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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,691 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,691
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 215
Gots: 978 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of magine
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours a amber/dark orange, iced tea color. Slightly cloudy. Has a tan fluffy head. Head settles to a nice fluffy island about a 1/4" think. Nice lace as well. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of malts; caramel. Grain and yeasts, pike up some citrus hops. Nice smelling brew.

Brew tastes smooth and has a nice balance of malts and hops. Citrus hops, bready, grain yeasts. Has a nice carbonation there as well. Malts are on the sweet side; caramel. Finishes slightly bitter and a tad dry. Very good taste.

This is a very drinkable, very tasty brew from Rogue. I had this on tap before and remember it being a bit more deeper and complex in the flavors. Maybe that is just tap brew being tap brew though. This is still very good though.

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

Poured into a mug.

Pours a deep burnt orange with a big fizzy off-white head that leaves nice lacing. After a while a few chunky islands are left sitting on the wispy remains of the head.

Smells of sweet malts, herbal hops, mild citrus and bready yeasts.

Initially tastes of sweet, toasted, caramel malts, followed by a nice hop bitterness and grainy, bready yeasts leaves a somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with descent carbonation. Slick and easy going.

This is one hell of a drinkable brew. Very tasty and really sessionable.

Photo of basica
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours into my Budvar pilsner flute glass a translucent amber color with pretty lively carbonation and a one finger thick head that billows up surprisingly and gradually reduces to a nice thin layer of froth (4.5)

S - Lightly sweet malts and a mild hop aroma with very subtle hints of citrus frutiness. Probably a tad mild on the nose (3.5)

T - Slightly sweet malts with a dash of caramel greets upfront with citrusy fruity hops showing up right after leaving light hoppy bitterness on the palates. The taste is highly reminiscent of a typical American IPA style brew. (4)

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation tinge and slightly creamy; goes down creamy, watery smooth (4)

D - Very drinkable and sessionable beer from the nice IPA-like citrusy, fruity hoppiness, light bitterness and creamy smoothness. (4.5)

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

12oz Bottle: No visible "Brewed On" or "Best By" date

A: Poured amber color with red highlights. White head that dissipated quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Visible carbonation.

S: Malty caramel with light hop scent.

T: Caramel malt taste upfront, with light hops in the aftertaste.

M: Crisp medium body with a smooth finish.

D: Easy drinking. Could have a couple of these all night with some friends.

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

A: Pours a cloudy auburn color with small off-white head that fades quickly. Leaves small lacework down the glass.

S: Sweet carmel and honey with some light floral hops.

T: Light and malty. Carmel, sweet bread with some hints of honey. Light hops give the beer some citrusy notes as it finishes.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Little carbonation.

D: This is an easy drinking ale, something I could drink a lot of in one sitting. While there is nothing exceptional about this beer, nor do I think its a great example of the style, it's still very enjoyable.

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

Picked up in a pick 6 at store.

A: Pours reddish, amber. Clear with small head. Visible carbonation.

S: Get a citrus, orange smell with some malt in the background.

T: The taste is similar to the smell with what seemed to be caramel malts maybe. Towards the end more hops seemed to prevail.

M: Medium body and very smooth.

D: Very easy to drink. Even the wife who isn't to big into beer thought it was very nice.

Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a good head that fades slowly.

S: Has a caramel & Malt aroma with a hint of sweetness.

T: Mild sweetness of caramel and malt with a nice bitterness and dry finish.

F: Fairly light body that is creamy smooth. Very well balanced.

D: Better than I expected. I did not notice the 6.5 ABV til well into the second one. These go down easy and good for a few. This is well worth seeking out.

Photo of grittybrews
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep orange-copper into a Duvel tulip with around half a finger of loose white head.

Mild aroma of sweet caramel malts and a hint of bitterness. Moderate carbonation and a fairly light mouthfeel. Slightly hoppy flavor followed by more caramel, biscuit, and a return to hops on the finish. Very easy-drinking and one of my all-time favorites to sip when I don't want to think too hard about what's in my glass. Great balance of hops and malts.

Photo of olegv40
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep yellow/burnt orange with a just a gigantic creamy head, lacing all the way down. Large bubbles formed all around the glass.

Smelled of malt and caramel. A deep taste of bitter hops give way to caramel malts and just a tinge of citrus and ends with a pleasant sweetness. I could taste alcohol much more than I expected.

This is a fantastic beer, not much else I can really say, other than I could drink these all day.

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

From notes from a while ago...

A - Poured a foggy golden amber with a thin head and slippery lacing.

S - Hops dominate the nose with some subtle fruit undertones.

