Musical Cheers: Dead Guy Ale

Tom Smith

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' “I'm Not Your Soldier Anymore"

Currently reading:

“1984" by George Orwel

Favorite movie:

“The 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)


6.50 percent


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 – 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 “balanced 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.

Reviewer Rating:

6 (5.75) out of 10

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