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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,828
Reviews: 2,255
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 139
Gots: 402 | 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 TheJollyHop


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

Chestnut brown with a thick and compact off white to beige head. Head fades fast but leaves behind a perfect ring of lace.

The initial nose was very interesting. Bubblegum and syrupy fruit. Sweet, sugary esters. At second whiff, nuttiness is present with some lightly toasted bread. Aroma of strawberries lasts throughout which I have to say was very appealing.

Strong fruity flavor of strawberries and grain sweetness at first giving way to nutty bread and a dry, bitter lingering finish. The bitterness hits early and leaves; not harsh or excessive with its lingering.

Medium carbonated and creamy; tongue coating.

Fairly simple flavor profile but the flavors mesh well, balance is present, and the beer is indeed drinkable. Overall well rounded with a pleasant aroma.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 13:51:44 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of wolfinthemirror


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy burnt orange with a foamy off white head.

In the smell I get yeasts and something biscuity, a hit of sweet caramel malts, and hops.

the malts are very forward and they are balanced well by the modest hop presence. Good solid taste.

Smooth drinking, medium bodied and average carbonation.

Highly drinkable and very delicious. This is one i like to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 05:05:08 | More by wolfinthemirror
Photo of honeybrewer


3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a somewhat cloudy honey color with a creamy head that fades quickly but clings to the edge of the glass for a while.
Smells of malt, citrus hops, and a hint of caramel.
Good malt taste, and a stronger hop taste that I would have thought from the smell. The citrusy aspect of the hops, while it smells pleasantly enough, is perhaps just a little to sharp on the back of my tongue.
Moderate carbontation, full bodied.
This is a good enough beer, but over-priced and over-hyped. Not something I would drink on a regular basis, and probably not something I will buy again when I can get similar beers for half the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 22:33:07 | More by honeybrewer
Photo of cactusjuggalo


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh good old dead guy has been a fall back for me for many a year. Very malty and smooth as you would ecpect. Head sticks around for a little while with a nice toffee hue to it. The taste is bits of chocolate and caramel just a great sort of malty flavor. A solid beer could have one of these everyday.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 12:43:28 | More by cactusjuggalo
Photo of dgilks


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

Rich, malty aroma with caramel and a hint of chocolate. A touch of citrussy hop comes through as well. Lovely.

Moderately hazy, orange colour with a 1 finger, tight, creamy off white head. Decent head retention.

Lots of flavour here. A rich, thick malt body with moderately low bitterness but enough to balance. On the whole it is typically Rogue with the signature Pacman yeast and malt choices coming through. Notes of caramel, chocolate and a hint of citrus and earthy hop are great.

Full bodied with moderately high carbonation. Suitable.

A tasty beer to be sure. It has a sameness that is common to the Rogue beers but it isn't detrimental. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 05:03:29 | More by dgilks
Photo of jimhonnaker

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is murky and dully golden. Its coloring is earthy and unassuming. It pours a creamy head that soon dissipates, but with considerable lacing. The aroma is of sweet, drying fruit and fresh barley; the smell is almost grassy. It greets the tongue with glutinous, uncomplicated sweetness. It quickly rolls of the tongue and morphs into an effervescent, somewhat piney hop bitterness. The beer finishes with creamy, toffee malt-sweetness and a hint of spiciness from the yeast.

The experience of drinking a Dead Guy adds up to be more complicated and important than an analysis of its parts. As a whole, it has a gravitas to it that I find strangely intimidating. The heaviness and thickness of the liquid, perhaps, account for this. I've probably had more than a hundred of these guys but each encounter is still memorable. That's no small thing.

My word for Dead Guy: solid. It's a reliable and always rewarding, readily available brew.

Consumed from a tulipesque Aventinus man-glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 00:32:18 | More by jimhonnaker
Photo of jpittman80


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells strongly of 2-row pale base malt and buttery diacetyl. Good head retention. Tastes like the aroma, strong malty character from pale malt as well as a nice balance of butter from diacetyl, but does not overpower. dryer finish than expected, great hop balance. Suprisingly refreshing for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 20:51:55 | More by jpittman80
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy amberish gold with a 2 finger offwhite head, which leaves some awesome lacing as it fades. This LOOKS like a beer.

S- Sweetness...there is something I'm getting that I just can't put my finger on. Its very pleasant, and reminds me of something exotic...don't know what it is. Regardless, I like it.

T- It tastes like...beer. Theres a bitter, sweet, sour feeling coming from this...its a really unique blend. I can't really put any specific flavor on it...but its interesting.

M- Very, very light. There is a good bit of carbonation, though. Its absolutely not too heavy...enjoy it.

D- Totally drinkable. I'm drinking this on a warm night, and its just so soothing and tasty in the warm air. This could be a real nice go to spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 01:00:25 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of SpdKilz


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Given to me in a normal pint glass with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing on the side. I'll chalk this up to the bartender rather than the beer (I'm sure I would have achieved better head/lacing with a better pour). It is rather dim in the bar but holding it up to what light I can it appears a light brown, almost bronze color.

Smell - Very bready, floral notes, slight hops, and sweet malts.

Taste - Caramel up front followed by a heavy biscuit taste and some different fruits such as raisins,. Not as hoppy as I was expecting it to be but it lent itself to a nice, lighter, well balanced beer in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. I essentially quaffed this down while waiting to be seated and not intentionally. I just looked down at the glass and realized most of it was gone before I could slow myself down. Not a bad beer at all and if there are no better choices in the future, I may have this instead of a SA BL of SN PA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 19:21:14 | More by SpdKilz
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 03-28-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Golden brown, 2 fingers of foam, decent carbonation present

S - Hints of orange peel, hops with some faint caramel aroma

T - Light malts mixed with caramel, piney hop bite at the back end

M/D - Pretty smooth brew with a little bite at the end but very tasty for sure. One of my favorites from Rogue, well balanced brew that should be tried, this for sure will be bought again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 04:32:40 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of nelnutter


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours a copper/orange color with a huge soapy, off-white head that left patchy lacing.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, and a hint of orange/citrus hops.

