Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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86
very good
1,527 Ratings
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Great Lakes Conway's Irish AleGreat Lakes Conway's Irish Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by chilidog on 07-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,527
Reviews:
500
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.55%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
299
For Trade:
1
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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of joshautry
1.98/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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

Photo of Gravewalker
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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 JohnnyForeign
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SSGCujo
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ScottishMacD
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nolster
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 MikePacheco12
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Botulizard
2.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

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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