Rogue Dead Guy - After A 10 Year Hiatus

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Hotajax, Jan 23, 2023.

  1. Hotajax

    Hotajax (70) Oct 4, 2020 Pennsylvania

    Been a While, but happy to report that it still tastes the same as I remember it from a while ago. Doesn't seem to have gone through a re-formulation like Fat Tire and Arrogant Bastard. Yay
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  2. Hilltopper

    Hilltopper (35) Jul 17, 2005 Connecticut

    "After A 10 Year Hiatus" ???

    It's shown up here in Connecticut at random times over the past year or so. The price was right, so maybe it was old stock? It tasted good to me.

    P.S. - I love the Dead Guy can's art work
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  3. Hotajax

    Hotajax (70) Oct 4, 2020 Pennsylvania

    I can get it here. For a long time. Just didn't drink it for like 10 years. I was on a brew pub bender. It's that simple. The artwork IS cool.
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  4. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,530) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Always tasted like it was made with actual dead guys. Maybe that's why Newport didn't have a homeless problem.
  5. Hotajax

    Hotajax (70) Oct 4, 2020 Pennsylvania

    Newport, RI? My first duty station That Newport wouldn't tolerate homeless people
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  6. micada

    micada (840) Jul 13, 2015 New York
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    Didn’t they drop the ABV some years ago?
  7. Jaycase

    Jaycase (0) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    I purchased locally one of the DG growlers similar to below (not my pic) way back when. Haven't had the beer (nor seen it) recently but seemed a decent beer to me at the time.

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  8. Hotajax

    Hotajax (70) Oct 4, 2020 Pennsylvania

    Yep, still very decent.
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  9. elNopalero

    elNopalero (975) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    The one on the right might have been the first growler I ever owned.
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  10. Rug

    Rug (690) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Solid beer. They now have a Dead Guy IPA which is apparently actually quite good
  11. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,530) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    When did Rogue open up a Rhode Island spot?
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  12. thebeeremptor

    thebeeremptor (310) Aug 12, 2018 California
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    Which Rogue Dead Guy are we talking about now?

    There's a Dead Guy Ale, the OG (and for some reason called an ale when it's a maibock :thinking_face:), and now a Dead Guy IPA.

    Because that won't confuse people.
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  13. AZgman

    AZgman (260) Dec 22, 2011 Arizona
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    I had a mix pack I got from Costco this summer and I was surprised that I liked everything they had assembled in it. It was also a few years between tasting anything from Rogue for me as well. I guess they may be onto something?
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  14. Domingo

    Domingo (730) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    The funniest thing about Dead Guy has always been the pricing. For roughly a decade Dead Guy was priced roughly 30% higher than comparable 6-packs. At least around here. Then roughly 3-4 years ago everyone else caught up and passed them, but Dead Guy stayed the same price. Now it's actually a borderline value beer, although the freshness isn't always ideal.
  15. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,530) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    As befits a brewery founded by an ex-Nike guy, Rogue has always muddied the waters around DG. It's always been labeled as "Ale", but the brewery has insisted on calling it a Maibock, while (I believe) it uses their house Pacman yeast.
  16. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,530) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Rogue for the longest time took pride in having the highest prices. They were the first to reduce keg sizes from the standard U.S. 1/2bbl (15.5 Gallon) to the Euro 50 litre (13.something Gal) keg, while maintaining the old price.
  17. Hotajax

