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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,257 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,257
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 174
Gots: 624 | FT: 1
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 mpyle
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Must preface my comments by saying that never in a million years would I say this is a Maibock/Hells Bock (aren't Bock beers lagers?). While reviewing it I was thinking an American Amber/Brown Ale. With that out of the way....

App - Cloudy pale ambert color. Moderate-sized whitish head, creamy and long lasting

Aroma - Malty and clean - minimal aroma

Flavor - Some dark malt roastiness good malt flavor complexity. Finishes slightly roasty bitter, but aftertaste is minimal and balanced.

Med body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming

O'all drinkability - A malt-dominated beer with exceptionally clean character. Could use more hop flavor if an ambert ale, works fairly well as an American Brown.

mpyle, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of TB2
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured half a big bottle (1 pint 6oz) into a glass pint.

A: Nice looking brew. Has an amber / dark honey color with a very thick head.

S: Rich malty aroma. Smells nutty w. caramel hints.

T: Tastes very malty and nutty BUT has a very nice finish to it. VERY well balanced.

M: Nicley carbonated. Rich with a medium to heavy feel on the tongue.

D: Well balanced but just average (D) for me though. Just not something I would sit down and drink a six pack of.

Nice change of pace beer though.
Would like to find it on tap sometime.

TB2, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of cnally
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy brown and gold color. lacing sticks on the side of the glass, white head.

hoppy aroma, slightly oaky.

oaky flavor with a bite of hops up front. the malt comes through on the back end, caramel and nutty.

thicker feel with a good amount of carbonation.

highly drinkable and very balanced. spicy hops and malty as well.

cnally, May 19, 2009
Photo of jifigz
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard Pint Glass

A: Nice copper orange color. Decent small head that lingers and leaves small amounts of lacing.

S: A very sweet floral aroma. It doesn't smell very bitter, but most definitely maintains a sweet aroma. Mildly citrus.

T: A nice unique malt and honey flavor. I think honey seems to be a main flavor here. It almost reminds me of the candy honey-o's if anyone knows what they are. The finish stays sweet. Not a very bitter beer.

M: Extremely light bodied and creamy. Just plain good.

O: A very good beer and one that I think has a pretty unusual taste character. I have not experienced this style very much, but I like this one and must try others.

jifigz, May 22, 2011
Photo of frazbri
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber pour with a short off-white head. Citrus and floral aroma. Sweet almost honey like flavor with a citrus tang and bitter finish. Modest carbonation and body.

Nice, malty, yet easy to drink beer. Beware of the alcohol. It is very smooth for a beer of 6.5% abv. It's a perfect choice for Halloween.

frazbri, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of danielocean03
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orange-hued coppery color with the thinnest off-white head that quickly fell to very light lacing. Smells primarily of floral hops combined with a blend of caramel malt and has a nice sweetness about it. Tastes of caramel / toffee malt and slight hoppy bitterness, alcohol flavor present as well. Medium body with fine and light carbonation, mouthfeel is rougher than most, leaves a slight alcohol/hop bitter aftertaste. Overall a solid beer, nothing too complex or over the top about it, easily drinkable. Have had much better from Rogue's, but not bad at all.

danielocean03, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of Kbogac
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Light foam, dissipates quickly to a ring with a light film. Clear dark yellow. The smell is mostly malt with a little fruit. The taste is more fruity than I expected. Very nice, unusual, malty fruit. Carbonation and mouthfeel is good. Overall a good beer. Interesting flavor, easy to drink.

Kbogac, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of bnes09
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A transparent orange in color. Thin off-white head forms then disappears yet leaves thin layers of lacing behind after each sip.

The smell is the most interesting part of the experience. Citrus and pine aromas from the hops come through and blend well with a maple sweetness.

Taste is somewhat spicy with an underlying hop bitterness and balanced with caramel and maple malt flavor. The beer finishes off with a sour aftertaste reminiscent of cough syrup, not one of its better attributes.

Medium to full-bodied and a fairly low level of carbonation. Bordering on a syrupy texture which sticks around long after you finish.

Overall, a descent brew. A lot of interesting flavors going on here. The only thing that turned me off was the cough syrup aftertaste. Worth a try, nonetheless.

bnes09, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of therica
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice deep orange-gold amber, a beauty to behold. Quickly fading head.

