable. The bitter bite at the end really rounds off this beer. I will probably be enjoying the rest of these tomorrow for St. Patty's Day!

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Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.