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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,251
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 173
Gots: 620 | 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 metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured clear amber in color with a small head that dies down into a thin layer of bubbles that persist in covering the surface. There is a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There is a light aroma of sweet toasted caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some hints of toffee, although there are also some hop flavors, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: This beer is easy to drink and very sessionable.

metter98, May 16, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy copper color with large tan fluffy head, good lacing and lively carbonation. sweet malts carmel, molasses and hints of burnt nutty like flavors. light piney hop feel as well, maybe some hints of toffee. medium body, with an oily creamy texture that was slightly fizzy. moderately sweet with an average flavor duration that finished sweet and slightly bitter. all around fantastic beer. first rouge beer i've tried and was very impressed.

berpwillie, May 14, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dead Guy Ale | 650 ml. | 6.5% ABV

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock
Brewed by: Rogue Ales Brewery, Oregon

Poured into an Ommegang Witte glass. Clear amber in color, punctuated by visibly crisp carbonation. 1" Head displays a very welcoming frothy, white pillow of foam. Head retention is ridiculous! It leaves cascades of foam down the side of the glass well after I've had the last sip.

Bitter hop oils and honey. Refreshing!

Bitter, oily hops are both the first and the last taste. In fact, they are a bit too prominent, even for a Maibock. There's some grainy, sweet malt in the background, though this is swiftly cut off by the hop bitterness. The aftertaste is oily hops and light bread crust. The flavor is enjoyable, but it lacks complexity.

Light to medium bodied. The carbonation is splendid throughout, but the hops are too oily. The drink feels like it's slipping through your mouth and you're missing out on flavor in the process.

Lopsided with respect to the hops. They simple overshadow and suppress any sweet malt development. It's not that this isn't an enjoyable drink to quaff, but it does get less interesting with each sip.

Notes: This is a Maibock, the prototypical spring beverage. What's more, it is supposed to be consumed in May. As luck would have it, it's May 13!

No freshness date.

BeerNemesis, May 14, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice copper color with a 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. Good lacing.

S - Smells of biscuit and citrus hops.

T - Bitter/tangy hops up front with a biscuit malt aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation with a crisp/clean taste.

D - Good refreshing beer. I would get this one again.

UCLABrewN84, May 13, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass,

Orange copper color, unfiltered and hazy throughout the brew which gives it a nice glow. Solid 2 fingers of off white yellowish creamy head, leaves nice lacing on the glass as it dissipates, and is quite consistent.

Smells fairly hoppy, I get pine and a slight yeasty sourness, earthy malt, I guess a springtime forest describes the scent fairly well.

The taste is quite enjoyable, smooth and subtlety is added to the scent by a toasted sweet malted barley which is very much still in the fresh earthy garden type of flavor.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are probably my favorite characteristics about this brew, very smooth, goes down easy, and yet has just enough interesting flavor to keep you thinking about it.

Pretty good overall, worth trying for sure, it's like a more subtle sierra nevada pale ale combined with an american wheat like mothership wit. Less hop bittering, less wheat fruit notes are the product, but it retains a sweet malty body and enough hopping to keep you entertained.

dwilson01, May 10, 2010
Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.
A: One finger fluffy off white head. Light copper color, a bit hazy. Nice lacing.
S: Sweet toasted malt, light hops and I bit of bready yeast.
T: Very malty yet well balanced with nice earthy hoppiness.
M: Medium body, some nice creaminess and hop bitterness on the tongue.
D: Very easily drinking considering the 6.5 ABV.

Very well balanced malty delight. Just enough hops to balance the toasted malts. Great Brew. The high price of Rogue is the only reason I would not regularly buy this brew.

jmich24, May 08, 2010
Photo of GregPearson33
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich, dark amber caramel color with a thick frothy head of tightly laced bubbles that recedes (very) slowly, leaving great lacing and even a sort of "foam mountain" stronghold in the center of the glass. The smell is floral and sweet. Strong nose of malty sugars and even some fruits (prunes?) in front of delicious citrus hops.

Taste matches the rich caramel and fruit smell. Very rich and well-balanced, however, with hops that compliment it well and are by no means overpowering. The mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side and leaves a solid coating. It has a moderate level of carbonation, although I certainly wouldn't want any less because I think this contributes to its drinkability.

