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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bighuge on 03-27-2002

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 170
Photo of zeff80
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The Irish ignore anything they can't drink or punch."


Closer to bright orange than amber. The sandstone colored crown is on the small side, but looks decent enough. It has a lightly rumpled surface, doesn't melt too quickly and leaves a barely acceptable looking slurred collar of lace.

The aroma is generic. Whatever pototoes have added to the beer, they didn't change the way it smells. There's a modest toasted maltiness and almost no hops. It's time to forget this forgettable nose and move on to the taste bud submersion.

Can I use the word 'generic' again? Finnegans Irish Amber isn't bad beer by any means, but it does absolutely nothing to engage the palate or the imagination. For starters, there needs to be more malt. It tastes and feels like an 'amber ale light'.

Munich malt (or something similar) provides a toasted, earthy nuttiness that is somewhat reminiscent of an Oktoberfest. What little sweetness is present initially goes bye-bye by the midway point of the mouthful, just in time to usher in a finishing (German?) hoppiness that is herbal and lightly spicy. There aren't many fruity esters floating about, giving even more weight to the lager comparison.

Although the mouthfeel is on the light end, it isn't watery in the least and the carbonation is right on the money. Given the flavor profile and the sub-5.0% ABV, it isn't bad at all and maybe even deserves a little bit of praise.

The best thing about Finnegans Irish Amber is that 100% of the profits go to help the working poor and at-risk youth throughout Minnesota. I don't want to be too critical, but a better beer would lead to higher profits, which would lead to more people being helped in the end.

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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 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 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 Tone
3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
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 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 drpimento
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This actually isn't too bad. Not much there in the aroma department. Appearance has a long lasting thick head. Flavor's the highlight with a nice, slightly toasty malt, a bit sweet, toffee, caramel, just enough bitter and tang to balance. Very drinkable. Pleasant finish.

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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 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 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 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 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 morimech
3.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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 MattyG85
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
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 buschbeer
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
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 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 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 bsp77
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
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 zeledonia
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
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 budgood1
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +28.6%

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 delta490
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Slight clouding in the light amber body. It is gold tinted as well with a moderate amount of slightly creamy head. Decent retention leaves small sticky lacing. The aroma has a hit of diacetyl up front with a bit of caramel malt in the back. The diacetyl faded a little. The taste is similar but with more caramel malt. It is light bodied with a small amount of carbonation and a lighter dry finish.

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Finnegans Irish Amber from Finnegans Inc.
3.22 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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