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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,018 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,018
Reviews: 2,266
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 153
Gots: 497 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,018 | Reviews: 2,266 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by CamuMahubah:
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Orange amber...

Smells like watermelon candy and molasses...with a twist of orange...in fact it tastes sorta like that too...

The texture of the beer is nice when cold but it gets too hot as it warms. There is too much sugars here for me. Or something like that.

I tried to enjoy this beer but I really cain't. I paid $13 for a sixxer. That is too much for me. Even if it is free range coastal water.

This beer trys to hard to be something. And it doesn't even know what it's trying to do. This beer is like a college dropout trying to make everybody thank they is smart.

Smells wonderful and is looks gorgeous...just all mixed up inside...maybe that's why the guy died...I dunno...

I had this in 2002 and said I would never buy it again but since I have had some really really good Rogue beers lately I thought I would see if somehow my tastes had matured. Nope the flavor is still dead.

I'll pass next time.

12-22-2011 15:46:53 | More by CamuMahubah
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Nice rich gold color with creamy head that stayed nicely,smelled nice and malty with some fruitiness to it.Nice balanced brew not overly sweet but enjoyably sweet,hop is in there after a few sips it shows.Drink this one alot really good beer with some balls.

03-20-2003 18:57:18 | More by oberon
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance: 650ml bottle. golden orange with a moderatley white-foam head.

Smell: nice hoppy/fruity sweet nose. hints of sweet apricot and peach. sweet and hoppy, very pleasant.

Taste: Nice hoppiness off the top followed by a mellow and smooth sweetness. this is highlighted by apricot & peach and a good malt backbone makes this a nice ale with some good body.

Mouthfeel: Smmoth and creamy. just enough bubbliness to keep me happy.

Drinkability: one a day wouldn't be too much. a pleasant everyday drinker.

10-03-2003 19:23:50 | More by Popsinc
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

12-01-2012 20:08:35 | More by mojohawk21
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance - Dark, cloudy orange in the body with a good head that lingered but didn't lace.

Smell - Nice, mild, malt character with a stiff balancing hop (strange for the style but not for Rouge). There's a light melon/orange fruitiness to this aroma as well, making it quite nice.

Taste - Ist das eine HopBock? The lightly-toasted malt flavors complimented by sweet orange and grapefruit and honey are offset by stiff, bitter hops. I doubt if you'll find anything like this in Germany, but it is good nevertheless.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation and very refreshing thanks to the uncharacteristic hops.

Drinkability - You have to love Rogue or hate 'em. They make one of the hoppiest Stouts on the planet, and they do the same with this Maibock. I happen to enjoy the interpretation of the style, but many I'm sure won't.

Update - I can't remember the first time I had this ale, but I first rated it on the site in November 2003. I thought it would be fun to sit down with pad and pen (or keyboard and mouse as the case may be) and write an update.

It hasn't changed a bit. Beautiful body with a nice head that doesn't lace, nice malts with an off-style PacNW hoppy bite, solid medium-bodied with very pleasant carbonation, and the bottle empties before you can say, "Gibst mir einmal, bitte."

Update - I happened upon this again in 2010 and found it to be much more malty. The malt base is unsweetened and very raw. I think really it needed this to balance the big hop bit. It's almost like unsweetened caramel if that's not an oxymoron. It's a solid 4 all the way around and a definite "must try" for any beer enthusiast.

11-03-2003 04:53:15 | More by RoyalT
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-06-2013 20:34:31 | More by aszatk01
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

04-26-2014 11:06:56 | More by DanGeo
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New York

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

This would be a great beer to have with food as it is relatively mild in flavor intensity. The beer poured a nice orange/amber with little head. It had a refreshing smell of fruits like apricot and citrus but with faint smells of malt. This was a good casual beer to have, my only suggestion would be to intensify the flavor a bit as I found it to be a bit too mild.

05-28-2011 03:41:46 | More by Supersweetshirts
Photo of tectactoe


3.56/5  rDev -9.9%

On tap at Old Chicago. Pours a deep amber, almost brown color with a tiny head that only left behind very small traces of lacing. The nose is full of a nice mix of hops, malts, a bit of sweetness, and a touch of woody/nutty undertones. The beer is fairly smooth and has a heavy malt character with a light toffee/caramel flavor and a bit of biscuit yeast that comes alone. Some very faint hop presence can be detected, but only if you're really looking for it. Medium body and medium carbonation with a nice, malt flavored finish.

Decent beer, here. Nothing too special or over-the-top excellent, but still tasty and very easy to drink.

