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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

6,442 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 6,442
Reviews: 2,290
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 185
Gots: 724 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
8 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan.
Hops: Perle and Saaz.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

16º PLATO
40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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Photo of tj4288
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into tumbler pint

a- apperance similar to american lagers such as sam adams. deep golden copper/ hints of ruby. clear with some visable carbonation. one finger of smooth head recedes quickly to a thin/spotty cap that stays leaving very little/ random lacing.

s- smell was unexpected. i expected this beer to be much more mild for some reason. the smell definatly jumps at your nose. very very complex on the nose. strong hops to start followed by a caramel malt. floral and grassy. also smells like a weaker nosed barlywine style beer.

t- taste is also fairly complex. both hops and malt are very prominent. hops are bitter all the way to the back of the throat and malts are slightly sweeter and on the caramel side. also leaves the lips slightly bitter.

m- good amount of crisp biting carbonation, med/full body and heavy.

d- great price/ tons of flavor. the bitterness and heavy feel are keeping this from a perfect 5. i would buy this again, this might be a great beer to convert macro drinkers.

tj4288, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dead Guy pours an orangey, dark golden color with a nice fluffy bubbly head that leaves some nice lacing as it settles.

The smell that first comes to mind is honey or caramel. Something very sweet. There is also a very heavy malt smell, almost like the malt extract you can get in cans at the homebrew shop. No real hop smell is present.

The taste is a very sweet, malty brew with a bit of a dry citrus finish. Mostly I taste a lot of sweet malt, caramel or brown sugar along with that tangy honey taste I smelled. Not a bad beer by any means, but its definitely not the best that Rogue makes but I am sure the label sells this beer more than the liquid inside (a la Fat Tire).

Very drinkable, and all that, but its got a bit of a cloying sweetness that stays with you. Not a bad beer by any means but I'd go for something else that Rogue brews personally.

indiapaleale, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden Amber... honey like in appearnace. Thin head.

S - Sweet malts, carmel, Citrus and Piney hops.

T - Roasted malts, sweet cereal, pine and floral hops. Bitter finnish. nothing too complex.

M - Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated

D - Nothign too complex, lighter and refreshing. 6.5% is probably on the border of session drinkable.

rfgetz, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a tight white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly of toasted malts and some sweetness.

Taste is the toasted malt flavor balanced out by a hop spiciness that ends with a slight bitter taste. Alcohol is noticeable, especially at 6.5% ABV, but it does not detract from any of the flavors.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium body with enough carbonation to leave a dryer finish.

This is very drinkable as it is a balanced beer.

ocelot2500, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly hazy, golden-amber body capped by two fingers of creamy, off-white head that endures well and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Lots of toasty caramel malt with a dash of spicy hops.

Taste: The focus here is really the bold and toasty caramel malt backbone, which is spot-on for the style. Towards the end a mild alcohol character emerges, about equal to what you'd expect to find in a Bock. It finishes with earthy and subtlety spicy hops that help to dry everything out.

Mouthfeel: A medium, slightly creamy body that features moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Just shy of session territory, but still very drinkable.

Verdict: Dead Guy is a tasty and very drinkable beer with lots of character, but falls short of being exceptional. A worthy flagship brew for one of the bigger American microbreweries.

BeanBone, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of electricfields
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark amber with a red tint. Foamy off-white head tops it off, dissipates quickly. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malts. Maybe a bit of caramel. A slight bit of citrus hops. Not very strong.

T: Caramel, grapefruit, and a good, dry finish. A noticeable bitterness that's not overwhelming. This is a damn fine tasting beer.

M: Thick, syrupy, but goes down nicely. Slightly foamy too.

D: Definitely an easy beer to drink. One of my personal favorites to drink, too.

electricfields, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass, the beer was an amber color with a small white head. Malt upfront in the aroma, sweet, a little caramel. Big malt taste, little bit of caramel. Alcohol I thought was a little noticeable. Medium-bodied, very good beer.

lordofthewiens, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack of this at a local liquor store in FL. Rogue Dead Guy Ale was a staple of mine out west, but I have turned to German and Belgian beers more as of late, its nice to know you can go home again.

Poured 12oz. out of bottle into Rogue pint glass. Amber in color, I didn't remember what it smelled like, but the one I poured had almost no aroma at all. Smooth mouthfeel, moderately hopped, a great example of the style. Easy to drink. Still love this beer.

drabmuh, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of association330
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle featuring a skeleton perched on top of an ale cask. Kind of a pirate theme going on here. "Oregon Brewed" is clearly stated near the bottom of the label.

A - Pours a rich golden color with a pinky of off-white head. Drops to a bubbly cap with some lacing.

S - Heavy malt sweetness. Candied tropical fruit quality with a touch of hop spice for balance. Quite appealing, really.

