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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This review was taken earlier this year the day it hit shelves here. It's a brew I've had multiple times(roughly 15-18 bottles) over the last few years. With the seasonal lineup changes going on at GLBC of late I want to get this into my review log.

12 oz brown bottle with the usual GLBC style labeling. This particular label displays Mr. Conway himself in his officer uniform. One of the things I appreciate most from GReat Lakes is their way of doing their bottlings In way that doesn't pay much attention to bright and flashy colors. Sure, I love that, but I enjoy the GLBC style all the same. Simple and black bordered labeling with a focus mainly on the quality of the liquid inside. I poured this into a Standard tall style 12 oz mug.

A - orange. Ruby orange we'll say with the slightest touch of amber red. Head was a shade of white leaving a nice semi sticky ring of lace. Not the most impressive of heads but it left enough to make for a very nice looking Irish ale.

S - very simple and down to earth aroma. Caramel malt make up the main piece with some herbal characters and some near fruity hops displaying touches of orange and softer dark fruit. A lot like plum. Aroma carries a sweet character due to the big punch of caramel in the front.

T - more of that bit caramel malt backbone with fresh herbal hops. Hop notes are soft and really just flow without any serious bitterness. Less dark fruit than in the nose, but a good dose of lemon and orange jump up from no where. Clean finish with more sweetness. Wonderful Irish sweetness.

M - pretty creamy texture and comes off a lot thicker to me than maybe it does to some. Simple medium body is refreshing and extremely drinkable. A beer you can have more than one of at any time. It carries some sweetness but its perfectly setup and nothing about it is crazy or too much of any one note. Exceptional balance and texture.

O - a truly underrated ale in today's craft beer world. A real hallmark on the roots of GLBC and what they are about. This Irish ale gets back to the basics of crafting exceptional brews and with the kind of stuff that's being created in the U.S. right now we sometimes forget these simple yet brilliant ales. This is reviewed based on what they accomplished with the idea they had. This wasn't intended to start a new trend or be an insanely flavored giant. This is the basics of brewing and done perfectly. Sometimes a beer doesn't have to be a 9% abv brew to get a high rating. I applaud beer like this done right.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Conway's Irish Ale

Reviewed from notes from the Spring. 12 oz poured into a standard pint.

Appearance: Short white head with a red/amber color. Once the head dissipates, the surface looks slightly oily. 3.5/5

Smell: Not particularly strong. Grainy scent with a little hops. 3/5

Taste: Malt first, somewhat toasty and very clean. Easy to drink with a little bit of hops on the tail. Was surprised to see this was a 6.5% brew. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation with a slightly oily feel. 3.25/5

This is a little underwhelming for Great Lakes, but overall it's not too bad. Easily sessionable. 3.5/5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Photo of tectactoe
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Rusty, sunburst orange throughout with an otherwise nice clarity that's obscured by a gentle, yeasty haze. The head grows quickly and recedes not quite as fast; eggshell colored and fluffy as all hell, it leaves a few sheets of lacing on the glass, though they are pretty fast to run down back towards the top of the beer.

Hmm, wow, the nose is just a bit different than any other brew I've smelled before; perhaps (and most likely) because I haven't had too many Irish red ales. Malty sweet with rich caramel and buttery toffee aromas at capacity, followed up by a lighter, yet integral proportion of lightly fruity and somewhat grassy hops. Toasted malt is the key player here, and I would assume that the hops may be more aggressive when this beer is a bit fresher; I'll admit that it's just a little bit past its prime now.

Well, the nose wasn't lying; Conway's Irish Ale is a malty bomb that lays the pipe as soon as it hits your palate. Coming out a bit more robust than the aroma, the flavor smacks you with some faintly metallic caramel malts - sweet, rich, toffee-like, and toasty. Lighter bready flavors bring up the rear; somewhat buttery and toasty with a touch of burnt grains and graham cracker.

The hops are there, and even for being a touch over-the-hill, they still balance the malty sweetness nicely; a nice round of slightly floral and grassy hops roll through the flavor profile, hand-in-hand with an orange-like fruit juiciness that can't go unnoticed. Mildly bitter, enough to counteract the sweetness, but not enough to scrape any enamel away or anything like that. The finish lends a hand to some slightly nutty and woodsy, toasted malt flavors for a warm, dry finish. Thicker bodied than you'd expect with a mild stickiness that adheres to the sides of my mouth; a little cloying and teeth chattering in this respect.

One of my first of the style, I enjoyed it a bit, although I know I'd get tired of it after one bottle (much like I did this time around). The intense caramel and toffee malts are nice at first but can be a touch overwhelming after twelve ounces. Tasty brew, no doubt, but one is certainly enough for me.

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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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