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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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color (more reddish when viewed from afar) and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the sides of the glass, a collar around the edge, and delicate lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some notes of biscuits and hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, with the notes of biscuit malts being a little stronger and slight hints of sweetness from the malts being perceptible. No bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth a little.
O: This beer seems to be a little maltier compared to other beers that I've had in the style and doesn't exhibit much in the way of tea-like qualities.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mchegash
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.25/5
A nice clear, dark orange-red in color. Minimal head. An average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer,

Smell - 3.5/5
Slightly metallic, a bit of hops, subtle fruit notes, a little sour earthiness. Roasted malts.

Taste - 2.5/5
Toasty/roasty malts, a little sour hoppiness, some light fruit notes. Overall has a slightly strange taste and I'm not a big fan. Slight spice notes.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Medium amount of slightly more than medium-intensity carbonation.

Overall - 3/5
This is a subpar beer in my opinion. Perhaps it's just the style but this one wasn't doing it for me.

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Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is easily the best beer I have had in this style and one of the few that I would drink outside of March if it were available. Nice clean lager with a taste of caramel, toasted malt, and a bit of woodsy hops at the end. Super malty, super sessionable, great beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber / light ruby color with great clarity. One finger white head. Moderate toasty malt aroma, not much hop presence noticeable at all. Slight sweetness in the flavor with a dry finish. Clean and smooth. Medium bodied. Nothing groundbreaking here, but a solid ale for anyone looking for an easy drinking beer with the focus on the malt.

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Photo of classixIII
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with 1/2" slight cream colored head that disappeared rather quickly. Malty aroma some hops an a bit of yeast. Tastes is nice, malty, some sweetness, smooth with just the right amount of hops. Decent carbonation, very smooth. Another good one by GLBC, I'll drink some more of this.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. Good retention and a soft texture give it some aesthetic appeal, as does the large amount of lacing left on the glass. (4)

Smell: Big notes of toasted bread and caramel appear immediately. At times, it seems lightly hoppy (in other words, perfect for the style). As it opens up, the floral hops appear a bit more vividly. The aroma in general is wonderfully savory - Great Lakes may have nailed another style... (4)

Taste: Initially, caramel and toffee from the malts open it up nicely. I really like the subtle touches of biscuit and toast coming through, as well. A gently floral finish helps clean things up quite well. While it's not terribly deep, it's general execution and balance is exactly what I want from the style. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Not especially flabby or full bodied (to be fair, I don't think Great Lakes knows how to make a flabby brew), with its finish remaining nice and clean. Carbonation is average for the style. (3.5)

Overall: This is not my favorite style by any means - however, I know a quality brew when I taste it. And this is quality. Toasty and savory, this beer's malt profile is shown off quite well. Since this isn't a style I'm overly fond of, I doubt I'll buy it again - fans of Irish reds will love it, though. (3.75)

3.7/5: An Irish red done right

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

This is another one you need to let warm up as it changes the taste quite a bit. The first one I had I tried it while it was still too cold and was under-impressed. It pours with a red gold appearance with a nice head - vigorous pour of 3 fingers - that dissipates quickly to a hold finger head but has some nice lacing on the drink down. Nice malty flavor with a light to medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of zdk9
2.67/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours clear dark orange fading into red. A half inch of frothy head quickly disappears. Perhaps my glass isn't clean enough...

S- Light straw and dry grass maltiness. Some toasted notes, like the straw was grazed over the fire and singed. There's also a slight tin note that isn't pleasant, though isn't the worst thing in the world.

T- Just a touch of smokiness surrounds a lot of sweet malt. There's bitterness in the back of the mouth, a good balance out.

M- Sweetness is a little clingy to the mouth, but mostly a light drinker.

O- Ok. Would be better with food. Decent toasted flavors.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best by 3/22/2015, served in a snifter 2/5/2015.

A- Darker amber body, one finger white head with nice effervescence; thick foamy head and nice lacing. Average retention.

S- Grainy sweet toffee, biscuits, toasted bread. Nice malty nose. Mild floral notes.

F- As in the nose, this is a nice malty beer. Toasted bread, caramel, biscuits, toffee supplemented by a nice floral bitterness. There seems to be that house yeasty mineral flavour as well, which makes for a very drinkable and mellow brew.

