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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 5351
Reviews: 2234
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 5,351 | Reviews: 2,234 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of emmasdad


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

Picked up a pre-packaged growler of this from the liquour store for a party, and, on a separate night, had a couple bottles at a thai restaurant for dinner. I will review the growler, as it seemed a little perkier and more flavorful. Dark garnet color, small off-white head. Lightly hopped, good caramel flavors, sweet, but not cloying so. A very drinkable, very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2010 22:37:14 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easily approachable malty brew, maybe not too exciting but reliable, and iconic.

Presentation: 64 oz prepackaged growler. Glow in the dark iconic label of ancient skeleton over a barrel and holding a beer with Rogue branding set within a classic freeze and a mememto mori scene. Side narrative notes dedication and a general brew description alongside food pairing symbols. Lacks an actual date of bottling or freshness. It neither shows IBUs or °Plato, or Alc. by vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Amber hue with a quick head that fades to form a minimal ring and little lace.

S - Faint sweetness, malt and some dry fruit.

T - Softly sweet and rather smooth malty range.

M - Pretty carbonated body on the medium to light side. There is a tiny hoppy bite at the end after the predominantly light malt structure, and on this serving also a sense of freshness.

D - It is very approachable, and while not my favorite makes for a great social brew, here with the packaging taking a prominent role.

Notes: Main notes reflect a similar experience than that of the bottle. However on this occasion It may be self-suggestion or the allure of the growler but it felt distinctively fresher and with richer taste than the bottle. Some of these half gallons look to have been collecting dust on the East Coast for a while in suspect places. This one was picked up from a reliable place and I'm fairly confident it is from this year. Still it is a prepackaged and shipped growler so it should be running like the bottle but, luckily again, it seems a notch better.
Now, is this still a maibock if you brew it with an ale yeast?

Serving type: growler

12-03-2009 01:09:12 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of IlIlIllIlIllIlIl

New York

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

A. Rich, cloudy amber 1 finger head almost lacing

S. Toffee some hops. Slightly floral orange

T. Honey malty. Smoothe oily hops masked by Werther's candy and Kahlua. Notes of vanilla
( that's what it reminds me of )

D. Makes me want to study more.
Very complex and smoothe flavor.

Serving type: growler

11-22-2009 23:24:05 | More by IlIlIllIlIllIlIl
Photo of Anthony1


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

Poured out of the 64 ounce growler. Color is a cloudy amber with a one finger head with some lacing. Nose is sweet with a berry tone. Flavor is somewhat sweet with a bitter edge on the tail. Mouth is smooth and a little bit heavy, with a slight bit of bubble that clings to your mouth. Extremely drinkable due to it's smooth tone and flavor. Excellent brew

Serving type: growler

11-03-2009 17:39:46 | More by Anthony1
Photo of claminat420


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent amber color. one finger white head with little lacing.

S- malts, malts, and malts!!!! just a sweet malt scent. not to shabby tho.

T- a sweet honey malt taste. very clean and crisp. just enough hops to be hidden in the background but not totally taken out. good lager to show people what they're missing.

M- light to medium bodied. nice carbonation


Overall- my natural reaction was to hate this beer for all its hype the company gets. this brew isn't to shabby. i've only had this one and a couple sips from their hazelnut brown nectar and both are good. i say pick this one up if you haven't tried it and if you're lookin for a good lager fill.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2009 05:42:29 | More by claminat420
Photo of bort11


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Packaged growler with a glow in the dark label. Poured into my Dead Guy Ale pint glass. There is a mild white head standing a finger's width. While the initial head wasn't much, there is a tight formation of lacing on the glass. C.olor is a dark caramel with moderate clarity.

Smell is pretty heavy on the hops, which most Rogue beers are. Sweet caramel notes keep the hops from getting too harsh. The taste is also very hoppy, though it comes off more spicy than citrus or piney. I get raw brown sugar, ginger, and a dark toastiness from the malt.

Mouthfeel is light compared to the boldness of the flavor, making it very drinkable. I split the growler with my wife, but I probably could have sessioned the whole thing.

Blipped "Stone Dead Forever" by Motorhead

Serving type: growler

09-19-2009 06:06:18 | More by bort11
Photo of mnjeff


3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the growler to an oval-tapered pint glass.
A light burnt orange, nearly a grapefruit color. Translucent, and full of carbonation. Next to no lacing, and dissipates quickly.
Strong sweet honey aroma with notes of many fruits.
Taste is very full, hits you with many fruits, and never a touch boozy. All of the acid is balanced very well.
Mouthfeel is medium full and all of the fruits exchange time passing across the palate.
Drinkability is.... Everywhere. I could drink this beer all day. An excellent warm weather beer. Not a session beer... a little too much ABV here for that, but an great brew nonetheless. A must try.