T: Sweet malt and caramel and some citrusy/apricot/orange bitterness comes through at the end. Leaves a bitter bite.

M: Slight carbonation and medium-bodied.

D: Very tasty ale, quite refreshing and well-balanced. Definitely one I'd gladly have more of.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:34:20 | More by nelnutter
Photo of timholio


4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very drinkable at 6.5% ABV. This would be a very good session beer but slightly high in ABV. This tastes better to me than Fullers London Pride but not quite as good as Fullers ESB, IMO.

I would definitely get this on again. Next I will try the double dead guy. One of my faves by Rogue is thier Brutal Bitter this dead guy ale is more dirnkable and smoother than the Brutal (which I like a lot).

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 19:10:01 | More by timholio
Photo of cpetrone84


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-deep orange copper color with a slight haze. The head is a dirty white with three fingers of a somewhat thick head. Pretty decent retention with a thin lace left covering most of my glass

S-toasted biscuit comes at you right up front with an underlying caramel sweetness. Metallic notes come in at the middle with a light hop presence that is quite faint at the finish. Herbal grassy hops are there but hard to pick up.

T-taste follows the nose with a better hop presence. The toasted bready malts and light notes of caramel offer up their services initially. The metallic bitter notes are still there; but the hop presence is more pronounced. Floral and grassy hops with light citric presence. the finish is bitter with a light presence of grapefruit.

M-medium to light body and a little rough around the edges. The carbonation is high and biting in the back. Its smooth on the palate but but somewhat grainy throughout.

D-this is a decent brew and has a good bit of balance. Good malt presence, nice hop backing. A little rough on the edges but still a decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 23:57:50 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A copper color with 1 finger of head

S carmel, sweet malt, and a slight smell of hops

T just like the smell suggested, mild bitterness lingers at the end.

M a bit creamy with low carbonation

D good refreshing beer, would definetly purchase as a session beer

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 15:10:47 | More by Lukecook
Photo of jmbranum


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

An interesting beer. Coppery colored with gi-normous beige head.

Strong hop laden aroma. Flavor is hop-dominant with some chewy maltiness. Some spruce. A little bit of fruit at the end. Stil the hops are the overwhelming quality.

Mouthfeel is thick and full. Lots of alcoholic warmth (I find it hard to believe this is only 6.5% alcohol).

Overall, this is ok. Probably the rating suffers from being compared to other Rogue beers. Maybe this is too hoppy for the style. Just a tinge less hops would have been better balanced to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 06:33:06 | More by jmbranum
Photo of TheQuietMan22


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The SRM is supposed to correspond to "deep amber," but it poured a rusty gold, like a hefeweizen that's been filtered. About two fingers of off-white head developed and dissipated to a thin lacing with a ring around the edge.

Smell: Just like a dead guy, Dead Guy is very fragrant. Major honey and fruit sweetness tickles the nose, dominating the aroma. I can't pick up much else other than a hint of toasted caramel.

Taste: Follows the smell, though it's not as potent. Sweet honey, fruit (strawberry, or maybe pineapple), and toasted caramel malts.

Drinkability: It's not too complex, but it's tasty; it's a well-built beer. Very smooth. However, I was expecting nothing short of orgasm for a $10 sixer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 07:21:05 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of Jessearellano


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

*Poured into a tulip style pint glass*


Dark amber copper color with a 1 finger soapy head.


Roasted caramel hops , sweet malty smell


Great tasting beer, a malty sweetness up front, with a bitter finish but not overly bitter.


A bit warming mouth feel that goes down easy. The aftertaste will finish a bit dry and bitter but will not leave you thirsty.


Average drinkability, not to heavy and not too light.

Awesome beer, not the best I ever had but would defiantly buy again

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 06:40:00 | More by Jessearellano
Photo of AlFromBayShore


4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Rich amber color with a slightly off white head about 1/2 finger width.

S - Honey, slightly toasted malt, apricot, some booziness, and mild notes of raisin.

T & M - NICE! The first thing that strikes me is how smooth this is. Then a full bodied texture laden with rich and complex flavor. Roasty toasty malt sweetness framed by a very subtle hoppy bitterness that lingers in the finish without being sour. This is fantastic balance. Mildly dark dried fruitiness shares the backbone with a malt flavor, and subtle but apparent notes of honey. An alcoholic warmth emanates from the top of my stomach, into and around my chest and lingers. A fantastic experience. Mild carbonation - just enough to keep from interfering with the flavor. There is also the suggestion of creaminess in the mouthfeel.

D - Between the flavor and the mouthfeel, the drinkability is fantastic.

I can easily see this beer becoming one of my "go to" beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 00:24:44 | More by AlFromBayShore
Photo of divineaudio


3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - pours a hazy amber/orange color with a nice white one finger head that lingers. leaves a nice bit of sticky lacing in the glass too.

s - has a very distinctive nose, not quite sure how to describe this one. kinda smells like sweet grain with floral hops.

t - picking up some sweet malts, fruity hop overtones and lots of hop bitterness in the finish. complex and a little unusual, but still pretty good.

m - medium bodied with a slightly grainy feel. co2 profile is a little on the coarse side.

d - the unusual flavors in this brew make for an interesting drinking experience, but this is not a beer that i would consider sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 22:36:31 | More by divineaudio
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
Photo of Rauknar


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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