Irish Style Lager | Rogue Ales

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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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Photo of WanderingFool
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My glass of Kells Irish Style Lager was poured from a 22oz. bomber. The clear light honey color has a stiff white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a ring around the surface of the beer. A mild toasted malt aroma with a hint of apple hovers over the beer.

This light bodied beer is mildly carbonated. The flavor is mainly dry malt. Towards the middle some fruity notes of apple appear and it finishes with a mild hop bitterness. Some hoppy notes and toasted malt flavors remain behind.

I thought this beer was quite drinkable. The flavor reminded me of a Czech or German pilsner, but missing the crispness of the european hops.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy dark golden brew. Head fades down pretty quick, with reasonable sticky lacing. Aroma is damp pale grains, with a light citrus tinge. Taste is well-balanced, pale malts and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is nice and soft over the tongue, and drinkability is nice and easy. High sessionability here, I'll have to keep it in mind.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice amber color with a slight haze and a brief, foamy white head. The mild aroma features notes of caramel and very mellow hops. The mildly sweet flavor has a very drinkable biscuity graininess with some caramel and a mild, but very crisp hop spice. The hop bitterness and a rougher grain flavor both dominate the finish. A smooth mouthfeel with a sharp but brief carbonation tang.

Very nice: crisp, smooth and very, very drinkable. Nice graininess balances well with a light hop spice. The finish is a wee bit rough, but nothing so bad that detracts from the overall flavor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Foxman
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow, macro-esque, really, and fairly carbonated. A single finger of white head drops quickly to wisps of froth. A small measure of lacing remains behind.

The aroma carries the sharp, metallic tang of the Czech hops. as well as an underlying tanginess of wheat. A slight wet-blanket funkiness rears its impertinent head, if not a black mark, then certainly a grey one.

The first sip brings the tinny punch of pils hops, biting and spicy all at once. A light malt and grain sweetness lays claim to the stage, with a very mild general fruitiness. A mellow yeasty dough note fades in softly, then out, before a quick crisp finish leaves an air of apple behind. The flavor is mostly light and uneventful, but notable for its crispness at the end.

Light bodied, it washes swiftly across the palate but leaves a brief noble glow.

The idea of a good Irish lager is one that always intrigues me, and that usually ends up a disappointment. The odd misstep in the aroma started things toward mediocrity, and while the flavor helps it to be somewhat enjoyable, it's the crisp, assertive hoppiness and quenching finish that made it drinkable. However, what's it say when the finish is a beer's chief asset? While not without its positives, considering Rogue's track record, I was hoping for more. I guess that laugh's on me, this time.

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Photo of fightingwords
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in halves from a 22oz bomber into a pilsner glass.

A--Hazy golden--borders on an orange color, but ulitmately just an unfiltered pale beer. Foamy 2 finger head falls fast. Lacing is strong on the pull but doesnt stick.

S--Sweet malts, grainy. Lot like a macro. Standard hop presence. Little spicy but nothing to write home about.

T--Pretty much like it smelled. bland. Grainy start right to a zippy finish. The fresh finish might be the only thing that redeems this beer. Nothing distiguishable when compared to other Rogue offerings.

M--Thin and weak throug the middle of the sip. Carbonated feel that finishes clean and quick.

D--Very drinkable, some what like a macro.

O--I was pretty let down by this beer. I dont want to say it but I'm afraid Rogue might have sold out to those masses craving a super pale light bodied beer like their BMC's on St. Paddys. Say it aint so Rogue, say it aint so.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Color was a slightly pale hay yellow color. Little to say for a head, a little spritzy thing that was a film from the start and ended up into nothingness. A little bit of lacing noticed. Smell is a very pilsnery malt, with a little hint of running water. Taste was a little more sweet than a pilsner. But still tasted a litle tainted. The mouthfeel had some slightly refreshing crispness with a slightly floral hint. Which was this beers only saving grace.

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Photo of Zorro
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a near clear darker shade of gold with an orange tint. Good white head that doesn't last.

Smell is good clean malt with a touch of fruity esters to it. Nice herbal and flowers hop scent. Slightly sweet smelling with a hint of lemon in the scent.

Taste is slightly sweet with some mellow malt flavor and slightly herbal and bitter hops. After a bit a sour flavor develops similar to what you get from old malt extract.

Mouthfeel is OK.

I thought this was going to be a good beer right up till I tasted it. This tastes like a homebrew with stale ingredients. Such a waste of a good opportunity.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 22oz from Martignetti's

Apperance = Decent looking golden yellow with a bit more depth and character than your usualy pale lager. Head is minimal and lacing isn't great. Bit of cloudiness and deeper coloring gives puts it above average.

Smell = Sweet grain malt is dominant with a good bit of hops coming in also. Definite pale alcohol scent present. Smells like it's well balanced.

Taste = an OK pale lager. Slightly above average tasting and nothing spectacular. Flavors are pretty mild and unimpressive but not offensive. I'd expect much better from Rogue. Definitely a step above most cheap lagers but not so much that I can ever justify paying Rogue prices.

