Irish Style Lager | Rogue Ales

Irish Style LagerIrish Style Lager
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Irish Style LagerIrish Style Lager

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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.

28 IBU
75 AA
9.8º Lovibond

Added by Jon on 09-28-2002

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Ratings: 709 |  Reviews: 408
Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of NCSUdo
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard Rogue 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass (not all at once).

A: About an inch worth of head that quickly dies down to close to nothing. Pale golden color.

S: Not a lot to the smell. Mostly malt. Not getting a lot of hops at all. Reminded me of Rogue's pilsner offerings a little so I wasn't shocked that this brew uses a pils yeast.

T: Barely pick up some hop bitterness. Mostly malty flavor. Flavor ends in a sweet but watery taste.

M&D: This is where the brew stands out. Mouthfeel is better then expected. Not a lot of carbonation. Drinkability has to be an A+. Suggestions on throwing this brew into cans (or at least 12 oz bottles) make a lot of sense, I can see myself kicking back on a summer day, like today, and killing more then a few of these things.

Overall, this is nothing great. But where it lacks the creativity, which the brewery itself lacks none of, it makes up for in some part with the drinkability. A much appreciated brew at least in that sense.

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Photo of ski271
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a hint of orange. Head is small, white, creamy and slowly diminished to a tenacious film. The smell is very pleasant. Lightly sweet malt balanced by a light fruity hops presence. Bread and light broth. Flavor-wise, the hops aren’t there as much as the aroma implies, but they do impart a nice dry bitterness on the finish. Flavors of butterscotch, grainy bread, light yeast and light fruit. Not bad, but a little run-of-the-mill for a Rogue beer. But I also have to blame my perception of the style.

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Photo of SargeC
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep gold colored brew with a densely compacted white head.

Smell: Smooth malt with a touch of hops.

Taste: This brew has a good yeast presence. Very rustic and crisp with hints of fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Comes across bolder than expected.

Drinkablity: Simple, yet complex and satisfying brew. A great micro-lager.

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Photo of JasonTaverner
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of EricCioe
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the glass it looks like James Taylor's 'Copperline' with a light, pretty head with good retention and nice lacing. A really pretty beer to look at. On the nose it's apples and sourdough bread, an odd combination for sure, but nice. On the tongue the apples come through right away with a nice bitter note at the front of the mouth lingering well after the swallow. In the mouth it's a bit too thin and it's a bit buzzsawish with the carbonation hitting pretty hard. But beyond that it's a very nice beer one could drink a few of. I wasn't expecting to like this very much but it's quite good.

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Photo of CaptainPancakes
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ludachris
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this because I was very anxious to try a product from Rogue. They're in very low supply down where I live. But with the price tag of $7 a bomber, despite the supply, I don't think I would be buying these too often.

Pours a hazy straw with a two and a half finger bone white head after an aggressive pour. Nice retention. Thick, inconsistent patchy lacing. Some signs of carbonation.

Sweet floral and grassy notes followed by some light citrus, biscuity malts and dry hops with a hint of tangy apple.

Dry, buscuity malts up front accompanied by some citrus, floral and grass-like notes. Hop presence very low. Dry, crisp finish reminiscent of a granny smith apple, which can also be detected in the finish.

Mouthfeel smooth, dry, crisp and well balanced. Served straight out of the fridge and by golly is this beer ever refreshing and oh so drinkable.

Overall, an excellent lager. If the price was lower, would pick this any day over Kronenbourg. To me, this would be my quintessential lawnmower beer. Can't beat that dry, crisp, apple like finish. Super refreshing and highly recommended. Would love to try some of Rogue's other stuff.

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Photo of beergod1
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know it's a Lager, but jeeze. Bomber, poured a LIGHT yellow, fluffy white head, dissipated quickly. Not much aroma at all. First sip seemed watered down, Carbonated, but....wait, a little malt sweetness. Warmed up a couple of degrees, and the flavor was tolerable. The sweetness "Almost" makes it taste like a Light, or watered down Belgian Golden Ale? Just kept shaking my head as I sipped. Wanted more I guess, but it is a Lager. I can think of some lagers with much better flavor than this. This is my "Rogue's" least favorite.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long before I first joined Beer Advocate and started writing reviews, the bar I work at got two barrels of Rogue Kell's Irish Style Lager. While American IPAs are generally my favorite types of beers, this one was just a perfect lager - delicious. I was devastated when we ran out of this stuff and I have not had an easy time finding it anywhere else. But, to my delight and surprise, there they were, two 22 oz. bombers sitting on one of the top shelves at Evanston 1st Liquors right around the corner from my bar. So with all that hype, I am about to dive in to my first bottled Kell's Irish Lager:

APPEARANCE: Poured into a pint glass a light, crisp, golden and transparent color. The head is almost perfect, about a quarter inch thick. Looks very appetizing.

