Review of Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale.
Sizes: Available in bottles, growlers, and on tap.
Availability: Check local distributors and bars nationwide.
Brewed by: Rogue Ales out of Newport, Oregon.
Rogue Dead Guy Ale started out as a special brew to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead (also known as All Souls Day November 1st), according to Rogue’s official website. Created in the 1990’s, Dead Guy Ale apparently got popular and the company decided to make it a permanent feature in their collection of ales. Fast forward to today and Dead Guy Ale is the official name of Rogue’s German Maibock inspired brew.
Other reviews have called this beer a very hoppy beer and I tend to agree with them. The beer is extremely smooth to those accustomed to craft and speciality beers, but if your favorite beer is one of the mass produced ‘lite’ beers, you’ll probably hate Rogue Dead Guy Ale.
But if you enjoy speciality beers and don’t mind a strong taste in your mouth, you might be pleasantly surprised with Dead Guy Ale. It is extremely smooth despite the malt tones and strong hoppiness. I’d even go as far as to say there is a slight bitter taste when drinking this beer. I also noticed a slight caramel taste, very subtle but depending on your taste buds it is something you might notice and enjoy. This is in addition to what some may describe as faint citrus tastes.
The aroma is nothing too unique and it depends on your usual beer selections. Some might find a musty aroma while others might find a fruity aroma. I found it to be somewhere in between.
The texture of this beer is prominent as you drink it, it almost feels like a slight coating of beer is left in your mouth after gulping down a few sips. But it isn’t a bad aftertaste, rather it gives a satisfying feel to the beer, like your getting more taste for your money.
One thing I noticed about Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale was the minimal carbonation. Some beers fill you up or feel too bubbly in your mouth, but this beer was smooth as far as carbonation goes.
I’ll admit that this review was a bit all over the place, but then again, so is the taste of Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Take a look around the internet for other reviews of this beer and you’ll see reviews saying it tastes terrible to reviews championing it’s complex flavors and taste.
Because of the wide range of reactions this beer seems to get, and my beer drinking friends will confirm those wide reactions, Rogue Dead Guy Ale is a must try for anyone who call themselves a beer drinker. At the very least, with an APV of 6.50%, you’ll get a good feeling whether or not you liked the taste of this very unique beer out of Newport, Oregon.