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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,110 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,110
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 550 | 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:
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 added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and orange in color. Nice head formed and faded away. Left some light lacing on the glass.

Very faint smell.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Very well balanced. Some malt sweetnes, off set with the hop bitternes.

Easy to drink for such a dark and strong ale.

Most enjoyable. I will buy this again.

This is a good beer to have when you just want to unwind, relax and appreciate a good beer.

JohnFatAss, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: ? (most likely a bottle from some friend's cooler)

Pours a slightly hazy bronzed orange with a small whitish head that retains well typically. Nutty aroma, bready, with roasted malts, hints of dark fruit. Caramel malts in the taste, bready, with pine hops coming through, with hints of raisin. Medium body and pretty drinkable. Not something I'd drink casually, but once in a while it's nice.

Rifugium, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of DarthRadb
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper Color, Pours very little head that fades to nothing immediately

Smell: Apple Juice with Lots of Hops on the Noise, Piney with a Faint bit of Malt in the Background.

Taste: Sweeter than it it smells, but still Very Piney, Lots of Bittering Hops up front with a sweet tangy flavor/aroma hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light Body and very little carbonation.

Drinkability: 1 bomber was enough for me, Probably won't buy this one again, I thought it was a bit out of Balance, Not enough carbonation or malt to hold a proper head. I though it was just OK, but it's not the style of beer I like. A decent beer if you like the Style.

DarthRadb, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of WhiskeyNinja
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle it poured a hazy copper color with a very thin off-white head. The head stayed a short time with minimal lacing.

The initial aroma was that of dirty feet and I thought to myself, "do I really want to drink this". Of course I do! Having several other whiffs, the maltiness clearly came through with a very small hint of citrus.

The taste was malty from start to finish with a touch of citrus/grapefruit in the middle to balance the malts out just a bit.

Mouthfeel was pleasantly light with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is there considering that in my mind, someone had stuck their toes in my beer. Overall a pretty decent beer.

WhiskeyNinja, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from LCBO. From notes.

A - Poured a dark orange with a film of white head. Strong carbonation. Bright. Filmy retention and no lacing.

S - Really caramelly. Not much hop but you can tell it's present.

T - Burnt oranges, caramel, a little citrus hop, and some biscuits.

M - Mild carbonation and a light body. Slightly sweet finish.

O/D - I remember more hops in this but maybe I wasn't used to hops as much. Balanced but I expected more hops. Not bad though.

tbeckett, May 31, 2011
Photo of stellashay
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: burnt golden color that wasn't at all murky with a nice, thick creaamy white 3/4" head, plenty of swirling carbonation.

S:slightly fruity.

T: incredibly delicious and surprisingly refreshing for the sweet tones and slightly higher than average abv. I drank this beer outside on a hot day and found it so refreshing that I would buy a whole case in the future. Though it is refreshing, there is no watery-ness. A good comparison might be to Magic Hat #9 in that they are both fruity, but Dead Guy has more body and the fruit is not overpowering.

M: Light and refreshing, good amount of carbonation, goes down very easily.

stellashay, May 31, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – 1 finger plus off white head subsided quickly while leaving some lacing on the glass, a mildly hazy classic amber color 3.5
S – Nothing dominates it’s all pretty mild – biscuits, yeast, toasted malts, grassy hops & a slight sweetness 3.5
T – Bready and malty, with some caramel notes and a mild hop bitterness, very sessionable 3.5
M – A medium body with a thinker mouth feel than I expected, very nice carbonation lightens the brews malty body, dry finish 4
O – I like this good beer but will not likely seek it out again at my local price point ($12 a sixer), unique unto itself, well balanced, nothing outstanding 3.5

rsdaugherty, May 30, 2011
Photo of Supersweetshirts
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This would be a great beer to have with food as it is relatively mild in flavor intensity. The beer poured a nice orange/amber with little head. It had a refreshing smell of fruits like apricot and citrus but with faint smells of malt. This was a good casual beer to have, my only suggestion would be to intensify the flavor a bit as I found it to be a bit too mild.

Supersweetshirts, May 28, 2011
Photo of mooselvlt
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Beautiful caramel amber color, nice and clear. Get a beautiful tan 2 finger foam head with nice retention. Lacing abounds.

S - Biscuity, caramel malts

T - Nice warm bread, biscuits. Malty presence is the star here. Just a touch of hops. Very slight alcohol tinge

M - Medium body with decent carb

O - I haven't had one since last summer. Its as good as I remember. Its hard to describe but I just enjoy the warmth this brew gives me. I love Maibocks anyway and this one is a very good one. Very drinkable any time of year.

mooselvlt, May 27, 2011
Photo of zachariaIPA
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazed-copper with a finger of dissipating white head. Not a lot of lacing.

Complex malt aromas and taste with just the right amount of crisp hop bitterness to balance it out. Overall, very pleasant to the senses.

A very sessionable Maibox. A classic, go-to!

zachariaIPA, May 26, 2011
Photo of HugePlume
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the Rogue public house, from notes

A- A wonderful carmel brownish amber. Has a nice tight white head, and very good lacing.

