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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,607 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,607
Reviews: 2,309
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 203
Gots: 874 | 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 Cubsfan1087
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed Rogue Dead Guy Ale. It pours a very dark orange color. There is some nice head which lingers and laces the glass. The smell is a bit sweet actually. The taste seems to be bitter at first, but then finishes sweeter than I anticipated. The initial bitterness may hinder the drinkability for some, but I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of markb33
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a beer stein.

A--Pours a deep orange/amber color. A little cloudy with a foamy ivory colored head that sticks around for a good long while. I love the color.

S--Light warm malt aroma up front cut with a citrusy hop aroma. Overall quite good.

T--Mild biscuty malt at the nose. Hops provide a quick bite and some fruity character giving way to sweet malt at the finish. The finish reminds me of a sweet white bread baked with honey. The hops provide just the right bite to keep the beer from being too sweet. Very well balanced.

M--Smooth and silky with just enough carbonation through the middle of the sip.

D--Very drinkable. I like this more and more as I get farther down the glass.

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

Appearance: Amber colour, lots of head, visible carbonation, translucent.

Smell: First aroma is of strong hops, slight hint of citrus. Very light and crisp.

Taste: Very hoppy and bitter in flavour. Leaves a strong aftertaste of hops on the back of the tongue. Some hints of wheat, not too much, though. Malty. Has a well-balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Crisp and light texture, dissipates very quickly.

Drinkability: A little on the bitter side, has some bite to it as well because of the amount of hoppyness. Overall it is refreshing but I don't think it'd be very enjoyable if it's consumed too quickly.

Photo of beer2day
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very clear orange with light 1-finger head. Decent retention til midway through the glass. Pretty nice lace.

Nose is decidedly weaker than I had hoped. Light bread and biscuit with a weak fruit-jam finish.

Hits with a sweet tea flavor and finishes with a stronger tea flavor. Nice bit of malt at the end to remind you of the style. A bit of tart hops leak in as well. Not as sweet as some maibocks, but pretty tasty.

Body is a little light for the style.

Very easy to drink on a warmish spring night.

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

Chestnut brown with a thick and compact off white to beige head. Head fades fast but leaves behind a perfect ring of lace.

The initial nose was very interesting. Bubblegum and syrupy fruit. Sweet, sugary esters. At second whiff, nuttiness is present with some lightly toasted bread. Aroma of strawberries lasts throughout which I have to say was very appealing.

Strong fruity flavor of strawberries and grain sweetness at first giving way to nutty bread and a dry, bitter lingering finish. The bitterness hits early and leaves; not harsh or excessive with its lingering.

Medium carbonated and creamy; tongue coating.

Fairly simple flavor profile but the flavors mesh well, balance is present, and the beer is indeed drinkable. Overall well rounded with a pleasant aroma.

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

pours a cloudy burnt orange with a foamy off white head.

In the smell I get yeasts and something biscuity, a hit of sweet caramel malts, and hops.

the malts are very forward and they are balanced well by the modest hop presence. Good solid taste.

Smooth drinking, medium bodied and average carbonation.

Highly drinkable and very delicious. This is one i like to revisit.

Photo of honeybrewer
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a somewhat cloudy honey color with a creamy head that fades quickly but clings to the edge of the glass for a while.
Smells of malt, citrus hops, and a hint of caramel.
Good malt taste, and a stronger hop taste that I would have thought from the smell. The citrusy aspect of the hops, while it smells pleasantly enough, is perhaps just a little to sharp on the back of my tongue.
Moderate carbontation, full bodied.
This is a good enough beer, but over-priced and over-hyped. Not something I would drink on a regular basis, and probably not something I will buy again when I can get similar beers for half the price.

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

Ahh good old dead guy has been a fall back for me for many a year. Very malty and smooth as you would ecpect. Head sticks around for a little while with a nice toffee hue to it. The taste is bits of chocolate and caramel just a great sort of malty flavor. A solid beer could have one of these everyday.

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

Rich, malty aroma with caramel and a hint of chocolate. A touch of citrussy hop comes through as well. Lovely.

Moderately hazy, orange colour with a 1 finger, tight, creamy off white head. Decent head retention.

Lots of flavour here. A rich, thick malt body with moderately low bitterness but enough to balance. On the whole it is typically Rogue with the signature Pacman yeast and malt choices coming through. Notes of caramel, chocolate and a hint of citrus and earthy hop are great.

Full bodied with moderately high carbonation. Suitable.

A tasty beer to be sure. It has a sameness that is common to the Rogue beers but it isn't detrimental. Tasty.

