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
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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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Added by chilidog on 07-28-2002

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Ratings: 1,533 |  Reviews: 502
Photo of beerwolf77
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is orange amber with a tiny wisp of off white head. No lace to be found.

The aroma is super sweet caramel malt. A touch of hops and a decent amount of black earth.

The flavor is modest caramel malt. A faint bit of hops help to balance the sweetness but get pushed aside by the malt.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent representation of the style. Nothing all that memorable but drinkable.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A- crystal clear burnt orange color with an almost yellow head. The head is pretty sizeable, about 2.5 fingers. It seems to want to stay around pretty well. Its leaving some lacing. I think the laser etching in this glass is helping the retention in this beer as I can see lots of effervescence.

S- Muted malty smell. Its almost corny at times. In all its a sweet smelling beer.

T- Same as the nose. Pretty muted. Biscuit malts, some honey like sweetness.

M- Pretty average mouth feel too. Not too much carbonation, not too much body, not too watery.

D- This would be a good beer to cross people into the world of ales. It goes down very easy, no fuss no muss.

This is probably the least favorite beer of mine in the Great Lakes line up.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Red Ale is a clear amber ale with a fading white head. It has a slightly sweet aroma that's a little resiny. It is medium bodied, smooth, bubbly, and the finish is clean. It is simple and balanced, with notes of resin, smoke and peat. It has a good bitterness and a touch of sweetness. Not bad.

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Photo of speedvagen
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jp32
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronzish auburn color. Is this what they call burnt sienna? I think it is damn close. Nice lacings.

Soft, fruity, perfumy smells fill the air as soon as i begin to pour this one. Ready to dive in.

Quite a potent tasting brew. Heavily malty with a lingering sweetness.

Medium-bodied. Solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. Could have a couple of these but would maybe get bored after two or three. Better than what I see offered at a lot of my local pubs.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 03/21/2013
Glass: US pint glass

A solid Irish Ale, interestingly malty and hoppy, easily appreciable by those able to enjoy beers in the maltier spectrum.

Pours a 1cm tall mass of foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, slightly off-white in color, with average retention of a bit less than a minute. The head leaves very small bits of lacing along the sides of the glass, a few dots and thick lines scattered here and there. Body is a dark orange-brown-red color, transparent, with light bringing out orange and yellow hues. Carbonation is visible, though modest and not particularly vigorous.

Aroma is sweet, toffee-like, with lightly toasted malt and dried leaf-like, earthy hops.

The flavor of the beer is generally sweet with toasted and toffee-like malt components that verge on nuttiness as well. Some choice hop additions add what comes across to me as dried leaves, furthering the complexity. Opens with modest sweetness from toasted malts with hints of toffee. Mid-palate of sweetness from toasted malts, caramel malts with hints of faint cocoa, then balanced by faintly dried leaf-like hop accents. Back of palate picks up continued toasted malts and toffee-like sweetness with mild bitterness and dried leaf-like hops. Lingering aftertaste of toasted and caramel malts with slight bitterness and dried leaf-like hops.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of moderate intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is somewhat fizzy at first, then foamy, then a mix of creamy and slightly watery mouthfeels. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stignacious
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Big_Dave
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of firkingroovin
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spw109
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AltBock
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this at local bar for only $3. It came to me, not too cold and in a standard American 12 oz. pint glass.

When it came to me, it was a dark reddish color with just hint of brown in there as well. It had this really nice 2 finger head of white creamy foam. It had good retention leaving behind it plenty of white sticky lace. Really nice appearance! The aroma was that of piny hops up front and some toasted malt in the background. Not too much going on in the aroma, but it was still very good. I found the taste to be sweet with piny hops up front and plenty of toasted malts in the background. After the malts, the hops showed up again at the end. The mouthfeel was carbonated with just a slight dry aftertaste. While there was not much stuff going on in this beer, I still found this beer quite enjoyable and highly drinkable on-tap. A must try if you can find this on-tap.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a bright red, sparkling color with good head formation. Aroma was lightly malty with good caramel smells coming off of it. Taste was OK, but a bit ho-hum. Mouthfeel was typical. I would call this beer drinkable, but in a world with so many choices, I have a hard time strongly recommending it.

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Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of SkinniePost
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Raime
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

GLBC Conway's Irish Ale.

GLBC has always been one of my favorite breweries. I'm usually not all that big on this style but I found a single bottle of this beer for 2.19 and figured it would be worth a shot. Enough talk, let's drink it up.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a crystal clear moderate amber coloration with a finger of off white, thick head that quickly dies down to a moderately thick cap amongst the top of the swill. Carbonation appears to be on about moderate. Lacing and stick after a finished glass is rather sparse.

Smell - The ever expected caramel level is there along with a large dosage of grassyness and a bit of medicinal cherry like fumes coming through as well. Surprisingly I can smell the alcohol in this one despite the fact it is rather low on the ABV scale. Not a huge nose but unique. The cherry aspect really isn't offensive as you may think given the way I described it.

Taste - I initially wasn't sold on this flavor profile as the whole medicine like aspect threw me for a loop, but the more I delved into the beer the cleaner it became and the less medicinal it seemed. The malts ate rather toasted and this point and the flavor is quite grassy with a touch of lemon. Caramel as expected once again. Even a bit..dare I say...Smokey?.

Feel - The body is quite full with a lower amount of carbonation. The lemon grass like aspects really stick around the mouth pleasantly and the smoke really becomes apparent amongst the swallow. Swallows easy with more bitterness than the 25 IBU level would have you believe. Slightly creamy as well.

Overall - While I'm not the biggest fan of this style, this was a solid example. The balance was nice and the smoked aspect was very welcome in my opinion. I have a few friends who really enjoy this style during the colder months and I'll have to introduce them to this beer. I'd have it again around a late November bonfire around the chiminia. As always, try it for yourself and come to your own conclusions..

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Conway pours a glowing red body with a clear appearance and thin head that disappear. A solid look that is spot on for an Irish ale

S- a light plum with some sweet caramel and oat scent. There is some dry scents as well

T- great toasted flavor that mingles with a sweet bready theme. Think apples with caramel followed by a crisp finish of grapes and plum. Very good flavor

M- crisp, refreshing, and tasteful. Furthermore it's the right body from the style

O- a perfect irish ale. I will make this brew always around for the beginning of spring

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Great Lakes pint glass. Clear with a nice amber color. Carbonation is quite low and the head is very thin. Very faint nose with some biscuit and floral notes and a touch of fruitiness.

Flavor is primarily sweet toast and jam with some caramel notes and a nice mild hop presence. There is a faint touch of spice (nutmeg?). Mouthfeel is thin-to-firm. Overall, this is a very nice, enjoyable representation of the style that I would be happy to drink again. I do wish it had a little more going for it in the hop department though.

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Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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