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

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Added by chilidog on 07-28-2002

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

Outstanding offering by one of the greats! Pours a ruby red color with few laces. But smells decently and is great with cabbage and corned beef. Goes down smoothly, and can be the life of the party, of course if you can get them to listen. With original smoothness, has a little bitey edge at the end.

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Photo of milesfan76
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at BW-3 Niles.

A: Translucent brownish-red with about a three finger head that doesn't stick around long.

S: Little bit of hops, little bit of sweetness. Not a real strong smell.

T: Tastes like it smells- a bit of hop flavor but not real powerful, sweetness from malts following.

M: Light in body, nicely carbonated.

D: I'm tempted to keep drinking this all night. Sessionable beer, kind of hard to pace myself.

This brewery has yet to let me down. It is so nice to be able to get these seasonals on tap nearby.

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Photo of schusterbauer
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a bit light in hue for being a red ale -- looks like an APA. 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass, head rises to the top of the glass, and eventually disappears, never to be seen again. smells, well, like an APA. hops first, and then some sweetness from malts. taste is, again, hops first, giving way to what has the potential to be an enjoyable, toasty malt profile. there's also an odd red licorice flavor that manifests itself every few sips. a lot of mismatched flavor here, which is a shame, because despite that fact, it's apparent that good ingredients are present.

when i think of an irish red ale, i think of a beer that has a lot of bread and malt flavors, with a bit of sweetness -- good food beer. this is not good food beer. disappointing.

actually, this beer makes me want to write an essay on the unfortunate topic of inordinate hop levels seeming to be the american signature on attempts to interpret non-american styles. this, too, shall pass....(hopefully)

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Photo of ndekke39
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz bottle good by April 24, 2007. Pours a clear copper color, with little to no head. Smells of mellow malt, A little bit toasty. Not too strong. The taste is front-loaded with the clean, crisp malt. Continues into the middle. Nice, refreshing taste. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, although not too watery. A very smooth and clean beer. Another great offering from GLBC.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says best before 4/12/07. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/red color with a small white head. It smells spicy and malty, and also like caramel and some floral hops. However, the aroma is a bit weak. It tastes like caramel, sweet malt and bread with a nice slight bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is medium, with just the right amount of carbonation and a bit of dryness. The drinkability is very good, this is a nice smooth beer that would be a great choice as a session beer. Too bad this is only a seasonal beer, I'd like it to be available year-round.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber and a slightly off white fluffy head that reduces to thin lace ring. Mild nose with notes of toasted malt, grassy hops, floral, and a faint sour yeastiness. Toasted grains and barley cereals followed quickly by a strong chocolate malt character. Slight spicy, floral hop characters keep it dry and tones down some of the sweetness. The overall smooth, nutty malt character is very tasty. The finish is dry, bready, and yeasty with some cocoa powder notes remaining the longest. Medium mouthfeel, some carbonated fizz, and little cloying make for some appealing attributes. Very tasty beer but might be a little too chocolaty for an irish red...or maybe not, focusing on a flavor and making it speak loudly isn’t necessarily a deviation but more an individual take on was good.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a nonic. Enjoy by date: 3/19/07. Clear, amber/red color. Moderate head faded fast.

Smell was malty and spicy. Caramel. Leafy hops aroma bloomed late.

Taste was sugar cookies. Caramel and mild hops zestiness. Drying, pleasant finish.

Mouthfeel was zippy yet it glass-like smoothness. No one element of this beer was spectacular but every characteristic was enjoyable.

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

Pours a clear ruby amber color with a thin off white head that fades rapidly.
Smoked spice and malt aromas are most predominant to me. A slightly smoked flavor with a tang from the hop that adds to an interesting mouth feel. Nice take on the style. Thanks to DE for the opportunity.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear copper color and a fluffy white head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Graham cracker and light fruit aromatics

Taste: Starts out with a toasty graham cracker and light fruit flavor that continues to the finish; nothing fancy but very flavorful

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is not a style I would normally seek out but the Great Lakes version is a keeper

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

This beer pours a nice amberish color, not quite red. A good hard pour produces a nice off white head and there is a good amount of lacing throughout. Smells sweet, some caramel and maple syrup. Taste is very smooth and malty, again with caramel and a slight hint of hops. Very good for this style. A nice session beer.

