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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 | website

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:
488
Ratings:
1,472
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
74
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270
For Trade:
1
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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed the #1 Irish Red Ale (yet) but I can get the #2 locally so what the hell. Beer is served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is red and clear with a big white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is a little roasty and sweet. Smells exactly like I expected.

Beer is medium bodied and easy drinking. Mildly sweet on the front end, a little bitter at the back but the bitterness is from a type of roasted grain that I find a little odd. I know that's a brewing trick, add a little roasted grain at mash out for color, that's probably what happened here. I enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Conway's Irish Ale....is good. The label is awesome! Great Lakes is probably the best thing to come out of Cleveland since the Browns left for Baltimore. This beer pours a nice amber with no head and no lace. The scent is mostly caramel malt with biscuits. The taste is nothing remarkable or noteworthy...just solid. It is well balanced from start to finish. The mouthfeel is medium in body with so so carbonation. Overall it is a decent sessionable beer and worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, light, caramel malt flavor. Very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is a touch bland for 6.5% abv. I do get a touch of vegetable DMS, but I'm not sure if that's completely inappropriate for the style. There's a light bitter aftertaste in the end, but in general it's pretty tasty. I'd like it to be lower in abv, because this beer could sneak up on me fast.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent malt scent that boasts of pale and biscuit malts. It has a mild caramel malt sweetness and a dry Irish ale yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some toasted/bready notes. This has got to be the most complex Irish ale I've ever tried. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer. It's full flavored with excellent malt character and a smooth finish.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong caramel malt, slight sweet malt, yeast, pale malt, hint of earthiness, hint of hops, and a hint of honey. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of honey, strong caramel malt, yeast, slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, smooth, earthy, dominated by malts, and nice subtle hop addition.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a clear amber orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: light fruity aroma is all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, bread, ripe fruit sweetness, some hints of toasted nuts, and a moderate bitterness nicely balances the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is brief and short-lived.

Overall: a very quaffable ale that is refreshing and hits the spot.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Founder's pint glass late at night.

Conway has a autumn orange with some faint redness in spots and nooks and crannies. I've seen much redder, anyway a nice light caramel colored head rose about an inch with some burst, not much legs to this. No lacing.

Smells consist of a typical irish red, caramel, small candy vibe, barely smellable hop sense. A boatload of toasted malt. This is fresh and it don't smell that bad.

Taste is simple but bold with the fresh bottle. Caramel and some apple slices dipped in caramel. Toasted malts giving basic bread in the middle. A sweet aftertaste. Hops are not in the picture but sort of keep things in perspective.

A very healthy medium body on this and very sweet, perhaps a bit too much. Kinda reminds me of sucking on a worthers original for a second. This was a easy one to take down, perhaps that's the Irish in me. It's simple, no more no less. I can see this going downhill in the bottle fairly quickly so drink up.

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

Best by 3/29/10

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Copper in color, clarity ok, some little yeasties hanging in suspension. Small head forms, sticks around for a while and laces the glass.

Smell: Bready malt makes up most of the aroma.

Taste: Deliciously malty with flavors mimicking candy roasted nuts. Caramel malt. Hop profile is relatively low, a light lemony bitterness that lingers on after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a high degree of carbonation. This beer is the opposite of flat. A semi-dry finish with lingering lemon/tea notes.

Drinkability: Quite enjoyed this one. Yet another solid brew from Great Lakes.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden copper red body that is crystal clear with a gentle release of tiny bubbles. The head is a thin creamy head that is white with a faint yellow hue.

S- The smell of lightly toasted malt with some note of dry fresh grain note in there. No real hop aroma in there.

T-This beer had a nice slightly sweet toasted malt flavor with some dry fresh grain flavor that follows. There is a very slight buttery note but it is not detected when the beer is really cold. There is a nice spicy flavor that finishes and some green hop notes in there. The finish is crisp and dry with a soft carbonic note.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz in the finish.

D- This is a nice smooth beer that has some good malt flavors and a spicy hop flavor but it would be nice to see the malt have a bit more depth and the hops back off a bit. Definitely a good crossover beer for those that drink Adjunct Lagers.

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

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/13/12
*From notes

-- Six-pack purchased at Great Lakes Brewery on 1/17/12 --

A: Copper-reddish-amber in hue. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head. Decent retention, though the collar remains fairly healthy as it fades. Mild lacing.

S: Sweet grains and grass. It really isn't too far off from the way their Dortmunder smells, but it just doesn't "do it for me" in the same way.

T: Big, hearty malt runs from top to bottom. A touch of that patented (and delicious) Great Lakes sweetness lingers too, and it all comes together quite well.

M: Yeah, no complaints here. Creamy and packs the proper weight vs. flavor profile.

O: Another winner from Great Lakes. Their Conway's is my favorite Irish Red, and one I can easily recommend to those looking for a better, unique alternative to Smithwick's.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/orange colour with a very large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, hay, grass, caramel, nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly thin on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of malts mixed with some barnyard (grass/hay). I can also pick up on some caramel and a nuttiness. It finishes with a malty barnyard aftertaste.

