Conway's Irish Ale
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Conway's Irish AleConway's Irish Ale
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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Irish Red Ale
Ranked #11
Ranked #21,018
3.8 | pDev: 11.32%
Friday at 10:34 PM
Jul 28, 2002
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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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This one was a no brainer for a St. Patty's day sixer. Solid malt base with good balance and above average abv. Nose is expressive but clean and the aftertaste has legs. I am not sure if I can find this year round but you could certainly do much worse.
Friday at 10:34 PM
Rated: 4.06 by TimDixon1964 from Maryland

Friday at 09:20 PM
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle bb 4/4/23 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6.3% ABV. The beer pours reddish amber with khaki colored head. The head recedes to a splotchy ring and single layer of bubbles. The aroma is mild with sweet caramel and toasted malt. The taste is more of the same with toasted malt and minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good for a style I'm not wild about.
Thursday at 10:57 PM
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a completely clear, medium bronze, deep golden, to brown color with a mild tan head. SRM of 14-15. (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas of bread, amber malt, a faint honey sweetness. (3.50)

Flavor: Strong flavors of bread, caramel, some red Amber note. Some dark caramel and even into molasses. Some honeyflower lingers off the end. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied, leans sweet. (3.75)

Compared to Titletown Johnny Blood Red 3/2023: Pours lighter, stronger aromas. More dark caramel, molasses. Less amber malt. Sweeter.

Compared to Saugatuck Maggie's Irish Ale 3/2023: Pours darker, milder aromas. More caramel, molasses, honeyflower. Less cherry, berries, citrus. Similar floral notes and sweetness

Overall: Pretty decent Irish Red here. Nice honey and floral flavors. Leans sweet with a touch of amber notes. Not my favorite style and not quite as good as some other Great Lakes beers, but still pretty darn good. (Rating: 3.79)
Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 4.55 by MFJB

Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 3.6 by QuintusHorace from California

Feb 26, 2023
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Rated by Noahoxley

4.76/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
You need to taste it to believe it. Malt development is unbeatable and delicious.
Feb 24, 2023
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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. 1" beige head drops quickly, mild lacing. Color is clear copper. Aroma of rich roasted malt, some fruity and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light-to-medium and frothy with a drying finish. Flavors of caramel, toffee, medium roasted barley, yeast rolls, earthy and fruity hops. Overall: excellent
Feb 21, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Feb 19, 2023
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Rated by Jaytory

4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A terrific example of an Irish Ale. Malty, toasty, and a nice bite. Another winner from Great Lakes.
Feb 12, 2023
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Very clear rich looking reddish copper. The half inch tan head recedes to a ring inside of a minute, but the ring remains for the duration of the glass.

Nice doughy malt aroma. Flavor is more toasted malt with earthy hops. The full malt semi-sweet flavor drys a bit by the finish. Hop bitterness is mild. Body approaches medium weight and is smooth and a little creamy all the way through.

Traditional, not fancy, but very good. A pleasure to drink. I definitely want a second.
Feb 12, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by whitemankeenan from South Carolina

Feb 07, 2023
Rated: 4 by dan58 from Ohio

Feb 06, 2023
Rated: 3.86 by thin_mint from Ohio

Feb 05, 2023
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
1/2024 Vienna Walmart
Jan 22, 2023
Rated: 3.42 by BubbiesR

Jan 14, 2023
Rated: 3.84 by Gerred from Missouri

Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look: It pours copper with a white head. Head retention is low.

Smell: It has caramel aromas with a bit of toffee.

Taste: It has toffee flavors with a bit of caramel. There are some grainy sweet aspects to it. There is a bit of a bitter with with roast.

Feel: It has a medium light body with a medium bitter finish.

