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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,693
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 217
Gots: 980 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Otterburn
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought as the Yellowstone Ale in the city of West Yellowstone..nice bottle with a geiser on it. 650ml

pours a nice amber,rousse beer with small white foamhead medium efferversence.

smell: camaral/roasty and bread

Taste: first you taste the roasty caramel followed a medium bitterness that last pretty long, and then some floral malted taste. theres a nutty final as well.

mf: full body, a bit on the liquorous side, medium carbonation, long after-taste, nutty with some bitterness

drinkability is excellent. it is a complex Ale well balanced and interesting brew, refreshing as well.

for those who like cheese, it belongs with a brie double creme, that cheese brings the nutty taste on another level. good stuff

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 8/13/10 notes. Had on tap at the Iron Horse in DC.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts and caramel malts, with hints of spices and yeast. Also some grain and bready malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, spice, fruity malts, and toasted malts. Hints of citrus hops and a little bit sweet.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very solid maibock. Lots of malts in the smell and taste. Have had it many times and would definitely order it again.

Photo of lovindahops
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- pours a hazy light amber body with a very minimal head. The color almost looks like there is a mix of honey

S- a great flair of malt and honey flavor. There are some strong spice tones and a light hop presence. There is a good balance with the scent

T- very tasty. The malt flavor is the star of the show.

M- full bodied and even creamy

D- Dead guy ale is a great brew that is incredibly drinkable. The emphasis of the honey makes the brew absolutely fantastic. The malt is pretty extreme in it

Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear orange amber with a thin white head.

Smell- Light malts with a touch of sweetness

Taste- Lightly sweet, biscuity malts with caramel notes. Malts have a definitively German character. Bitterness and a slight dryness towards finish. Hops are herbal and provide bitterness which rides in the background.

Mouthfeel- Clean, thin bodied, crisply carbonated. Refreshing but not light.

Drinkability- ABV is significantly higher than flavor or body would suggest. One could drink this in session, but beware the ABV.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner...

A: Pours a transparent copper with a big off white head, which leaves lacing as it slowly bubbles down.

S: a musty hay aroma, raisin sourdough bread, caramel popcorn, orange peel, and pine needle.

T: an earthy, nutty raisin bread toast that fades to a bitter lemon and pine hop fade

M: a slick full medium body for style that finishes crisp and refreshing and off dry

Overall, a unique and americanized interpretation of the style that is very enjoyable. Good beer to take the edge off of a hot day at work.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-pours a Hazy burnt orange color two fingers head which recedes slowly,nice lacing throughout.

S-Yeasy and Malty I am picking up very little Hop character.

T- toasty malts and a nutty flavor dominates with a slight earthy hop show at the finish which is gone just as quick as it comes on.

M-medium bodied

D-With little Hop character and nothing else that really shines with this brew drinkability on this one is fairly low on this one,actually considering that rogue beers are some of the higher priced bombers in my area I probably won't go for this one again.


Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Meagan - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with good amounts of sweeter caramel malts and hints of earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malts with good amounts of toastiness kick things off. Midway through the sip the sweetness fades just a bit with the addition of mild earthy hop flavors that carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this tasted much better from the bottle than it did on-tap. Nicely nuanced malt flavors and a nice mouthfeel make this one worth a shot.

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz draft at Old Chicago's

A: Golden amber body; quite clear on the pour; creamy off-white head about a finger and a half thick on the pour; sheet-like lacing.

S: Kind of buttery and bready on the nose; lots of malts as I expected; some caramel notes are there but are nicely balances by some dried, toasted grain/cracker notes and fresh baked wheat bread.

T: Huge maltiness through and through; buttery and nutty; some touches of caramel sweetness and some sweet cake like qualities; finish is slightly drying and brings out a touch of floral hop-like flavors before fading into butter toast flavors on the finish.

M: Somewhat creamy texture on the palate; pleasant carbonation.

D: Easy drinking at 6.5% ABV. Definitely one that is very enjoyable to have alongside a nice meal.

Photo of HBeezley
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By far, one of my favorite beers as of right now!

A - Looks absolutely beautiful. A slightly hazy orange and about a 1inch head that goes down, but retains and laces all through. It just looks so incredibly appetizing!
s - Smells delicious. Malty and orange/citrus-y with a nice yeast or bread undertone.
t - tastes great! Still malty but the hops come through to give that bitter kick! Little sweetness at the finish as well.
m - Good. Light yet full bodied. goes down smoothly.
d - Absolutely, one of the most drinkable brews I've had! There's a lot going on in that beer, but not overwhelmingly so. Makes you want another.