M- Medium bodied, not too thick or thin, good carbonation. Very drinkable, not unlike the other GLBC offerings.

O- Very good beer, nothing special or overwhelming but it's very tasty and drinkable. It's a well-executed beer which is the MO of GLBC. Buy with confidence.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, clear, golden amber/copper color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of toasted malt, imparting notes of biscuits, soda bread, oatmeal. Some notes of caramel, black pepper, brown sugar, as well as some floral notes of clover and hops.

Taste: Very nice flavors of toasted malt, imparting strong flavors of biscuits and soda bread. Good sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and honey. There’s some really nicely balanced floral hops flavors at the end. Delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some nice carbonation. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another great beer from Great Lakes! Great flavors of toasted malt and brown sugar, beautifully balanced with some hoppy bitterness. Delicious!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear deep amber.

The beer smell is a very sweet and lightly hopped smell that mixes well and gives out a tea like smell. The malts give off a nice sweet smell and a little bit of a smoked smell as well. The hops are very light and give off a nice floral note that is very light. The smell is very close to chamomile but a little bit sweeter.

The taste is similar to the smell but a lot stronger. The overall taste is still like tea. The hops are a bit stronger and a bit more bitter than the smell but the kind of taste stays the same. The malts are both sweet with a slight smoky note.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely smooth with a little bit of carbonation to it. The carbonation gives a nice bit of texture to it.

Overall, a very good beer and one that I highly recommend. The beer is very balanced and worthy of the style.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co. This Ale has an ABV of 6.50% The ale pours out a nice light brown color, with a nice white head. The smell of Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale is rich, with flavor. You pick up on grains, malts and hops. Now for the taste it bold with flavor. You pick up on malts and grains in this brew. Conway's Irish Ale has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice clean and rich. There is a nice smoothness to this brew. It is hard to pick up on the 6.5% in this brew, not saying that it a bad thing. Great Lakes Brewing Co., did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving Conway's Irish Ale a 4.5 out of 5.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange with good clarity and long lasting head of tannish foam that clings in streaks and spots. Nose is malty and sweet with caramel and a buttery toasty nutty scent. Light floral and grass with a vague fruitiness. Sweet grain. Taste follows the nose. Extremely pleasant. Smooth malt brings plenty of flavor to the palate as the hops are just blushing in the background with a light fruitiness and sweet grass. Mouthfeel is medium and this finishes not quite dry with a supple malty resonance. The hops are only in the finish for balance and this one drinks like a charm. An easy going laid back sipper from great lakes.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a nonic pint at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a quite clear brown-amber, just a shade or two lighter and redder than the bottle glass. A careful pour causes virtually no head, just a short-lived cap of slightly off white that leaves no trace behind. Bubbles stream continuously from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Warm toast wafts out of the glass, bready and malty, with some vague hints of nuts and a faint shadow of something floral.

Taste: Toast and cracker spring to the fore of the flavor profile, and are met by just enough of a grassy, floral counterpart to balance from sweetness into a state best described as having swallowed the Little Book of Calm. Swimming through the mix is a faint tone of pecan, and there's also a soft, slight metallic tang to the beer, far off in the distance.

Mouthfeel: Full and nigh creamy, this nails the feel for a medium-bodied ale.

Overall: Quite possibly my favorite Irish Red, and one of the GLBC seasonals I looks forward to in the lineup. Easy to drink, and easy to savor and dissect.

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear dark ruby amber hue. Aroma and taste is of sweet mildly toasted malts and grains, mild fruity notes and hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with toasted malt, grains and light fruity tones and mild hops bitterness, has a pleasant mild nutty after taste. Overall nothing really stand out but still a good drinking brew.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, dated 4/11/14

Clear copper color, I expected a little darker. Not much head. Malty sweet nutty aroma. No hops in the smell or taste. Taste is quite sweet. Medium body and carbonAtion

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Photo of allengarvin
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This is a light walnut-colored beer. The pour developed a significant head, fading after a minute to a solid half-inch.
S: Bready, with a lot of caramel.
T: Good malt, with crusty, toasted bread notes and light caramel. Bitterness keeps the sweetness at bay, and adds some earthy hop flavor. Finish is relatively dry.
M: Neutral texture, medium carbonation.

