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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,744
Reviews: 2,343
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 226
Gots: 1,051 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 6,744 | Reviews: 2,343
Photo of bierguru
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A -
thick head creamy off white body is tan merky orange brown

S -
hops some sort of fruit maybe starfruit since it smells sweet tart

T -
taste is sweet tart like a star fruit big smooth hop character

M -
medium feel in the mouth smooth with low carbonation

D -
amazing good would and could have it at any point any where beer isnt to heavy nor light its great

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everywhere I go I see this beer. Its availability is insane. (at least in my area.
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head and great lacing. Smells of chocolate malts, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee notes, roasted flavor, and some hidden hops. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Drinkability is above average.

Photo of Swedes21
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - beer pours with a nice substance to it. Head was fairly nice, a light brown tinge to it, fairly thick. Head turns into nice lacing. Nice light auburn colour, fairly cloudy.

Smell - slight smell of oranges/citrus and alcohol to this beer. smell is very nice and invites you to drink

Taste - i actually found this beer to be fairly smooth with an after taste that takes a few seconds to kick in. it really enlightens the taste buds, can really taste the malts and hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - little more bitterness in the mouthfeel, the carbonation levels do not overly increase but are present. can really feel the beer in your mouth,

Drinkability - I am fairly impressed with this beer. Very nice tasting beer that offers a lot to the senses. Overall, i can drink a few of these a nite, but would be a great beer to pass out at a party!

Photo of Spiekerbox
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Little head that goes away quickly. Beer is a reddish amber and very cloudy.

S- Apple cider with sweet caramel malty background.

T- First tart then bitterness with an apple flavor at first that is quickly covered in toasted malts. Wasn't expecting the toasted malts from the scent, though they are not extremely powerful at all. A little bit of a buttery caramel also is there. Citrus hops come in for a pretty nice finish, not very bitter but good hop flavor.

M- Medium body with relatively high carbonation. I would call it smooth but not crisp.

D- Nicely drinkable, nothing about it makes me not want to take another drink, overall this will be gone relatively quick. Could be a session beer, though i probably wouldn't want more than a couple at one time

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 64oz growler

A - Thicker than I thought when pouring, deep apple cider color. Not much of a head on this one nor lacing, and slightly unfiltered.

S - Has a sweet, fruity hop aroma to it. Hints of spiced cider, apple juice, blood orange, and light syrup.

T - Starts off juicy with an apple juice tartness and moves to a lightly bittering flavor from the hops. Hop flavors of grapefruit. Not nearly as bitter as expected. Finishes with a cider sweetness. Kind of dull all around and nothing that really sticks out.

M/D - Medium body that is nicely carbonated but is somewhat flat on the palate when it comes to body and mouth feel. Alcohol presence not really there and drinkability is average, much like the rest of this beer.

I've had this before in the past and don't remember it being as bland/dull so maybe I'll revisit it in the future...especially for the price for a bottle, had more expectations.

Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/brown into an imperial pint with a half inch of off-white head. Floral aroma towards camomile with biscuit malt and honey sweetness.

Taste is bitter while cold. As it warms, the bitterness grows but the taste blooms: biscuit and earthy malt, herbal and spicy hops, ending in lingering, drying bitterness. My saliva glands continue producing long after I've swallowed the sip, as if expecting more fun. Tea with honey -- that taste and impression lingers, as the tannins reinforce the suggestion of black tea.

Highly drinkable, light on the tongue, wonderful.

Listed as a Maibock / Helles. Always thought of it as an APA.

Photo of TB2
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured half a big bottle (1 pint 6oz) into a glass pint.

A: Nice looking brew. Has an amber / dark honey color with a very thick head.

S: Rich malty aroma. Smells nutty w. caramel hints.

T: Tastes very malty and nutty BUT has a very nice finish to it. VERY well balanced.

M: Nicley carbonated. Rich with a medium to heavy feel on the tongue.

D: Well balanced but just average (D) for me though. Just not something I would sit down and drink a six pack of.

Nice change of pace beer though.
Would like to find it on tap sometime.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Nice light amber color with a thin lace and one finger head -lot's of bubbles.

Smell was almost like carmel .

Taste was excellent nice toasty malts taste maybe even a hint of coffee. very unique and flavorful.

I had no problem pounding this pint and a half ..extremely drinkable .

Photo of Mancer
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy amber with a 1 finger high off-white head, which disappeared quickly.. There was light lacing on the glass. The initial smell of the beer is that of malts, barley, and dark fruits. The initial taste of the beer were sweet dark fruits with a malt backbone. The beer finished with barley on the tongue. The brew had a light to medium body with light to medium carbonation. Overall, it was not that bitter of a beer and slightly sweet.