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Photo of cueball52
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours a deep copper/red with a nice frothy head that dissipates quickly. Minimal head and lace to the bottom of the glass.Not a lot of aroma, just a mild sweet smell. The taste up front is sweet, carmel, with a touch of spiciness. Nice carbination, very refreshing with a dry pleasant after taste. Great balance and probabaly one of the better Irish ales out there. This ale is remarkably drinkable!

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Photo of BlindPig
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- About a 1/4" just off white head on a crystal clear dark orange amber body.
S- Big caramel and roasted malts. Dry hops comes through too.
T- Light caramel malts mixed with some nice roasted ones too. Well balanced with some dry hops. Has a nice dry feel to it. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste mixed with a light caramel flavor.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is a very nice and drinkable. Very well balanced and the best Irish red ale I have tried. I think they hit the nail on the head with this one.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice dark amber with an off-white head. There was only a 1/8" or so of head, and it was gone quickly. It has a sweet malty aroma. It looks and smells alot like the Christmas Ale, but without the Christmas spices. The taste is very good. I'm not usually a fan of the style, but this is nice. It is sweet at first but dries out nicely. There is just a faint bitter aftertaste that makes you want the next sip. The mouthfeel is also very good. Very smooth and substantial. Drinkability is great, I might have to reserve a keg for St. Pat's Day.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice deep amber hue. A frothy two finger head that left rather quickly, but it left some lace to it.

S - Toasty malt aromas are really well balanced by the sweet hop sin this brew. theres is some bready aromas, and the toastiness is real nice. It just isn't really powerful enough.

T - The aromas transfer over to the taste, and are really mellow and smooth.

M - Light and dry, the hops give a light bitterness to balance it out.

D - Very Drinkable. I can enjoy this as a session beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper amber with a 1 finger creamy off white head.

S - Toasted malt and biscuit with a bit of spice from the hops.

T - Quite malty with a good dose of biscuit and a little bit of a raw grainy taste. The spice from the hops compliment this one well.

M - Nice full and creamy mouthfeel.

D - A very tasty beer. This will become a regular spring drinker for me.

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Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out clear reddish amber with a finger of white suds that hold on for a while.
Leaves a little lacing.
Smell is yeasty malt with hints of rasberry and lemon.
Great smelling brew here.
Taste like a dead fish smells. This is not a bad thing though.
It calms down with more sipping.Must be the hops that are giving me the dark dirty taste. Might become addicting.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated and it fizzes for a while on the tounge.
I think Edmond Fitzgerald is a better Great Lakes brew but this one needs more attention from me. I am happy to grant this.

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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of mlh1227.

A - 1" tan head that lasts about a minute. Light lace. The beer is a glowing bronze/amber color.

S - Toasted caramel with a nice dose of hops mingling in the background.

T - Taste is a mixture of toffee, caramel and bready, biscuity malts. Sweet honey. Malty beer but with the perfect amount of hops to keep the sweetness in check.

M - A little north of being medium bodied, bordering on full. Light carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Great drinkability, would make for a nice session.

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Photo of adams82
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz. bottle.

A: This beer pours a red/copper color, much like I expected from an (Red) Irish Ale. Not much staying power in the head, it looks nice and fluffy and shortly thins out.

S: Slightly floral and fruity but mostly sweet aroma coming from this one. Smells good! It begs to be sipped.

T: The evolution of taste: It starts a little spicy, some of the floral notes in the smell come out here as well but it finishes with a toasty and malty kick! Nice dry finish, very toasty, very good!

M: Good mouthfeel here. Carbonation seems right, rolls on throughout the mouth nicely, smooth.