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

It is murky and dully golden. Its coloring is earthy and unassuming. It pours a creamy head that soon dissipates, but with considerable lacing. The aroma is of sweet, drying fruit and fresh barley; the smell is almost grassy. It greets the tongue with glutinous, uncomplicated sweetness. It quickly rolls of the tongue and morphs into an effervescent, somewhat piney hop bitterness. The beer finishes with creamy, toffee malt-sweetness and a hint of spiciness from the yeast.

The experience of drinking a Dead Guy adds up to be more complicated and important than an analysis of its parts. As a whole, it has a gravitas to it that I find strangely intimidating. The heaviness and thickness of the liquid, perhaps, account for this. I've probably had more than a hundred of these guys but each encounter is still memorable. That's no small thing.

My word for Dead Guy: solid. It's a reliable and always rewarding, readily available brew.

Consumed from a tulipesque Aventinus man-glass.

Photo of jpittman80
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells strongly of 2-row pale base malt and buttery diacetyl. Good head retention. Tastes like the aroma, strong malty character from pale malt as well as a nice balance of butter from diacetyl, but does not overpower. dryer finish than expected, great hop balance. Suprisingly refreshing for the style.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy amberish gold with a 2 finger offwhite head, which leaves some awesome lacing as it fades. This LOOKS like a beer.

S- Sweetness...there is something I'm getting that I just can't put my finger on. Its very pleasant, and reminds me of something exotic...don't know what it is. Regardless, I like it.

T- It tastes like...beer. Theres a bitter, sweet, sour feeling coming from this...its a really unique blend. I can't really put any specific flavor on it...but its interesting.

M- Very, very light. There is a good bit of carbonation, though. Its absolutely not too heavy...enjoy it.

D- Totally drinkable. I'm drinking this on a warm night, and its just so soothing and tasty in the warm air. This could be a real nice go to spring beer.

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

Appearance - Given to me in a normal pint glass with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing on the side. I'll chalk this up to the bartender rather than the beer (I'm sure I would have achieved better head/lacing with a better pour). It is rather dim in the bar but holding it up to what light I can it appears a light brown, almost bronze color.

Smell - Very bready, floral notes, slight hops, and sweet malts.

Taste - Caramel up front followed by a heavy biscuit taste and some different fruits such as raisins,. Not as hoppy as I was expecting it to be but it lent itself to a nice, lighter, well balanced beer in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. I essentially quaffed this down while waiting to be seated and not intentionally. I just looked down at the glass and realized most of it was gone before I could slow myself down. Not a bad beer at all and if there are no better choices in the future, I may have this instead of a SA BL of SN PA.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 03-28-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Golden brown, 2 fingers of foam, decent carbonation present

S - Hints of orange peel, hops with some faint caramel aroma

T - Light malts mixed with caramel, piney hop bite at the back end

M/D - Pretty smooth brew with a little bite at the end but very tasty for sure. One of my favorites from Rogue, well balanced brew that should be tried, this for sure will be bought again.

Photo of nelnutter
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours a copper/orange color with a huge soapy, off-white head that left patchy lacing.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, and a hint of orange/citrus hops.

T: Sweet malt and caramel and some citrusy/apricot/orange bitterness comes through at the end. Leaves a bitter bite.

M: Slight carbonation and medium-bodied.

D: Very tasty ale, quite refreshing and well-balanced. Definitely one I'd gladly have more of.

Photo of timholio
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very drinkable at 6.5% ABV. This would be a very good session beer but slightly high in ABV. This tastes better to me than Fullers London Pride but not quite as good as Fullers ESB, IMO.

I would definitely get this on again. Next I will try the double dead guy. One of my faves by Rogue is thier Brutal Bitter this dead guy ale is more dirnkable and smoother than the Brutal (which I like a lot).

Photo of cpetrone84
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-deep orange copper color with a slight haze. The head is a dirty white with three fingers of a somewhat thick head. Pretty decent retention with a thin lace left covering most of my glass

S-toasted biscuit comes at you right up front with an underlying caramel sweetness. Metallic notes come in at the middle with a light hop presence that is quite faint at the finish. Herbal grassy hops are there but hard to pick up.

T-taste follows the nose with a better hop presence. The toasted bready malts and light notes of caramel offer up their services initially. The metallic bitter notes are still there; but the hop presence is more pronounced. Floral and grassy hops with light citric presence. the finish is bitter with a light presence of grapefruit.

M-medium to light body and a little rough around the edges. The carbonation is high and biting in the back. Its smooth on the palate but but somewhat grainy throughout.