Overall = A pretty disappointing beer considering who it came from. It's certainly not offensive though and it quite easy to consume with good drinkability. The flavors are just pedestrian and uninspiring. Mildly recommended if you're into these light lagers.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, with just a slight orange tint. Thick, creamy white head. Very good retention, and some nice lacing on the glass. Very light aroma, simple perfume and toasty-ness. Light toasty malt flavor, with just a hint of bitterness. No real big flavor here. While I think this would be a good session beer, it seems to lack any real flavor. Light to medium body, with a slightly creamy feel to it. Not really one of my favorites from Rogue.

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Photo of mentor
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle obtained shortly before St Patty's Day and served about two weeks later. No bottling date or freshness markings. Pours a half finger off-white clingy head over a somewhat cloudy pale peach colored liquid. Smells zingy hops with a nice malt under-sweetness. A little bit each of cinamon, iron, green apple, yeast, and cardboard. Actually it smells a bit like one of the beers I tried from Sudwerk Brewing (I think it was the marzen). Tastes not clean crisp hoppy as I was expecting. Flat malt that made me pull back because it was unexpected. I was again surprised at a malt sweet that jumped in suddenly very late. Now that I know what to expect, lt's try again. I think the flat up front is some kind of dirty noble hop. Not quite tettnanger. It's hop flavor with a hop bitter that dulls the tastebuds across the whole flat of the tongue, rather than cleaning coming across as hop bitterness. Biscuity and bready, in fact I'd go so far as to say it has a hint of the dark character you'd get in pumpernickel bread. It's appropriate as a lager that this beer is shy on fruity esters...only a gentle pear with searching. The malt sweet that creeps in under the hops has a carboard taste. By the end of the glass, I was getting a kind of hop heartburn with my burps. Overall, I find this beer remarkably similar to Budweiser. The main differences are that, in Bud, the hop flavor is darker, the beer is much more clear, and the body is much thinner.

Fine carb forms like a layer on the tastebuds and the liquid is medium bodied, but leaves the mouth cleanly giving a lighter impression. Not a winner with me. I've about had it with Rogue offerings. I hope they go the way of Pete's Wicked so that the shelf space can be made available for rising craft beer brewers.

Well, this beer is listed as a Pale Euro Lager, a style I had to read about in order to figure out how to judge this beer. Turns out, the description of the style is actually a pretty good match for the flavor profile of this beer. I didn't like the beer, but I've judged it to style, not preferences.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

mine looked different than the pic, had a green instead of orange label, the guy was facing the other way, same stuff

A - pours an amber color, with half a finger of white frothy head that disappears quickly

S - an uncomplex aroma, dry smelling with perhaps the slightest hint of Granny Smith Apples

T - unexpectedly watery, weak-bodied, even for the style

M - a light body, easy on the tongue and easy on everything

D - high due to its lack of body, is that a fair trade?

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Photo of DogFood11
2.46/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazey slightly unfiltered look to it, golden to yellow, medium carbonation, white cover with good connected lacing.

Maybe its just the style man but it just comes across weak. Malts sweet some corn, carrots, and hops are euro style boring, More of a cleanser than a zip, if you follow.

I'm a HUGE ROGUE FAN. This is not a good offering, It tastes cheap and macro like. Not for me

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pleasant beer poured a pale yellow/orange with a small head that quickly dissipated. It had a sweet grain nose, like being outdoors on a sunny day. It had a grainy taste with some fruitiness in there, and was mildly hoppy. I liked how it felt, and how it went down. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20 oz. bomber purchased at Ramsey Liquors. Served at fridge temperature in a nonic, this was real easy on tap last night for St. Patty's Day... now the bottle...

Appearance- Pours a hazy pale straw, the color of a really light weissbier. The three finger head crackles down to a nice, solid half-inch pillow that stubbornly remains. Much nicer than any other I've seen for the style. Best lacing too... it really holds on!

Smell- Clean, sweet grains and a faint hoppiness greet the nose at the outset... a suggestion of apple torte peeks through, adding an appetizing fruity scent. There is bread, and the malty aromas come forth nicely as the beer warms.

Taste- A typical Euro-pale lager character, with its signature hop profile and clean, brisk flavor, then turns and exhibits a biscuity note and a touch of caramel. The malt backbone really shows up in the middle and lasts throughout the swallow... again, adding a complexity to the style that I find very satisfying.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I want to quaff the hell out of this... but I won't... at least not now. It's my only bottle. Last night we pounded this on tap, and they went down better than anything I've had in months. In the bottle, the mouthfeel is light, and the carbonation fizzles out real quick... even though it's got a substantial body. Not as great as on tap... it's lacking the mango-like finish I enjoyed so much last night.

