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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

1,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 52
Gots: 61 | 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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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet

A - A red/copper color that looks incredible is sadly overshadowed by the disappointment with the off-white, sudsy head that lingered for mere moments before disappearing into a small ring.

S - The nose is bursting with malty sweet and creamy smelling aromas with caramel hints.

T - Very malty across the palate with a touch of sweetness and a caramel hint. Finished off dry.

M - A creamyness flows across the palate only to be followed by a dry finish. The dry finish, however isn't as prevalent as a normal red leaving the creamyness to distinguish it.

D - For an Irish Red it's certainly creamier and maltier than the standard Red which definitely gives it a leg up in the drinkability catagory.

The Conway's Irish Ale has a good aroma and flavor profile to it with out commanding your attention. I really enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 04:57:46 | More by BeerFMAndy
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District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/13/12
*From notes

-- Six-pack purchased at Great Lakes Brewery on 1/17/12 --

A: Copper-reddish-amber in hue. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head. Decent retention, though the collar remains fairly healthy as it fades. Mild lacing.

S: Sweet grains and grass. It really isn't too far off from the way their Dortmunder smells, but it just doesn't "do it for me" in the same way.

T: Big, hearty malt runs from top to bottom. A touch of that patented (and delicious) Great Lakes sweetness lingers too, and it all comes together quite well.

M: Yeah, no complaints here. Creamy and packs the proper weight vs. flavor profile.

O: Another winner from Great Lakes. Their Conway's is my favorite Irish Red, and one I can easily recommend to those looking for a better, unique alternative to Smithwick's.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 21:33:20 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Lakes usually provides exemplary models for the beers they create, and the fact that this brew is merely above average is kind of a letdown. Still, it’s pretty good. Deep ruby amber color with a medium beige head and thin lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and caramel. Medium-bodied and on the carbonated side, with flavors of sweet malt, light hops and a bit of fruit. The finish is clean and somewhat sweet. Overall pretty good, but I just know GLBC could knock this one out of the park if they really wanted to.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 05:06:38 | More by Dogbrick
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice amber color, pretty dark red with an inch of head that turns to a solid layer of lace.

S - Mostly caramel malts maybe a touch of hops.

T - Pretty balanced. Tastes of tea and hops with an underlying hint of caramel sweetness with a solid bready or gram cracker base. Sweet also. Very nice.

M - Light to medium. Easily drinkable.

D - Wow I have know ales to be either really light or heavy in flavor but this one seems balanced and creamy. ABV is well masked. Another solid offering from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:22:33 | More by DrDemento456
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says best before 4/12/07. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/red color with a small white head. It smells spicy and malty, and also like caramel and some floral hops. However, the aroma is a bit weak. It tastes like caramel, sweet malt and bread with a nice slight bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is medium, with just the right amount of carbonation and a bit of dryness. The drinkability is very good, this is a nice smooth beer that would be a great choice as a session beer. Too bad this is only a seasonal beer, I'd like it to be available year-round.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 00:12:35 | More by bluejacket74
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-10-2013 16:30:12 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Conway's Irish Ale....is good. The label is awesome! Great Lakes is probably the best thing to come out of Cleveland since the Browns left for Baltimore. This beer pours a nice amber with no head and no lace. The scent is mostly caramel malt with biscuits. The taste is nothing remarkable or noteworthy...just solid. It is well balanced from start to finish. The mouthfeel is medium in body with so so carbonation. Overall it is a decent sessionable beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 00:22:19 | More by WoodBrew
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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know for a guy who apparently loves kickking back macro brews in his spare time, this brewer really does a bang-up job for Great Lakes (And nothing against having a few Macros, I just expect brewers to be pushing the envelope not dumbing things down on their spare time)....No dumbing down with this beer (or any of their beers I've tried)....a high quality red...great toasty aroma...body is medium....the flavor is surprisingly bready....It's great though....some caramel too....the hopping is floral and definitely sits quietly in the background but it clearly plays it's part in keeping thisfrom being too one-dimensonal..

