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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,527
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 190
Gots: 762 | 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.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Libationguy
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-copper color with slight chill haze. Off-white frothy 2 finger head with medium retention.

Orange peel, carambola, melba toast, gingersnaps and a very mild dankness.

Honeysuckle, tropical fruit, candied orange zest, light brown sugar, allspice, light clove notes, pineapple; citrus and a slight resin quality keep everything clean.

Medium bodied, almost-but-not-quite-creamy mouthfeel. Moderate level of carbonation and bitterness, with the bitterness holding on very late into the finish.

This beer really picks up on the palate. Not at all what I would expect after the nose. Truly interesting and makes you want to go back in for another sip. While several of the descriptors would make you think that the beer would be sweet, it manages to come up to the edge without going over. The beer actually finishes slightly on the bitter side.

I honestly don't know that I would want to drink it all night, but it would be a great beer anytime as part of a line-up.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Reverand
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the label. I agree with some of the other reviews and saying that it's not a beer that knock you off your feet. But a good drinking beer.

Photo of schusterbauer
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very similar to it's bottled counterpart, the main difference being the mouthfeel, which takes on an almost Guinness-like thickness. maybe a little bit sweeter, a little bit stickier, but all of the same flavors of bread, fruits, honey and spices are present.

Photo of Jemonster
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy honey gold. Lighter in color than I thought it would be for some reason. Glows nicely in the light. Puffy beige head.

S: Fresh hops up front. Fragrant. Light sourdough toast and butter. Also, fresh rain on clean asphalt (A good thing). Some soapy hints.

T: Man this stuff is good. Not sure if I'm just craving beer, or this beer is making me crave beer. Clean where it needs to be, clearly floral hop character with low bitterness and some oat sweetness. Some kind of fatty, buttery richness. Pungent spices at the end.

M: Interesting because it seems thin and cool at first, and heavier when the bitter flavors kick in around the middle of the gulp.

O: This is great, no wonder everyone loves it. My bottle is about 8 months old. Very good, solid, easy to drink, yet flavorful and bold beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Gentle pour at first, with a slightly more aggressive final pour in order to check out the head.

A - Beautiful hazy copper, with a slight wispy head.

S - Less malty than one might think. The nose is not particularly complex, but I get a hint of sesame seeds and toasted nuts. I even get a little bit of caramelized onions, but that might be a bit of a stretch.

T - Rich and full, but completely drinkable. The kind of beer that you could drink all night long. A little spicy (nutmeg, cloves?) and a good fruit complement. This beer would be incredible with some spicy meats (pulled pork or other BBQ!) or a sharp nutty farmhouse cheddar.

M - Good bitterness that cleanses the palate well. Lingering spiciness, but doesn't leave that filmy coating left by lesser beers.

D - One of the more drinkable American Maibock-style ales I've come across.

Photo of jayrod20
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a nice amber color with a 3/4 inch white head. There was a sweet smell to this, very fruity with hints of spice. A little citrus, maybe orange or grapefruit and a mild cinnamon hint. Tastes smooth with little carbonation, very full of the fruitiness you smell. Subtle hints of spice. This is a lighter body brew, but very refreshing. Very solid ale.

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

A pale hazy orange with a rocky white head and an adequate amount of lace. I found the aroma to be the weak link in this one, a bit underwhelming but not at least slightly better than average hoppy citrus aroma. The flavor leads with a balanced citrus hop attack that finds a nice medium between sweet orange and a drier grapefruit. This is followed by a sugar cookie maltiness in the middle that evolves into a slight sweetness before finishing with a dry hop note. I felt like the alcohol peeked its head out just slightly but I had to try hard to pick it up. Light and refreshing on the palate and representing a wide range of flavors. This one goes down easy and shows a nice complexity and though it's a little high on the ABV it might make a good session beer. Certainly one of the best I've had of it's kind.

Photo of appenzeller
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick three finger fluffy white head. Deep copper color, opaque. Some lacing.

S: Muted, sweet malty smell with subtle hint spice

T: Malts taste of toasted bread and honey, quite sweet but appealing, slightly spiced finish lingering on palate.

M: Good body with silky smooth consistency, highly drinkable for a high ABV maibock.

Beautifully crafted maibock, too sweet and malty for my taste but fits the style. Nice.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jdhowe
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no evident bottling or best-by date.

A: Pours a clear deep reddish amber color, 1 finger of fluffy off-white head from a vigorous pour quickly dissipates to a mottled film. Looks like a very nice beer.

S: Sweet and malty up front, also a little roasty. Lots of malt. Some sweet fruit, almost like strawberry, alongside some earthy and spicy hop character. Reminds me at first of a strawberry pastry, which is a unique image that is tough to get out of my head.

T: Everything from the nose is there, including the strawberry. This thing has a huge malt body, a sweet middle, and a bitter hop finish with a little beet of a sugary sweetness persisting. Lots of fruity flavors in this beverage. Almost a little too sweet. The amount of malt (and sugar?) in this isn't what I expected. Flavors come across almost a little artificial.

M: Coats the mouth with its sweetness. Nicely carbonated, mostly smooth. Coating mouthfeel with sweetness toes a very thin line on being cloying.

O: My experiences with Rogue as a brewery have been fairly limited (Maple Bacon Ale and nothing else that has been particularly memorable), but I made a point of hunting this out after friends had recommended it as their favorite of Rogue's offerings. It's not a bad beer, and certainly is something I'd take over most common bar offerings, but I don't know that I'd pick this up over many of the other options I have in the craft aisle. This beer isn't bad, but I can already tell that the sweetness of this one is going to wear on me by the end of the bottle and I don't know that I'd sign up to enjoy this one again.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,527 ratings.