Photo of btorsdog
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Used to be a favorite of mine a couple years back but just got bored with it I guess. Had one(ok 3)at lunch today, WOW, It was like finding a long lost friend!
Served in a standard pint it was a slightly dirty golden amber, quite good looking.
Smelled somewhat fruity, but mostly malty, bready.
Taste was smooth and sweet just as I remembered a balancing slight bitterness brought me back to reality,simple but full in flavor.
Mouthfeel is nicely pleasant, lays pefectly on the tongue allowing you to enjoy all the wonderfullness!
Drinkability is stellar, could of stayed there and pounded all afternoon into evening. Picked some up on way home from work, will keep revisitng this old friend with more frequency I believe!

Photo of Bbloom1989
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Upon pouring this beer, a beautiful cascade of carbination formed a substantial head on this beer. The color is a golden amber that is just hazy enough to not allow clear sight through the brew. The head stayed full for quite a while and slowly faded off leaving behind delicate lacing. The smell of this beer gave of strong send of toasted malt and zesty citrus aromas. After my first taste of this beer, the citrus and bread qualities of this beer come to form. Its flavor is well developed and quite the oxymoron in that it is complex while keeping its simplicity. The toasted malt and sweet citrus make this beer quite drinkable, but if you savor this beer the malt and hop complexities truly take shape. A wonderful beer. I am looking forward to trying the other deal guy ales in this line.

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

12 oz. bottle purchased from On The Rocks, in Lawrence, KS.

I enjoyed this beer in my Jimi Hendrix pint glass.

A: Amber/Red w/ cream/orange lacing, one finger width head that appears creamy.

S: The aroma of fresh baked bread and mild orange zest, clean smell of grain, doesn't stand out as much as I'd like for something with this much flavor.

T: Rich floral maltiness with a light resiny dryness, very clean taste of fresh baked bread, followed by a mildly hoppy orange zest that is very well balanced.

M: Smooth, grainy maltiness that lingers on the palate with a light dryness that is sincerely enjoyable, the mild crisp feeling balances the maltiness very well in the finish.

D: Exceptional. I really enjoyed this brew's feel. The breadlike quality in the texture is clean and smooth. I hadn't had a Dead Guy in a long time, but after this, I know I'll be having another soon.

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep honey color with a cotton hue head.

S - Smells of malt and freshly baked bread.

T - Big malt flavor balanced by a delicate hop profile. Very well balanced. Fresh bread crust is in there in a good way. It's quite like a bigger, maltier, munich!

M - Smooth, full and balanced as can be! Quite quaffable.

D - Damn. This may just have been the beer that I've been waiting for all my life. It's just made it into my top 10. With time and thought, it just might make top 5!

Photo of blackc5
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become a go-to beer thanks to its availability in cases at Costco for cheap.

A - Slightly hazy gold with some orange tint. Average head. Good lacing.

S - Nice balance of malts and citrusy hops, with some fruit and honey.

T - Fairly straightforward, but very nicely balanced and clean. Light malts, apples, some caramel sweetness, and a good dose of earthy hops. Hint of alcohol pops through.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Fairly long bitter aftertaste, but not astrigent. Well done.

D - Especially given the price, the best selling point of this beer. Simple, yet complex enough to keep it interesting even at the end of a case.

Photo of LairdChisholm
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ST - Bottle poured into glass.

A- Pours a coppery color but is a hazy orange in the glass with a light brown head.

S - Not a very strong order here. A slight hop and grass smell.

T- Interesting taste here. Starts and ends slightly bitter. Goes down smooth. Also, interesting notes on the finish. Notes of fruit. I cant quite put my finger on it, but I almost want to say banana is apparent. Over all a good brew.

M - What I like about this ale is that nothing is too over whelming with my sips. Goes down smooth with great balance.

D - Even through I really enjoy this ale, I don't have the desire to have one after the other.

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber colour with a nice size frothy and fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is also some decent lacing and the head lasted for a minute.

Smell - I can smell apples, a peppery spice mix, and hops.

Taste & Mouth - the beer has a nice mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. I can taste apples, a spice mix, perhaps pepper and cloves, and some hops on the finish

Drink - An excellent session beer

Photo of hangh
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eerie hazy brown pour with this beer that leaves a somewhat fine light brown head and it looks like it is moving around. Pretty neat looking. Sweet malty smell, definitely caramel heavy but there are some sublte fruity smells underneath. Pretty vibrant and nice. Taste is great. Sweet caramel beginning leading to a bitter hop fruit finish, peach maybe. Overall great taste. Light bodied with medium carbonation. I think this is a great beer, a little out of my standard price range but I'll come back especially around Halloween.

