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
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
Reviews:
498
Ratings:
1,516
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
291
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 498 | Ratings: 1,516
Photo of hustlesworth
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- very attractive clear copper/amber with world class head, a puffy off white raw biscuit with a creamy ocher tint, great retention and webs of lace.

S- malty sweet caramel, and a buttery toffee nuttiness are prominent with cappuccino & milk chocolate in the background. grassy herbal hops, exotic tea, and dried fruit.

T- a perfect blend of sweet & sour, earthy chocolate & vanilla, malty & bitter. one of the best balances i've experienced in any kind of ale. it's like a cocoa cereal i used to eat as a kid- sweet grains, caramel toasty malt, honey roasted cashew, mild chocolate, sweet over ripe fruit, damp wood, soil, clay, and an herbal tea hop finish.

MF- perfect creamy medium/full bodied and medium carbonation, goes down like a citrus juice.

D- no problem knockin em back tonight, too bad it's only a seasonal release.

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Photo of giblet
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

egggsellennnntt! very nice beer from GLB. pours a nice reddish amba. bood carbonation and lace. nice hop flava that marries well with a sweet fruit. a nice balance.

very drinkable, specially on a cool winters day by the fire.

i admit that i am a lover of Great Lakes Brewing. this one is no exception. not as heavy as some irish ales but a much better example of one than Killians.

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

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Photo of Raymond69
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear red color. Decent head , some lacing.

Smell it hoppy , decent citrus smell. Faint malt.

This beer has a nice grapefruit taste , Slight caramel flavor is enough to keep it from becoming a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium , decent carbonation.

A solid brew , probably my favorite Irish Red to date.

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Photo of rrg1gb
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dark amber, clear with lots of carbonation, but little to no foam retention. Take a whiff and there's a light roasted aroma to it, and it smells a bit like caramel biscuits.

The flavor has a nice roasty kick but there's a bit of hops in the background. There's much more of a roasted malt character to it and is fruitier than Eliot. There's lot of carbonation but it doesn't hinder the flavor.

This is a great brew. I didn't really know what to expect, but I guess that's okay. It's got a light roastiness and sweetness throughout that is backed up with a bit of hops. I am pleased to know that everything coming from GLBC has a consistently high level of quality.

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Photo of jp32
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronzish auburn color. Is this what they call burnt sienna? I think it is damn close. Nice lacings.

Soft, fruity, perfumy smells fill the air as soon as i begin to pour this one. Ready to dive in.

Quite a potent tasting brew. Heavily malty with a lingering sweetness.

Medium-bodied. Solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. Could have a couple of these but would maybe get bored after two or three. Better than what I see offered at a lot of my local pubs.

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Photo of beakerboy
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice copper color with a creamy half finger of head. The aroma is quite sweet and malty. The flavor has a good bit of caramalized malt and grassy hops. It has a heavy mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. This is quite different than I was expecting in a good way. I would deffinately get a sixer of this to share with friends.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad brew. Not what I was expecting. No nutty or carmel character. Somewhat of a malt and refreshing hop character to it though. I liked this brew overall but not the best Irish red I have ever had. I do reccomend it as "worth a try". Its not bad overall.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass of this on-tap last night at a concert I attended at the Jigsaw Saloon in Parma. Served in a clear plastic cup. This beer is a fairly dark amber red/copper color. I don't remember the beer looking this dark the times I poured from the bottle and drank it, but maybe the beer looked darker because of the dim lighting inside the Jigsaw. Had a good head about an inch thick when drawn from the tap. Settled to a decent film layer covering the surface with a nice white ring lining the inside of my cup. Aromas of malt, a bit of roasted caramel, fruit, alcohol, and bits of spice and hops can all be found here. Tastewise the beer is fairly sweet upfront with flavors of malty bread, some fruit and spices, and a trace of hops. Has a good crisp and full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the manner that good beer should be. This beer does the winning!

Eric

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Photo of Duster72
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber with little head and no retention. Aroma is sweet malts with no hop character. Taste is very like iced tea with some roastiness and strawberry present. A fine beer but nothing remarkable -- I wouldn't be interested in having it again, especially when it sits next to Commodore Perry!

