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Mickey Finn's Amber Ale - Mickey Finn's Brewery

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Mickey Finn's Amber AleMickey Finn's Amber Ale

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mickey Finn's Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
aka Abana Amber Ale

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 11-16-2006)
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Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey I like this beer....Its a hoppy little amber. The beer poured a clear copperish amber with thin slightly off white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has slight tones of malt and bitter citrus. The taste is a push of bitter citrus hop that is not over powering but definitely is present. The mouthfeel is a medium body beer with good carbonation. Overall it is a taste beer!

WoodBrew, Feb 19, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm brown body with a faint red hue. The light tan head is thin but doesn't break for a good bit. The body is clear with a nice gentle carbonation.

S- This beer has a nice toasted malt smell with a slight sweetness followed by a nice citrus hops note. The hop smell comes through more as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a slight sweet toasted malt flavor with some soft pale malt flavors also. The taste of citrus hops has notes of pine and grapefruit with a bitter bite to finish it all off. There is good depth to the hops flavor and they soon overpower the malt flavors.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a nice fizz finish that really adds to that hop bite.

D- This beer has nice malt flavors at the beginning which fade to the background but offer nice support to the hops. Good complexity to the hops that make this a great session beer.

rhoadsrage, Nov 16, 2006
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12can into pint. Bottom of can : 3470

A: Off white one finger head sits on an amber body with slight clarity. The retention is fairly good, lacing is light and spotty.

S: Rich malt cleanses the aroma, with good underlining hop profile. Medium intensity for the style.

T/m: Out of the can the hop flavor is not as powerful as the amber malts, from draft the hops have a better hold. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and lingering taste is projected quite well.

O: A really nice offering from Finn's, one that is well suited for their flagship.

GDBEERMAN, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a can with that barnacled nautical felllow, beertooth.

Poured into a small snifter. Amber color, high clarity, floral aroma. A thin ring of foam, initially a bit more of a head, but it didn't last too long. Bready flavor with a smear of perfumy hops. More floral than anything. Clean tasting and sessionable, some pleasant toasted grain sweetness lingers. Fairly light bodied and average in terms of drinkability.

Seemed better on tap, but this is the product they released to the world.
Single from DiCarlo's Mundelein.

emerge077, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Canada_Dan, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Lewis
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Lewis, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of ChiBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -16.4%

ChiBeerGuy, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of fropones
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice copper amber color with a lofty 2 finger head with nice retention and beautiful sheets of lace.

S - Sweet malt with just a faint hint of citrus and floral from the hops.

T - Nice biscuit malt sweetness up front with a bit of hop bitterness in back. Fairly mild. Needs a hell of a lot more hops.

M - A bit on the light side, decent carbonation.

D - Its mild flavor and light bodied make it fairly drinkable, but I look for more flavor and as woodychandler said "oomph"

fropones, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more elusive CANs on the CANQuest has now appeared! Yay!

My pour resulted in two rocky fingers of ecru head with decent retention. Color was a beautiful orangish-amber with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose had a good malt-driven sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a mild sweetness on the tongue. It was a bit mild for an amber and could have used a little more oomph. Finish even had a slight hoppiness to it. Decent lacing throughout. Not bad and certainly Hula In the Coola worthy.

woodychandler, Feb 18, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ralerwen, May 09, 2014
Photo of crossovert
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't really my territory of beer, but it is the "local-est" beer for me. 12 oz can. "Life. Libertyville. And the pursuit of happiness."

Pours a nice reddish amber with a big, foamy off-white head. It leaves some decent lacing.

The smell of this one is much better than others of this style. It seems like a pretty fresh can, of course I purchased it near the source. There is a nice subtle hoppiness. There is a little bit of caramel under that.

The taste is a bit of a let down. It is very biscuity, with a nice bitterness, but it is a bit plain. I would have preferred a bit toastier malts, they are almost adjunct-like.

Overall it is a decent beer, not a session beer but not really a good standalone beer. It kinda falls into that category that most ambers fall into.

crossovert, May 29, 2010
Photo of NorthsideFred
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've probably drank more ounces of this beer than any other craft beer in the entire galaxy. No lie. I must clarify: Since 1994, I've lived in three different homes, all probably within 15 minutes of the brewery. Other craft beers come and go, but Mickey Finn's Amber Ale is always awaiting my return ... like the prodigal son.

It is far from the best beer I've ever had (I highly doubt it's even in my top 50 or even 100). But, it comforts me like an old sweatshirt on a rainy Saturday afternoon. And, like a good friend, it keeps seeking me out. My local Jewel Grocery Store actually sells 12-packs of it!

On with the review:

A: Very pretty. A nice Amber (imagine that), crystal clear. Nice head and great lacing.

