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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,107
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 548 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delighted to find this offering from our favourite Oregon on offer at the local. It's not in our favourite IPA category, but it is a great all-round beer nonetheless. Coppery-red colour with a slight haze and a moderate head. Aroma is fairly muted but the palate glows with complex fruit and malt and caramel. It's a bit chewy and very quaffable, although I note a fairly robust 6.5 % alcohol level.

AylwinForbes, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at a local sports pub...

Man, I'd forgotten how good Dead Guy is. This is one of the quintessential microbrewered beers, arguable introducing more drinkers to the craft scene than any other...and for good reason.

The body displays an attractive ruby/amber/copper hue, a bit hazy with a decent carbonation level. The head is small (as it was poured from a tap) but is extremely well-retained and leaves sticky, webbed lacing down the upper third of the glass. Aroma is difficult to detect, partly because of the bar scene, but mainly because Dead Guy never really gives off much of an aroma in my experiences. Fruity yeasts, light citrusy hops, buttery malts, grapefruit, and banana all show up with a strong inhalation.

The taste is delicious. Again, bottles don't really compare to a good Dead Guy on-tap (IMO). It practically bursts with notes of fruit and caramel malts, and a bit of creamy vanilla/butterscotch too. The finale is predominantly hop territory, as the flavor ends with a bitter, resinous bite. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied, semi-creamy but crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is nearly perfect. It's complex, flavorful, and almost too easy to put away a few in one sitting. Hooray for Dead Guy, my faith is renewed!

wagenvolks, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Squelch
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber dark tan, light amber with an off white head that dissaipates fast. Smells slightly of sulpher with caramel undertones, no hop aroma present. Taste begins with hops up front, caramel and toasted flavors in the middle, and finishing with a bready yeasty flavor which probably contributed to this beer's haze. Mouthfeel is medium to medium thick.

A drinkable beer but not one I would buy again. This is my first beer within this style so I may just not like the style! Try it for yourself.

Squelch, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of inanimal
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle, rogue's dead guy ale pours a thick amber colored head above a deep amber color slightly cloudy ale.
the beer has a light hop smell and taste that is in no way overpowering, but the presence of hops is definitely noticeable. a few sips in, the mouthfeel becomes pleasant with a slight tang. It is a drinkable beer that gets better the more you drink it.
a very good (local for me) beer. I would recommend you try this if you like pale ales and the taste of hops.

inanimal, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of MarzenMan
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Smallish 1 finger head that disappears quickly. Pretty orange amber color.

S - Very floral and slightly citrus hop aroma.

T & M - Awesome, flavor sort of reminds me of some pale ales but with more roasty accents. Plenty of hops to go around and a nice roasted malt body. Pretty sweet finish. Strong carbonation on the tongue. Great hop flavor lingers.

D - One of the best american craft beers I've had. Very smooth with enough hops to keep it interesting.

This is a great beer. One of the best American crafts I've had.

MarzenMan, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of turbine2475
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber/crimson hue with almost no head directly from tap...watched the pour directly from tap and don't know if it was the inexperianced pour from the bartender or the keg was old.

S: Sweet malt with a little hop accent...fruity nature present

T: Smooth with a good body a slight toasted accent with a hoppy caramel and grain finish

M: Smooth with a hop tickle but a little light on carbonation

D: Great but gets even better the more you have....which is the problem :)

Great brew love Rogue but need to get a bottle and make a new review to make sure appearance and mouthfeel are accurate.

turbine2475, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this one in a growler sold at Albertsons for $9.99, this is the 1st time I've found a growler at a grocery store, let alone with the brewery some 400+ miles away.
Appearance seems a slightly dusty amber with a medium head leaving an nice lace. Smell and taste of sweet malt, spice and fruit. mouthfeel is a healthy medium with good carbonation, Overall a really good drinking ale
I know when I buy growlers from other breweries they say the carbonation should last about 10 days, there is no bottling date and the carbonation seemed fine, so I grabbed it at a good time or there is something in the bottling process.

Bookseeb, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass, consumed on 'Day of the Dead', Nov.1st, 2007.

A - clouded, red/amber color with a white head that thinned to a light layer, leaving some lacing on the glass.

S - malt and prune/raisin aroma.

