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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

6,610 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,610
Reviews: 2,309
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 203
Gots: 876 | 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:
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.

16º PLATO
40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond
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Photo of dfolmste
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good amber color with a thick bubbly head. I have been hearing a lot about Rogue and this beer in particular so I'll give it a shot. So far so good.

Smell: A smell of hops but not that powerful. A bit of malt sweetness, but even that is kind of faint. Good because it doesn't smell like other ales I have had, but just a bit above average.

Taste: The taste is a lot better than the smell. A fruity taste with just the right amount of bitterness. Citrus and apricots take center stage. Makes me think of a better Magic Hat No.9.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good balanced feel. I normally prefer bitter beer over beers that are sweet, but the sweetness of this is very unique. Aftertaste is important to me and Dead Guy lingers well.

Drinkability: Medium body and good taste should set the stage for great drinkability, but I am concerned that the sweetness that I enjoyed will catch up after a few. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt since I only have a single.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Bfarr
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber with tan foamy head with okay retention and good lacing. Sweet and spicy aroma. Bready tea (is that really a flavor, well that's what I wrote in my notes. Maybe if you dip your bread in your tea) with a bittersweet balance and a bit of spice and a touch of alcohol. Smooth and silky with low cabonation.

I didn't enjoy this as much as I used to. Perhaps my tastes have changed or I got an old bottle but it's still a good beer that I will not have a problem revisiting in the future.

Photo of TheMistler
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, muted copper with orange notes. A just barely off-white head, creamy and cloudy, with good retention. The lacing - there was a pretty good amount of it - had a grainy appearance, like a worn-out old film.

A somewhat caramel-malty nose, maybe with raisins. Some floral, tangy hops.

Very light intro to the palate, then a hint of breadiness. I kinda detected apple fritter. Apple, citrus, raisins. Slight bittering and tanginess.

Consistent, good level of carbonation. A bit creamy. Medium bodied. If the speed with which I can knock a couple of these back is any indication, it is certainly drinkable.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper orangish in color with a thick off-white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is malty and fruity. This aroma carries over into the flavor as well. The malty, fruity flavors are balanced out by the hop bitterness. The balancing of the malt and hops makes this beer very easy to drink. Overall, I found this to be an excellent ale, well balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of dwilson01
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange hue/amber color with white head

Smell - mainly toffee/caramel

taste - toffee/caramel,honey, oak, hops

mouthfeel - highly carbonated,medium bodied, sweetness upfront, bitterness in the middle and finish, woodsy finish to this as well

overall - solid beer overall, good balance of flavor

price point - $9.99/6pk 12 oz bottles

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color, light tan small bubbly half inch thick head. Very appealing to look at. Smells of light floral hops and yeast. Start and middle are a little bit empty, but ohh the finish is so nice. Good fair amount of hops with a nice dry hop bite. Sip or drink it slow, its quite smooth with a nice hop bite. Drink it fast and watch out, the hop bite bites. Has a light body feel and leaves a dry hop tang in mouth and tongue. Drinkable indeed, this is a nice clean hophead ale for sure.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour: Light red-amber color. Two fingers of head that dissipates somewhat slowly, leaves just a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malty caramel and pale malt aroma. A hint of citrus hops underneath.

Taste: Pretty straightforward with a sweet malty taste. Hops in the background to balance it out. Nothing really too complex or special.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, and fairly low carbonation.

Drinkability: Top marks in this category. Drinks very easily, not overly filling, and very sessionable.

Final Notes: Definitely more of a session beer, and I must say it's kind of nice Rogue makes one. That said, it lacked the interest and off-the-wall characteristics I've come to expect from Rogue, and as such it was a bit of a disappointment. Still a great beer though.

Photo of alephilmac
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz into imperial pint

A- amber/copper, though more orange than red. The head is tan or off-white with a bit of orange, lasts for duration.

S- The nose is subdued and seems like it would be better a bit warmer. Fairly balanced, but a pleasant citrus(sweet) overpowers the rest, though I don't know if this style is supposed to be that way...

T- Citrusy, spiciness, pleasant sweetness. The spice increases and is more interesting as the beer warms.

MF- probably started a bit too cold, but it was as it warmed it certainly improved and lost some of the early bite it had.

D- very nice, ubiquitous beer. Won't buy it very often as for the price there are superior brews, but it's pretty darn good as mass-produced "craft" beers go.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first sign that this one's not your standard beer comes when you pour it. It's almost orange/almost red/almost brown. I guess we'll go with ruby, but it looks really interesting in my tulip. Small head that leaves little lace and doesn't retain particularly well. Malty smell with hops, fruit, and a little spice in it. Do I detect nutmeg? I won't swear to that one, though. The taste is also interesting. My first few sips were a big upfront sweetness that wasn't cloying, but close, that settled into a nice hoppy finish that lingered as a hoppy aftertaste. As it warmed for a few minutes out of the fridge, though, the sweetness became less overwhelming. Don't get me wrong, it's still a tasty beer, but it's just a tad out of balance. A very interesting brew that I enjoyed immensely and will not hesitate to try again; worth the hype, if just a tiny bit too malty sweet for me.

