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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,693
Reviews: 2,251
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 134
Gots: 350 | FT: 0
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 OWSLEY069


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange color with a nice off white head. In the aroma, a sweet buscuity malt. In the taste, a sweet malt, and small grapefruity hop. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry, and small hop aftertaste. Quite like an IPA, small bite and good.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 00:50:56 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of MikeWilson


3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden in color, clear. Lively carbonation pushes up a smallish white head composed of huge bubbles. Subtle sweet caramel aroma mixed with malt.

The flavor leans more on the malty side. However, that light sweetness seems held up by a substantial amount of mellow bittering hops. The bitterness doesn't hit you over the head like that of a good IPA, but its mellow effect adds a very interesting component to the overall flavor. There is also a decent amount of hop flavors present. The malt and hops add up to a quite flavorful beer.

This beer will never disappoint. It is full-flavored, hearty and well-rounded. I think I'll have another!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 01:33:06 | More by MikeWilson
Photo of jordoo


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Amber colored brew with an off white fluffy head. Some lacing but minimal. Smells of sweet carmallized malt, a touch of honey as well as hints of spicey hop, and overripe citrus. Taste is very sweet carmelled malt, with hints of the citrus I smelled and a slight bitter hop finish. Overall it has a medium mouth feel with light carbonation and allthough the scales are tipped pretty far to the malt side of things it still comes off as very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 15:02:36 | More by jordoo
Photo of Sticket


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours a clear, medium-light copper color with a nice whitish-tan colored head and good lacing.

S- mild malts, white grapes, herbal hops.

T- malts with a touch of alcohol and the perfect balance of hops... one of these a day will keep the doctor away.

M- medium body that is slightly carbonated nearly to perfection.

D- a fine Maibock with good hops character, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 03:01:03 | More by Sticket
Photo of naterock


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
C: very clear golden copper. thin head leaves no lace, wierd but typical for a bock.
S: smells floral, hint of yeast, not very much to describe from the aroma.
T: very crisp and refreshing, just enough balance to remind you why you keep putting it to your lips. superb hop bitterness, that is so subtle the malt makes a nice appearance.
M: medium to light body, nicely carbonated
D: superior drinkability, this is a great anytime beer. very pleased I ordered one

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2008 11:15:21 | More by naterock
Photo of elniko


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into my Rogue pint glass.

A: Deep amber, finger of head that dissipated rather slowly. Very nice looking beer.

S: Has some spiciness on the nose. Some hints of caramel as well. Nice nose on this beer.

T & M: Taste is mildly hoppy but not overwhelming. I haven't had any other Maibocks before so I don't have a lot of comparison but I enjoyed the slight kick but also the creaminess that this brew has. The mouthfeel is creamy, leaves some maltiness behind.

D: Definitely drinkable, I have yet to be disappointed in any Rogue that I've had thus far. I will say I'm not a big fan of paying $5.50 for the bomber but this brew is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 03:04:38 | More by elniko
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

recommended by my wife who used to live in Oregon. I found the last six of this in the local LCBO.

Appearance: A rich copper with a very nice foamy tan head. Laces nicely.

Smell: green apple, toffee. i don't smell any obvious hops.

Taste: Very smooth and flavourful. Sweet and bitter balanced. Not much of a yeast taste to this.

Mouthfeel: Smooooth

You get the picture. A fine beer but not an exciting beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 22:10:09 | More by shamus
Photo of tbeck


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber, but not translucent, in color with a thick white head. A light hoppiness aroma, well balanced. The taste was of hops, well balanced, not to bitter, and a caught of hint of caramel. It had an excellent texture. It was a hot afternoon sitting outside, and I had a number of them. I didn't think it was to heavy, and recommend it as a session beer. Overall I enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 02:54:49 | More by tbeck
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cool in a shaker pint from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance is orangish honey, slightly hazy leaving gobs of lacing from the fluffy off-white head.

Moderate sweet maltiness in the nose, and some hops.

Flavor is rich, honeylike, a bit hoppy with plenty of caramel.

Mouthfeel reflects plenty of body and good carbonation.

Drinkability is good, pairs well with pasta.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 20:31:35 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of Reanimator


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

Very delicious, but not having any other maibocks under my belt to compare it to I'll rate it a tad lower for the sake of future comparison.

Hazy, dark orange with some red hues - very much the "honey" color that the Rogue website describes it as - with a malty, spicy hop, orange-rindy aroma.

