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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

5,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,789
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 138
Gots: 383 | FT: 0
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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 inlimbo77


2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle pourted into Long Trail VT pint glass. No bottle date present. Does Rogue ever do this? They should...

A: Clear amber color. Filtered nicely. One finger head, if that. Collapses quickly. Poor carbonation. Good lacing. Age might be a factor to all these.

S: Mild hops, malts and bready yeast flavor. Something smelled off?

T: Yeasty, malts, and no hop backbone. This must be a bad beer here. I wish there was a bottle date.

M: Nothing really. Really watery....really.

D: I couldn't even finish this one. Really wouldn't drink another one...but I might be chalking this up to a skunked OLD beer.

Overall, I was pretty upset with this purchase. I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 19:00:58 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of dbaker61


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one foamed all over upon opening, so my tasting had to wait while I cleaned up. Finally poured into the glass, it produced a creamy one inch head which dissipated slowly, leaving delicate lacing. The color is an orange-brown, a bit cloudy.

Smell: Spicey and fruity, with a good dose of hops in the nose. Very nice; I forgive it for being in such a hurry to get out of the bottle.

Taste: More spice, wonderful hops slightly dominating the ample sweet maltiness. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Big, big body, lots of chewy flavors. Finishes nicely dry.

Drinkability: The Dead Guy is very tasty, I'd have another if I had one here. Definitely a beer to try more than once.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 13:10:00 | More by dbaker61
Photo of MikeInThe517


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not bad. I don't know if it's quite worth 13 bucks for a six pack.

It tastes like iced-tea (with a hint of lemon) flavored beer--a good mid/late spring/early summer kind of flavor (but alas it is early February here in Michigan)

First tried this on tap at the Edgewater Tavern in Chicago. It was something of an enigma then and it's something of an enigma now. Not that there's anything fundamentally wrong with that.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 06:53:28 | More by MikeInThe517
Photo of r0nyn

New York

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

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pours a hazy, orangeish apricot hue with a small, white head that recedes quickly, leaving stringy, loose lacing sliding down the inside of the glass. Lazy lines of carbonation rise up from the bottom. Nose is full of sweet malts with hints of some spicy notes. Hops are barely detectable at the end.

Big malty kick to start, with nuances of sweet fruit and toasted grain. Little bit of yeasty breadiness as well. This is tempered by the appearance of light, bitter hops which provide the brew with an even balance of bitter and sweet. Rounds off with a hoppy finish, and a slight lingering aftertaste of fruits and caramel. Mouthfeel has a crispness to it, with an almost chewy quality. Medium-bodied with a creamy finish, it's quite palatable.

Drinkability is quite good. With a well-balanced flavor profile, a pleasant mouthfeel and a relatively light ABV, Dead Guy Ale is very drinkable. Rogue has let me down before with their line of oddball beers, but I'm liking this brew. Wouldn't mind knocking back a couple of these every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 16:52:18 | More by r0nyn
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle. No freshness date or ABV on the label.
Nice one finger head that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.
Aroma is high on malts with some hints of spice.
Taste is also high on malts with a sweetish finish, hints of honey. Good lacing along the inside of the glass.
Easy to drink and can be a good sessions beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 06:12:09 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of bwan15

New York

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a handsome golden-brown. Head settles down to half a finger in no time. Lovely carbonation bubbles bubbling gently to the surface.

Smell: Wholesome, hoppy nose and a decidedly sweet, honey-oat kind of aura conjured upon agitation.

Taste: Lovely balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. A stony ballast holds down the bottom, and the aftertaste is pleasantly warm.

Mouthfeel: Seems pretty spot on. Wet at first and dry at the end.

Drinkability: A great session beer. Nothing terribly innovative or particularly interesting, but it's a great go-to when you are looking for a simple, balanced, well-crafted ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:34:25 | More by bwan15
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


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

From notes:
Look: Hazy, light brown/orange. Two finger head that leaves great lacing.
Smell: Sweet malts, earthy hops.
Taste: Very balanced sweet malts and grassy hops. Very smooth going down.
Drink: Very nice session beer. Not my favorite of the style, but still up there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 00:08:44 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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New York

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

Poured from a bottle at Durgin Park, Boston, Massachusetts.

Pours a very coppery orange color. Very little head and which fades quickly.

Spicy aroma with some malt notes as well.

Taste is a sweet although slightly hoppy to start, slightly bitter to finish but not overpowering.

Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable, would definitely enjoy another.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 21:21:50 | More by Nascartailgatefa
Photo of Chubby815


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

Got in a 64oz. 1 gallon glass jug, poured into glass stein. The appearence is almost an "apple cider" look with a fast fading head. Very pleasurable aroma with hits of citrus and hoppiness. Mellow and smooth to taste with a faint aftertaste fading to a dry ending. Very drinkable beer as an American Ale. Would drink again if given the chance. Looking forward to the Double Dead Guy Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 20:44:14 | More by Chubby815
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a 1" pillowy white head that fades pretty fast and leaves a sticky web of lace all the way. Smells bready and sweet, with hints of apple and white grape juice and vanilla. Tastes of real sweet malt but not overly sweet, citrus and tropical fruit, nutty, yeasty, bready, mild bitterness. Had a stucky and syrupy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Highly drinkable in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 18:52:29 | More by GrindFatherBob
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"Oregon brewed ale,
Robust and tasty, not pale.
Celebrate dead guys!"

I have seen a few of these at my local grocers [not beer distributor] and so was a little wary of paying too much for something too pedestrian. Nice surprise: very drinkable ale worthy of praise.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:03:16 | More by johnwarne
Photo of Dshaw


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

Appearance- It looks a little light but not too light more of a amber color to it. I poured from a bottle to a 12oz glass and the head of the beer is the best appearence almost a yellow frothy look.

Smell- The smell is another one of my favorite parts about it. I can smell mangos i think.

Taste- Ok at first it is a little bitter but once it settles it has a great full flavor tast to it. I can definitely tast a sweetness as if the beer is made with fruits along with the hops and barley.

Mouthfeel- Just average no other way i can put it.

Drinkability- This beer is to be sipped for sure. Im gonna drink this very slowly.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 23:43:21 | More by Dshaw
Photo of tmcelvain


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a go-to beer for me - a good drink when I want something solid, but not a challenge to the taster in me. Good looking amber beer. In fact, would put this as an American Amber if tasting it blind. A well balanced beer, not something the hopheads would be wowed by. In fact, I think this is more malty, but less sweet than other Maibocks.
Slight tastes of candied malts, with a raisin bitterness taste on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 23:09:41 | More by tmcelvain
Photo of CuriousMonk


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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass or on tap. Cloudy orange pour with a huge foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly hoppy. It reminds me of an DIPA that has sat around awhile and had its hoppy profile start shifting to a more malty balance. Flavor is malty with some citrus/fruity notes to it. Finish is a clean and slightly hoppy feeling on your tongue. I love the uniqueness of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:37:27 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of Brunite


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

Appearance: A hazy amber/deep orange...honeylike in color, off white head which settles quickly.

Smell: Sweet, malty, bready. Could not detect any hops right away.

Taste: Bitterness not apparent in the smell is now at the forefront. There is some citrus and some sweetness. You can taste the alcohol here.

Mouthfeel: Light....but balanced. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice average drink. Not spectacular.

Overall: OK but would not actively seek this out. I'll finish the sixer but unless I detect a huge difference in the flavor, I'll likely not return. Very dry and bitter on the end with no lingering flavor. No delicious hoppiness....just bitter...no real complexity or depth here.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 23:20:04 | More by Brunite
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice one finger head, looks like an IPA to me, very orange and hazy, not hazy like a Belgian wheat though. Looks decent, head is fading quickly though. Smells hoppy in the front end, with a slight malt note in the back end. Maybe a slight fruit or citrus note hidden in there somewhere too. Wow, taste is very smooth, probably the smoothest hoppy beer I have ever had, granted it's not as hoppy as some beers, but still. Pretty simple beer all together though, at first you just get that smooth feel and then come the hops and malts, if there is any fruit or citrus, it is almost undetectable in the taste. Pretty good beer all together, nothing outstanding, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 01:41:36 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Second time I've had this beer. It has a great flavor and is very easy to drink. nice pour, nice head, and not too bitter. The taste is very unique, ive never had a beer with flavor characteristics like the Rouge Dead Guy Ale. GO get some..


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:57:49 | More by USAF
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New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass:
This was the very first beer/craft beer I bought and it's time to return and review.

A: Pours orange amber, very hazy and opaque, 1 finger off-white foamy head that sticks around for a little while. Leaves just a little lacing.

S: A little musty fruitiness (peach) on the nose, light floral hop in the background, slightly dark grains that seem almost like a sweet bread.

T: The saaz hops are in the forefront and give it a pilsner like flavor, but the with more depth. The malt character is quite good for the style, it has just a little sweetness and light fruitiness, while having a clean golden grain backbone. The malt is quite earthy, reminds me of the sprucy grain in Santa's Private Reserve. I like the use of ale yeast, I think it gives the beer a better background character. Finish is a little sticky with a clean saaz hop lingering flavor.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, a little chewy and sticky. I'd prefer more carbonation, crispness, and viscosity.

