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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,106
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 547 | 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 DawnL
4.03/5  rDev +2%

Served in a Chimay glass - I would have used a tulip glass.

Amber color with head that quickly dissipates into sticky lace.

With all the buffalo wings around me, I really couldn't discern much from the nose.

[Addendum - had at home last night 8/31/09 and it had a lovely nose of malt and a little hop character, but not overwhelming. There was a touch of sweet caramel, slightly bruleed, in the nose which was subtle and could be easily missed if there were other aromas in the room.]

Lots of malt on this. Good, ripe red fruit characteristics with a slight meatiness on the underside. The merest trace of umami.

It was a treat to have this beer on tap. I've always enjoyed it bottled.

DawnL, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of schmitter
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Oooohhh weee now this is a maibock!

Poured a deep, hazy amber with an off white sticky head.

Smelled somewhat fruity and malty.

Taste was also fruity but probably the best malty beer taste I've encountered. Hops are there, perfectly blended with the rich malts.

This is the first beer I've given a 5 for drinkability and the best helles I've had.

schmitter, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Probie
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%

Appearance is dark amber with a small amount of head.

Smell and taste both remind me a lot of freshly baked banana bread with sweet doughy properties.

Mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation and goes down very smoothly.

This is a very drinkable beer.

Probie, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +1.3%

A - Bright amber, off white head leave fast. Sparce cling lace.

S - Sweet and malty. Very sweet malt, some sharpness underneath.

T - Taste follows smell. Sweet malt up front, balanced nicely by the hops finish. Bready character in middle. Nice.

M - Medium body. More complex than many. Nice balance and carb.

D - Could suck a few down.

srandycarter, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of flipper2gv
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

A: semi translucent orange brew. Head is off white and strong.

S: Very fruity nose. Nice peach dominant smell with hints of orange and bananas. Some green tea too. There is some caramel and overall malt sweetness to it. Very smooth.

T: Much hoppier than I expected. Opens up with the malt sweetness. Then it's all about the fruits but this time more of orange zest than the rest. Some tart too. Green tea is stronger while the peach and banana are near non existent. Some herbal hops that brought the tea cuts it at the end.

M: Very creamy, to my surprise. Carbonation level is perfect.

D: Very drinkable. Balanced brew with enough of everything to please almost any drinker.

flipper2gv, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of dbexpert
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

a. rich amber/golden hues, with solid pillowy foam

s. aromas are suttle, sweet fresh bread odor is cut by a citrus/orange smell

t. well-balanced, nothing overpowering or dominant, it is a good representation of an amber

m. solid nothing extraordinary

d. only having a 22oz., something for the cooler months, will reconsider when frost hits

dbexpert, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of vegantreats
3.83/5  rDev -3%

Served from a bottle into a glass this dark caramel colored beer poured with about an inch of head, most of which quickly dissipated.
Slight hoppiness to the nose with a mild sweetness.
This is a very smooth beer; taste consists of hops with a slight herbal bitterness as an after note. The last bit of beer in the glass had a harder hit of alcohol to the nose and palate.
I could have this beer frequently and not be wanting for more.

vegantreats, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

This was really good but is i a Maibock

The colour is cloudy dark amber very pleasing to look at

The smell is of hops cut grass honey and spice

The taste is of the above with a slight herbal aftertatse

Mouthfeel is slightly too low on carbonation but nice balanced body

Very drinkable in all

DerBayer, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of HansBlix
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance - This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Color was amber, almost red and orange when held to the light. Initial pour yielded a 1 finger head that quickly dissipated with minimal lacing. Moderately carbonated.

Smell - All around good. Noting really specific but smelled kind of sweet. Hint of hops.

Taste - The hops really came through on this one but not overbearing. The taste is kind of "in your face". Kind of malty and sweet with hints of fruit. The alcohol did come through.

Mouthfeel - Being an ale, it was kind of heavy, I was surprised. The carbonation did have a "bite".

Drinkability - This isn't for a novice beer drinker who constantly drinks "lager". I enjoyed this beer, though not all of the time. Im glad I tried it.

HansBlix, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Lolli1315
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

A- Color is reminiscent of honey. A little hazy, but of course not as hazy as a wheat beer. About a finger of head.

S- Smells of citrus fruits, not sure of the specific fruits.

