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

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Michael Shea's Irish AmberMichael Shea's Irish Amber
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Michael Shea's Irish AmberMichael Shea's Irish Amber

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.62%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 07-03-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by DMc8ride:
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For $5.99 a six pack back home u cant really go wrong with this beer,pours a deep amber color with a light head that dissipates quickly,aroma is real light and malty but not sweetish.Taste has a little bread-like malt texture but not to sweet just a somewhat subdued beer.Like a few others who reviewed this beer I agree that its better than the bigger macro reds and ambers out there.

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Photo of rugbycritic
4.13/5  rDev +29.1%
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 Todd
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. Malt is thin -- slightly toasty. Hops are mild -- slightly herbal / spicy. Another good session beer option. Tasty for what it is.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist with a green, black and gold label. Directions on how to pour the beer correctly on the back label, no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep red in colour with a very creamy extremely tiny bubbled off white lace.

Smell: Very clean aroma, hints of caramel and biscuity grain. Malt aroma is almost cake like. Hops are clean with a light floral nose.

Taste: Moderate body, just as smooth as it is crisp from a perfectly even carbonation. Nice round but light maltiness, more on the dry side though it has a moment of sweetness. Quick flash of caramel, then the toasted malt becomes more prevalent each second the finish comes closer. Hops bring a struggled but on target balance, more of twang from them than an actual bitterness other than a hasty bite within the carbonation. Toasted malt character puts an effort for lingering far into the finish.

Notes: A well structured lager, tame though still very flavourful. A session quality brew and just big enough to stand up to hearty meals also.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has the making and labeling of being something very special. Once you crack it and pour you see a very nice amber color filling in your glass, along with what seems to be a very thick cream head. Hold on it's been about 15 seconds, yep the head retention wasn't there. A little malt sweetness is present within the aroma, but there is no sign of hops here. A decent well priced beer that does a decent job of satisfying my beer jonz, but this beers flavor just attempts to be what I am looking for. A light bodied session beer, with enough flavor for what it is. Highly carbonated, and fizzy mouthfeel. Could drink a lot of these, but I will move on and wave this beer goodbye.

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Photo of bditty187
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Darkish amber hue, translucent; fragile off-white head that poorly develops and only musters soapy retention, spotty lace. Decent nose; nicely malty, biscuity with notes of caramel. Simple yet tasty… malt & cameral are again noted with hints of (lean) hop bitterness (more hops would have added to the needed complexity). Thin mouthfeel, watery at times. Rather clean, underwhelming finish… little trace it was consumed. Somewhat boring but not bad… probably good enough for a session beer, not too expensive. Try one if you'd like.

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BrewAskew
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not too exciting. I like it better than Killian's or Killarney's, though. Pours to a thin white head and deep amber-brown-ruby color. Nose is mostly malt. Taste is mostly water--there's a hole in the flavor. I don't know, maybe' my tongue's tired tonight. Anyway, It is not bad but it is rather boring.

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Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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 ineedafirkin
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of hockeypuck
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of HungarianCount
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was highly touted at a beer tasting, and this review is a combination of the “Draught/Bottle as I tried them both, and the degree of separation was nil.
Pours a dark copper color with a modest head and the lace adequate to coat the glass. The nose is malt and little else, clean and fresh, somewhat sweet, but quite common place. Begins malt with a cadaverous top and the finish pleasant in its carbonation, sparse in its hop bite, quite dry and very boring to say the least.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
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 marc77
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark bronze color w/ excellent clarity. The thick initial head settles quickly leaving a thin coating layer. Slight caramel malt notes w/ a hint of toasted malt-- husky grain notes and buttery diacetyl come out as the beer warms. Just the slightest hint of spicy hop nose from the Hallertauer derivative Mt. Hood. Clean all - around in flavor profile and well balanced, but it's just a tad bland. The low hop bitterness allows malt sweetness to dominate, but a bit of compexity is added by subtle bready malt flavors. Finishes w/ mild 6-row barley huskiness, but is otherwise very clean. This beer is essentially a superior version of Killians. There aren't any overbearing cooked corn or funky flavors in this beer. What the hell is an Irish Red Ale anyway?

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Photo of Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice product from High Falls Brewing, not exceptional but nice.
It pours a deep amber with a minor crown.
Carbonation is high.
Minor head quickly turns to pleasing glass cling and minor lace.
The taste starts with a malty sweetness and finishes to the hops.
No lingering here....actual taste is short.
Body is medium +.
Nose has a a very slight nutiness...(is that a word?)
Product does improve with each sip.....hmmmm!!!

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Indybeer
2.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep amber color, with a smalish head that didn't last and no visible lacing. Aroma is almost nonexistant. Some very mild malt could be smelled with some vigorous agitation. Taste is slighly sweet, moderatly carbonated. No hops are evident. I can't say that this is a bad beer, it's just plain. You could drink alot of these. A good session beer.

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Photo of 67cuda
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
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 granger10
4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Usually when I drink an Irish amber they are either not flavorful enough or have too much flavor and the flavors don't mix well. That wasn't the case for this one. It was very easy to drink, very clean. If I want to drink more than a couple in one night, this would be a good choice. The flavors are mild, but not weak. It has a medium body to it which fits perfectly. Toasted biscuit is there along with some malty caramel sweetness. Hops are light but show themselves in the finish. Not too little, not too much, this beer finds a good fit for an Irish amber.

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Michael Shea's Irish Amber from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 85 ratings