Tuesday, July 13th 2010
Mickey Finn's Amber Ale
(Mickey Finn's Brewery)
Mickey Finn's is an Illinois brewpub located north of Chicago on the way towards the Wisconsin border along Lake Michigan. They've started canning their amber ale last year and have not yet released a second canned offering. The brewpub has been around since 1993.
From the Mickey Finn's site:
"The Amber is a American-style amber ale with bold hop character. The darker malts that are used during the brewing process create the amber color of the beer as well as the caramel sweetness of the flavor. The Amber is named after the Abana family who bottled artesian well water at the turn of the century in Lake County.."
Here we go...
Pour - orangish-red in color with a quarter inch of white foam on top that fades to a slick of tiny white bubbles spreading across the top of the beer.
Aroma - grainy, biscuity, caramel, honey and maltose. No real hop character detected, much more on the sweet side as far as aroma goes.
Taste - lots of maltiness in that first sip, my tongue is coated in a medley of caramel, toast, honey crisp and tangy sourness I can't quite get my tastebuds around. Some residual sweetness in the finish, pretty easy going down and no complaints.
Overall - fairly straightforward amber ale. Nothing to write home about but certainly nothing to shy away from either. Perhaps the success they've had with this canned offering will lead them to can one of their other beers.
Would I buy more of it? - not likely. Too many others I'd rather spend my money on. No offense to the brewery.
Note - the name "Mickey Finn" refers to a drink laced with a drug, usually a sedative of some sort. This is where you get the more common phrase, to "slip someone a Mickey". The name itself is thought to have come from a Chicago bar owner in the early 1900s named Michael "Mickey" Finn. Finn was accused of drugging customers in order to rob them by putting things in their drinks.
Posted by Russ
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