Rogue Dead Guy Ale
90 Blade Chainsaw
Rogue Dead Guy Ale is an American crafted German Maibock style ale created by the Rogue Ales brewery in Newport, Oregon. It has received a Silver award from the World Beer Championships from 2005 through 2007. The guys at Rogue Ales boast an all natural, no preservatives approach to their brewing and selected choice ingredients for this brew including Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Cartasan Malts. Their Hop variety includes Perle and Saaz hops over Free Range Coastal Water and fermented with a proprietary Yeast Rogue names Pacman Yeast for a robust 6% ABV, 40 IBUs over a 16 Degree Plato body.
As their website literature claims, the illustration on the bottle and ultimately the Dead Guy image was initially created to celebrate the November 1st All Souls Day, known also as the Mayan Day of the Dead. In the early 1990’s, the sticker was used on the Casa U Betcha brewpub in Portland, Oregon. The skeletal illustration proved so successful with many of the beer’s fans – especially Grateful Dead Heads – that Rogue Ales ultimately used the Dead Guy to brand their Maierbock ale.
This brew came to my attention as a recommendation from one of our readers Steve, who claimed Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning, currently on the Buzz’s Best Beers list as the beer that gets him buzzed. Thanks Steve! You’ve got great taste in beer and your recommendation Chainsaws the Night!
Onto The Method
9.0/10 – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – Glowing red bronze with mild carbonation forming a thin tan head that evolves into a layer producing minimal lacing – the color alone is beautiful enough to rate its attraction well.
1.5 – Aroma – A rich and somewhat sweet malt backbone with hints of citrus and fruits as well as a subtle hop fragrance.
2.0 – Taste – Dead Guy Ale is displays a rich, bold and robust malt composition showcasing a surprisingly assertive hop profile, finishing with a smooth and bitter aftertaste. I’m pleasantly surprised and impressed with the use of the Saaz hop, which is one of my least favorite of the Nobles, but its put to good use here resulting in a freshly aromatic and robustly bitter disposition.
2.0 – Palate – All of the great qualities and flavors in this beer are brought together by an extra smooth and super silky body.
2.0 – Overall – I’m excited by this attractive ale with good aromas, great flavors and an exceptional body, not to mention the unexpected and well done hop bite.
8.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – This tool starts out with a healthy and strong 6% abv, but delivers its potency and strength over an easy drink and smooth body, making it nicely melt within its ingredients while offering just the right amount of power.
8.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – While Dead Guy Ale showcases a great amount of complexity and ingredient composition, its smooth body and drinkability combined with an appropriate amount of alcohol in the mix creates a sharp edge cutting right into the system and the soul.
9.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift – A nice strong bang rises sharply right at the first and continues its upward rise into elation and bliss. Its euphoric qualities never subside and climbs well into the dark hours of the night.
10/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – These brews offer the right amount of strength, drinkability and durability, forgetting exactly how many brews you’ve pounded while also staying in blissful and narcotic enjoyment.
46.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Rogue Dead Guy Ale is a robust beer with an assertive quality and a pure pleasure to drink. It’s flavors are phenomenal, I’m hugely impressed with an otherwise personal unfavorite hop – the Saaz, and immensely enjoy the real silky texture that inspires devour and liquid annihilation.
The excellent flavors and composition set the stage for a narcotic and blissful euphoria from Dead Guy Ale that massages the mind and uplifts the soul.
With the Dead Guy image as inspiration, this is perfect for plugging in some headphones and listening to the Dead. Makes me wish I had collected a better selection of albums. Instead, I have their 1970 American Beauty, which is more upbeat tempo representation of the Dead’s library, and this brew would better compliment a deeper and more soulful choice (possibly from the Mars Hotel).
Instead, I drank this brew in celebration of Woodstock’s 40th anniversary weekend, listening to the Dead and other classic rock tunes and capping off the night with a cool Cheech & Chong video biography.