Style: German Maibock
I am a bit ashamed to admit that it wasn’t that long ago that I tried this beer…as in, this year. I have long been a fan of the Shakespeare Stout and the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but I never really felt the urge to give the Dead Guy a try.
To me, Rogue Dead Guy is the kind of beer that I would consider a “foundation” beer. In keeping with the Maibock style, there is an expected malt presence, but it’s never the only thing there. There is a definite hop character that gives it a little tinge. All that to say that it’s extremely balanced–no “extreme brewing” here. Nothing ornate. Nothing fancy. Nothing really jumps out at you when you drink it. In fact, the main thing I was thinking while tasting this again was how utterly unremarkable this beer is. And how in the world of the taxidermied shoat encased bottle, I am completely fine with that.
Dead Guy is a cornerstone of the craft beer world that everyone should try. This is absolutely the perfect beer to recommend to someone who is just jumping off into the craft beer world. There is nothing offensive about its 40 IBUs and the craft newbie won’t think that he is chewing his beer. A six pack of can be relatively pricey, but you definitely feel like (as with most Rogue beers) you are getting something for it.
While the connection to the Grateful Dead is coincidental for Rogue Dead Guy (it comes from the celebration of The Day of the Dead), I couldn’t resist posting such a solidly classic Grateful Dead song as the pair to this solidly classic craft beer. Enjoy!
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