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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,331 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,331
Hads: 7,073
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 21.83%
Wants: 269
Gots: 1,471 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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
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Reviews: 2,331 | Hads: 7,073
Photo of mtvolkens
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Flute Glass, Burnt Orange color, held just a bit of a film of head, well below a finger. The aroma was light, and personally one of the most lacking parts of the beer for me. It had a nice smooth malty taste upfront with a strong hoppy aftertaste with bits of piney notes in between. It was a nice, decently rounded beer that would be a great refresher. Not too much going on, but a solid beer. Aroma was the most lacking part of my personal experience with the beer.

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Photo of M_chav
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark orange with 2 inch head, slowly dissipates. Smells like straight malt. Taste is average, thick and malty - slightly refreshing. just not my style. Maybe good on a hot summer day?

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Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer with an inviting hoppy aroma, burnt orange colour, leading to a taste profile that is well balanced including some Saaz spiciness as well as a firm bready malt base, some pine and resiny earthy notes, all well put together to make a hoppy session ale that is very refreshing. Body is well balanced and bright. Hope are forward but the whole is a quite complete package and certainly very interesting.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear copper with a nice thick creamy white head. The head leaves big sticky lacing throughout the beer. The aroma is fruity, caramel, and bready and the taste is even more-so those with a nice earthy hops finish. The body is lighter but not watery, with a little carbonation and nice finish.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. About one finger of pale head, dissipating rapidly. Very even lacing.

Murky gold in color.

Malty, toasty, a touch of hops bitterness in the finish. Carbonation was just about perfect. Very drinkable.

Overall, I'm underwhelmed. It's a good, solid, sessionable brew, but not one that I'd go too far out of my way for.

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Photo of ronricorossi
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Cesar on Piedmont Ave in Oakland

Never had a Dead Guy, saw it on tap, know it to be something of a Pacific Northwest classic, figured it was time to try it. Have to say, my experience with it was..."not so chill". Big complaint - the finish came off way malty in a "malt beverage" kind of way. Reminded me of what I remember a Michelob tasting like. Whatever else was right about it, can't shake that finish, that less than pleasant overall taste on the back end.

Willing to give it another chance - maybe a bottle instead?

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Photo of PayDay
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like a comfortable pair of old shoes that you find in the back of your closet and put on for the first time in a long time, I found the taproom in The Dalles was out of my favorite IPA when I went to fill a growler, but seeing they had Dead Guy on tap and I hadn't had it in years, I said fill 'er up. That night after a day of steelhead fishing I opened my growler and was almost blown away at how good that Dead Guy was from draft. It's so damn drinkable, refreshing, and goes perfectly with almost any food you'd want to pair it with. Love it.

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Photo of megamick
4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Finally rewarded myself w/this & while not earth shattering, it was definitely worth it. Great look: swirled red in the middle surrounded by cloudy gold, holding tons of flavor bursts, I'd recommend it anytime!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The legend. Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Ale pours a light hazy copper with orange hues and a tight beaded white foam head that lightly dies down to a thin layer with nice lacing. Nose of caramel malts, biscuit, and light earthy hops. Flavors explode with waves of caramel, toffee, and fresh bread flavors to all sides being rounded out by nice bittering hops. Smooth mouth feel and great carbonation makes this one a highly quaffable ale with a light bitter sweet finish. If you feel jaded towards Rogue wait a little bit and try it again, this one is always a winner and always welcome.

A true legend in the microbrew universe.

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Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a single into a NB globe
A: clear light copper, 1 finger head, little lacing
S: malty! biscuits, caramel, toasted grain, and a touch of earthy spicy hops
T: layers of delicious malt here, first some toasty grain, then a little sweet caramel and toffee, then some really faint melon and apricot, as well as some faint spiciness and mild bitterness, finishing with more moderately sweet malty biscuity notes.
M: for me, a little too much carbonation, though objectively it would be "medium". Pretty smooth, very quaffable.

Overall: this is great, a real pleasure when you're in the right mood. I've been drinking this one for years since my little bro used to live a few miles away from the brewery. It is quite different than both the (very different) German and American maibocks I know best, but I think it it is still a delicious brew....