I love this beer and am giving it's drinkability high marks because of that and because it seems very balanced for as swet as it is...This is probably the best red I've had...if not in the the top 5 for sure...clean, crisp, tasty, great nose...Now if only we could replace the 100 or so taps of Killians in my town with this I'd be happy...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 21:33:28 | More by ZAP
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- This one is more brownish-orange than red with a nice, off-white head that came up on an easy pour and showed some retention.

Smell – The European hops and laid back grainy malts were well balanced at the nose. I found the big, sugary sweetness quite pleasant and a good compliment to the bouquet.

Taste – Ah, the grain picked things up at the taste. They are very well done and heavily complimented with sugar. There’s some good Euro hopping in here as well. It’s grassy and bitter and mixes well with the overall flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This one is just barely medium in the body with some live carbonation and a nice, lightly bitter finish.

Drinkability – This is a nice session ale that would go down well any time of the year.

Comments – Thanks to BuckeyNation for sending this GL beauty shop out my way.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 02:08:10 | More by RoyalT
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-30-2013 09:32:24 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-27-2014 14:08:37 | More by wrightst
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/orange colour with a very large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, hay, grass, caramel, nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly thin on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of malts mixed with some barnyard (grass/hay). I can also pick up on some caramel and a nuttiness. It finishes with a malty barnyard aftertaste.

Drink - This beer just didn't do it for me. I can see how it might appeal to some, but I wasn't a huge fan. I would not seek this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 18:42:11 | More by spinrsx
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-27-2011 01:13:10 | More by barnzy78
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-06-2013 22:28:46 | More by mrfrancis
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-29-2013 04:19:39 | More by DmanGTR
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tarnished bronze with a healthy pale tan head.
Nose of toffee and earthy malts. Not overly expressive, but appropriate.
Taste begins in the buttery toffee direction, fading to a earthy malt domain that is minimal with the sweetness, except for a few residual caramelly sugars. When cold, there's a fanciful earthy tang that cues at peat. As it warms, more caramel grows, the peat-ishness begins to assert itself midway, and becomes a highlight. Full of earth and tang as the flowery hops enter, more brash than expected, but nowhere near obnoxious.
Medium-light in stature, with tempered carbonation.
I think it is safe to label this the best Irish-style Red Ale I've ventured across thus far.

However, I do believe they missed a vowel in the name. Call this Conaway's Irish Ale, and I'd be inclined to give it 5 stars.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2003 14:52:28 | More by cokes
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

07-06-2014 22:02:01 | More by KAF
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-16-2012 02:54:23 | More by whartontallboy
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-05-2013 23:51:39 | More by pathman
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-28-2014 16:40:02 | More by rfgetz
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

07-12-2013 01:34:46 | More by enelson
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Best by 03/26/12.

Deep auburn-copper with golden edges. Clear and clean. Thick finger of whipped, creamy, light beige head. Good lacing. Malty mix of caramel rolls, honeyed toast, and fruit (apple, pear).

Toasted malts up front, with slight graininess. Sweetish caramel and fruit fill up the palate. Toasted malt notes throughout. Modest herbal hop presence gets a little lost in the malt. Some herbal bitterness in the finish, but mostly lingering fruit and honey toast. Medium-bodied, with a nice creamy feel. Not my favorite style, but a nice example of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 01:39:56 | More by alexgash
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4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear bright red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of tea leaves, toast, caramel and toffee. The taste is slightly maltier than the aroma, but still quite balanced. There are some very nice strong tea notes that blend well with the toffee, and caramel of the malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this beer is really, really good, and spot on for the style. I will certainly be drinking a lot of this while its around.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 20:28:30 | More by KarlHungus
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-25-2013 04:49:10 | More by KevinGordon
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A red ale is sort of like a center in football - he never gets noticed as long as he does his job. The only time anyone pays attention is when he fumbles. Likewise, a good red ale seems to be a beer that happily slips into the background, solid and easygoing, and largely unnoticed unless it is bad. Consequently, this beer deserves being singled out for praise for doing quite well what it sets out to do. No screaming hops, no massive malt, just a well-balanced, easy to drink beer. Nicely nutty and smooth, with just enough hops to balance the malt. A tip on the scale toward the sweet side, but just barely. Would be a great session ale, but I fear the abv will sneak up on me.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 20:31:00 | More by Brent
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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