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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,744
Reviews: 2,343
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 226
Gots: 1,050 | FT: 2
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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
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Ratings: 6,744 | Reviews: 2,343
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Believe it or not, way back in the mid-90s, this was the only US micro, except for maybe Sam Adams, that was available in my fair burg, and was my intro to the broad spectrum that is craft brewing from our southern neighbours. The times, they have since a-changed, so let me take a stroll down memory lane. While there is indeed a marketing label spiel (Dare, Risk, Dream), it is of the weakest, lack of information sort, especially for this venerable, cheeky purveyor of west-coast suds.

This beer pours a cloudy medium apricot colour, with one finger of creamy light beige head, which leaves a thin curtain of droopy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of pale biscuit and thin caramel malt, musty orchard fruit, and a bit of citrus and floral hops, with the slightest twinge of warming alcohol. The taste is lightly roasted fruit, of the drupe sort (pear and apple), caramel malt, a rather understated bit of biscuit dryness, mildly edgy yeast, and floral, somewhat perfumed earthy hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft, the body tacitly smooth, with a wee bit of creaminess, and a placid medium weight. It finishes with more fruity malt, and perfume-tinged floral hops.

The prototypical new world Maibock, despite the confusing name, and with verily big malts, nicely cut with soft, but effective balancing fruity hops. Very drinkable, at this particular bookend of my beer-drinking years.

Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lighter amber color, with a small head (could have been too gentle of a pour), which dissipated within two or three minutes. Some slight lacing on the larger gulps, but lacing slides down the sides, doesn't really stick around.

S: Balanced hop/malt aroma, leaning slightly towards hops.

T: Light hop flavor, but not lacking in bitterness. Very light caramel taste, which actually submits to a hoppy aftertaste, even when it gets warmer.

M: Medium body, overall a good, balanced feel.

D: Highly drinkable. I wouldn't mind taking down a six pack on a sunday afternoon. However, not one to waste; savor it, while not sparing it.

Photo of billybrew21
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a flute pils glass, but really wasn't satisfied so I poured what was left into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy orange, amber-ish color with a big, thick, creamy head...very attractive. Smell is a whole plethora of things: fruits, wheat and alcohol esters...I'm not getting too much hops here. Hops definitely come through on the taste though as well as more fruit, maybe banana? I'm not sure but there are some citrus notes here - a complex beer, but tasty nonetheless. The malt kicks in midway through and brings a biscuit, bread like taste that dries things out at the finish. Mouthfeel is really my only disappointment, as the beer is overall pretty watery. The body feels thin, as the carbonation is there after pouring, but quickly disappears. This beer is a great refresher, and at 6.5%, you can get the alcohol at the end, but it still feels like it could be a session beer. I could see myself definitely drinking a few of these on a hot day, but then after a few you really start to see that ABV.

Bottom line is that this is a very drinkable beer that I will certainly be coming back to as summer approaches. With a great and complex blend of flavors Rogue delivers a pleasing brew.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Listening to some death metal might as well slug back some dead guy.

This beer is promising right from the pour golden amber like a beautiful sunset. A nice frothy eggshell head takes its time to settle down atop the slightly opaque beer.

The nose is wonderful and very up front, dominated by sweet malt aromas. Rounding it all out are aromas of biscuits, golden raisins and a nice floral hop aroma.

The taste is malt malt malt. A fine toasty sweetness is right there from the beginning through to the lingering aftertaste. Balancing this out very well is a fine hop bitterness which cuts through what otherwise would be a very sweet tasting brew. Further down the road the malt taste takes on a flour like note. A slight warming natural alcohol note accompanies the hop bite at the end bringing a pleasant finish.
Upon contact with the tongue a smooth, warm sensation flowed gently down my gullet, edges mildly roughened from the hop and alcohol presence.

A very fine beer indeed the one drawback being I couldn't see myself quaffing this in mass quantities. The almost overpowering malt would be a bit too much from my poor pallets sweet receptors after a while leaving my mouth feeling very dry. I would definitely have to be in the mood for a malt fix to have more than a few at a time.

Photo of Caveworm
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales,a brew I've had my eye on for a minute. Poured from the bottle into a glass, Dead Guy's got a half finger thick head,very light tan with adequate lacing surrounding the medium-dark amber body

I smell malt mainly, pleasant scents at that. Maybe some earthiness as well? And a slight wisp of spice.

The malt taste is greatly balanced by that earthiness I'd mentioned. The balancing is not done with much bitterness; I can't place my finger of what exactly is doing this. But its a pro, so don't fix what ain't broke. Also, I got a rather smooth finish from Dead Guy.

Mouthfeel is also outstanding for being a bock derivative. Very clean and crisp. Fantastic job here.

