I have to preface this by saying that lagers are not my favorite style of beer. They all taste like I am licking the inside of a tin can. I will try and remain fair and balanced while reviewing this beer, but on the inside, I am barfing a little.
A scally-capped, penny-whistle playing old man adorns the 22 oz. bottle of Rogue’s Irish Style Lager. Tis rumor that the picture is the legendary Seamus O’Malley.
It pours a golden yellow, leaving a trail of sticky white lace. The aroma is spicy, full of herbal hops, with hints of yeast and tart fruits. And of course, that metallic and skunky lager smell that I love so much.
A mild malt sweetness provide a very even flavor. Slightly lemon-y and full of grassy hops; it is smooth and crisp, with a very clean feeling that surprisingly doesn’t remind me of drinking the dregs out of the bottom of a keg. The finish is dry and tart, followed by a bread-like graininess.
The light-medium body has a fairly high level of carbonation. Feels very spritzy. Overall, this seems a very drinkable and accessible beer. Some may say that it’s boring, especially with Rogue’s reputation, but boring doesn’t necessarily have to mean bad. It’s a simple yet well-done beer, and I can appreciate it for that. Grade: B