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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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Photo of Dewey0603
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a golden yellow with a large white foamy head. The smell is light,but I could make out some floral and malt aromas. The taste is floral,sweet malty, and even alittle sour. The m/f is light with abit of a metalic aftertaste. This is an OK beer, I just would expect more from Rogue.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color with a very nice, lasting white head. The smell doesn't offer much, just slighly sour and malty. I have to say I do like the soured malts in this brew. They are not overpowering, but I think the sourness is noticable, and paired nicely with the slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was crisp. Overall, not something I would go for every day, but certinaly enjoyable. Although, I'm not sure the style fits the label/ fits the contents.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light pale honey yellow. Small, stark whitened cap of whispy smooth foam. Keeps an adequate collar at the edge and a broken skim arcoss the top. Small curtains of lace drape in a ringed pattern.

Aroma is quite simple and somewhat floral with a sweetish fruit sided maltyness of pear, white grape, and apple and a nudge of crispy grain.

Flavors are about the same, quite simple and easy; moderately lengthy with a few seemingly empty drags in there as far as the body goes. Sweet with a small grain tilt of crispness thats a bit like a Czech pils breadyness and rounded off in a light pear/apple-like fruityness. Has s light Sterling/Noble-like hop dryness going off into the finish with some leftover bready tones.

As mentioned, the body and feel has a few empty areas that seem to take from the flavor profile a bit in places. Quite sad really, cuz with a bit more attention to some bigger body to fill in those gaps and this would be quite a nice brew to have more then a few of.

A bit boring, but has and shows potential with a subtle complexity in some of the flavors. Otherwise, one of the more unmemorable brews from Rogue.

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Photo of EPseja
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap amidst a few pints of Guinness at O'Donohughe's in Nyack, NY on St. Patrick's Day. I was quite surprised to see it!

A - Hazy, burnt gold color with a fairly decent head. Vibrant hue. Nice lacing initially, but lacking in performance as the pint was drained.

S - Grilled apricots - very much reminiscent of Magic Hat #9, but with more body in the nose. Floral hoppiness. Light honey-like malts. Nose gets nicer ar the beer warms.

T - The thing that amazed me most was, despite the sweet floral nose and overtly sweet taste, there was no cloying at all. Thank goodness. Also, the hoppiness was very subdued and there was almost no bitterness in the finish. Lastly, it yieldes an interesting mango aftertaste.

M - Nothing too incredible here. Smooth intake. Decent carbonation and roundness in the mouth. Normal swallow.

D - For the style (which frankly surprised me), this beer is better than most of the rest. Come on, this is in the same class as Heineken? ANYWAY... Rogue Kells is interesting. It's tasty. It's easy. It's definitely a session beer. But it's not a whole lot more.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, Riley's

Happy St. Patricks Day...Enjoyed during NCST/CAL game, GO PACK

appearance: sweet bottle...pours a clean golden orange, straw like, foamy white head forms on top, with clumpy lacing. appearance is fresh and clean

smell: noble hops, sweet and doughy, lightly toasted malts, touch of yeast in the aroma...lots of sweetnes - apple, pear...lots of sweet grain, and a noticable tartness

taste: again with the tartness, almost a sour apple...some sweet green apple/pear flavours, toasted malt, dry grain, noble and grassy hops come through...nothing too terribly impressive here but its easy drinking enough

mouthfeel: a little on the light side, tart tongue

drinkability: definitely a session

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Photo of maxpower
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a clear golden color with a small creamy white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Aromas of bread and skunk, cracker and lemon flavors. Medium bodied with a light and crisp mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. A very good lager for sure, but charging over 5 bucks a bottle is a bit crazy. ( Three Floyds )

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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 qwert59
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a Rogue 22oz Bomber into a tall Pilsner glass.
Clear orangeish-gold with lots of fluffy head that didn't hold for long. Head quickly settled down to about 1cm. Plenty of active carbonation.
Smell is slightly grassy, slightly fruity, like apricots, pears or apples.
Tastes like a good lager. Slightly sweet malts, subtle hops. Slight taste of rice. Nice mouthfeel, pretty good body for a beer of this style. The carbonation on the finish is well done.
The after taste is a little fruity with a very subtle spicy hop on the finish. This beer finishes very cleanly.
It's very drinkable. I could easily drink a few of these.
Overall, I'd say it's not my favorite beer, but it's a good one to share with someone new to beer, and it is well done and enjoyable. This would be a good one to keep in mind when cooking for people, because it would be a good food pairing beer. It's a nice change of pace from the super heavy and hoppy ales I'm used to, but is much more interesting and enjoyable than macros of the same style.

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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 barleywinebrewer
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On my last beer run I took a flyer on this brew. Thanks to participating in BA, I seem to be trying styles I haven't had in ages. That said, this is probably the third lager style beer I've had as of late. My score is indicative of my particular taste slant - I prefer a thicker malty lager.

A - golden straw colored. Actually could see my tv through the brew clearly. kinda fun.
S - light on the trademark lager yeast smell. hint of hops and grain.
T - Very lightly lager yeast, background tastes of hops, green apple and grain. Nothing really prominent through the taste experience, rather this brew seems to be intended as a compliment to a pub food experience or dinner.
M - Very light. can't say it enough.
D - easy to drink, low alcohol content so even at a 22oz bomber serving size it doesn't overwhelm.

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