I’d Tap That: You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Dead Guy
Glassware: Beers in the lager family are brewed to be enjoyed in quantities, not fussed over too much. Dead Guy Ale offers more than the standard lager so glassware that gets the beer from glass to mouth quickest is the best choice. A willi becher or nonic pint glass are the best choices for a beer of this quality.
Description: Rogue Dead Guy Ale pours a golden deep copper hue with off white head that leaves a slight lacing on the glass. The aroma is malt forward with a subtle sweetness of honey and caramel notes with a backing of subtle earthy and citrus hops. The taste follows the nose and is malt forward with bready malts possessing notes of honey and caramel with a mild hop bite leaning more toward the earthy and spicy end of the hop spectrum.
The medium body and carbonation make for an easy drinking beer perfect for any get together or night out with friends. The perfect balance between malts and hops make for a crisp, refreshing finish. Dead Guy Ale has long been a favorite in the craft beer industry and it continues to have a loyal following, which speaks volumes about the beer in the crowded craft beer market.
Food pairing: While winter is winding down, there is still a bit of a chill (and lots of snow) in the air and warm hearty foods are still great on our tables. Dead Guy Ale makes the perfect accompaniment for all of them. Try pairing Dead Guy Ale with hearty roasted chicken or duck, the natural caramelization of the meat will melt into the delicious malt bill while the hops will sink their teeth into the fresh juices of perfectly roasted meat. If you are a bit more adventurous with your meat, try Dead Guy Ale with wild boar sausages, venison medallions or elk. Any gamey flavors from the meat will be dissipated by the wonderfully sweet malt bill. The beer has enough body and carbonation to scrub the palate clean between bites. This is a great beer for diet cheat nights. The malts are perfect for pizza with its bready crust and sweet tomato sauce. Any fried foods — burgers, or other American fare — are also perfect with Dead Guy Ale.
The Final Word: Rogue Ales is the epitome of a legendary brewery and has garnished much praise and many awards since its inception. Dead Guy is one of its most well known beers and, for many, is the gateway beer that introduced craft beer to many drinkers. The lightly sweetened malt with touches of hop bitterness has enough balance for macro beer lovers, but enough flavor for craft beer aficionados. Dead Guy Ale is a phenomenal beer that has several variants including Double Dead Guy, Barrel Aged Double Dead Guy, John John Dead Guy, and XS Dead Guy. The beer underwent a package change recently and is now available in cans which is perfect for the approaching warmer weather. Check Dead Guy Ale off your craft beer bucket list.
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.
Brewer: Rogue Ales
Beer: Dead Guy Ale
ABV: 6.5 %