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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,784 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,784
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 138
Gots: 383 | FT: 0
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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 Flashsp2

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Dead Guy Ale,

Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger beige head, lingers for a couple minutes. Nice sticky lacing throughout. Head falls to a ring which stays put throughout.

Aroma of lots of sweet caramel, soft maltyness, some grassy hops.

Taste follows the nose almost to a point. First taste that hits the palette is a big, sweet, caramel malty goodness. This is then matched with a bright, grassy, hop profile. The two tangle, and the caramel lingers toward the end, with a touch of hop bitters at the end. Some juicy fruit (pineapple?) in the middle, very delicate, but makes it's presence.

This brew makes for a great session beer, easy to quaff down quite a few if you aren't careful. Great price point too.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 21:40:54 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of beerbutcher


3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

very hazy red orange with off white suds

interesting nose. lots of munich toast with fruity ale notes and some funk from the yeast i guess.

on the palate the beer is full and chewy with lots of malt body, slight sweetness and awkward herbal hops on the finish

mouthfeel is good, nice body and well balanced alcohol.

overall, interesting beer which tastes like what they call it though perhaps a bit too toasted. ale fermentation adds some intesting flavors and the hops just didin't meld well for me. more interesting than anything, a bit of a kitchen sink beer in my mind.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 16:31:36 | More by beerbutcher
Photo of JunkYardJake


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at La Piazza.
Copper with orange hues. Small head with light retention and lacing. Small nose of bread and toasted grains. Malt is balanced nicely with a moderate dose of floral hops that leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. To style? Nope. Tasty? Yes. Very fluid mouthfeel and low carbonation. Quite drinkable with a slight alcohol finish. Good beer that is widely available.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 18:51:10 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of airheadmtrcycle


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first beer review. After three bottles [all on different days :-)] I feel like I have a pretty good sense of this beer. It's a nice amber color with a thick, but short lived head. Like the flavor its smell is balanced with caramel malts and terrific citrus esters. The hops are stronger on the palate than sensed by the nose, but much more subdued than an American IPA, for instance. I find this the most drinkable beer I've had so far. Dead Guy Ale may bore those who prefer a heavily hopped beer. The style confuses me; I would have called this an amber ale. So much to learn...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 01:10:42 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of bottle into . . . plastic cup! Bummer for no proper glassware, but it did not tarnish the taste of this delicious beverage.

A - Poured into cup, it produced a thick foamy head that dissipated within a minute or two.

S - Hop scents as well as malt characteristics are discovered upon inhaling.

T - Much as described in taste category, but to elaborate; bittering hop flavor followed by a desirable malty balance.

M - Good mouth-feel, flavors subside and do not seem to linger for somewhat of a clean finish.

Overall - I like this beer and would definitely recommend it to everyone as a beer to be tasted. The only thing I could for that this beer does not deliver on is a fair amount of sediment to swirl in, but I cannot mark off any points for that.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 22:46:35 | More by Rauknar
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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a 16oz pilsner style glass

Appearance: I was able to pour this beer down the middle to create a huge white 4 finger head. The head dissipates slowly into an impressive soapy lacing that clings to the glass. The color is a medium amber, that is slightly lighter on the edges. This beer is translucent but slightly hazy perhaps suffering from a little bit of chill haze. Overall though the haziness of this beer indicates that is an ale to me.

Aroma: The aroma of this beer consists of toasted malt, very slight buttery biscuit caramel and a hint of sweet fruity esters.

Taste: The taste consists of slight toasted malt, some fruity esters and a small bit of diactyl.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is a little heavier then its actual lager version of a Maibock. Carbonation a thiner but makes for a creamier mouthfeel. There is little to no bitterness. but the beer does finish a bit dry.

Drinkability: This is an interesting beer, an ale brewed with the same ingredients as a maibock. Creating a similar flavor with some extra fruity esters. I think its a decent beer overall and a maker for a decent session ale. Its not all that complex, so its hard for me to get excited about though it is damn drinkable and there is very little wrong with this beer. I think this beer is hyped up a lot because it was one of the first accessible craft beers. A damn good beer... Worth the price, no.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 22:21:52 | More by MaxBrews
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4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

super fluffy head that laces nicely. quasi-opaque apricot color. smells of deep maltiness, fresh bread with raisans...for all that sweet buildup, there is a nice sourness that balances things. i bought one of these long ago due to the label. years later, this is stellar and something i think will taste even better in spring. not heavy, not light. perfect mouthfeel keeps this creamy and crisp. and at 6.5% abv, it's just right for serious sessioning...bury me with a few of these.

