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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,104 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,104
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 546 | 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 pharmer
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pilsener glass. On off-white one finger head forms atop an orangish brown beer. The head fades to a thin ring which persists throughout.

S: Fruity, estery, and doughy. Very little hop presence.

T: Fruity as well, I can taste the alcohol here and also finishes with a delicate yet enjoyable hop bitterness.

M: Not impressed with the mouthfeel here. Kind of thin with not much noteworthy to say about it.

D: This beer is highly drinkable and is one that I will drink again. Not one of my all time favorites though.

pharmer, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

Brownish/Tan/Mahogany with some a great foamy 2 finger head.

Smells of massive malts. Toasted/Toffee/Nutty with some slightly sticky/earthy hops.

Sweet and Malt dominated. The body has a deep malt complexity with some piney hops stuck right in there. There is just the right amount of bitterness to take over for the deep malt texture.

This drinks very well for the amount of grains you are getting. I usually grab a couple of these on tap at this local English style pub.

DrinkingDrake, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of dutchlq7
4/5  rDev +1.3%

220z. bottle into tulip glass

Appearance-Amber/Deep Orange in color, off white head which quickly becomes a thin ring.

Smell-Sweet/caramel malt flavor and a fruity yeast smell, cant really detect any hops right away.

Taste-A nice crisp sweet malt flavor balanced by light hops, and the fruity yeast is there at the beginning and end

Mouthfeel-Very light a bit watery but not in a bad way, makes this ale very drinkable. perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability-Really good ale, could probably do this one all day.

dutchlq7, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of confer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

I was reviewer number 2000. From a 22 ounce bottle. This was my first taste from a bottle but I have had it before on-tap.
The color is orange with a tan head. Fairly light in color for a bock. There really isn't much of a smell, just a little sweet candy smell.
The taste starts with the sweet malts and finishes with small hop bite that leaves a nice aftertaste. A very good beer. Definitely a beer that will be looked for again.

confer, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Morey
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

This ale pours copper-orange in color and is quite hazy in appearance. Two finger off-white head has settled to a thin lace after just a few minutes. Pretty good head retention.

The aroma is similar to that of an English style bitter. Nice blend of hops and malts in the nose. Slightly earthy.

Taste is more of the same. This beer is a cross between a Maibock and a Bitter in my opinion. Sharp bitterness up front followed by a rush of thick bready malt.

Medium to almost full bodied mouthfeel.

I could drink a few of these before I was ready to switch things up.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not my favorite style, but this is definitely a good representation. I don't ever buy this beer, but this was a gift, and one that I was happy to receive.

Morey, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev +1.3%

*review from notes on 6/17/10*

12 oz bottle pours a hazy, copper body with 1 finger of white head (decent retention & some light lacing). The aromas are a nice combination of sweet malts and citrus hops. I get a nice citrus / piney taste coming through initially, but its not overpowering and quickly balances out with some fruity / caramel malt flavors. Also picking up some pepper-like spices throughout consumption, and it has a nice, somewhat bitter finish which i really enjoy. Medium bodied, proper carbonation, and fairly drinkable.

prdstmnky, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.03/5  rDev +2%

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass. Bought from Abe's of Bethlehem.

A- Very clear dark honey color. Minimal head quickly fades. No present yeast.

S- Rich, clean caramel malts. Almost mouth-watering. Perle and Saaz hops contribute a very clean, not-too-bitter scent.

T- Very well balanced Maibock. Rich caramel flavor that is not overpowering. Hop aromas are present although it is not real bitter. Clean and refreshing however not lacking in flavor.

M- Slightly above average mouthfeel. Nice calm astringency begs for another sip. Average carbonation... not too much not too little.

D- Good drinkability. Rich malts are not quite my thing so I can't put back too many... but it is overall very clean and an enjoyable non-offensive brew.

TheSupremeAJ, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Frothboss
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Bronze/copper in color. Nice thick one finger head that was a light brown, laces stick to the side of the glass pretty good.

S - Smells hoppy and floral. Picking up some sweet scents too.

T - Slightly nutty, not as hoppy as i would have thought. Hops come thru on second sip not to strong. Balanced well.

M - Not very carbonated, thick and slightly oily.

D - Nice well rounded beer, would drink again.

