A few months ago I made a clone of Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale. I cobbled together a recipe from various sources. I took care to do everything right, and I guess it worked. When we were down in Grand Forks in early January, I picked up a six pack of this wonderful brew. But for the last four weeks or so, I’ve had a cold and did not feel like wasting one of my precious bottles of the real stuff, when I couldn’t properly taste it. But last night I decided to give it a go.
You can see the results above. The real thing is on the right and mine is on the left. My clone was in a glass with a dark logo behind it, so look down at the bottom to see the similarities in colour. To me, they’re almost identical. The Rogue beer is sweeter and maltier. My clone has a slightly thinner body, and is noticeably hoppier, especially in hop bitterness. Drinking them side by side, I can definitely tell they are very similar, but not quite identical beers. This is the closest I have ever came when cloning a beer, and I’m quite pleased and proud of my accomplishment. If you told someone that one was a commercial product and one was a homebrew, I doubt if most people could pick out which one was which. Take that, Rogue!!