i love the way the finish reveals (before drying and fading) herbal notes, a hint of forest...it even reminds me of a british pale ale beefed up, but not in the american ipa sense. hops stay low. near perfection for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 18:30:00 | More by mempath
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4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my all time favorite beer. I am a big porter fan, and im in love with any dark beer and this is the best beer i think you can buy at a grocery store or any market like it. The beer drinks so smooth for how dark it is, and tastes of a hint of caramel within the full body. A true classic. One of my favorites anytime i go to the bar

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 08:28:46 | More by timhoth
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- medium bodied light caramel color with golden highlights. Off white head with little retention and mild lacing.

S- mixed fruitiness with citrus hops and caramel/biscuit maltiness with some earthy fruits.

T- caramel and nice fruit like raisins and figs with a toasty biscuit aftertaste. Nice blend of erathy and mild citrus hops.

D/M- very nice medium body beer with good malt profile and good drinkability. Nice

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 22:16:13 | More by jmfc8237
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a two finger off white head which quickly fades to 1/2 finger and holds. Smell is a combination of caramel and toffee with some hops in the background. Taste is caramel, toffee, and toasted malt with some bitter hops for balance.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. The initial flavor is somewhat sweet, the bitter hops are strongest in the aftertaste, but not overpowering. A well balanced beer which I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 20:16:00 | More by hardy008
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with yellow-orange highlights, a thick off-white head which leaves fantastically sticky lacing all the way down.

Sweet malts and citrusy hops dominate the nose. Lots of fruity esters in here, green apples and bananas as well as a darker, preserved fruit-like quality.

The taste is a thick malty sweetness with a hit of bitter piney hops on the tongue. Caramel and cereal grains. Not too much carbonation.

A middle-of-the-road beer in terms of body. Good for anytime. and very drinkable for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 02:07:56 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It has been a year since I had this. Man I used to think it was bitter hop crap!

A - Nice amber color with little head
S - Smells of hops and malts with slight citrus smell
T - Not as hoppy as expected! The malts play great along with the citrus but really expected more toffee.
M - Pretty drinkable but kind of getting tired of hoppy beers.
D - May have this again if I find a sixer defiantly a good beer to buy.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 02:24:12 | More by DrDemento456
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3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey amber color with a 3 finger sticky off white head that reduces to about a half finger in 2 to 3 minutes. Head remains at the half finger level all the way until i finished the beer. left some very nice lacing down the glass.

Definitely a solid brew. Not my favorite, but some nice flavors. Has a mild hop presence, mainly presenting earthy notes but with a hint of citrus as well. Strong malt presence, with a bit of toffee and some toasted malt flavors. Finishes with a touch of bitterness, but not as much as I would prefer. Medium bodied, with a nice level of carbonation. Good brew, but not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 18:24:40 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange color with mild lacing and medium carbonation.
Smell is caramel grainy malt, earthy, and some hints of lemon.
Taste is earthy caramel some toffee, is sticky, has a strong malt presence, and finishes with a touch of spice, lemon, and toffee.
This is a very smooth beer that's incredibly well balanced. Not my style of beer, but very well brewed nonetheless. Rogue has better offerings (like Double Dead Guy), but this is a very solid beer that's very drinkable. Is noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 04:01:51 | More by jzeilinger
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bomber poured into a dead dog saloon pilsener glass, i found this appropriate! bright orangey amber coloring, three finger billowy head that took it's time receding - leaving traces of head on the way down, the lace covers the entire top of the beer and runs up the glass a bit, very nice looking.

s- spicy, peppery, i'm getting a toasty vanilla like sweetness that lays ontop of the base carmelized malt, very earthy.

t- i wasn't expecting the any sweetness to come out here, but i'm getting plenty, loads of vanilla, brown sugar. hops shine in the finish, lemony and tart. earthy toasty amber caramel malts take over the front palate. this is a very interesting beer for sure.

m- medium bodied, slightly syrupy.

d- i'm gonna start off by saying that this is my first maibock so i'm not sure what the exact style is shooting for. it does have a nice hop profile, and is lighter in color, although i'm not getting any alcohol coming through. i really am enjoying it though, it's a nice refreshing lager spliced with some great ale characteristics. another top notch rogue offering, can't believe i'm only getting around to trying it for the first time now.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 20:57:08 | More by thecarster1
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2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber with no date into large mug, lets go...

