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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,247 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,247
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 173
Gots: 619 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the very first beers that made me aware of the craft brew universe. It was downright exotic, and the cool bottle design screamed "buy me!" And I did. Didn't like it much on first try (about 12 years ago), but man, how tastes do change...

The huge, fluffy head is a dirty white, retaining a solid few minutes. Things look even better due to the great burnt orange color (looks like a double IPA) and lots of bubbles, with a slight cloudiness deepening the color. A few small patches of lace left behind.

Aroma is a mellow, crisp hoppiness (I would guess Cascade, but I'm still a novice in differentiating between specific varieties). Light malty sweetness and, despite a fairly tame ABV (6.5%) there's some alcohol showing up. Nice smell, nothing amazing.

Flavor has a good bit of depth right from the very beginning. Creamy malt sweetness (caramel/toffee), fruity brightness, clearly well-hopped bittering, and even some maple flavor. Finish is a sweet hops kiss, and the mouthfeel is excellent: light on weight, yet plenty of swing from the carbonation, achieving balance and depth with a silky creaminess.

Good stuff, seriously easy drinking with enough character to keep you coming back.

Metalmonk, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Zak
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber color with a thick off-white head. There is a significant alcohol smell, with a hint of hops. The smell is a bit closer to solvent than I'd prefer in a beer. The taste is less dominated by alcohol, though its presence is more noticable than I would expect for 6.5%. This beer definately gets most of its flavor from malt, with hops playing a secondary role. It's fairly sweet, with a hint of something burnt. It has a light feel, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, but I think I'd get bored after two. This is a decent beer, but I'd expect a six-pack to cost $8, not $11.

Zak, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of maleman
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating on bottle.

A - poured a clear, golden amber. whispy one finger head that quickly receded into barely perceptable cap. uneven lacing on the way down.

S - nice smell! really malty and a sweet bready aroma is detected first. maybe some pecan, or some type of nuts?

T - the malt smell carries over to the taste. some orange, or lemon rind in there, too. also a hint of resin, I think.

M - about average carbonation. a thick, not watery finish that I taste in the top, somewhere between the middle and back of my mouth. the malt carries over in the aftertaste.

D - Not bad at all. One of Rogue's better offerings, IMO. Could session with it, easily. Will buy again.

maleman, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Way back even before I made an account on BA, Alberta had Dead Guy Ale on its shelves. My roommate and I had a six pack of what was probably the last shipment prior to Rogue's reappearance this year. This is my first Dead Guy since.

Poured slowly into a pilsner glass as I wasn't sure the glass would hold everything if a good head formed. Swirled in the last little bit. The beer is a hazy deep orange to brown colour, with tiny rising carbonation. Nothing much for head, but I didn't help with my slow pour.

The smell is buttery toffee sweetness with a fruity malt base. Pretty sweet overall, though there is a bit of citrus hoppiness poking out.

The taste is a nice balance of toasty caramel sweetness with a faintly bitter hop finish that just seems to match up just right. No wild array of flavours here, just a well made easy drinker. I would say that there is a familiarity with other Rogue brews that leads me to believe it is the part of the flavour coming from the yeast.

This beer has a slick body with some weight to it, and the carbonation has a truly natural feel. I don't think it could be much better.

A natural quaffer here, all quality.

elricorico, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint on-tap at Mellow Mushroom, into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: The pour is mohogany with a finger of frothy foam that laces very well.

S: Nuttiness, caramel, toffee, and toast. It smells like a lagered version of a brown ale or strong ESB.

T: This has much more flavor on-tap; butterscotch, hazelnut, sweet caramel and bready malts, and some light chocolatey notes.

M: It has a medium body that is quite creamy with perfection carbonation levels.

D: This is a pretty good brew that often gets over-looked due to the bashing of Rogue. When it's reasonably priced, it is well worth drinking.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark amber with a dense head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sour apples, cherries and caramel malt - yum. Taste is plenty malty but is balanced nicely by spicy hops as well. Candy-esque tastes show through in different capacities as you drink it and it warms; whether it's the reported "cotton candy" or caramel apples. Finishes mildly bitter. On the tongue, it's medium to full and ever so smooth. A blanket of gentle carbonatin soothes the tongue. A great, highly drinkable, classic American micro that should be tried at least once by all. There's always room for some in my fridge.

oxmasterscream, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of jacobseyb
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A=hazy with a copper color and two finger head when poured more gently

S=complex smell with the malt out front presenting a grainy nose, some hop notes but overall very balanced smell

T=similar to smell though the hops are more prevalent on taste than smell.

