Can I tell you a secret? I’ve never tried a beer from Oregon’s Rogue Brewery. That’s right. You are all witness to yet another first here at The Brew Club, and a personal first as well! I’m going to to review the Rogue Brewery Dead Guy Ale, compliments of fellow Brew-Clubber Melissa!
This 6.5% ABV bottle of Rogue Dead Guy has been in my fridge for some time now, the little ‘Dead Guy’ on the label staring at me each time I open the fridge to reach for some swill or gruel. Up until now I’ve been able to ignore him, but today he got the best of me. Let’s find out what the Dead Guy Ale is all about then!
Well, according to the Rogue website (link above), Dead Guy Ale is considered a German Maibock and is made with cool stuff like Rogue’s proprietary ‘Pacman’ yeast and ‘Free Range Coastal Water’. (Is that like free-range chickens, but in liquid form?) Along with no additives or preservatives, Rouge’s beers are not pasteurized either. Sounds good so far…
Well, the pour was typical I suppose, but it did create a very foamy beige-colored head that really took some time to go down. When it did, there was a foamy layer left on the ale’s surface.
The beer itself is a nice amber color, and it is not quite clear in my glass. Looking closely through a light, you can see the fine whispy ‘stuff’ that look like clouds might if the sky were amber and made of beer. Kinda cool effect, but a scary alternate reality.
Smelling this beer, well, its sweet smelling and it reminds me very much of honey. I’d be very surprised to find that the Rogue Dead Guy Ale didn’t have honey in there somehow. It’s also rather bready smelling and sweetish malt is noticable to me as well. This Dead Guy Ale smells very, very good to me.
Now for the big moment! With great anticipation, I will now taste my first beer from Rogue Brewery!
Well, following along the same lines as the nice aroma, Dead Guy has a sweet honey-like flavor, but then there is even something of a mellow buttery flavor, and then just a touch of hops. Definitely on the malty side, but there is this rich sweetness, not candy sweet, but like I said, something along the lines of warm honey with buttery flavors.
The mouthfeel is nice, this ale is pretty slick feeling, and it is nicely drinkable. Its easy going down – no bite and no burn, very nice. Its not too thick, but still the beer does have some body to it. Aftertaste is really not a surprise either, but I found it to be just slightly bitter with a lingering honey taste.
Hmm. So, what did I think of my first Rogue Brewery Dead Guy Ale? I thought it was outstanding! This dead guy beer has really made me a happy guy this afternoon. I can hardly think of anything negative to say about it, except maybe that it costs an arm and a leg to buy here in NJ. (but what doesn’t) So, I am going to bestow upon the Rouge Dead Guy Ale a rating of 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this beer.
Needless to say, I would get this beer again, and I would recommend it without reservation! I even think that the Rogue Dead Guy might make a good ‘crossover’ beer for beer beginners or people who really only drink mass-produced macros. Its all around a good beer, not not extreme in any degree. I can’t see anyone not enjoying this beer, but then again I only know two people.
I’d also like to thank Melissa for hooking me up with this excellent ale, and I’m looking forward to trying other beers from Rogue in the future!
What do you think of Dead Guy ale?