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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,123
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 163
Gots: 558 | 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 jscottku21
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As this is the first beer I am reviewing in the style, I must say it was a very good start. Pours a beautifully semi-transparent copper, this brew is nicely balanced and easily drinkable. This absolutely makes me want to try more from Rogue, who I've known previously only from their stellar reputation. I would definitely like to try this again.

jscottku21, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of kms910
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange/Amber with a perfect white long lasting lace.

Smell: Aroma is very nutty, with a bit of toffee and some cheese

Taste: Bread and nut. Extremely balanced

Mouthfeel: Somewhat chewy

Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer in comparison to other Maibocks.

kms910, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours almost a copper/red-brown color with a light tan almost white head. The appearance for me is exactly as an ale should look, makes my mouth water. The smell is sweet with some hop in there as well as malts. its hard to seperate, but a plesant sensation regardless. The taste is where this ale really shines. Its very smooth with a little sweetness mixed with hop bitterness. None of which over powers, and the way they balance out is great. It has a smooth medium body that is not heavy at all and makes this drink more robust but still very drinkable. very good al, highly suggest trying.

Redwood21, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of McClungbrew2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured tawney light amber with a creamy off white head. A steady stream of bubbles rise from the sides and bottom of the glass.

The aroma is hoppy but not overwhelming, a combination of honey and pale malt balanced with some floral hops.

The flavor was sweet malt on the front end with a hop dryness in the finish with enough fruity ale qualities to add some complexity. Nicely balanced with enough dryness in the finish. There was also a vinuous quality to the aftertaste.

There was good carbonation with a medium body. Makes you anticipate the next drink.

This was a very enjoyable brew. Not what i consider a session beer , but a very enjoyable beer.

McClungbrew2, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very similar to it's bottled counterpart, the main difference being the mouthfeel, which takes on an almost Guinness-like thickness. maybe a little bit sweeter, a little bit stickier, but all of the same flavors of bread, fruits, honey and spices are present.

schusterbauer, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of isaac
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. to stange.

reddish-orange with slight chill-haze with a thick, melted-vanilla-ice-cream head. smells fruity, a bit like vegetables (cucumber?), caramel-sweetness, and booze. taste is much the same, but with added spice and berries. mouthfeel is good, medium bodied with fine carbonation - crisp at first, then quite smooth and creamy in the finish. quite drinkable, as i once polished off a growler of this stuff with little to no help.

isaac, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pours a coppery red colour with a big 2 inch head that retains quite well. Lots of lacing, carbonation is mild. Smell is full of musty and earthy aroma hops. Damp cellar and fallen leaves come to mind. A bit of buttery caramel sweetness in the background. A mild lemony sourness is there, and a light apple aroma. Uncomplex but fairly telling in its character.

Taste is certainly pleasant, a nice mix of mellow buttery sweetness and some more herbal hop flavours. Anise, lemon, earth, tart apples, and some more medicinal bitter flavours that aren't unpleasant but are definitely there. Mouthfeel is rather thick and malty, but dries well and sticks to the throat. Alcohol is a bit more evident than expected, and carbonation might be a bit better if it was toned down just a little. That said, this beer is very drinkable and I'm really enjoying it tonight, it's the kind of thing I can really go for late in the year, it just screams "Autumn". Didn't blow my head off, but sessionable. Well done Rogue.

trevorwideman, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one of the first craft beers I ever had and had been one of my favorites long before I realized just how vast the world of craft beer really was. The beer was served with a thin off white head that diminished into a ring but still left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was heavy on the malt with a mild amount of earthy hops behind it. The taste was heavy on the malt as any maibock should be, but this being brewed as an ale, the earthy hops shine through a lot more than they do in any other beer of this style. The beer is not heavy at all and is very enjoyable. I will always consider this a great session beer, even though it is 6.5%.

atsprings, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale amber with a coarse sturdy off-white head. Aroma is. . . it smells like iced-tea. Specifically; it smells like the iced-tea I remember my Dad making when I was a boy, out of Lipton tea bags -- it smells EXACTLY like that!

Damn. . . that is EXACLTY what it tastes like too! Unsweetened iced-tea made with Lipton brand tea bags. This is weird. . .

You guys get a 3.5 for this stuff -- and hey; STOP MESSING WITH MY HEAD!

alexskovan, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of hammer09
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my second review of Rogue Dead Guy Ale. However, as promised during my first review, I poured this from a new bottle as opposed to a growler that had been sitting in my basement for over a month.

Appearance was a cloudy amber with moderate visible carbonation, but minimal head development. Smell was slightly malty with hints of caramel and a mild sourness. Taste was malty and a bit sour, but not bad. Dead Guy Ale has a very distinct and different taste that I'm still trying to place, but this adds to the beer's character. Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated.

Overall, an easily drinkable beer with a very distinct flavor.

hammer09, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazy, golden amber color, reminds me of honey, with a finger of of white foam that quickly fades. Smells of sweet fruit and malt, as well as some alcohol. Tastes of sweet caramel, crisp, tart apple notes, and bitter, lemony hops. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. An overall consistent offering from Rouge that I revisit a few times a year.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of chrisms86
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another great brew from Rogue. Smells strongly of hops. The mouthfeel is too syrupy for my tastes, with an unfulfilling bite of carbonation. The taste is complex with sweet notes on top of a mostly sour malt flavor. I don't like the amount of bitterness.. not enough to give a bite but just enough to leave a dull flavor that drowns out the fantastic sweet and sour notes. Overall a fantastic beer that is perfect for watching football, working on cars, or other social gatherings. It doesn't take a beer enthusiast to love this one.

