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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,808 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,808
Reviews: 2,255
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 138
Gots: 391 | FT: 0
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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 NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy is an amazing, cloudy, amber/dark honey color when poured into a pint glass. A 1-inch thick perfect head of bubbles sits on the beer, but drops to a sparse covering soon after. The beer presents sweet cinnamon malt smells with an herbal accent of bright hop aroma. Toasted bread greets the tongue, drops to a delicate but wonderful spicy, floral hop aftertaste, with a touch of very ripe red grape to boot. Malt comes on strong late in the glass.
Dead Guy Ale is medium to full in the mouth, with a creamy smooth carbonation. This is a strong tasting beer, lots of flavor all over the place, sweet, sharp, malt and hop. Dead Guy might be one of the neatest, most original, great-tasting beers you can get.


Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 06:43:20 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of mgdeth


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Crystal clear; the color is a cross between gold and copper. Nice thick off-white head. No beer lace.

Smell - The bottle says "malty aroma," but I hardly smell anything. It's hard to believe that something with such strong flavors has so little smell.

Taste - Strong malty flavor balanced well with hops. There are some fruity tastes in the beer as well, and it has a nice bitter aftertaste. As the beer wams a bit, I'd swear I detect a honey taste.

Mouthfeel - Thick and pretty smooth overall, with a rough background. The bitterness makes the beer feel a little "bigger." I don't think that Maibocks are supposed to be bitter like this. I give it a high score even if it is not true to style.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. This one is so tasty that I keep wanting more and more.

Comments - Interesting that they would make a maibock with pacman ale yeast. From the Rogue web page: "Maierbock is a German-style Maibock made with Rogue's proprietary 'PacMan' ale yeast-deep honey in color with a malty aroma. Rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish. Maierbock is created from Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan malts, along with Perle and Saaz Hops." Although perhaps not entirely to style, this is still a wonderful tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 02:42:09 | More by mgdeth
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick rich head... orange/amber in color.
The smell pulled me in. A soft citrus smell prepared my sences for what what was about to come. I took a sip, The orange/amber colored ale was just as fruity as the smell had me expecting. Very easy going down, very smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 15:38:15 | More by CBFanWish
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Great golden amber body. Tightly bubbled, white head sits ~1 finger high in a wide-bodied tulip glass with great retention and lace.

S – Relatively light. Sweet malt and honey.

T – Great malt character. Toasted brown bread with herb butter and honey. Touch of spicy ginger and lemony oregano brighten a caramel and bready backend.

M – Nice carbonation up front gives way to a soft and full-bodied brew, leaving a nice coating on your palate through the finish.

O – Great balance of bready malts, herbal hops and caramel sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 15:51:55 | More by vfgccp
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool label, pours predominanantly amber but slightly golden. Medium carbonation and thick frothy clingy head. Slithgly fruity aroma mixed with some spicyness. Aroma is not overwhelming but definately there. Taste is a malty fruityness that is rounded out with spicey hop flavor. It is complex. It's a bit heavier than I expected, but that's fine. The heaviness and body make it difficult to drink a number of these, even though you really would like to.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 16:07:39 | More by canoehornpoint
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler to pint glass pour.

A: Rich amber haze with a one finger head after a hard pour. Head disappears quickly but seems to leave a nice bit a lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet malts with a hint of alcohol... nearly wine-like in its sweet aroma. A hint of hops keeps it balanced and complex.

T: Sweet malts seem to dominate. A candy/fruit taste gives it a strong backbone with a slight hop finish that seems to balance the sweetness nicely at the end. Alcohol seems to hang around also on the swallow.

M: Nice medium to heavy feel, smooth with enough slight carbonation to keep it light.

D: Thank you I'll have another! Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: growler

03-12-2011 22:16:13 | More by timmick
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color producing a quite thin head that dissapates fairly quickly. Leaves light lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell is that of hops and malt, malt, malt. A slight fruitiness also. The smell is beautiful. Something about it makes me wanna smell again.

Taste is less hoppy than expected but very well balanced with malt and floral notes. Very prominent caramel maltiness balanced with a perfect amount of hops for this style. Very good tasting beer.

Feels outstanding in the mouth and sticks in there nicely. Highly drinkable!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 10:33:36 | More by hoppheadIPA
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm nearly convinced that Dead Guy Ale is the most well-balanced ale currently produced in the US. Pours from the bottle a darkish brown amber with a nice sized head. There's an immediate sweet, almost fruity malty goodness in the nose backed up by a strong showing of hop aroma. I can't wait to have a sip.

There is a nearly overwhelming sweet caramel malt at the front of the mouth, but just before I'm ready to deem it too sweet the hops plow into my palate, bringing a needed bitter balance.

