Irish Style Lager | Rogue Ales

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Irish Style LagerIrish Style Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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

Added by Jon on 09-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
709
Reviews:
407
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know why it's taken me so long to try this beer. All of Rogue's Lagers are terrific. Pours an ideal clear, crisp, sparkling golden-straw, with a stark white, dense head retention that laced well. Smells strong with pale malts for a lager with great apple, pear, and mago aromas. Spiced with English hops for an earthy and lightly grainy note. Aromas transition to flavors really well, throw in a solid bready, yeasty flavor with a new honey-like sweetness. Finishes mostly clean and crisp with light hop drying in the end. A great lager with finess and courage. All of Rogue's lagers are among the best.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Ah...the Beer of Kells - memories of Trinity College during my visit there many years ago. I do love the Yankee protests of '5 bucks for a bomber of beer?' filtering through this and other Rogue reviews. Come to Canada, ya cheap-ass whiners.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden straw colour, with one finger of restrained, foamy, and mostly creamy off-white head, which leaves a curtain of tightly webbed lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells quite strongly of gritty biscuity, grainy, and crackery pale malt, a touch of sassy lemon juice, and grassy, spicy hops. The taste is mostly grainy, wanly biscuity bready malt, more lemon fruitiness, with a tint of orange, and fairly plain, mildly leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is indeed noticeable, but in an understatedly frothy, somewhat fizzy manner, the body a weak medium-light weight, a tad oily, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the plain pale malt doing well to hold its own in the face of some heady noble hops, Saaz being the most outright aggressor.

Lots of pleasantly peppy stuff going on here, insomuch that this is more than yer typical pale lager - Pilsner hops seem to have a tendency to pop up readily here and there. Tasty, and worthy enough of a session of Craic indulgence, even on this side of the pond.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden color with a decent head that splashes some lace

Smell: Bread and tobacco aroma with a touch of buttery diacetyl

Taste: Starts out clean with a white bread and toasted oat profile; develops in a grainy direction by mid palate; just a touch of tangy apple appears after the swallow; finishes clean and dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An excellent lager; easy to drink and no twang

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color lager with large foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of light malt with no discernable hops. Taste is also dominated by some lightly sweet hops with no easily detectable adjunct. Body is quite lively with some good carbonation. Easily drinkable but not very complex or enjoyable for that matter.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear and golden with solid head retention and lots of sticky lace.

Smell - Pale, doughy malts, a bit hay-like. Subtly sweet.

Taste/mouthfeel - Bready sweetness, a bit of apple or pear and a hint of citrus. Moderate hop bitterness, though the finish is very clean; the aftertaste leaves the palate pretty quickly. Light-bodied and crisp; highly drinkable stuff. A great session lager with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden/yellow color with a white, bubbly, two-finger head. It had patchy lacing.

S - It smelled very sweet. Grains, caramel malt and citrus aromas were present.

T - It tasted very sweet and of grains. The caramel malt flavor is very light.

M - It was quite smooth and a light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice American version of a Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull golden with a thinner white head that a trace amount of lace behind,lemony aromas dominate with a touch of tasted grain and bread dough underneath.I really like the flavors and sturdy,grainy mouthfeel of this lager.Very nicely balanced citrusy mainly lemon and herbal over top of lightly sweet caramel malt in a nice lingering finish.I think a very well made standard lager beer balanced and more than enough flavor to keep you interested and it is oh so drinkable.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue has produced a solid, malty golden lager with a floral and sweetish side in their Kell's Irish Style Lager.

It's a lightly-hazy golden with orange highlights beneath a frothy head of white. The head retention is good and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma displays a mildly sweetish and wheat-accented malt base with a bit of a perfumey/floral character. It lacks the crisp sulphury character of Harp, which may or may not be a good thing depending upon your palate.

It's smooth and decidedly medium bodied in the mouth. Just lightly crisp.

The flavor displays a subtly sweet, wheatish, and straw-like maltiness threaded through with floral/lightly grassy/sublimely spicy hops, backed by a low-key, but still solid, bitterness. It finishes dry with a stiff bitterness, some residual maltiness, and a scattering of floral hops.

Easy to drink with no barriers to accessibility, but trading-off complexity - as is the norm.

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Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint. I could pick up a small amount of hops, honey, fruit and grain.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of honey, apple and spice and then a hearty malt & wheat flavor follows. The malt character is decent but not too heavy. Finally a moderate hops bite comes in. The after taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick even but not too strong, this might not be an outstanding beer, but it’s a decent one to session with.

