tom smith | musical cheers | feb. 2017
In the spirit of beer being the beverage of the everyday man (and woman), we present Musical Cheers, a column that puts real beer in the hands of real people. Musical Cheers is guest authored by a revolving selection of friends and columnists with tastes as varied as the beers they review.
Guest reviewer name/occupation:
Tom Smith, music promoter, Exclusive Co. manager
Currently listening to:
The Deadly Snakes' â€œI'm Not Your Soldier Anymore"
â€œ1984" by George Orwel
â€œThe Blues Brothers"
Preferred Blue Collar Brews:
Heineken, Kingsbury (I almost got a Kingsbury tattoo once)
Preferred White Collar Brews:
Badger State Mean Green Hopped Ale, Deschutes' Freshly Squeezed I.P.A., New Belgium's Citradelic Tangerine I.P.A.
Name of beer reviewing:
Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Oregon
Type of beer:
Ale (German Maibock)
I love the label and the pirate-skeleton motif. It's got a pirate-y meets Day of the Dead sort of thing going on â€” that's the holiday, not the film. Nice color scheme; it would appeal to me in a liquor store. I'm not gothic, but that's a pretty cool label. After the pour, it's light orange and a bit syrupy. The head is weak.
My instant impression: it's okay. It's not bad, but not a candidate for a go-to beer. I'd never turn one down but wouldn't sit atop the pops. It falls on the weaker side of my favorite I.P.A.s. The brewer says it has a â€œbalanced spicy finish," but there's an aftertaste that bothers me somehow.
You'll like this beer if:
If you're not into heavier I.P.A.s and might be interested in heading in that direction; this could be a good gateway brew to heavier beers.
You'll dislike this beer if:
If you're a consistent I.P.A. drinker, it won't tickle you fancy.
6 (5.75) out of 10