Friday, May 24, 2013

Beer of the Week (Vol. CLXXV)

Another edition of Beer of the Week sponsored as always by the sunny folks at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who can help find the wine, whiskey, and beer you need to bring cheer to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer in style.

Last month, I had a post noting the news that Minneapolis based Finnegans Charitable Beer Company had recently joined the canned beer revolution. In recognition of my efforts to spread the word about the change to cans and a contest they were sponsoring to promote it, the good folks at Finnegan’s saw fit to drop off a couple of twelve-packs of their newly canned product.

If I were among the class of objective, unbiased, straight down the middle professional journalists I might have to refuse such a generous offer as it could raise the appearance of impropriety. But since I’m merely one among the vast unwashed mass of bloggers I feel no need to adhere to such scribbling standards. As long as I properly DISCLOSE-DISCLOSE-DISCLOSE, the fact Finnegan’s has kindly supplied me with a sample of their product sans charge should in way call in question my credibility or ability to provide a fair and accurate review of their beer.

And so without further ado let’s get to our Beer of the Week, Finnegans Blonde Ale.

12 pack of 12oz cans sells for $11.99. Simple design with gold and white colors and Finnegans’ angelic shamrock.

STYLE: Blonde Ale


COLOR (0-2): Light gold and clear. 1

AROMA (0-2): Grassy with a little honey. 2

HEAD (0-2): Bright white color. Good volume and retention. 2

TASTE (0-5): Bready malt with yeast and light hop provide well balanced flavors with a bit o’ honey. Finish is crisp and dry. Good carbonation. It has a light body and is very drinkable. 3 AFTERTASTE (0-2): Lingers nicely. 2

OVERALL (0-6): Finnegan’s Blonde Ale is a simple, straightforward beer that’s well made. It’s easy drinking, refreshing yet has just enough flavor to keep you interested. A good warm weather beer and it’s for a good cause. 3

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 13