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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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5,346 Ratings

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Ratings: 5346
Reviews: 2234
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
8 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan.
Hops: Perle and Saaz.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.50):
Copper amber colour with a half-centimetre tall, foamy head that is a very slightly off-white colour and settles as a thick lacing on the top that covers the entire surface.

Hoppy at first with some caramel and toffee notes coming through along with some burst of citrus and faint pine. There is a malt base that is a semi-sweet one and I could detect bread and sweet fruits and yeast too.

Pine hops and some citrus kick things off along with some caramel malts and a floral taste that is a little hoppy and hints at some bitterness. There is some sweetness and bread with a few fruits as well, notably some apple.

Medium bodied, a fairly good balance and medium carbonation as well, this beer is smooth with a dry and bitter tang from the citrus and some sweetness throughout along with a crisp finish.

An interesting one, almost seems like an American pale ale & definitely an unusual take on the Maibock style with the beer growing on you as you work your way down the glass. A good beer but I imagine this will be a one off for me and I won't be trying to pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 10:55:45 | More by flyingpig
Photo of souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle. I think I picked this one up at Firefly on Cambie near 12th. Clear copper in colour with about a centimetre of off-white head and visible carbonation. The smell is sweet like toasted Maritime brown bread, but with a hint of fruitiness. Very smooth and drinkable, with nicely balanced flavours.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 06:33:34 | More by souvenirs
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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - poured in my pint glass, slightly aggressive pour with only half a finger head with soapy bubbles that dismissed rather quickly only leaving a silky layer of bubbles over the beer

S - pine resin Smell, with malt presence and citrus notes toasted Bread notes

T - toasted wheat bread loads of malt with a citrus bite.

M - heavy creamy feel with oily bubbly finish

O - different taste but great beer

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:39:57 | More by NickT2121
Photo of MrBoz21


3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very clear/bright amber copper with white head. Settled into skiff with persistent ring around edge of glass. Light carbonation.

Aroma: Toffee malt, melon, biscuit, mild leafy hops.

Taste: Malt, biscuit, melon-like fruit, resiny hops.

Mouthfeel: moderate and slightly chewy.

Overall: A tasty and well balanced ale. Finishes with a resiny quality that stays in throat. It could use a bit more ale-like ester.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 04:59:56 | More by MrBoz21
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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Cloudy amber/gold color with small head, dissapear quickly. Average lacing.

S-Aroma has floral, malts, sweet fruits, bread, caramel, hops.

T-Taste is sweet with a tiny bitterness in the finish. Bread, caramel, floral, sweet fruits, apple.

M-Mouthfeel has medium body well balanced with medium carbonation.

O-Great beer by Rogue

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:45:13 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of IchLiebeBier


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Orangish/copper; medium frothy off white head; hazy

Smell: caramel candy notes, almost like a caramel apple; sweet malts and alcohol; smells really delicious

Taste: slight hop bitterness up front with a quick transition to creamy malt; good hop balance throughout with a semi-sweet finish; lingering hop bitterness but not overpowering; finish reminds me a bit of granny smith apples, but that could be from the nose

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy

Remarks: great beer

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:12:42 | More by IchLiebeBier
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4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was introduced to Dead Guy last year and I can't get enough of it. Its dark color is a great to see in a tall glass and provides a mature rich taste compared to some other ales I've had. Its taste is very powerful at first and then relaxes, which is what an ale should do. If there’s somewhere where this is on tap please let me know. Bottled is great but I’m guessing on tap would provide a better taste and you would be able to taste the ingredients more. I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 22:04:11 | More by Trooper92292
Photo of Tsar_Riga


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper orange, mostly transparent, with a light tan head that is moderate and fades to lacing.

S - Vegetal elements and floral notes, with a certain sweet, caramel line.

T - Sweet caramel notes close down quickly, leading to bread and malts, which then comes up with a hop bitter finish that lingers.

M - A crisp beer, with significant carbonation, and a drying that trails after you swallow.

O - Well crafted, with many fine qualities. Perhaps not exactly the kind of beer that does it for me, but I respect that this is a well-built brew that hits all the bases.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 19:54:28 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of Nostrajonus


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy amber with a one finger white head that fades leaving little lacing.

S- Caramel notes with hops lingering in the background.

T- Malty caramel goodness up front with a bready yeast finish.

M- The carbonation is perfect, not overbearing or nonexistent. There is a chewiness noted in preivous reviews that I agree with.

O- Very good showing from Rouge. Simple yet extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:23:20 | More by Nostrajonus
Photo of Flounder57


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a 20 oz imperial glass at Bar Louie Foxboro.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready, toasted, light caramel, light toffee, lager yeast, and grassy noble hops too.