Overall, I could definitely place this within my spectrum of "sessionable" beers. Great, drinkable, and delicious.

GregPearson33, May 08, 2010
Photo of Dlish
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I think of what the perfect beer might taste like, I think of dead guy. It has a nice deep foggy orange color, a sweet smell of malts. The taste, well it takes you on a journey consisting of malts, a sweet fruit aroma feels the tounge, as a toasted malt flavor builds strength. Finally ends with a crisp citrus hop flavor. Medium carbonation that fits perfectly and a perfect alcohol content.

What is great about this beer is that it balances everything perfectly.

Dlish, May 08, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Poured a deep amber with just the slightest hint of cloudiness. No head to speak of.

Had a very enticing aroma, very bready with the slightest amount of hops bleeding through.

The taste is quite similar to the smell, but with very pleasant hoppiness that tends to linger on the palate. Could detect a little sweetness here and there but the more I had of it the more that went away. Not a great deal of depth here, but what is there is good.

Not too dense. Goes down smoothly with a medium amount of carbonation.

Chizoad, May 07, 2010
Photo of MrStark
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy orange with a two finger off white foamy head that leaves little bits of sticky lacing.

Smell is a distinctly sweet malt aroma , with some fruit and a very mild amount of hop in the end.

Taste upfront is a nice malt sweetness, some fruit, and a nice hop presence in the end which seems to stand out a bit more as it warms. Overall a pretty well rounded and pleasing flavor.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth and has a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Its an easy drinking and flavorful brew for sure. Probably not a bad choice for a session beer. I had heard a lot about this beer and while I don't find it to be amazing, its still not bad. I certainly wouldn't mind having it again.

MrStark, May 07, 2010
Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter

A- A hazing orange color that looks pale yellow when poured; has a small one finger head

S- A strong citrus smell with hints of malt and hops.

T- The taste is weaker than the smell, but it is still good. Right away the malts sound out. After a little the citrus notes come in and fade to a hoppy bitter taste.

M- Smooth and refreshing, just a little to light for me.

D- This is just a really easy to drink beer. It is smooth, refreshing and different, and at 6.5% ABV it is very easy to drink one bomber and even a second if it is there to drink.

larryi86, May 06, 2010
Photo of warbird07
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer in a s.a. glass. Distinctive aroma, great medium malty taste with a nice hop presence and finish, around 40-50 ibu's. As a home brewer I can identify The distinct Pac Man yeast. Feels real nice in the mouth. Color is nice. I will frequent his beer...

warbird07, May 06, 2010
Photo of Ragedman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with ligh carbonation. Head fades very quickly into light lacing. Smell is difficult to pinpoint, but faily hoppy indeed. Drinkability is easy and the taste hits the spot. Easy beer to just sit with and hang out for awhile. Will be purchasing this one agian in the near future.

Ragedman, May 06, 2010
Photo of Zekezilla
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper color with very nice head and lacing throughout. Tried my first maibock a little while back and am always on the look out for this beer style. This one is crisp but sweet, mild carbonation. Excellent. Will definitely seek this out again and again. Wish I got more than one bottle.

Zekezilla, May 05, 2010
Photo of joshotron
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Cloudy amber color. A good sized head that leaves a good lacing throughout.

Smell: Smells very sweet. Almost distinctive of fruits. You can detect a faint smell of hops.

Taste: Very good taste. A nice balace of the malt and the bitterness. Quite complex really.

Feel: Very smooth. Good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, smooth, and refreshing. Overall a really good beer. Complex flavors that really balance themselves outwell. Very impressed.

joshotron, May 04, 2010
Photo of mjw2808
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy dark amber color with a 1/2 finger head that stays for quite a while and leaves a good trail of lacing. The nose is sweet malt with a nice hop presence. The taste is very hoppy at first but follows with a heavy malt presence. Has a very nice balance between hops and malt. Very smooth mouthfeel and a nice drinkable beer.

mjw2808, May 01, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good brew.

tone77, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Josievan
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dead Guy pours a muddy orange color. That sounds kind of gross, but it actually looks tasty. The head is the frothy, writhing one of a hoppy beer.

