Conway's Irish Ale
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Conway's Irish AleConway's Irish Ale
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Style:
Irish Red Ale
Ranked #12
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,903
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 11.29%
Reviews:
529
Ratings:
1,601
From:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
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Gots
  331
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews by Curt_rowe:
Photo of Curt_rowe
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Brassy orange color, clarity is there, and a healthy head, too. Apple and plum fruitiness with caramel malt fill the nose. Inviting smoothness makes you want to take sip after sip; lush medium body. Caramel runs into a veggie herbal hoppiness. Ripe fruit runs hard with apples, plum and pear. Hop bitterness is subtle but seems to have an unmovable layer in the middle. Lemon candy? The alcohol does show its strength with some warmth. Bittersweet finish.

While not sessionable compared to the more mainstream "Irish" beers, it's good to know that if you are looking for that craft beer around March 17th that has a bit more depth, this one will fill that void.

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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 hophead723
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Me and my brother grabed a quick six pack of this, Irish Red Ale has always been one of my favorite styles. The malts are Harrington 2-Row and Crystal 77. The hops are Northern Brewer, Mt. Hood, and Willamette. Poured into a classic pint glass.

Look: Stunning, crystal clear orange-amber color with a foamy off-white head. The carbonation rises slowly indicating a classic medium body.

Smell: Toasty and caramely aroma with hints of honey and mineraly Irish spring water. The aroma is subtle but rich with enticing character.

Taste/Feel: Caramel malts, lots of unfiltered wildflower honey, toasted cracker, and lemony hops at the end. Luscious and creamy at first but with an amazing crisp finish.

Overall: This particular beer is an exquisite example of the Irish Red Ale. I knew the moment I saw it on the Great Lakes website that it would be awesome. Can't wait to have it on tap, where it would be even smoother.

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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 edward_boumil
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!

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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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finished my classes today and turned in my last paper before spring break, so on my way home from class I stop at the liquor store. Good thing I did it seems they recieved a new Great Lakes product whoo hoo! This Irish ale pours a fine amber with a creamy tan full head that is already leaving me a nice even ring of lace. The aroma is a very slight hop aroma with caramel malt sweetness to it, overall pleasant. In the taste category this beer combines a bit of a smokey blend to it with a rather sharp bite to it between the balance of malt to hops. Overall a selection I am happy to be able to find on the kickoff of this St. Patrick's Day weekend. This beer is medium to light in body and it sustains a smooth lighter mouthfeel to it, and I only wish I could find it on tap by St. Paddy's cuz I think this would be my go to on that day!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish copper color. Off white head that fades to a thin coating. Aroma dominated by sweet, grainy malts.

Taste filled with sweet malt flavor that is hard to describe. Caramel, grainy, candied-apple, and whiskey all come to mind, but none seem to quite fit just right. Very smooth. Touch of sweet alcohol with a slight warming effect. Well-balanced. Hops provide a clean finish. Malts coat the tongue and leave a slight, lingering malt sweetness after the finish.

Good mouthfeel. Medium body.
Very drinkable for a beer with this much malt character.
Overall, a very good example of the style.

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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 alexgash
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnuttz
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a caramel copper color with a nicely lacing off white head. Smells of sweet caramel malts and a hint of noble hops. Taste is very balanced. Bicuits and caramel are the most prominent malt flavors here. A nice hop bite to keep these malt flavors in check. Mouthfeel is very nice, medium and well suiting for the style. I would love to put quite a few of these down as is with any great lakes brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a scarlett red color with small, compact tan head. The nose is really bready in my opinoin and slight alcohol. But in taste, I do not recognize any alcohol. Which is quite amazing since it's a red ale at 6.5%. The flavor is malt dominate, but there's an array of various malts. Toasted biscuity sweetness along with some caramel are strongest. A slight citrus sweetness is also there. Hops stand up to the malt but dont overtake it. They're not bitter but more floral. Very dry finish. Quite good.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ceddd99
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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