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

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,527 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:
1,527
Reviews:
500
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.55%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
299
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,527 |  Reviews: 500
Photo of JohnnyForeign
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SSGCujo
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ScottishMacD
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass: color is amber, transparent, light effervescence; head is light tan with mixture of fine to small bubbles, presents about 1 inch deep and lingers well with nice lacing.

Smell is malt, notable caramel, light earthiness and hints of tea like notes.

Taste is very good: sweeter malt but not cloying just clean malt, toast, light fruitiness; hops are on the finish with dry earthiness, it does present a flavor of barley tea, though subtle. This is a more amplified, smoother Irish Red Ale - many of the others are dryer, less sweet.

Mouthfeel to crisp, moderate, lingering fullness.

Overall a very great tasting beer - in the style of amber/red ales that are not overly sweet, overly hopped this stands out - very smooth, light sweetness, subtle hops and crisp finish.

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Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nolster
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No head at all, red clear color. Nice caramel/malty aroma. Really nice bready and caramel and a touch of spice/hint of hops. A really nice bready sweet caramel type a beer. Enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. brown bottle into nonic pint.

Look: Pours a pale reddish amber with minimal head. What head there is fades quickly into cream-colored lace on the surface of the beer.

Smell: Something vaguely metallic. Pale malt. Not really catching hops in there.

Taste: Malt sweetness, maybe a bit bready. Cooked corn? Low-level hop bitterness, but not enough to balance the sweetness of the malt.

Feel: Tight carbonation, small bubbles. Light mouthfeel, but the finish is oddly long because of lingering malt sweetness. No characteristic drying finish.

Overall: Not the best from Great Lakes and not the best example of an Irish red, but still serviceable.

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Photo of MikePacheco12
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kendo
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a DFH pint glass. Body is chill-hazed ambery-orange with some particles in suspension. No real head.

S: Caramel malt and overripe fruit.

T: Definitely on the sweeter side of things - caramel malt, ripe fruits, some brown sugar and brown bread. Some tea-like qualities as well. Lingering sweetness on the back and sides of the tongue.

M: Slightly oily in feel, call it lighter side of medium in heft.

O: Meh. Too sweet for my taste buds, but it certainly evokes the style, at least as I can recall from my trip to Ireland and having consumed other Irish Red Ales. May be the first time I'm not enamored with a beer from Great Lakes.

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Photo of Botulizard
2.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of ajm5108
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Optics are traditional, aroma is mostly an amber malt with some over-ripe fruit notes floating around too. Felt the malt / hop combo on this one was out-of-whack, the flavor has elements of caramel malt flavor but the hops really clash with it & you get kind of bitter sweetness that tastes like spoiled fruit cake with grated hop cone icing.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drstalker
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this beer. Tastes like caramelized malts with almost tealike notes. Mouthfeel is fantastic. It gets better with every drink. Beers of this style have a tendency to miss the mark, this one hits it's dead on.

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Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear red ale with only a light head and lacing. This beer is a tasty example of a malt-forward Irish red. Medium bodied, breads malt flavors and easy drinking.

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Photo of cuy50
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bammer21
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of akopczyk
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,527 ratings.
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