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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,530 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,530
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 189
Gots: 766 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This so happens to be the first craft beer I ever had. Not the exact one, of course. I mean, I didn't drink half of it and save the rest to try six years later, although I suppose that would have been an interesting, if highly oxidized, experiment. No, what I mean is that my first ever craft beer was a Dead Guy, bought as part of a mixed six the day after I turned 21. I had not revisited it until my 27th birthday, when a shiny new six pack was gifted me by my sister. To be honest I didn't care for it the first time I tried it (I thought it was too bitter, ha ha) and it isn't something I would have picked up for myself, but since it was given to me and it is somewhat of a craft beer living legend, I figured, why not? I can only hope the review is half as boring and rambling as this introduction.

A- Fairly standard dark amber with a thin head that quickly dissipates into a thinner lace.

S- Has that nice, characteristic bock sweetness that's reminiscent of homemade bread and caramel. Perhaps leans a little too far on the sweet side without any hint of hops to balance it out. About what you'd expect from your typical maibock.

T- Quite dry, actually, which is kind of a nice surprise given that the smell indicated it might be a touch cloying. Crackerlike malt is the dominant flavor with a good dose of grassy hops (I can actually see why I might have found this too bitter when I first tried it) and just a touch of lightly fruity, alcohol sweetness. Clean finish with a moderate bitterness. Pac-Man (the game) > Pacman yeast > Pacman Jones. Just throwing that out there.

M- Medium body, slightly slick, fairly low (but adequate) carbonation.

Actually a little better than I expected. I was kind of expecting a malty, unbalanced mess, but it was nicely balanced and quite drinkable. A pleasant surprise. I don't know that I'd go out of my way to buy it (especially given Rogue's outrageous prices) but it's not bad at all. Recommended for a decent everyday beer if the price is right.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Copper color with a nice head.

Aroma: Decent balance of hops and toasty malts.

Taste: Flavorful but not overpowering hops up front with toasty, buiscut and bready/grainy malts in the finish. Nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light/ medium body with excessive carbonation that somewhat hinders the flavor.

Overall: This beer is the epitome of balance and has one of the best flavor profiles i can think of. It's delicious. the only issue I have with it is the excessive carbonation, but that can be made up for with a hard pour. Delicious.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 27/11/11

A hazy amber with just a few bubbles but a nice two finger cream colored head that hangs for a few minuets leaving a ring of lace

S quite sweet with some caramel and honey, a little citric hops but mostly sweet malts and a little rum

T pretty close to the nose with a little bread and dry cereal, slightly fruity but plenty of toffee

M heavy for the color with more bubbles then one could see in the glass, leaves toffee flavors for a little while

O a little sweet but well within my enjoyment level, pretty good stuff at the end of the day no major flaws and solid in all areas

I'm a little surprised I've never reviewed this one before, I remember having a growler of this stuff last year but I guess never bothered entering it in here. I could drink this again for sure I just wish Rogue didn't cost 8$+ a bomber around here

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Man, this was good. Made me proud to be from Oregon. It just looked nice, rich and deep honey color with a nice generous head and lace that hung around for a long while. It smelled nice with obvious bread and honey notes. Tasted simply good. Buttery and hoppy to the end. Starting sweeter then turning a great bitter than makes you want to leave it in your mouth all day. Felt good, pretty thick, which is to be expected. If you haven't had this, go pick it up. It's very worth it.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,530 ratings.