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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by chilidog on 07-28-2002

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Photo of association330
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a bit of history and humor in the descriptions. Very typical of this brewer.

A - Pours deep golden/orange with a slight reddish hue. A pinky of off-white head drops to an average cap with a bit of lacing.

S - Sweet toasted malt (a bit toffee-like), fresh bread, and tea. Slight fruitiness as well.

T - Basically more of the same. Pleasant sweetness of toasted malt, with bready notes and breakfast tea. Light hop flavor in the finish, and bitterness is just enough to provide a bit of contrast. Dry finish.

M - Body is on the light side of moderate. Carbonation is medium-high and lends a crisp feel to round out the nice, basic flavors.

D - A "meat and potatoes" kind of beer indeed. Would be great with a nice, down to earth homecooked meal. Almost sessionable at 6.5%.

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Photo of masterbruewer
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber with a thick off-white head. Light carbonation

The smell, right out of the bottle, was strong malty scent with a little vanilla. It reminded me a vanilla malt from United Dairy Farmer's ice cream counter. A little hop scent became apparent as the pint had time to breath.

The taste starts with a wallop of hops that gives way to a nice malty flavor that turns a little sweet. The sweetness fades over the length of the pint, leaving a very nice flavor similar to an IPA.

The mouthfeel is just right, not too heavy, not too light.

This is a very drinkable brew, quite enjoyable with a nice mix of taste.

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

A -- A clear copper orange brew that pours into a one finger head and settles into a thin skim.

S -- Smells of caramel malts, roast, bready.

T -- Bready malt notes, light essences of caramel and vegetation, light bitterness at the end.

M -- Smooth as as hell, light to medium in body. Lightly carbonated.

D -- Very drinkable, a little on the light end for the style but good nonetheless.

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

Pours a rich, clear, honey-amber with a finger of smooth tan head. Smooth malt dominates the aroma, with a tiny bit of citrus and some woodiness and caramel. A well-rounded mild hop scent draws it all together. For the first second the heavier side of the malt is present, but it is immediately followed by the hops and lightens up to a caramel, bread flavor. The citrus is present but fleeting, which is fine because I think too much would have ruined the brew. Overall very smooth and easy to drink. Perfect for an easy social drink or to have with a burger.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a great lakes brew i have never had before. so i had to try it!

Conway's Irish ale.$8.99 6pk bottles.(OH)

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

freshest taste date clearly marked.

poured a nice amber color. with a 1.5 finger head that rather quickly left a decent ring of lacing around the glass.carbonated just right, nice amount of bubbles from the glass etching.pouring it i did notice it was not as thick as some other GLBC brews.

it has a beautiful fruity, yet toasted malt smell. at first appearance it doesn't smell like a 6.5 abv brew.

the flavor is very smooth and inviting. you can taste the toasty and fruitiness that cant hide.medium bodied beer with a great toasty flavor and a slight warmth on the finish, and aftertaste.

the mouth-feel is as i thought, not watery but not as heavy as some other of their brews. the smooth coppery feel kind of reminds me of their Christmas ale.

overall a great beer by any means. however i did not enjoy it as much as other great lakes brews. that could be because GL couldn't make a bad beer if they tried.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange/amber clear color. Has a nice malty caramel smell. The head is plentiful and off white in color. Initial taste is surprisingly pleasant, slightly malty, sweet and a hint of caramel. The flavor stays consistent to the finish. The lacing is very good and stays with you. This is only my 3rd Irish Red Ale so I'm still learning, but overall, I like this brew. I would definitely buy more.

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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 ABOWMan
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice burnt copper color ale withr perfect clarity. Head is a fluffy modest one finger of off white foam.

Amoma is caramel and malt.

Flavor is slightly roasted malty sweet with brown sugar notes. Very full mouthfeel almoswt more like a creamn ale.

Goes down easy and will rate high drinkability wise.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

noticed this at a local store and had never seen it before so i figured what the hell...i dont think its possible to get a bad brew from great lakes anyways.

poors amber color with an off white head that stays all the way through. laces really well.

mouthfeel is a little think and smooth..good blend of carbonation

taste is sweet up front and smooth on the way down with hints of malt

this is another hit from great lakes...i could be satisfied drinking this all night long.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle with freshness date clearly marked

A: Ok we have a rust colored beer that is very clear; head is a creamy reddish white

S: Slightly sweet malt, a touch of hop, and a floral smell that eludes me.

T: Ok we have some light caramel malt with some biscuity undertones, a tad more hop bite then I was wanting for this brew, but not over powering.

M: Smooth and dry, but just enough carbonation to make you want another sip.

D: This beer is a smooth drinker, but the floral hop cuts the sweetness just enough to make this brew well balanced.

Thoughts- I love the history behind this brew, nice to see respect given to ones elders. As for the brew it was a good try at the style, and it made an excellent baked chicken, so I would have it again for sure.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a light amber honey color.

Overall: The aroma is sweet with hints of roasted grains, bready yeast, light hops and some mild fruit notes. The taste has a sweet malty character and just enough hops for some balance. There are notes of bread, light caramel malt, orange marmalade and mild hops. This is a solid Irish Ale.