Overall an outstanding 4 given to Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales. This was beyond smooth for a brew over 6% ABV ! Too bad I hadn't picked this up earlier in my life. This will be a staple in my fridge.

Photo of Optimat0r
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance - deep caramel with a light reddish tint. moderate foaming.

taste - mmm smells and tastes like german malts at first...then a hint of hoppiness kicks in to remind you its american. not bad...tastes alot like a dopplebock but with a slight tart bitterness at the end.

drinkability - taste is pretty good, stays consistent throughout, isnt too thin, and has a reasonable abv so overall this would be a good beer to have a few of if you options are limited.

Photo of inanimal
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle, rogue's dead guy ale pours a thick amber colored head above a deep amber color slightly cloudy ale.
the beer has a light hop smell and taste that is in no way overpowering, but the presence of hops is definitely noticeable. a few sips in, the mouthfeel becomes pleasant with a slight tang. It is a drinkable beer that gets better the more you drink it.
a very good (local for me) beer. I would recommend you try this if you like pale ales and the taste of hops.

Photo of jlervine
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber color with a white head, bubbles efervesced throughout the duration of the beer in my glass. Lace was left down the sides of the glass. The smell is hoppy and you get a good whiff of alcohol - almost vodka-like with my bottle. Interesting. The taste is very good and satisfies the hop-head in me - little malt presence on the palate, followed by bitter hops and a crisp finish. It feels to me that the tail end is almost missing something. Maybe I'm delusional. This is a very rich ale for my tastes, so I can see drinking one or two of these tasty brews, but certainly not more than that.

Photo of xoqx
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful deep amber and cloudy with a 1.5 finger creamy head that somewhat quickly died down to a sparsely large-bubbled creamy disk of foam

Smell: The nose here has citrus and rich smelling malts, and I swear some hint of banana, but that’s very slight and only after swirling to expose to the air.

Taste: fat malts fill the mouth on this one with a very delayed hop finish ending moderately bitterly. Tastes nicely balanced with plenty of malt and plenty of hops. Neither one collides with the other. Long after the hops have died… like two minutes after a drink, there is a very nice malt aftertaste left over. Caramelly.

Mouthfeel: chewy and full, very pleasant.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Balanced.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear deep amber in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass, a light amount of fine light colored sediment, and notes of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of floral hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of toffee sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral and earthy hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink with a well hidden alcohol presence. Interesting blend of malts and hops in this one but definitely not one of my favorite beers in the style (but it is a good example of the style).

Photo of kmo1030
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice looking copper colored beer with good tan head. the smell is mostly caramel malty with a little hoppiness thrown in. the taste is very well balanced beer, nice blend of herbal hops with sweet caramel malts. real nice balance and an appropriately medium mouthfeel. rogue always satisfies.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Moderate pour overflowed the glass with more head than beer... obviously this is a lively one! Looks just like honey in color, and slightly cloudy. Lots of lacing.

Nice balance of smells... citrusy floral hops are obvious, but with a strong malt backbone. Ripe fruit also in the nose with mild but noticable alcohol.

Tastes damn balanced! Fruity, citrusy and grassy hops... biscuity malts with caramel in there. My first maibock, this reminds me of an IPA with a stronger malt presence.

Mouthfeel is luxurious! Thick, fluffy carbonation is just about perfect.

No problems with drinkability, as I could drink this all night long. It's the third time I've used the word, but the key here is balance. It just makes me proud to be an American!

Photo of burnerfinger
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A; Poured from the 22 oz bomber into my goblet. THin airy 1 finger head dissipated quickly. little to no lacing. bright golden color, faily clear.

S: nice malty aroma, fresh baked bread.

T: This beer is has the best BALANCE I've yet found. finishes with a pleasing bitterness.

M: just barely full enough, healthy level of carbonation.

D: THis is Very drinkable....only drawback I see is the hi price. I dont think it's as good as the price reflects.

Photo of johnwarne
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"Oregon brewed ale,
Robust and tasty, not pale.
Celebrate dead guys!"

I have seen a few of these at my local grocers [not beer distributor] and so was a little wary of paying too much for something too pedestrian. Nice surprise: very drinkable ale worthy of praise.

Photo of aussiebeer
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DogFood11
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paint me a picture of this poured into a pilsener glass and its man hole material. Lively off white head that chunks its way down the glass giving way eventually to a thin sheeted cover. Copper with reddish hue and well supported by medium carbonation.

Sweet fruits, soft malts and slightly candied smells.

This brew is decisively balanced. Had all the smells wrapped in a package and then cleansed by a solid quick hop hit. Caramel comes through followed by the big bodied malt flavors mixed with some dark fruits, sizzled in by a stingy carbonation and mellowed out back to some toasted malts that linger and blend nicely with the subtle hop finish.

