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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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hanlonrn


4.5/5  rDev +25%

07-11-2012 19:44:02 | More by hanlonrn
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Tatuchris

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +25%

06-01-2013 01:18:49 | More by Tatuchris
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Michaeldmanley

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25%

10-31-2013 23:59:19 | More by Michaeldmanley
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JKAllen


4.5/5  rDev +25%

09-08-2012 10:21:37 | More by JKAllen
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25%

01-11-2012 23:02:11 | More by lccrunchy
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +25%

01-27-2012 18:43:57 | More by PhineasGage
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Duggie

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +25%

08-31-2013 04:00:22 | More by Duggie
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber purchased on 12-30-03, in Blacksburg, Va. Most likely the same batch that Surfer reviewed. Pours a clear golden amber with a generous white head of tiny bubbles which continue their journey, from bottom to top, throughout. Sheet lacing follows.
Aroma is unlike a Lager. Plenty of floral and fruity hops are prominent to the nose, and dance playfully on top of the malty backbone.
Taste is as surprising as the nose. Mouthfeel is a creamy prelude to a citrusy flavor, well carbonated, light-bodied caramel underbelly. Pleasant tastes tease the palate. Finishes a full bodied maltiness, with enough hops to make you want a case of this stashed away in a secret cellar. Another extraordinary brew from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 01:39:52 | More by merlin48
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- I'm gonna hold off the Irish references for a minute here, as much as I would like to get right to it. Pours a clear golden yellow with a dense soapy off white head. Foam settles quickly to a thick ring and there's some decent spotty lace. Keeping in mind this is a euro pale lager, I'm going to judge it as such.

S- subdued aroma, fruity and apple like, but I smell it to be leaning more on the pear skin side. Earthy and lacking the sweetness that would come from the meat of the fruit, be it apple or pear. Some bready malt, early harvest reisling, and a quick whiff of herbal hops are also present. A bit off a roasted poultry aroma as well. Modest, but not bad at all.

T- fruity and somewhat tart in the beginning. Sweetent up a bit until the hops kick in. The website says sterling and I would have called saaz, so I guess we are on the same page. Very nice balance of malt and hops and with a little more bitterness I would have called this one a Czech pilsener. Home made white bread, red apple skin, green pear skin, white grape, dry white wine, and cut grass come to mind, blowing the lid off any heine, Stella, amstel, or what have you. Calling an American pale a euro pale is a bit unfair, similar to calling an American made ipa an english style ipa when we all know damn well that it isn't. This is full of flavor for a lighter lager and is nothing short of a "German style" pils. Finishes with bright zesty herbal hops and a bit of lemon with to go along with the fading strong malty spine.

MF- I will agree with other reviews that the feel of this one is cake compared to other EPLs. Quality ingredients shine here and the malty density is perfectly offset by the crisp lively
carbonation giving it a plush and luxurious feel for such a... You know, pale euro lager. Tannins, alpha acids, and moderate alcohol all converge to form a voltron of immaculate dryness.

D- speaking of dryness and on to the big D. Steve Nash doesn't have this D. Never cloying and never overly tart, I'm happy to see this mick hovering in the middle. Don't mind the racial slur, I'm Irish. Graceful dryness and deceptive lightness give this one drinkability like a Bonnie lassie's (expletive) (censored) from the business end of my tin whistle. Please don't dis this well made version of an all too often hated on style. Maybe $5 for a bomber is a bit too much, but when there's a keg in front of you it's a whole different story.

...and the fiddle played Sean dun na ngall...

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 09:35:56 | More by hustlesworth
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KingPuuChuu

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One word: awesome.

The beer pours a light amber, similar to a really good filtered Apple juice. The scent is citrus, and very light, it smells pleasant. It pours a small head that dissipates as you drink the beer, not leaving any lace, but is quite bubbly, what you would expect out of a good lager.

Taste is excellent, very carbonated, with citrus hints and a crisp apple finish. Went very well with a chicken/rice dinner, and I enjoyed the second glass on it's own, which got better as it warmed up.

Once again, Rouge is proving that they are a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 05:40:17 | More by KingPuuChuu
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw body, with a very foamy white head.

S: Smells of green apple and hops. A very surprising kind of scent for a lager.

T: This beer has a nice hoppy bite to it. Starts out fruity and hoppy, ending in a nice apple-like smooth finish. The bitterness is rather mild.

M: Carbonated like most lagers, but gets better as you drink it. For my palate, it's not really watery, more smooth thatn anything else.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. I was well impressed with this one. A top-notch brew, especially for a lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 15:17:55 | More by NightINgale
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nickthetick

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light straw yellow in to an American shaker glass with a finger of white head with great retention and moderate lacing.

S: Light sweet and mellow malt with a great wheat note backing it up. A tad fruity, apples and a bit of bananas.

T: A lot like the nose. More of the wheat and less of the apple, some bread and biscuit flavors with weak honey.

MF: Light body, Extremly crisp and refreshing. Great carbonation.

O: Awesome beer with some great things going on in the nose and the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 15:19:47 | More by nickthetick
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joerodiii

New York

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful straw colored lager with a nice foamy white head. Smells of vienna malt, sweet and inviting. The beer has no discernable hop aroma, but that totally works for the style.