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a wedding reception. Nice amber pour with an off-white head that lingered nicely and okay lacing. Aroma was slightly malty caramel with a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel was bittersweet, and the taste, again was a malty fruit, though not real dominant.

All rounded out to a smooth, pleasant finish. Not a great beer, but it turned out to be a pretty good session beer, as I had several.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale pours to a dark amber bronze with a dense white head that holds well and leaves a good lace.

This Irish red ale has a sharp fruity aroma with a hoppy overtone. This ale is not terribly strong in the smell department, but its flavor more than makes up for it aromatic shortcomings.

At tasting you are greeted by a toasty sweetness early followed by hints of carmelization and hoppiness. A complexly flavored beer. The medium texture with a smooth malty finish.

As is the case with nearly all Great Lakes Creations, I never get tired on this beer (its even better on tap at the brewery) and I impatiently wait for its release each year.

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Photo of skizziks
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a nonic. The pour raises a 1/2" dense, off-white head that leaves some lace as it recedes. The beer is a very clear bright copper.

Aroma is of strawberry preserves, grain , iced tea, and a hint of roast.

First sip brings grain husk, quickly followed with an intense sweetness and more strawberry preserves! Slow malty finish with just enough bitterness to keep things balanced.

Full bodied with low carbonation brings the drinkability down a little but this is still a very nice satisfying take on the style.

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

The rich, lightly sweet, caramelish, toasty and berry-ish flavors of Conway's Irish Ale are sure to please. It's deep-amber/copper body glows with orange and gold highlights, and the creamy off-white head holds just fine, leaving behind spotty walls of lace. The nose is clean with a malty and fruity edge. It's medium bodied and gently crisp on the tongue. In many ways it's just your basic Irish red ale, but it does have a distinct malty character that's caramelish, toasty, and offers the suggestion of some roastiness in the background. Blanced towards sweetness, the bitterness is just enough to give it ballast and keep it from becoming sweet. Nicely done!

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

poured into a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap best by date: 4/12/07.

Clear,medium amber color, with a 3" tall creamy white head with fair retention and some spotty lacing. Moderate carbination some tiny bubbles stringing

Nice clean fruitty aroma with sweet lightly toasted maltiness. A bit of an iced tea aroma with an apple/pear like fruittyness and a touch of perfumyness.

Good clean sweet toasty carmell tastes. Nutty and fruity hints of very ripe apples and iced tea like flavors. Well balanced finishes smooth with a good fruitty tartness and a pleasing bitterness. Very Enjoyable.

Light to medium body has a light mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy.A nice pleasing taste thats easy drinking. This is my choice for St. Patty day next year could drink this all night.

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Photo of mmcave
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixer of 12oz bottles
Chilled and poured into nonic the head rose and immediately fell, it’s a sparse film lingering on the surface. The body is a hearty golden amber sort of a light shade of southern style sweet tea. Smells of light hoppiness, I might even say "tea like", with some subtle, but heartier malt character. Taste is the nose multiplied, with more complexity and subtlety. The malt really shows its colors toward the finish with a meager flourish of caramel and lightly toasted malt. Bitterness is very subdued, just present enough to provide good balance for the subtle malt. Mouthfeel feel is maybe a tinge thin, maybe not, but it does provide for good drink ability. This is definitely a beer that could be sessioned especially on a summer day, but because of it’s slight heartiness it could be decent during winter. I enjoyed this not crazy about it, but a good representation of the style and a worth while

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

A: Pours a clean pumpkin copper with a lackadaisical feel to. Head was a good inch of medium sized khaki bubbles but dropping fast leaving a quality ring in its place.

S: Cooked carrots, toasted cereal, old strawberries and watery orange juice.

T: Begins with a surprising amount of orange juice balanced with caramely dough. Really tastes a lot like it smells but with more spice pizzazz than the nose would let on. A lot of fermented red fruit allowed to mature can be found with a blend of buttery almonds and moments of rye. Finishes somewhat dirty with lingering breads with preserves.

M: Medium body with a hard water consistency…fitting for the style though. Bit of carbo sting.