S- It smells like beer+ A little hard to explain, smells like beer, with hints of sweet malt and fruity hops. But mostly what you would stereotype as "beer."

T- Wonderful malt profile, with a rich carmel and dry bread note playing harmony. In the midst there is a flourish of bitter hops, and a clean sweet slightly bitter finish.

M- Spot on, good carbonation and medium body.

O- Great meal beer, well rounded. An excersize in malt complexity with hop balance in a light bodied ale.

HugePlume, May 26, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was one of my intro's to craft beer years ago, figured I'd give it a review since it's such a solid beer.

A: Hazy orange in color with a finger thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates in the mug.

S: Lots of different malts present in the nose, that give off some sweetness and caramel like scents. Some sort of fruitiness as well.

T: Taste is very malty, the caramel is strong with a toasted malty flavor and some sweetness and spice. There is a quick burst of bitter hops in the middle, but the finish is malty and maybe a bit oily.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. The feel is malty with sweetness.

D: This is an excellent intro to craft beer (as mentioned above). It's available basically everywhere and has some nice complex flavors without being overpowering. Overall a solid beer.

mavbrew, May 25, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Timothy's. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a hazy amber/orange with a very small tan head that reduced quickly. No lacing.

S: Heavy caramel aromas as well as some light grains. There are hints of apple floral hops, but both are pretty subdued.

T: Overly malty, I was expected at least a little bit of a hop presence, but its just not there. Heavy caramel and toffee with a slight hint of bruised apple and light spice.

M: Medium to full bodied, a much more filling beer than anticipated. Good carbonation.

O: It was ok, again a great hop presence would have made this a better beer, for me at least. Its fuller body makes it a tough one to drink a bunch of as well.

mdaschaf, May 23, 2011
Photo of jifigz
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard Pint Glass

A: Nice copper orange color. Decent small head that lingers and leaves small amounts of lacing.

S: A very sweet floral aroma. It doesn't smell very bitter, but most definitely maintains a sweet aroma. Mildly citrus.

T: A nice unique malt and honey flavor. I think honey seems to be a main flavor here. It almost reminds me of the candy honey-o's if anyone knows what they are. The finish stays sweet. Not a very bitter beer.

M: Extremely light bodied and creamy. Just plain good.

O: A very good beer and one that I think has a pretty unusual taste character. I have not experienced this style very much, but I like this one and must try others.

jifigz, May 22, 2011
Photo of punkrules45
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I absolutely loved this bottle. 650ml bottle with no date on it. Smelled of caramel and malt very in your face. Taste was sweet and definitely memorable (being my first bock). Will definitely try again, and again, and again. The mouthfeel was great, I want to say almost syrupy but hesitate to being that it went down so smooth. It is 6.5% abv after all so if it ain't going down smooth there's a problem. But this beer is so great. I wish it was cheaper here because I could drink this all the time. Definitely a smooth tasty beer worth the extra pennies.

punkrules45, May 21, 2011
Photo of Illtryit
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Growlers in St. Louis.

Poured from bottle to regular pint glass. Amber in color. Clear. White head about half inch tall. Some lacing as a drank.

Smells of a fruit/sweet/grainy mixture. Very unique.

Taste follows the smell. Citrus and mellowed grains up front with a hoppy bitter aftertaste.

A little thin in the mouth. Good carbonation.

Really good beer. I'll definitely have more.

Illtryit, May 20, 2011
Photo of billybrew21
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a flute pils glass, but really wasn't satisfied so I poured what was left into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy orange, amber-ish color with a big, thick, creamy head...very attractive. Smell is a whole plethora of things: fruits, wheat and alcohol esters...I'm not getting too much hops here. Hops definitely come through on the taste though as well as more fruit, maybe banana? I'm not sure but there are some citrus notes here - a complex beer, but tasty nonetheless. The malt kicks in midway through and brings a biscuit, bread like taste that dries things out at the finish. Mouthfeel is really my only disappointment, as the beer is overall pretty watery. The body feels thin, as the carbonation is there after pouring, but quickly disappears. This beer is a great refresher, and at 6.5%, you can get the alcohol at the end, but it still feels like it could be a session beer. I could see myself definitely drinking a few of these on a hot day, but then after a few you really start to see that ABV.

Bottom line is that this is a very drinkable beer that I will certainly be coming back to as summer approaches. With a great and complex blend of flavors Rogue delivers a pleasing brew.

billybrew21, May 19, 2011
Photo of LaneMeyer
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass.

A- Poured a nice reddish orange, with a creamy white, one-finger head. Nice carbonation to begin but mellows out pretty quickly. Head dissipates pretty quickly as well.

S- smells yeasty, banana bread, alcohol, slight sugary sweetness characters.

T- tastes a bit watery at the front, in the middle I taste kind of a sour bread like taste, with nice malty character. At the end I taste bitter, citrus, lemon, sour orange rind.

M- watery, thin, carbonated, a bit coarse.

O- A good ale with nice carbonation. Not exceptional by any standards but fairly easy to drink, refreshing, and tasty. A decent brew for the price, and perfect for a mid-range beer, not to light, not too dark.

