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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by chilidog on 07-28-2002

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Very clear orangeish amber. Nice looking caramel-tinted, fluffy head. Good retention; decent lacing.

Nice roasted and caramel notes, with some tea thrown in for good measure. Pretty low key nose, but it smells great. The taste is consistent with the nose, with some fruity notes and sweet tea. There also is a subdued nuttiness in the background. This brew is mostly sweet-tasting, but there's a little kick of bitterness going into the finish, which is dry. Pretty much perfect for the style. Actually, I kind of feel like I just wrote the style description. This beer is light-bodied and slippery with a good amount of carbonation.

This is an amazing example of the style and a great beer all around. Nicely done.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very refreshing taste. Drank from the bottle, so I perhaps missed the full fragrance, but you knew it was an Irish right away. The taste is full, strong, and very pleasing in your mouth. I was very pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of penguinjive7
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with about a finger of head.

Smell is mostly sweat malt with a hint of a floral aroma.

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.

The carbonation is done very tastefully and the brew goes down smoothly.

This brew has a very earthy character which lends itself nicely to the Irish style.

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

From first appearance, its a strong amber red/almost rusty colored red with a fair if not small amount of lacing. Not many bubble are surfacing, but nonetheless the color is striking.

The smell is faint in roasted hops. Overall this brew has a very roasted smell to it as it seems perfect to go with steaks, ribs and anything cooked on the grill. There's a small hint of other hops in there somewhere as well. Definitely carries its own.

Taste is good. From the first sip entering to the end of the mouthful, this is a genuine tasting beer. A bit sweeter than a typical Irish ale, it nonetheless comes through satisfying and refreshes the tastebuds. Definitely a good Midwestern craft brew.

Mouthfeel was a bit average on flavor retaining. After it lingered in the mouth for a bit, it began losing its flavor fast. Not bad, but it could be better.

On the plus side, this is a drinkable brew. A few of these to sip on with definitely clear your mind and make you relaxed in no time. Definitely worth a purchase!

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Photo of srv33
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber red pour, inch head, excellent lacing. Smells of caramel and malt. Taste is of roasted malt, and a bit of vanilla and peppery zest. Mouthfeel is thick, wonderfully balanced and very smooth. I was really surprised by this, the flavor profile and smell is somewhat simple, though its very smooth with just the right amount of zesty finish, creamy and that makes for a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Bread, malt, and caramel.

Taste: Smooth is the word. Medium body with notes of bread, caramel, and a hint of hops in the end.

Overall: Extremely drinkable even at 6.5%. Not the normal Irish ale for sure. Almost has a New Belgium Fat Tire appeal in the smoothness and drinkability department. Have already went through 3 six packs, and I got another as this will be gone soon. Cheers!

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Photo of GoalieRon33
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wonderful, deep color. Not quite ruby, but more reddish than brown. eggshell-white head, about 1 inch in size

smells of sweetness. matly as hell, but very balanced all around.

tasted of many irish ales... slight alcohol burn with a finishing maltiness. overall thick brew; very heavy beer with a strong malty flavor.

heavy bodied beer that is a slow drinker

an enjoyable beer that is fun to drink slow. Not an easy chugger; great dinner beer with chicken

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Photo of adams82
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz. bottle.

A: This beer pours a red/copper color, much like I expected from an (Red) Irish Ale. Not much staying power in the head, it looks nice and fluffy and shortly thins out.

S: Slightly floral and fruity but mostly sweet aroma coming from this one. Smells good! It begs to be sipped.

T: The evolution of taste: It starts a little spicy, some of the floral notes in the smell come out here as well but it finishes with a toasty and malty kick! Nice dry finish, very toasty, very good!

M: Good mouthfeel here. Carbonation seems right, rolls on throughout the mouth nicely, smooth.

D: Talk about quaffable! Easy to drink and a pleasure to do so! The 6.5% abv is not apparent here, one after another would not be a problem.

I have had limited experience with GLB Co., but they have all been very good. Conway's Irish Ale is a great beer to have any time of year and seems like it should go great with any meal. While not perfect, this is a great session beer to be enjoyed at any time!

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Photo of littleshamrocks
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear copper body topped with a respectable creamy off-white head. About average in the carbonation department. Looks a little bit like tea. Left very small traces of lacing.

S: Up front smell of toasted grain to bread-y malt with noticeable floral to herbal hop aroma in the background.

T&M: Medium body with a straightforward flavor similar to the nose. Toasted malt, herbal hops, toffee, caramel, and pepper spiciness come to mind. Carbonation is medium at best and the finish is relatively clean.

D: Solid brew to be sure. I have yet to taste a poor offering from Great Lakes, and this is no exception. I think they hit the nail on the head by calling this a "meat and potatoes'" kind of beer on the label. It's a no frills, solid, good tasting beer. Recommend.

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