This is going to be strange, but the flavor works its way very slowly into your tongue. There really isn't much flavor initially, but then some pinier hops kick in and linger on top of a fully malted undertone for a smooth balance of maltiness and hoptitude, and just enough alcohol on the finish to remind you of the 6.5%.

If I didn't know it was supposed to be a bock I would've simply thought it was a maltier attempt at an APA. Highly drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 23:59:57 | More by Reanimator
Photo of bmw0825


5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light copper with a dense head that is white with a slight orange tint in appearance that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S: A very sweet malty aroma with a spiced aroma and hops in the background.

T&M: Tons of sweet malts initially that are then strongly bittered by spicy hops midway before giving way to a balanced, lightly drying finish.
A very intriguing flavor progression on the palate. It's medium bodied with a spicy hoppiness present in the flavor profile.

D: Everyday...Love it. The higher abv content makes it good for me.

Serving type: tap

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2008 18:58:49 | More by bmw0825
Photo of nem2006


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a weizen glass and was happy with the appearance. Pours a deep amber with great carbonation going up the glass. The head was thick and slightly tan, leaving heavy lacing on the side of the glass. Great head retention.

The smell started out very hoppy, almost like an IPA, but then as it warmed, became a little sweeter and fruity. My first reaction was apples, but I know that misses it a little.

I love the depth of the taste. It starts with the sweetness from the malts and that little hint of fruit. Then it slowly turns into the bitterness of the hops, but much to my surprise and pleasure, the hops never become overpowering.

Blown away by this beer and its complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 01:28:11 | More by nem2006
Photo of ectomorph


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a pint glass.

A - Deep honey in color with good 1 finger head and lacing that drizzles down.

S - Sweet and fruity. Very nice and clean.

T - More on the malty side than I expected, but very good balance on the end.

M - Medium body with very good carbonation.

D - Very high. Great brew for spicy Chinese take out!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 01:59:49 | More by ectomorph
Photo of matty


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange colored ale with a fading head that stays as a thin film on top.Aroma is some kind of fruit.Taste is citrus,caramel and bread.I was worried that this was going to be another overhyped ale but it wasn't!!Probably one of the easiest drinking ales I've ever had.Good flavor from first to last sip.I highly recommend and will purchase again shortly!!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 03:09:53 | More by matty
Photo of nicdub


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pils glass

A - I really like the differnt looks of this beer, it is at once hazy like an unfiltered, a different orangish color, and the head is a whitish color with a slight resemblance of the orange of the beer.

Smell - doesnt really smell like beer almost like a faint passion fruit smell, i really like it, smels fruity and mild, hits of raisins?

Taste - at first wasnt sure then sipped a little more, wow! various different flavors, faint hops, orange and citrus, a hint of melon and melon and citrus in the aftertaste. very nice and unique, very good.

Mouthfeel - i like the carbonation feel on my tongue, mildly coating effect on the mouth tingle remains afer the beer is swallowed.

drinkability - dont know if this is a beer i would like to drink alot of at one time, but i think paring with ceratin foods, or enjoying on a hot sunny day yes....

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 05:22:55 | More by nicdub
Photo of oneeye


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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an amber/copper that leaves a two fingered soapy head. As the head disipatates it leaves behind sticky lacing that clings then dries and clings to the glass. The aroma is of malts and dried fruits. Earthy hops and caramel come through as well. The taste is similar to the aroma. Strong malty caramel upfront that dominates and an earthness of hops and dried fruit. It's not too bitter nor it's not too sweet. The mouthfeel is slick,thick, and creamy. Dead Guy Ale is good to the last drop. As it warms the flavors are more pronounced. I can't believe the abv is 6.5. This beer goes down easy and finishes smooth. Recommended!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 17:03:44 | More by oneeye
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a clear dark amber. Big sea foam head. Well marked lacings.

Beautifully intertwined malt and hop characters on the nose. Fresh baked bread and caramel, but with a contrasting American hop presence.

As a malt guy, I sometimes find it hard to find a brew that uses American hops like cascade that provide me with the balance I enjoy. Dead Guy achieves this balance perfectly. A faint caramel sweetness, and slightly grainy malt, with some warming alcohol, come up pretty hard against some serious bittering hops, I believe they're pearle, very herby, while cascades provide that refreshing zing. Nonetheless, it works overall.

Great mouthfeel, creamy smooth and subdued carbonation.