Taste: Lager yeast, caramel, toffee, bready, and grassy hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, malty, chewy, a little creamy, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty solid beer. Easy to drink and nice flavor profile. I haven't had it in a while and trying to figure why I haven't. Might be having more of these in the close future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 22:57:01 | More by Flounder57
Photo of DrCDPriest


4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Um, wow! Bit of hops and bitter at the front end followed by a nice crisp malty flavor, then a little acidic, like a grapefruit, at the very end - but overall very good flavor overall. You can taste (and feel) the alcohol content, nice and high, but tasty! Not overly hoppy or too sweet, a really nice balance of flavors.

Drinking a 1 pt 6 oz bottle, poured. Lovely pour, about a two finger head that lasts throughout the pour and nice lacing through the whole pint glass.

VERY EASY to enjoy (drink) the whole bottle. This is a nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 00:37:14 | More by DrCDPriest
Photo of Dbr


4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is very complex. There are differen citrusfruit with a definite citrus aroma. There is not much malt in the aroma.

The body and mouthfeel are quiet good. It tastes very pleasant and it gets not tiering.

Overall an extremely good beer, simply because of the greate aroma combined with the good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 19:58:20 | More by Dbr
Photo of beeerman997

North Carolina

4.89/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My "go-to" favorite of all time- has a pleasantly muted feel and taste- as an IPA lover this makes a great change of pace from hoppiness

Very mellow mouth feel and perfect aftertaste- I guess it's the maltiness that appeals to me

For some reason the 64 oz growler seems to have a slightly stronger signature than the 12 oz bottle- and the Double Dead Guy is really a treat!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:02:14 | More by beeerman997
Photo of Retroman40


2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a hazy orange color with a very minimal head. Looks almost like an unfiltered homebrew.

S - Grains with some hint of hops.

T - Again graininess with some hops.

M - Decent enough with a good carbonation level.

O - I was expecting far more from such a highly rated beer and was terribly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 23:33:11 | More by Retroman40
Photo of Weston19


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Has a hazy wood color with a thin lace. Medium carbonation

S: Heavy notes of caramel and earthiness. Faint smell of molasses as well. Smells pretty nice, not too strong but not too light.

T: Very complex beer from what the nose originally hinted at. The first thing you get is a hit of malts and caramel followed by a huge hop flavor. It has a very interesting finish because it leaves a bitter taste but it eventually goes away and leaves a sweeter syrupy flavor. It definitely has pleasant taste and complexity. One thing to note is that as it gets warmer the bitterness mellows out and it becomes maltier and the notes of caramel come out more.

M: Somewhat dry and lots of aftertaste. Light to medium bodied.

O: This beer was pretty good and it definitely has a ton of flavor. To me, the bitterness that I got from the beer was more of a plain ole bitterness as opposed to a hoppy one. Maybe it was just my bottle. But either way I really enjoyed this one. I would suggest that you taste it cold and notice the hop bite that it has and then let it warm up and get the caramel and molasses notes that come through.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 04:57:40 | More by Weston19
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy orange color with a half finger of foam. Aroma is bready, malty, slight toffee.

Taste is very unique, lots of bready english-style malts. No hops or real bitterness to speak of. This is certainly a malt-forward beer but the maltiness is much different that the typical crystal malt sweetness that I'm used to.

This is an interesting change of pace beer from the typical IPAs, porters, and saisons that I've been drinking lately. Good gateway beer into craft, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 06:35:18 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of deadxmastrees


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My ex's favorite beer so I've drunken a lot of this stuff. Nice hazy amber color which is my favorite part. Its very nicely balanced and not too hoppy (not that id mind if it was). I cant say much about the smell other than its also very balanced. It's nicely carbonated with a dry finish that lingers for awhile in your mouth. The taste packs a punch but its also very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:58:29 | More by deadxmastrees
Photo of santomark


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold, copper, orange hued body. Nice 2 finger head, off white, slow retention, nice lacing.

S - Very light, malty, bready, herbal, light hops. Very balanced in this aspect.

T - Malty and hoppy is very distinctive. Look carefully and you'll this cream citrus,

M - Very soft, silky, frothy head, dry at the end.

O - I generally hate lagers, let me reiterate, I HATE LAGERS! mainly because they leave me feeling incomplete, and I just go for Ales. But this is damn good. I wouldn't mind drinking this while eating something light like a light fish or salad. This is very drinkable, light, with the perfect balance of everything that should make a lager great. I will be having this again... and again and again!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 09:51:28 | More by santomark
Photo of beergoot


4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A surprise, early birthday gift from Kay and Peg in Louisiana. It's been years since I've had a Dead Guy, so this is quite the surprise and treat...now if only I can figure out why an ale is listed as a maibock???

