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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

620 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
7 Ingredients:
Malts: Great Western Pale, Crystal -15, Wheat & Acidulated Malts.
Hops: Sterling.
Yeast & Water: Czech Pils Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

12º PLATO
28 IBU
75 AA
9.8º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Jon on 09-28-2002)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from Beeradvocate Magazine March 07.

Back in the late 1980s, we drank Harp Lager by the case. It was pretty much the best Lager in our area at the time, and one of two Irish beers we could get our hands on. So when an American brewer comes out with an "Irish Style Lager" you'd think that someone else out there drank a ton of Harp, too. Come to find out, this recipe is from a chain of Irish pubs on the West Coast. Go figure.

Pale, golden yellow color dulled by a slight haze. Thin, with a sticky white lace. Clean, spicy and herbal hop aroma, with a hint of yeast and granny smith apples, but clean after that. So damn smooth, with a push of crispness from the back. Doughy malt with a twang from the wheat; clean, spicy bitterness from the hops. Musty yeast flavor in the middle. Malt drops out to leave a clean and dry finish.

Nothing overly interesting, but easy to drink. No Rogue twists either--it is what it says: an Irish Style Lager, reminiscent of Harp Lager. Spot-on for what Rogue was attempting. Try splitting this bottle with a friend over a score of raw oysters.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 19:15:32 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Todd

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kells is a lager brewed for the Kells chain of pubs in Portland, OR. This sample was in the typical 650ml brown bottle; no freshness date. Some Celtic weave and an old man playing the penny whistle adorns the front label.

A rich golden coloured beer laced with a foamy pure white head; okay retention. Aroma is low, but maltier than most lagers with a pleasant light herbal nose and touch of metallic and real faint sulfur. A bit bland though.

Near medium-bodied with an even malt flavour that's slightly bready and sweet. Hops have a light splash of citrus, fresh and lemony, but not all that bitter. Crisp overall, turning a bit grain dry towards to finish with strong bready and faint eggy afters.

An enjoyable lager and a nice offering from Rogue that breaks their normal hoppy / malty West Coast style beers. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 17:05:41 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with no freshness date, brewed for the Kells Pubs in Portland, OR.

Appearance: A dull golden hue with a fine clarity hold a good lacing effect that draws rings down the glass here and there.

Smell: Clean malty aroma with light hints of biscuity and nutty grain, touch of herbal hop in the back but the malt is the star.

Taste: Some hoppiness upfront as the maltiness comes in layer by layer of pale biscuity complexity. Hop stay around with an ample bitterness and lightly herbal flavour, a small note of yeast is there but does not distract the palate too much. Lingers long with lightly sweet grain flavours as well as dry suggestions of bread crust.

Notes: A firm but raw lager, flavourful and rich. Coming from and ale brewery this is a damn good beer, I’d pick this over most pale lager of this sort.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 20:31:41 | More by Jason
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2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Rogue is a reliable brewery so this undated bottle is probably past its prime.

Appearance: Pours lright yellow-gold with plenty of rising bubbles. The white head is good sized and durable, slowly fading into a thin top layer. Leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Some off or unattractive notes from Euro hops.

Taste: Better than what the smell hints at, this is a relatively robust and earthy lager. Mildly bitter, lightly hoppy finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate-high amount of spft carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: Not a strong style and one of the least attractive offerings from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

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Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.