Well-crafted. In fact, nearly every beer in GL's lineup has been good. I'd never had them before last week.

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

Smooth easy drinker from Great Lakes. Pours a brilliant copper color with a very thin white head and light lacing. Nose of caramel malts. Taste is up front light brown sugar and caramel with a crisp clean aftertaste that satisfies. Light carbonated mouthfeel makes it an excellent session beer and a good beginner brew for the new beer nut palate. It is worth noting that this beer varies a bit year to year, just like many Great Lakes brews. Some times more malty, sometimes thinner, but all in all highly quaffable.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours orange red with a small white head that dissipates but leaves a tad of lacing. Smells of lightly roasted barley with a little but ad fruit, grape jumping out the most. Tastes of medium roasted malt with a bit of creaminess. Beer is light-medium bodied with good carbonation and nice finish. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper, like a shiny penny. Totally clear. Robust carbonation; 1/4" beige head with a ring of lacing that lingers, some sticks on the side of the glass as it goes down.

Aroma: Malty, roasty, sweet, slight floral/fragrant note.

Taste: Semi-sweet arrival, dry across mid-palate, clean, bitter end. Leaves the impression of more sweetness on mid-palate than is actually there. Really distinctive malt profile lingers.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, bordering on slick, viscous.

Overall: I don't know the style well, but the BJCP guidelines overall description fits this to a tee. "An easy-drinking pint. Malt-focused with an initial sweetness and a roasted dryness in the finish." I swear I did not read that until AFTER I rated it.

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Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a reddish-copper color with a thin layer of head. The nose is lightly malty. The flavor profile is clean and relatively light with a focus on malty sweetness. The finish is semi-dry and very pleasant. This is a very sessionable red ale.

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

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of 03/25/2014, which happens to be today, so I am just in time! Another new beer to me from Great Lakes Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice coppery amber colored body with one finger of fluffy off-white head. Thins to a nice ring with some good scattered lacing. Some decent clarity. Looks pretty good.

S - Smell is pretty minimal, but pleasant. Roasted malty nuttiness, and some underlying hints of indistinct hoppy fruitiness.

T - Taste follows the nose - smooth crisp malt body. Roasty and nutty. Light yeast character is detectable. Subtle hop resins. Malt forward and lovely.

M - Crisp and smooth. Excellent drinkability. Light-bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, a simple but excellent and tasty beer. Most everything I've had from Great Lakes has been delicious, and this one is no exception. I would definitely have it again.

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrus hops and some fruit. Body is full and crisp. Earthy hops, caramel malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth.. Finish is long and semi-dry. Well made brew.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

fairly clear and light brown in color, sort of red-tinged.... scant head or retention, minimal lace

somewhat bold toasted graham cracker malt aroma and flavor... a bit more toasty than I expected or is traditional.... some mellow sweetness in there

vague pear esters (or hop flavor?), mildly minerally.... actually, there is a fair bit of hop flavor and bitterness, but more so on the perimeters, in the near background

clean light-medium body with a slight tannic bite

all in all, it's a fine drinking beer... had the one - would've gone well with some buttery, flaky crust sort of food (pot pie?) if I'd had it.... when I was offered another one on the house, I gladly said yes.... it doesn't blow you away, but I would certainly pick up a sixer of this

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Deep mahogany and perfectly translucent. A thin head on top, about a quarter-inch thick pops up and quickly fades into a few wisps. Lacing is minimal.

SMELL: Very, very bready without much else going on in the nose.

TASTE: A big dose of sweet caramel malt is the most distinctive flavor, but by no means the only one. A nice mild spice keeps things interesting while a drying, bready finish provides some balance.

MOUTHFEEL: Very sweet to start, but dries throughout the sip. I expected this to be a much thinner beer, but it is medium bodied leaning towards the bigger side. It's really nice to have an Irish Red with some substance.

OVERALL: Slightly sweeter than I prefer, but without that sweetness the body would not have been as solid, so I'm good with it. Great Lakes still does not suck in my book! Great to try a new (to me) seasonal from them, I'm thrilled that the woman was able to bring some back from the brewery for me.

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Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,517 ratings.
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