Conway's Irish Ale
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Conway's Irish AleConway's Irish Ale
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Irish Red Ale
Ranked #14
Ranked #24,387
3.81 | pDev: 11.29%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Conway's Irish AleConway's Irish Ale
Notes: A pint for Pa Conway! Our co-owners' grandfather who'd likely uphold that an Irish Ale with full-bodied caramel malt flavors is just the ticket.
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akaizer from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Pour had a 1/2" off-white to slightly khaki foam head with a clear body and a lighter reddish-amber body. Scent is quite heavy on bready caramelness. Taste matches as well with a strong caramel maltiness. Feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a bit of bitterness and some booziness in the aftertaste. Pretty average (in a good way) but a touch too sweet for my taste.

May 09, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On shelf at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. $ 10.00 (Including tax)/6 pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.139/oz). Purchased 3/31/20. Reviewed 4/1/20.
On side of label “ENJOY BY 3/18/20”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Pale amber (SRM 9), clear.
Body – Medium amber (SRM 12), clear, moderate effervescence. When held to direct light, deep gold (SRM 6) clear.
Head – Small (Maximum one cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density, fizzy, short retention, diminishing to a zero to one mm crown and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3 – Very weak caramel malt and weaker Nobel-like hop aroma, no yeastiness.
Flavor – 3 – Begins slightly sweet and slightly caramel-malty. Hops are barely detectable. No alcohol (6.3 % ABV as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with malt flavor continuing to the end after a medium hang time.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, medium carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3. Unremarkable but typical Irish red ale. Price point is slightly high for the flavor. Typically adequate GL label.

Apr 01, 2020
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

Pours a clear, copper color with a tight head that leaves lots of lacing
Smells sweet, malty and fruity
Tastes of caramel, malt and dark fruit. Some bitterness but more malt forward.
Light bodied and refreshing
Overall, a good refreshing brew. I will buy again

Mar 31, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint; freshest by 04/03/2020.
A: Pours a crystal clear, copper color with a less than one finger, wheat colored head, rim retention, and little or no lacing.
S: Tangy. Aroma is toffee and bread factory initially with caramel malt, blueberry, plum, and with a light spicy note.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Serious caramel with bread, blueberry, toffee, red fruit plum, and fig. Bitterness so balanced, I hardly noticed it.
M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
O: A very nice example of the category. Eminently drinkable and easily paired with almost anything.

Mar 24, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light carbonation, around medium bodied
Aroma isn't overpowering but still pleasing. Malt,caramel, yeasty sweet bread, cracker/cereal
Taste is malt but light, not sickly overdone which allows the sticky yeasty bread and cereal flavor to come through.
This was a very nice surprise that I didn't have great expectations of but was a solid beer. Flavorful but not so over the top that it didn't go with food. I hope this is a yearly beer for great lakes. I would definitely. look for this again

Mar 19, 2020
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think the category "Irish Ale" is variable, but Conway's fits my own personal version. Toasty malt character, not overly hoppy, rich copper hue and a somewhat easy drinking nature. I find it more complex than others in the same category that you might describe as quaffable in fact after two of these, I was satisfied. Overall, pretty good stuff.

Mar 19, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid go to ale every March when I feel like having something other than Harp, Guinness, and Smithwick's. Also...very easy to drink all 6 of these in an evening. The flavor is good and not overbearing.

Mar 15, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BB 2/27/20

Coppery orange , with moderate white head .

Smells of bready caramelized malt.

Taste follows nose, with a light tang, and moderate bitterness that tempers the sweetness.

Feel is light-medium with very fine,light, sharp carbonation.

Overall, a good red ale.

Feb 20, 2020
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dnmyrick from Minnesota

4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an etched bottom traditional pint glass. A truly outstanding Irish Amber Ale! Reminds me of Smithwick's, but a little less bitter. True to style.

Feb 18, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Zywiec tulip

L: Semi opaque copper/amber pour with thick foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Malty... earth and grains.

T.F: Sweet and earthy. Toasted malts and a bit of dark sugar to start. A bit of herbal hop bitterness. Mostly balanced... tending a little on the sweet side. Light bodied... creamy carbonation.

O: A nice Irish red... very pleasant and drinkable.

Sep 05, 2019
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DaveyCream from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Amazing beer and usually try to drink as much as I can around St Pattys Day. Very nice flavor. Will never get tired of this beer and was actually the beer that got me into loving Great Lakes. Truly an underrated beer by many.

Mar 24, 2019
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izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber. Thin head. No smell. Doesn't look like much at first but it has great flavor. Heavy malt body. Biscuit finish. Really fantastic character. Reds are hard to get right. Great Lakes nailed it.

