Finnegans Irish Amber - Finnegans Inc.

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Finnegans Irish AmberFinnegans Irish Amber

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finnegans Inc. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bighuge on 03-27-2002

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +28.2%

Recently, I have been intrigued by "Finnegan's" Irish Amber. I never saw it or even heard of it until a month ago, and it just kept calling my name. Of course, I didn't want to pick up a sixer just in case I didn't like it (especially at $9 a six pack), but I stumbled upon this single and I grabbed the last one. I dated a Finnegan in high school. She was pretty cute. Maybe her relatives make this? I digress.

Serving style : 12 oz stubbie bottle poured for appearance.

Appearance (4) : Now this is truly amber colored if I had ever seen it. True to its name. Has a shave cream foamy, white three fingered head that leaves lacing ALL the way down as it recedes. This is looking pretty good.

Smell (3.5) : Some milled grain, sweet barley, honey, white grape...golden crisp cereal. Small peck of orange peel. Fresh and clean but could be better.

Taste (4.5) : Home run. This beer is simply great. Robust, flavorful malt character and a perfect balance of subtle hops. The beer just drinks great. Strong honey notes, toffee, sweet grain and milled wheat, some light hints of grape tomato at the end. Finishes great.

Note : Out of the bottle it has a bad metallic flavor at the end, I suggest pouring/serving this one completely in a chilled glass to avoid the dreaded metallica beer.

Mouthfeel (4) : One of the smoothest carbonated beers I've ever had. Smooth and creamy, subtly poppy. Finishes slightly dry but still wet enough to quench a thirsty waterhole.

Overall (4.15) : This beer is a winner. Not only do the Finnegans have cute women, they have great beer, too. Here's to "Barstool Philanthropy"!

Photo of bsp77
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MattyG85
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ADR
2.19/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of swangod
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of morimech
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer is amber in color with an inch of off-white head.

S - It smells a little skunky. I get some caramel aromas.

T - The taste is better. It is a sweet beer. The caramel comes through with little bittering from the hops.

M - Moderate

O - The label reads that all proceeds go to feeding the hungry, so this beer is for a good cause which is good.

Photo of CraigP83
4.08/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a slighty darker macrobrew, Smells like grains, wheat, hay. Doesn't have as much flavor as I was expecting, smooth drinking but nothing special, roasted corn maybe. Kind of disappointing for a summit brew

Photo of supercolter
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Irish Fair on Harriet Island. Not a bad brew, but not that spectacular.
Appearance is rather bland, oddly light colored for an Irish Red. Some head but no lacing.
Smell and taste are pretty good but a little lacking on the quantity of malt.
Mouthfeel is a bit weak.
Drinkability is good.

Photo of mdwalsh
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light golden, not at all 'amber". One finger head that is very white, no A/C, but pretty decent lacing

S: Wet malt and a little hops. Pretty BMC, like Mickey's or PBR, and pretty weak.

T: It was bitter, but I have no idea where that came from. It wasn't a hoppy taste and it wasn't a roast obviously. Not much else though.

M: Thin and Metallic.

D:Pretty Easy I guess.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brewed and bottled by Summit.

This beer pours a surprisingly bright copper color with a nice consistent film of white head.

Smells of sweet, sweet corn and a slight red grape accompanied by the slightest bit of a dry, birch bark hop.

Tastes again just like corn with a slight touch of woody malts that remind me that this isn't a macro lager, but an attempt at a red. The hops come through and save the day with a pleasant dose of leafy bitterness. With the nice, almost pilsner-esqu hop crispness and the corny goodness, this one finishes refreshingly clean.

Feels light and easy, and again, delightfully clean.

They don't get much easier to tip back than this. What it lacks in sophistication, it makes up for in ease.

Photo of happygnome
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: amber with about a half inch head dissapears fast with very little lacing, overall looks inviting but not as much as other beers ive had
s: sweet malts and flowery hops, kind of a really subtle aroma
t: the malts are not as sweet as most beers, kind of a tart flavor hints of smokiness.
m: medium to full bodied heavily carbonated

overall this is a very nice brew, I enjoyed it alot however i dont think ill pick this up again

Photo of TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color, very light off-white head. Smell is only lightly hopped, with a smooth, milk-like quality that the potatos in the brewing process bring. The potatos also round off the flavor as well, hops are very mild, with this beer going for a non-offensive experience, but doesn't really impress me in any particular way. Above average.

