Michael Shea's Irish Amber - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Michael Shea's Irish AmberMichael Shea's Irish Amber

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83 Ratings

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.62% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-03-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by Gruntlumber:
Photo of Gruntlumber
2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had this once some time ago and remember being very unimpressed. I couldn't remember why, so I gave it another shot. Same reaction, and now I know why: it simply sucks all around. Many comparisons have been drawn to Killian's, but I would much rather pick Killian's any day over this. Maybe I had a bad bottle (twice though?), but this is horrible beer. If I'm at someone's house and all they have is Bud or Coors Light or something, I will drink it, although I never buy it. However, choosing between macro and this, I will choose macro. This is absolutely avoidable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For $5.99 a six pack back home u cant really go wrong with this beer,pours a deep amber color with a light head that dissipates quickly,aroma is real light and malty but not sweetish.Taste has a little bread-like malt texture but not to sweet just a somewhat subdued beer.Like a few others who reviewed this beer I agree that its better than the bigger macro reds and ambers out there.

Photo of rugbycritic
4.13/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a staple in our fridges for quite some time. Then we discovered hops.

It is a very nice amber colored lager, lovely white head which will lace your glass when you pour it. Not overly hoppy at all. This stuff gives Killians the shakes. It's tasty.

I had one tonight at a picnic for Labor Day. It was like an old friend coming home. This stuff beats the pants off of anything the top-tier guys try to convice you is craft. Don't throw your money at them any more (you know who I'm talking about). This is the stuff that's a bit more substantial than High Falls Dundee Honey Lager.

Try it, you'll like it.

Photo of Todd
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. Malt is thin -- slightly toasty. Hops are mild -- slightly herbal / spicy. Another good session beer option. Tasty for what it is.

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist with a green, black and gold label. Directions on how to pour the beer correctly on the back label, no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep red in colour with a very creamy extremely tiny bubbled off white lace.

Smell: Very clean aroma, hints of caramel and biscuity grain. Malt aroma is almost cake like. Hops are clean with a light floral nose.

Taste: Moderate body, just as smooth as it is crisp from a perfectly even carbonation. Nice round but light maltiness, more on the dry side though it has a moment of sweetness. Quick flash of caramel, then the toasted malt becomes more prevalent each second the finish comes closer. Hops bring a struggled but on target balance, more of twang from them than an actual bitterness other than a hasty bite within the carbonation. Toasted malt character puts an effort for lingering far into the finish.

Notes: A well structured lager, tame though still very flavourful. A session quality brew and just big enough to stand up to hearty meals also.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has the making and labeling of being something very special. Once you crack it and pour you see a very nice amber color filling in your glass, along with what seems to be a very thick cream head. Hold on it's been about 15 seconds, yep the head retention wasn't there. A little malt sweetness is present within the aroma, but there is no sign of hops here. A decent well priced beer that does a decent job of satisfying my beer jonz, but this beers flavor just attempts to be what I am looking for. A light bodied session beer, with enough flavor for what it is. Highly carbonated, and fizzy mouthfeel. Could drink a lot of these, but I will move on and wave this beer goodbye.

Photo of bditty187
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Darkish amber hue, translucent; fragile off-white head that poorly develops and only musters soapy retention, spotty lace. Decent nose; nicely malty, biscuity with notes of caramel. Simple yet tasty… malt & cameral are again noted with hints of (lean) hop bitterness (more hops would have added to the needed complexity). Thin mouthfeel, watery at times. Rather clean, underwhelming finish… little trace it was consumed. Somewhat boring but not bad… probably good enough for a session beer, not too expensive. Try one if you'd like.

Photo of EagleTalon
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not too exciting. I like it better than Killian's or Killarney's, though. Pours to a thin white head and deep amber-brown-ruby color. Nose is mostly malt. Taste is mostly water--there's a hole in the flavor. I don't know, maybe' my tongue's tired tonight. Anyway, It is not bad but it is rather boring.

Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 12 oz.bottle. Pours a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is malty with some notes of hops. Taste is a bit to hoppy for my liking, finishing bitter. Light in the mouth and decent drinkability. Overall this is a fairly average brew.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was highly touted at a beer tasting, and this review is a combination of the “Draught/Bottle as I tried them both, and the degree of separation was nil.
Pours a dark copper color with a modest head and the lace adequate to coat the glass. The nose is malt and little else, clean and fresh, somewhat sweet, but quite common place. Begins malt with a cadaverous top and the finish pleasant in its carbonation, sparse in its hop bite, quite dry and very boring to say the least.

Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear toned copper color with a large and dense off-white head, which retains well, and modest streams of slow-rising carbonation. There are scattered patches of foam that cling to the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet caramel aroma, slight toasted malt notes, with a faint note of floral hops beneath.

Taste: Begins with a pleasant toasted malt note, this gives way to somewhat astringent husky grain note. Finishes dry with a bitter medicinal and metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Slightly stinging carbonation; the body seems overly watery.

Drinkability/notes: An unspectacular and inoffensive session beer. Might be a good choice to offer to macro drinkers.

Presentation: Packaged with a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of marc77
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark bronze color w/ excellent clarity. The thick initial head settles quickly leaving a thin coating layer. Slight caramel malt notes w/ a hint of toasted malt-- husky grain notes and buttery diacetyl come out as the beer warms. Just the slightest hint of spicy hop nose from the Hallertauer derivative Mt. Hood. Clean all - around in flavor profile and well balanced, but it's just a tad bland. The low hop bitterness allows malt sweetness to dominate, but a bit of compexity is added by subtle bready malt flavors. Finishes w/ mild 6-row barley huskiness, but is otherwise very clean. This beer is essentially a superior version of Killians. There aren't any overbearing cooked corn or funky flavors in this beer. What the hell is an Irish Red Ale anyway?

Photo of Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice product from High Falls Brewing, not exceptional but nice.
It pours a deep amber with a minor crown.
Carbonation is high.
Minor head quickly turns to pleasing glass cling and minor lace.
The taste starts with a malty sweetness and finishes to the hops.
No lingering here....actual taste is short.
Body is medium +.
Nose has a a very slight nutiness...(is that a word?)
Product does improve with each sip.....hmmmm!!!

Photo of Indybeer
2.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep amber color, with a smalish head that didn't last and no visible lacing. Aroma is almost nonexistant. Some very mild malt could be smelled with some vigorous agitation. Taste is slighly sweet, moderatly carbonated. No hops are evident. I can't say that this is a bad beer, it's just plain. You could drink alot of these. A good session beer.

Photo of 67cuda
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice golden amber color with a small tan head. It smells pretty good, with caramel and malt being the main things present. It had a good caramel taste, with a little bit of bitterness.. very good flavor I thought.. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy, very enjoyable. I think this is a very drinkable beer, especially since a 6 pack is 5 dollars.

Photo of granger10
4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Usually when I drink an Irish amber they are either not flavorful enough or have too much flavor and the flavors don't mix well. That wasn't the case for this one. It was very easy to drink, very clean. If I want to drink more than a couple in one night, this would be a good choice. The flavors are mild, but not weak. It has a medium body to it which fits perfectly. Toasted biscuit is there along with some malty caramel sweetness. Hops are light but show themselves in the finish. Not too little, not too much, this beer finds a good fit for an Irish amber.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a bright amber with thin off-white head and okay lacing. Caramel was slightly evident in both the aroma and the taste, moreso as it warmed. Palate was smooth. Not an outstanding beer, but a decent drink, especially for the price.

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

Appearance: A brown/red color with a small head that left a decent lace. It was as clear as daylight.

Smell: Malty with a tiny spicy hop note to it. It smell fairly sweet.

Taste: Taste was malt upfront, it almost tasted like a brown ale. There was a decent hop precesnce that made me like it. A very nice brew. It was very well balanced. There however, was a slight tinny taste to it.

Mouthfeel: The body was slightly thin and carbonated well. There was nothing here that stuck out.