T - malty taste upfront, some notes of fig or raisin are detected along the way, with a little hop bitterness on the finish. Complex flavors, yet it all seems to be in balance.

M - full bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

Final Note: I've made this a tradition for the past 3 years to drink this beer on 'Day of the Dead' but I may start drinking it on other days of the year as well. Dead Guy is another fine brew from Rogue.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of praufs01
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Cloudy amber color with a frothy off-white head that leaves a light lacing trail.

Aroma – Light fruit smell with hints of sugar cookie dough.

Palate – Medium bodied ale that is smooth on the palate.

Flavor – Light banana and fruit taste with a mild citrus hop finish.

Final thoughts – All I can say is awesome. Complex and well balanced make drinking this brew a great experience.

praufs01, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks again to realbeer.com.cn for importing and distributing these beers in china! you'll have to find this in bars/restaurants in shanghai or for cities like beijing, in specific warehouse/wholesale-type store chains like "metro", because carrefour doesn't stock it.

slgihtly hazy copper amber, decent head that leaves behind a bubbly lacing

aroma is fruity, with warm spices and malt to round things out.

taste is a nice balance of malt sweetness and a moderate hop profile. hints of butterscotch, caramel and light toast. bitterness is smooth and finishes well.

mouthfeel is decent, with some substance, definitely smooth

a nice little brew which reminds me of the good life in good-beer-starved china...

tai4ji2x, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of thejewthatbrews
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lighter amber color, with a small head (could have been too gentle of a pour), which dissipated within two or three minutes. Some slight lacing on the larger gulps, but lacing slides down the sides, doesn't really stick around.

S: Balanced hop/malt aroma, leaning slightly towards hops.

T: Light hop flavor, but not lacking in bitterness. Very light caramel taste, which actually submits to a hoppy aftertaste, even when it gets warmer.

M: Medium body, overall a good, balanced feel.

D: Highly drinkable. I wouldn't mind taking down a six pack on a sunday afternoon. However, not one to waste; savor it, while not sparing it.

thejewthatbrews, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of tapman
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from a growler sitting in a Jewel, unrefrigerated. It was only $10 so what the hey...

Body is a brown/amber color with a thick, creamy foam off white head. For a growler, no matter how tight the cap, this beer retained some decent carbonation. Lacing is quite resilient and creeps down the side like ivy. Medium-dark yet transparent.

Smell is bready with English-like hops. Malts are like light roasted, not quite caramel, but not too heavy. I actually taste more bready hops than malts. Hop and malt balance is buttery.

Buttery and slightly salty hop/malt balance. Taste is actually thinner than usual (remember this is from a shipped out growler) . Hops leave a bitter grass in the finish while the malts leave me. The after-taste leaves me with a BMC kinda tangyness in my mouth. I'm pretty sure its due to the marketed growler. As it warms there is some caramel malt in the taste, but not much. BMC like film almost ruins it for me.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than the average BMC, but its still kinda thin.

I'm sorry to keep refering BMCs, but I really think this growler thing is responsible for the lacking in taste, smell, and mouthfeel. I've had this brew from the tap and I was much more impressed. Leave the growlers for the brewpubs, man.

tapman, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of WJVII
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a nice amber color with a 3/4 inch white head. There was a sweet smell to this, very fruity with hints of spice. A little citrus, maybe orange or grapefruit and a mild cinnamon hint. Tastes smooth with little carbonation, very full of the fruitiness you smell. Subtle hints of spice. This is a lighter body brew, but very refreshing. Very solid ale.

WJVII, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of nosbocaj
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazel brown/amber color with an off white head and good lacing.
S: Light mixture of honey, caramels, and fruits.
T: Tastes just like it smells. A pleasant combination of sweet malts and spiciness.
M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Overall a very drinkable beer. It's delicious!

nosbocaj, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a light ring and sheet throughout. the body was a hazy dark amber color.
s - sweet fruit, citrusy but not the usual (grapefruit, etc.) suspects. hints of dark fruits like cherries are also in the nose with a nice malty backbone.
t - citrusy and sweet hops with a slightly earthy finish.
m - crisp, dry and medium mouthfeel.
d - excellent and easily quaffed. complex and one i'll easily go to again.

GPHarris, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of AlHam
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep honey amber. It looks like a beer should.

It smells malty, hopsy, and crisp.