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a watered-down malt liquor. Slight sweet hint, nose of damp cardboard. Big head on golden beer with a chill haze. Quite lovely lacing in the wine glass. Rather coarse carbonation. Just the slightest touch of bitterness appears in the aftertaste, which is welcome to the taste buds. Extremely light bodied and refreshing at first sip, but turns a little soapy. Overall, pretty anemic, but clean and drinkable.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm just so wracked with excitement that I can barely keep my hands steady enough to pour out the Kell's Irish Style Lager!

"Irish Style Lager with a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish." That line on the side of the bottle is like an infection. And I'm coming down with it!

Appearance: Pours a golden, slightly hazy body with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Soft aroma of light grains, herbal hops, Granny Smith apples, and dried bread crusts.

Taste: Mild malt sweetness, slight floral bitterness, and some dough-like qualities. All the while, there's a vague apple-like fruitiness. Dry, faintly tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with a spritzy, cider-like mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not one of the more memorable offerings from Rogue, and certainly not worth the Rogue pricetag for what is simply a glorified lager.

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Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold to bronze with a 4 fingers+ white bubbly head. Bubbles cling to the glass every where! Good head retention and lacing

Smell: malt & grainyness

Taste: Sweet malt and some floral hops. Slight graininess. Finishes crisp, slightly dry and grainy.

MF: Thin, but good carbonation

Pretty drinkable if taste isn't a big driver. Not very memorable or cheap. If you like non adventuresome euro lagers, then you're set!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer's gone and all the flowers are dying
'tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
'tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so."


Luminous lemon when the bright golden ball of the morning sun is permitted entry. The cap fills one third of the glass after the pour and reflects the usual Rogue quality. The color of Irish linen, the cap is firm, persistent and fairly sticky, depositing arching streamers of lace across the upper portion of the glass. A good start.

The nose is not so wonderful, although still acceptable. I wondered whether this beer would be the Euro pale lager that it's designated as here or whether it would be the 'European-type Pilsner' that the brewery claims it is. To my way of thinking, the latter style is the hoppier by far. Unfortunately, Kells smells more like the former. It's pale malty with a smidgen of noblish hops (it uses Sterling, a Saaz-Hallertauer cross).

There aren't enough hops on the palate, not by a long shot. There's a reasonable quantity of sneakily sweet, lightly bready malt that ends up being the focus of the entire flavor profile, but just as in the nose, the hoppiness is too much in the background. That might make the beer more accessible to those whose palates are accustomed to macro lagers, but then they're unlikely to cough up $5 for 22 ounces of beer.

Without a more distinctive, more aggressive hop bill, I'm afraid the flavor is just too lackluster to hold anyone's interest. It certainly isn't holding mine. It's better than the vast majority of EPLs, but that's probably due to geography more than anything else. The actual European versions of the style probably aren't in the best shape by the time they reach our shores.

The one area in which Rogue almost always shines is mouthfeel. This beer is no exception. It's a few notches shy of medium, but is as smooth and as lightly creamy as the day is long. Quality breweries brew beer with quality mouthfeels, it's as simple as that.

It looks as though the Kells Irish Signature Lager silk-screened bottle has undergone a much needed transformation and now features an older Irish gentleman (who looks like he could be a member of the Chieftans) playing a tin whistle. It's time for the contents of the bottle to undergo a similar improvement.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color with some cloudiness. A nice head with decent retention.

S: A faint grassy aroma with a hint of apple. Also a slight metallic smell.

T: Pretty smooth upfront, but not a real noticeable taste. Has a brief apple taste on the back end .

M: Light and crisp

D: Easy to drink and sessionable, but not memorable. Average at best, probably something I would not buy again based on its price.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale gold color (not quite straw). Fair bright white head with some lasting power. Slight lace

Clean crisp smell, reminds me of a cream ale. Pale malts predominate the aroma--very dry.

Very "round" body that seems far closer to an ale than a lager. Full mouthfeel that lingers with a small level of sourness. Although not listed on the ingredients, the flavor is close to dry rye ales. Very low hop levels except in the aftertaste where they linger a little longer.

Rogue typically produces some of my favorite beers, however this one falls far short of expectations. Maybe they were too high, or maybe this is their first average beer I've tried. It certainly isn't bad, but it is ordinary.

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Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
3.59 out of 5 based on 709 ratings.
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