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 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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Photo of lastmango
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a nice red amber with a thin tan head that dispersed quickly. Moderate lacing. Aroma has a mild grassiness with biscuit malt. Tastes of honey malt with a clean slight floral finish. Very little hop bitterness.
The feel is of low carbonation and a medium body. This is a fairly balanced red and extremely drinkable. However, there is no real standout feature.

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Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loved reds when I first found craft, but have moved more toward blacks and hops, so allowing my bias to flow.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip pint glass, named Duvel.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark reddish, amber color with a finger of tan head that leaves a layer on top of the pour, but laces too insufficiently.

Smell: Lots of bready caramel malt sweetness. Wood, cedar.

Taste: Follows small, the malt is really the core with hints of bread, wood, cedar and caramel. Enough spice and nut to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lower carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Likeable, could be 5.5% ABV instead, but denser and more woody than most. Good food beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated enjoy by 03/20/16 into pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with a light tan head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Initial impression is light biscuit malts up front, possibly some roasted caramel, and a very faint hops presence. Nothing really stands out as a "signature" for this beer, so I suppose that means the ingredients are well-balanced. Smooth and very easy to drink. Surprisingly dry finish.
Overall, it's a little on the bland side for my jaded American palate. My ratings reflect how much I like the beer, so YMMV. I think it's spot-on for the style, though.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a pretty orange-amber with a thin, ecru-colored head and lacing. It smells of toast, caramel, and some dark fruit (figs?). This is a nice, mild ale with tastes of bready malt, cracker, caramel, and some green apple and melon to give it sweetness. There is little malt presence. This is a medium-bodied, creamy ale with low carbonation. This, combined with its moderate ABV of 6.5%, makes it very drinkable. I find it to be much cleaner in taste than Smithwick's. Overall, it is a very good Irish Red Ale. I drank poured from a bottle but I would really like to try it on draught.

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Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a bright clear reddish amber, almost copper color with just over a 1/4" white head that soon recedes to a small ring of foam, an irregular island, and a bit of thin foam over part of the surface. Sipping creates some scattered small patches of foam, many of which slide back down to the surface.

The aromas include some biscuit from the malts and some light floral hops.

The flavors are much as predicted from the nose with a rich biscuit flavor from the malt and the floral from the hops. In addition there's a rich, pleasant sweetness that almost conceals just a tiny bit of bitterness.

The mouth feel is pretty much medium bodied with a light, faint touch of carbonation. The finish begins about midway through as the biscuit and floral character are joined by the sweetness which then more or less takes over for a while and then they all fade into that soft light bitterness with a touch of dryness at the end.

This is a nice beer that I'd be happy to have again and look forward to as a great change of pace from something like IPAs or Stouts. This would also be a good beer for having with a meal and serving to friends during an evening of conversation. That said, I'm not sure I'd be looking to have 2 or more of an evening as I think there's enough sweetness it would begin to cloy well before the 2nd was finished unless consumed slowly, sipping rather than drinking.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [4.25] Really transparent ruby red color. The beer forms 1 finger of pillowy white head. The whole thing looks great in a glass. The bottle lists the ABV at (6.5%) and the best by date of (03/21/16)

S: [2.50] Almost nothing. Really light corn flakes maybe. I am sniffing like crazy and there is nothing here.

T: [2.50] Kind of follows the nose. The flavor is really subtle. Some corn maybe. A little bit of sweetness.

M: [2.50] Light carbonation. No tingle, buzz, hops, bite, aftertaste (or taste really).

O: [2.50] I really like GLBC but this is a HUGE miss for me. This is indistinguishable from water. No malt, no hops, no nose. It is just flavorless. I guess this might be an okay transition for a BMC drinker unless they thought it was too low on flavor. Disappointing for sure.

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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 hopphead31415
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This Irish Ale by Great Lakes has 6.5% ABV and 25 IBUs. It is made with Harrington 2-Row Base Malts and Crystal 77 malts. The hops are Northern Brewer, Mt. Hood, and Willamette.

Look-It pours a beautiful orange blossom honey color that has some copper-red hues in the light. The head is thin and white with some moist delicate lacing.

Smell-It smells of caramel malts, biscuit, fruity esters, a mild rope-like aroma, and then more caramel. There are some dark fruit nuances as well like prunes and fig esters.

Taste-It has a rustic unfiltered raw honey taste, along with malted barley, caramel, toasted cracker malt lingering, and sunlight-warmed barley. I also taste the fruitiness as well which manifests itself through some soft fruits like apple and maybe melon with a lack of acidic astringency. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium-bodied and is crisp and clear. It has bright flavors that are clean and wet which leave a clear palate lightly coated in caramel malts and some mild carbonation fizz.

Overall-This is an absolutely delicious brew and has a lot to offer. It is easily sipped on at any time of day or night, I believe.

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Photo of Raime
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

GLBC Conway's Irish Ale.

GLBC has always been one of my favorite breweries. I'm usually not all that big on this style but I found a single bottle of this beer for 2.19 and figured it would be worth a shot. Enough talk, let's drink it up.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a crystal clear moderate amber coloration with a finger of off white, thick head that quickly dies down to a moderately thick cap amongst the top of the swill. Carbonation appears to be on about moderate. Lacing and stick after a finished glass is rather sparse.

Smell - The ever expected caramel level is there along with a large dosage of grassyness and a bit of medicinal cherry like fumes coming through as well. Surprisingly I can smell the alcohol in this one despite the fact it is rather low on the ABV scale. Not a huge nose but unique. The cherry aspect really isn't offensive as you may think given the way I described it.

Taste - I initially wasn't sold on this flavor profile as the whole medicine like aspect threw me for a loop, but the more I delved into the beer the cleaner it became and the less medicinal it seemed. The malts ate rather toasted and this point and the flavor is quite grassy with a touch of lemon. Caramel as expected once again. Even a bit..dare I say...Smokey?.

Feel - The body is quite full with a lower amount of carbonation. The lemon grass like aspects really stick around the mouth pleasantly and the smoke really becomes apparent amongst the swallow. Swallows easy with more bitterness than the 25 IBU level would have you believe. Slightly creamy as well.

Overall - While I'm not the biggest fan of this style, this was a solid example. The balance was nice and the smoked aspect was very welcome in my opinion. I have a few friends who really enjoy this style during the colder months and I'll have to introduce them to this beer. I'd have it again around a late November bonfire around the chiminia. As always, try it for yourself and come to your own conclusions..

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange/amber clear color. Has a nice malty caramel smell. The head is plentiful and off white in color. Initial taste is surprisingly pleasant, slightly malty, sweet and a hint of caramel. The flavor stays consistent to the finish. The lacing is very good and stays with you. This is only my 3rd Irish Red Ale so I'm still learning, but overall, I like this brew. I would definitely buy more.

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Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,524 ratings.
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