Drinkablity: This was pretty good. Everything was pretty average about this brew and it was pretty drinkable.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a mid range amber color with a fluffy head of white foam. Some notes of lace. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas are light, but traces of malt and corn are present. Taste isn't overly exciting, but not offensive either; caramel malts, some grain and hush, a touch of hops. Some cloaked sweetness lingers benieth as well. Mouthfeel is slightly busy and has a touch of consistancy that places this beer one notch above sparkling water. Drinkability is fair, but one is enough for me. Next please...

Photo of Redrover
3.36/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown long neck bottle.

Beer pours a 2 1/2 inch head. Nice light brown color. Smells slightly of roasted malt, could use a little more aroma.

I had this beer at cellar temperature and it was very drinkable. I wonder it it would be better if it was colder. Not overly carbonated. Taste seems to be predominately malt, not overly complex. Hops poke through a little, I would like a little more hops to add balance! Nice dry finish.

This beer compares very favorably with Kilians, Harp, etc. Kind of Irish Light! You could drink this all night, but I would like something a little more challenging.

Photo of ProfessorHops
3.93/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- just like advertised a dark red, brownish brew with a creamy wight head when poured correctly.

Smell- sweet cooper, with sour oats.

Taste- remarkably sour and balanced well in malt. Bitter with a smooth brightness.

Mouthfeel- water and not at all to thick. There is absolutely no argument delivered between any of the aspects of flavor to the characters of texture or mouthfeel.

Drinkability- very easy to drink. Especially a good quencher for a brew with color. I'm so tired of beers that have good character being so hard to guzzle.

An unsung hero in the debate, that cheep beer is bad beer. I consider this beer a craft beer simply cause I can tell by tasting it that the brewers went on a trip to find raw materials proper for their recipe and that pain was taken to produce a brew with consistency in flavor. This my friend is my definition of craft beer.

I've been drinking this beer for two days now and love it!!!


Photo of semihobo
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 12 oz bottle, I think it was around $8 for a 12 pack.

Poured into a pint glass, has a nice red color. Typical for an "amber" but not as yellow as actual amber, much more red/orange. 1/2 inch of head that dissipated quickly but left nice lacing. Very small bubbles swimming up to the top. A handsome beer.

Very mild smell, like cocoa or raw chocolate but a teeny bit sour.

A fairly mild taste as well. Coppery, with definite burnt malts and some sour (increasingly so as it warms, yuck by the end of the beer) citrusy taste at the end that may be some mild hops. Well balanced -- not much there, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is a little weak, medium carbonation quickly gives way to a watery feeling.

This a beer you could drink until you passed out, if you don't mind the simplicity. No overwhelming aftertaste, goes down the hatch very quickly.

I'd drink this one pretty cold -- I may have made a mistake by taking it out of the fridge and letting it sit for 15 minutes on a warm day.

This beer is the epitome of inoffensiveness. There's nothing exciting going on and nothing that will impress you, but it's very nice and harmless. Great for macro drinkers, and better than some other ambers that cost a lot more. In fact, for the price, High Falls turned out a pretty decent beer.

Photo of Tallboy
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours : A dark amber color with a decent white head with fairly decent lacing.

Scent :Nice hops and malty aroma.

Taste :A little sweet at first with both a caramel and slightly sour apple flavor towards the Finish .

Mouthfeel : Smooth going down for an Irish themed beer, may be thanks to all the extra carbonation...plus no bad after taste to boot.

Drinkability: Verry High...IMHO for the price and taste you can't go wrong with anything from the High Falls Brewers.

Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours out a redish/amber color. A small short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It smelled very malty.

T - The taste was of roasted malt and caramel. There was an odd aftertaste.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. Light to medium-bodied.

D - It was okay. The aftertaste really spoiled it for me. I really enjoyed the first sip, but it just declined after that.

Photo of garymuchow
2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Red malt aroma, slightly caramel, somewhat fresh quality. Decent overall.
Head leaves quickly. Irish amber red and clear.
Wow is this watery. Very slight caramel and red malt taste. Slightly dry. Just very little to it overall.
Extrarodinarily thin. Somewhat soft from carbonation.
I guess this is working towards something (like a real beer). Aroma had potential, but all failed after that. Barely makes a starter beer...wait it doesn't even make that.
Don't bother.

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Michael Shea's Irish Amber from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.