T- The citrus taste is apparent as it was in the smell. Towards the end there is a slight bitterness that comes through. This beer reminds me of Two Hearted, but without the bitterness.

M- Medium bodied beer with an average amount of carbonation. Fits well with the taste.

D- Finished a pint of this beer pretty quickly and was ready for another. I don't think many people are going to struggle with drinking a couple of these.

Lolli1315, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

22oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. no freshness info.

A- this one pours out a pale amber colored body with a fluffly looking white head. moderate retention and lacing.

S- sweet caramel and toffee malts and spice. nto much in the way of hops.

T- bready and caramel malts upfront with a lingering spicy finish.

M- light to medium body with ample carbonation.

D- easy to finish but the price is too high to revisit this one on a regular basis.

jwinship83, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a chilled pint glass. The appearance was a clear golden amber color with two fingers of slightly tan foam. Long lasting lacing. Smells of roasted malt, spices, hops and a little fruit.
The taste is a slightly sweet, toasty bread, very slightly bitter combination that is very pleasant. The amount of carbonation is nearly perfect and complements the taste giving the overall mouthfeel that I like in a beer. I find this beer very drinkable and I only wish it was more available in my area.

ProfessorCJ, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of jkc88
3.95/5  rDev 0%

A: Dark amber color with a light brown head of about 1 finger.

S: Sweet, with a hint of toasted grain.

T: A little sweet with a little hops flavor. Finishes with a lingering spiciness.

M: Smooth, but not heavy.

An easy to drink, sessionable beer. While the flavor isn't the most complex, I thought there was a decent balance of sweet and bitter.

jkc88, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of tj4288
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

poured from 12oz bottle into tumbler pint

a- apperance similar to american lagers such as sam adams. deep golden copper/ hints of ruby. clear with some visable carbonation. one finger of smooth head recedes quickly to a thin/spotty cap that stays leaving very little/ random lacing.

s- smell was unexpected. i expected this beer to be much more mild for some reason. the smell definatly jumps at your nose. very very complex on the nose. strong hops to start followed by a caramel malt. floral and grassy. also smells like a weaker nosed barlywine style beer.

t- taste is also fairly complex. both hops and malt are very prominent. hops are bitter all the way to the back of the throat and malts are slightly sweeter and on the caramel side. also leaves the lips slightly bitter.

m- good amount of crisp biting carbonation, med/full body and heavy.

d- great price/ tons of flavor. the bitterness and heavy feel are keeping this from a perfect 5. i would buy this again, this might be a great beer to convert macro drinkers.

tj4288, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Dead Guy pours an orangey, dark golden color with a nice fluffy bubbly head that leaves some nice lacing as it settles.

The smell that first comes to mind is honey or caramel. Something very sweet. There is also a very heavy malt smell, almost like the malt extract you can get in cans at the homebrew shop. No real hop smell is present.

The taste is a very sweet, malty brew with a bit of a dry citrus finish. Mostly I taste a lot of sweet malt, caramel or brown sugar along with that tangy honey taste I smelled. Not a bad beer by any means, but its definitely not the best that Rogue makes but I am sure the label sells this beer more than the liquid inside (a la Fat Tire).

Very drinkable, and all that, but its got a bit of a cloying sweetness that stays with you. Not a bad beer by any means but I'd go for something else that Rogue brews personally.

indiapaleale, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev -3%

A - Golden Amber... honey like in appearnace. Thin head.

S - Sweet malts, carmel, Citrus and Piney hops.

T - Roasted malts, sweet cereal, pine and floral hops. Bitter finnish. nothing too complex.

M - Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated

D - Nothign too complex, lighter and refreshing. 6.5% is probably on the border of session drinkable.

rfgetz, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a clear amber color with a tight white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly of toasted malts and some sweetness.

Taste is the toasted malt flavor balanced out by a hop spiciness that ends with a slight bitter taste. Alcohol is noticeable, especially at 6.5% ABV, but it does not detract from any of the flavors.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium body with enough carbonation to leave a dryer finish.

This is very drinkable as it is a balanced beer.

ocelot2500, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: A slightly hazy, golden-amber body capped by two fingers of creamy, off-white head that endures well and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Lots of toasty caramel malt with a dash of spicy hops.

Taste: The focus here is really the bold and toasty caramel malt backbone, which is spot-on for the style. Towards the end a mild alcohol character emerges, about equal to what you'd expect to find in a Bock. It finishes with earthy and subtlety spicy hops that help to dry everything out.