T - Complex, sweet malty taste. Somewhat citrusy. Hop spice comes through on the swallow, and the finish offers a slightly dry, balancing bitterness.

M - Light (though not watery) body and moderate carbonation lend some crispness to the brew. A bit of warming alcohol at the back of the throat after half a bottle or so.

D - Overall, a solid beer. To me, this is much more balanced and drinkable than traditional bocks that focus more heavily on malt depth, which results in a really sweet, syrupy brew. I'd drink this again.

association330, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of zenjamin
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dead guy Ale, is probably not a beer that anyone would hate. Nothing about it is really "in your face". Smooth and not offensive.

A: Pours with a moderate head which dissipates somewhat quickly. This beer is almost orange in appearance.

S: Smells sweet, reminds me of honeydew melon.

T: Sweet also. Hops are present but not in the forefront. Notes of black tea and a smooth, dry finish.

M: Smooth and dry.

D: This was the first of a six-pack i don't think i'll have any difficulty drinking the other five. Smooth and enjoyable to drink.

I now realize what this beer reminds me of, Magic Hat #9, this has a little more zing to it.

zenjamin, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of johntangus
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden amber with a light tan head that dissapates quickly leaving little lacing.

Light biscuity smell.

Taste is very malty with a hop presence and a dryness on the back end. This was one of the beers that got me back into drinking crafts. And i don't know if it's just this bottle, but it just isn't wowing me like that first bottle did. I've actually been wanting to buy it since then, but the price was prohibitive. It's a good beer, but in comparison with some other beers, it seems to pale.

It is still a good beer, just not as spectacular as i remember.

johntangus, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Armstrongm
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 22 oz. bomber from Valley Discount in Ansonia, CT. I think it was $5.99

A - Pours a nice cloudy, hazy golden. About 1.5 fingers of head that holds briefly. Good lacing down the glass. A very good looking beer.

S - Pick up some sweet malt right away. Other than that, not much.

T - Pick up the sweet malt first, then the hops. A little caramel. Finishes dry.

M - Feels good. Nothing too bitter. A pleasant dry finish.

D - Nothing overpowering, goes down very smooth. Could easily have a couple more.

Overall, a good beer. Nothing too crazy and an easy drink.

Cheers!

Armstrongm, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely slightly cloudy gold colour, with a rocky and sticky head of white foam, with a lovely eggwhite sheen. Lacing is great. Some carb. Looks nice and thick. Lovely.

Some light hops and a sweet nutty caramel character on the nose. Hint of carob and toasted bread. All nice characters. Not extreme but pleasant.

Taste is more robust, a very nice clean bitterness, with a lingering grain and nut character leaving some nice sweetness on the back. It's very clean and crisp, puts me in mind of a ESB, and has the pleasant gritty hops to match. Mouthfeel has a nice slickness.

A very drinkable ale and most enjoyable. A really clean and lovely beer to start the day.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crisp, clear reddish copper with two fingers of rocky, sticky, foamy off-white head. Just the head receding is leaving a thick ring of sticky, chunky lace around the top of the glass.

Nose is sweet malt with hints of caramel, dark fruit, and a slight earthiness. A few sips in and the earthiness picks up, making for a nicely balanced beer. Flavor follows the nose, but it's not as rich as the nose would indicate. Light caramel, dark fruit, and an earthy slightly bitter fade. Very short finish.

Light bodied and smooth, with light carbonation. Immensely drinkable. On the whole I'm having a difficult time finding a lot to say about this beer, but the fact that I can't seem to come up with anything particularly negative seems to say a lot. It's not special, but there are no serious flaws that I can find.

wnh, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an apricot colour with slight brown tinge and a delicious ochre head, couple of fingers thick but settles down to a nice thick crown. Lacing is spectacular and thick. Looks so damn fine.

Smell is delicious and fruity, with a big fresh pineapple hit and some excellent floral hops, plus hints of darker, sweeter fruits, maybe some dried apricot and some golden syrup. Complex, flagrant and pleasant nose.

Taste is quite a lot earthier, with a strong, dank hop that pervades most of the palate. Rich citrus-style flavours - cumquat and maybe some mandarin, with a thick, syrupy barley malt underneath on the front; floral, citric hops come through on the mid and then develop a wetter, more soily bitterness towards the back. This is blended with a sultana sweetness on the finish, quite splendidly actually. In fact, finish is really great - some licorice spice and an excellent warming alcomohol kick.

Mouthfeel nicely full and rich, almost chewy towards the end. A little bit intense on the mid overall, but that's otherwise a very pleasant beer.

laituegonflable, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of greenreese
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass, from 3 hours in the fridge.

Redish amber in color. Zero head, low carbonation.

Smells overwhelmingly like fruit, sweet, figs.