Drink - This beer just didn't do it for me. I can see how it might appeal to some, but I wasn't a huge fan. I would not seek this beer out again.

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Photo of pat61
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Brilliant amber-gold with rich, lingering white/of-white head.
S: caramel, biscuit, no hops, toast, toffee.
T: Flavor, Toasty, sweet, light fruit, dry finish but some odd cherry, medicinal thing going on in the background. Not as smooth with more fruit esters than the style calls for. More roast bitter than hop – fairly low hop bitterness.
F: Medium low body, medium low carbonation.
O: Not as smooth as it could be, slightly off.

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Photo of barczar
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy tan head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is floral hops, light fruity specialty malt character, with a toasted malt base.

Flavor follows suit, with underpinnings of fruity malt character turning dry and bready mid palate, finishing with just a hint of bitterness. That malt fruitiness dominates.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth at the finish.

I'm not a huge malt fruitiness fan, but this at least has a nice malt backbone for support.

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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 scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I see a bright yet deep ambery/copper. Very little head, but a cool column of tiny bubbles spewing from the bottom center of the glass. Very uniform. The aroma is a pretty inviting baked then quickly toasted, old fashioned white bread. It just smells warm and comforting. The first sip is great toasted malts, bread with a smooth light caramel finish. The palate is very upfront, nt a lot of stuff lurking in the shadows. No real nuances. Just great malt and a hint of caramel. Very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice amber color, pretty dark red with an inch of head that turns to a solid layer of lace.

S - Mostly caramel malts maybe a touch of hops.

T - Pretty balanced. Tastes of tea and hops with an underlying hint of caramel sweetness with a solid bready or gram cracker base. Sweet also. Very nice.

M - Light to medium. Easily drinkable.

D - Wow I have know ales to be either really light or heavy in flavor but this one seems balanced and creamy. ABV is well masked. Another solid offering from Great Lakes.

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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 Viggo
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet.

Pours a clear light coppery orange, dark amber, thin white head forms, wispy, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, not much there, no real lacing, doesn't look too exciting. Smell is nice and malty, caramel, some really toasty and grainy malt, oats/cereal, light floral, very malty. Taste is similar, very sweet, oranges, some grainy malt, biscuit, cereal, light fruitiness in the finish, low bitterness, not too exciting. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Alright beer, easy to drink but a little boring and light.

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

This beer is a glowing scarlet red. A bit of chill haze is noted. A nice medium sized light beige colored head sits on top and has some decent retention. Lacing is adequate. The aroma has some nice caramel tones as well as a predominant toasted grain aroma. Pretty nice. The toastiness of this brew is its main allure. Toasted malt flavor is very nice. There's also a dry, somewhat bitter hop presence noted as well. A very small dollop of sweet caramel malt accentuates as well. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and pleasing. Body is close to medium-full. One of the better Irish Red Ales I've had.

Thank you cokes for sharing Mr. Conway.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Standard red ale amber-y appearance, clear, not thick, good head. Aroma had a very small peat smokiness to it. Nice. Not much else.

Taste, sturdier than your average red ale. Traditional in that it doesn't have any overpowering aspect of it, falls to the side of malt heavy, tea, toast. Nothing offensive, just an easy drinking red ale, with a little bit more substance than your average one you might come across.

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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 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 Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep amber color with a one finger just slightly off white head. The head has a pretty good level of retention, slowly fading to leave spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of toasted malt and a sweet caramel aroma. Mixed with these are a light toasted bread and fruit aroma of apple and some spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and toasted malt flavor with a lightly caramel sweetened flavor as well. As the flavor advances more the caramel fades more toward the middle with a light fruit flavor taking its place. The roasted malt flavor dwindles as well as the flavor moves on with a more doughy like flavor replacing it. In the end some light spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg as well as a light earthy hop come to the tongue. In the end a quite pleasant light roasted malt cider and spice flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is a bit on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the more average to just above average side. The slightly higher carbonation is nice for keeping the drinkability, but not too high to take away from the aspects the thicker body accentuates- the roasted and spiced flavors of the brew.

Overall – As should be of no surprise this is another good brew by Great Lakes. It has a nice blend of roasted and sweet flavors while still maintaining great drinkability but still remaining quite proficient in flavor.

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet

A - A red/copper color that looks incredible is sadly overshadowed by the disappointment with the off-white, sudsy head that lingered for mere moments before disappearing into a small ring.

S - The nose is bursting with malty sweet and creamy smelling aromas with caramel hints.

T - Very malty across the palate with a touch of sweetness and a caramel hint. Finished off dry.

M - A creamyness flows across the palate only to be followed by a dry finish. The dry finish, however isn't as prevalent as a normal red leaving the creamyness to distinguish it.

D - For an Irish Red it's certainly creamier and maltier than the standard Red which definitely gives it a leg up in the drinkability catagory.

The Conway's Irish Ale has a good aroma and flavor profile to it with out commanding your attention. I really enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone.

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Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.
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