Conway's Irish Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Conway's Irish AleConway's Irish Ale
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Conway's Irish AleConway's Irish Ale

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by chilidog on 07-28-2002

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Ratings: 1,562 |  Reviews: 512
Photo of lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Conway pours a glowing red body with a clear appearance and thin head that disappear. A solid look that is spot on for an Irish ale

S- a light plum with some sweet caramel and oat scent. There is some dry scents as well

T- great toasted flavor that mingles with a sweet bready theme. Think apples with caramel followed by a crisp finish of grapes and plum. Very good flavor

M- crisp, refreshing, and tasteful. Furthermore it's the right body from the style

O- a perfect irish ale. I will make this brew always around for the beginning of spring

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Photo of HopNelius
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 12 oz bottle and into an Irish pint glass.
Appearane- red color, medium carbonation, some lacing.
Smell- notes of bread and cinnamon.
Taste- notes of bread and cinnamon, caramel, typical Irish red but better.
Mouthfeel- nice desert notes
Overall- one of the better Irish reds I have had. Great drinkability I could drink several.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Red-copper with a thick head that doesn't last all that well.
S- Very simple on the nose. Toast, caramel, and a touch of noble hop.
T- It's a fine beer, but it never really gets past acceptable for me in flavor. It's a bit sweet up front with caramel flavor. Finish is toasted bread. Quite bready.
M- Medium body for a red. Carbonation is on the assertive end.
O- Like I said it's a fine beer but there is nothing that transcends the normal Irish Red level for me.

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Photo of output01x
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before 04/03/12) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a full 1-finger cream-colored head that fades in a couple minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear bright red amber with a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen throughout consumption but never seems to stick around very long.

Dark, sweet malts give notes of fresh bread and caramel. A little spiciness gives a little extra character to the nose.

Each sip starts with notes of caramel, toffee, bread crust, dry cereal, and good spiciness. Once the beer is swallowed, none of the flavors really spike and no new flavors appear. The spiciness lasts a little longer than the other flavors and into a wet finish. The spice lasts on the palate between sips.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. The body is just thick enough to allow the flavors to come out without ever becoming sticky or coating. The carbonation is a bit fizzy but does not interfere with the flavors and really helps to make this beer very drinkable.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to Great Lakes pint...

A: Pours a dark amber copper color, crystal clear. About a half finger of cream colored head that rapidly dissipates to a spotty quarter finger ring. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, toasted biscuit, and just a hint of citrus zest. Smells creamy and light.

T: Follows the nose. Grainy malt, caramel, some toasted biscuit, and a light dosage of citrus from the hops. Very creamy and smooth. The finish leaks just a little bit and is somewhat bitter.

M: Light to moderate bodied, smooth, creamy. Assertively carbonated. Good flavor profile.

O: A solid Irish Red. Fits the bill for the style quite well. It's smooth and straightforward, something Great Lakes has always done well. Very good session beer here, would love to have this during college football season.

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Photo of lstokes
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a nice, lasting head. Nose is mostly sweet malt. Tastes like roasted nuts, caramel and graham cracker with just a touch of orange from the hops--I want to like this more than I do, as there's nothing wrong with it, but ultimately it's just kind of... there? Good malt character, and I enjoyed the three I had, but it's not a beer I'll be buying again.

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Photo of jheberle
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Nfrey
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of kyledg
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of abankert12
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got aggressive mid-pour and still only got half a finger of off white head. Body is a a burning copper orange color that could nearly top the head of any red blooded Irish person. Very few bubbles rising to the top of this beer, and no real lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and something sweet and fruity, with just the faintest whiffs of caramel.

Light toasted malt starts her off, then goes into a very rich biscuit flavor. A little caramel in the middle, and a spicy, slightly hoppy ending make for an enjoyable experience.

This beer is medium bodied and very sweet but not sticky. Washes down clean.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, clear, copper pour, with a nice rich, tidy, cream head. Nothing notable in the nose, just some faint sweet grass. Tinny and sweet malts are wrapped around a bouquet of juicy fruit. Picking up hints of orange, lemon and some more of that grass that I smelled. The creamy, watery mouthfeel follows nicely with style. First time trying this, and I found it an interesting and damn fine example. I have come to expect great "ness" from this brewery and it continues to not disappoint.

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Photo of izu2nr
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of cld253
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jaredtuk
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of satellite86
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Rob315
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of rogueleonardi
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,562 ratings