Serving type: growler

05-11-2009 03:32:32 | More by mnjeff
Photo of mugglesandhops


3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dead Guy is the first Rogue beer I ever drank and it still one of my standbys. Red in color, 1 finger off white head, some lacing, smells of spicy hops, tastes fairly hoppy but not like a IPA, Thin to medium bodied fairly drinkable little too strong for a session beer but I have drank my fair share in a sitting.

Serving type: growler

03-13-2009 14:20:21 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler at Cork N' Bottle and split it with Wiseman Zach. (Review written by Wiseman Nick).

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, orange-copper body with thin, sticky, off-white head. Barely any height and almost no retention on initial pour, but successive pints had large foamy heads with better retention. Tons of lacing in every pour.

Smell: Caramel, resinous hops, candied sugar, and some fruity esters. Getting some sour funk and even wheat (and other grains). I'm really not doing this justice. Extremely complex. I love it!

Taste: Caramel malt, dough and spices, swamp funk, earthy resinous hops, and candied sugar. Similar to the smell, but not quite as good. Finishes bitter and sticky. Fantastic balance and complexity, but missing that burst I remember from the on-tap version.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and malty and a bit flat :(. Could've been a bad seal. Full-bodied and a bit syrupy. Other than the lack of carbonation, I really like it.

Drinkability: Oh hell yeah! This is sooo complex, tasty, and smooth. Zach and I wish we had a second growler. The one knock on this is it might be a bit too full in body.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2009 02:31:14 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of hwwty4


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a factory sealed growler into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. I don't know how old the growler is but it let out a nice hiss of carbonation when I uncapped it. This beer pours a dark, reddish copper with a nice 2 inch head that dissolved into just a thin layer that sat on the top of the beer. The aroma has a nice caramel/toffee aroma with a bit of vanilla, and some fruity esters. The flavor follows suit with some mild malts really building the flavor profile. Caramel, what reminds me of blueberries sometimes and cherries other times (no I'm not crazy) and other dark fruits. There is also a fake sweetness to it. It kind of reminds me of Sweet N Low. The mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth. Not as clean as you find with other Maibocks. This is a good beer and one I'm sure I will revisit again down the line.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2009 04:31:20 | More by hwwty4
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this growler of DGA for $11.99 for new years and was very excited to see how good it was in a larger quantity than a 12oz bottle.
Nice amber color with a small off white head. smells and tastes like caramel and hops. There's a decent amount of carbonation that keeps the drink consistent and very drinkable. Another great Rogue beer that was even better for the price I paid.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2009 08:09:23 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of magictrokini


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

Got it in a 64 oz. growler, that glows in the dark. Dark amber pour with a thick, creamy off-white head. Rich, caramel malt and spun sugar aroma. Sweet, very malty beer. Lots of caramel and chewy malt, but blended with candy-sweet grapefruit hops. Very easy to drink. I'd drink this again any time.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2008 16:46:51 | More by magictrokini
Photo of colts9016


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep golden brown color with a little off white head.. The nose is hops and some malt. The taste is slightly hoppy with a subtle malt undertones. a very well made beer and very good to drink also The finish is slightly acidic with a little bit of the finish lingering.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2008 01:23:03 | More by colts9016
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light(er) amber with a thin white bubbly head.

Faint sweet malt scents and floral hops.

Sweet toasted malt, chewy bread crust, some dried stone fruit, and some hop bitterness. Great combination/balance of the sweet, the grainy, and the bitter. Nice.

Medium bodied with fairly substantial carbonation -- kinda like an afterburn. It is palate clearing.

Overall, very easy to have a second or third pint. I've had the 12 0z. and the bomber before, but not out of the growler. Would have been good to do a side by side to see if there was a difference. Overall, another winner from these guys.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2008 13:36:39 | More by OtherShoe2
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up growler at Majestic on Inwood in Dallas. Sealed with a breakable sticker. Poured into pint glass aggressively, not much reaction from the brew, just a minor head that killed to nothing pretty quick. Amber brown in color, head might have been off white, low visible carbonation. Taste is solid. Good malthead flavors, sweet, low carbonation, no real strong noticeable hops.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2008 00:19:00 | More by ballewblake
Photo of erikm25


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper orange with light amber highlights. Sits in the glass a golden haze and the head is somewhat fluffy and white after an aggressive pour into a pint glass. May have been a little flat due to being in a growler on a store shelf. Above average lacing around the glass.

