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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,625
Reviews: 2,312
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 204
Gots: 887 | 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 flagmantho
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep golden with a tinge of red; lots of apparent effervescence and a thick foamy head.

Smell: subtle; fruity and estery. Nice, but not present enough.

Taste: malt starts off a little sweet but has a rather dry finish. Flavor is nice; malty but with a little fruit-like presence which is not at all overpowering. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: body is medium and there's plenty of carbonation which makes the mouthfeel delicious and creamy.

Drinkability: a very tasty, eminently drinkable beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden orange sunshine with a quarter inch head and ample lace.

Smells of caramel malts, roasted fresh bread and a slight noble hop aroma.

Taste is a wonderful blend of raosted and caramel malts with a slight spicy hop profile in the finish. The sweetness lingers in the aftertaste but again a nice spice note is also detectable.

This is a very drinkable brew; true to class, exceptional.

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

A; Poured from the 22 oz bomber into my goblet. THin airy 1 finger head dissipated quickly. little to no lacing. bright golden color, faily clear.

S: nice malty aroma, fresh baked bread.

T: This beer is has the best BALANCE I've yet found. finishes with a pleasing bitterness.

M: just barely full enough, healthy level of carbonation.

D: THis is Very drinkable....only drawback I see is the hi price. I dont think it's as good as the price reflects.

Photo of illinijer
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always enjoyed this beer, so I figured I would give it a review.

A - A nice tan color with a tint of red.

S - Has a very distinct smell. Slightly sweet.

T - MMM MMM good. Has a very malty taste, but still has good balance. One of those beers that you don't quite know what catagory to put it in. It finishes fairly sweet.

M - Thin, a little watery.

D - Could drink this one all day! If I had another one, I would certainly drink it. It's great balance is what sets it apart, not too hoppy or malty, but very much both.

Photo of juju7
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know what to expect with this one but it was a nice surprise. Looked great, hazy orange with a soft head. The nose is a little out there (in a good way). That mish-mash of hops and malt is pretty distinctive. A touch of stone fruits in there with the soft buttery malt. On the palate it's loads of fun with all that coming together nicely with a nice bitter kick at the finish. A good smooth ale that I'd be happy to come back to if I could pay the same price as the Americans for it.

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

A - Pours a deep honey color, sort of looks coppery. Nice head, very bright white and foamy. Tons of lacing all over the class that just seems to stick forever.

S - A bit of a grainy smell. Some citrus fruit smell. Also some malt and honey. Based on the smell alone I did not think I'd like this beer.

T - Very hoppy at first taste but smooths out into a deep grainy malt finish. The hoppy aftertaste lingers for a little bit. You can taste a faint honey taste.

M - Very smooth beer. It's not very high ABV, only 6.5% but I don't taste any alcohol at all. Medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable beer. My first Rogue beer and it's a damn good start for me I'd say. This is a beer you could definitely come back to time and time again.

Photo of CBlack85
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Golden amber, slightly cloudy. About two fingers worth of head with a good amount of lacing.

S-Nice malty smell, slight fruity hint

T-Light taste with a hint of hops. Malty, earthy flavor

M-light to medium bodied with a sticky finish

D-Easy to drink, I could definately see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting.

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

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a .5L Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey-hued color with a tight foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The head leaves moderate lacing.

Smell: Has a definite grainy smell with a bit of a sweet tea-like smell in the background. A little bit of citrus fruitiness is also present.

Taste: Has a definite hoppy taste of front with a grainy, malty finish. It leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste which lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth. There is a bit of an alcohol warmth in it that makes this beer easy to drink.

Drinkability: Damn good. One of my favorites and something I will come back to time and time again. Try this beer as soon as you can.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a rather sparse head. Nice looking beer.

Not much going on in the nose, but what I do smell is quite nice. Fresh grains and hops dominate with a bready smell. Nice, and makes me want some pizza.

The sweet malts lead the charge in this flavorful beer. They are joined simultaneously by a light bitter hop and another round of sweet malt in the finish. A little sweet/hoppy dryness lingers and invites another sip.

This beer is almost perfectly balanced in the mouth. The creamines and carbonation work together perfectly. I love the way this feels. Not too heavy, not too light.

