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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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2,323 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,323
Hads: 7,009
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 266
Gots: 1,414 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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
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Reviews: 2,323 | Hads: 7,009
Photo of Edwin
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer three years ago on a whim at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA. I have to admit that I am a total slave to packaging...if it looks cool, i'll buy it. The skeleton dude called to me and I had to have it. I have to say that what I found inside my glass was FAR better than I expected. I thought i'd get an average beer with a great label, and instead I got a great beer with a great label.
Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of sweetness to it. When it is first poured into the glass, it has a beautiful red/caramel hue to it that looks almost too good to drink. It has a great aroma. This is a beer that has all the flavor of a heavier beer, but it won't weigh you down like a steak dinner, making it an all-night endeavor.
The only knock on this beer is that, if kept too cold it can get a little bitterness to it. Most self-respecting establishments will keep certain coolers at different temperatures to ensure the best taste, but every once in a while you'll get one that is a tad too cold and it seems like you're drinking the Dead Guy's ugly sister. Those situations are few and far between, but I gotta give the whole story.
If you see this beer, do yourself a favor and get a pint. I suggest it to all newbies and I get great response. Enjoy!

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Photo of Naerhu
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful opaque red body with white smallish head. 4
smell: Sweet malty creamy, soft whole grain bread like aroma. 4.5
taste: Medium hops that gently grow. Initially lightly sweet and some light caramel. Sweet without being cloying in anyway. Dry due to the hopiness, but balanced so well. Reading the other reviews, I have to wonder why I got it backwards. Most taste bitter then sweet, but I definitely taste malty sweetness with the bitterness slowly coming out.
mouthfeel: micro bubbles on a round medium body.
drinkability: The sweetness and bitterness is balanced is beautifully. Amazing.

This is the sweetest juice of god. It has a beautiful deep golden amber color. Shimmering with deliciousness. Aroma is of bold malts wrapped in a loving bouquet of hops. I do not catch any of the fruit other see, but this has the rich warm qualities of fresh baked bread. A firm hop back bone, that make me glad I was born. The creamy smooth mouthfeel is liquid silk.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a treat here. Copper red color with a pale orange hue. Initially fluffy then disappates into an offwhite head that resembles a flat cloud in shape. Sweet and mellow candly-like scent. Flavor initially is slightly bitter but soon transforms on the tongue to a mellow sweetness. Just a plethora of different sweetnesses confused and excite the tongue and palate. Aftertaste almost has an element of carmel too it. Any taste of alcohol is non-existant in this brew. Carbonation is light which allows for all the flavor to come out. Extremely drinkable. A nice appetizer beer because once its gone you want another and another and another...

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

Poured a nice amber color with a white head, bubbles efervesced throughout the duration of the beer in my glass. Lace was left down the sides of the glass. The smell is hoppy and you get a good whiff of alcohol - almost vodka-like with my bottle. Interesting. The taste is very good and satisfies the hop-head in me - little malt presence on the palate, followed by bitter hops and a crisp finish. It feels to me that the tail end is almost missing something. Maybe I'm delusional. This is a very rich ale for my tastes, so I can see drinking one or two of these tasty brews, but certainly not more than that.

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Photo of BierReise
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the first time recently and enjoyed it very much. It poured a nice head that laced the glass as I drank it. The thing about it that impressed me the most was that despite its intense hops, the malt flavor came right through. This is American brewing at it's best

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

A bock, but they call it an ale? I don't understand. A very good bock. One of my favorite bocks. Too sweet for me to drink very much of, but very good none the less. Balance is good. Nice malt profile. I welcome this beer into my fridge. Great label.

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Photo of brakspear
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm...a mai-bock brewed with Rogue's mysterious "pac-man" yeast....and throwing you a curve by calling it an ale.... all resulting in a delicious beer no-matter its classification!

The beer pours a dark amber with a very limited white head...the weakest part of this beer is its appearance.

The aroma is a beautiful deep malty aroma...not sweet...toasted instead...with a faint hops spice...very nice.

The taste shines...a rich and deep malty blend of Munich and caramel malts really breaks to the fore, but there is a nice hop balance to the beer. A joy to drink.

The beer has a nice body to it and the alcohol content is hidden, making it dangerous if you think it is a session beer! I just wish it was more readily available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Capital Ale House.

Appearance: Hazy dark copper in color. Minimal head but it left very nice, thick, and distinct rings on the glass.