Poured a nice orange/amber color with lots of dancing carbonation and a very rich, thick, fluffy white head. Aroma came across with a nice medley of soft bready scents and subdued citrus/floral character. Cookie dough flavor with an excellent, subtle hop bitterness at the finish. Medium-light bodied; crisp, clean, dry finish.

This beer is near perfect in that its deep and complex without bludgeoning your senses. There is a Xmas cookie-like flavor here; biscuit-y and slightly sweet; with hints of orange and lemon to add to the overall dimension of things. The hop bitterness blends well with the malts and completes the package, adding nice overall depth and complexity to this palate pleaser.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:01:34 | More by beergoot
Photo of BeerWizard


3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mixed six addition from Cost Plus. I've always wanted to try this but it takes a little nudge to get me into a $12 sixer.

Poured into a tulip a rust-tinged amber, 3/4" head without much retention. Leaves no lacing on the glass as it drinks down. Nose was quite interesting and tantalizing, kind of like a marzen, and has a honey element to it. Tastes of grain, malt, light hops, and is roasty. I thought the mouthfeel was outstanding; medium, lightly carbonated.

Overall, I'd like to sample this alongside Paulaner Oktoberfest and see how it fares. My brain is still trying to comprehend that this is not a lager with the similar flavor profiles and seemingly quick deterioration after pour.

Honestly, really like it, but don't understand the pricetag. I would love to try this on draught though, and will probably throw down for a sixer at some point.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:23:12 | More by BeerWizard
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Doing this from memory, I drank it on 12/23/13 and my phone died mid-review. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

It was a nice off-orange color with a nice head that dissipated a bit, and not much lace. Nice carbonation but there seemed to have been some sediment throughout making the brew a bit cloudy.

Wasn't much in the aroma other than the malts, and they weren't very distinguished.

First thing I thought after a few gulps was that this very much resembles New Belgium's Fat Tire. Not a slam on this beer by any means. I felt the hops left a little to be desired but other than that I can't find much to bash this beer on.

Mouthfeel was satisfying. Very smooth, balanced, and goes down easy. Definitely a drinking beer, I could knock back a few of these in quick succession and still be thirsty for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 04:32:03 | More by ajmitch4
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a beautiful clear dark orange to copper-amber color forming a medium thin bubbled light yellow head. Good retention. Forms lots of lacings in the glass

S: Sweet and grainy. A bit fruity. Strong notes of toffee and caramel. Smells like a Lager more than an Ale. Bready and biscuity yeasts. Quite biscuity. Light notes of dark fruits. Flowery and citrus hops profile

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, caramel and crystal malts. Bready and very biscuity. Notes of brown sugar. Moderate but very balanced and pleasant bitterness in the end. Citrus hops profile in the mouth. More Lager than Ale, in the mouth too.

M: Smooth medium, creamy and a little bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Sweet, bready, biscuity and slightly bitter end

O: Great drinkability. Very easydrinking like a good Bock beer should be. An American classic (in a German body :))

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 11:40:28 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of smpeterson327


4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite beers. One of the easiest drinking bitter beers I know of, with soft hoppy initial taste and a not too strong aftertaste that lingers well. Still trying to find food that it goes well with, but otherwise this beer is a winner!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:11:21 | More by smpeterson327
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear with an orangish yellow color. One finger of head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Sweet malts and a bit of noble hops.

T: Very sweet. Extremely malty but some hops come through as well. There's a bit of bitterness but the highlight is definitely on the caramel and toffee like malt character. The hops are best described as noble and spicy with a slight citrus zest. Somewhat like a very heavily roasted oatmeal raisin cookie. Not to much alcohol is detectable and it's pretty well hidden.

M: A touch to syrupy honestly. Very creamy mouthfeel though and it's not prickly feeling at all.

O: A very good beer. Would buy again if it was accessible. Very good intro beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 00:43:47 | More by Haydn-Juby
Photo of PolarBear3


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a honey amber colour with frothy slightly off white head that retains well

S - Citrus, sweet malt and a some toffee and a hint of caramel

T - A little citrus but more sweet malts prominent with some toffee, caramel, almost like a dessert although with a slight bitter finish

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation

O - Definitely recommend, enjoyable beer that is balanced rather well.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 10:26:51 | More by PolarBear3
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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 5,346 ratings.