22 March 2008

Beer Review -- Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager

Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager

Appearance: Pours light orange, yellow-tinged, with a small but persistent white head. Highly carbonated and quite effervescent. 4.0/5

Smell: Very sweet, somewhat malty. No notes of corn. Reminds me more of an amber from the nose than a Euro Pale Lager. Slightly citrusy, almost like... grapefruit? Complex, rewarding, much better than expected. 4.5/5

Taste: Crisp, clean, slight notes of corn here but basically just a sweet lager. Hops are present but the don't exert themselves. Sweetness is a bit cloying on the finish, but it doesn't stick around and makes me want another taste. Quite nice. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick. Goes down smooth and silky. Not watery, but thin. The carbonation is quite mild. 3.5/5

Drinkability: Rogue's website claims this is 5% ABV. This would make a nice session beer. Quite drinkable. 4.0/5

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