The mouthfeel is almost a little sticky, but not as much as some other malty beers I've had. Still, I'm compelled to mark down a little on mouthfeel due to the stickiness even though it's not entirely unpleasant.

All around a very, almost painstakingly balanced brew. Definitely worth keeping this one in heavy rotation.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 23:47:47 | More by ryanismean
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New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a nice golden nectar color, with a bit of filtered cloudiness. The head is light and retains itself pretty well. As described in the beer style, you've got that citrus, tart hop aroma. The taste isn't overly bitter or sour. The beer has a nice medium body with flavors of citrus and sourness that hits the middle of your tongue nicely. Given it's "kinda a Bock", you still have malt, caramel and hints of sweetness built into the brew as well. This was a really smooth beer with an enjoyable aftertaste that fills your mouth. Would pick up this beer again - it's got some good hop profiles and would be, I think, ideal for someone that is getting introduced to beers with strong hop profiles, such as an IPA. It's a stronger beer too, about 6.5% ABV, which was enjoyable.

Appearance - 4.0/5.0 - nice cloudy (but filtered), golden nectar color, nice head - lighter and decent retention
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - tart, citrus hop aroma
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - not that sour/bitter, nice medium body, hint of citrus, sourness hits middle of tongue; smooth
Feel - 4.5/5.0 - really smooth, some aftertaste but enjoyable
Drinkability - 4.5/5.0 - would definitely drink again - very good pale ale - more "approachable" than an ipa

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:30:42 | More by taxguyjase
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug in May- seasonable! Aroma was something I'd equate with Springtime- effervescent, flowery, and happy. The taste was very refreshing. I could see myself buying a case of this every May and being quite happy with it. This beer is a great signifier of the change in seasons! The one downside is I'll never be able to drink it in months that aren't May!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:00:46 | More by flyers1980
Photo of Haybeerman


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured deep honey gold color; slightly clouded. Strong inch-and-a-half light tan-colored head that held to almost an inch. Decent lacing that slid down the inside of the glass.

S: Sweet and fruity without lingering.

T: Big malty beer; caramel and brown sugar sweetness was not overpowering. A really nice balance.

M: Medium to full body that with nice balance to carbonation. Lager finish (versus ale it portends to be)

D: Very high. Be continuing to come back to this one. When I read others making a reference to "session beer", I think this would be it.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:48:12 | More by Haybeerman
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark honey color with a medium tan head. Very good retention. Nice lacing.
Smell is malt and hops with some wheat hanging around.
Taste is malt, hops, some fruitcake-like fruit notes and just a touch of citrus.
Rich, warming, full-bodied with a solid, medium effervescence. Better on tap but what isn't, right?

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 23:14:10 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of jtfest


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a thin off-white head and a sweet malt aroma with a nice balance of hops. A full but not heavy mouthfeel fits extremely well with the malt upfront and hop flavor/bitterness finish. The taste lingers a long time, with more of the sweetness than the bitterness in the linger. Easy drinking and quite good, I really enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 03:54:21 | More by jtfest
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful, golden butterscotch colour. Hazy

S: Floral, with some phenolic sweetness

T: A really nice hop punch! The bitterness lingers around a while and gives way to some orange/banana hints

M: Very smooth and light

D: This is my first Rogue in 5 years (I just returned back to Canada from Japan, where Rogue isn't available) and it did not disappoint. I'd like to keep a few of these in my fridge at all times as a stand-by beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 21:32:02 | More by vikingmike
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District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on a bottle. Poured unto a pint glass.

Appearance = one finger of head, slowly works down to beer algae; head has an off-white color; no lacing; nice carbonation (small bubbles rising); light amber color.

Smell = mild smell; can smell sweet malt and hop; a bit of alcohol; maybe a hint of passion fruit.

Taste = a very nice balance with a little bit of hops; a little bitter; a little bit of malt; a hint of honey; a hint of alcohol; a little flowery. Again, all of it in great balance. Nothing overwhelms.

Mouthfeel = smooth, medium mouthfell; can feel carbonation on tongue but not overstated.

Very nice brew. Just solid, well-balanced. BTW, goes amazingly well with a buttery, toasty Reuben sandwich (w/ swiss cheese).

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 03:05:14 | More by ClashmoreMike
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable beer that is super-smooth. Nice hazy orange-amber body with a decent head in a pint glass. The head leaves a faint lace. Moderate aroma that is not overpowering, very enticing. Floral hops are noticable, as well a slight malt sweetness. The taste is clean and much lighter than I was expecting. Very well balanced with a good, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and the beer drinks very easy, especially for a moderate ABV. This was my first Rogue tasting, and it will not be my last.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2002 17:22:14 | More by aaronh
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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
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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Semi deep copper-amber with two fingers very light tan head

Aroma: Malts forward. Sweet and bready malts. Some hops. A very faint fruity smell.