Mouthfeel: A medium, slightly creamy body that features moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Just shy of session territory, but still very drinkable.

Verdict: Dead Guy is a tasty and very drinkable beer with lots of character, but falls short of being exceptional. A worthy flagship brew for one of the bigger American microbreweries.

BeanBone, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of electricfields
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

A: Pours dark amber with a red tint. Foamy off-white head tops it off, dissipates quickly. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malts. Maybe a bit of caramel. A slight bit of citrus hops. Not very strong.

T: Caramel, grapefruit, and a good, dry finish. A noticeable bitterness that's not overwhelming. This is a damn fine tasting beer.

M: Thick, syrupy, but goes down nicely. Slightly foamy too.

D: Definitely an easy beer to drink. One of my personal favorites to drink, too.

electricfields, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Served in an imperial pint glass, the beer was an amber color with a small white head. Malt upfront in the aroma, sweet, a little caramel. Big malt taste, little bit of caramel. Alcohol I thought was a little noticeable. Medium-bodied, very good beer.

lordofthewiens, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Bought a six-pack of this at a local liquor store in FL. Rogue Dead Guy Ale was a staple of mine out west, but I have turned to German and Belgian beers more as of late, its nice to know you can go home again.

Poured 12oz. out of bottle into Rogue pint glass. Amber in color, I didn't remember what it smelled like, but the one I poured had almost no aroma at all. Smooth mouthfeel, moderately hopped, a great example of the style. Easy to drink. Still love this beer.

drabmuh, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of association330
4/5  rDev +1.3%

12 oz. bottle featuring a skeleton perched on top of an ale cask. Kind of a pirate theme going on here. "Oregon Brewed" is clearly stated near the bottom of the label.

A - Pours a rich golden color with a pinky of off-white head. Drops to a bubbly cap with some lacing.

S - Heavy malt sweetness. Candied tropical fruit quality with a touch of hop spice for balance. Quite appealing, really.

T - Complex, sweet malty taste. Somewhat citrusy. Hop spice comes through on the swallow, and the finish offers a slightly dry, balancing bitterness.

M - Light (though not watery) body and moderate carbonation lend some crispness to the brew. A bit of warming alcohol at the back of the throat after half a bottle or so.

D - Overall, a solid beer. To me, this is much more balanced and drinkable than traditional bocks that focus more heavily on malt depth, which results in a really sweet, syrupy brew. I'd drink this again.

association330, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of zenjamin
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Dead guy Ale, is probably not a beer that anyone would hate. Nothing about it is really "in your face". Smooth and not offensive.

A: Pours with a moderate head which dissipates somewhat quickly. This beer is almost orange in appearance.

S: Smells sweet, reminds me of honeydew melon.

T: Sweet also. Hops are present but not in the forefront. Notes of black tea and a smooth, dry finish.

M: Smooth and dry.

D: This was the first of a six-pack i don't think i'll have any difficulty drinking the other five. Smooth and enjoyable to drink.

I now realize what this beer reminds me of, Magic Hat #9, this has a little more zing to it.

zenjamin, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of johntangus
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

pours a golden amber with a light tan head that dissapates quickly leaving little lacing.

Light biscuity smell.

Taste is very malty with a hop presence and a dryness on the back end. This was one of the beers that got me back into drinking crafts. And i don't know if it's just this bottle, but it just isn't wowing me like that first bottle did. I've actually been wanting to buy it since then, but the price was prohibitive. It's a good beer, but in comparison with some other beers, it seems to pale.

It is still a good beer, just not as spectacular as i remember.

johntangus, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Armstrongm
4.03/5  rDev +2%

Picked up this 22 oz. bomber from Valley Discount in Ansonia, CT. I think it was $5.99

A - Pours a nice cloudy, hazy golden. About 1.5 fingers of head that holds briefly. Good lacing down the glass. A very good looking beer.

S - Pick up some sweet malt right away. Other than that, not much.

T - Pick up the sweet malt first, then the hops. A little caramel. Finishes dry.

M - Feels good. Nothing too bitter. A pleasant dry finish.

D - Nothing overpowering, goes down very smooth. Could easily have a couple more.

Overall, a good beer. Nothing too crazy and an easy drink.


Armstrongm, Jul 13, 2009
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