One knock is that the bottle doesn't glow in the dark, I heard a rumor that it did and now I'm mad.

Photo of darkmartin
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a caramel brown with a tan head that hangs around.

Smell: Smells fruity. Hoppy with slight fig undertones.

Taste: Complex and full-bodied. The subtle fruity tones are complimented by sweet malts. Alcohol is barely evident.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent taste and clean mouthfeel make it very drinkable.

Photo of stakem
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 5/22/10

Poured from a bomber into a snifter it appears a perfectly clear orange color with a finger of fluffy head that retains well and sticks in patches about the glass. Aroma is a mixture of buttery notes, citrus hops, a bit of sulfur and quite grassy. Taste is grainy with earthy and herbal hops. The grain character is a bit sweet with a slight hint of the alcohol accents the hop bitterness. The feel is a bit watery and light with a modest amount of carbonation. There is a lingering presence of the hops left in the mouth. As it warms, the aroma takes on some notes of lemony citrus that can also be picked out in the flavor as well. Overall not bad but nothing to go out of your way for either.

Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque dark orange. The cream colored head was soft froth that lingered and stuck to the glass. Smells like spicy wet grass and oak. Lots of flavors happening: Firstly, sweet malt and nutmeg, candied yams. Then comes the tingling hops, all the while the alcohol peaking through. The feel is the best category for me with this. It is sticky and smooth and leaves a bitter, dry funk on the tongue. I love to drink this beer. It is easy to find at my local Wal-Mart and is a go to when I want a balance of sorts.

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

I poured this 12oz. beer into an English pint glass.

A: orange coppery color, fairly cloudy, one finger head falls into a ring of yellow-white ring of lace.

S: sweet malt, a bit of honey and yeasty aromas.

T: slightly dry malt, some sweetness, a core of faintly funky yeast and fruitiness, finishes dry with just a tingle of hops. Nothing too fancy, but great balance.

M: Slightly oily/soapy, decent carbonation.

D: Very quaff-able. A good session brew.

Photo of hylton44
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually didn't know the style of the beer when given one. Seemed a little Scotch Ale-like in its alcoholic content & overtone. Nice ruddy brown hue with a sticky tan lace and full, bitter-yet-smooth character. Honey and marmalade hints. Maibock you say? Nice!

Photo of Gobzilla
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a murky orange brown with tangerine highlights that had a thin head and left a little sticky lacing.

S: it had a honey, malt, and boozy aroma with citrus and caramel notes with underlying faint hop notes.

T: caramel and a slight hop bite strike first with a sweet malty backbone which had citrus accents.

M: light to medium body with a low amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet and bitter finish.

D: very drinkable beer that went down great in the hot sun poolside with a cuban cigar.

Photo of zaq37
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a 6 pack, poured into Dogfish Head Snifter

A- Gold in color, white head that foamed up pretty heavy but diminished really quick. very deep orange color with a bit of red.

S- Hops, light malt, and after giving it a swirl, a very pleasant caramel aroma came out, very nice.

T- smooth, with a bitter finish (a good bitter), lots of hop flavor, perfect mix of malt in there too. to me this is not one of those beers where a random flavor like chocolate, pine, or citrus is present, it's just an all around good flavor. A great mix of malt and hops. The caramel aroma may be in there somewhere, but it's not popping out as much as it was in the aroma.

M- very nice, smooth, perfect carbonation, a bitter aftertaste in the mouth which is great in my opinion.

D- I will definitely buy this beer again. To me it's not a sipping beer, it COULD be, but it's also a great "anytime" beer. this is one you can just start drinking on at anytime whether it's a special occasion or just wanting to wind down at the end of the day. This is an excellent beer.

Photo of gboy515duo
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: 2 Finger Head, copper brown body with a creamy beige head. Very fine looking.

S: Strong malty air with an obvious oak aroma with a very thin hoppy smell

T: Hoppy swallow, warm feeling of alcohol in the chest, long bittersweet aftertaste that makes you just want another sip. Hard to pick out any certain flavors, but it was definitely one that I'll keep coming back to.

M: there is a slight bite and the feeling sticks to your palate much too long, but all in all is a pleasantly delightful feeling all the same.

D: Definitely one you could drink a few of, but of course with a higher alcohol content you wouldn't want to just sit here pounding them all day.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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