Rogue Irish Style Lager

Reviewed by on March 12, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Rogue Ales

  • Origin: Newport, OR, US

  • Rated On: March 12, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: European Pale Lager

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Ah…the Beer of Kells – memories of Trinity College during my visit there many years ago. Maybe forgo for now this brewery’s latest gimmick (the Sriracha Stout), and try out their ode to one of the lesser-known styles of beer in Ireland – the lager.

This 22oz bottle 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 weakly 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, a Saaz-like one 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 heady craic indulgence, even on this side of the pond.

Brady White

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