T - Nice subtle hop flavor. Nice mix of malts and hops with a touch of citric flavor. Nothing too fancy or complex but likewise nothing too offensive. King of like sierra nevada pale ale light.

M - A bit watery, not very lively, leaves a bit of a dry, bittery after vibe.

D - Easy drinker, used to be my favorite brew before I really started exploring all that's out there. Always be one that I happily go for when available.

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

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a light copper color with a bit of chill haze and a ½" off-white head that soon recedes to just a ring around the glass and a bit of foam on the surface of the liquid. Little or not lacing is left and throughout the beer sipping leaves little or no lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and has some caramel and honey smell along some clean earthy/fruity hops in the background.

Taste: The flavors include some honey sweet caramel and some earthy bitterness. Where I think it departs from a traditional Maibock is that the bitterness is in the background from the very beginning.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with faint carbonation. The finish is moderately long, begins with sweetness that stretches out for a while but then the beer ends mostly dry with some nice earthy hop bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a good beer for drinking with friends and for an evening of conversation and good company. It's easy to have another sip and its easy to have a second beer. I'll probably be buying this one again.

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

Pours a dull copper color with a small amount of head. Visible carbonation in the glass grants the head a long duration.

Nose consists of sweet caramel and honey notes.

Spice and earthy flavors at the start of this one, followed by some malty caramel sweetness at the back. Wet finish. No real lasting aftertaste, though it does leave a bit of a warm feeling in the back of the mouth.

This is my first foray into the maibock style, and thus don't know if this is representative of the style. It is a fairly interesting combination of flavors, though. Fairly enjoyable.

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

very good beer to start your adventure into tasting and collections. strong for an ale but finish smooth. have not tried other rogue beer yet. i would place this on my list to try again. In the same ballpark of IPAs and Porters. The IBU are in the mid range along with the alcohol percentage.

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz to pint glass.

A: Clear, carbonation present with a light copper body. Good head retention, white nose. minimal lacing.

S: A bit light on the aroma for a maibock, but what aroma is present is that of a craft, with a deep caramel and honey scent. A very earthy aroma.

T: A spice on the front with a nice smooth and mellow finish. Earthy notes come through to the taste, showing a bite of the true bock nature, but bring it back nicely to the maibock style.

M: Crisp and clean. Weak on the lingering taste. With a short taste on the palate, this is what I am missing from this ale in regards to style.

D: Good beer and great style, but not the best. I come back to this brew but do enjoy other maibocks a bit more. Dead Guy does have a clean and drinkable tone to it. Nice and light, not thick and heavy on the way down, something I have found in other maibocks. Had to grab for a good price of 8.99 - - - typically see this one at 10/11/12 in the Midwest and Colo.

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

From a 65 cl.

Pours a coppery orange honey color, slight haze but basically clear. Barely off-white head is thick and coarse. Dissipates pretty slowly. Retains a fine film.

Smells of apple-like fruitiness and floral hops.

Tastes a bit tart and mostly floral hoppy, with some hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very mild sweetish malts round out the flavor.

Body is moderate with mild fizzy carbonation at the front. Goes down smooth.

Tasty enough, on the floral side of hoppy, just barely too strong to session, a good fall beer I would think. Would have again but I'm not crazy about it. That's more my preference in styles than the beer itself though.

Photo of uustal
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep orange. Caramel malts and slight sweetness dominate. A really good combination. Creamy beer overall creates a very enjoyable mouthfeel. A little bit of hops balance it out on the finish, but the malts certainly make this beer. Nice drinkability.

Photo of ambluhm
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is gorgeous. Nice copper-red, rich color. The head is foamy with sticky, large bubbles.

The aroma hints at a little bit of malty caramel sweetness, with a touch of fruit. Hops are certainly present, mainly due to the appearance of the head, but a little bit is picked up in the nose.

The mouth follows the nose on this one. A little bit of malty and fruity sweetness. The hops are enjoyable, and not too overwhelming. An interesting beer, but not sure if its one of my favorites.

Overall, I get why people like it, but it is not my cup of tea.

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

This one has an expected dark orange color and a small somewhat sticky looking head. The smell is faintly malty and like burnt candy, distinctive and pleasant, warming. It smells like it'd be sweet. Caramel is the dominant taste, with a mouthcoating, kind of velvety body that makes it quite easy-drinking. Full-flavored. The caramel is just short of being too strong (to the point of cloying) here. I can see this one as being very enjoyable to sip in cooler weather. It gives a fuzzy, cozy feel.

Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown with orangish coloring, little bit cloudy with a two finger white head. Not bad looking.

S - Sweetly malty, with some interesting hop notes in it. Smells slightly bitter on the end.

