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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

6,133 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 6,133
Reviews: 2,270
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 164
Gots: 562 | 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.

16º PLATO
40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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Ratings: 6,133 | Reviews: 2,270 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light and smooth tasting brew. Do not feel higher alcohol at all. Surprisingly amber, and seemed to me like a vienna amber style, malty with modest carbonation. Bitter aftertaste. If in a session, serve between heavy other types.


My mates liked it better than I did but it could be from less sophisticated taste buds.

Had it a year later on tap, found it sour but decent. Had it again on tap in May 2005 at Eulogy's and it was above average.

Sammy, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.3%

t0rin0, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice copper color with a 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. Good lacing.

S - Smells of biscuit and citrus hops.

T - Bitter/tangy hops up front with a biscuit malt aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation with a crisp/clean taste.

D - Good refreshing beer. I would get this one again.

UCLABrewN84, May 13, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.3%

djrn2, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel-brown color with a light tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light floral hops over a body of caramel and some lightly-sweet bready malt. The flavor is a bit bready with some yeast characteristics. The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall, one of the first craft beers that I had, but not something that impresses me terribly these days.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.3%

zestar, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.3%

nmann08, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

acurtis, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured clear amber in color with a small head that dies down into a thin layer of bubbles that persist in covering the surface. There is a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There is a light aroma of sweet toasted caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some hints of toffee, although there are also some hop flavors, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: This beer is easy to drink and very sessionable.

metter98, May 16, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Deep copper colored brew with a nice white head with good retention skill. Complex mix of malts and hops that is hard to defined but easy to enjoy. Sweet aroma and taste with a bitter aftertaste. This is very good and the bottle design is excellent! Will be looking into trying more of the Rogue product.

Phyl21ca, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful beer; I'm surprised I've never reviewed it. Drank once or twice per month at the local pizza pub. Pours a nice deep coper to auburn color; translucent; vibrantly carbonated and impressively headed and laced. Smells of sweet malts, dark fruits, spices and esters. Tastes about as sweet and dark as possible without getting into heavy roasted grains. Lots of barley, molassas, and brown sugar. Mild, smooth flavors of prunes, dates, raisons, and almonds. More highly hopped than most would expect; picking up fuity esters and spicy alcohol. Full rich body that remains creamy under the abundant carbonation. Finishes sweet and a bit malty. I've always considered this a dopplebock. No matter where you categorize it, it's a good beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper, good head, cloudy, bit of lace after

S - Caramel, not over powering, kinda nutty, but nothing too spectacular

T - Smooth, nice aftertaste, a bit sugary, nut, caramel

M - Not too thick, not alot of carbonation, very creamy

D - Very drinkable, could put down a few of these easy.

This is a good beer, served it at my halloween party and was very well accepted. This was out of a bottle, into a pint glass, on tap locally had a bit more of a kick, but overall recommended. Found myself drinking one of these almost every other day lately. Good Brew/

mikesgroove, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

GRG1313, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.3%

spycow, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a copper/crimson color with a single finger white head

S: Sweet malt aroma.

T: As is repeated again and again, this is a very well balanced brew with the spice and malt flavors dominating with notes of caramel, honey and hop converging to blend rather than clash.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium bodied

Overall: Very drinkable. Very balanced. The rogue yeast and malt taste seems to repeat itself in many rogue ales which makes sense as they seem to have it down.

kylehay2004, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jaydoc, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an slightly hazy, orangey-amber body with thinnish, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling floral, yeasty aroma with hints of dried fruits and apples.

Taste: An overall sourish taste, with flavors of honey, dried fruits, and cider. Light hops on the finish and a yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: You know, if you can't say something nice, don't say it at all!

Time for an update! Not all too much has changed, except there's a more distinct toasty, bready malt character. Still sourish, less cidery and more akin to a non-oaked white wine. Slight score bump overall.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dead Guy poured out as a light copper color. The head wasn't very impressive here and neither was the lacing. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of hop aromas that are balanced with some malts. The taste of this beer is decent. Nothing too over the top, some grainy malts and a bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth but it also felt a little watered down. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer. Yes it's drinkable but just falls short to me.

Knapp85, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rich gold color with creamy head that stayed nicely,smelled nice and malty with some fruitiness to it.Nice balanced brew not overly sweet but enjoyably sweet,hop is in there after a few sips it shows.Drink this one alot really good beer with some balls.

oberon, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnace: Golden-amber with an off-white head that dissipates into a ring, leaving plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell: A bit bready/grainy, lots of toasted malt, hops and oranges.

Taste: Very malty, biscuity, floral, subtle notes of honey, wrapped up with a nice hop kick.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light in body with very active carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the best session beers out there. Extremely quaffable and with a fairly unique character that makes it stand apart from other brews you might commonly find in the Pacific Northwest.

largadeer, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper, amber color with a white, two-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malts and grasses.

T - It tasted of toasted malt and some hops and clove.

M - It was crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good beer. Not to mention a great label.

zeff80, Apr 27, 2007
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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,133 ratings.