Brewery: Rogue Ales Brewery | Beer: Kells Irish Style Lager
Style: Premium American Lager | ABV: 5.0% | IBUs: 28
Serving Method: 22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
Back in 1998, the owners of Kells Irish Pubs were looking for an American beer to put under Guinness in beer cocktails. They approached Rogue to make it happen and after four test batches Rogue brewmaster John Maier delivered what we have here.
I'm listing this as a Premium American Lager, as that seems to be the closest fit in the BJCP guidelines. They describe the style as "refreshing and thirst quenching, although generally more filling" than Standard and Light American Lagers. They also typically contain less adjuncts (or indeed none at all) when compared to their little brothers. For reference, "green bottle" beers such as Heineken and Stella Artois fall into this category.
Sterling hops provide bitterness and Czech Pils Yeast is employed for fermentation. The backbone is built from Great Western Pale, Crystal -15, Wheat & Acidulated malts varieties. Here's how Rogue pitch the finished product:
An Irish style lager with a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish. Perfect for floating Guinness! The recipe was developed for our friends at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub.Side note: I know a pint glass doesn't seem like the right choice for this beer, but I had a pint glass decorated specifically for this beer, so I felt obligated. Anyway, let's get started.
Appearance: A slightly hazy, pale golden-straw body capped by two fingers of off-white head that settles quickly into a thin sheet and leaves decent lacing.
Aroma: Grassy and lemony hops over a sweet pale malt base.
Taste: Very similar to the aroma; grassy and lemony hops over a honeyish pale malt backbone. Simple, yet quite effective. The aftertaste is grainy and honey-like.
Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with good carbonation. Crisp with a clean, dry finish.
Drinkability: The 22 ounce bomber goes back rapidly, making this a very drinkable proposition.
Verdict: I may not be an expert on the subject of Irish Lagers, but I do know that this is a tasty brew. If you're looking for a lightish lager with some character, you won't go wrong here.