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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

6,531 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 6,531
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 189
Gots: 769 | 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.

16º PLATO
40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle featuring a skeleton perched on top of an ale cask. Kind of a pirate theme going on here. "Oregon Brewed" is clearly stated near the bottom of the label.

A - Pours a rich golden color with a pinky of off-white head. Drops to a bubbly cap with some lacing.

S - Heavy malt sweetness. Candied tropical fruit quality with a touch of hop spice for balance. Quite appealing, really.

T - Complex, sweet malty taste. Somewhat citrusy. Hop spice comes through on the swallow, and the finish offers a slightly dry, balancing bitterness.

M - Light (though not watery) body and moderate carbonation lend some crispness to the brew. A bit of warming alcohol at the back of the throat after half a bottle or so.

D - Overall, a solid beer. To me, this is much more balanced and drinkable than traditional bocks that focus more heavily on malt depth, which results in a really sweet, syrupy brew. I'd drink this again.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber-copper all in one, which is a pretty cool hue. The head is ivory in color with a hint of orange, is firm and looks like it will last for a while. As it descends, the cap comes to resemble a rich vanilla milkshake sitting atop the beer. It doesn't last very long, though it ends up leaving a decent amount of lace in spotty sheets.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I have no earthly idea what a maibock is supposed to smell or taste like. Therefore, I can't really say if this is a good example of the style or not. The flavor profile is pretty well-balanced, with malt having the slight edge.

The beer is somewhat caramel-like, with an earthiness and a restrained spiciness. The spiciness becomes bolder and more interesting as the beer warms. Again, I'm not sure what sort of mouthfeel a beer of this style should have, but this one seems fine. It's medium-full and has a pleasing smoothness.

Dead Guy Ale may be the most ubiquitous craft brew in this city. Every store that carries beer seems to carry it. It's obvious that it's a quality offering, but it doesn't stand out as exceptional. Even though I'll probably drink it again, it won't be anytime soon.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear orange amber with a thin white head.

Smell- Light malts with a touch of sweetness

Taste- Lightly sweet, biscuity malts with caramel notes. Malts have a definitively German character. Bitterness and a slight dryness towards finish. Hops are herbal and provide bitterness which rides in the background.

Mouthfeel- Clean, thin bodied, crisply carbonated. Refreshing but not light.

Drinkability- ABV is significantly higher than flavor or body would suggest. One could drink this in session, but beware the ABV.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.

A - Poured an orange amber color, with a two finger head of actively foamy bubbles. Lacing was excellent on this one, nice and sticky.

S - Fruity with hints of lemon and orange. Also a bready malty scent.

T - Sweet and spicy with the hops, nice balance. Warm and inviting you to take another sip.

M - Medium bodied, with zesty carbonation. Very refreshing.

D - This is a very drinkable brew. I threw back 3 of them in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl! G-MEN Baby!!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first foray into the world of Rogue.

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass, nice fluffy eggshell color head that retains beautifully. Held up to the light it is a dirty, cloudy orange/copper color.

Smell - Sort of a sweet, malty smell. Seems like I smell a slight caramel odor as well. Smells pretty tasty.

Taste - Tastes malty, with a slight piney, hoppy bite on the swallow. Not as sweet or caramelly as the nose would suggest.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied mouthfeel. Rather creamy with a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Seems to be rather low in the area of carbonation, and I think this lends to the creamy mouthfeel and medium body.

Drinkability - I think this is a brew with quaffability. Maibocks are pretty decent session brews in my opinion, and this one is certainly no exception. I could see drinking a few of these at a grill-out on a summer weekend. Highly recommended!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer. An oddity to the style. It's a maibock brewed with an ale yeast strain, which I guess technically makes it not a maibock (which is a lager).
All the same- it's good.

The appearance is hazy orange with a white head. The smell is of bread with some fruit. The taste confirms the smell with some homemade bread flavors, and some fruit like apple and mango. There is a nice hop balance that makes for far above average drinkability. Great stuff.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,531 ratings.