D: I found this drank fairly easily, it's just about standard ABV with a light body and nothing overpowering. I do think a little more carbonation would help make it more crisp and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:10:54 | More by Satchboogie
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3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Cloudy/hazy burnt tangerine with a decent 1.5" white head. Diminished to a thick ring with spotty lace. Prominent whiff of alcohol and very little else to back it up. Hint of citrus and grass, maybe some cereal grains in there somewhere. The flavor is a little better, with a healthy blend of honey and caramel followed by delicate touch of grapefruit. Herbal and grassy finish. There's a huge turnoff here... why is my bottle of Dead Guy metallic tasting? Metallic finish kind of kills the 4.0 I was gonna give it... Hearty and almost "meaty" texture. Nicely carbonated and quite smooth. Almost thick to the point where it coats the palate but actually gives a very balanced body between sweet and dry. Was going to give better drinkability, but this metallic flavor is getting on my nerves.... along with the crazy alcoholic nose. Gah...

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:01:27 | More by DmanGTR
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3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very coppery orange color (interesting). Very little head and what does form fades quickly.

N - Nice spicy, hoppy notes. Some bready malt aroma wafting up too.

T - Honestly, I have no idea what a true Maibock is supposed to taste like as this is the first one I've ever had. Nice clean hoppy flavors up front that immediately hits the sides of the tongue with an uber-sweet malty body that lasts all the way to the end. Also some residual bitterness riding out to the end.Downside is the sweetness can get a little cloying - but maybe that's the true nature of a Maibock?

M - Not watery, but not chewy. The sweet maltiness detected in the taste definitely carries over in to the body of the beer.

D - Quite drinkable, I thought. Only deterrent is the aforementioned sweetness that has a tendency to override the palate-cleansing hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 05:42:15 | More by rundocrun
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this with my perch dinner last week and took a few notes.
A= Beer was a light cloudy orange with very little head and no lacing to speak of.
S= Smelled lightly of fruit and faint hops.
T= Taste was nice and evenly smooth with malts and hops well balanced.
M= Felt good on the palate with a nice bitterness at the finish.
D= This is a very drinkable beer with a decent abv and well balanced flavor that i will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 00:45:51 | More by kalkavekkian
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this poured into a pint glass off tap from Yardhouse in Kansas city ks. Had a very small amount of head that was light tan to white. The color is bright orange to a light copper in color with a little visible carbonation and clear to see through.

The smell is hard to recognize at first light hops and a bit of a bready taste. It's has a very strong fruity and complex spiced flavor to it. The taste followes right along with the smell but I get a bit more of the fruit.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty great. A little think on the mouth feel but a great drinkability. My first from Rogue but not my last. A good choice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 22:44:39 | More by HOPPYKC
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured: bottle into a pint glass

A: slight head, slightly cloudy, amber color

S: fruity, peachy, floral

T: low hop bitterness, pleasant taste, yet I cannot pinpoint the exact taste I experience

M: medium body, moderate carbonation

D: Very pleasant and drinkable beer, enjoyed very much!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 01:37:31 | More by Neecee513
Photo of mdunman


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden brown with a thin head that didn't stay very long at all.

S: Spices all over. Roasted malt and hops balance well.

T: Roasted malt and spices tingle through the tongue, like a mild Fat Tire. Finished with more dryness than Fat Tire as the hops really stood out at the end.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation that was fairly smooth going down.

Overall I liked this beer a lot. As I said in the taste, it reminds me of a mild Fat Tire. It has plenty of spices and flavor without overwhelming the natural malt and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 05:29:07 | More by mdunman
Photo of bboelens


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A-Like the sun, not the bright yellow we percive, but like the actual sun, orange with streaks of yellow and amber flying all around it. Beautiful bubbles cascade to the top of a foamy medium size white head, which dissipates rather quickly but leaves excellent lacing

S-Blended malt and hop smell with slight sugary smell

T-Along the same lines as the smell, but with a bit more hop flavoring, along with caramel and the definite added presence of citrus (how did I miss that in the nose)

M-Crisp, clean, medium carbonation, no hop sting at all, relatively light feel for a 6.5%

D-I honestly have never heard of a Mailbock but I'd be certainly willing to try another if this beer is a standard example of one. A fantastic beer that is great for all points in the day.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 05:41:08 | More by bboelens
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