Smell: Very hoppy indeed. Fruity and flowery. Very nice.

Taste: Less than what I expected. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer, but something just didn't sit well with me. There was a more balanced flavor of hops and malts than expected. I had anticipated a hop right hook to the taste buds. No such luck.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. Surprising, given the high IBU of this beer.

Drinkability: I really wasn't constantly ready for another drink with this one. Not a beer that I would actively seek out again.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff is great, pours an orangeish hue with a white head. It tastes like a nutty amber, but it works! no massive hops, yet a subtle transformation of a classic which yields an awesome offspring. Any fan of ales would enjoy this tastey interpretation.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy rich copper with off white head...
Aroma: Softly sweet malt
Taste: Strong malt slightly sweet at first...leading too nice offsetting slightly bitter hops...nice mix
Mouthfeel great...
Overall I will get some more...not my favorite, but still good

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Photo of avylover
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking deep golden brew with a level off-white head that died in a hurry.. Smell is a mix of english and american bitter hops, but I once this tasted a few more flavors kicked in, most notably a very sweet maltiness. Nothing overpowering, just a decent balance of hops & sweet bready malts. Alcohol is totally hidden. Not the best maibock I've head, but pretty good.

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

Amber in color, light tan small bubbly half inch thick head. Very appealing to look at. Smells of light floral hops and yeast. Start and middle are a little bit empty, but ohh the finish is so nice. Good fair amount of hops with a nice dry hop bite. Sip or drink it slow, its quite smooth with a nice hop bite. Drink it fast and watch out, the hop bite bites. Has a light body feel and leaves a dry hop tang in mouth and tongue. Drinkable indeed, this is a nice clean hophead ale for sure.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured and amber color topped with a large foamy white head, excellent retention. Not much aroma, a little malty sweetness. Carbonation is low, giving this brew a smooth mouthfeel. Malts dominate the flavor, a little raison notes. Not too bad overall, but not the best Rogue has to offer. Character is a just a little lacking, something that some of Rogue's other brews have that makes them stand out. But hey, when the day of the dead comes, what better than a dead guy.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber bottle with the classic “Dead Guy” sitting on a barrel. This is one of my favorite maibocks. Pours a deep amber/bronze color topped off by a medium sized bubbly head. Nose is floral and malty with slight undertones of nuts and fruit. Bitter hops are immediately recognized upon first taste, followed by a sweet fruitiness and malts. Very balanced and easy to drink. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, very nice. Another great beer from Rogue.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Denali
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12 ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy amber with thick off-white head.

Smell: Fruity aroma (citrus and apple) with malt sweetness and slight alcohol presence.

Taste: Mix of malt sweetness and strong hops bitterness tastes up front. Roasted caramel flavor comes in next, along with a hint of fruitiness. Strong hops bitterness and malt sweetness then make their presence known again and follows into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation upfront that fades away quickly. Finish is a bit thin. Almost like the flavors go away for a moment but then come back (from the dead) again for the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Wow is this easy to drink. I didn’t realize it was 6.5% ABV until after I finished it. You would never know it.

Comments: Very flavorful brew, extremely easy to drink. The dead finish provides an interesting effect. Thank you Keith (stegmakk) for the bottle.

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Photo of Running4beer
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy wheat/honey type color with a small amount of head that thins out and leaves a lacy coat on top. The aroma is not strong at all but you can smell the hops and light malt. There was a slight bitter, malt aftertaste that is not overpowering and completes the initial hop taste. There is a smooth mouth feel to this beer, that makes you want to grab another and another and another. The drinkability is great, this is one of those beers you want on a hot summer night when you're relaxing at home with some friends having a good conversation about beer and life.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in the 22 oz "Bomber" with the by now famous "Dead Guy" atop a cask label!
Wow I AM impressed by the look of this beer! The brew is a hazy amber colour, topped by a small , but creamt, off white head, very good !
The aroma of this beer is not overwhelming, but is well balanced with hops and malts to the fore...smells like fresh rain.
Ahhh wonderful taste to this ale! Malty yet not to cloyingly sweet, creamy yet it has bite.Nice taste of honey..and a nice understated hop bitterness at the end.
A very nice feeling in the mouth, its smooth and not too dry of a finish.
This is overall an excellent beer and very drinkable in my opinion.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan malts. Hopped with Perle and Saaz.

16.5 degrees Plato, 30 IBU's, Apparent Attenuation 77.7, 8 Lovibond.