Photo of womencantsail
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a light amber color with a fluffy off-white head.

S: A pretty light and unimpressive nose overall with some light notes of grain and caramel.

T: Light in flavor as well with a strong adjunct character. Almost like glorified Budweiser, showing plenty of corn and grain.

M: Fitting in with the rest of the beer, the body is quite light and overly carbonated and fzzy.

D: Not a fan of this one at all. This was enough of an experience with this beer.

Photo of Greggy
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a sad 1/4 in head that recedes quickly with no signs of lacing

Smell- Caramel and faint graininess. Pretty austere, to be honest.

Taste- Caramel notes with some hop bitterness, that is again, like the smell, pretty simple. Finishes on the dry side with some residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel- A bit to carbonated for the style

Drinkability- putting aside my personal taste towards ambers, and just thinking of style, I have had better, more complex offerings leaving this with only an average drinkability.

Photo of exonthebottle
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not impressed by this weak beer not very redeeming as others mentioned just a bit above Bud. Still if you are in charitable mood it could be worse barely it's too sweet for me. I say there isn't much Irish red ale about this beer or american red ale like either so I think is way below style wise. the head disappears fast leaving a golden color body. light vague smell of malt. Sweet malt taste. a bit harsh carbonated on the tongue. Overall not great beer experience a bit below average drinkability

Photo of JackieTH
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber as advertised with about a 1/2 inch of eggshell white foam.

Smell: Grain & Malt

Taste: Non-descript. Malty with slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, crisp due to moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability: Quaffable. A better choice than Budweiser, but not something I'd seek out.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.15/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear, watery, bronze color with amber hues. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes within seconds into almost no lacing. The aroma is has mild caramel tones, and is painfully simple. The taste is more mild, and more simplistic than the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied, watery, with annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.01/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

All over the board on this one, nice copper red pour, pretty clear view through it. The head is pretty weak, and not much lacing to speak of.
Aroma is wierd, aromatic malts, but off putting.
Bready flavors are decent with a touch of hops to round it out.
Mouthfeel is decent, well carbonated and maybe a little thin, but not overly thin. This is an easy to drink beer, but the choice for me would be to pass it up.

Photo of hanco005
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Says that it is brewed under contract and bottled at Summit brewery in MN, no date on this 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A—slightly hazy amber with ½ inch bright white head, reduced to a thin sheet in a few minutes, very little lacing

S—sweet, malty, a touch of hops, not very fragrant

T---smoky and tart, mildly sweet, grains are balanced well, a little acidic, but tasty none the less, the bottle says that it is brewed with potatoes, but they are no tin the taste at all. Reminds me a little of Sam Adam’s Boston Lager.

M—medium bodied, a little too much carbonation, finishes a little dry

D---very drinkable and I am doing just that. I picked up a 6 pack of this to go with my other St. Pat’s choices.

Photo of zeff80
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a samall, off-white head of foam.

S - Smell is bland. Malt, caramel and mild floral notes.

T - Malty with sweet caramel. There is a mild hop bitterness. Not much else.

M - Fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was merely okay. It was the only thing on tap at the hotel bar that I hadn't had.

Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's probably not fair that I'm reviewing this after a vigorous round of exercise. My senses are at peak and I'm thirsty. Oh well, it seems like the perfect beer for the moment.
A nice clean malty aroma with a little specialty malt added for toasty character. I wonder if that's not a hint of potato in there.
Head is smallish and its visit is short leaving only ring and smear in spite of the constantly rising bubbles. Dark clear gold pushing amber. Attractive.
Toasty character transfers to flavor too. Nice dry quality makes it very easy to down. Touch of sweetness helps round off the dryness. Just enough bitterness to balance and add complexity.
Rather heavily carbonated and for this beer is works well by adding fullness and softness to the drink.
This went down really well, smoothly and quickly. And all for a good cause too.

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Finnegans Irish Amber from Finnegans Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.