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Photo of Grayson
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a light brown, with a minimal, quickly-fading, sticky head.
S: Mild fruit notes, some caramel. Very mild.
T: Very sweet and fruity. A nutty touch, mildly bitter finish where it really comes out.
MF: Creamy, sweet.

Overall: One of the tastiest beers I've ever had.

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Photo of rmolledo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Pretty tasty overall. A little sweet for my liking but makes a good "let it get warm and sip it" beer.

Lots of malt flavor and sweetness. Not too bitter. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: tall brown 650mL bottle, funky craft beer label.

Appearance: pours out a mid brown with a finger of beige head that lasts for a time before dropping to a solid cap. Decent lacing on the glass also - looks good.

Aroma: some caramels, light fruits and a nutty quality. Reasonable if not amazing.

Taste: again light caramels, that nutty quality and a touch of fruit and spice. Pleasant, if a little underwhelming.

Aftertaste: more of the nut comes through on the finish, making it somewhat dry and a touch cloying.

Mouth feel: quite a smooth feel with moderate body and carbonation.

Overall: this is one of the better beers I have had from Rogue Ales - nicely complex without too much of the cloying nut character that tends to overpower a lot of their beers. Not too pricy at AU$14 for a 650mL bottle. Perhaps once every now and then.

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Photo of Beric
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap at People's Republik, Cambridge MA
Served: 16 November 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear, deep gold color with barely a head. I feel like the head would have been bigger had the bartender kept it, but he was pouring the heads off beers. Looks pretty great.

Smell: Very sweet with floral hops.

Taste: Not your standard Maibock, that's for sure. The dense, caramel sweet malt backbone is there for sure, as one would suspect for the style, but the flavor profile is otherwise dominated by a heavy assertion of floral American hops. With this in mind, the flavor is quite good- I think the very sweet Maibock base compliments the hops nicely and keeps the beer lively and kicks the ABV up a notch, while some 6.5% IPAs can start getting wonky due to the higher grain bill. Pleasant and drinkabl.e

Feel: Medium body, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Not a bad beer, and one I would gladly order again. This is definitely an Americanized Maibock, so don't go into this one expecting the subtleties of a traditional German one. Nonetheless, the beer is exceedingly drinkable and highly flavorful, and one I would definitely recommend trying.

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Photo of UnicornProfessor
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Just fantastic. The bottle design, the logo, and not to mention the beer. For whatever reason, I only drink these in the winter time, and I always look forward to drinking this more than Christmas itself. I love the Rogue brand, and Dead Guy is the best of the bunch.

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Photo of ph001c
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From an undated bottle, at home, in a pint glass, about 40-45deg

Appearance - pours a cloudy reddish color. Small head <12mm that diminishes quickly to a 3-4mm circle in the middle of the glass.

Smell - not overly strong, slight hint of flowers, dominated by malt

Taste - upfront ester and slight resin notes. Dominated by malt flavors on finish but balanced nicely with slight bitterness/pine. No evidence of yeast.

Mouthfeel - lots of small bubbles but not overly carbonated, dry finish

Overall - this is my first experience with Dead Guy even though I have been into beers for a while. I tend to pass on more common/available beers in favor of more obscure (typically foreign brews). I was delighted to find a modern, West Coast brew that was not dominated by hops. But then this is from Oregon, not CA. This is a very good beer, well balanced, offering an uncommon flavor profile. It would pair nicely with duck.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Its better then bad its good!!???

I dont hate this beer but I dont really like it.....I could drink it all night long and be fine with it....and it doesnt taste bad..... but its not something I would get if I saw it on tap with other beers I havent tried.

Its a little hoppy a little malty...maybe a touch of wheat...but no fruit. It ends dry....its not very bitter....its kinda boring....after taste is kinda sweet but in a quick dry way.

this beer to me is really odd! Its not bad and kinda good....the flavors kinda blend yet bombastic.
I know this review was kind of useless but if and when you try it you will see what I am saying! lol
all I know is I wish I opened up my 32oz of Lagunita sucks instead of trying this!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%

Hey ho! Let's get dead! First time trying this brew.

12 oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance (4) : Crisp snap as I remove the cap. Pours a fluffy off-white three finger head on top of a beautiful haze of what I can only call sunburst (like on a Fender Stratocaster guitar). The opacity is about 40%.