In conclusion, this beer was ok. I'm not a fan of bock beers, so this was an experiment for me, frankly I'm still not a fan of them. Overall, it tastes like a bock beer and is probably a good beer for those who like the style.

Photo of DoppleJock
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy amber with half-finger, quickly dissipating head. Bright side is lots of carbonation pitting and good lacing.

S: Nutty, with hints of honey and biscuits.

T: Tastes like it smells. Decent maltiness with a hint of biscuits and a touch of honey.

M: Smooth. Mild hop aftertaste.

D: Decent session beer. Gets better with more sips. A safe pick at the bar.

Photo of deereless
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The head is thick and creamy and a light beige color, retention is good and coats the interior of the glass, medium orange to dark gold in color, crystal clear beer which permits great visibility to all the activity going on in this beer - 4.25, S: The nose is quite heavy on the malts and has a lightly toasted and malted milk ball aroma, I also perceive a touch of sweet caramel on the nose, no hops are really perceived - 4.00, T: The hops that alluded me on the nose are noticeable on the palate - significant bitterness, a mellow sweetness exists - somewhat doughy and/or cookie dough-like, there is an earthy and dry bite on the tail end of the beer - 3.50, M: Medium bodied and creamy - 4.00, D: Pretty nice representation to the style, very drinkable - 3.50

Photo of mjrod2142
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

The beer poured out an orange-y, amber color; very clear and clean looking with a nice head.

It has a malty, "brown" aroma that wasn't too strong. I picked up a little hint of citrus, but nothing very specific.

At first taste, I was underwhelmed. No flavors stood out to me and I wasn't sure what this beer was trying to be. The main thing that stuck out to me was a bit of a yeasty aftertaste. I was somewhat disappointed.

Then I got busy doing a few things as the beer settled in the glass. Upon my next sip, I was very impressed with how pleasant and balanced the flavor was. I started to wonder if this was intended to be a red ale. There's no prevalent sign of hoppiness or nuttiness, just a copper-colored ale that tastes great. Very drinkable. I will definitely have this one again.

Photo of Nadja6123
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall this truly is one of the best beers around. "Dead Guy" is a perfect balance of malt and hops. It's sweet without being syrupy and hoppy without the aggressive bitter edge. A full bodied ale that is so very drinkable all day long. It pares well with hearty sandwiches and burgers as well as with a good sharp Cheddar and Dry Genoa salami. I wait all year for this tasty beer and it never fails to meet my expectations. I love you Rogue

Photo of revolt914
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First experience with a helles lager, it's super hopped out and really tasty. I enjoy it quite a bit.

the appearance is light in color but thicker then some other american lagers. nice gold color and short head retention.

taste is very hopped out and strong but it leaves a good taste on your tongue.

mouthfeel is good and long slight bubble on your tongue.

drinkability is good and I could enjoy this beer quite a bit due to it's availability.

Photo of CheckmateBrew
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above average beer that wont wake the dead guy

A - red/amber with a small single finger head

S - I could small hops but not much else I was expecting a bit more with the nice color.

T - Nice but hops still rule this brew. Maybe a hoppy version of a Sam

M - Medium body, good carbonation

D - Well balanced, but you gotta like hops to really enjoy this beer. Good but not great

Photo of emmasdad
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pre-packaged growler of this from the liquour store for a party, and, on a separate night, had a couple bottles at a thai restaurant for dinner. I will review the growler, as it seemed a little perkier and more flavorful. Dark garnet color, small off-white head. Lightly hopped, good caramel flavors, sweet, but not cloying so. A very drinkable, very enjoyable beer.

Photo of silentjay
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very bubbly reddish copper with a lively almost white head that quickly recedes, but leaves some chunks on the Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

lots of lightly toasted bread in the aroma. almost a rye-spiciness to this, with a lot of grassy hops and plenty of earthy and citrus hops as well.

a light caramel malt with a bit of peppery spice, some herbal hops, and a touch of bitterness. pretty well balanced. not sure about the style designation, however. but, I'm not the brewer, nor the expert on that. a bit of diacetyl, reminds me of a decently balanced english-style pale ale.

light/medium bodied with a bit of prickly carbonation and a lingering peppery spice.

drinks rather well. skirts many styles, and falls in between them all in search of balance. finds balance, and sticks in the middle of the road. safe.

Photo of HopJ
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems like I have tasted a bunch of this over the last year. A nice option to add to any repertoire since it seems to be readily available. I ended moving this to a tulip which helped coax out the malty aromas. Along with malts I got toffee and something like bread pudding. This did need to warm up a bit for the aromas to come alive. The malty flavors are quickly matched by the hops. A nice bitterness on the finish. A very solid and balance beer. One I will grab whenever it is on sale.

Photo of MaxBrewell
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a frosted mug.