M=carbonation disappears quicker than most, though not terrible.

D=good beer, definitely drinkable, overall I enjoyed the beer.

jacobseyb, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of RandyKemka
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to say, I have had this beer many times both on tap and from the bottle. It is a very good brew. I have read all of the reviews and have racked my mind, because I couldn't quite agree with the citrus, carmel, Appel and floral reviews. They all are close, but to me the taste is plum or date/fig like. It has other notes, but the plum/date/fig really stands out to me. More so out of the bottle than tap. This is a great beer regardless of what taste you can put your finger on.

RandyKemka, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My fiance picked this up for me at Cost Plus with the create your own six pack thing.

Appearance- amber color, good head

Smell- bready malt

Taste- malt, hops, very nice, bit of bitterness, really balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- really good, definitely will drink more

jeffjeff1, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of surfmeister
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't expect to like this one, but what a surprise!, copper color, sturdy head, malty and dried fruit in the bouquet, strong hop in the mouth, well balanced by malt and fruit complexity. Mouthfeel was a treat, very effervescent and foamy, higher carbonation than expected, I could drink many

surfmeister, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy honey amber with little head and fading lacing.

Aromas of balanced malt and fruity/earthy and hops.

Malt sweetness up front trailing to a nice medium hop bitterness; nice malty body with mild carbonation, bitterness lingers on the finish.

Simple straightforward uncomplicated brew, but very pleasant overall due to the famous Pacman yeast which improves as it nears room temperature. It's not a Maibock, but I'm not complaining.

claspada, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of jdflyer06
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this with the guys at a tasting. Served from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Slight haze from the outset which clears up somewhat after letting it rest. Nice color somewhere between golden and amber. Little head that dissipates quickly.

S: I'm really picking up that banana/ester quality in this. The hops are very mild in the nose and maybe a little ripe citrus on the back end.

M: I really like the soft, almost fluffy carbonation in this. I was expecting something a bit more sticky, but this finishes pretty clean on the palate.

T: I'm getting some slight hop bitterness which is balanced pretty nicely by the accompanying bit of citrus and pine. The bitterness and some hidden malt characteristics linger at the end.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I'm not sure I'd want to session it, but maybe I was expecting it to deliver something that it didn't. I wouldn't turn it down, but I wouldn't reach for it first either.

jdflyer06, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of LarryV
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a minimal head. Mellow, malty aroma is very inviting and appealing. Big malty taste with a subtle, spicy hoppiness lingers on the palate for some length. Creamy mouthfeel makes this a very pleasant beer to relax with for a bit.

LarryV, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of Spidey13
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dead Guy Ale pours a clear amber with a nicely tan head. The head is darker than what you might expect in a beer this color. It has a nice malty nose, with a hint of noble hops. Some caramel, fruit, and grass mixed together.

Sweet malt character in the taste, followed by a nice hint of spicy hop flavor and a light bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This is a very good, drinkable, malt-forward beer with - let's face it - one of the coolest names and labels out there.

Spidey13, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of JMad
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Looks copper / burnt orange, bubbly one finger head that left some good lacing.
Smells of sweet malt, earthy hops, bready.
Tastes of piney hops, not very bitter, sweet malt, a hint of cinnamon and graham crackers.
Feels bubbly but the carbonation is good, medium bodied.
This is a great beer, very drinkable.

JMad, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish/Tan/Mahogany with some a great foamy 2 finger head.

Smells of massive malts. Toasted/Toffee/Nutty with some slightly sticky/earthy hops.

Sweet and Malt dominated. The body has a deep malt complexity with some piney hops stuck right in there. There is just the right amount of bitterness to take over for the deep malt texture.

This drinks very well for the amount of grains you are getting. I usually grab a couple of these on tap at this local English style pub.

