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Dead Guy Ale - Beer Review

Updated on September 3, 2012

Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales, Newport, Oregon

Dead Guy Ale is a great example of the essential hoppy West Coast Ale because of its rich amber color, gentle bouquet, hearty and decisive ale flavor and satisfying finish. You can count on it to quench a thirst built by hand over the course of a hard day with a taste that is as fine a reward as one is going to find inside a bottle.

Observing the behavior of the ale as it is first poured, as you can see from the picture it didn’t develop much of a head. Interestingly enough, when I poured the second glass, it produced a fine head. Go figure. If somebody has an explanation I’d love to hear it. Effervescence was good and consistent throughout the hour it takes me to consume a 22-ounce bottle.

On the “bite” scale of hoppy ale aggressiveness, Dead Guy is pretty mellow - as you might expect of a dead guy, although I have seen some pretty angry dead guys in zombie movies, you know. But this Dead Guy minds his manners. The ale slides down easy, letting you know it’s there, but without being heavy handed about it. If Arrogant Bastard Ale is a pit bull, Dead Guy Ale is a black Labrador retriever. Friendly, but not too.

Dead Guy Ale has a clean, crisp, lingering finish that is most pleasurable. I enjoy this brew fairly often since it is available at a nearby Trader Joe's market, and I am never disappointed. It delivers a dependably rich drinking experience. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Remember to drink responsibly, there, Ace.

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    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Funny! I often select a wine by the name. My kids that Fat Bastard is hilarious.

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      7 years ago from United States

      There's Fat Weasel Ale, Black Toad Ale, Suffering Bastard Ale, Tramp Stamp Ale - I don't know. I think these people have a little too much of the ale before they name it, m'self.

    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Why would somebody name a beer Dead Guy? Sense of humor? previous life as a mortician? Actually the few funeral directors i know are funny guys! I like your analogy to dogs - black lab.

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      7 years ago from United States

      Nothing better after a hard working day. Thank you, Ruby :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I've never tasted ale, but it sounds like it might be a refreshing drink. Thank you for sharing.

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