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

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86
very good
1,530 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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:
1,530
Reviews:
501
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
300
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of TheRicker
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is rusty, red-orange with a fabulous, fluffy white head and some good lacing.

Nose has some medium malt and a bit of pepper; and some orange zest.

Taste is blend of toasted malt and orange zest, with some toasted marshmallow. It has a natural roastedness that is soothing instead of gimmicky.

Mouthfeel is clean and easygoing, with medium carbonation.

Overall, this beer is exceptional for its naturally roasted flavor, as well as its unpretentious drinkability.

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Photo of TruaxMJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Veristic
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Conway's Irish Ale served @ 45* into a Red Oak tulip pint glass, consumed on 4/20/12. Best by date: 5/9/12.

A- Big fluffy 2-finger off-white head that dissipates into a thin sheet that hangs around until the end. Minimal spotty lacing. Deep copper-red body. Good clarity, only slightly hazy.

S- Some sweet caramelly malt, a little toffee-ish. I can pick up a very slight herbal & floral hop aroma. All aromas are tame, pleasing and in balance.

T- Smooth & balanced, very easy drinking. Light caramel malt, a little buttery. Mild hop bitterness. Some light toasty roastiness in the finish, very nice!

M- Slightly slick mouthfeel. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly astringent in the roasty aftertaste.

O- 6.5% ABV but goes down like a good 4.5% session beer. This is definitely brewed closer to style than FFF Brian Boru but I like the Brian Boru a little better. Both are great, seek em!

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz poured into a Guiness pint glass

A- Clear dark orange with a clear off white 1.5 finger head.

S- Smells like caramel and a lot of different malts, A nice fruity hoppyness. Some dark note like a tiny bit of chocolate.

T- Similar to how it smell. A nice bit of caramel notes. A good variety of malts typical of a red ale. Only a little bitterness but it has a slight fruitiness with it.

M- Aftertaste is dry and only soso. This beer however is super smooth and creamy. Good carbonation and rather refreshing. Has a nice feel to it and is easy drinking.

O- Another winner from Great lakes.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Poured into a pint glass.
The body has a nice reddish color body with a small head that lays down quickly. The smell has a nice maltyness to it. The taste has a nice balance of sweet malt and hops. It also has some fruiteyness to it also. The mouth feel is great and overall a really good, easy drinking beer.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of pschul4
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my mini snifter

A- Looks insanely red. Nailed the red ale part

S- Lots of malt in the nose. Tiny bit of hops. Pretty good stuff going on here

T- Delightfully sweet malts and just a pinch of tasty hops. Very well done

M- Nice combination of smooth on the front and prickly on the back.

O- I don't really like reds so this was a big surprise. Well done GLBC!

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2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a flared pilsner glass. This beer glowed a solid reddish gold, holding a one finger tan head of creamy bubbles. This showed moderate retention with spotty sheets of lacing here and there. No sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared moderate. The aroma was strong with white and red grapes, which showed with a juicy sweetness and light tartness. The malts were paler in aroma, with clean steel. Finally, baker’s yeast rounded out the back and softened things up. Our first impression was in regards to the huge grapey flavoring. As we sipped, red grape and bright strawberry sugars hit first. These mixed with softer pale malts, but really dominated the palate. The middle moved forward with more chalky, grainy malts, and gritty pepper at the peak. Here the balance was better, with the sweetness cut significantly. We were pulled to the finish on a wave of even more toasty, deeper malts, and a tonic water sourness, but that grape was persistently in the background. The aftertaste breathed of copper, grassy hops, and light peppery booze. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was high and prickly. There was a light coating around the mouth with a brief astringency before all traces of the beer were gone. The mouth was cooled with decent slurp, but cream and froth were poor. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how fresh and easy drinking it was. The fruitiness was overbearing at first, and was still quite strange by the end, but the balanced through the middle saved it. It was nice for the style, but seemed to be lacking just a bit in every category.

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Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,530 ratings.
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