Aroma (3.75) : Everything here is pretty faint. In order from strongest to distant : Pear, ginger, pineapple, sugar, nutmeg. Bouquet is fairly weak, but everything smells like good quality.

Taste (3.5) : It's hard to describe this one. Tea bitterness, some orange, mango, ginger. A little cinnamon. A citrus hop bitterness wraps it up in the finish. The flavors seem to clash, but they are all distinct. It's like I want to taste fruit, but instead I get tea. I want to taste the tea, but instead I get old rumply fruit. It's really hard to rate this category.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Light bodied with some pretty intense carbonation. Very lightly creamy but the carbonation sort of destroys that. It ends with a hop bitterness so characteristic of Helles beers.

Overall (3.54) : I wasn't all that impressed with this beer. Perhaps I'm not a fan of the Maibock style, but this one was just too intense and never really focused on any single flavor. There was no vantage point for me. It was all jumbled together in a sour bitter mess. It's crafty alright, but I'll skip this one next time.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: October 5, 2014... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: O's clinch, while the Browns complete the largest road comeback in history... APPEARANCE: slow, steady bubbles are mired within an opaquely beautiful orange brown body; creamy, substantial off-white head; lacing creates white fencing... AROMA: strong citric cleansing power--peach, tangerine, and orange--weds with soft pine to produce a sweet, rewarding allure... PALATE: smooth, active and bubbling to the tongue; simmering and balanced, if not a little difficult to place--could be the ale/bock moniker coming to fruition; still, highly drinkable for a beer nearly 7% ABV.....TASTE: intense melon, ear-tingling hops, and a solid malt base at the throat creates a full, demanding taste; nothing Dead here! ... OVERALL:this hybrid beguiled me at first--seeking the ale, malt made me rethink everything--the style, the glass, the night...then, seeking the malt, the crunch of West Coast hops puts me square back in a pint glass... this beer makes me ask too many questions and, frankly, I do not mind--complex and rewarding....

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light dark fruit, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, light dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, light dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice maibock style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of twelveoztim
5/5  rDev +26.9%

My favorite beer hands down. Maibock/Helles Bock - It's just phenomenal. I'm just a weekend beer drinker who loves to try new craft beers and I haven't had anything better than Dead Guy Ale. I just wish it was a little cheaper! Cheers!

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 03.25.14.

A: Somewhat opaque, milky caramel color. 1 finger head that receded quickly. Great lacing.

S: Strong, sweet caramel.

T: Caramel dominates. Has lingering red apple. Some flower on the back end.

M: Creamy smooth. It floats on the tongue and fades away slowly. Beautiful.

O: The creaminess is apparent first, then a wash of caramel takes over. The sweetness fades and then a slight bitterness comes on until fading into a red apple and flower back end that lingers. This is a very well balanced and fantastically smooth beer. Unfortunately, I won't ever buy anything from Rogue again after what I've heard about them, but that shouldn't affect my rating of this beer.

Rating: A

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -1%

A: Pours a clear golden with a thick foamy head that holds together well (3/3)
S: Citrusy hop profile balances a pale malty nose with a little bit of alcohol (8/12)
T: Fruity up front (mostly banana and raisin), light malt in the middle, with a bitter finish that fades off the tongue within a few seconds(16/20)
M: Reasonably bubbly with a dry finish that covers the whole tongue (5/5)
O: Quite drinkable. Nothing overpowering in the nose or the taste. A nice blend of many different notes. (7/10)

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma malty/biscuity
Head average (3 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to irregular partial 2 mm layer
Lacing OK - one partial ring with stalactites and some small islands with tiny to small bubbles
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor malty with bitter aftertaste; no hops, no alcohol, no diaceetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5. Final weighted score: 3.6375
While the head is attractive, the lacing (meh) and the color/clarity of the ale leave a lot to be desired. The aroma is very tempting and the flavor does not miss expectations. The palate is pretty good. Overall, this is a reliable ale – good but not outstanding.

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Photo of esmcd05
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A straight forward beer. No nonsense.

Bronze amber in color and holds a decent head.

Starts out sweet which is quickly rounded out by the bitterness of hops. A slight bite from carbonation, but not too much.

Overall, extremely drinkable and not overly complex. A beer I could drink everyday and not need to be in the mood for to drink it (i.e. something like a quad).

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,331 ratings.