(a) Pours a dark honey color with very little carbonation...guess thats why they call it dead. Next to no head. (3.5/5)

(s) Not much here, smells pretty bland, like something that has aged but with no hops to bring anything out. Different. (3/5)

(t) For something complex it tastes very balance and light. Some pine and citrus hop notes, but overall pretty light. That or either very well balanced. (3/5)

(m) Pretty dissapointing. Very little up front and even less on the follow through. Oddly light for as complex as it seems. (2.5/5)

(d) Decent, but not something I would go back to in a session. Great beer to build on, but for the price lets leave it at that. (3/5)

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 06:37:13 | More by lbaker
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a frosty pint glass.

A -- Pours an amber orange color with two fingers of head. Foam is pretty thick and leaves nice lacing on the glass

S -- There was very little smell that I could pick up. It smelled crisp and clean, but not much aroma of malt or anything else.

T -- Very smooth and well balanced. Nicely hopped and overall quite delicious taste. Alcohol taste is there, but not overwhelming.

M -- Not overly carbonated, good light mouth feel.

D -- Overall a very drinkable beer. I could easily drink the entire six pack in a sitting. One of my favorite beers from Rogue brewery(except double dead guy, which is even tastier)

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 18:41:31 | More by ruinsx
Photo of david18

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the earlier available microbrews ten or so years ago, this was one that was surprisingly interesting since it was a german style lager rather than the typical ales that you found from most micros. Great color and aroma, very malt forward with a great flavor. Much better on tap than in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 22:29:14 | More by david18
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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden brown with white foam that slowly dissolved the more I drank.

Smell: Smelled Fresh, Don't Know what more I can say

Taste: Outstanding, had a little kick to it.

Mouthfeel: Aside from the little after taste, the feel was normal. Not alot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable

Overall: An outstanding American beer I can be proud to drink anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:42:58 | More by austinhensley
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden brown and clear with a white head that slowly dissipates.

S- Malty

T- Very malty. Not entirely sure how to describe this other than a bock. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Well-balanced with a hops presence that is lacking in many lesser bocks.

M- Syrupy.

D- Overall pretty good. I'm glad that Rogue is so easy to find because you know your always getting a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 20:39:39 | More by schanker21
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Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a honey orange with 2 fingers of milky white head. Nice webed lacing left clinging to the pint glass.

S- Nice and hoppy with a sweet smell of caramel and honey. There's a bready quality here and a touch of fruitiness.

T- The fruitiness is more noticeable in the taste, mingles nicely with the toasted and caramel malts. Finish is slightly hoppy.

M- Medium body and low carbonation make for a mighty smooth drink.

D- Easy to throw a 6'er of these down, i'm glad Rogue bottles these in the 12oz bottles. They're starting to become a regular staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 06:02:22 | More by Dawkfan
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, honey amber with short-lived 3/4" head and some mild lacing

S: Somewhat sweet, malty scent with slightly fruity undertones (citrus?)

T: Malty up front with the same, mild citrus hop finish picked up in the scent. Nice balance, very smooth.

M: Nice, smooth; feels nice on the palate

D: Very drinkable beer that I have, and will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 03:21:38 | More by DeauxBoy
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a moderate tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity with some hops and a bit of honey. Malty flavor that is nicely balanced with citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel is just right.. medium bodied and quite smooth. This is very drinkable and a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 03:23:13 | More by chickenm
Photo of dcajero


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber, almost a caramel color with a dense cloudiness held to the light. Head came up and back down quickly but lingered along the sides of the glass

S - Definitely fruit and maybe some butterscotch.

T - Sweet with strong fruit up front and malts building after. Don't taste a lot of alcohol here.

M - Lightly carbonated without a whole lot of body. I had it right out of the cooler and it might have done well with an hour or so to warm up.

D - Definitely a do over. I could throw down a few after dinner as a dessert and not be completely immobilized.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 04:10:42 | More by dcajero
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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. This beer is somewhere between tawny and mahogany in color. The head is off-white and leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is nice - sweet, subtle caramel malt with some light, fruity hops. The flavor is a tad sweet and finishes with a mildly sour lager/malt flavor, but it's well-balanced and goes down easy. The mouthfeel has always seemed a tad odd to me. I get a funny graininess at first. Dead Guy won't bowl you over with complexity, but it's a solid beer and it's easy to see why it has converted many a macro drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 07:05:42 | More by popery
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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