Finnegans Irish Amber | Finnegans Inc.

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Finnegans Irish AmberFinnegans Irish Amber

Brewed by:
Finnegans Inc.
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bighuge on 03-27-2002

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 170
Photo of KarlHungus
2.15/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of ADR
2.19/5  rDev -32%
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.

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Photo of BrianJ
2.23/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of exonthebottle
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
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

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Photo of Mistofminn
2.56/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz short brown bottle. Lucky 4 leaf clover on the cap.

Claims to be "quite possibly the most socially conscious beer in the world."

Nice malty scent to go with a dark amber color with an off white head. Taste is lovely, sweet malts and a hint of hop bitterness. Please correct me if I'm wrong but is that.... potatoes....that I'm tasting? Heavy carbonation but it works well with the flavor and body. Quite drinkable.

One of my friends all time favorite brew. He swears by this stuff. So naturally I'm only allowed to drink this in his presence. Not a problem I rather enjoy it.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While I'm certainly glad to have had the opportunity to try this, it really isn't a very good representation of an Irish Red, and in and of itself, it's probably only an average beer at best. Colour was more of a medium gold and not really red at all. Head left a bit to be desired, too. Smell was a bit of sweet malt with a quasi-BMC aroma. In fact, the whole beer was somewhat BMC-esque. Mouthfeel was very thin. Again, I'm always happy to try new things, regardless of the outcome, but this simply wasn't for me.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hyper-active carbonation here, in this clear amber-hued brew, slim head, soon disappearing.

Flat, vegetal nose, bright, but blase'. Not especially pleasing.

In the mouth: hum meets drum. Gone in a quickness, flavor peeps up and disappears. Lightly malty, caramel, then toasty dry, but never too tasty. Potatos seem to occupy a void, but not fill it with anything.

Light bodied, with a null field of a finish, mostly water and echoes of vegetation.

I so want to like this, but is offers little rewards, and does not give any pleasurable flavors at all. Not really worth the drinking.

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Photo of tavernjef
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Color is a cloudy pale amber with some dark yellowy tones and had a small head when brought to me but faded before I could take any notice, nearly no lacing at all. Smells of breadish malt and light yeast, very clean and fresh. Taste is nothing, there's nothing there but water and a very slight sweetness and has a starchy/creamy sense that doesn't do much. Its just really watery and really bland and boring, I've chewed on paper with more flavor then this. It looked like it might be good, but as it slurps through your mouth like a sip of cold water, well.....

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Photo of womencantsail
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of xymyl
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This highly carbonated beer retains a light film on its surface for the duration of the drink. The beer itself is a crystal clear deep gold.

Smell is earthy and malty on par with a light lager with adjuncts notable but not overpowering the rest of the beer.

Taste is simple clean (sweet, bitter, earth) and refreshing but nothing to write home about. I guess it is enough to write a review of though.

Overall, light, simple and refreshing as a lawnmower beer. Not capable of standing up to any real food or other beers. Even lighter and less complex than most amber ales.

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Photo of ZAP
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Slighty hazed orange color....really have to strain to get an aroma, but when I do it is mild caramel (very mild)....

Body is medium...feels rounded and smooth....slightly dry finish...

Flavor is lightly sweetish....not sure what the potatoes add...can't taste them at all..maybe they add some rounded characteristics to the body...

Run of the mill....nothing really unique...not worth buying again but not the worst beer ever...drop the price down to macro level and I'd buy it..

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Photo of jsprain1
2.99/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a red amber. Thin half a finger head stays at a slick and retains well there.
S- Smell is kinda weak. Caramel malts, a little grassy, and a faint metallic note.
T- A grassy, lightly herbal, caramel flavor. There is a bit of mineral in the finish.
M- Light body, high carbonation. Slightly seltzery.
O- It's ok, but it's a bit too one-dimensional and the aroma is disappointing for me.

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Photo of jera1350
2.99/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at McGoverns.

Not sure if this was on nitro or what, but the head was creamy and gorgeous looking. Burgundy amber in color.

Faint smelling. A bit of grainy malt and mild hops.

Kind of watery tasting. Some light caramel malt and a hint of hop presence. Not bad, but nothing that good either.

Lighter bodied. Again, feels a bit watered down. Slight creaminess. I have a sneaking suspicion that this was a nitro tap to give it that feel.

Drinks easily, it's just not something I will probably have again though. Pretty average beer that goes towards a good cause however.

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Photo of swangod
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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

Clear light amber in color. Medium white head that is gone in seconds. A bit of a malty aroma. Some spuds on the nose also. A bit of a soapy taste. Nothing real special to taste. Pretty carbonated. A run of the mill bill. Not horrible though. I've had plenty of Irish ambers and non-Irish ambers that have been better.

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Photo of bluto25
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours an amber color with about one half finger of a thin foam which disappears within about 2 min.

Smell – Very slight malt aroma.

Taste – This beer has low hops and bitterness. Does not leave an aftertaste. Low flavor. Goes down pretty easy without thinking.

Mouth feel – High carbonation and slightly watery.

Overall – An average beer that doesn't detract but has no outstanding characteristics.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of timbro81
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Clayton for the chance to try this beer. Pours a slightly hazy light orange with no head even with a "hard" pour. Decent carbonation. Smell is very faint, maybe it is very faint grainy sweetness. Taste a bit bolder than the smell. Soft nuttiness balanced with more of the faint grainy sweetness, a touch of light hops flashes at the tail end. Sessionable. Not my favorite Irish Amber, but then again I'm not crazy about the style. I've got to give the brewery props for its use of potatoes in this beer.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale color, almost blonde, lighter than a lot of pale ales I've had. The head was pretty thin, and it faded fast, leaving basically no lacing. I'm still intrigued when the bottle says ale brewed with potatoes. The smell is very grainy, like a bunch of pale pilsener malt. And I may be imagining it, but I smell potato skins - I'm probably making it up. No hop presence, I didn't really expect it. There is a bit of a bready smell, but not very irish reddy in the smell. The taste comes back with some graininess, some moderately sweet malts, like slightly watery spongecake. There's even a little bit of an earthy presence, maybe a bit of grass or leaves. And still I would say that I can taste potatoes. That label has convinced me. It's a bit interesting, but ukltimately somewhere between a cheap pilsener type knockoff and a pale ale (both lacking a significant hop presence). The body is about right, a thinnish-medium, and the carbonation is a bit prickly, provides a nice rush in the drink. I kind of like it. Ansd actuallym I usually wouldn't rate the drinkability so high above the other aspects, but this one is very easy to drink. And it keeps me just interested enough to want a bit more. This could provide a nice drink for a night.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Greggy
3.09/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of bonk0076
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, slightly amber color with a moderate white head. Aroma consists of slight pine notes, potatoes, and molasses. Taste is dominated by the mellow malts, but balanced with hop bitterness slightly. Not balance quite well enough between the two in my opinion.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Finnegans Irish Amber from Finnegans Inc.
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