10-14-2012 00:34:50 | More by tectactoe
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-03-2014 21:03:13 | More by Hoppin_mad
Photo of Altair

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-07-2012 01:02:16 | More by Altair
Photo of Zakk


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-02-2012 23:29:08 | More by Zakk
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-07-2013 20:27:42 | More by npala86
Photo of bluesoul


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Paired with pan-grilled BBQ chicken.

A - Poured into pint glass, 1.5-finger cream-colored head crawled down the glass. Beer is an only slightly hazy amber color. Decent lacing

S - Has a very nice aroma, it's not unlike having a mouthful of the beer just by getting a good whiff of it. Has a sort of banana-nut bread vibe, really very pleasant. Gets a bit funky when swirled.

T - Not terribly complex, starts with a generous amount of malt, and has a good hop bite at the end but isn't overpowering. Doesn't really push any new boundaries but instead offers simple quality.

M - Good carbonation, aftertaste is slightly bitter and lingers for upwards of 30 seconds. Starts off quite tight but opens up quickly. Alcohol aftertaste becomes more evident with warming. Overall goes down light and easy.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially if one is trying to escape macro hell and find some quaffable craft brews. Quite filling considering the mouthfeel. I wouldn't turn this one down, but I don't think I could make it through more than one or two either.

01-19-2009 00:48:11 | More by bluesoul
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-11-2013 01:27:50 | More by Tiernan
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-12-2013 13:53:14 | More by tbryan5
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

05-03-2014 17:26:54 | More by TimBeaulieu
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-27-2012 20:48:23 | More by ajkiser12
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-06-2013 20:29:09 | More by Matty-K
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Light amber in color; minimal to average head produced when poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Head faded fast but left good lacing throughout.

S: Nothing particularly special. If you swirl well you can get a hint of hops.

T: An interesting mix of hops and malts. I don't know that I would call them balanced, but definitely equal in strength. Great sweet caramel malt flavors with nice citrus hops and minimal lingering hop flavor.

M&D: On the light side of 'medium' bodied but full flavored. Even with all the flavors going on this still goes down easy and intensely enjoyable.

I tried hard to be objective reviewing this ale. I waited a long time to review it because it is one of my personal favorites. I can't put my finger on it but man, this is good! I like the maltiness but I also like that bitter citrus finish and this one has them both without being too refined. Perhaps that's what I like about it - it's just a little rough around the edges and I like it. One of my favorite standbys after a long day at work.

02-08-2008 01:24:48 | More by SIRIUS2
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

A - Pours dark gold to light amber, small head that fades quick to a lacing on top, with medium carbonation.

S - Sweet caramel malt, not much hop, kind of boring.

T - Solid bitterness without much hop flavor. Very nice light malt flavors with some sweetness from caramel malt. Slight citrus bitterness on the finish with some fresh baked bread flavors.

M - Thick and malty, creamy feel.

D - Easy drink, well balance, session beer.

This is a good beer, not daring, nothing really stands out other than it is made well. Good beer, but nothing really stands out. What makes it good an appealing to many also keeps it just a good beer, nothing wrong with a good beer though.

04-20-2009 23:59:24 | More by steelerguy
Photo of Dmann


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

This is for sure a malt lovers beer, but it has a very good ammount of bitterness to interest the hop heads as well. It poured a copper color with a decent head that left nice spider webs on the glass. The smell was fruity and malty and I couldn't wait to taste. The flavor was great, with a thick mouthfeel that fit the malty flavor perfectly. But just when you think its all malt the hops came in and added a great element to the flavor. Even my Coors drinking dad loved this one, so this is a very drinkable beer and would be a good one to start novices on.

01-28-2004 10:39:44 | More by Dmann
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-21-2013 19:06:34 | More by SuomiHobbit
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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

22oz Bomber

Roasted malt aroma that's almost fruity. Taste is malty, but balanced, with a bitter hop finish. Medium body with good carbonation. Although smooth with a balanced flavor, you can easily taste the alcohol in this beer.

Overall a solid, great tasting beer that's easy to drink and a good representation of the style.

07-21-2004 21:01:33 | More by BJ1833
Photo of skybluewater


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

From a 22oz bomber, pours a clear amber color, massive foamy head that takes forever to recede to a thin ring. Oddly enough, lacing doesn't appear until the second pour (what's up with that?). Smells like bread just out of the oven and cotton candy-very unique, at least to me, but very nice. Tastes of heavenly sweet malt and the caramelized parts of a loaf of good bread.

Very tasty brew here, one I could happily sip all day (or night actually) long.

09-12-2004 13:27:42 | More by skybluewater
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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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