D: Well I liked this beer. Very tasty and enjoyable after a brutal day at work. Good balance. Would have got higher marks if the dirty taste didn’t exist and a silkier mouthfeel was present.

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Photo of MDekker
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The day after St.Patrick's Day...

This brew pours out a clear, reddish brown with a little off-white head. Some lingers throughout. My initial impression of the aroma is that's it's mostly malt - caramel, and a little hops. Nothing really particular in the nose. The taste is also creamy and sweet, but really well-balanced at the end. I notice a grassy, sort of mossy flavor, too, slightly minty in the aftertaste. So far this one is hitting all the right notes for me. It's very pleasant in the mouth, too, perfectly carbonated and just the right consistency. On top of that, it's just sliding down, too, so I'm really happy with this one.

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Photo of mcallister
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber red with a small white head that leaves a thin lace around the rim of the pilsner glass at BW'3.

Very sweet toffeed malt with hints of red berries, as well as some other red fruits. Nothing clearly distiguishable and only a slight sign of a floral hop.

Toffee caramel malt with a floral, chewy, pine induced hop finish. Again berry with a faint nut addition. Not overly complex but nicely palatable. Malt flavor is slightly too sweet. More hop could have made this beer more balanced across the spectrum.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Freshness info - best by 04/24/07 . Does not leave much head, and what little there is, quickly recedes into a foam ring at the edges, and there is no lacing to speak of. Body is an orangish amber, looks a little like brewed tea.

Smell - toasty malt and caramel, and hint of brewed tea.

Taste - very similiar to the smell. Toasty malt and some caramel. In the middle, a slight lemony hop twang asserts itsef and rides into the finish together with the malt for a subtle flavor of tea with lemon.

Mouthfeel - medium to thin bodied, smooth.

Drinkability - this is decent, but not great. However, it could be a good session beer.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 3-8-07
Best before 4-27-07

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a good head that leaves light lacing.

Smell is very light and fruity, with a sweet almost strawberry hop aroma.

Taste is a little disappointing. A vegetable earthiness at first masks almost every other flavor, and maintains in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is decent, very carbonated, thin, and mildly refreshing.

Drinkability suffers as a result of the taste being sub-par.

Overall, not a very enjoyable beer for me. I usually like red ales, so I think it's this particular one that has this overpoweringly earthy dirt flavor.

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Photo of Tallboy
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-12oz bottle pours a bright ruby copper that is highlighted by a nice beige froth.
Scent-Toffee and caramel are prevalent with some interesting malts but no outstanding hops to speak of.
Taste-Bready and sweet toasted malts where the predominant flavor with some vibrant green hops and tasty caramel.
Mouthfeel-Nice medium mouthfeel.
Drinkability-A nice Irish styled session beer. I have tried a lot of GL's brews and have yet to find one that I can speak bad about!!!

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass - amber, rustic color. Modest head with little lacing.

Not much of a smell.

Has a distinct creamy taste & feel to it with a tinge of wood; lasts about 3-4 seconds with a pleasant, mellow aftertaste.

I wasn't floored by the brew but enjoyed it enough to get a six pack of it every year when its out there. As a Cincinnati native, GLBC is my favorite thing about Cleveland :-D

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Photo of perfectkaos
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with an off white foamy head that quickly dissapates.

dont really pick up much of an aroma, some malts, some hops, but not much really.

great balanced taste of malts and hops. nothing really stands out, but thats not really a bad thing.

this beer goes down easy and packs just enough of a punch to make it a great session beer. if only it were available more than just early spring.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a bright red, sparkling color with good head formation. Aroma was lightly malty with good caramel smells coming off of it. Taste was OK, but a bit ho-hum. Mouthfeel was typical. I would call this beer drinkable, but in a world with so many choices, I have a hard time strongly recommending it.

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Photo of beerphan
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> imperial
Please enjoy by: 04/03/07

Pours a clear light amber with a puffy white head that settles toa film of suds. Lacing is sporadic and minimal. Carbonation appears lush.

Nose: Sour yeast, caramel, light toast.

Taste is thin, with sweet malts, grains, little hops and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy. Slightly crisp on the finish and clean.

An extremely easy to drink ale, although no characteristics really stand out.

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