Brew Review: Dead Guy Ale

1 Oct

Brew: Dead Guy Ale

Brewed by: Rogue Ales (Newport, OR)

Style: Maibock (6.5% ABV)


One of the most heralded beers from the Rogue line up, the Dead Guy Ale seems to be everywhere. Its probably the Rogue beer you would find on tap most outside of Oregon itself. For that reason I don’t really think this beer will be extraordinary, despite the precedent, because it appeals to so many.

The dead guy poured out an opaque, hazy, orange color. It looked like someone melted caramel into my glass. There wasn’t much carbonation so the head was pretty non-existent.

The smell of this bear was exactly what you would expect. Malty German sweetness, those dominated with some bread in there too. Sort of a tastier lager smell to this beer. A great maibock style smell, a somewhat ‘bock’ like body with a little spring in its step. It was also a little yeasty.

The taste was once again mostly malts dominating the show. There were some roasty flavors, but the big malt taste was hard to get past. A little fruity sweetness was balanced by the bready malts. This was a thicker beer, one that will stick to your ribs.

I don’t really know what all the fuss is about for this one. It seems like this is a fairly routine maibock, I wasn’t super impressed. It was a very solid beer, nothing strange, unusual or off-putting in any way. But then again there wasn’t anything that made it stand out against others of the style. I think I might compare this to the Summit Extra Pale Ale, as its a great beer and one that I won’t say no to ever but one that beginners to the craft beer scene can start out on to understand and begin to enjoy better tasting beer with.


Final Grade: B



2 Responses to “Brew Review: Dead Guy Ale”

  1. Jim October 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Rogue is like Donovan McNabb. At some they used to be good, but now they are just an out dated shell running on the credit from the past.

  2. stpjames October 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    At least we know hes only around for 1 year, the Bears are still trying to ride a bike with 1 wheel in Cutler.

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