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Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

9 Ingredients: 2-Row, C15, Munich, Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution™ & Independent™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

Added by kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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Reviews: 2,359 | Ratings: 7,246
Photo of SetarconeX
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my current standbys, a very good beer. It's a lovely color in the glass. The head isn't quite as pure white as a lot of other beers, which gives it a good feel. Not every beer has to have a snow-white froth floating on top. Feels very good in the mouth, and goes down surprisingly easily. On top of all this, a jollly beer-swilling skeleton on the label makes this one of my favorite bottle designs of all time. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Mustard
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $5.99/6 pack from Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a fine, 1/4", off-white head; light, scattered lacing; not much head retention.

Aroma: Sweet malt with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Thick, moderately-sweet toffee type malts upfront and throughout; light grapefruit notes; piney, earthy hop-bitterness breaks out in the finish; faint traces of plum. Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: Impressive session brew.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Heroe's in La Verne, CA.

Appearance: nice amber color. Virtually no head, just thin off-white ring at edge of glass.

Smell: I had a hard time detecting any descernible aromas from this beer. Some floral hops but overall not much to go on.

Taste: sweet malty start - citrusy hops take over midway through. Slightly bitter finish. Decent balance but subdued in general.

Feel: dry, somewhat thin feel. Rather over-carbonated.

Drinkability: maybe I got a less-than-fresh pint. I'll give this beer points for being well-balanced but I felt that it was lacking in flavor and aroma to the point that I'll either a) not touch it again; or b) go back and get another and adjust this review if necessary.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an dark golden/ amber color with a thin off-white head that laces nicely. The aroma is fruity. There are hints of pale malts and yeast. The taste is also good. There is a sweetness about it that stays with you until it finishes. This is a refreshing beer that's low/med bodied and carbonated just right. This is a great sessions beer. Rogue has done it again.

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Photo of euskera
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a Mellow Mushroom near me.

Bronze-red colored. Smell is slighty hoppy. Taste is clean and crisp, with just enough hoppiness to keep it spicy, but not too much for my palate. Very appetizing and enjoyable, a great session beer on a summer evening. Recommended.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle
Dead Guy would imply that this is some kind of a harsh ale. It is not. It is an easy drinking ale. Very satisfying.

Pours a dusky amber. An okay head that disipates quickly. Not much lacing. The scent is a very sweet malt. Some hops pop through and there is a candy fruit scent as well.

The flavor is a medium sweet. A bit of light caramel in the malt. There is also some hop bitterness and a fruit flavor that pushes its way in to the mix here. A mango or something with a tropical flair. The flavors are a nice balance, complex but not confusing.

It drinks extremely easy. Maybe too easy. It is fresh and finishes nice. I just have to say a comendable job on creating this easy drinking ale.

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Photo of yosh
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flying Saucer, Raleigh, NC.

This beer was a nice copper brown color with a medium-sized, creamy head. It's taste included a caramel maltiness and was different from a lot of beers I have had before. The mouthfeel was excellent and I'd definately drink this beer again and often.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown copperish color, slight haze, 1/2 inch of creamy tan head

Aroma: light sprinkling of hops, caramelly malt and an angel food-cake-like sweet scent in the background (sort of almondy), raisins

Flavor: an upfront hop flavor followed by a mellow maltiness and grainy flavors, some toasty biscuit essence, a pretty aggressive piney hop bitterness in the finish and lingering on afterwards, as my mouth got used to the bitterness, the malt flavor became more defined

Mouthfeel: light body, a pleasant softness, perfect carbonation, some warmth

Overall Impression: I guess this is Rogue's one-size-fits-all beer and I have to admit I do like it. Most the beers I've tried from Rogue were just too heavy on the hops. This one is more balanced, so it's no wonder it has more wide-ranging appeal.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this particular beer to have both a bitter taste and an after taste as well. After just a few sips of this beer, I could definitely feel the alcohol effects. All in all not too bad of a beer, but not one of the better beers that I have tried.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The appearance was amber, with a good head retention. The smell was very hoppy, and so was the taste. The mouthfeel was quite smooth. Drinkability.....well, this is certainly one I could drink several of!

The rogue in me certainly enjoyed this beer quite a bit! Whether it's a lager or an ale, it's a good beer and one I will have again!

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Photo of TheDM
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice hoppy aroma. This brew formed a nice medium head without too much carbonation. It lasted only a short while though and left an excellent lacing on the side of the glass. It is a cloudy light orange brown color. It has a slight aftertaste but is still on the mild side. A nice drinkable but unimpressive beer.

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Photo of SigEp
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful color in glass, deep red with a little orange. Not much head to speak of and very little head retention (the only dissappointment I had). Hoppy and slightly sweet bouquet. The flavor was hoppy and delicious with a definately sweet malty round undercurrent. Drinkable and delectable.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To my dismay, this is the only label from the Rogue line to be found up in these parts. The dismay comes from the fact that this is damn impressive ale and I want to try more of what Rogue has to offer (I don't think it's a coincidence they have so many labels on the Top 50 at any given time).