S: Sweet malts coupled with toasty dark fruits and minor hop presence. Very faint hint of alcohol aroma towards the end of the nose.

T: Caramel and bready malts with a taste of light pine and citrus hops in the back. Not as sweet as the nose leads on but overall the taste is impressively balanced. I preferred the taste as it reached a little closer to a cool room temperature.

M: Light to medium bodied with fair carbonation.

D: Very well balanced and drinkable. This was a store bought growler and for ten bucks it was a pretty good deal. I will have to give this a try on tap in the near future.

Serving type: growler

10-11-2008 18:46:03 | More by erikm25


3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it when I found a growler for $5.00!

Split it with a friend ...nice summer beer. Pours deceivingly thick. Initial thin lacing disappears quickly. Amber/Pumpkin orange in color with a buttery yellow head.

Has an earthy, woodsy, citrus smell. Faintest trace of pine?? Nicely balanced.

Malty fruits with a bitter finish. Lighter mouth, mildly effervescent. Crisp, clean & smooth.

I prefer a fuller bodied beer...BUT, the 6.5 ABV did the trick on a lazy summer afternoon. A steal at the price.

Serving type: growler

06-23-2008 00:35:11 | More by TATTORSO
Photo of coldmeat23


3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS:Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a clear amber under a thick head that dissipates rapidly, but leaves excellent lacing.

Malts come through strong in the nose. Slight bit of earthiness and some nice caramel/toffee sweetness.

Little bit of complex tastes going on here. Sweetness and slightly toasty malts. Mild hop kick. Little bready and fruity. Good balance.

Nice and creamy in the mouth. Just a tad to the lighter side of the scale, but still good.

Overall, a very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2008 21:30:08 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of bboven


2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is a store-bought growler.

Light amber color, thin ring of head around the edges that leaves some lacing. Very hazy body, not at all to style; makes it look like a very heavy beer.

Very sweet and biscuity aroma with a slight harshness, maybe from some tannin action?

Sweet initially, then trademark Rogue big hop finish verging on slightly metallic or oxidized.

Very flat, even bottled from the brewery and sold in stores this growler didn't keep enough CO2, and that's what I was checking out.

Except for the very poor mouthfeel, a great beer, one that I would recommend from the bottle.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2008 22:33:03 | More by bboven
Photo of Buebie


4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler from The Cellars, into 16 oz mug.

Appearance: Rosie amber, with medium head, clingy lacing.

Smell: Yeasty malty sweetness

Taste: Sweet malt, smooth hoppy bitter finish, well balanced with a malt finish that isnt usual. some toffee, with hints of grain.

Mouthfeel, is thing even carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to consume, but not a session beer due to its higher ABV.

I love that is lager but its fermented with a ale yeast. Steam beer gone mental.
One of my favorites, and I just brewed the recipie, hopfully it turns out as good as the original.

Serving type: growler

03-28-2008 03:09:28 | More by Buebie
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the 64 ounce growler. (the glow in the dark one) Color is a cloudy amber with a one finger head with some lacing. Nose is sweet with a berry tone. Flavor is somewhat sweet with a bitter edge on the tail. Mouth is smooth and a little bit heavy, with a slight bit of bubble that clings to your mouth. Extremely drinkable due to it’s smooth tone and flavor. Excellent brew - better than I remember. (maybe it’s the growler as opposed to the bottle)

Serving type: growler

12-30-2007 05:35:52 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of scottyshades


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er at Publix in Boca Raton for around $7. I have only had one Rogue beer before this one (Mocha Porter) and that was really good so I figured Id give this guy a try
A: Pours a nice orangish/copper color with some amber tones in the light...very appetizing. The most impressive aspect of its appearance is the nice two-finger head that is a strange orange color that leaves a decent lace on the glass (at this point I have high hopes)

S: The nose consists of bubble gum (delicious smell), sweet malts, caramel, a bunch of fruits, and some slight hops...I had six attempts to figure out which fruits are in this beer, but for some reason I couldnt determine what they were

T: Bubble gum, very fruity followed by a very good balance of hops and malts. Lots of honey and pale malt flavors. Hops are not readily noticeable, but lend a small bitter bite.