T - Caramel malts, pretty sweet with some noble hops taste that compliments nicely. It's fairly straightforward, nice tasting, pretty simple.

M - Medium bodied with a bit of a carbonation bite.

D - Easy to drink, ordered another one after the first bottle and enjoyed it.

Photo of mmva321
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the first beer I ever loved, now reviewing about 2 years later.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer has two fingers of frothy off-white head. The head has a little retention and leaves a lacing that falls down the side of the glass rather quickly. The body is a murky brownish-amber color that thins out a little near the sides.

S: A delicate smell that emphasizes the smooth maltiness. What makes it special is the slight pop of hops that seems to creep up right above the blanket surface of the malts. There's also a hint of lemon.

T: A great interplay between the hops and malts. The beer is immediately bitter and strong, but the beer is not harsh in the least as it also is smooth and very easy to drink. Dead Guy sours on the strength of its hops, but it is also accented slightly by lemon and perhaps also some dried fruits.

M: The mouth feel seems a little watery and slightly carbonated, but it ends up being very appropriate as it doesn't add any extra strength to the very dry feel it leaves in your mouth.

D: At once challenging and also perfectly enjoyable. Its dryness and bitterness seemingly force you to take the beer slowly but this is perfectly offset but the smoothness and lightness that lets you purely enjoy it. Dead Guy is one of the best from Rogue.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass. A cloudy golden color, thick and fizzy with slight head. Smell is sweet and malty with strong hints of honey and raisins. Taste is clean and balanced, tending towards sweet up front with more raisins and sugar. Finishes slightly hoppy. Extremely easy to drink.

A solid session beer.

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

I bought this under the "Yelloswtone Ale" label at a grocery store in West Yellowstone, MT, which is just outside the park's west entrance. I was slightly disappointed to find out it wasn't a special brew, but I enjoyed it none the less.

It's a medium copper color with an ample amount of carbonation. There's a very smooth malty aroma with some sweetness to it. Taste-wise I was very impressed with the malt/caramel combination that had only a slight amount of bitterness to it that discipated into a mouth-watering goodness.

I'm definately getting this one again!

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

Undated bottle poured into a tulip June 4th.

A: A nice orange brown beer which is slightly cloudy with a rich whitish head which left nice lacing.

S: Spicy hops on the nose, perhaps something noble? Not sure, but nice. Sweet malt is also prevalent.

T: A balanced body with a thick sweetness. A light spicy hop bitterness is within the beer providing the balance to the strong body.

M - Thick & sweet. Finished well.

D - Enjoyable and quaffable but the sweetness makes it difficult for more than a couple...

Photo of philosobeer
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer I frequently come back to, and here is why:

A: A pretty, copper, and slightly clouded pour with a very nice head. This really does look pretty tasty in the glass. I would generally expect paler from a Maibock, but for this review I'm not judging quite as much by style. Explanation for that below.

S: Yep, those are noble hops, done right. The hoppy aroma is not the pine or citrus you generally get with american craft beer from the region. This has some spice on the nose. Some grass and a little clove also.

T: Ok, so we have a pretty clean taste here. The grain bill is probably a little off for maibock, but good. And once again, I'm not marking it down for that. Very noticeable hop character. Especially hoppy lager that lends its bitterness well. Oh, and there are some toasty notes that bring it together.

M: Clean, and though it's a little heavy for this sort of lager, it's still light enough to be well within range. Well done, definitely.

D: Drinkable, but not hugely so. It's not so refreshing you want to sit all may outside with a sandwich and a dead guy (beer). But it's often my first order at the local bar after a bike ride.

This has some peculiarities for the style, as far as I can tell, but I generally dismiss them. I can't get a straight answer from anybody if this is lagered like a traditional helles bock, or just an ale approximation. The taste is ambiguous there too, but I've tried to see if my palate would guide me. I'll leave it at they should keep doing what they're doing. If it's not a German Maibock, lets say it's an American Maibock. I'd like to see some brewers do as well in an approximation of styles like this. Bring on the American Maibocks.

Photo of boss302
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Tap
First, this beer claims to be a Maibock in style (a lager) but uses ale yeast and to me tastes like an ale.

A This is a brown amber beer, not clear. A nice fine bubble head that stuck around the whole glass.

S Not much hop aroma. A little malt and there ia a little piney aroma.

T Smooth malty taste with good hop balance. No over the top lingeing aftertaste.

M Medium body, a little alcohol warmth. A very well balanced beer. Carb and hop bite die quickly. A really good ale.

O. This is a good beer for folks that like real beer. The lack of clarity will frighten the cereal brew fans, but they would be missing a fine example of beer brewed the way it was intended; full flavored and hearty.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,691 ratings.