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle, it bears a resemblence of liquid twilight, a beautiful hazy copper tone with a one-finger off-white head that recedes to a frothy ring. Aroma is complex, caramel malt, a bit of fruit, some citrus, definitely some honey, floral hops, a touch earthy. Flavour is bold, sweet and bitter and oily all at once, difficult to pick anything out on its own, it all blends in. If this is a standard of what's to come, then I salute the rogue in each of us as well.

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Photo of kevinl6
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another winner from Rogue!!! Poured this one and saw only a little lacy head on one side the glass, virtually none at all. A thick amber colored beer, looked almost like a jar of mountain honey in my frosty mug. Lots of smell coming from this one...fruit? A very satisfying mixture of taste that is at first sweet, then that little bit of Rogue bitterness that makes a nice finish. A unique brew that is always in my fridge!!

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Photo of jcalabre
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught. Appearance: hazy, honey colored w/ a medium white head. It has a malty taste up front w/ a bit of a funky tart finish. Maybe grapefruit or lemon? unique, to be sure. It's definitely different and a must-try for any serious beer lover's list

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Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. Dark copper color paired with a deliciously creamy head. Aroma is a nice balance between sweet malts and flowery hops. Taste is fronted by sweetness, followed and balanced nicely by hops. Tastes like a maibock. Extremely drinkable--watch out six-pack!

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Photo of Indybeer
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the BW3 downtown Indy, Poured a clear red/orange, with a moderate head, that didn't last long. Some signs of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt and hops. Taste is malty and sweet, almost too sweet. It has a good mouthfeel with just the right amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Not something I could drink alot of at one time, because of the sweetness. But still an over all good beer.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost exceptional appearance.Maintained a huge head for awhile before it faded leaving spotty lace and a thin white head.Floral fruit aroma with hints of caramel malt and a touch of bitterness.The color is an orange to amber.Medium bodied with a strong bitter finish and taste.The bitterness makes no attempt to hide itself.Fruity taste thats dry but not too refreshing.It is strong at 6.5% and that might limit drinkability.Smooth mouthfeel thats clean and crisp.Complex and well-crafted with a great reputation.

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Photo of rastaman
2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A bit odd, similiar in taste to Golden Syrup, a bit too sticky. Quite sticky and sweet, with a touch of salt at the end. Kinda like a bock, just with a bit more hops that i'd usually expect in one. Very odd, flavours didn't mold well at all. Probably my least favourite from a night of tasting many great US beers.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew in a 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours an orangish-red color with 2 fingers of head and a little bit of lacing. The smell was just a little weak. It smelled of citrus and hops a little bit. The taste is a good mix of fruit and hops and is very well balanced. It is a very soothing ale, if that makes any sense. The mouthfeel was just a tad bit oily. The drinkability is great, and this is a pretty unique ale.

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Photo of Loki
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz. bottle

Poured a hazy honey-amber color with a thin canopy of a head. Left decent lacing through out the sampling with peaks and valleys on the glass.

Aromas of malt, honey, and hops that seem to dance together back and forth. Almost intrancing, but not bold or in your face.

My palate definitely appreciated this unique beer. The taste began of sweet malt, honey, and hops. There was a surprise of nutmeg or cinamon, I think nutmeg, but definitely something that reminded me of x-mas and an x-mas beer, but only on the finish and definitely not the dominate flavor. Beautifully balanced and even. Crisp and clean, but a little light on the mouth feel and very mild carbonation.

Drinkability is nearly perfect and this is a wonderful session, pairing, or convert beer. A great all around offering, but would you expect anything less from Rogue?

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Photo of Gump
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

As a sample I purchased a large bottle of this beer instead of a six pack. It looks like a big ol forty on my desk. If scoring was based on packing and artwork, this one would score very well; the bottle is beautiful :)

Definately an ale. Dark amber color with auburn head which quickly fades away.
Good carbonation, strong taste with slight bitterness, and lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice looking copper colored beer with good tan head. the smell is mostly caramel malty with a little hoppiness thrown in. the taste is very well balanced beer, nice blend of herbal hops with sweet caramel malts. real nice balance and an appropriately medium mouthfeel. rogue always satisfies.

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Photo of daledeee
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could have sworn this was a pale ale. But the category shows that it is not. Pours a nice coppery amber color. Nice head with good retention. Beautiful floral hops and malt balance. The finish is just as good. Alcohol is there too but not up front. Mouthfeel starts out velvety and finishes a little dry. Makes you want more.

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Photo of Stingray5
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy amber with a minimal off white head that disappated quickly. Fruity, malt aroma. Hints of prunes and grapes, along with caramel. I'm not sure what to make of this brew. Mouthful is decent, chewy. Taste is of multiple fruits and malt, with minimal hop presence. There is a nice warmth at the finish. Hops do become more prevalent here as well.

I'm finding that this beer is winning me over as I drink it. At first seems a bit too fruity for my tastes, but as I drink it the complexity starts to present itself, along with the hops. It's like I'm not sure if I like it, but I know I want more!

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,359 ratings.