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

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is caramel malts, bready, some notes of tea, very light hops, a bit sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

EBD 3/29/17. Medium clear amber pour with a beautiful garnet cast. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding rich malty nose with light fruit esters. The malt is caramel, as expected from the color, mostly but underneath is a nice toasty biscuit. The fruit esters are a bit ethereal and add a nice airiness to the bouquet. Apple and pear are the predominate notes with a touch of something sweeter underneath.

Light medium body, almost medium, with a smooth texture that is slick. The carbonation / body balance is outstanding. The middle is just effervescent enough to open the flavors up. The finish is prickly and finely bubbled.

The flavor profile is very good and well represents the style. It begins with a slight hop note that is grassy then shits to herbal. Herbal will remain the dominate influence. The middle hints at sweetness just enough to allow apple and pear to emerge over a light herbal bitterness. Surprisingly, caramel is underplayed while the toasty biscuit aspects take center stage. This characteristic provides a nice nutty background that competes with herbal hops for preeminence from the middle on. The finish is a slow fade of this competition and actually offers the sweetest palate influence.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass: color is amber, transparent, light effervescence; head is light tan with mixture of fine to small bubbles, presents about 1 inch deep and lingers well with nice lacing.

Smell is malt, notable caramel, light earthiness and hints of tea like notes.

Taste is very good: sweeter malt but not cloying just clean malt, toast, light fruitiness; hops are on the finish with dry earthiness, it does present a flavor of barley tea, though subtle. This is a more amplified, smoother Irish Red Ale - many of the others are dryer, less sweet.

Mouthfeel to crisp, moderate, lingering fullness.

Overall a very great tasting beer - in the style of amber/red ales that are not overly sweet, overly hopped this stands out - very smooth, light sweetness, subtle hops and crisp finish.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No head at all, red clear color. Nice caramel/malty aroma. Really nice bready and caramel and a touch of spice/hint of hops. A really nice bready sweet caramel type a beer. Enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. brown bottle into nonic pint.

Look: Pours a pale reddish amber with minimal head. What head there is fades quickly into cream-colored lace on the surface of the beer.

Smell: Something vaguely metallic. Pale malt. Not really catching hops in there.

Taste: Malt sweetness, maybe a bit bready. Cooked corn? Low-level hop bitterness, but not enough to balance the sweetness of the malt.

Feel: Tight carbonation, small bubbles. Light mouthfeel, but the finish is oddly long because of lingering malt sweetness. No characteristic drying finish.

Overall: Not the best from Great Lakes and not the best example of an Irish red, but still serviceable.

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Photo of Kendo
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a DFH pint glass. Body is chill-hazed ambery-orange with some particles in suspension. No real head.

S: Caramel malt and overripe fruit.

T: Definitely on the sweeter side of things - caramel malt, ripe fruits, some brown sugar and brown bread. Some tea-like qualities as well. Lingering sweetness on the back and sides of the tongue.

M: Slightly oily in feel, call it lighter side of medium in heft.

O: Meh. Too sweet for my taste buds, but it certainly evokes the style, at least as I can recall from my trip to Ireland and having consumed other Irish Red Ales. May be the first time I'm not enamored with a beer from Great Lakes.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Optics are traditional, aroma is mostly an amber malt with some over-ripe fruit notes floating around too. Felt the malt / hop combo on this one was out-of-whack, the flavor has elements of caramel malt flavor but the hops really clash with it & you get kind of bitter sweetness that tastes like spoiled fruit cake with grated hop cone icing.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this beer. Tastes like caramelized malts with almost tealike notes. Mouthfeel is fantastic. It gets better with every drink. Beers of this style have a tendency to miss the mark, this one hits it's dead on.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear red ale with only a light head and lacing. This beer is a tasty example of a malt-forward Irish red. Medium bodied, breads malt flavors and easy drinking.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

"Best by 3/30/16"; drank 2/4/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

See-through orange/red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy eggshell head; decent lace

Corn, honey & faint pickle juice notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Caramel & corn flavors up front; pickle notes on the finish. This was barely drinkable; surely not enjoyable

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

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick and off-white, with solid lacing, and a clear deep reddish brown body.

I smell full bodied grains and malts.

Tastes like caramelized malts with tealike notes.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co. with an overall 4.5.

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Photo of puck1225
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a small glass. It has a beautiful rich golden brown color, nice short lived foamy head with good lacing. The smell is of nicely done toast with some earthy notes. Good malty taste just a hint of bitterness. Nice beer! For Don.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes is a terrific operation, but Irish Ale isn't my preferred style by a longshot. Generally, they are too malty. I bought a single in a mix 6er to drink on St. Patrick's day -- and might do it again next year.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly clear copper body, coarse light tan head, ambient bubbles. Looks professional as heck. Smells like toasted crust, raw malt, and a bit of fermented white grape. Taste is toast and sweeter malt, bread, crust, playdough, even a touch of that vinous raisin or white grape skin, with a background of balancing hop bitterness. Lots of 'beer' notes. Body is light, coarse, with solid carbonation.
Good, tasty, toasty malt with good bitter balance- classic beer. There were a few weird notes, which were individually neither bad nor good, but I like them to make this beer memorable. Solid BEER.