S: Floral and malty.

T: Slightly bitter, but surprisingly well balanced. The floral scent is still present - maybe too much so.

M: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

O: I'm probably biased, but I give this a thumbs up. It fits me like a comfortable, sensible, pair of walking shoes.

NorthsideFred, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the brewpub.

Somehow, after many visits here, I've never had their standard amber. Boom: It pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest and peel, mandarin oranges, light caramel, and a slight hint of pine. The taste runs relatively similarly, with a bit more citrus-based bitterness and a light sourdough character pervading the aftertaste. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice amber, nothing close to amazing, but it goes down really easily.

TMoney2591, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of robbyc1
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice creamy white head, 2 inches, goes away fast, fair lacing. Clear light brown.

Slightly malty nose, toasty, bready, with minimal hops if any.

Flavor carries the malt with a slight dry finish. Roasty and nutty, good but average for the style.

Light body, somewhat fizzy, well carbonated, very drinkable but forgettable.

I've been to Mickey's, they make much better beer than this, hope to see others soon.

robbyc1, Nov 15, 2009
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

michaeldrogers, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mickey Finn's Brewery

Clear, amber color. Medium, light tan head. Decent lacing, no legs.

Smells fairly mild, mainly grassy hops. Little bit of bready/malty aroma.

Taste is very well balanced. Fairly hoppy for an amber, but this isn't a problem for me. Grass is the dominant flavor. Touch of caramel.

Medium - light body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing.

A nice, easy drinking beer. Well balanced. Very enjoyable.

, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of chetripley
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a stemmed beer glass. From a 12 pack of cans I bought at the brewery.

A- Amber color with large head dissolving slowly leaving heavy lacing on the glass.

S-Strong wheaty smell with floral hints.

T-Carmel and sweet malt boldly making noise. Slight bitterness at end with good carmel aftertaste.

M-D-Medium sweeter beer with enough flavor to keep interetsed, but a little on the heavier side making it not so sessionable.

I would put this up as one of their better beers, which says a lot because their hoppy beers bode well with Pale Ale lovers everywhere I would say.

Don't let the cans fool you. This is the real deal in Amber Ales.

chetripley, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of kenpo23
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: such a pretty pretty shade of orange. one of the best shades i've seen with a great head to go along with it.

S: smells like citrus & malt. nothing overly impressive.

T: the citrus taste is nice but the malt and caramel that take a minute to come through are great. good combination of citrus and malt.

M: light body with good carbonation. i possibly would like the mouthfeel more if it were summer and not 25 degrees at my place.

D: if i had the chance to hit up Mickey Finn's i would order this as well as try out their other brews. its a good session brew and could see myself spending a night out drinking this.

kenpo23, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-nice amber color (go figure) with a white head that quickly disapates

S-Roasty malts that dont totally differentiate it from other ambers

T-The score says it perfectly. Average. Less than Fat tire, better than others. Roasted malts that fade quickly. Average

M-Medium body and very smooth

O-Average. Enough said

brew3crew, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a 12oz CAN of this beer that I served in a standard pint glass in a trade with woodychandler, Thanks Woody!

L - clear copper color with a thick off-white head that left a sheet of lacing.
S - floral and malt sweetness.
T - starts out sweet and floral before a bitterness comes in to finish things off.
F - medium bodied with mild carbonation and a tart feel.
D - drinkability is good.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 15, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Mickey Finn's pint glass at Mickey Finn's

This beer is served with an amber color of course with a coarse foam finger of head on top that doesn't last very long. The smell is of a nice citrus hop presence with a nice amount of brown sugar. The taste is clearly of citrus hops upfront followed by a caramel body and finished off by a buttery partially burnt biscuit flavor. The body is rather light, but it is a rather palatable and quite nice drinking very good beer.

Vdubb86, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of hainesly
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

hainesly, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

BeerLover99, Jan 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

t0rin0, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - orangish-red in color with a quarter inch of white foam on top that fades to a slick of tiny white bubbles spreading across the top of the beer.

Aroma - grainy, biscuity, caramel, honey and maltose. No real hop character detected, much more on the sweet side as far as aroma goes.

Taste - lots of maltiness in that first sip, my tongue is coated in a medley of caramel, toast, honey crisp and tangy sourness I can't quite get my tastebuds around. Some residual sweetness in the finish, pretty easy going down and no complaints.

Overall - fairly straightforward amber ale. Nothing to write home about but certainly nothing to shy away from either. Perhaps the success they've had with this canned offering will lead them to can one of their other beers.

Would I buy more of it? - not likely. Too many others I'd rather spend my money on. No offense to the brewery.

indiapaleale, Jun 13, 2011
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Mickey Finn's Amber Ale from Mickey Finn's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.