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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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6,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,242
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 173
Gots: 617 | 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 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).

timholio, Mar 25, 2010
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.

cpetrone84, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Lukecook
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

Lukecook, Mar 23, 2010
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.

jmbranum, Mar 21, 2010
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.

TheQuietMan22, Mar 20, 2010
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

Jessearellano, Mar 17, 2010
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.

AlFromBayShore, Mar 17, 2010
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.

divineaudio, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
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.

Flashsp2, Mar 15, 2010
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.

beerbutcher, Mar 15, 2010
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.

JunkYardJake, Mar 13, 2010
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...

airheadmtrcycle, Mar 09, 2010
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.

Rauknar, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of MaxBrews
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.

MaxBrews, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of mempath
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

super fluffy head that laces nicely. quasi-opaque apricot color. smells of deep maltiness, fresh bread with raisans...for all that sweet buildup, there is a nice sourness that balances things. i bought one of these long ago due to the label. years later, this is stellar and something i think will taste even better in spring. not heavy, not light. perfect mouthfeel keeps this creamy and crisp. and at 6.5% abv, it's just right for serious sessioning...bury me with a few of these.

i love the way the finish reveals (before drying and fading) herbal notes, a hint of forest...it even reminds me of a british pale ale beefed up, but not in the american ipa sense. hops stay low. near perfection for what it is.

mempath, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of timhoth
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my all time favorite beer. I am a big porter fan, and im in love with any dark beer and this is the best beer i think you can buy at a grocery store or any market like it. The beer drinks so smooth for how dark it is, and tastes of a hint of caramel within the full body. A true classic. One of my favorites anytime i go to the bar

timhoth, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of jmfc8237
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- medium bodied light caramel color with golden highlights. Off white head with little retention and mild lacing.

S- mixed fruitiness with citrus hops and caramel/biscuit maltiness with some earthy fruits.

T- caramel and nice fruit like raisins and figs with a toasty biscuit aftertaste. Nice blend of erathy and mild citrus hops.

D/M- very nice medium body beer with good malt profile and good drinkability. Nice

jmfc8237, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a two finger off white head which quickly fades to 1/2 finger and holds. Smell is a combination of caramel and toffee with some hops in the background. Taste is caramel, toffee, and toasted malt with some bitter hops for balance.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. The initial flavor is somewhat sweet, the bitter hops are strongest in the aftertaste, but not overpowering. A well balanced beer which I would buy again.

hardy008, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with yellow-orange highlights, a thick off-white head which leaves fantastically sticky lacing all the way down.

Sweet malts and citrusy hops dominate the nose. Lots of fruity esters in here, green apples and bananas as well as a darker, preserved fruit-like quality.

The taste is a thick malty sweetness with a hit of bitter piney hops on the tongue. Caramel and cereal grains. Not too much carbonation.

A middle-of-the-road beer in terms of body. Good for anytime. and very drinkable for sure.

MrHassellYaHurd, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It has been a year since I had this. Man I used to think it was bitter hop crap!

A - Nice amber color with little head
S - Smells of hops and malts with slight citrus smell
T - Not as hoppy as expected! The malts play great along with the citrus but really expected more toffee.
M - Pretty drinkable but kind of getting tired of hoppy beers.
D - May have this again if I find a sixer defiantly a good beer to buy.

DrDemento456, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey amber color with a 3 finger sticky off white head that reduces to about a half finger in 2 to 3 minutes. Head remains at the half finger level all the way until i finished the beer. left some very nice lacing down the glass.

Definitely a solid brew. Not my favorite, but some nice flavors. Has a mild hop presence, mainly presenting earthy notes but with a hint of citrus as well. Strong malt presence, with a bit of toffee and some toasted malt flavors. Finishes with a touch of bitterness, but not as much as I would prefer. Medium bodied, with a nice level of carbonation. Good brew, but not my favorite style.

HURTemHIZZY, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange color with mild lacing and medium carbonation.
Smell is caramel grainy malt, earthy, and some hints of lemon.
Taste is earthy caramel some toffee, is sticky, has a strong malt presence, and finishes with a touch of spice, lemon, and toffee.
This is a very smooth beer that's incredibly well balanced. Not my style of beer, but very well brewed nonetheless. Rogue has better offerings (like Double Dead Guy), but this is a very solid beer that's very drinkable. Is noteworthy.

jzeilinger, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bomber poured into a dead dog saloon pilsener glass, i found this appropriate! bright orangey amber coloring, three finger billowy head that took it's time receding - leaving traces of head on the way down, the lace covers the entire top of the beer and runs up the glass a bit, very nice looking.

s- spicy, peppery, i'm getting a toasty vanilla like sweetness that lays ontop of the base carmelized malt, very earthy.

t- i wasn't expecting the any sweetness to come out here, but i'm getting plenty, loads of vanilla, brown sugar. hops shine in the finish, lemony and tart. earthy toasty amber caramel malts take over the front palate. this is a very interesting beer for sure.

m- medium bodied, slightly syrupy.

d- i'm gonna start off by saying that this is my first maibock so i'm not sure what the exact style is shooting for. it does have a nice hop profile, and is lighter in color, although i'm not getting any alcohol coming through. i really am enjoying it though, it's a nice refreshing lager spliced with some great ale characteristics. another top notch rogue offering, can't believe i'm only getting around to trying it for the first time now.

thecarster1, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of lbaker
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber with no date into large mug, lets go...

(a) Pours a dark honey color with very little carbonation...guess thats why they call it dead. Next to no head. (3.5/5)

(s) Not much here, smells pretty bland, like something that has aged but with no hops to bring anything out. Different. (3/5)

(t) For something complex it tastes very balance and light. Some pine and citrus hop notes, but overall pretty light. That or either very well balanced. (3/5)

(m) Pretty dissapointing. Very little up front and even less on the follow through. Oddly light for as complex as it seems. (2.5/5)

(d) Decent, but not something I would go back to in a session. Great beer to build on, but for the price lets leave it at that. (3/5)

lbaker, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of ruinsx
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a frosty pint glass.

A -- Pours an amber orange color with two fingers of head. Foam is pretty thick and leaves nice lacing on the glass

S -- There was very little smell that I could pick up. It smelled crisp and clean, but not much aroma of malt or anything else.

T -- Very smooth and well balanced. Nicely hopped and overall quite delicious taste. Alcohol taste is there, but not overwhelming.

M -- Not overly carbonated, good light mouth feel.

D -- Overall a very drinkable beer. I could easily drink the entire six pack in a sitting. One of my favorite beers from Rogue brewery(except double dead guy, which is even tastier)

ruinsx, Feb 20, 2010
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,242 ratings.