Monday, February 22, 2010

237. Rogue Dead Guy Ale

And now it’s time for our eleventh beer from Rogue. Yep. Eleventh. Our run down includes Shark Tooth Ale, John John, Mogul Madness, Dirtoir Black Lager, Yellow Snow IPA, Chipotle Ale, First Growth Wet Hop Ale, Juniper Pale Ale, Maierfest and Capt’n Sig’s Northwestern Ale. Oh, and we had this on tap at South Park Tavern.

Served in a pint glass, Dead Guy is a slightly hazy copper with a thin white head that qickly disspates to a ring; the nose is malty and slightly spicy. Flavors begin with a malty and slightly biscuit-y front; the middle dries out and has a fair share of bitterness and general hoppiness, while the finish is characterized mostly by a spicy, lingering bitterness. The hoppiness and bitterness does make Dead Guy taste a bit more like a pale ale rather than the maibock it is. The beer has a soft mouthfeel and medium to low carbonation; as well, this particular keg does taste nice & fresh. The bitterness does cover over some of the bock characteristics that you’d expect to find in a maibock—the light, lager finish and some of the gentle creaminess on the tongue. Nonetheless, Dead Guy is a delicious and eminently drinkable beer, ever if it does stray a bit from the traditional style guidelines for a maibock.

From the Rogue website: “In the style of a German Maibock, using our proprietary Pacman ale yeast. Deep honey in color with a malty aroma and a rich hearty flavor.”

IBU: 40
OG: 16° P
Malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich, & Carastan
Hops: Perle & Saaz


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