D: Talk about quaffable! Easy to drink and a pleasure to do so! The 6.5% abv is not apparent here, one after another would not be a problem.

I have had limited experience with GLB Co., but they have all been very good. Conway's Irish Ale is a great beer to have any time of year and seems like it should go great with any meal. While not perfect, this is a great session beer to be enjoyed at any time!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's, $1.39, best by 4/4/06

appearance: pours a super clear bright amber, glowing almost, very light beige foamy head with no retention, very light lacing

smell: toasted grain, light sweet malt, apple juice, bready, herbal hops in the background, caramel covered apple

taste: sweet apple juice flavour, creamy caramel, toasted grain, sweet thick malt backbone, light herbal hop presence, light astringency, a touch of alcohol comes through in the aftertaste, slightly nutty, biscuit-esque, bready...good, but not great

mouthfeel: medium-near full body, smooth and creamy

drinkability: pretty good

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

I had of a bottle of this at my brothers. As advertised, it pours a nice dark red with an off-white head and good lacing.

Nice nose of slightly toasty malts, crackers and some underlying citrus.

Taste is a bit sweet, a bit dry and very nice. I liked malty taste that seemed to have a wee bit of caramel. Just enough hops to balance.

Nice smooth mouth with a medium feel. Easy session type beer. Well done Great Lakes!

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

Poured a single bottle ($1.35) into a pint glass.

Poured a clear burnt amber color with a very respectable pale khaki head of about 1.5cm. Head was nice and tight and stuck around awhile

Smells very balanced, equal parts malt and hops. Nice toasty flavors in there with slight caramel, if only a bit on the mild side.

Taste was kinda weak, but generally followed the smell. Sweet and caramelly, with a nice crisp finish. Good maltiness without being too heavy or too sweet. I think the yeast is giving it a pleasant breadiness too.

Very satisfying in the mouth, though not quite as creamy as the Great Lakes Christmas Ale. A bit high on the astringency too.

A real classic middle of the road "ale." There are no gimmicks, no fancy tricks. Just straight up ale that you can swill or enjoy patiently. Definitely a great beer to get out at the pub or to share with friends, but not necessarily worth the novelty of a once-a-year release. An excellent representative of the style, if only a bit plain. I must say this beer reminds quite a bit of Ireland-- astringent, bland, but thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of sopor
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A crystal clear deep golden-amber ale with a little less than an inch of off-white head, and a lasting spotty and smooth film. An almost cidery-vinous note greets me at the top of my tulip-pint, but it's not a very welcome greeting... The cidery-vinous note is present again at first contact with the tongue, but balanced in with some tangy-sweet malt that leads into a delicately nutty and biscuity malt. Hops are present, but just enough to tie off the flavor. Fortunately the cider/wine fades as I'm drinking the beer, and the nutty malt picks up just slightly. Body is light, but not watery thin. Besides some unwelcome flavors, this beer is a very easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a frothy off white head.

Smell is invitingly sweet with toasted malt and fruit leading the way. Hints of caramel.

Taste is defined by the sweetness of the roasted malt, wonderful complexity is added by the fruit and earthy nut flavors that linger long on the pallet. Light hop character brings balance to the sweetness in an understated way. Very pleasant. Finish is clean but not sharp.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Overall this is a good brew. I find it to be interesting with its array of flavors in harmony with each other. Balanced but complex.

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

Pours a nice clear light amber color with a decent off white head, little retention.

Smell has a light sweet maltiness to it.

Taste is pretty mild, some bready malts, caramel malts, mixing in with a slight fruity sweetness and a bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation.

Overall a good easy drinking beer, another solid offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Best before April 06 on side of label.

Pours a medium amber color, with a half inch off white head. Crystal clear, with lots of carbonation. Spotty lacing left along the sides of the glass. Not a terribly strong smelling brew. Reminds me of tea, wheat and malts. Decent taste, mostly malts and very sweet. Good mouthfeel, very smooth, and slightly dry. Very easy too drink and a good example of the style. A good offering from Great Lakes.

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