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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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2,321 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,321
Hads: 7,000
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 21.57%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,406 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 2,321 | Hads: 7,000
Photo of m_hall
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Standard pour yields a slightly cloudy (this is bottle conditioned) caramel-colored beer with a light tan head that falls to a film, leaving light lacing.

Aroma is sweetly malty, fresh dark bread, and faint spice notes.

Flavor is sweet up front, very rich caramel and brown sugar notes. toasted bread and pleasantly nutty bitter flavors coming in after, leading a lingering, slightly dry finish, with a bit of old-world style spicy hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and oily, with moderate carbonation cutting through a bit. Just substantial enough, without being over-heavy.

This beer is technically a maibock, though it's billed on the label as an ale - and given its body and and rich flavor it would definitely appeal to fans of brown ales and similar styles. A very good, very satisfying beer, good for anytime drinking.

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Photo of RogueCBR
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my goto beer. Every time. Found it at a local bar that has a beer-of-the-month 2 years ago. I think they kept it on as a regular beer because I kept them sold out.

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Photo of ElHefe2000
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't really wow me for the price I paid for it. Bought soley for trying a different brew. Not great, not horrible, on to my next new brew!

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Photo of founddrama
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great color, but I'm having a tough time placing the flavor. The bottle says hearty and balanced and I'll give it that. Also: I have to ask why they're calling it an ale if it's a maibock. (Aren't those lager yeasts?)

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic malt flavors with a light crisp lager personality. The malt is slightly caramel sweet, with some grainy barley, light nut and even a bit of coffee bean.

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Photo of sporklift87
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour shows two fingers off-white, soapy head with fair retention and good lacing. Amber brown with some red and very light cloudiness. Smell is not very powerful, brown sugar and bready. Taste matches aroma adequately, with addition of pineapple and some spices. Higher carbonation lingers on front and middle of tongue for half a minute or so. Decent body, not as heavy as I had imagined, a little on watery side. Overall, a good brew, not very complex, but easy drinking and enjoyable. Won't be buying regularly due to price, but will buy again, just the same.

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Photo of justingreenwood
2.44/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The name says it all. Imagine squeezing the fluid from the rotting corpse of a homeless crackhead whose last shower was recorded in the dead sea scrolls. Not something I would drink again.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.62/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [2.50] Pours a rust brown color and forms a large 2 finger head. The beer is a little hazy looking in the glass. The bottle does not list the ABV or any kind of date. BOO! Terrible.

S: [3.25] I get caramel, spices and breadiness.

T: [2.75] The taste is some kind of spices. They are long and lingering. I keep sipping it wanting more but I only get a little more sweetness.

M: [1.50] The mouthfeel is bad. It has no feeling of carbonation. It feels like water. Normally I rate mouthfeel after taste - but the mouthfeel was so unpleasant I went there first.

O: [2.50] This is very disappointing. The bottle includes no useful information. So this might be a really old bottle - but that is Rogue's fault not mine. Suffer with a bad rating. The mouthfeel was WAY off. It is just like water. No carbonation feeling at all (even with the 2 finger head). Then the taste was poor too. I won't drink this again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint of this out at the bistro around the corner last April (11 months ago). Took some notes down at that time, but then promptly lost them. Doing some cleaning today before moving next month and ran across them. They jive with my recollection so figured I'd put them in.

Appearance - Amber / copper in color with red hues throughout. 1 Finger of head is poured, leaving only a soapy residue after a few minutes. Crystal clear.

Smell - Butterscotch, slight bit of tropical fruit. Enticing but the nose isn't terribly potent.

Taste - Some bitterness up front with and earthy butterscotch and creamed corn undercurrent. Overall pretty mild, but quite tasty and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Reasonably well carbonated, leaves a tingling sensation in the mouth. Medium-light bodied.

Overall - Pretty solid across the board, well rounded and definitely would come back to this but for the affordability (and accessibility) in Canada.

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Photo of samshaw
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Medium thick, clear, golden hue with medium offwhite head. Slow stream of small suds rising.

S: Moderate yeast with light hops.

T: Medium yeast dominates the tongue with moderate hops and light malt.

M: Viscous with seltzer-like carbonation.

O: Yeast-heavy beer with a classic flavor and a fair bit of bitterness.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma includes tart but browning apple, toffee, and a little bread. Pours a dense, manilla head and a hazy, light copper body. Full flavored—the malt is toffee/honey-like, lightly sweet and grainy. Slight alcohol and spicy, somewhat bitter hops. Feels a bit light and crisp with not a lot of carbonation.

The malt is pretty well foregrounded with spicy hops and bitterness providing punctuation. Very flavorful though a bit buttery. The alcohol is slight but works well with the spiciness.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance – Deep honey colour with an ample amount of head that is between rocky and shaving foam in consistency. The head is around a finger in height and there is loads of Co2 streaming in the glass the head dies and leaves a decent lace cover that lightly dust the glass as you drink.

