Finnegans Irish Amber - Finnegans Inc.
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Reviews by BrianJ:
2.23/5 rDev -30.5%
Bottle that I bought as part of mixed sixer, poured into a pint glass. Brown bottle with parchment colored label that was mounted crookedly. Slogan, "As Irish As It Gets"... curious since it's brewed in St. Paul rather than Ireland.
Bottom of the label tells me that it was brewed by Summit Brewing Company. It also says it's brewed with potatoes.
Apperance: On the very light end of Amber. Just barely darker than your average American lager. Thin head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing.
Smell: light smell of alcohol. Not unpleasant, but not really much too it.
Taste: Barely present. Light aftertaste of french fried potatoes (mmm-hmm french fried pertaters mmm-hmmm). Was that aftertaste influenced by the label? Possibly, but I feel pretty certain the potatoes are making their presence known, though like the rest of the taste it is mild.
Mouthfeel: Thin and fairly fizzy.
Drinkability: I could probably drink a few of these with no problem, but I'm not sure I'd be excited about it. The potato taste might get annoying after a while, but overall it's nothing terribly offensive.
It was an interesting experience if only for the potato taste. I had an IPA brewed in Minnesota (though I believe it was St. Louis Park and not St. Paul) at the beer festival that I thought was great. Unfortunately I forgot the name. I thought this might have been the same brand, but I'm doubting that now as this is pretty flavorless. I would drink it if it was the only thing available, but I won't seek it out again and I'm glad I only got one. A full sixer would have sat around for a while.
08-15-2003 01:52:33 | More by BrianJ
More User Reviews:
3.18/5 rDev -0.9%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into clear cup.
Appearance: Light golden-amber with slight head and minimal lacing.
Smell: Very light malts, with caramel and slight spicy hops.
Taste: Mild caramel malts with a slight hop finish.
Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, semi-dry finish.
Drinkability: Easy to drink and quite pleasant, but nothing special.
03-30-2010 04:09:01 | More by bsp77
3.35/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Appearance: Hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. A two finger head fades into a thin white film. Moderate lacing.
Smell: Lots of caramel malts and grains with a mild hint of grassy hops.
Taste: Lots of malty caramel sweetness with some grains. Also has a light kick of earthy hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light body that is slightly watery. Medium carbonation. Very crisp.
Overall: A decent red amber. Nothing great but not bad.
05-26-2011 03:40:40 | More by MattyG85
2.15/5 rDev -33%
Barley, hops, yeast, and potatoes...hmm...cloudy amber color, head is a trace after 40 seconds. Very bready aroma, a little yeasty. Flavor is bordering on tasteless. Pouring this into a pint glass sucks all the life out, carbonation is almost completely released so there is a real sense of wateriness. Balanced in that there isn't a sense of malt or hop. This experimental brew needs to be re-thought. I had the next one out of the bottle, and that does release a slight potato/starch flavor, but its not very pleasant to me.
06-19-2002 08:46:36 | More by ADR
3/5 rDev -6.5%
Others have done a great job describing the appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Some have gone too high and some too low in my opinion. This beer as noted in one of the first reviews isn't great, but isn't terrible. That's a "C" in my book. Average. Yep, it's a little bit better than a Budweiser. I could down this stuff because it's like water.
On another note all profits from this beer go to charity. That's pretty cool.
03-12-2011 00:30:01 | More by swangod
3.23/5 rDev +0.6%
This is a potato-adjunct beer for anyone looking for something easy to drink and different. The most striking aspect of this beer is that is sells like potatoes. I can see that being a good thing for certain meal, otherwise, it's a little unsettling. The flavor is fine, with a mellow and smooth light caramel taste that's simple but enjoyable.
12-29-2007 15:35:04 | More by tempest
2.65/5 rDev -17.4%
Originally reviewed on September 17, 2005. Poured from a bottle at the Big Lake Brewfest. Dusty malt aroma. Orange gold pour. Bland, dusty malt and earthy maybe potato flavor. Not offensive, not delicious. Finishes with lingering of almonds and light grain fusels.
11-26-2006 22:56:29 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.33/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a clear amber with a small head that quickly recedes to a thin ring of bubbles. Just a bit of lacing.
Some biscuit malt and a mild hop scent is noted in the aroma.
Taste is unique by having an earthiness constantly in the background. The primary flavors is light malt and just a faint hop bitterness on the finish. The beer is rather thin but carbonation is matched well. A refreshing beer but it doesn't really appeal to me but proceeds go to a good cause.
01-10-2008 23:39:38 | More by morimech
3.08/5 rDev -4%
12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. Brewed with Potatoes, Enjoy by 01/06/10.
A - The golden yellow color is a bit hazy with a fair amount of carbonation rising up. A thin white head pops up and sinks to a thin layer rather quickly. A good arch of lace is left.
S - Mild earthy tones hide behind a fairly open nose of pale malts and straw. A sort of pilsner-like hint to it with mild grassy hops on the finish.
T - It's kind of lacking any distinct flavor. Mild pale malts and a touch of straw with a fine finish of uncooked potato. Rather interesting but not great.
M - Crisp and sharp feel of carbonation with a faint lingering flavor on the finish. Medium-light bodied and kind of hard water-like.
D - Not as bad as I had imagined but there is a very small hint of potato that is unappealing to me and is otherwise an average beer.
02-17-2010 01:07:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
Finnegans Irish Amber from Finnegans Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.