Smell-- intriguing, not overwhelming. The smell matched a slightly smoky weaker version of the taste.

Taste-- Very intriguing. There's something going on up-front here that I can't quite identify-- I'm sure I'll figure it out by the end of the ($9.99 in 2006) 6-pack. Malt, some hops bitters and flowers up front, malt, and... a dead guy? I really think it's just the hops flowers, a sort of lavender-ish taste that is the highlight of this beer. Perhaps I should simply say, splendid hops flowers taste!

Mouthfeel-- pleasant, a bit of hops bitters and complexity.

Drinkability-- very much so, ongoing.

therica, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle, Rogue Dead Guy Ale was rich copper in color and topped by a small off-white head that left excellent lacing. The nose presented a rich but delicate roasty malt aroma and a light resiny hop profile. The taste resembled a subdued barleywine, with a firm rich roasty malt body, light and zippy citrus notes, and a big bitter finish with lingering roastyness. All of this was well balanced and held up by an appropriately full body. Dead Guy is a full flavored session beer, good for the roasty-bitter fan.

HiroProtagonist, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of KI9A
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After passing this by several times, I picked a bottle up. Wow, I'm glad I did. Pours deep amber, with decent head. Smells of a bit, well, can't really tell. But, the taste..nice. Hops, malty, dark fruits, and maybe a very slight bananna finish. Someone mentioned it became better as they went thru it, and I agree. As i finished the bottle ( in a tulip glass), I sure wish I had another. And, I will.

Nice job!

KI9A, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of donteatpoop
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber with minimal white head.

Smelled of caramel malts and hops primarily, underlying hints of citrus.

Taste was similar to the scent, the hops make an appearance at the beginning and end of the taste, malts and fruits hitting you in the middle.

The hops left my mouth a little bitter and a little dry.

Definately drinkable, certainly not a bad ale.

I'd heard good things about Dead Guy Ale, and though it didn't quite live up to all the hype (IMO), it was certainly worthy of some praise.

donteatpoop, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of dwilson01
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass,

Orange copper color, unfiltered and hazy throughout the brew which gives it a nice glow. Solid 2 fingers of off white yellowish creamy head, leaves nice lacing on the glass as it dissipates, and is quite consistent.

Smells fairly hoppy, I get pine and a slight yeasty sourness, earthy malt, I guess a springtime forest describes the scent fairly well.

The taste is quite enjoyable, smooth and subtlety is added to the scent by a toasted sweet malted barley which is very much still in the fresh earthy garden type of flavor.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are probably my favorite characteristics about this brew, very smooth, goes down easy, and yet has just enough interesting flavor to keep you thinking about it.

Pretty good overall, worth trying for sure, it's like a more subtle sierra nevada pale ale combined with an american wheat like mothership wit. Less hop bittering, less wheat fruit notes are the product, but it retains a sweet malty body and enough hopping to keep you entertained.

dwilson01, May 10, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, in a mug glass.

Appearance: Reddish-amber color with good head retention.

Aroma: Highly fruity nose (apple-like) with some sweet malt scent.

Flavor: Strong, firm malt base, a touch caramel-like, with a lot of fruity esters (banana or perhaps pear). Bitterness comes in a bit at the end to help dry out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-light body, with a neutral texture.

Notes: It's not one of the big, bold-flavored beers from Rogue, but still a decent session beer.

allengarvin, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque dark orange. The cream colored head was soft froth that lingered and stuck to the glass. Smells like spicy wet grass and oak. Lots of flavors happening: Firstly, sweet malt and nutmeg, candied yams. Then comes the tingling hops, all the while the alcohol peaking through. The feel is the best category for me with this. It is sticky and smooth and leaves a bitter, dry funk on the tongue. I love to drink this beer. It is easy to find at my local Wal-Mart and is a go to when I want a balance of sorts.

JohnWaynes44, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Lldeegan
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light burnt orange color, reminiscent of a sunset on the horizon. Really beautiful when held up to the light, with a great stark white soapy looking head, that leaves a decent ring of lace on the glass. It has a nose of sweet malt, citrus hop, some bread and yeast character and hints of coriander, maybe even some wheat notes. As usual the sweet malt strikes first, followed by some citrus and bread that converge into a floral hop taste with a minor bitter finish. This is a nice and crisp beer with a light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very well balanced beer, with a good malt backbone and a strong hoppy prescence. This is very visually appealing beer with a constant head and lace throughout that keeps it attractive till the end. The taste is equally appealing, with a great blend of sweet and floral flavors that keeps it complex, while it still something that can be drank in quantity, which is a hard balance thing to achieve in beer.