This beer is very drinkable. With foood, as a thirst quencher, as a substitute for a meal, this beer will do it. The flavor is interesting enough not to get boring.

Photo of bort11
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Packaged growler with a glow in the dark label. Poured into my Dead Guy Ale pint glass. There is a mild white head standing a finger's width. While the initial head wasn't much, there is a tight formation of lacing on the glass. C.olor is a dark caramel with moderate clarity.

Smell is pretty heavy on the hops, which most Rogue beers are. Sweet caramel notes keep the hops from getting too harsh. The taste is also very hoppy, though it comes off more spicy than citrus or piney. I get raw brown sugar, ginger, and a dark toastiness from the malt.

Mouthfeel is light compared to the boldness of the flavor, making it very drinkable. I split the growler with my wife, but I probably could have sessioned the whole thing.

Blipped "Stone Dead Forever" by Motorhead

Photo of princesserika
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A:darker, redddish colour; thin white head that didn't last/lace.

S: an extremly malty aroma that reminded me of glue almost

T: not bitter at all, extremely malty.

M: strong, not overwhelming but the maltiness was quite powerful.

D: not extremely drinkable, i wouldn't drink much of this beer in one sitting it's powerful

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mikel52588
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a amber tinted golden hue, about a 1.5 finger length head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Very faint, sweet malty qualities

Taste: Sweet malts flood your taste buds right away, followed by the slight bitterness, its a pretty smooth and balanced sweet-bitterness

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, smooth maltiness on your tongue, not a hard hitting bitterness, but one that creeps up on ya at the last second.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, mostly because it is very balanced. Not too bitter not too sweet somewhere near the middle. I recommend at least one try of this beer. It's a beer I could definitely session with, goes nice with an Italian dressing covered sub. Cheers.

Photo of craftaholic
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz into a taster pint. Pours a translucent golden yellow with a barrage of carbonation that has a big soapy 2 finger length head that leaves behind a thick lacing.

Smell: Faint aroma of busicuity yeast, dried fruits, straw which rounds off with a strong honey and caramelized malt.

Taste: Very light to start with, there's a mix of honey and hops but all are hints, it rounds out with a big salty yeast which compares to a saltine with some whole grains added in.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied which leaves behind a coating of yeasty malt.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, could session for sure and has enough different flavors to please.

Overall: First brew from the guys at rogue and I must say its definitely a win, it's got just enough of everything to make it complex with a purpose.

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

A: Pours a dark golden with a moderate, bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: A malty smell of fresh biscuits with a touch of caramel malt.

T: Undeniably malty, yet superbly balanced. Bready flavors with a toffee-like sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Some sweetness sticks to the palate.

D: Super easy to drink and quite pleasurable. A great beer for any occasion.

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

Pours a light amber with a moderate head that dissipates to a fine veil, leaving lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, hay and green hops.

Nice malty taste, a bit of nuts, finishing with moderate strength hops and a lingering mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel is full and carbonaceous.

Overall, a good, balanced, sessionable beer.

Photo of Kinsman
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into mug

A: Hazy with a color similar to a light maple syrup. Thick head, well retained with a nice white lace.

S: Sweet smell from a strong malt character

T: Sweet, almost citrusy, with little hop character at first. Finishes with a slight bitterness from the hops, but nothing out of ordinary. Bitterness helps balance out the malt.

M: Medium-body feel, with a nice finish.

D: Easy to drink, but a little too much to be a session beer IMO.

Photo of maleman
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating on bottle.

A - poured a clear, golden amber. whispy one finger head that quickly receded into barely perceptable cap. uneven lacing on the way down.

S - nice smell! really malty and a sweet bready aroma is detected first. maybe some pecan, or some type of nuts?

T - the malt smell carries over to the taste. some orange, or lemon rind in there, too. also a hint of resin, I think.

M - about average carbonation. a thick, not watery finish that I taste in the top, somewhere between the middle and back of my mouth. the malt carries over in the aftertaste.

D - Not bad at all. One of Rogue's better offerings, IMO. Could session with it, easily. Will buy again.

