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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: 2,352 | Ratings: 7,214
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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Photo of Garin
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a nice golden coppery colour, slightly hazy, with a firm, lasting head that left beautiful lace.

The aroma was malty sweet, citrusy, grassy, with lots of hops.

The flavour is a stiff and dry malt, with bracing, peppery bitter hops rounding it out. I don't find a lot of fancy flavours here, just good honest malt'n'hops.

In the mouth it feels nice and warm, with a medium body.

Yes, it's extremely drinkable. This six-pack won't last long. It seems a bit hoppy for a maibock, but I'm not really complaining. It's like an ESB with a really firm malt backbone. I've had a few of these now, and I just LOVE this beer. No matter what you call it, it's darn tasty.

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

Had this on tap at the Sunset Cantina. Color was a clear, light copper hue, and the head was white, fine and thin, but with minimal lacing. Nose displayed some citrusy hop notes, and even seemed a bit grassy to me. Body was better than medium, with a slight prickliness on the tongue. Flavor was a great balance between malt and hops. Malt was slightly toasty, with some sweetness (but not enough for me!) and the hops were pleasing with a citrus lean to them. Good stuff!!

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

Brilliant amber color with a large two inch fluff atop. This beer is so well balanced and a treat to throw back. It's creamy sweet and then spicy sharp hops....caramel malty and then sharp hops. An awesome session beer that is stronger than one would imagine. This is most definitely worth a try and is one of my fall-back brews

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beauty of a dark amber with a thin, retaining head. Some fruity and hops are noted on the aroma, barely detectable. A spicy hoppy taste is noted on top, with some underlying malts and some citrus detected. Medium bodied, and hopped up as expected from Rogue, all in all an above average beer that can have some bite.

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Photo of jaz
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great rusty bronze color with creamy white head. Head didn't stay long, and lace was minimal. The aroma smelled like a kettle of carmel when you melt it to make carmel apples, and a sweet malt and alcohol smell came through nicely. The taste was rich and smooth, pronounced carmel flavor, with a bitter-sweet middle, and a pleasant sweet and tart finish that lingered a bit. An excellent Maibock style beer.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is a glowing orange/amber, looks awesome. Head is solid and thick, sticky looking and smallish. Lacing was great. On the nose was fruit, lots of ripe fruit. A nice combo of melons, citrus and yeast.

First taste and I new I was in for a treat. Full and rich, fruity flavor abound (peach?) caramel malts, a touch of roasted malt and toasted bread. A stiff malt backbone is backed up with a sold punch of hop flavor, aroma and bitterness. I felt the usage of hops in Dead Guy was brilliant. Mouthfeel was another winning characteristic. Super creamy but somehow light and quick at the same time. Finished smooth, a bit toffee sweet with that tingling bitterness that I love (Fuller's ESB has it). A touch of alcohol and tobacco at the very end. To me, drinking this I'm thinking ESB all the way, but who cares how it's classified, it rocks.

My first Rogue. "All Killer, no Filler"

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Photo of nomad
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a transparent dark amber color with a strange orange-brown hue to it. Also had a fair-looking frothy and almost khaki-colored head, some bits of tiny streams of carbonation, a good lace that for the most part stuck around, and some bits of stain.

Smelled of soft apple and faint floral hops, and a little pine and salt as well. It tasted of a good balance of malt and hops; it nicely played back and forth between a rosy malt flavor and a grapefruity bitterness. Had some good biscuit flavors, too. In combination, a simple body of flavors but pleasing from its good balance.

Lightly drying but with an obviously bitter finish, it didn't diminish the very wet feeling the watery mouthfeel left for most of my tongue. A good session beer, light (relative to most Rogue offerings) yet interesting. I thought better in bottle, as for me the draught had lost its malt flavors and thus its balance.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,352 ratings.