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Finnegans Irish Amber - Finnegans Inc.

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 157
Avg: 3.2
pDev: 28.44%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Finnegans Inc.
Minnesota, United States | website

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bighuge on 03-27-2002

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +29.4%

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"!

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Photo of CraigP83
4.08/5  rDev +27.5%
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

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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
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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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled last night on 4/12/15. Comes in a 12 ounce can from Finnegans Inc. (Contract brewed and canned by Summit Brewing Company) in St. Paul, Minnesota. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a green-striped "14" pool ball flute glass. On the back of the can it says: "100% OF THE PROFITS GO TO FEEDING THE HUNGRY". Awesome!

Brew pours a pretty copper-amber in color with close to a 1-finger foamy off-white head. A good amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of grains and yeast. More going on with the taste with some light spice maybe? Crisp and clean and goes down pretty easy unlike some other brews of this style as they tend to be all over the board for me anyways. This is one of the better ones I will say. Lighter to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, I liked this one.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of happygnome
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
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

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Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, sugar, hint of alcohol, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight hops, hint of sugar, hint of pale malt, and slight caramel malt. Overall, average appearance, aroma, body, and feel.

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Photo of hylton44
3.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This local, brewed & bottled by Summit Brewing (a wonderful semi-micro MN brewery) makes the claim of being "possibly the most socially-conscious beer in America." Visit http://www.finnegans.org, see their list of fine works & donations, and judge for yourself. I'd love to love a beer like this, so I'll try not to let it influence my evaluation. That said, I'm not generally a huge fan of the "amber" style, which I find to be a little on the sweet side and to have too little a range. This one is of that typical "amber" color, with a weakish little head - nothing too exciting there. Trying also not to let their "brewed with potatoes" note on the label influencing me, I seem to detect that flavor in an overtone. Very dry mouthfeel. Yes sweet, though somewhat unexpectedly - and welcomely - bitter. With a toasty, clean finish and an aftertaste I can only describe as "not off-putting dirt."

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Photo of Evilyak
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

there's really nothing about this beer to make it memorable in any way. it's amber, like lots of beers. it's grainy smelling. flavor is extremely mild. decent carbonation, but even the lacing disappears quickly enough that you don't remember that it was in the glass.

i wouldn't buy this one again, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of hanco005
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of mikebiewer
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Pours a light amber color with minimal head or head retention. It seems to have moderate carbonation in my opinion.


I can smell little caramel malts and a slight hop aroma. It seems more distinct if you get your face in there right when the head is fresh.


Sweet, crisp, slightly malty and slightly bitter. I think its balanced pretty well. I can definitely taste the potato sweetness in it. However, I'm not sure I could place it had I not known before hand.


Crispy and sparkle like. Medium bodied which I think attributes to the ease of drinking.


Could and have made a night out of drinking this. I often suggest this beer to friends who drink light beers but want to step it up a little bit. It has that lager crispiness.


I think it is important to note that this beer is made completely by volunteers. It is brewed and bottled under contract by Summit, but the whole Finnegan's organization is volunteers and all profits go to local communities and charities.

I also did a video review of this on my website if anyone is interested in seeing it.


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Photo of supercolter
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Fatduck
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ale brewed with potatoes, okay, Irish enough.

Pours a very light copper color, this is not red, not even close.

Smells like grain, maybe some grassy hops, nothing really, very mild.

Taste is alright, I'm not sure what ale brewed with potatoes is supposed to taste/feel like, but I sure can't tell. Just like the smell there isn't much here.

Mouth/drink, is alright, its a very light beer, almost nothing here. Taste a lot like an adjunct lager too me. Goes down nice and easy, maybe I'll just kill this 6pack tonight.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this from a friend after a visit to the Boundary Waters. Pours a typical, slightly cloudy dark orange tannic ale, red a bit perhaps. Smell is malty dried fruit, but not really a smeller overall. Taste is sweet malt, with a furiously refreshing effervescence I really like. Not hoppy, but shouldn't be, but I miss more a bitter presence. Finish is clean and not at all metallic or boring. Some merits to the brew, and fun to try. A little too malt forward for my taste. Although I'm not sure I'm up for too many straightforward ales. Would be good for someone who doesn't go for the bitter stuff.

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Photo of morimech
3.32/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 12 January 2015.

Pours clearish orange amber. One finger of off-white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell is super grainy, toasted and bready, topped with a lager-y yeast. Very toasty, like a marzen. And at times I feel like I'm sticking my head in a grain bucket.

Taste is more crisp and less malt explosion. But it's also pretty flavorless. Kinda like a macro adjunct lager without the sweetness. Has its appeal, but I'm not digging it all that much.

Feel is better. Light, clean, and vibrant. Almost like seltzer water.

A fine beer, though it doesn't line up with most amber ales I've had. The flavor is super thin - I had to struggle to find anything there. And that's just not what I'm looking for.

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap on st patricks day. thought ide review it. ive had it from the bottle before too.

came with a 1 finger white head which dissipated slowly for me. Golden in color.

A pretty bland grainy smell, reminded me of a domestic light beer in a way.

A bit of a malty taste. Not too bad, other than that, there isn't much too it.

Medium carbonation that is easy to drink. Light feel in my mouth.

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Photo of natemann133
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical amber color. Fairly watery for an amber brew, but it is smooth. Head is average and hangs around for awhile.
A non-profit beer with 100% of proceeds going to Twins Cities area charities, excellent idea, and a tolerable beer to boot.
Bottled and distributed by Summit.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finnegans Irish Amber pours a medium straw, with no cloud and a moderate head that dissipates quickly.

There is a decent grain aroma that gives a nice smell as well as flavor. Hops are very subtle, but there. The outstanding quality is the grain bill, which brings everything together.

A little weak for an amber, the beer holds more on the label than it can deliver.

Not terrible, but not good either.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A= pours a light amber color for an amber ale with a nice thick white head thats got really nice retention and lacing. Pretty impressive for the cheap beer it is.

S= Smells sort of light and sweet malts. Nothing really special. Definitally a cheaply made amber ale.

T= Light cheap lager taste. Nothing like an american amber ale. A lot like an american lager. I don't think they used adjuncts in it but it tastes like it might.

M= Smooth and light. Crisp clean finish.

D= Pretty decent beer for a cheap irish beer. This beer is brewed by Summit and all profits go to charity so I feel good about drinking it but I think it may be lagered and tastes too light to be an amber ale. Amber lager maybe?

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Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours out of the short and stubby twist off summit bottle a very clear amber...a bit on the lighter of side of amber to be exact. it's without much of head after a vigorous pour, which thus leaves little rings of lace. very light malt aroma and a touch of hops is all i get in the nose. first impression in the flavour department is the "summit taste"...hard to describe and not worth going into detail...just that one who drinks a lot of summit knows the house flavour. anyway...very light maltiness mingles with a grainy earthen note for crisp, refreshing drinker. a bit of bitter hoppiness keeps any sweetness in check. body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp and clean...almost lager like. finishes quite dry and again refreshing. quite drinkable...very sessionable.

even though this amber ale is lacking in character, it's meant to be approachable and easy drinking. it's charm lies in the fact that the proceeds from the sale of this brew goes to charity, and it's easy drinkability makes it the perfect choice for any beer drinker to enjoy. a nice brew to pair with pub grub.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.19/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Finnegans Irish Amber from Finnegans Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.