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

Look: Nice overall look to this ale as it pours reddish amber from the tap with the skeleton on the tap handle. This ale has average suds with regards to depth and retention, but without lacing the glass (and just as a sidebar here: many bartenders still pour down the side of the glass to intention reduce the foam, and thus, I will amend the above statements regarding this ale's head should I discover a difference between the draft version and the brown bomber version of Dead Guy Ale (DGA).

Nose: It has such a light aroma. Clearly the olfactory is not overpowered by supercharged malts. I feel the subtlety of these whaffs adds to its appeal

Taste: Light hops and malts grace the fore-pallate with the initial sip, but the tastebuds detect a subtle nuttiness and perhaps a hint of berry flavor as the fluid passes into the oropharynx at the posterior of the oral cavity. I was pleasantly surprised to note that, despite the inferred severity of something entitled Dead Guy Ale, the aftertaste was not at all bitter. DGA probably has a low IBU rating.

Mouth: DGA possesses a thin yet inviting mouthfeel.

Drink: DGA is an easily imbibed beverage despite the imposing figure of a rotting corpse on the tap handle. Nope, nothing rotten here. Although DGA is not exactly TDF (to die for), it is likely to cater to a whole new generation of Dead Heads.

with respect for beer,

Photo of PapaEugene
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Botlle from Slijterij van Bergen Eindhoven. OPened it up for my birthday.

A: Pours a amber hazy color with a minor head. Some residue floating around.

S: H&H.... meaning Honey and Hops and not the band Heaven an Hell that I was listening to in the same moment. Nice coincidence. Some malts and something herbal I can't pin down.

T: Woah... again honey and hops, it's a very intensive taste that dominates this beer. Again the herbal thing and roasted malts.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body.

D: It's a special beer for sure but I'm not sure I will drink this one again. The huge amount of honey (or syrup?) makes it very sweet.

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

Served in a Chimay glass - I would have used a tulip glass.

Amber color with head that quickly dissipates into sticky lace.

With all the buffalo wings around me, I really couldn't discern much from the nose.

[Addendum - had at home last night 8/31/09 and it had a lovely nose of malt and a little hop character, but not overwhelming. There was a touch of sweet caramel, slightly bruleed, in the nose which was subtle and could be easily missed if there were other aromas in the room.]

Lots of malt on this. Good, ripe red fruit characteristics with a slight meatiness on the underside. The merest trace of umami.

It was a treat to have this beer on tap. I've always enjoyed it bottled.

Photo of schmitter
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oooohhh weee now this is a maibock!

Poured a deep, hazy amber with an off white sticky head.

Smelled somewhat fruity and malty.

Taste was also fruity but probably the best malty beer taste I've encountered. Hops are there, perfectly blended with the rich malts.

This is the first beer I've given a 5 for drinkability and the best helles I've had.

Photo of Probie
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark amber with a small amount of head.

Smell and taste both remind me a lot of freshly baked banana bread with sweet doughy properties.

Mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation and goes down very smoothly.

This is a very drinkable beer.

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

A - Bright amber, off white head leave fast. Sparce cling lace.

S - Sweet and malty. Very sweet malt, some sharpness underneath.

T - Taste follows smell. Sweet malt up front, balanced nicely by the hops finish. Bready character in middle. Nice.

M - Medium body. More complex than many. Nice balance and carb.

D - Could suck a few down.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: semi translucent orange brew. Head is off white and strong.

S: Very fruity nose. Nice peach dominant smell with hints of orange and bananas. Some green tea too. There is some caramel and overall malt sweetness to it. Very smooth.

T: Much hoppier than I expected. Opens up with the malt sweetness. Then it's all about the fruits but this time more of orange zest than the rest. Some tart too. Green tea is stronger while the peach and banana are near non existent. Some herbal hops that brought the tea cuts it at the end.

M: Very creamy, to my surprise. Carbonation level is perfect.

D: Very drinkable. Balanced brew with enough of everything to please almost any drinker.

Photo of dbexpert
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. rich amber/golden hues, with solid pillowy foam

s. aromas are suttle, sweet fresh bread odor is cut by a citrus/orange smell

t. well-balanced, nothing overpowering or dominant, it is a good representation of an amber

m. solid nothing extraordinary

d. only having a 22oz., something for the cooler months, will reconsider when frost hits

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,625 ratings.