D-this is a decent brew and has a good bit of balance. Good malt presence, nice hop backing. A little rough on the edges but still a decent.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A copper color with 1 finger of head

S carmel, sweet malt, and a slight smell of hops

T just like the smell suggested, mild bitterness lingers at the end.

M a bit creamy with low carbonation

D good refreshing beer, would definetly purchase as a session beer

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

An interesting beer. Coppery colored with gi-normous beige head.

Strong hop laden aroma. Flavor is hop-dominant with some chewy maltiness. Some spruce. A little bit of fruit at the end. Stil the hops are the overwhelming quality.

Mouthfeel is thick and full. Lots of alcoholic warmth (I find it hard to believe this is only 6.5% alcohol).

Overall, this is ok. Probably the rating suffers from being compared to other Rogue beers. Maybe this is too hoppy for the style. Just a tinge less hops would have been better balanced to me.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The SRM is supposed to correspond to "deep amber," but it poured a rusty gold, like a hefeweizen that's been filtered. About two fingers of off-white head developed and dissipated to a thin lacing with a ring around the edge.

Smell: Just like a dead guy, Dead Guy is very fragrant. Major honey and fruit sweetness tickles the nose, dominating the aroma. I can't pick up much else other than a hint of toasted caramel.

Taste: Follows the smell, though it's not as potent. Sweet honey, fruit (strawberry, or maybe pineapple), and toasted caramel malts.

Drinkability: It's not too complex, but it's tasty; it's a well-built beer. Very smooth. However, I was expecting nothing short of orgasm for a $10 sixer.

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

*Poured into a tulip style pint glass*


Dark amber copper color with a 1 finger soapy head.


Roasted caramel hops , sweet malty smell


Great tasting beer, a malty sweetness up front, with a bitter finish but not overly bitter.


A bit warming mouth feel that goes down easy. The aftertaste will finish a bit dry and bitter but will not leave you thirsty.


Average drinkability, not to heavy and not too light.

Awesome beer, not the best I ever had but would defiantly buy again

Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Rich amber color with a slightly off white head about 1/2 finger width.

S - Honey, slightly toasted malt, apricot, some booziness, and mild notes of raisin.

T & M - NICE! The first thing that strikes me is how smooth this is. Then a full bodied texture laden with rich and complex flavor. Roasty toasty malt sweetness framed by a very subtle hoppy bitterness that lingers in the finish without being sour. This is fantastic balance. Mildly dark dried fruitiness shares the backbone with a malt flavor, and subtle but apparent notes of honey. An alcoholic warmth emanates from the top of my stomach, into and around my chest and lingers. A fantastic experience. Mild carbonation - just enough to keep from interfering with the flavor. There is also the suggestion of creaminess in the mouthfeel.

D - Between the flavor and the mouthfeel, the drinkability is fantastic.

I can easily see this beer becoming one of my "go to" beers.

Photo of divineaudio
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - pours a hazy amber/orange color with a nice white one finger head that lingers. leaves a nice bit of sticky lacing in the glass too.

s - has a very distinctive nose, not quite sure how to describe this one. kinda smells like sweet grain with floral hops.

t - picking up some sweet malts, fruity hop overtones and lots of hop bitterness in the finish. complex and a little unusual, but still pretty good.

m - medium bodied with a slightly grainy feel. co2 profile is a little on the coarse side.

d - the unusual flavors in this brew make for an interesting drinking experience, but this is not a beer that i would consider sessionable.

Photo of Flashsp2
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Dead Guy Ale,

Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger beige head, lingers for a couple minutes. Nice sticky lacing throughout. Head falls to a ring which stays put throughout.

Aroma of lots of sweet caramel, soft maltyness, some grassy hops.

Taste follows the nose almost to a point. First taste that hits the palette is a big, sweet, caramel malty goodness. This is then matched with a bright, grassy, hop profile. The two tangle, and the caramel lingers toward the end, with a touch of hop bitters at the end. Some juicy fruit (pineapple?) in the middle, very delicate, but makes it's presence.

This brew makes for a great session beer, easy to quaff down quite a few if you aren't careful. Great price point too.

Photo of beerbutcher
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

very hazy red orange with off white suds

interesting nose. lots of munich toast with fruity ale notes and some funk from the yeast i guess.

on the palate the beer is full and chewy with lots of malt body, slight sweetness and awkward herbal hops on the finish

mouthfeel is good, nice body and well balanced alcohol.

overall, interesting beer which tastes like what they call it though perhaps a bit too toasted. ale fermentation adds some intesting flavors and the hops just didin't meld well for me. more interesting than anything, a bit of a kitchen sink beer in my mind.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,607 ratings.