Deep amber in color with a slight chill haze, forming a puffy light beige head with sticky lacing and good retention. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is mildly spicy with floral hops, a distinct caramel note but pleasantly underwhelming, a fruity ferment with those wonderful PacMan esters, and hints of sweet nuts and toasted grains. Mouthfeel is very soft with a medium body..very, very smooth. Taste begins with some mild, fresh floral hops, giving into a delicious delicate bready malt sweetness with hints of sweet nutbreads and caramel. There is a pronounced clover-honey sweetness in the middle. A luxurious, mildly dry finish is that of lingering sweet Munich malts, a slight graininess, perhaps some toasted malt husks, and notes of vanilla and caramel.

Dangerously drinkable...a 12 oz. bottle gives me a pleasant buzz on an empty stomach. Delicious..somewhat of a dessert beer. This reminds me of a sweet real cask ale. At it's prime, this is one of my favorite beers and in my top 20. On tap at the Rogue Ale House, this is just sublime.

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Photo of marburg
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that first turned me on to microbrews many moons ago; it prompted me to keep looking for Rogue beers. And it's still a treat to this day.

Pours a pretty, sparkling amber color with a not-quite creamy head of about a quarter- to half-inch in thickness. Aroma is of the malt presence in the beer. "Hmm...another overly malt-sweet beer?" Nope. A pleasant sweetness is instantly laid to rest by an equally pleasant hop bitterness that lingers just a bit -- aftertaste of some sort of bitter nut or food...can't quite put my finger on it.

You can drink a truck full of this and still like it.

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Photo of Winter
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great offering from Rogue. This tasty mai bock was originally created to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead or Dia de Muerto on November 2, All Souls Day. Pours a hazy medium orange with a white foamy head. Nice citrusy, buttery aroma with a hoppy floral boquette. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, which is thick and creamy. Smooth front with a crisp textured finish. Sweet and citrusy upfront with a biscuity malt goodness. Flavorful finish from the Saaz hops is just perfect. I picked up a single bottle to sample and now I wish I had grabbed a six-pack.

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Photo of Brewzzle
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a curious little beer. It says it is supposed to be a Bock but it reminds me more of a bitter (a good one too).

It is very murky, with a tight but fleeting head. Aroma is sweet, honey like. To taste it is a delight, starts off rich, full bodied and bursting with sweetness. A mix of grain, honey other goodies I can't quite describe. It finishes off with a big hop bitterness and a lingering sweetness. In character I would say it is alot like sweet oat bread.

For some reason this reminds me of an outstanding homebrewed beer, probably the hazy appearance and the rich natural flavours, true craftbrewed excellence.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber copper hue with an off white fluffy billowing head. This beer doesn't have the thickest lace, but what it lacks there it makes up with in taste and aroma. Aroma is a sharp sweetness with notes of caramel and slight apple tartness. The flavor is very complex yet simply amazing in every way, this beer blends the perfect amount of subtle bittering hops with a huge blend of specialty malts. Gotta love the maibock brewed with ale yeast instead of the standard lager yeast for the style. This shows that taking a chance can bring you an awesome product like the one I have the pleasure of sipping on right now. There are hints is a soft chewy mouthfeel that carries a plethora of caramel malt, a ver slight tartness, and the trace of hop character tie this beer together. No loose ends here, one amazing totally solid brew that is so easy to drink. If I see this stuff on tap it is going to be quite a fun night, very good drinkable brew.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Dead Guy Ale poured gold and red, like a sunrise on a cloudy morning. The look is slightly cloudy, although it could have been the carbonation obscuring my vision.

I sensed a sweet, malty aroma, though not at all overpowering. I have tried beer with far greater aromas but with a far lesser flavor.

Sweet and bitter, smooth and chewy, it was a dichotomy of the senses, although the hoppiness is pretty subtle. There are no gratuitous flavors.

I really like this beer a lot. I had not had any Rogue products prior to this and I hope all of this live up to Dead Guy's near perfection (IMHO). I think this beer would be great to drink at any time, whether at the bar or with food.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very reliable brew. The pour was silky smooth with an attractive red orange color with just a tad bit of carbonation and a somewhat unsubstantial white head that formed clingy lace. The smell was a balance of malt and hops but was a little lacking in complexity. The taste was not however. It was full with some citrus flavors and notes of apple and bitter malts. Yet another quality effort from Rogue.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,323 ratings.