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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 Enola
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very light yellow and there was a decent head. A fair amount of lacing. The smell is wheat like. The taste is pretty uneventfull. Tatses like a light lager and there are hints or corn but not with the usual off tastes. The beer is smooth and quite drinkable. This would be a very good session beer if not for the price. Attention Rogue: start canning this and lower the price somewhat. I could drink this beer daily. For what it is, it is hard to beat. A very good session beer.

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Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveRinn
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of shadow1961
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Kells pours out a fluffy stiff head over a golden brew.
Carbonation is quite active, and the nose is a bit of malt and
sort of a rising bread aroma. The flavor is a bit bready as well,
with a very mild hoppy finish. The aftertaste is a bit of that hop
and a bit of wheat. That head leaves some nice lacing all the
way to the bottom of my glass. This is not an extreme beer, like
a lot of Rogue's other beers, rather, this is an attempt to reproduce
a particular traditional style and I think they did rather well. I have
also personally witnessed Kells made the base of some very fine
Black & Tans.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the 22 ounzer at Gullifties in Bryn Mawr, Pa. and Poured into a glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep gold color, with a bunch of white head. The retention wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either, leaving well defined rings of lace around the glass all the way down.
Smell: The smell was understated for the taste, but it had a strong malt backbone, with the suggestion of the bite to follow.
Taste: Again, there was a solid malt background, with a nice strong bite after the swollow.
Mouthfeel: Supprisingly smooth for the taste it gave off, but it still had ridgid moments.
Drinkability: Moderate to high, althgouh it could be just because I want to be the old guy on the bottle.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, didn't have a head on it when I recieved it, so no comment on that aspect. Golden color, looks good, but doesn't really smell like anything. Very light flavors,very subtle. I must give it high marks on the drinkability, this is a great session beer to knock back a few anytime. I would drink a few pints at an Irish pub anytime!

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Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Michaeldmanley
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%

Photo of jburd19
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%

Photo of Sturmthis
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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Photo of TaylorK
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

Photo of jakewatt135
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of rogerdandy
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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