1001 Beers: Rogue Ales

1001 Beers: Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Shakespeare Stout, XS Imperial India Pale Ale, & New Crustacean

Not a brewery I was looking forward to but they have quite a few beers on the list… probably not true, but I think they have the most from any single brewery in the whole book… I would have to check that fact…

Beer Number 85: Dead Guy Ale

With one foot in the orthodox world of German lagers, Dead Guy started as a straigh-up Maibock called Maierbock, named for brewmaster John Maier, “We were brewing it at out Bayfront brewpub, and of course we didn’t have a lot of tank space,” says Maier, referring to the extended aging time that ties up tanks with conventional lagers, “so we thought we’d give it a try with our Pac-Man yeast. People like it.”

I think it is funny I always compared this beer to Arrogant Bastard… I had no idea this was a Maibock, but whatever. Just throwing that out there.

I really didn’t like this one and did not write good notes on the sample I had there, but I have never liked it ever since I first had it as I was getting into craft. Rogue is one of the breweries that I picked up a few of when I was first tasting beer. There was quite a bit of sweetness, I was expecting a big hop punch, but nothing… I guess it is just because of my expectations… I don’t know, but this one is a pass.

Beer Number 86: Shakespeare Stout

Shakespeare Stout is an imperial stout that is one of Rogue’s original beers. It is named to recognize the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which takes place annually over several months in the small, arty community of Ashland, where Rogue was originally located.

This one actually surprised me. I enjoyed it a bit and thought it was nicely made. The chocolate and dark malts really came together and made this an enjoyable taster. I might have tried this one in a bottle but I’ve had it now and it did not wow me enough to make it a “regular”. Maybe one day I will try it again.

Beer Number 87: XS Imperial India Pale Ale

I2PA is the brainchild of Nate Lindquist, who worked as a brewer at Rogue in the early years. His first imperial IPA was slightly different to the current commercial version. “I tasted it and told him there weren’t enough hops; it needed more ‘oomph,” Maier says. “We doubled the hops and changed some of them to American hops for that Cascade aroma.”

So, I like IPAs, and IIPA’s but this one was so malty, hop flavor but not insanely bitter like I was expecting, but it was hard to get passed the straight alcohol that was leaping out of the glass and everywhere you could imagine. This will get you drunk during your “session”.

Beer Number 88: New Crustacean

This is one that used to go by another name and now it is called a different name. Old Crustacean will, for now anyway, be known as New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta… I guess I get the point because a lot of American “Barley Wines” are referred to as IPA’s. I don’t agree with this, but I understand where it came from. Everyone has their own take on everything but there are some things written in stone… or at least history so changing things around sucks.

Old Crustacean is a hefty brew, weighing in at 11.5 percent alcohol content and verified as having 120 IBUs by the Siebel Institute of Technology. The recipe comes from a barleywine-style ale that was first brewed in 1986 by Rogue’s long-time brewmaster John Maier, when he was still a home-brewer.

This new recipe comes in at 9.8%. I was not really big into this one either. I clocked it in at 2.5 Crowns on Untappd. Maybe it being so fresh was an issue. They say it changes a lot over time but who knows. It was the Imperial IPA Sorta type beer right now. So, if you pick this one up, give it time. I can’t say how long because I did not, but that is my suggestion with all Barley Wines… Except Horn Dog. Drink that fresh! You can age some though, I heard it is amazing aged.

913 Bottles Of Beer To Go!

Cheers!

1001 Beers: Rogue Ales

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