    Hotajax (70) Oct 4, 2020 Pennsylvania

    I don't know what to call it. I know it tastes great and I enjoy it a bunch.
  18. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 (1,305) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    A lot of that downsizing occurs with other consumer goods in lieu of a price hike, and it kind of goes unnoticed. But downsizing to a Metric-sized keg forces customers/bars to adapt the keg connections to different fittings, doesn't it?
  19. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,530) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Sometimes. IIRC, Rogue still used the U.S. standard couplers. Anchor always had a different one though, and that was the main reason the bar I used to work at stopped carrying them. Too much hassle to swap it out when it was busy.
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  20. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,530) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I was out running errands for a couple hours, and for some reason this thread popped into my head. It dawned on me that it's been years since we've had a good Rogue-bashing thread. Which then lead to me to realize how irrelevant they've become if even we don't bitch about them anymore.
  21. pixiesfanyo

    pixiesfanyo (0) Oct 25, 2010 California

    Never understood why this brewery got so much love. But Dead Guy was a solid beer.
  22. moodenba

    moodenba (610) Feb 2, 2015 New York

    Newport OR. As background, the Rogue name comes from the Rogue River Valley where the original brewpub was located (Ashland, OR). I believe a flood wiped out the original pub, so the operation for some reason was relocated to Newport.
  23. SaltofOH

    SaltofOH (435) Mar 11, 2014 Ohio

    DG was one of the first craft beers I had circa 2006. Then didn’t have it for nearly a decade, and when I did, I found it cloying, sickly sweet, and heavy. Fast forward to last fall, I had a can in Nashville and it was rich, balanced, heavenly. I think freshness was the issue before, as the can this fall was new. Great beer with dinner. Struck me is being very much an ale, not a maibock. Similar to Palm (which I had for the first time a few weeks later), strangely enough.
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  24. jonphisher

    jonphisher (835) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    I know, I know another ipa…but did anyone see they now have dead guy ipa. I may give it a try, appears to have a nice malt background, high IBU, and clean; they use the dead guy ale yeast.

    Since it’s new the cans this week should be nice and fresh. I will report back if I try it.
  25. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,530) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    They're just using their house Pacman yeast, which I believe they use in all of their Ales:
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  26. distantmantra

    distantmantra (590) May 23, 2011 Washington

    Rogue always tried to claim the increased pricing was due to their screen-printed bottles.
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  27. jonphisher

    jonphisher (835) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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  28. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack (450) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Same boat. When I got into craft about 2011ish, Rogue was all over the place. I had a one or two, went "eh", and never drank one again. Once in a blue moon when I'm at a bottle shop, I will see one and think "They are still around?".
  29. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,530) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    They actually made some really good beers back in the day (although, I never thought Dead Guy was among those). The Old Crustacean Barleywine was a favorite. The whole XS series was good. And, for a while, they were putting the high ABV brews in 7oz bottles, perfect for a night cap brew.
  30. bbtkd

    bbtkd (1,620) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    The can artwork is way better than the beer itself, particularly the flat-black ink. Much cooler in person, picture doesn't capture the effect of the flat-black.

    #30 bbtkd, Jan 26, 2023
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2023
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  31. alucard6679

    alucard6679 (325) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Old Crustacean was pretty fantastic, not gonna lie and the ceramic flip-top bottle was neat. I think the only beer I still enjoy from them is the Hazelnut Brown, but even that is a rare purchase. Just never been a huge fan.
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  32. alucard6679

    alucard6679 (325) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

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  33. retention_

    retention_ (0) Jan 8, 2022 North Carolina

    Wish I had gotten a chance to try Old Crustacean. I only ever saw it at one bottle shop here and it sold out before I got my hands on one. I was apprehensive about it at first because of the price but changed my mind when it was too late. I enjoyed Hazelnut Brown back then but the one I really liked was the old Mocha Porter. I guess that was retired some time ago as I haven't seen it in years.
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  34. alucard6679

    alucard6679 (325) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    oooh, I completely forgot about the mocha porter. That was a good one too.
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  35. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 (280) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    They were all over the place back then and I passed on them and their goofy looking labels with the cartoon people every single time. Nowadays Dead Guy is their only beer I see. I still never had it.
  36. zid

    zid (660) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Supposedly the 33rd largest craft brewer by sales volume in 2021... which possibly speaks more to "relevance" and presence than BA chatter.
  37. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa (735) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I would seem that Rogue is in the "underrated" category on BA?

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