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Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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2,364 Reviews
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: 2,364 | Ratings: 7,269
Photo of moulefrite
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard so much about this brew that I just had to try it when I saw a big bottle of it at a local market. It poured a nice, slightly murky reddish orange with minimal head yet ample sticky lace coating the glass throughout. Attractive fruitiness and sweet malt on the nose with a little cooking caramel as well. The taste of this baby is really quite nice. Lots of caramel malt flavors and a slick buttery texture, that finds balance in nice grainy malty/hoppy interaction. This beer is superbly balanced and very flavorfull! I'm picking up more of that caramel corn thing as I finish this beer. This is some tasty stuff, and as I drink more of it, it becomes even more "drinkable! I would not call it a refresher, yet I would call it a damn good, turn on the AC and kick back in the chaise lounge summer sipper!

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another selection at the Old Chicago in Phoenix. Appearance is reddish-orange, making in quite interesting as opposed to a disappointing pour which did not leave much of a head. The smells detected were of malts and a slight fruit odor. The taste is interesting, nothing like I have had before. Had a good mouth feel. Overall was a very drinkable beer, a bit pricy as it asks for a Stone Brewing price but does not deliver the same caliber of beer.

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

The beer pours a darkish bronze, with a creamy merengue-like almond head. Incredible lacing, the head sticking to the glass like glue, with some clumps forming.
Aroma is very malty, with a healthy dose of toasted malt. Hops are surprisingly agressive, considering it's a bock style, with a german herbal/floral quality. Some american hop tanginess. A bit woody, with some phenolic esteriness. Hints of plum, pear, and a faint suggestion of strawberry.
Flavor is bold and powerful, yet smooth and rich. The beer starts out malty sweet, fading into a slight toasty graininess, then travels into a moderate northwest hopping, finishing the beer. Malts remain throughout the sip, finishing with the hops wonderfully. Hints of apple, pear, and plum. Heavy body, with mild smooth carbonation. A touch of cookie-like yeastiness. Nice and complex flavor, changing and melding throughout the sip. One of the best flagship beers, in my opinion.

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Photo of letsgoMets
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not sure how I found this beer in Atlanta - Georgia supposedly has a beer alcohol limit of 6%. The color is honey caramel - maybe even orange. Theres a slight floral, almost sweet/citrus, aroma. Although this beer feels thin in the mouth (it's almost flat - perhaps I need to have a few more to be sure). The malt/hop balance is very nice. This is an extremely easy drinking beer. This will be a beer that I drink by the pool or while lounging on the deck, or watching a ballgame - if I can keep finding it in the ATL.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy poured a dark red, maybe slightly brownish color. A bit cloudy, it also had a nice fluffy head. Not a very active appearance, but deep and serious. The smell was quite interesting, a floral hoppy aroma with sweetness underlying it all. Nice honey traces. The taste was a bit strange, but I got used to it pretty quickly. The initial sweetness is tempered by a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Different than most beers, even most maibocks that I can remember. The full mouthfeel was very appropriate, and matched the complexity of the beer very well. Good taste, and good drinking overall. The alcohol can sneak up on you a little, but this makes for a great standby, and a good session maibock.

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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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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,364 ratings.