Lldeegan, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a hazy amber-copper color with almost no head.
Smell: Malts, caramel, nuts, honey and spicy hops.
Taste: Malts, something herbal, nutty, honey and hops in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied
Overall: Nice brew, very drinkable although quite sweet.

rvdoorn, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Treebs
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber with a nice off white 2 finger head that subsides into nice pillows of foam.

S: Nice malts right away with a light citrus hop poking through. I'm picking up some light wheat as well.

T: The taste follows the nose. Typical nut-like malt and some light wheat with a little orange hop zest.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Not much on taste left on the palate.

O: A very solid beer. Decent flavors and is definitely a beer I could drink a couple of in a night.

Treebs, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of BeerGoodness
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First stumbled across this beer and have to admit the label and name caught my eye. How would a Dead Guy taste?

Dark copper and light head catch the visual senses. I love the taste of this beer. Defiantly bitter but in a good way followed by spices and as mentioned a noticeable alcohol taste. I enjoy this as a after dinner beer as the flavor can over power most meals.

BeerGoodness, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of RDHerm
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly reddish amber color with yellow highlights. Has a thin golden head that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice ring that holds throughout.

Has a very faint aroma. Smells sweet and malty, with slight hints of fruit, caramel, and spice.

Slightly more bitter than the aroma would indicate. Starts out sweet and fruity, with strong notes of malt and a hint of honey, followed by a solid hoppy bitterness. Then the spice really starts to come through, and lingers on the palate.

On the lighter side in body. A pretty good carbonation level - it has a smooth feel, but just a little too dry a finish.

Light, smooth, and pretty tasty. Not bad at all.

RDHerm, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of winomark
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep copper color, wht a thin lacy, off-white head.

Aroma: Nice malty sweetness, with hints of hop spiciness.

Taste: Slightly smoky malt up front, with great hop balance in the finish. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Light, but flavorful, with malt and hops balancing with the alcohol.

Drinkability: A nice house beer, which has character and somewhat broad appeal.

winomark, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange tinted copper color. Slight sticky off-white head dissipates to a rimming in seconds. Carmally, malty aroma. You can tell this "helles bock" uses an ale yeast. Some fruity tones not present in most maibocks are here. And there isn't as clean of a malt profile as most maibocks. That said, this is a tasty brew. Tastes more like an american style amber ale, but there is a bit of a munich malt twist to it. Solid maltiness and solid hop characteristics (of course). Has a spicy little noble hop kick. Almost full in body and almost a syrupy mouthfeel, but not quite. An enjoyable brew, even if it's not necessarily a "true maibock."

Bighuge, Sep 27, 2002
Photo of lostdesperato
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Poured a slightly dark orange hue with a white foamy head that dissipated quickly

The nose was not strong but had a subtle appealing fruity odor

Heavy carbonation was a little too much for my taste

It had a very good balance of hop and malt with an almost cookie taste at the back of the tongue, very appealing.

The drinkability was good. I enjoyed the beer very much and didn't have a hard time knocking a few back.

Overall I found the balance to be very appealing. Although, the head was poor and the lacing was almost non-existent. With a stronger nose and lighter carbonation it would improve greatly.

lostdesperato, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle. No freshness date or ABV on the label.
Nice one finger head that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.
Aroma is high on malts with some hints of spice.
Taste is also high on malts with a sweetish finish, hints of honey. Good lacing along the inside of the glass.
Easy to drink and can be a good sessions beer. Worth a try.

CaptDavyJones, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this ale pours a hazy pumpkin color, with a thin tan, quickly lacing head, moderate carbonation is visible

S - a very fresh aroma, like that of unsweetened iced tea, with a hoppy background, and a deeper whiff reveals a slight citrus aroma

T - damn, this is good, much more bitter than i expected, very hoppy lingering taste that refreshes, a slight spicy characteristic in the baclground

M - medium, overly bitter, a sharpness on the palate, very good though

D - also medium, probably too bitter for some, i like it very much

sinstaineddemon, Jun 12, 2006
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,257 ratings.