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

Appearance: red-bronze, with a quickly receding cream colored head that thinly coats the beer

Smell: toasted malts, grainy, some caramel sweetness, and floral hops, biscuity

Taste: rich toasted malts, very robust malt character, noticeable hop twang for a great balance, biscuity earthiness, and a little honey-like sweetness

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: highly drinkable, great session ale

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Photo of midnite2sixman
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/amber color ok size head. Not much lacing, may be the glass.

Bread, rye, touch of hops, and a dash of sweet. Perhaps the malts, maybe not.

Savory, not too sweet, levels off. Not huge hops or rye, but a subtle finish. Not a typical irish red.

Fairly balanced. Hits up front but levels off fast.

Give it a try. Easy going, good taste, smooth and delicious.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the dilly deli, served in a pint/pilsner glass hybrid.

A- dark ambrosia with a dirty white dog head. Clarity is about medium and bird of lacing cling to the glass.

S- almost a sweet and sour type smell. Sweet malts and a sort of stout cream type smell. Not bad but different.

T- alcohol fuses with the malts to create a sort of sweet tannin type taste. Hops balance This at the end to make for a nice finish

M- a little heavier than expected. Low carbonation That weighs on the palate. A bit of tingle on the way down

Overall a good red ale that isn't very sessionable for me.

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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 LyonsHead
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Deep red, nice off white head but it disappeared quickly

S: substaintial bread crust; toasted french bread; a hint of roast; toffey like sweetness in the background

T: Very warm and toasty, malty sweetness, there is a distinct raison flavor perhaps from a higher L crystal malt

M: Medium body, fairly smooth, lingers around for a while

D: Nice complex malt flavor, a little too sweet. The lingering finish brings the drinkability down some for me. Pretty good malt aroma and flavor, I just feel like it needs to dry out a little more.

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Photo of sauron681
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium ruby color, very clean appearance. A nice thick head, but low carbonation. Lacing is average.
A sweet cherry and plum aroma. Nice toasted malt flavor, that finishes dry, yet sweet at the same time.
A hearty bread like aftertaste with a light alcohol warming with what seems to be a honey like flavor that lingers in the mouth.
Overall a pleasant beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bought this beer as a single. Pale red-brown color with a white 1 finger head. Decent retention, but not much lace.

Smells of some carmely malts. No real detectable hops. Taste of lightly roasted malts with a little bit of hops bite. Dry finish with little sweetness.

Carbonation is moderate-low and has a somewhat watery mouthfeel.

A pretty straight forward beer. Pretty drinkable. Would make a decent session beer.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a caramel copper color with a nicely lacing off white head. Smells of sweet caramel malts and a hint of noble hops. Taste is very balanced. Bicuits and caramel are the most prominent malt flavors here. A nice hop bite to keep these malt flavors in check. Mouthfeel is very nice, medium and well suiting for the style. I would love to put quite a few of these down as is with any great lakes brew.

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Photo of hophead723
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Me and my brother grabed a quick six pack of this, Irish Red Ale has always been one of my favorite styles. The malts are Harrington 2-Row and Crystal 77. The hops are Northern Brewer, Mt. Hood, and Willamette. Poured into a classic pint glass.

Look: Stunning, crystal clear orange-amber color with a foamy off-white head. The carbonation rises slowly indicating a classic medium body.

Smell: Toasty and caramely aroma with hints of honey and mineraly Irish spring water. The aroma is subtle but rich with enticing character.

Taste/Feel: Caramel malts, lots of unfiltered wildflower honey, toasted cracker, and lemony hops at the end. Luscious and creamy at first but with an amazing crisp finish.

Overall: This particular beer is an exquisite example of the Irish Red Ale. I knew the moment I saw it on the Great Lakes website that it would be awesome. Can't wait to have it on tap, where it would be even smoother.

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Photo of skizziks
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a nonic. The pour raises a 1/2" dense, off-white head that leaves some lace as it recedes. The beer is a very clear bright copper.

Aroma is of strawberry preserves, grain , iced tea, and a hint of roast.

First sip brings grain husk, quickly followed with an intense sweetness and more strawberry preserves! Slow malty finish with just enough bitterness to keep things balanced.

Full bodied with low carbonation brings the drinkability down a little but this is still a very nice satisfying take on the style.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color was red with a beige head of foam that was small.

Aroma was toffee and caramel, some toasted malt in the background and just the slightest hint of hops in the background.

The taste really matched quite well with what I smelled. Caramel and toffee flavors are present up front, followed by some complexity from the malt.

Mouthfeel is not too heavy, and carbonated. It finishes dry, inviting another sip.

Overall, a very good beer. I can have several of these in a night as they taste quite good, and they won't leave me unable to function.

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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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Photo of pasdachuri
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured up a little more red than amber, nice ruby colored body with a fizzy thin half finger head.

Smells of faint honey with a mild hop note.

Taste is very sweat with a bit of tree bark. There is a tiny bit of floral/pine sap flavored hops that immediately fades to a sweat finish.

Medium body, smooth, and just a small gentle carbonation.

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