The malt and hops both come through clearly, although the hops is not overpowering. The taste is not quite as crisp as the smell, and the hops leave more of a bitter aftertaste than typical for a bock.

The beer has a moderately light and smooth mouthfeel.

A very drinkable beer, although due to the hops and strong flavor I recommend stopping at just a few.

AlHam, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of MillRat
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thin white head that never quite goes away. A small cloudy dribble from the end of the bottle suggests this was bottle conditioned, but there's nothing on the bottle to warn one about this. You may want to pour gently and slowly so you don't get any carryover. Lacing is minimal. A nice malt aroma that translates into a noticable but not cloying sweet malt presence in the flavor that is balanced by spicy hop bitterness that dries out the aftertaste. A well-built beer that is certainly quite sessionable. I had it on tap at the Finley Grill in Downers Grove, IL, and was more impressed there than with this bottle, but did not get to reviewing it in time for my memory to serve me well.

MillRat, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of thisisbigrob
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A: Golden-brown with a significant off-white head. Lacing left on sides of the glass while drinking.

S: Good but not too strong. Sweet and not very hoppy.

T: Sweet with a slight peppery taste. Alcohol wasn't very noticeable at first but became stronger as I got into the beer.

M: Average carbonation, felt a little thin overall.

D: I wasn't aware of the ABV until I saw it here. Without that knowledge I could imagine drinking more of these than I could handle in a night. Goes down nice and smooth.

thisisbigrob, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of buffettfan
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 22 iz bottle, into a standard pint glass. Appeared a cloudy, golden copper color. Aroma was pleasant, but not exciting. Taste was malty, mild, again, very pleasant, but nothing exciting. This is a very good beer, I don't think it is great, but I will ceritanly buy it again, and would recommened to anyone. It is an easy, drinkable beer.

buffettfan, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass with a white, foamy head that dissipated quickly; little lacing remained during the serving. Presented with a hazy copper color and a mild, hoppy aroma. Taste of malt and hops with a slightly astringent/citrus finish. Very pleasant and drinkable with a smooth mouthfeel.

Jwale73, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Rootdog316
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky orange brown with a medium sized off-white head. Nice malty aroma with sweet citrus notes. There is a juicy malt quality as well as an earthy vibe to it. A bit dry but the hops and malt are very well balanced. The finish is sweet and slightly bitter. A really good brew, with a great mouthfeel and plenty of drinkability.

Rootdog316, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of dnichols
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled a 12 ounce bottle poured into a water glass at a friends birthday party.

A: It poured a hazy golden-amber color with a sparse head. It left decent lacing through early in the sampling.

S: It had the distinct aroma of sweet light malts and healthy dose of herbal hops.

T: It began with the sweetness of lightly toasted malts with raw honey. The hops were not hidden and offered a spicy pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. It was a crisp and clean brew with mild carbonation and a very modest alcohol profile.

M: A light body with a moderate hop profile and clean crisp finish.

D: Very enjoyable and easy brew to tackle long into the night.

Comment: Two summers ago when on a long camping trip in Southern Oregon and Northern California Dead Guy was the beer of choice in my cooler. I find it to be a easy session drink and highly tolerant of non-ideal handling.

dnichols, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of brewshakes
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap tonight with dinner. It came from the bar a nice cloudy brown with a faint cream head on top. The beer had a really good smell with hops and malt that isn't too strong. Has a nice crisp taste with a dry bite at the end. Went very well with my dinner and look forward to trying again. (dead guy)

brewshakes, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a solid one-fingered head that settles down to a thin cap. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet malt. No hop character noted. Not much there.

The taste is sweet malt and just a hint of hop on finish to aid in the finish. Finishes crisp and clean. It is well balanced for what it is but it definately is not a big beer. Nicely done being medium bodied and carbonation. A well manufactured brew and it goes down easily.

morimech, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Old Chicago in Del City - which I really need to add to this site someday soon.

A: Copper body with a thin white head. Good retention & lacing.

S: Light sweet aroma, but way too light even after it warmed.

T: A bit light on the palate too. Great malt/hop balance with just a touch of spice.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Pleasant finish.

D: Very easy to drink. I prefer bigger beers normally, but this is one that I could easily drink a lot of when I'm in the mood for mass consumption.

OKCNittany, Oct 09, 2007
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,107 ratings.