Frothboss, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Weizenmensch
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

Nice beer, cool name. Imported to Japan, and thence to down here by that guy in Hokkaido who imports these ones. Glad he did, this is a solid brew. Is it really a bock? I don't know why they'd call it an ale if it's a bock (i.e. bocks are dark lagers, bottom-fermented by definition). Seems on this website a lot of beers are misidentified by noobs and then the style listed is never changed because it's too much of a hassle for all concerned!

To me, this is an American ale of a high standard. Deep golden copper with a trace of head and lots of thin lacing. Low carbonation. Full of flavour - the sweet notes of candied sugar (not sure if this is just the malt though), pleasing tart hoppiness without too much astringency or excessive bitterness, nice mouthfeel that's not too sticky nor too bland, and very drinkable. Aromas aren't too strong, and this is out of an almost-snifter, because of the low head retention and carbonation, but that's OK. This is a solid beer with an attractive appearance, pleasing taste and cool bottle artwork, that I will gladly drink again any time I get the chance. But I wouldn't call this a bock of any description.

Weizenmensch, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

12 oz bottle. There is a code on the bottom of the bottle, but it is up to interpretation. I hear Rogue chooses not to give freshness info, and that's too bad if it's true..

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber color. An off-white head recedes, but sticks to the glass. Smell is rich, smoky, slightly sweet malts. Very nice. Taste starts and ends bitter, with the middle part being those pungent malts. Very good balance. Beer drinks smoothly, has enough alcohol to feel it, and is easy to drink. A quaff-able one, this is. Very nice.

sixerofelixir, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of csiewert
3.95/5  rDev 0%

Strong hoppy notes balanced by a smooth malty flavor make this a very drinkable beer. Pours a solid amber color with a soft foamy head. Finishes a little harsh for my liking and lingers with you for a while. This is definitely Rouge Brewery's flagship beer... for something a little more exciting and unique, try one of their other 22oz specialty beers.

csiewert, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Lacing on top of a cloudy gold brew.

Smell: Honey and malt.

Taste: Tastes like honey with a little bitterness. Very smooth and sweet, but not overwhelming. Nice malty finish.

Drinkability: Easy on the taste buds and a little complex. Makes a great fall beer.

wmtxbb, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of ztaylor1
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearancec dark, murky brown/orange color with a small offwhite head. Very appetizing.

Smell- delicious bread with a hop bite. Light malts.

Taste- sweet malts with a very bready sweetness. Bitter hops in the finish. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability- smooth and sweet. But just a bit too sweet for me.

ztaylor1, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of RedBrewer83
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours an amber hue with a small one finger head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Slightly cloudy in appearance.

S: Faint floral hop aroma, big bready malt presence, slight aroma of canned vegetable, not really true to the maibock style...

T: Follows the nose, a little better in the balance of the flavors and the hops really come through in the finish to help clean things up. Overall lots of bready malt and a nice balance of hop but nothing really standout.

M: Clean carbonation, light medium body, slightly dry finish.

D: Pretty drinkable, the big presence of bready malt seems to get a little heavy by the end of the glass but overall it is solid. A good beer, but overpriced and way overhyped.

RedBrewer83, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of bishopgary
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

It is had to add something new in a review of a brew that has been reviewed as much as this. I will try to add something new here. I have been drinking this particular brew for a while, and last night it hit me why I enjoy it so much.
A: Crystal clear copper, nice carbonation. Fairly dense white head with some staying power.
S: Really great malt aroma, with a hint of sweetness. I seem to notice a faint amount of caramel.
T: To be this beer is like a chameleon. In one taste it is very much like a pale ale, light malt, spice, and sweetness. But then on another sip, it has flavor qualities of a darker, deeper beer. Toasted malt rises to the top of a more complex flavor profile.
M: Very nice, extremely well balanced.
D: Great. As mentioned above, this brew ability to be many things at once makes this very drinkable year round.

bishopgary, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of zagduck
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%

Easily one of my favorite year round beers.

Appearance: coppery color with a foamy white head

Smell: Toasted Malts, a little hoppy

Taste: explosion of flavor. thats the best way i can put it. toasted caramelly malts up front with maybe a little bit of a hint of citrus. finishes very hoppy but has a light sweetness. absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: perfect balance of richness and smoothness.

Drinkability: goes down great. I could pretty easily polish of a 6 pack of these in a night

zagduck, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Dodt
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

picked up the bomber of this on thursday couldn't wait to crack her open. poured from the bomber into a clean mug.
appearance a cloudy orange color with light head
smell a nice rich maltyness
taste a bit of sweetness in the malts
mouthfeel light carbonation

Dodt, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%

on tap at new wave cafe in philly

Pours a clear copper orange with a thin head, fading to some light film and a little spotty lacing around the glass.