Smell – A lot of sweet malt almost caramel like, but some great sour tones from the yeast very, very mild pine hop which leans towards something like the faint waft of a distant spruce forest.
Taste – Pretty hoppy up front more so that I had expected based on the aroma. Malty smells do eventually translate into the taste but it takes a while as the taste develops and the olfactory senses adjust to this interesting brew. The sourness of the yeast comes through well. This beer is a bit of a journey or even a trip in a haunted house at the fayre (In a good way). The hop kicks first then as your buds calm down the malt presents itself, there is a constant under current of yeast and finally the whole experience comes full circle to final hop flourish.
Mouth feel – Very smooth but oddly cloying at first it eventually subsides to something mild and neither dry or cloying but also sadly lacking real punchy linger.
Overall – Pretty dang good and a nice match up with a tasty salad dressed with white wine vinegar dressing this one is a real summer brew and has nice developing flavour that makes it interesting to drink.

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Photo of El_Farto_Magico
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer is fairly standard for Rogue. I'm not particularly crazy about it, it comes off somewhat bland, and lacking in any distinguishable characteristics.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark cloudy amber. Small head with mild retention and lacing. Tropical fruit aroma. Tropical fruit taste mikd hop at end. Light bodied. Decent beer but not very complex.

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Photo of Mdg222
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty and sweet...in saying that there is a slight hop bite and a dry balanced finish. However, it's gently hopped to cut the sweetness, a great overall beer.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy brownish orange in color. Poured with almost no head. Might be my fault.

Smell: A lot of yeast and bread is present with some sweet fruity notes.

Taste: A lot of bread up front mixed with some fruits. Maybe like a fruitcake? Very malty finish.

Feel: Light enough to be refreshing, but not so light it's dull and watery. Has a nice texture.

Overall: Always a good choice when there are no other good choices. If that makes sense.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in February 2015.

Appearance: Deep amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance of hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some sweet malty aroma, which balances the hops for a nice aroma, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, malts, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex ale, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an good and complex lager.

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Photo of mtvolkens
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Flute Glass, Burnt Orange color, held just a bit of a film of head, well below a finger. The aroma was light, and personally one of the most lacking parts of the beer for me. It had a nice smooth malty taste upfront with a strong hoppy aftertaste with bits of piney notes in between. It was a nice, decently rounded beer that would be a great refresher. Not too much going on, but a solid beer. Aroma was the most lacking part of my personal experience with the beer.

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Photo of M_chav
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark orange with 2 inch head, slowly dissipates. Smells like straight malt. Taste is average, thick and malty - slightly refreshing. just not my style. Maybe good on a hot summer day?

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Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer with an inviting hoppy aroma, burnt orange colour, leading to a taste profile that is well balanced including some Saaz spiciness as well as a firm bready malt base, some pine and resiny earthy notes, all well put together to make a hoppy session ale that is very refreshing. Body is well balanced and bright. Hope are forward but the whole is a quite complete package and certainly very interesting.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear copper with a nice thick creamy white head. The head leaves big sticky lacing throughout the beer. The aroma is fruity, caramel, and bready and the taste is even more-so those with a nice earthy hops finish. The body is lighter but not watery, with a little carbonation and nice finish.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. About one finger of pale head, dissipating rapidly. Very even lacing.

Murky gold in color.

Malty, toasty, a touch of hops bitterness in the finish. Carbonation was just about perfect. Very drinkable.

Overall, I'm underwhelmed. It's a good, solid, sessionable brew, but not one that I'd go too far out of my way for.

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Photo of ronricorossi
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Cesar on Piedmont Ave in Oakland

Never had a Dead Guy, saw it on tap, know it to be something of a Pacific Northwest classic, figured it was time to try it. Have to say, my experience with it was..."not so chill". Big complaint - the finish came off way malty in a "malt beverage" kind of way. Reminded me of what I remember a Michelob tasting like. Whatever else was right about it, can't shake that finish, that less than pleasant overall taste on the back end.

Willing to give it another chance - maybe a bottle instead?

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Photo of PayDay
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like a comfortable pair of old shoes that you find in the back of your closet and put on for the first time in a long time, I found the taproom in The Dalles was out of my favorite IPA when I went to fill a growler, but seeing they had Dead Guy on tap and I hadn't had it in years, I said fill 'er up. That night after a day of steelhead fishing I opened my growler and was almost blown away at how good that Dead Guy was from draft. It's so damn drinkable, refreshing, and goes perfectly with almost any food you'd want to pair it with. Love it.

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Photo of megamick
4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Finally rewarded myself w/this & while not earth shattering, it was definitely worth it. Great look: swirled red in the middle surrounded by cloudy gold, holding tons of flavor bursts, I'd recommend it anytime!

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,321 ratings.