Seasonal brew perfect for St Patrick’s Day celebrating and Irish food.
Rogue, Newport, OR – 28 IBU, 11° Plato
In typical American fashion, we Yanks have co-opted St Patrick’s Day and turned it into one of our biggest drinking holidays (not there’s anything wrong with that, mind you). Now, I’m not one of those cats that takes the day off to head to the local “Irish” pub to fight the crowds of revelers for breakfast and a day full of Irish folk music and drunken debauchery (not that I haven’t thought about it once or twice, and I do enjoy Irish folk music); but there have been times over the years when I would stop in at local pubs on or before March 17th, hoping to find a good selection of Irish stouts or other Irish beer. Invariably, I would be confronted by the choice of Guinness stout or standard American macro lager colored green. (Seriously? Green? Green beer. Green beer with minimal flavor at that. I’m sorry, but green beer doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest. I shall spare you the digression into Dr. Seuss…) And for me, Guinness is OK, but I can get that 365 days of the year; I wanted something different.
So I would find a few interesting beers at one of the area beer & wine merchants to enjoy at home with my favorite kind of Irish music.
This year, my wife Sue found an Irish-style lager to try (but not dyed green!). Most likely when you think of Irish and lager, you think of Harp. It is ubiquitous and almost always found wherever you see Guinness Stout and Smithwick’s Irish Ale, because all three are owned by Diageo. But again, in this wonderful modern age of American craft brewing, we’ve adopted and adapted beer styles from the world over, Irish lager being no exception. So it only seems fitting to present this offering from Rogue.
Pours a clear, bright golden hue topped with a near-white head of foam that gently settles to a thin but solid layer.
Typical lager-like aromas; continental noble hops (spicy and earthy with a grassy note as well), over light pilsner malt. Maybe just the hint of hard cider.
Moderately light bodied. Good effervescent carbonation tingle, suitable to style.
Characteristic hoppy flavors, earthy, grassy and a little spicy. Enough bitterness to balance. Crackery malt underneath it all. Starts to fade out but rebounds with more bitter hops in the crisp finish. Clean, flavorful, and well-made lager. Left some nice lacing on the glass, too.
Rating: Appearance: 4.5/5 Aroma: 7/10 Palate: 4/5 Flavor: 7/10 Overall: 15/20