Damn fine brew. Another winner from Rogue. Mouthfeel of most rogue beers to me seem so rich and creamy but not overbearing. Above average in this style and one I've gone back to again and again. You can never go back to the well too many times with this.

Photo of jimmah120
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle no date

Hazy yellow-amber with plenty of rising bubbles. 2cm head with decent lacing and staying power. Smell is warm bready malts with some floral hops. Very average. Taste is similar- Sweet biscuit malt that starts dry but finishes wet and sugary. The bitterness of the hops hit you right away quickly fading into the malt with a lemon zest finish. Well balanced but maybe a little sweet. The mouthfeel is great: creamy and full feeling, yet well carbonated and crisp.

Interesting brew. Good taste and mouthfeel, though there are better Rogue beers out there.

Photo of jaluria
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an organe-color with off-white head and little lacing. Slight carbonation.
Smell - Strong hop presence with very subtle fruit undertones.
Taste - Smooth without any bitterness or residual stickiness. Not overpowering in anyway. What appears like a lack of complexity is actually a well-balanced hop/malt profile.
Mouthfeel - A bit on the dry end; mostly residual carbonation and slight bitterness.
Drinkability - Because of it's mild taste and subtle character, it is easy to drink.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an apricot colour with slight brown tinge and a delicious ochre head, couple of fingers thick but settles down to a nice thick crown. Lacing is spectacular and thick. Looks so damn fine.

Smell is delicious and fruity, with a big fresh pineapple hit and some excellent floral hops, plus hints of darker, sweeter fruits, maybe some dried apricot and some golden syrup. Complex, flagrant and pleasant nose.

Taste is quite a lot earthier, with a strong, dank hop that pervades most of the palate. Rich citrus-style flavours - cumquat and maybe some mandarin, with a thick, syrupy barley malt underneath on the front; floral, citric hops come through on the mid and then develop a wetter, more soily bitterness towards the back. This is blended with a sultana sweetness on the finish, quite splendidly actually. In fact, finish is really great - some licorice spice and an excellent warming alcomohol kick.

Mouthfeel nicely full and rich, almost chewy towards the end. A little bit intense on the mid overall, but that's otherwise a very pleasant beer.

Photo of sporklift87
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour shows two fingers off-white, soapy head with fair retention and good lacing. Amber brown with some red and very light cloudiness. Smell is not very powerful, brown sugar and bready. Taste matches aroma adequately, with addition of pineapple and some spices. Higher carbonation lingers on front and middle of tongue for half a minute or so. Decent body, not as heavy as I had imagined, a little on watery side. Overall, a good brew, not very complex, but easy drinking and enjoyable. Won't be buying regularly due to price, but will buy again, just the same.

Photo of kelticblood
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost exceptional appearance.Maintained a huge head for awhile before it faded leaving spotty lace and a thin white head.Floral fruit aroma with hints of caramel malt and a touch of bitterness.The color is an orange to amber.Medium bodied with a strong bitter finish and taste.The bitterness makes no attempt to hide itself.Fruity taste thats dry but not too refreshing.It is strong at 6.5% and that might limit drinkability.Smooth mouthfeel thats clean and crisp.Complex and well-crafted with a great reputation.

Photo of droomyster
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that breaks down to a soapy film. Faint smells of sweet malts are faint and not very interesting. The taste is the selling point: a very complex blend of carmell and toffee sweetness balanced perfectly by a burnt bread bitterness and piney hops. Alcohol slightly detectable but this beer still shouts "quality!" once you get it in your mouth. A really superb flavor. Nice medium body. One that I will definitely buy again and would recommend to anyone who hasn't tried it.

Photo of ngandhi
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dead Guy is a malty, bocky bomb. A maibock with a twist, the ale yeast offers a rounded fruitiness that does well to support the huge malt character. It's everything you'd expect out of amber malt -- medium bodied, honeyed and floral fruit. Even a shocking touch of smoke on the finish. The bittering is appropriately light with subtle Saaz notes poking through. Quite filling, yet quaffable and even spritzy. The finish is very dry, but well-rounded, reexhibiting all the characteristics of this brew in every synecdochical taste. Not the maltiest or most authentic bock in the world, but certainly one of the most layered and complex.

Relax, relax.

Photo of kbub6f
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous, clear, dark red/amber color. Small, off-white, dense, thick foamy head leaves a few spots of lacing. Sweet deep malt, creamy aroma. Hops jump in right away with a touch of fruit. Deep, almost chocolatey malt takes over quickly: creamy, thick. Very bitter finish... creamy malt survives through the end. This is a special beer. The huge hop bitterness is a little unexpected among the dark, creamy malt. It's an unusual bimodal taste, but a real winner.

Photo of MrBoz21
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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