Photo of corywalston
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 8/13/10 notes. Had on tap at the Iron Horse in DC.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts and caramel malts, with hints of spices and yeast. Also some grain and bready malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, spice, fruity malts, and toasted malts. Hints of citrus hops and a little bit sweet.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very solid maibock. Lots of malts in the smell and taste. Have had it many times and would definitely order it again.

Photo of Jaycastillo68
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of RocketWidget
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with the Maibock style. Pours a solid orange, quite an unusual and interesting color for a beer, with average head. Smells like a pilsner, hoppy and "crisp". An excellent taste, pacman hops provide an unique and subtle bitterness, semisweet, with a hint of jasmine perhaps? A fun and refreshing brew.

Photo of gwong
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice amber/copper color with little head with some lacing.

S: A slight hoppy aroma but it's very faint.

T: There's a slight hint of citrus but the flavor is mostly a combination of hops and malts - it's a very solid combination.

M: Very smooth with enough carbonation to make for a good finish.

D: A highly drinkable session beer.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Redbones, although I have had it on tap in the past at other places around Beantown. Pour was a clear dark amber, with minimal head. Clean sweet aroma. I thought the mouthfeel was very pleasant and well-rounded. Sharp carbonation was also detected. Taste leaned towards the sweet, and I kept thinking I could pick up the alcohol in this one. A nice treat from Rogue. pat

Photo of davexisxrabid
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

First off, had a really nice head that didn't dissipate immediately and left good lacing.

There was an adequate, citrus aroma, slightly bitter.

Color was a good amber hue; it was cloudier than I had expected it to be.

This brew had a good, full flavor to it with a hoppy finish that was just right, not too bitter. Well balanced between the hops and malt. Overall pretty good, although I wouldn't knife anyone over this beer...

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a s snifter glass.

Appearance: A semi-cloudy amber, with a head that is off white rising only as high as you want it. A gentle pour it was about 1/4" if that.

Smell: Very bland but still good, light caramel/maple notes in the scent scent department.

This beer packs flavor, little bit of everything malty and a notch bitter sweet. Definitely has a floral after feel but not to be confused with an IPA very unique in it's own way.

Mouth: Smooth with a medium carbonation at best. there's no overkill in carbonation which is a good thing with this beer.

Overall: You have to be kidding yourself not to grab a bottle. I have enjoyed it beginning to end and loved every bit of it. Salud!

Photo of DioS
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has an expected dark orange color and a small somewhat sticky looking head. The smell is faintly malty and like burnt candy, distinctive and pleasant, warming. It smells like it'd be sweet. Caramel is the dominant taste, with a mouthcoating, kind of velvety body that makes it quite easy-drinking. Full-flavored. The caramel is just short of being too strong (to the point of cloying) here. I can see this one as being very enjoyable to sip in cooler weather. It gives a fuzzy, cozy feel.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Chimay goblet glass.

Pours a clear amber colour with a very nice head.

Smells malty with a bit of booze.

Nice full malty taste, light malts that is. Good hop bitterness without being overpowering.

Overall a pretty good beer.

Ps: free range water? What the Fuck is that?

Photo of lwillitz
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 1 finger of cream-colored head over a cloudy copper/orange body; a few carbonation bubbles rise while a few others stick to the sides of the glass; leaves a little lace on the glass

S - sweet malts with a hint of caramel; grassy hops

T - toasted malt leads into a slight caramel sweetness before the hops move in with their citrusy bitterness; hops stick around for a moderately bitter finish

M - medium/full body, fairly high carbonation, smooth and refreshing, slight alcohol warmth on the tail end

O - Not bad.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber/orange body with a nice amount of initial head leaving behind copious amounts of lacing

S - smells like a lager with a hint of sweet malts/citrus

T - wheat, malts, sweet caramel flavors, honey, slightly bitter after taste

M - one of the most refreshing ales i've ever had. goes down smooth has a nice crisp finish.

O - i've had this beer several times on tap, bottle.. and now growler (and an awesome looking one at that). nothing beats this beer on tap, but the growler came damn close.

Photo of steeler
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was my first maibock/helles bock I've ever had. Im glad i tried it! Onto the review!

Appearance - Nice golden amber colour, with laceing that sticks the whole way down. Very nice.

Smell - Very fruity, and fresh. Very inviteing.

Taste - This was a complicated brew, a spicey taste up front, then finishes bitter and dry, with a odd aftertaste, but not bad.

Mouthfeel - Nice and full.

Drinkability - Very high for its ABV. When cold, these go down too easy.

Overall a very interesting brew, will buy again! And i must say a very interesting style of beer.

Photo of ark57
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a dark gold color. The aroma is fruity and hoppy. The body is malty, but not too thick with some fruitiness (orange and mango). It has a crisp hoppy finish. The added fruitiness from the top fermenting yeast is nice, but it comes across as a very drinkable Maibock.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,610 ratings.