A very drinkable beer, I'll buy more of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 22:40:47 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of walshclimb


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

Pours medium honey color with thick bubbly head that dissipates kind of quickly, leaving a thin flim and spidery lace. Malty aroma that is slightly sweet and grassy. Maybe a hint of tropical fruit as well. Malty IF that has a honey flavor. Picks up a nicely balanced bitterness for the finish. Very tasty. Medium bodied with a pleasant almost light syrup finish. Very drinkable any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 00:52:23 | More by walshclimb
Photo of Reagan1984


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

Poured this beer from it's bottle and I just fell in love with the color. It was a bright orange/amber color that almost resembled honey. There was a thin slightly off white head that appeared for a moment then receded. No visible carbonation was evident and the ale had a slight haze to it. No amount of lacing remained in the glass.

Aroma was fruity, caramel and of roasted malt. Slightly sweet in nature.

I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer and found the flavor rather deep. Obviously, some of the same characteristics from the aroma were present. There was a nice subtle fruitiness to the beer that reminded me of fresh peaches that went along with the caramel/molasses coming from the malt. (Does not taste like a fruit beer)

The balance from front to back was excellent. There were just enough hops to provide a little punch, but they did not interfere with all the other flavors going on. A nice complex flavor.

This is the type of beer where I became sad I was nearing the bottom of my glass. I savored the last few sips and cursed the fact that I had promised myself only one beer with dinner.

Rogue Dead Guy, I'll be back. We will meet again.

Excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 10:38:24 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of seanh99


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served: Bomber into a pint glass
A: Copper- Orange Tan Head with fine stable bubbles. Fairly clear maybe a bit of chill haze, clear as it warmed up
S: HOPS mostly citrus notes no real pine notes, seems a lot hoppy for the style
T: Hop bitterness upfront with the malt flavor coming in late and lingering, The bitterness builds sip to sip.
M: mild carbonation but refershing,
D: Good beer but not something I would choose for the night.
Overall a good beer, I will buy this one again. I am not sure I what I expected from this one as it was a gift and I specifically chose not to read up on it prior.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 00:20:23 | More by seanh99
Photo of Donnie2112


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance:crystal clear golden amber color, quickly dissipating head

smell:rich and bready on the nose

taste:bready brown sugary malt flavor, rolls into lighly bitter hops that exhibit notes of citrus

mouthfeel:nice carbonation, medium body, finishes in a really pleasant dry way. fantastic

drinkability: snappy and tasty, rather refreshing while being full of flavor. I approve

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 02:05:15 | More by Donnie2112
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Its nice to see this beer back on the shelves at the L.C.B.O. Dead Guy pours with a light foam, nice lacing and average retention. Has a copper/orange color.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, big fruit notes and some grassy hops.

Another well crafted and balanced beer from Rogue. Tastes of pale malts (a little sweet), the fruitiness is not as evident as I assumed it would be after smelling the beer. Finishes with a good hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:09:00 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange body and a compact off-white head that leaves little lacing. Fruity, bready aroma, with a touch of floral hops. Holy malt, batman. Fruit and caramel malt transitioning through to honey baked bread with a flowery hoppy finish. Surprising warmth from the alcohol. Full, slick, perfectly balanced mouthfeel, with fairly aggressive carbonation. Huge drinkability, and I'm already planning on taking a sixer to the July 4th bbq.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 20:08:20 | More by bobsy
Photo of johannasclimacus


4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. I was a bit worried that I might have had my expectations too high in advance of getting this. A friend and I thought we found a great deal on a case of it at his local distributor, but waited on buying one for a few weeks because we had no room in the fridge. Well, we finally bought a case today, and ended up paying the higher price, which was disappointing, but the 40 dollars is about the norm for something like Rogue around here.

Anyways, the beer did not disappoint at all, despite the higher price and the long wait. Just a dynamite combination of hops and malt that gets even better as you keep drinking and the beer warms up a little. We're already down a six pack, and I took a few home to enjoy on my own. I don't expect this case to last very long, and I imagine this will soon become a staple for us, like Penn Pilsner and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

I like everything about this brew. A+ for the folks at Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 02:04:41 | More by johannasclimacus
Photo of tgbljb


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

Served as ahazy medium amber colored beer with moderate off-white puffy head.

Smell has a firm caramel character blended with some citrusy and piney hops.

Taste seems to have the hops in the forefront with a modest malty caramel presence in the background.

Very flavorful and refreshing with good taste retention.

A nice drinking beer. I really enjoyed it more on-tap than in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 21:38:49 | More by tgbljb
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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