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Photo of EMH73
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color with a well retained one half inch head that leaves good lacing. Smells of sweet malts, caramel, yeast and a little fruit. Tastes of sweet, roasted malts with a little bit of hops, yeast, honey and a hint of apricot. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Nice beer on a hot day.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong caramel malt, slight sweet malt, yeast, pale malt, hint of earthiness, hint of hops, and a hint of honey. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of honey, strong caramel malt, yeast, slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, smooth, earthy, dominated by malts, and nice subtle hop addition.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Has the red appearance and clarity, soft 1/4" off white/cream colored head. Aroma dropped a faint amount of smoke and peat, earthy.

Taste is something an old school irish grandpa with one of those stupid tough guy hats would wear. Traditional, but professionally done. Tea and toasted malt notes. Almost no hops.

One of those better than average for style for a style that is less than average. Feel me?

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a light amber honey color.

Overall: The aroma is sweet with hints of roasted grains, bready yeast, light hops and some mild fruit notes. The taste has a sweet malty character and just enough hops for some balance. There are notes of bread, light caramel malt, orange marmalade and mild hops. This is a solid Irish Ale.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very refreshing taste. Drank from the bottle, so I perhaps missed the full fragrance, but you knew it was an Irish right away. The taste is full, strong, and very pleasing in your mouth. I was very pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of GStone899
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes is one of my favorite breweries so I was excited to try this one. Red ale, cloudy complexion with not much head n minimal lacing. Bready tasty with a definite caramel and toffee taste. Flavor isn't overly bold or complicated. Goes down easy without being too heavy.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not as red as i might have liked. nice head that dissipated with no lacing.

smell is bready, but nothing remarkable. taste is similar - malty sweetness with no bitterness.

mouth is dry. probably begs for another one.

it's one i look forward to each year, even though i'm saying it's only ok.

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Photo of sdface
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love hoppy beers but when I am looking for a change of pace...this is the style that satisfies! The balance of malt and hops is perfect! A delicious beer for St. Patrick's Day or for welcoming the warmer weather. Great Lakes does a nice job with this style...lots of complex flavors. Cheers!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: March 17, 2016... GLASSWARE:Brew at the Zoo pint.. OCCASION: St. Patrick's Day--observed with an appropriate Irishman... APPEARANCE: dark orange amber, almost browning, body that cascades bubbles in a balanced and full manner; the head is off-white creamy and thick, holding at a full finger... the glass drain approaches lacing appearing almost as webbing... AROMA: surprisingly hoppy, with tangerine and mango wafting with flowery scents to evoke a pale without the resin... oven-raised dough and caramel make for a balanced suggestion--hearty yet accessible... PALATE: immediate presence at the throat, kicking open the door with its maltiness and leaving a thick, toasted residue in its wake... the hops soften at the teeth, with little suggestion or staying power there... medium-bodied, warming (at 6.5%, formidable) and worth mulling over after each sip... lively...TASTE: the toastiness is overt, with toffee and caramel demanding attention... the hops are light and afford some fruitiness--apple, tangerine... a slight basement dankness is winning, as it adds strength to each sip... some nuttiness and buttery hints jam as many different angles into the profile as it seems possible... OVERALL: Great Lakes continues to impress, this time with a style that comes across as a workingman's ale braced for the month of March... flavorful, refreshing, bolstering...definitely worth the six I picked up just for the holiday...

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Photo of kentuckyboy
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let me start off by saying this brew is nothing less than anything id expect from Great Lakes! They really hit the nail on the head with this one! Currently enjoying my second of a 6 pack poured into a pint glass and served chilled.

Appearance - 4: A beautiful ruby/amber hue when held to the light. A thick one and a half finger off white cream colored head when poured correctly from bottle to glass. Head dissipates relatively fast with with moderate lacing.

Scent - 4: A very pleasant scent to this brew! Sweet biscuit, caramel, and malt are most prominent.

Taste - 4: Thick and sweet biscuit with a sweet caramel and malty aftertaste with definite notes of roasted barley. Not too sweet though; just right! Thickness lighter than, but surprisingly comparable to a good dobbelbock.

Mouthfeel - 4.25: Absolutely phenomenal. Probably one of the main reasons i enjoy this beer so much. The malt and carbonation give this brew just the right thickness. Goes down creamy and thicker than you'd expect.(perhaps due to the served temperature)

Overall - 4.25: This beer is absolutely fantastic! Bready, thick, and sweet. The best of what you'd hope from a proper Irish ale! bout to grab another! Cheers! :D

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Photo of TheNightlyPint
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber orange with a thin barm that doesn't hang out long. Some candied lemon on the nose. Flavors of apricot jam on toast. Smooth mouthfeel and clean finish. A viable option if you want to drink something slightly outside the mainstream this St. Patrick's Day.

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