Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Reviewed by on April 29, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Rogue Ales

  • Origin: Newport, OR, US

  • Rated On: April 29, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Maibock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Believe it or not, way back in the mid-to-late 90s, this was the only American microbrewery, except for maybe Sam Adams, that was available in my fair burg. The times, they have since a-changed, so let us take a stroll down memory lane, with this so-called bock.

This 22oz bottle pours a hazy, medium golden apricot colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy pale beige head, which leaves a thin curtain of droopy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of biscuity, grainy, and thinly caramelized malt, musty orchard fruit, a bit of citrus and floral hops, and the slightest twinge of warming alcohol. The taste is lightly roasted fruit, of the pome sort (pear and apple), bready caramel malt, a rather understated bit of drying biscuit side action, mildly edgy yeast, and floral, somewhat perfumed earthy hops. The carbonation is fairly soft, what with its laid-back frothiness, the body tacitly smooth, with a hint of creaminess, and coming in at a solid medium weight. It finishes with ever more fruity malt, and perfume-tinged floral hops.

The prototypical new world Maibock, despite the confusing name (it is apparently brewed with ale yeast, but lagered, so, um, there), with verily big malts, nicely cut with soft, but effectively balancing fruity hops. Very drinkable, and widely available, which is an admirable combination.

Brady White

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