Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rogue Dead Guy Ale (2011 original review)

It's been about a year and a half since I last reviewed a Rogue product! Why I waited so long to review another one, especially this one, is beyond me. Since it's all viewer request month I had a few people ask either for a Rogue beer or something from the Pacific Northwest and one person wanted another Rogue product, but I decided to go with Dead Guy Ale instead. As I say in the video - is this a lager or ale? Battle it out in the comments section!

Requestors for this review were:

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (643) - Albany, USA - SEP 13, 2011
I poured a 22oz bomber into a large beer mug.

Appearance: Dark amber color with an orange glaze. Slight cloudy body, but plenty of carbonation visible. Forms a large, beige, soapy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Light confectionary sweetness - mild toffee and caramel notes, otherwise mild and neutral.

Taste: There’s a lot of debate whether Dead Guy Ale is indeed an ale (because it’s brewed with ale yeast), or a lager (because it’s brewed in the Maibock style). The first thing I notice about it is how much it tastes and feels like an ale. It’s too thick, soft, and tepid to be a lager - but then again that describes many doppelbocks and other beers of the bock family.

This is not a complex beer - it’s quite simple and to-the-point. Up front is a mild malty sweetness of toffee and caramel. The middle imparts noticeable bitterness along with some lager-like grainy texture and taste. There’s sweet caramel or butterscotch flavor in the immediate aftertaste, but it fades quickly and a slightly dry sensation emerges. It’s tasty palate to be sure, but nothing mind-blowing.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a soft, comfortable texture. No fizziness.

Drinkability: Although the name may be strange, I find Rogue Dead Guy Ale to be a great introductory craft beer for most people. The palate is rather mild with hints of lager quality, but has a genuine taste that’s sweet but not obnoxious. Its smoothness makes it easy to slug down and the weight of 6.5% ABV seems higher than it feels. I’ve seen people session this and I can understand why.

Overall, Rogue Dead Guy Ale is an interesting beer for many reasons, but I don’t think it’s quite the elite beer its reputation would have me believe it is.
Grade: 7/10