DrinkingDrake, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I pour a chilled sample into my pint glass. The beer pours a rich amber color that is slighlty hazy. The pour develops with an off white soft fluffy head that begins to fade rather quickly after the pour. Aroma is fruity and sweet with some caramel scents and some floral hop notes.
First sip reveals a medium bodied brew and slightly prickly carbonation. Flavor is fairly malty with caramel and toffee flavors combined with some slightly bitter hop finish.
This brew is very drinkable and I am sure I will enjoy it with the pizza I am about to eat.

sulldaddy, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of ckaufman
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A true classic in micros... in my opinion!

Orange/amber in color with a slight haziness. Average head volume with nice lacing and retention. The malts and hops battle it out in the nose, but the smell of malts ultimately win out. The opposite is true for taste. The malts and hops battle once again, however the hops win here in the taste department! This beer always seems a little on the thin side for me, but the carbonation still stimulates the palate. I give this beer a "session" rating. This is a beer you can drink all night long and not get bored!

ckaufman, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. One inch head with good lacing and good retention. Smells of sweet malt, some fruit/spices, and some earthy aromas (something like butter or caramel). Fits the style. There's a smooth and crisp mouth feel with average carbonation levels. Tastes of sweet/ earthy malt and a good amount of hops to create a good blend of sweet and bitter. There's also another more subtle flavor maybe butter or caramel. Overall, a really good beer - another great example from Rogue.

Tone, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Dodt
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up the bomber of this on thursday couldn't wait to crack her open. poured from the bomber into a clean mug.
appearance a cloudy orange color with light head
smell a nice rich maltyness
taste a bit of sweetness in the malts
mouthfeel light carbonation

Dodt, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of zrab11
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a golden, light copper color with a nice 1 finger head that sits on top awhile

S-Hints of peach with a nice carmely apple aroma to it

T-The hoppy alchol tickles your tongue but then the crisp apple with carmel comes in and makes this well balanced

M-Light bodied,very crisp,feels good in the mouth.covers your palate well

D-Love this beer from rogue. This could be a great spring -summer beer. Even though i enjoyed mine in the winter. ITs a beer you can get 2-3 of in a night and be very satisfied.

zrab11, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Mojo
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint.

This one pours up a clear amber with a small white head and leaves a little bit of lacing. The smell is primarily pine, floral, and resin. Taste is sweet and malty upfront, but not overpoweringly so. The finish is a mild bitterness. Well balanced, but mild overall. Mouthfeel is fine, but nothing wonderful. This beer is easy drinking and I would recommend it.

Mojo, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BeerIsArTT
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased from On The Rocks, in Lawrence, KS.

I enjoyed this beer in my Jimi Hendrix pint glass.

A: Amber/Red w/ cream/orange lacing, one finger width head that appears creamy.

S: The aroma of fresh baked bread and mild orange zest, clean smell of grain, doesn't stand out as much as I'd like for something with this much flavor.

T: Rich floral maltiness with a light resiny dryness, very clean taste of fresh baked bread, followed by a mildly hoppy orange zest that is very well balanced.

M: Smooth, grainy maltiness that lingers on the palate with a light dryness that is sincerely enjoyable, the mild crisp feeling balances the maltiness very well in the finish.

D: Exceptional. I really enjoyed this brew's feel. The breadlike quality in the texture is clean and smooth. I hadn't had a Dead Guy in a long time, but after this, I know I'll be having another soon.

BeerIsArTT, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of williamherbert
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a cloudy amber orange. Half finger of bubbly head. Looks like and IPA with more cloudiness. Looks thick & substantial.

Strong piney hop flavor. Heavy alcohol scent backed by a dry ale-malt smell. Citrusy to balance heavy alcohol. Good stuff.

Major blast of citrus (orange) and apricot flavor, with a strong alcohol flavor that is offset by the dry, bready malt. Strong but balanced, not overdone. A real strong ale, no extreme beer fetish.

Feels milky and thick. Smooth like a hefeweizen. Buttery and leaves a watery film. Strong but really drinkable. Nuanced and flavorful, especially considering that it's so strong.

williamherbert, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Bruiser81
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a deep orange-amber color with a small white head that didn't last long. The aroma was slightly citrus with a flowery hint. The taste was malty up front with a sweet middle and a good balance of hops to finish it off. A slight alcohol flavor is present in the aftertaste which gives the beer a slight warming effect. This beer had good carbonation with a crisp refreshing mouthfeel. I will have to puchase this beer again.

Bruiser81, Feb 15, 2003
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,247 ratings.