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Finnegans Irish Amber | Finnegans Inc.

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Brewed by:
Finnegans Inc.
Minnesota, United States | website

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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167
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3.21
pDev:
28.04%
 
 
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 167
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.04/5  rDev -5.3%
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 SilentSabre
2.6/5  rDev -19%
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 mdwalsh
3/5  rDev -6.5%
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 ThePeskyDingo
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Fatduck
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
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 wheatyweiss
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Mistofminn
2.56/5  rDev -20.2%
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 xymyl
2.92/5  rDev -9%
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 supercolter
3.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

--Anonymous

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 mnstorm99
3.01/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Greggy
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
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 timbro81
3.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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 KarlHungus
2.15/5  rDev -33%
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 natemann133
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
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 morimech
3.32/5  rDev +3.4%
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 tempest
3.21/5  rDev 0%
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 -0.3%
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 hylton44
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
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 garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
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 DarkerTheBetter
3.5/5  rDev +9%
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 happygnome
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
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 CharlesDarwin
2.6/5  rDev -19%
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 ZAP
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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 feloniousmonk
2.73/5  rDev -15%
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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Finnegans Irish Amber from Finnegans Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.
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