This is a wonderfully balanced beer. Wonderful malt flavor balances perfectly with the hop bitterness. The beer is dry and thirst quenching. There is an odd flavor at the end...kind of an earthy frutiness. It's not bad, but I have never tasted anything like it before.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are very good. Crisp and lager-like, I could drink gallons of this stuff. My only issue is that it seems slightly overcarbonated. Other than that...LOVE it!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 22:19:46 | More by joerodiii
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Quaffer

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This was a hazy, golden-amber beer with a coarse white head. The bubbles rose up easily to two fingers and settled down quickly. A lot of foam stayed ramped up around the circumference of the glass, its desperate clinging giving evidence to its stickiness. The glass was speckled with lace. This beer looks good for a lager, having a nice depth of color that many others in the style do not.

Smell: The aromas were typical, being comprised of sweet grass, grain, and just a hint of sulpher. (Not much of the latter, thank goodness.) A spicy hop character floated over the top of the other smells. As the beer sat in the glass, it picked up some fruit and vanilla aromas as well.

Mouthfeel: Much more body than I was expecting. The mouth-filling, chewy, medium-bodied character really surprised me. Plus, it was really smooth for a lager, providing a light carbonation tingle in the back of the mouth and on the back of the tongue.

Taste: Not only did the mouthfeel surprise me, but so did the flavor. It was nice, full, and complex. Upfront was a hit of light sweet grasses. In the middle came a somewhat herbal, somewhat spicy hop flavor. Then, immediately, some nice chewy grain and full malt flavors kicked in. They were the highlight of the beer. They were bready, cracker-like, and a little nutty to boot. In the background lay a smooth vanilla taste.

This beer completely surprised me. It was extremely good, and not just for a lager. The complexity of the malt and grain flavors on the finish was just amazing. This is the session beer from hell.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 22:09:53 | More by Quaffer
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mgmvh

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

smell: i think it smells very inviting. first whif reminds me of honey and you can notice the hops more here than in the actual flavor.

taste: yummy. no flavors are over the top here. it gets a bit frothy but i think its needed to add body to the over-all feel. its probably attributed to the bisquit notes from the famous yeast that rogue uses in there beers. its clean. you get a grassy fragrance toward the finish thats over almost before you notice it. the finish goes on and on and its leaves a good taste of fruits on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 01:39:29 | More by mgmvh
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splat215

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle

A - Light, clear, little-head. Looks good.
S - 4 - Slightly hoppy smell, very subtle, not picking up much here but that's not a bad thing.
T - Lke a lager from heaven - smooth, no bad afterbite, good suble flavorings - can't quite place any of the flavors but I like them.
M - Crazy super-smooth
D - Another solid offering from Rogue - I'm starting to like these guys. Beer like this should be served everywhere. This is a solid choice that's a bit reminiscent of Stella Artois, but better.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 02:08:41 | More by splat215
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color at first glance was similar to that of olive oil but upon further inspection seems more orange and gold. Good white head and solid retention. Nose is pleasant and interesting. Malts are lightly sweet and hops are brisk, floral and earthy. Tastes yummy. Very pleasant clean lager taste. Earthy, fruity, flowery and bready. There's a dankness about it as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly creamy. Nice bright carbonation and subtle bitterness. Very drinkable/Irishly drinkable.

Fully pleasant and would be excellent in large keg-like quantities.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 00:17:23 | More by tastybeer
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy golden color with a very thick sticky white heading. A nice malty smell with a good blend of hops. Again taste is malty,hoppy, and a good citrus taste. A very easy beer to drink would like to have another but I don't want to get up.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 03:54:57 | More by TheFightfan1
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veech

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find this beer ridiculously drinkable and refreshing for multiple reasons. The first of which is the balance of hops and malts, and the second is the apple like aftertaste that begs for more imbibition. This apple crispness is just an outstanding mild flavor that is unique and although I'm not usually a fruit beer fan, delicious. The appearance and mouthfeel are standard for a lager beer, and the taste and smell are apple infused with a crispness that sweetens the flavor profile without being overbearing. Another great Rogue offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 21:32:23 | More by veech
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LittleDon

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, it was cloudy slightly dark yellow in color with little head. Surprisingly, the first thing I noticed was the hop aroma, with a hint of barley. The taste was light, slightly acidic with hints of lemon in the finish. Light in alcohol, but very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2009 02:26:03 | More by LittleDon
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Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was recommended to me by the Beer Manager at a top beer store in MA (Julio's in Westboro) as I had been lamenting the lack of craft lagers. I'd never heard of it before but purchased a 22 oz. bottle. No freshness dating but the beer seemed to be
very fresh.

Poured a somewhat hazy golden color with a good and lasting head. Smell was about ordinary for a lager - not strong but maybe a bit fruitier than normal. Crisp, clean, light taste yet a full-bodied feel. Great drinkability - I only wished I had purchased more than one bottle. Unfortunately, the store is 70 miles away in MA and I've never seen Rogue products in NH. While the taste is different, I would consider the drinkability to be on a par with one of my other favorites, Victory's Prima Pils.

As others have noted, this product has obviously not been retired and I'm hoping it won't meet that fate in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 00:41:20 | More by Greenlabel
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scratch69

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Sweet malt aroma with some notes of apples and grassy hops.

Taste- Bread-like malt flavor with some herbal hop bitterness and a light hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a average amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall- A very good beer, not very complex, but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 14:36:34 | More by scratch69
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JoeBlevins

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

04-14-2013 20:16:43 | More by JoeBlevins
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beerman999999

New York

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

03-18-2013 01:32:28 | More by beerman999999
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Rave

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

12-10-2012 03:32:50 | More by Rave
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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