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

Michael Shea's Irish AmberMichael Shea's Irish Amber
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European Dark Lager
3.18 | pDev: 13.21%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Michael Shea's Irish AmberMichael Shea's Irish Amber
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Photo of Knapp85
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this back in 2007 and just figured I'd throw a review down on here about it. I bought this when I was a novice beer drinker, I didn't know anything about it I just knew that I like Irish stuff at the time ( Guinness & O'Hara's ). I thought this would be an interesting brew to try.

The pour was more like a copper color with a thin white head that really didn't last very long or do anything to make the beer more appealing. The smell was pretty good and the taste was decent. The mouthfeel was light and a bit watery. The brew was ok, I'd drink it again if it wasn't retired.

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Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of kinger
3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A sixer for under $5, and the beer is decent. Hadn't had this in a long time but I remember enjoying a few back in the day. Pour is light for an amber, little head and no lacing. Real sweet aroma, nice fresh baked breadiness. Thin but an adequate mouthfeel. Flavor is alright, but it's watery which detracts from a nice sweetness. Good bargain but not a great representation.

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Photo of boblog
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Amber color with a small white head which leaves basicly no lace.

Smell: Is light with hints of malt, hops, and corn.

Taste: Is light sweet caramel malts, some grain and a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: Is light and pretty good.

Drinkablity: Is good, a pretty light tasting beer. Nothing great nothing awfull I would say its worth a try.

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Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Longhorn orange with a rim of tangerine along the bottom edge of the glass. Although the beige cap could be a mite bigger, it looks decent enough, at least initially. It falls too quickly though and leaves the glass completely untouched. The beer looks more Oktoberfestish than EDLish to me, but then there's a good bit of overlap with a lot of styles.

The nose is pretty much what I expected since I expected it to smell like a Euro Pale Lager, only more malty and less hoppy. Underpowered and uninteresting. Barely toasted malt is the sum total of the nose with no accessory aromas to pull it out of the strictly average range.

I'll be kind and acknowledge that the flavor is a small step up in terms of quality, but we're not talking great beer here. Michael Shea's benefits by being on the sweet side and tastes like an Irish Amber (whatever that is) or an Irish Red ought to taste like. Where Euro Dark Lager came from, I'll never know.

This is pretty simple stuff though. There's very little depth of flavor and no complexity whatsoever. I'm tempted to knock the taste score back a half notch, but it's such a friendly, unassuming, easy to drink beer that I think I'll stay with my first impression. There's little trace of the Galena and Mt. Hood hops that are supposed to be present, not even on the finish where a little hoppy bitterness tends to show itself most readily.

The body/mouthfeel doesn't help the flavor profile's cause and probably even harms it. It's way too light, even for the style, and edges into aqueous on the back end. A lack of bubbles contributes to the lackluster feel (if a lack of something can be said to contribute anything at all).

I don't remember much about Killian's Red, but Michael Shea's Irish Amber strikes me as a similar beer, in concept at least. A light, sweet, easy to consume offering aimed at those macro drinkers who want to try something a little different and want to look like they're drinking a cool Irish import in the process. Lovers of truly good beer won't find much to like.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
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...

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.76/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of ProfessorHops
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
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!!!


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Photo of danielharper
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Pours orange-amber color with thick white frothy head, almost like whipped cream on coffee. Good impressions on appearance.

S: Strongly malty aroma, slight notes of apples and a hint of hops. Perhaps cherries deep in the background?

T: Notes of apples, a bit of light malt. Slightly cloying and astringent on the back-end. Not much going on, but nothing really unpleasant here.

M: Slightly foamy, interesting mouthfeel. Moderate thickness. No carbonation noticeable.

D: A bit blah, but not really a bad beer at all. Goes down smooth. There are lots of beers that I'd turn away for this one.

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Photo of rajendra82
2.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This light orange amber colored beer packed a lot of carbonation, and formed a three finger foamy head over 8 oz. of beer in the pint glass. It smells mostly of club soda like forced carbonation, and has little bit of honey on the nose too. It tasted very bland with a nondescript caramelized maltyness, and a strong bite of CO2. Noticeable hop bitterness was present in the aftertaste. Body was decently thick and mouthfeel creamy. An average amber ale all around.

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Photo of Tallboy
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of whynot44
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice copper/amber color woth a moderate tan head that disipates fairly quickly to just a ring but still manages a bit of lacing.

The aroma is malty, caramel, bread, and hints of spicy hops.

The taste is similar, starts out mildly sweet with a nice malt backbone - bready, with caramel and hints of apple. The finish is slightly dry and sour with a mild herbal hops bite.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth, decently drinkable, best ice cold.

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Photo of 67cuda
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of semihobo
2.96/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought I was getting a beer from Europe (I quess I should read labels better) . Poured a reddish color with white head. Smell rtends toward burnt sugar with a light maltiness. Taste is moderate with a tendency towards sweetness. Not a bad session beer.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I guess the cool thing to do is to compare it to killians. It pours a nice red color but the head last liek half a second and it looks thin. The smell is sorta sweet and so is the taste. This is a pretty good irish ale. Nice and caramelly with some tight malts. I approve of this for the price. kicks killians ass.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
2/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

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Photo of BamaScholar
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a warm reddish-amber with decent head and lacing down the glass.

Aroma is slightly floral and hoppy with the slightest spiciness. Taste is smooth and caramel-like, with minor hop bite and virtually no bitterness. Repeated sips seem to suggest an earthy or grassy aspect...it is very mild.

Drinkability is decent. This is a pretty pleasant brew, considerably better than Killian's, say, but not impressive enough to go above 4 ratings on anything.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. with no freshness date. Pours into the imperial pint glass a dark reddish brown with a 2 finger head that leaves little lacing. Nose is sweet - malts, diacetyl, caramel, and a hint of bubblegum. Tastes like English muffins, cardboard, diacetyl, and caramel with some hop bitterness. The beer is light, flavorful, and goes down easy, but something about the taste doesn't sit well with me. Could drink a few in a session but not a whole 6 pack.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Biggish, solid, light tan foam. Clear, copper-amber beer. Lacy, sticky, spotty lacing. Aroma is nutty and a little cheesy. Front is nutty, corny. Middle is tangy, lightly malty, a little sweet. Finish is a touch fruity and metallic. It's light and corny. Kind of like an NA, really. All-in-all, a plain amber lager.

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Photo of rugbycritic
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was the second keg to grace our house Keg-o-rater, and I must admit that for a good simple summer beer, this one is actually quite refreshing. Its by no means a sophistocated beer, nor is there a whole lot to the smell or taste of it (smell being almost undetectable besides some wheats and the taste being a simple blend of understated malts and yeast) but despite this I actually enjoy drinking this. It goes down incredibly smooth and it just feels right drinking this beer on a hot summer night watching a ball game or sitting on the porch. And who can argue with drinking local, eh? High Falls baby!

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice light malty scent generated with the use of pale and crystal malts. It has little hop aroma, but it seems a bit dry. The taste is decent. It has a weak malt flavor, with a dry watery finish. It does go down easy, but it lacks a little flavor to go along with the aroma. The mouthfeel is decent. This is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent drinking beer. It has good aroma and appearance, but the taste is lacking a bit.

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Michael Shea's Irish Amber from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 85 ratings