A - Gorgeous amber color with 1/2 inch beige head that gently fades, leaving an intricate lacing that clings to the glass.

S - Nothing spectacular here, but sweet, caramel notes up front are followed by a mellow toffee finish.

T - Full-on malt at the onset and nicely balanced by the hops to finish smooth.

M - Medium body and carbonated on the low-end for a nice rich feel.

D - Extremely well-balanced beer. Alcohol level is appropriate. Great session beer.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour: Light red-amber color. Two fingers of head that dissipates somewhat slowly, leaves just a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malty caramel and pale malt aroma. A hint of citrus hops underneath.

Taste: Pretty straightforward with a sweet malty taste. Hops in the background to balance it out. Nothing really too complex or special.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, and fairly low carbonation.

Drinkability: Top marks in this category. Drinks very easily, not overly filling, and very sessionable.

Final Notes: Definitely more of a session beer, and I must say it's kind of nice Rogue makes one. That said, it lacked the interest and off-the-wall characteristics I've come to expect from Rogue, and as such it was a bit of a disappointment. Still a great beer though.

Photo of chrisgn
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a BN Army pint glass.

A- Reddish brown color, hazy. Thick white head with lacing all up and down the glass. Head doesnt quit.

S- malty sweetness characters present from the nose.

T- Nicely balanced beer. Sweet malt flavor is the predominate character. Beer could use a little more flavor in one direction of another. Flavor falls a little flat on the backend.

M- nice rich mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable, no overpowering flavors. Not too high in alcohol and alcohol flavors a hidden.

Photo of Blind00Squirrel
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A: In this glass the color is awesome. It's light honey at the bottom and gradually grows into a dark amber underneath a 1 finger head. The carbonation is very good. The head thins out in a few minutes and the beer leaves great lacing.

S: Light bread tones up front with sweeter undertones

T: Very smooth. Drinks like it smells: sweet malty taste up front with a nice slight bittness on the back from the hops. This is a very well balanced beer.

M: Really smooth with medium body.

D: This is a personal favorite. I find it extremely drinkable due to its balance. I like to use this beer as a gateway to introducing friends to Rogue. This is a great beer and for me I often find myself comparing other ale's to this one for personal comparison and ranking. Enjoy! It's time for me to go open another one.

Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Looks copper / burnt orange, bubbly one finger head that left some good lacing.
Smells of sweet malt, earthy hops, bready.
Tastes of piney hops, not very bitter, sweet malt, a hint of cinnamon and graham crackers.
Feels bubbly but the carbonation is good, medium bodied.
This is a great beer, very drinkable.

Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of Yellowstone Ale (which it says is an alias for Dead Guy...I have no idea, so I'm going with it) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a sparkling, "read a newspaper thru it clear", amber with two fingers of fluffy cream colored foam that dies over the course of several minutes leaving behind thick spiderwebs of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma consists of some green and grassy hops up front combined with some floral aromas. Rich caramel malt underneath along with some toffee and mild buttery/butterscotch to complement the sweet offerings here. The malt also layers in some bread and some cereal grains to round things out. Overall - smells rich and full.

T - Full malty flavors are at the forefront of this one. Caramel, toffee and malty sweet flavors abound. Hop presence is mild...I really don't detect much bitterness, seems like the hops are solely there to tame the malty heart of this beer and balance it nicely.

M - Medium bodied with a lower level carbonation that is really smooth and creamy. The malt lingers on the tongue after the swallow very nicely. Mouthfeel complements the flavors here nicely.

D - Well, I'm a Rogue fan but rarely buy any of their beer for some reason that I really can't explain. This bottle was gifted to me as a souvenir from a trip to Yellowstone. Glad it was...I haven't sampled this one in a really long time. It was one of the beers that got me going on craft beer many years ago...over the years, my pallette has changed and I prefer hoppier beers, but this one still hits the spot for me. The malty flavors and body that is achieved is quite good and the hops play off of this just about perfectly - never taking over and only serving to help show off the finer points of the malt. This is really smooth and I'm figuring this would go really well with something off the grill. Never thought of this as a Maibock before now, but surprising to me, this hits the style pretty well.

Photo of SnowGoon99
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a orange color with very little head. Aroma comes across very subdued due to the assumed low hopping and dominant maltiness. There are hints of floral in the nose when you really search for them.

Taste was similar to the smell in that it was nothing too special. Very malt dominated but that's to be expected in a maibock. Almost like a munich helles with a lot more alcohol. Body was good and the alcohol definitely came through when i tried to stand up after the tasting. Still a very drinkable beer though. Could have a couple of these but you'd end up falling down afterward.

Overall a decent beer but nothing too special. If someone handed me one i wouldn't refuse but on the same token i wouldn't buy it again.

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