Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale

Rated 3.596 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Company

Cleveland, OH, United States

Style:  Irish Ale

6.5% Alcohol by Volume

25 International Bittering Units

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Named after Patrick Conway, the grandfather of co-owners Pat and Dan Conway and a popular Cleveland policeman who directed traffic for 25 years only blocks away from the brewery, Conway's Irish Ale is a ruby red, medium bodied beer with a notable toasty flavor. Best served at 45 degrees Farenheit.

ID: 4406 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank1975
Overall Percentile96.3
Style Rank3 of 297
Style Percentile99
Lowest Score2.7
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.685
Weighted Score3.596
Standard Deviation0.442

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  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    My neighbor gave me this beer while I was in the middle of shoveling 20+ inches of snow. It was GREAT. The beer was refershing and one of the better Irish Red's I have had in a long time. This brewery does a great job.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours rich amber-caramel color with a thick head. Laces well start to finish. Aroma is earthy-peaty, reminiscent of a good Scotch. Roasted malt flavor with the lingering peatiness. Good one - thanks, Lou!

  • RICHSBEER 1960 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pours a nice reddish color, with a ok white head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma was sweet and malty with some pretty good hoppy tones coming through as well. The taste was a little thin but had a nice flavor.

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A very clear reddish/amber color with some burnt orange highlights. An off white head that was not extremely large nor did it have a lot of retention time. Lacing was just ok for me. A sweet note of some ripe fruit. Similar to cranberry. Some toasty breadiness. Kind of has the aroma of a Christmas "spiced" beer. An earthy hint hides in the backgound also, like a "corn" silage. The taste had more of the toasted breadiness and malt. A touch sweet. Some mild bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Dry and smooth. A touch crisp actually. Leaves an average amount on the palate. This beer is just ok for me. Not bad at all. Fairly easy to drink and could be enjoyed by most any craft beer enthusiast. "Red's" are not my favorite style, but they are ok on occasion. Don't go out of your way for this, but if you see it, pick up a single.

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 4.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: The body has light amber honey color with very good clarity. On top it forms a big creamy off white colored head. The head slowly fades but hangs on well and make cool rings of lace on the glass. Smell: The aroma is mostly sweet with hints of lightly roasted grains, bready yeast, light hops and some mild fruit notes. Taste/Mouth Feel: Its flavor has a good solid medium body with a sweet malty character that is tempered with just enough leafy hops for some balance. There are notes of bread, light caramel malt, orange marmalade and mild hops. The palate is smooth, slightly slick and easy drinking with mellow carbonation. Notes: I love Great Lakes and this is one of my favorites. I also converted my mother and step father to craft beer with this Irish Ale! How cool is that!!!

  • BRADPEAR 272 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    At the brewery and in bottles at my residence in Euclid. For my $ this is the best of Great Lakes brewery. Having never seen red ale in Ireland, i figure this to be an american style ale, and this one is the best of the lot A decent body, under tone of wet paper bags, with a hint of dirt yeast. Deal is the stuff can be abused with little or no harm. Take this over an I'll Pass Always any dat. When in Cleveland miss the blackout stout and the rockerfeller bock at the same outfit. Desperate they are.

  • MCRAPPS 129 reviews
    rated 4.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This is my first Great Lakes brew. I like. Nice amber pour and beautiful tan head with adequate lacing remaining. Great malt and barley flavor that has just the correct hit of hop bite. Thanks to Louis, Bluesandbarbq I had a nice Irish ale for St. Patty's day.

  • PFOXYJOHN 676 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a cler copper color with a moderate-sized off-white head and mild lacing. Mild toasted maly aroma and a bright, crisp mouthfeel. Flavors tend to be mild as well, with light caramel and biscuits and a light butterscotch taste in the finish.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Woop! Awesome brew! Sampled from bottle this, tastey beer pours a clear but illuminating orange colour with a finger sized off white head. Decent amount of lacing that slides itself down the glass into the big pool of froth. Aroma is very earthy, honey, light roasted malts and maybe some vanilla on the nose as well. Taste is almost peaty- malty but well balanced. Mouthfeel is light, but firm, and creamy. Definately pick this one up!

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! Pours a nice clear reddish-amber with a thick cream head and very nice lacing. Good Carbonation. Aromas of toasted malts and barley with a slight smoked peat and hops. Taste is smooth and rich with toasted malt and hops and a very slight smokiness. Great Irish Ale.

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