Taste: Tasty sweet and lightly toasted bready malts. Light toffee flavor. Light hops.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is excellent. Very smooth. Median bodied and carbonation. Bitterness is light. Combination of malt and hops in the finish. Finish is clean as well.

Overall: Certainly a hearty brew for sure. Nice balance. I have never had this style before, but I did enjoyed Dead Guy Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 01:10:29 | More by zrbeer1579
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a moderate tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity with some hops and a bit of honey. Malty flavor that is nicely balanced with citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel is just right.. medium bodied and quite smooth. This is very drinkable and a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 03:23:13 | More by chickenm
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Daddy-Oh's in Toledo...

The color is a rich, slightly cloudy golden amber. I poured a nice, fat white head that dissipated pretty slowly, leaving some patches of lacing on the glass.
The aroma seems like a nice balance of raw hops and fresh malts with some fruits, possibly citrus but something a little sweeter as well.
A nice, level hops bitterness blends with a rich, toasted malt adding hints of caramel and great balance. Some fruits are underneath and it's got a nice sweetness to it that isn't too much. There's some grains element to it in the back and the finish is fairly dry with a toastiness to it.
The mouthfeel is smooth and some moderate carbonation makes for respectable crispness as well. Body is medium.
This is a very nice brew, and one I've wanted to try for a long time. It was worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 14:24:41 | More by Brenden
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A lighter orange colored / brown hued body, with a surprisingly vibrant white head that leaves excellent clumps of lacing around the glass.

Smell: All sweet malt and tropical fruit for the most part, but not syrupy tropical fruit, more like someone squeezed some of the juice into the brew. A faint bit of hops in the nose too along with some breadiness and grain also apparent.

Taste: I imagine this would be sweet enough to turn some people off, but the hop backbone leaves enough there so it's easy to drink. Lingering malt and fruit continues throughout, with some slight citrus and apple skin there too. The hops linger also, giving it some citrus bitterness, which melds nice with the fruity overtones.

Mouthfeel: Awesomely creamy in this medium-bodied brew, which is probably why the head remains as it is, never really fading too much throughout.

Drinkability: One of my favorite session beers in general, and certainly one of my faves for the Maibock style. Relatively easy to find, this is probably Rogue's most popular brew, and it's one they do extremely well and one that I like to enjoy quite often.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 03:02:56 | More by asabreed
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never had this brand before and was lucky enough for a fellow BA to bring this over to my place. This beer poured an autumn brown with a good head. It's aroma definitely was enticing with a floral hops character. It's taste was extremely smooth, which some might say as a macro beer slogan, but definitely isn't a bad thing. It was just the right sweetness with just the right bitter of hops. It felt great in the mouth not too thick not too thing. This is a beer I could drink more than one, but it's a little higher in alcohol so how much more is another question.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 00:56:07 | More by beragg
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug, the beer has a copper/orange color to it and not much of a head to the beer. It smells like malt, apricots and caramel, it's a sweet aroma. It tastes like yeasty bread, sweet malt, apricots and other citrus fruit. It tastes sweet and bitter at the same time, but it finshes with a bitter aftertaste. This is a very well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is medium and a little slick, and the drinkability is pretty high with the beer being very smooth and crisp. I could drink this pretty often. It's another great beer from Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 23:47:34 | More by bluejacket74
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A-Pours a very deep amber with little to no head but very bubbley.
S-Very floral sweet smell, also has hints of some sweet fruits (bannana most apparent) and hops.
T-Almost exactly like the smell very smooth with little to no overwhelming flavors they all blend very well.
M-Great carbonation level goes down very easy leaving just the right about of bitterness behind.
D-This could be an everyday brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 14:56:02 | More by SpecialK088
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No bottling or date info. It was a slightly hazy honey color with good amount of carb streams. It had a small, fizzy head that quickly settled into nothing. With the amount of carb streams, I would have expected a better head and at least a good sized collar. Weird.

The aroma was sweet fruit, toasted caramel malts, some spice from the yeast and hops. Good for the style. The taste follows the aroma and starts off sweet with some spice coming soon after and then ending with a moderately bitter finish. Good build from sweet to bitter without overdoing it at the end. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb level and good aftertaste.

Overall, a really good maibock. I'd have this years ago when I first got into craft beers and hated it. Glad I tried it again as I liked it much, much better this time around. Recommend especially if you want to try the style. Avail here in TX. Rotation - while it was good, I'm in a long term hop phase so don't see being a 6 pack or bomber but maybe the occasional single or tap. [O;O]

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 00:41:15 | More by TexIndy
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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