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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

2,342 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,342
Hads: 7,151
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 21.83%
Wants: 276
Gots: 1,540 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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: 2,342 | Hads: 7,151
Photo of justingreenwood
2.44/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The name says it all. Imagine squeezing the fluid from the rotting corpse of a homeless crackhead whose last shower was recorded in the dead sea scrolls. Not something I would drink again.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.62/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [2.50] Pours a rust brown color and forms a large 2 finger head. The beer is a little hazy looking in the glass. The bottle does not list the ABV or any kind of date. BOO! Terrible.

S: [3.25] I get caramel, spices and breadiness.

T: [2.75] The taste is some kind of spices. They are long and lingering. I keep sipping it wanting more but I only get a little more sweetness.

M: [1.50] The mouthfeel is bad. It has no feeling of carbonation. It feels like water. Normally I rate mouthfeel after taste - but the mouthfeel was so unpleasant I went there first.

O: [2.50] This is very disappointing. The bottle includes no useful information. So this might be a really old bottle - but that is Rogue's fault not mine. Suffer with a bad rating. The mouthfeel was WAY off. It is just like water. No carbonation feeling at all (even with the 2 finger head). Then the taste was poor too. I won't drink this again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint of this out at the bistro around the corner last April (11 months ago). Took some notes down at that time, but then promptly lost them. Doing some cleaning today before moving next month and ran across them. They jive with my recollection so figured I'd put them in.

Appearance - Amber / copper in color with red hues throughout. 1 Finger of head is poured, leaving only a soapy residue after a few minutes. Crystal clear.

Smell - Butterscotch, slight bit of tropical fruit. Enticing but the nose isn't terribly potent.

Taste - Some bitterness up front with and earthy butterscotch and creamed corn undercurrent. Overall pretty mild, but quite tasty and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Reasonably well carbonated, leaves a tingling sensation in the mouth. Medium-light bodied.

Overall - Pretty solid across the board, well rounded and definitely would come back to this but for the affordability (and accessibility) in Canada.

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Photo of samshaw
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Medium thick, clear, golden hue with medium offwhite head. Slow stream of small suds rising.

S: Moderate yeast with light hops.

T: Medium yeast dominates the tongue with moderate hops and light malt.

M: Viscous with seltzer-like carbonation.

O: Yeast-heavy beer with a classic flavor and a fair bit of bitterness.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma includes tart but browning apple, toffee, and a little bread. Pours a dense, manilla head and a hazy, light copper body. Full flavored—the malt is toffee/honey-like, lightly sweet and grainy. Slight alcohol and spicy, somewhat bitter hops. Feels a bit light and crisp with not a lot of carbonation.

The malt is pretty well foregrounded with spicy hops and bitterness providing punctuation. Very flavorful though a bit buttery. The alcohol is slight but works well with the spiciness.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance – Deep honey colour with an ample amount of head that is between rocky and shaving foam in consistency. The head is around a finger in height and there is loads of Co2 streaming in the glass the head dies and leaves a decent lace cover that lightly dust the glass as you drink.

Smell – A lot of sweet malt almost caramel like, but some great sour tones from the yeast very, very mild pine hop which leans towards something like the faint waft of a distant spruce forest.
Taste – Pretty hoppy up front more so that I had expected based on the aroma. Malty smells do eventually translate into the taste but it takes a while as the taste develops and the olfactory senses adjust to this interesting brew. The sourness of the yeast comes through well. This beer is a bit of a journey or even a trip in a haunted house at the fayre (In a good way). The hop kicks first then as your buds calm down the malt presents itself, there is a constant under current of yeast and finally the whole experience comes full circle to final hop flourish.
Mouth feel – Very smooth but oddly cloying at first it eventually subsides to something mild and neither dry or cloying but also sadly lacking real punchy linger.
Overall – Pretty dang good and a nice match up with a tasty salad dressed with white wine vinegar dressing this one is a real summer brew and has nice developing flavour that makes it interesting to drink.

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Photo of El_Farto_Magico
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer is fairly standard for Rogue. I'm not particularly crazy about it, it comes off somewhat bland, and lacking in any distinguishable characteristics.

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

Poured dark cloudy amber. Small head with mild retention and lacing. Tropical fruit aroma. Tropical fruit taste mikd hop at end. Light bodied. Decent beer but not very complex.

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Photo of Mdg222
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty and sweet...in saying that there is a slight hop bite and a dry balanced finish. However, it's gently hopped to cut the sweetness, a great overall beer.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy brownish orange in color. Poured with almost no head. Might be my fault.

Smell: A lot of yeast and bread is present with some sweet fruity notes.

Taste: A lot of bread up front mixed with some fruits. Maybe like a fruitcake? Very malty finish.

Feel: Light enough to be refreshing, but not so light it's dull and watery. Has a nice texture.

Overall: Always a good choice when there are no other good choices. If that makes sense.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in February 2015.

Appearance: Deep amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance of hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some sweet malty aroma, which balances the hops for a nice aroma, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, malts, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex ale, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an good and complex lager.

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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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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,342 ratings.