LaneMeyer, May 19, 2011
Photo of Dave128
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - pretty smooth pour. not a huge head to begin with but it slowly bubbled up after the full pour. Lacing is kinda just bubbles here and there.

S - hoppy and fruity

T - Starts off very sweet and refreshing. finishes a little dry and bitter. Its very well balanced. This finish is also pretty biscuity.

M - medium bodied. carbonated well.

O - A pretty good beer. Nothing absolutely spectacular, but this one is definitely one I'd like to have again sometime.

Dave128, May 18, 2011
Photo of birdman200
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-ish color, small white head.
Smell: Very zesty, very wheaty.
Taste: Honey at the end, faint citrus.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean.
Drinkability: Verynice. First beer of this style, so hard to put my finger on what the style should taste like. Very enjoyable beer though. Apologizes for brief review.

birdman200, May 16, 2011
Photo of Roke87
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, slightly chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip.
Production date: BO811, not sure what that means and couldn’t find anything on the Rogue website?

Appearance- Pours on the darker side but still clear amber colour with a minimal half finger of white head that very quickly resides to a bubbly ring leaving very minimal lacing.

Smell- I’m having a hard time distinguishing a smell out of this one, very sweet on the nose maybe a caramel flavour? I don’t get any hop smells from this one at all to be honest, lots of bready malts and a mild touch of yeast.

Taste- Again having a very hard time distinguishing this one in any way, the first thought that comes to my mind as far as taste is a chicken noodle soup that is loaded with lots of salted top crackers. Other than that lots and lots of bready malt flavours with a mild fruity flavour thrown in there.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with from what I can tell below average carbonation that leaves a tiny little bit of a bubbly top. Still smooth, crisp and a very refreshing brew all in all.

Overall- Wow this is unlike anything I have ever tried before, the smells are hard to put a finger on and the taste is equally hard. Sweet on both the palate and the nose with lots of bready malts in both as well. “Dedicated to the Rogue in each of us” is a very good statement because this beer doesn’t want or try to be like any other beer out there. I’m not sure but after reading some of the other reviews maybe us Canadians get the old crappy batches because my review sounds miles off from the others? I dunno a very interesting beer from the offering I bought and I probably wouldn’t seek it out again, I’m stunned and this is the first time in my short reviewing career.

Roke87, May 14, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at an Ale House, the beer was served in a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy, deep, copper coloring with no trace of head. Aromas are rich caramel, with a good dark-sweet character to it. Flavor is toasted malt and caramel notes again, with a very slight peppery hops spicing peeking through, and some grapefruit/citrus ccharacteristics, as well. The aftertaste almost has a sour tone to it, and the finish is dry and crisp, with a hint of bitter from those late blooming hops. Easy drinker, and it goes with anything foodwise. Can't go wrong here!

GarthDanielson, May 13, 2011
Photo of jgreenearrow
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a yellowish-amber color with a thin bubbly head developing at the top of the pour. No lacing on the side of the glass.

S: The nose on this beer is quite sweet. Smell of apricot, citrus, plum, and banana. Some slight malt presence as well.

T: Sweetness bursts onto the tongue in the form of sweet malt as well as apricots and plums. Some citrus enters in the middle followed by some bitterness at the end to bring some balance to the dominant sweet start. Beautifully balanced and refreshing.

M: The beer is thin and refreshing with prickly carbonation tingling the tongue.

Overall this is an excellent beer. The flavors are well balanced and delightful. This is a very refreshing beer for the spring, but fortunately available throughout the year.

jgreenearrow, May 10, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Miller's Ale House.

A - Cloudy amber color with a bit of sediment. Bit of an off white head that had solid retention.

S - Hops smell with a good bit of citrus and pine.

T - Hops forward immediately. The citrus and pine taste follow along giving a nice bitterness to it. Has just a little sweetness that cuts the bitterness a bit.

M - Medium carbonation and leaves a bit of an oily taste on the palate.

O - I thought this was good but not great. Well worth a try.

GallowsThief, May 08, 2011
Photo of getoffmylawnbro
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A red-orange hue pops from the overall mild color. I'm not sure if it is more red or orange, which intrigues me. It has a small head, yet has excellent lacing. Overall, an excellent appearance. It looks as good as it tastes.

S - The smell consists of malts and a combination of citrus fruits. I personally smell grapefruit and either pineapple or banana, although I think I am mistaken with the banana. It smells exactly like the spring - a playful smell that is first malt and then the citrus fruit.

T - The Dead Guy Ale is like, two beers. First is a red-ale-ish taste and then an IPA-ish taste. A quick taste of malts is replaced by the lighter taste of the fruit, just like the smell. The after taste is stronger, and slowly fades away in your mouth and feels great.

M - I would describe it first as playful, then as carbonated, and then as it rules.

O - An excellent beer with great taste, smell, and appearance. If I murdered someone, got caught, was found guilty in a court of law, sentenced to death, and was offered a last meal - I'd think about requesting this.

getoffmylawnbro, May 06, 2011
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,110 ratings.