MF: Very very clean...not very bitter, which in my mind accentuates the fruity aftertaste

D: One of the most drinkable beers I have had...there is a fair amount of alcohol in this one, but not noticeable...I cruised thru the 6er and cannot wait to get another one

Overall, this is an amazing beer! Recommended for every kind of drinker...An excellent BMC "converter beer" those those friends with lesser palates

EDIT: Tried the growler version of this (found on a shelf- no clue how old it could be) but seemed to have less hop presence, more malts, more honey, and more light fruits (apples, peaches, concord grapes). The carbonation was very low. I am assuming that the growler had been sitting there for months, but it still tasted excellent in its own way.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2007 03:26:26 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Bookseeb


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this one in a growler sold at Albertsons for $9.99, this is the 1st time I've found a growler at a grocery store, let alone with the brewery some 400+ miles away.
Appearance seems a slightly dusty amber with a medium head leaving an nice lace. Smell and taste of sweet malt, spice and fruit. mouthfeel is a healthy medium with good carbonation, Overall a really good drinking ale
I know when I buy growlers from other breweries they say the carbonation should last about 10 days, there is no bottling date and the carbonation seemed fine, so I grabbed it at a good time or there is something in the bottling process.

Serving type: growler

11-12-2007 00:34:58 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of tapman


3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from a growler sitting in a Jewel, unrefrigerated. It was only $10 so what the hey...

Body is a brown/amber color with a thick, creamy foam off white head. For a growler, no matter how tight the cap, this beer retained some decent carbonation. Lacing is quite resilient and creeps down the side like ivy. Medium-dark yet transparent.

Smell is bready with English-like hops. Malts are like light roasted, not quite caramel, but not too heavy. I actually taste more bready hops than malts. Hop and malt balance is buttery.

Buttery and slightly salty hop/malt balance. Taste is actually thinner than usual (remember this is from a shipped out growler) . Hops leave a bitter grass in the finish while the malts leave me. The after-taste leaves me with a BMC kinda tangyness in my mouth. I'm pretty sure its due to the marketed growler. As it warms there is some caramel malt in the taste, but not much. BMC like film almost ruins it for me.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than the average BMC, but its still kinda thin.

I'm sorry to keep refering BMCs, but I really think this growler thing is responsible for the lacking in taste, smell, and mouthfeel. I've had this brew from the tap and I was much more impressed. Leave the growlers for the brewpubs, man.

Serving type: growler

10-30-2007 05:46:05 | More by tapman
Photo of hustlesworth


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the first time i tried this beer was in 12oz bottles and the 6-er disappeared fast. for this review, i'm goin for a 64oz growler that i bought in outer banks, NC last week. now that i'm not overwhelmed by how good this beer is (or by how too many will put you on your ass) i can take the time to notice it's subtleties. before i drink the 1/2 gallon haha.

A- i'm a bartender so i pride myself on the perfect pour. this beer poured quite easily with less head than i'd usually prefer (i like a big fluffy cloud stickin out the top of my pint glass whenever possible). it had a soft dense white SLIGHTLY tan 1/2in of foam that settled quickly to a beautiful thin layer that reminded me of an overcast night sky speckled by constellations of tiny bubbles and nice almost symmetrical lacing stuck to the glass like looking down into a king's crown or something. carbonation continued to rise from the bottom of the glass until it was empty giving quite a sweet effect to the hazy copper-amber-orangish-brown color.

S- the more i closed my eyes and sniffed, the more i could smell and that made me appreciate this beer even more. first there was citrus and malt, followed by dried fruit and raisins, like trail mix, followed again by sweet red wine and fortified wine like sherry or marsala and apple cider.

T- with the images of wine in my head, the first sip tasted like the wooden casks the wines were aged in even to the point where i knew it was white oak or maple. impressive. after that i found bitter orange peel, perfectly balanced hops, and the faint taste of the way my vegetable garden smells in the summertime led by fresh dill of all things. drink one then go chew on a dill seed and you'll know what i mean. after it warmed a bit that all changed to roasted nuts and malt, toast, and caramel that's been set on fire.

MF- very smooth with medium weight and the perfect amount of carbonation in my opinion.

D- close to the top if not one of the best, you can hardly tell it's 6.5% until you drink 3 and stand up. cannot wait to try more from rogue.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2007 02:53:03 | More by hustlesworth
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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