Smell: The aroma is of West Coast hops and hearty lager-type malt.

Taste: Surprisingly, this bottle tastes mellower than when I've had Dead Guy on tap, not quite as bitter. However, Dead Guy is still a punchy rascal. The beer is just hoppy enough to give hopheads a fix, while not scaring others away. The malt is playing a bigger role than in the draft version I'm accustomed to. This actually is almost sweet, in a caramel malt sort of way.

Mouthfeel: This Dead Guy is not as sharp and biting as I remember. It's crisp while retaining a relatively substantial body.

Drinkability: This bomber was shared three ways, and I find myself craving more. Here is a beer far from weak in flavor, but still pretty sessionable.

Notes: I've had Dead Guy on tap several times and enjoyed it every time. I liked this bottle even more, although this seemed almost like a different beer, as can be gathered from above.

I can't help but compare Dead Guy to its bourbon barrel-aged version, John John Ale, which I tried awhile back but haven't gotten around to reviewing. Regular Dead Guy is more easy-going and run-of-the-mill than John John, but arguably just as tasty. This statement is not meant to denigrade John John, but only to praise Dead Guy. Because my logic says that if a beer can even hold a candle to a bourbon-infused version of itself, it has to be pretty good.

Josievan, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Cloudy, amber dark orange haze, fluffy just off white head, starts to stick

S: Smells kind of musty, like earthy hops, but a bit of fruitiness as well, malt is there but not really roasted at all, maybe even a little spice in there too, pretty complex

T: Similar to unique aspect of smell, also has some very resiny and earthy hops, nice big flavor, not too much bitterness that it overpowers the flavor, just enough, malt balances and creates that kind of sticky caramel note, delicious

M: Little dry, good medium body

D: Good, the flavors are great

Notes: I was not expecting the complexity of this beer. It doesn't every seem overly complex though. All the flavors and aromas work in perfect harmony without seeming like its trying too hard.

dpodratsky3, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed Rogue Dead Guy Ale. It pours a very dark orange color. There is some nice head which lingers and laces the glass. The smell is a bit sweet actually. The taste seems to be bitter at first, but then finishes sweeter than I anticipated. The initial bitterness may hinder the drinkability for some, but I highly recommend this beer.

Cubsfan1087, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of markb33
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a beer stein.

A--Pours a deep orange/amber color. A little cloudy with a foamy ivory colored head that sticks around for a good long while. I love the color.

S--Light warm malt aroma up front cut with a citrusy hop aroma. Overall quite good.

T--Mild biscuty malt at the nose. Hops provide a quick bite and some fruity character giving way to sweet malt at the finish. The finish reminds me of a sweet white bread baked with honey. The hops provide just the right bite to keep the beer from being too sweet. Very well balanced.

M--Smooth and silky with just enough carbonation through the middle of the sip.

D--Very drinkable. I like this more and more as I get farther down the glass.

markb33, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of EkimGram
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber colour, lots of head, visible carbonation, translucent.

Smell: First aroma is of strong hops, slight hint of citrus. Very light and crisp.

Taste: Very hoppy and bitter in flavour. Leaves a strong aftertaste of hops on the back of the tongue. Some hints of wheat, not too much, though. Malty. Has a well-balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Crisp and light texture, dissipates very quickly.

Drinkability: A little on the bitter side, has some bite to it as well because of the amount of hoppyness. Overall it is refreshing but I don't think it'd be very enjoyable if it's consumed too quickly.

EkimGram, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of beer2day
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very clear orange with light 1-finger head. Decent retention til midway through the glass. Pretty nice lace.

Nose is decidedly weaker than I had hoped. Light bread and biscuit with a weak fruit-jam finish.

Hits with a sweet tea flavor and finishes with a stronger tea flavor. Nice bit of malt at the end to remind you of the style. A bit of tart hops leak in as well. Not as sweet as some maibocks, but pretty tasty.

Body is a little light for the style.

Very easy to drink on a warmish spring night.

beer2day, Apr 17, 2010
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.

TheJollyHop, Apr 15, 2010
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.

wolfinthemirror, Apr 15, 2010
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,251 ratings.