Lighter hops in the nose with some lemongrass and buttered biscuit.

Toasted grain and biscuit right up front with a nice flair of grassy hops. Smooth caramel malt backbone with toasted feel in the middle. Notable butteriness and hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, higher carbonation, and some dry feel. Drinks pretty well, but a fairly forgettable beer to be honest.

xnicknj, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of arboristfish
4/5  rDev +1.3%

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper color, with a thick white head. The smell is of caramel or a sweet munich malt. The hop aroma and flavor is spicy, with hints of being noble. The mouthfeel of this beer is light, and I would consider this drinkable and well balanced.

arboristfish, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

i can say i appreicate not nose of this one gladly not having any excessive corn cereal to it. looks like a flatter pale. feels like one too with the distinct lace of syrup that gives it a bit of warmth and sweetness moreso than just a pale. can feel the higher abv in the slight bitter heat. its above average in taste but still doesn't have a distinct bitter munich rich straw that i would like to feel. very mine pine and sarsaparilla bitter with a tad of protein. not bad. had better americans though.

rtepiak, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of 9InchNails
4.7/5  rDev +19%

As soon as I opened the bottle the beer shot right over the top. It poured with a decent amount of off white foamy head. A redish orange body that's really cloudy. It looks freakin' awesome! Creamy lacing from top to bottom of glass.

A sweet bitter smell of hops and some malts. A hint of barley.

Very smooth and crisp, a slight carbonation hitting the tongue but not too much. Body doesn't feel heavy at all. Leaves the lips a little sticky and the mouth feeling dry but isn't.

The taste is awesome! Bitterness from the hops and some sweet caremel malty characteristics. I'm thinking some citrus hops, maybe grapes, pineapples and oranges. A slight taste of grass and pine. Everything is perfectly balanced with a unique and interesting taste.

I could drink this all night. Smooth, crisp, light in the body. Feels nice going down. I wish I got more than one bottle of this! This is everything I would want an ale to taste and feel like. Very close to being perfect.

9InchNails, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of ELN
2.03/5  rDev -48.6%

I bought this one about 3 years ago. It is brewed not too far from where I live. I don't understand why it's always $8.50-$9 when all our other local beers are usually $6 give or take. Rogue has this and their "Santa" beer, not sure what that's called and some bombers on the local shelves like Safeway or Fred Meyer. (I've never tried any of those). I did not like the flavor of this beer and for being the most expensive of the shelf at Wal Mart (ha ha ha) it really wasn't that good. It seemed like a chore to get it down. If they lowered the price ever I'd try it again.

One time I was watching the news and they said they were going to start shipping this stuff to Japan to crack the market there. I don't know if that means they're tring to be really high class or what. I think if you're local then try to have a regular price like $6 or so everyone can afford.

Deschutes if the best local beer available in all the supermarkets.

ELN, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Finally got around to trying this
A - cloudy red/orange with a tall off white head that retained very well leaving random lacing up the glass
S - hoppy with herbs and spices with a hint of citrus and fruity sweetness
T - hops of oily herbal and light spiciness, just a tad of lemon zest, balanced with toasty malt and honey sweetness
M - medium body and carbonation, starts smooth and bready with and oily and bitter finish
D - a nice hop character with a great malt backbone, and the sweetness brings it all together, very tasty and sessionable

joemcgrath27, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of jssheets
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

I had the 650ml, 6.5% bottle. The appearance was good, a nice amber color. The smell wasn't all it should be, but average. The taste above average, in fact, very good, but no top shelf kind of beer taste. The mouthfeel was great, smooth with just the right hint of hops. And drinkability was exceptional. Went down great and no real lasting aftertaste but the hops, which I loved.

jssheets, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.7/5  rDev +19%

A - A hazy, cloudy Amber color. Not too much head.

S - Nothing exceptional jumps out to me. The Malts are more prevalent than the Hops in the aroma.

T - Very smooth. The Malts are up front, and nicely balanced by the hops on the back end. A mild sweetness that is perfect.

M - Smooth. Carbonation is just right.

D - Awesome. I could drink many of these and will definitely buy it again.

BeerDawgs, Nov 25, 2010
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,104 ratings.