Conway's Irish Ale
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Conway's Irish AleConway's Irish Ale
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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #14
Ranked #27,472
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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mpyle from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Dave for the bottle.

Rich amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a modest white head, creamy and with good retention.

A caramel/buttery aroma at first, overall on the malty sweet side of things. Caramel malt and not much else.

Flavor matches the aroma, with a rich sweet maltiness. Sweetness balances out a bit late, but a more subtle malt sweetness carries into the finish.

Medium+ body and medium carbonation. Overall mouthfeel is quite smooth.

On the big and heavy side for the style, but overall is a malty and clean, easy drinking beer. Not really my thing, but decently done.

May 15, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single bottle from Kroger for $1.65. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Copper-red with a one-finger lacy tan head.
S - Caramel, Virginia tobacco, and toffee. Slight black pepper note.
T - Powerful tobacco & toffee punch up front. Dark chocolate and black tea emerge very slowly, and climaxes with a floral bite. The finish is rather satisfying, with notes of stone fruit and toast.
F - Smooth. Medium-carbonation. Full-bodied, and warm.
O - If you want something to pair with a heavy beef dish and want to change it up from the usual brown ales and IPAs, this is your ticket. Very satisfying to drink this evening, but I wish I had made some bangers & mash, or a butter-basted ribeye to pair with it. Good brews coming from this company, and I hope for many more to come! Will buy again!

Apr 24, 2021
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

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

Amber with red hues and a 1 finger white head. Aroma is of a nutty malt, and and hints of grassy hops. Taste is a nice hit of earthy, ginger, lemon english hops up front followed by a smooth caramel malt with deep brown bread notes. Body is light to medium. Ends with a lingering bitter lemon tea notes. Overall a nice Irish ale with great balance. Hides the ABV very well

Mar 25, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the right side of the label: "For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 3/17/21 27361FL"

Appearance: The body is a deep reddish-copper brown color with very good clarity. It has a medium-large tobacco stained off-white colored head that is frothy. It has good retention and nice sheets of lacing.

Aroma: There is a pleasant aroma of toffee and black tea with a light malt character.

Taste: Up front there is a light toast flavor with a bit of toffee. Towards the middle there is a slight herbal hop character and a bit more of a toasted nut character. It finishes with a light caramel flavor and a light bit of ginger and lemon.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium body and a mild toasty bitterness with a mild herbal bitterness.

Overall: It's a really well made beer. It has a great flavor profile and it is very enjoyable to drink. It would go well with pretty much any meal whether it's a hamburger during a cookout or a salmon for dinner. I would definitely drink it again and I would recommend it.

Mar 12, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Label is stamped with best by date of '3/22/21'.
Clear, medium amber colored body. One finger of off white head. A few spots of lacing are left behind.
Aroma is faint with roasted malts.
Taste is more expressive with roasted caramel malts. Also has some perfume and floral hops. Has a little bite but not bitter. Finish is dry.
Medium mouth feel. Has a little syrup. Very good carbonation.
Easy drinking beer, with tasty caramel notes. ABV% is probably too high for session work, but would work well as a food pairing brew.

Mar 04, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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

Clear, ruby appearance with a small off white head modest lacing. Caramel malts impact the aroma. Earthy, toasted malt taste along with toffee-like sweetness that carries through to the aftertaste . Hops are subdued but do add a floral touch. Finishes similar to an amber ale. Nicely carbonated, medium bodied mouthfeel.

Mar 02, 2021
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/8
Look is of an amber ale, though via power of suggestion I can see a touch of rust, I guess. The beer is quite clear for the darkness, although the head is modest. First tip of the glass leaves a somewhat surprising hilly landscape line of lacing.

Nose is of toasted barley with a little earthy to floral notes. The aromas aren't rushing into my nasal canal, however. There's a bit of an odd sour funk as the beer warms that I could do without, though.

Mildly sweet, with a somewhat cherry wood aspect to the opening that seems to be a combination of malt and neutral/earthy hops. An interesting sweet opening with nicely balancing fruit and bitter notes. Malt, perhaps a little honey, some citrus with a little berry on the fruity side - all are vague impressions, playing coyly versus being obvious.

Jan 30, 2021
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Judgie from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with an Enjoy By date of 3/31/21 into a pint glass. Copper color with minimal head and little lacing. A pretty beer but not as red as I would expect. Not much to say regarding aroma just faint smell of malt and caramel. Taste is as expected-nice combo of sweet and mild bitters. Mouthfeel is also like "real beer" and a nice change from the populars. I am a sucker for seasonals so I snatched this up even though it is a little early for Irish. Will probably buy again if it is available.

Jan 26, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

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

L: A deep copper hue. Crystal clear, easy on the carbonation, levels off quickly, with a glossy appearance.

S: Roasty toasty barley malt. Light on the hops really. There's a tangy yeast note too, I suspect a longer conditioning process was used.

T: Balanced. The bitterness comes from enzymatic activity moreso than the hops, which improves the ABV as well. If I were to elaborate on the flavor, it's all in the roasted malts. Irish ale has always been about appreciating the grains, which I recommend you do.

F: Roasty barley on the front, hops in the middle, tangy yeast on the end. Irish reds are always heavy. It has plenty of flavor that doesn't disappear quickly.

O: Right proper. This is what I think about when I think about beer. Full bodied and pulls no punches.

Jan 18, 2021
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cgonz96 from New Jersey

4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I have had more than one of in 1 sitting was Smithwicks. I still love it, but Conway’s gives me the same feeling I did about Smithwicks all those years ago

Sep 06, 2020
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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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PopEyeFromMN from Minnesota

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
Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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