Action figures & their beers - Cable Edition!
by Bill Cable
on 2012-06-05, 06:39:14
It's rare I come across a beer that would be appropriate for an AF&TB column... what with Pennsylvania virtually mandating that you buy beer by the case. It's a tall order to experiment when you gotta drop $30 or more. But in the last month my grocery store joined a pilot program to allow customers to buy beer from an store that ISN'T a beer distributor, and by the 6-pack. This goes against DECADES of Pennsylvania tradition. Anywhere else in the country - walk into 7-Eleven and you can grab a 6-pack. Not in PA. Not until a few short years ago, at least.
The thing that sucks about pilot programs is there's no competition on price, so the pilot grocery stores can gouge the hell out of you. So it took a special occasion - a PSWCS meeting to motivate me to splurge on a 6-pack at a grocery store. I didn't want to go to the meeting empty-handed. Much to my surprise, I came across a beer that I would work for this column: Dead Guy Ale's "Rogue"
The obvious choice for action figures to go along with this beer - Rogue's Squadron! But... I don't have a Wedge. And honestly, other that Wedge I don't have the first clue who's in Rogue's Squadron. I never read the damn thing. So instead, I'm gonna go with Star Wars' most iconic rogues...
So - how is the beer? It's.... ok.
Upon opening the bottle, there was a very crisp, lager-like aroma; something not very ale-ish. Looking back, that may have been predictive of the overall experience... that this wasn't to be a very ale-like experience. American ales... there's probably no way around it. I'm a sucker for ales... but I've found few that make me happier than a Newcastle Brown Ale. It's like the only thing culinary that the Brits do right.
It wasn't until poured into a glass that the more hearty ale scents were perceptible. But only just. In the glass, though, it was gorgeous, with a slightly cloudy, rich dark amber color. It was as by all rights beer should look.
The taste is fairly typical. Not particularly distinctive. There was a light hint of honey or sweetness with the first taste. That was followed by a rich, full wheat splash. There's a warm, lingering slightly bitter aftertaste... like most ales I've had. Just not real strong... it was disappointingly subtle.
The first taste was the best. With subsequent mouthfuls, the taste and any measure of distinctiveness wanes. It's in no way bad... it's just kinda there. Inoffensive. On the whole there was nothing I'd complain about. But by that same token, there's nothing I'd write home about either. It was a nice, forgettable experience. Nothing at all like the exploits of the scoundrels pictured above. It made me long for some of the more legendary beers Beedo has reviewed here. One of these days I need to fly to England and get some of that good stuff.
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