NOSE: Very faint smell, but the apple flavor is apparent. It could be a little more intense in the nose, but the gentle smell certainly doesn't do any harm.

TASTE: The taste starts out slow. It begins very crisp and clean, but slowly gives way to a more apple and mildly bitter flavor. The taste from the bottle is certainly different than I remember it out of the tap. On tap it seemed to finish much more clean than it does out of this bottle. Mildly disappointing, but still delicious.

FEEL: The Kell's feels very alive as soon as it hits your tongue. Strong carbonation, which seems to add to the overall feel that this is a light, playful and easy drinking beer.

OVERALL: Yep, light, playful and easy drinking is a good way to put it. Yet, despite it's ease, it still has plenty of flavor. The mild apple flavor is not what I am used to in a beer, but it's a great change of pace. A fantastic session beer, and also an excellent beer for the seasoned beer geek, but it would also be a great beer to serve a newby to the craft beer world.

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Photo of Moonshae_D
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with a cool old timey irish guy on the silkscreened label.

Pours a golden amber with a frothy vigorous head.

Nice malty and bitter hop armoa. Tad bit skunked, or so it seems. Bready, biscuity at first, and then a nice lager bitterness jumps into frame. Nice noble twang in there from the hops.

Good strong lager, with great drinkability. Bought this abck before St. Patty's day, but ended up not drinking it then....saved it an extra month, heh.

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Photo of damienblack
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin, light golden color, almost completely transparent. Decent soapy looking head. Smells like a thin pale wheat, some wheatiness combined with a wet-dog like almost musty smell. Hints of lime or something unique in there, but not very impressive.

While not the most impressive beer, certainly a step up above most macro lagers. Dry wheat flavor, straightforward malt flavor, not real sweet or much to it. A hint of lime/citrus kick, mildly hopped. Kind of watery mouthfeel, not overly satisfying. Drinkability is top notch, however, it is clean, no metallic, astringent or bitter aftertastes of any kind. It's like after you take a swill, it doesn't taste like the greatest thing, but you want to keep drinking it. Mostly inoffensive, I can see this being a good intro to people who usually drink macro lagers, to show that the craft world can be benign as well.

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Photo of irishgreensoda
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of seand
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light yellow/orange straw color, with a few fingers of creamy white head. Pretty good retention, mild lacing.

S: Earthy and malty, with a hint of citrusy hops.

T: The hops are more prominent here. Other than that, much like the nose, fairly balanced.

M: Medium carbonation, quite crisp.

D: Very easy to drink, and low-ish ABV.

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Photo of Lothore
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden yellow crystal clear brew that pours with a decent sized fizzy head which fades quickly.

S- Faint smell of sweet malts. Typical euro macro smell.

T- Slightly sweet, wheat, very unobtrusive. Not the most interesting brew but definitely has taken a typical euro macro lager taste and refined it to the point that it removes all negative tastes (metallic tinges and so on).

M- Mouthfeel is very crisp, highly carbonated and about average in viscosity.

D- This beer is incredibly easy to drink. It especially shines in this category because of its light crispness and unobtrusive taste that remains light without being boring.

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Photo of bboven
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold slightly hazy body with a thin head and no lacing. Seems a little dark and hazy for the style; making it look like a much heavier beer, which would not be very appetizing to me on a hot, pale lager type of day.

Aroma is fresh, clean malt until you stir it up. A huge hop wallop hits you then, way too high for the style. Good smelling, just out of whack for what it's labeled.

Initial perfect thin malt flavor gives way to a hugely bitter, metallic aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel is light, thin, very carbonated and drying.

I know Rogue's thing is hopping up beers, but in this style it doesn't work. Not everything has to have a hop forefront. That being said, tasting it blindly without knowing what it was, I would say it is a very tasty beer, light and hoppy. Definitely highly drinkable for a hophead like myself. I had to ding it a bit for not being within the guidelines, though.

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Photo of Natural510
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale golden color with a decent lacing on the glass.
Lemon & wheat notes to the nose.
Flavor up front is sour and tart. Breaded malt blends with the citric lemon taste, and there's a bit of a hop kick at the end.
Refreshing and crisp; much like a hefeweizen without the banana/clove element.

Different, to be sure; not certain how many of these I could drink, but I enjoyed a new take on the lager. What's so Irish about it, anyway?

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Photo of Fitzy01
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%

Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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