Overall, sweet throughout the taste with the bitterness coming in at the finish.
Apr 23, 2022
Rated: 3.58 by ColForbinBC from New Jersey

Apr 11, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by Nobilite

Mar 21, 2022
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Reviewed by burnstar from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a nice clear copper with a medium head and persistent lacing. Smell is caramel malt. A little toastiness. Taste is likewise nice and malty. Caramel and toasted malts. Not sweet and well balanced. There's a good lingering subtle grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied- some carbonation. A little heavier than you might think at first. Very pleasant malty beer.
Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by roberthawkins

4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Nice and toasty with robust grain flavors and plenty of caramel notes. Medium to full mouth feel. A really enjoyable beer. This one is my go-to Irish red. If that's what you're after then this is the beer you're looking for.
Mar 18, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle enjoy by date 4/4/22 into a pint glass.
L: Pours clear reddish amber w/a 3/4" light khaki head that recedes quickly to thin edge foam. Light carbonation. No lacing whatsoever.
S: Malts, caramel candy, subtle yeast, gently earthy.
T: Rich malt, caramel, light toffee, a suggestion of brown bread. Gentle sweetness & lightly floral.
F: Soft, slick, smooth, subtly creamy & sort of thick (almost syrupy) medium heavy bodied mouth feel with a clean semi-fast finish.
O: I find this beer to be rather boring and disappointing. It is far too malty. This brewery makes much better examples of other beer styles. It's Okay.
Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I poured a Conways' Irish Ale into a pint glass. A gorgeous coppery red libation rose under a two-inch head, which all but dissappeared within a few minutes. The beer had just enough carbonation to sustain light lacing. The nose was pleasant... earthy, with yeast and hops beneath the malt and understated holiday spicing of cinnamon and nutmeg. It is a mix of some complexity, modestly sweet, with a finely balanced taste. It's a bit like a light Christmas brew, or a lightly spiced shadow of a maibock. It warms the tongue and body, yet leaves very little aftertaste, which makes it quite refreshing for a holiday spiced beer, and overall enjoyable. The mouthfeel is a touch on the light side, which is not a detriment. I'll cellar a few of these, and have them periodically during spring and summer. This is another compelling brew from Great Lakes, which does wonderful things with stouts, porters, and ales.
Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by KomodoDragon from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Rich amber - red brew, looks is fantastic. modest head, decent lacing

Smells Of fresh bread, toffee, orange

Caramel malt, brach’s fruity chew variety, dark grape, plum juice, middle of the road carbonation. Wonderful slight sweet hop finish - American influenced perhaps. Almost a desert feel, but taste is a delight. And nice balance.

Full bodied ale with hefty flavor.
Mar 05, 2022
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Rated by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Another fine beer from Great Lakes. Full-bodied. Complex flavors. 6.3 abv is perfect.
Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Feb 12, 2022
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Feb 09, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Two brown bottles stand empty. Their contents now temporarily reside in a clear glass liter mug. The color is a bright bronze-amber, more translucent than opaque. A thin off-white head sits on top, but it's getting thinner quickly. The aroma is far from intense, but what's there seems mildly hoppy, a bit yeasty and more malty. The taste comes with a solid mouthfeel, likely from the barley malt and yeast.The malt also out performs the hopping across the tongue. The result is a reasonably sweet malted ale that drinks very easily. It does lack some of the earthiness found in the style, especially those actually from Ireland. Still, there's enough full flavor for an enjoyable drink. This would likely pair very well with spicy foods or aged cheeses. No glass lacing to inspect and no taste of its ABV, just slightly above most in the category. Bottoms line, it's a nice version of the style
Feb 08, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by cuyahoga from Ohio

Feb 05, 2022
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Reviewed by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

2.35/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
A very faint smell of wet bread yeast and hops could be detected if I huffed at the top of the opened bottle. A quick pour generated a finger of cream-colored had that rapidly decreased over the course of a minute. Transparent copper filled the rest of the glass; I'm not surprised at the copper since there's one on the label (yes, I'm here all week). More citrus was present wafting off the glass, Some sweetness first hit the tongue, giving way to a slightly burnt astringency and bitterness. Mouth feel was dominated by that astringency. For some reason - maybe the color - sucking on a cold penny came to mind, and it does have a certain metallic nature in the taste. Overall, kind of meh.
Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a nice but just vaguely red amber color. Really enjoy the malt flavors and biscuit attributes but I don't have much else to compare this too still.

One bottle poured absolutely no head at all and was carbonated like pop. So that's awk. Must have happened during travel somehow. Having this on tap is EXCELLENT

Dude beer is so weird. Having this now in 2023 and im thoroughly bored with this offering.
Jan 28, 2022
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Rated by magikbagel from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A mostly exceptional beer that falls slightly short due to a soda water mouthfeel and CO2 flavor. It becomes more noticeable after each sip.
Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by Myboymi from Kansas

Jan 21, 2022
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