Goes down smooth and tastes just like it smells. Sparkly, but little aftertaste. Leaves a tingle on the tongue. Mellow apple flavor.

Good drinkability, still have that curious tingle on my tongue, but probably wouldn't purchase again.

greenreese, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of OldYoda
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first experience with this style and I'm not sure what to think. Poured from a bottle into a standard US pint glass with small tan head and little residual lacing.

Smell is subdued but is primarily malt and some dark fruit.

Taste is sweet malt and biscuit. A little chewy in the middle with a fairly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability is ok - but this is probably not something I would seek out.

OldYoda, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Kraken
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 2/9/09

Thanks again to my wonderful GF who picked this up for me on a whim. Poured from a standard 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Strong pour conjures up a 1/2 inch of bone white head. Retention is minimal and quickly fades to a scant patchy white skim. Imparts a nice lace around the glass. Color is a clear golden amber tinged with orange.

Nose- Light caramel, not much else going on.

Taste- A very clean and light caramel nuttiness, some bread and biscuit notes. Light citric and herbal notes in the close. Faintly tart and lightly dry in the finish. Very clean and pleasant ale. Nothing exotic, but very well executed and pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel- Active carbonation, moderately dry.

Drinkability- Very Good.

Kraken, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Seru1
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Pilsner

Appearance- Dark Coppery brown. easy to see through with a finger thick white head and a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell- Smells of Chocolate, raisins, and red fruit pervade, speaking of the malty goodness to come. Light hints of nutmeg round out the aroma.

Taste- Malt Pervades with sweet Caramel overtones as well as expresso notes giving a balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Longlasting and carbomated but pleasing.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink, 3 to 4 easy.

Finally a rogue beer that isn't an overhopped nightmare! I can see me getting more of these.

Seru1, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of cratez
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a bubbly white film on top. A beautiful silky lace permeates the glass with each sip. The smell consists of flowery hops, light malts, and alcohol. Sweet and yeasty aromas become apparent. Taste is fruity and zesty hops balanced with a dryly malted aftertaste. There's a peppery hop spiciness that nicely compliments the malty flavours and floral aromas. Lots of bite! The mouthfeel is crisp and velvety upfront; perfectly bitter and dry in the finish. Well balanced. Another fine ale from Rogue, with more of a malt profile than most of their beers. The tangy flavours would pair well with spicy food or creamy dishes like clam chowder.

cratez, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of twaddlac
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Apple juice like, foggy with over two fingered head that dissipates slowly into a small but noticeable head

S- Light caramel with slight roasted malts and hops, not too bad for an ale

T- Really nice citrus flavor at first and is smoothed out by the caramel notes of the malts

M- Good carbonation, a bit too thin with a dry finish

D- Good beer, lives up to the rogue standards, one of the better ales I've had

twaddlac, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A=hazy with a copper color and two finger head when poured more gently

S=complex smell with the malt out front presenting a grainy nose, some hop notes but overall very balanced smell

T=similar to smell though the hops are more prevalent on taste than smell.

M=carbonation disappears quicker than most, though not terrible.

D=good beer, definitely drinkable, overall I enjoyed the beer.

jacobseyb, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Natural510
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a thick, puffy cloud on top which takes a long time to dissipate into ample lacing. Very inviting.
Sweet, fruity malt nose with a heavy dose of citrus and honey.
Heavy malt & hop presence, with an alcoholic front. Sweet with a pear/apricot fruitiness and lacquered honey. Yeast is quite pronounced and comes together with the hops for a somewhat dry finish.
Interesting and complex in the mouth, while maintaining its crispness.
Both complex and easy-drinking; a fine ale for those seeking an alternative to the hop-bomb.

Natural510, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on May 25th, 2009.

Bought this one at SAQ.

A: Nice copper color. The head is made up of fine bubbles, that disappear rapidely.
S: I smell some hops, fruits and alcohol. Light notes of caramel in the nose.
T: Medium strong taste. Bitter taste that are probably more from the hops than the malt. Light notes of sugar. After a couple of sips, the bitterness disappear to let the alcohol take the place. The sugar note are caramel type (probably, I'm not sure 100%).
M: Round and medium body.
D: Quite easy to drink for a 6.6% ABV.

Second bottle, during a second tasting session, the alcohol is less present.

ZorPrime, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

my favorite thing about this beer is it's the exact same color as my hair and beard.. Other than that it's sort of a typical light bock.. Has a clean finish. a bit buttery and has a caramel presence, a bit bready, pale malt, a bit of hop is in there. A bit filling but it is a bock so that's to be expected. Not much aroma from the glass. Mouh is full-bodied. Good, not great I wouldn't buy it on my own but I'll drink it above other stuff

BirdFlu, Jun 25, 2009
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,442 ratings.