Mar 17, 2019
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark mahogany/cherry/ruby red with a hint of amber. Thin, off-white head that’s like a film

S: sweet caramel malt. Biscuits, aweeet grains, and sweet berries. A touch of earthy hops

T: follows the nose. Sweet caramel malts and earthy hops. Big bready biscuity with a candi sugar sweetness in there as well. A touch of earthy bitterness with more sweetness to close

M: solid medium with moderate carbonation

O: pretty solid for the style. A touch more earthy than others I’ve had, but it’s balanced out by big sweetness and bready notes

Mar 09, 2019
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one and went back to liquor store to pick up a few extra sixers to put aside to enjoy early summer which is something I always do with seasonal brews I enjoy. Not too sweet and not too bitter. Another fine brew from Great Lakes.

Mar 08, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Trillium glass.

Look is a reddish brown with an offwhite head.

Aroma is toasted caramel malt.

The malt really pops through. Super smooth and sweet. Not much from the hops.

Mar 02, 2019
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Riff from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, reddish color with a fluffy off-white head. Smell is malty with a hint of caramel. Taste is malty, grape, caramel, honey, and a hint of pine. Light and crisp. Nice Irish ale.

Feb 22, 2019
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Djburger56 from New York

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Having been in Scotland and Ireland this past Pctober, I can say this brew is authentic to regional red ales found in the pubs. Irish reds and ruby reds are my favorite. This was a pleasant surprise find in the local Supermarket Topps in Grand Island Ny where I am visiting. Hopefully it’s in Pittsburgh where I live.

Feb 16, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear ruddy color. Thick bubbly off-white head dissipates steadily leaving bubbly lacing along the glass. Thin layer of residual foam is noted on top of the beer.

Aroma is malt forward with some earthy nutty notes. Otherwise not much going on here.

Taste follows the nose with notes of earthy nutty malts. Lightly toasted. Some earthy herbal hops come through on the end providing an herbal flavor to the beer, but little bitterness.

Feel is light and crisp. Prickly carbonation is immediately noticed on the palate. Semi-dry finish.

Overall a very good example of the style.

Feb 14, 2019
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks again to gym. It has been a while since I have had this.

Deep copper body, bordering on mahogany. Clear. Shimmering. One finger khaki head dies down quickly leaving a bubbly and broken ring.
Toasted malts and pine up front in the aroma. Faint caramel shows up.
The taste toasted malts, thin French caramel. Grape skin. Floral and with a touch of medicinal hops.
Medium light body, light smooth mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Nice dry finish with a peppery and spicy hop bite.

Feb 09, 2019
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bristol2120 from Illinois

3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

as befits the name, this beer pours a very deep amber red - the aroma is a bit of a disappointment - while it is pleasant enough with a malty presence, I would have expected it to be much more assertive - taste is very nice with an appropriate malty backbone - there is also a surprising but welcome hoppiness to be found here that really elevates the experience - mouthfeel is also very nice with a pleasant level of carbonation - overall this is a nice brew that should not be limited to drinking around St. Patrick's Day.

Jan 12, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Has a glowing ruby color, clear in appearance, moderate carbonation, small head with not much retention or lacing.

Aroma has many sweet malts. Grapes, cherries, apples, pears, caramel, honey, toasted biscuit, and floral hops.

Taste is not much like the aroma. I taste barley, bread malt, cereal, while the honey and caramel (and other sweet flavors) are quite subtle. Really smooth though.

Jan 06, 2019
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davisrin from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured with a nice, pale beige head. Nothing sharp or vivid in the taste, just a good, round flavor- slightly sweet. I had it with a dinner salad and it set off the bitter greens and the meat and cheese very well. Will look for it again.

Mar 20, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Burnt orange colored, lots of carbonation in the glass. Virtually no head to speak of, no lacing.
S: Basic aroma of bread and grain. Sweet granola aroma.
T: Lots of grain again. Almost with that slight grape-like grain quality of a dobbelbock. Really digging the malt in this. Finishes with a light peppery hop bite on the finish, more herbal or earthy. Great balance here for an amber ale.
F: For an ale this is crushable as hell. Light body, highly refreshing. Slightly sprite-like from the carbonation, but remains smooth and easy to drink. My kind of beer.
O: Highly enjoyable, bought a sixer for St. Patty's but had to break into one before since I've been eyeing this at the store. Did not disappoint and certainly something I will not have any qualms about drinking next weekend. On the contrary, looking forward to it!

Mar 11, 2018
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Seinfeldfan from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured copper, brownish red into a pint glass. Malty, biscuit aroma that I found pleasant. Taste is malt forward, with a little carmel sweetness. A slight hoppy finish. A medium to thin mouthfeel. Maybe could have been more robust. Generally, one of my favorite beers of this type which I drink alot of because i do not like overly hoppy beers . On draft, I give it an even higher rating

Mar 11, 2018
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BergBeer from Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Crystal clear ruby brown with a nice white head. Minimal activity.

Smell: Toasted biscuit, caramel, a bit nutty, and a mild floral hop.

Taste: Light and smooth. Biscuit malt, a touch of sweet caramel, floral hops, and caramel malt.

Feel: Clean and smooth. Just a bit of hop bitterness. Mild sweetness. No alcohol.

Overall: A easy drinking red ale. I wish there was just a bit more of something. But it goes down like water.

Mar 07, 2018
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