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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Beer pick of the week: Kells Irish Style Lager

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Kells Irish Style Lager

Rogue Ales

Newport, OR

5% ABV

A bit late for St. Patrick’s Day, but appropriate for the warmer months, Kells is one of the few lagers produced by craft beer pioneers, Rogue Ales. Created for the West Coast chain of three Kells Irish Pubs, Kells Lager was formulated as an American beer that could be used in a half-and-half instead of the traditional Harp Lager. Acidulated malts are used to create a desired apple tartness. Sterling hops replicate the German noble hop varieties, with a floral aroma and flavor with low bitterness. Pale and crystal malts dominate the mild, honey sweetness up front, followed by a bit of sour fruitiness and a grassy hop finish. Head retention is lacking and the tingly mouthfeel starts to fade, so don’t nurse it. Fine for watching the NCAA tournament, but even better if you can find an Irish Premier League match.

(Photo by Jeff Holland)

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