I realize my review sounds negative but I was trying to find flaws in one of my favorite brews. As for the positive aspects of it.. well let me just say "It's delicious."

chrisms86, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice copper color with a creamy off-white head. Head seems to last a while and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Enjoyable sweetness, with a hint of fruit, from both the malts and hops.

Taste: Toasted grains and malts, followed by a light, sweet flavor, and an eventual hop bitterness. Intense flavor & aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, though with a slight grainy finish. Medium-bodied with a rather noticable carbonation (too much).

Drinkability: Though enjoyable, it can be a bit hard to drink at times with the carbonation and intensity.

I think this is a nice beer and worthy of trying, but it's a bit too strong in the carbonation department for me to really enjoy, and the taste (while generally nice) doeesn't correspond to my personal liking.

mithrascruor, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy orange tinted straw, two finger off white head that holds well, quick dissolving lace

S- herbal, toasted malt, biscuit, citrus

T- toasty malt front that meets with a balancing hop bitterness short after, twitch of citrus, mostly earthy and grassy. Citrus comes out more as temperature increases.

M- light/med body, smooth, dry finish

D- sessionable, good flavor, like rogues twist on this style, very enjoyable, recommended

tonistruth, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of utahbeerdude
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Visual: Large creamy head to start. Medium amber hue, and strong carbonation. Slightly hazy.

Aroma: Rather malt dominated aroma. Slight whiff of metal. A bit of orange-peel and some alcohol.

Flavor: Malty to start, then gives way to fairly strong hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste, but which eventually gives way to some residual sweetness that, over time, becomes cloying.

Mouthfeel: Creaminess at start from carbonation. Good body, almost chewy.

Overall: Although I want to, I have a hard time really liking this beer. Each characteristic tends to stand alone – the experience is not very well integrated.

utahbeerdude, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of cnybrewblog
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle and into my mouth.

A: nice gold amber color, creamy smooth head that settled quickly

S: not much for fruity or other smells, I got a nose full of malt with a hint of hops

T: Great malty front with a little kick of hops in the finish. There was a surprising dry finish for a beer that malty.

M: The carbonation was light, but good. Made for a very drinkable beer

D: It's a great beer with a lot of wonderful flavors. The best part is that no one flavor really silences the rest making it a very drinkable beer.

cnybrewblog, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 2-25-07

Pours a light amber, with a huge bubbly head that leaves frothy lacing.

Smell sweet and surprisingly malty, with subtle fruit aromas.

Taste is sweet and fruity, with a good hoppy bite near the end. Very good.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and creamy. Very gratifying.

Drinkability is very good, this beer has a good strong flavor but also goes down smooth.

Overall a very good brew. Think of a pale ale with a good light-malt background. I'll have to keep a sixer of this around.

BMoney575, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the very first beers that made me aware of the craft brew universe. It was downright exotic, and the cool bottle design screamed "buy me!" And I did. Didn't like it much on first try (about 12 years ago), but man, how tastes do change...

The huge, fluffy head is a dirty white, retaining a solid few minutes. Things look even better due to the great burnt orange color (looks like a double IPA) and lots of bubbles, with a slight cloudiness deepening the color. A few small patches of lace left behind.

Aroma is a mellow, crisp hoppiness (I would guess Cascade, but I'm still a novice in differentiating between specific varieties). Light malty sweetness and, despite a fairly tame ABV (6.5%) there's some alcohol showing up. Nice smell, nothing amazing.

Flavor has a good bit of depth right from the very beginning. Creamy malt sweetness (caramel/toffee), fruity brightness, clearly well-hopped bittering, and even some maple flavor. Finish is a sweet hops kiss, and the mouthfeel is excellent: light on weight, yet plenty of swing from the carbonation, achieving balance and depth with a silky creaminess.

Good stuff, seriously easy drinking with enough character to keep you coming back.

Metalmonk, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of david131
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden color. Even with a hard pour, not much of a white head forms. But, when looking beneath the surface, I can see many streams of bubbles forming- they just don't seem to want to stick around much once they reach the surface.

S- Not all that much of a quaffer. Some malt, citrus hops and there seems to be some spiciness to it as well.

T- Caramel malt and citrus seem to be the most overwhelming part of the flavor. Kind of sweet. Interesting.

M- Smooth with a little bit of a hop bite in the end. Very interesting indeed.

D- This took me quite a bit of time to consume considering the low ABV. This was a very interesting brew.

david131, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of IceAce
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a close-to-orange body with a two finger of dense foam. Clarity was very good but lacing clocks in at a disappointing 15%.

The nose is sweet with lots of caramel upfront. Entry is moderately zippy leading to a midtaste which can best be described as rich and creamy caramel & toffee. The finish is bitter, but in the softest way possible. Think hop nibble...not bite.

This is not even close gto my favorite Rogue ale but is solid nonetheless and a must-have with Thai food...

IceAce, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Scoobydank
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
A: fairly small white head which disapated pretty quickly. Heald the glass up to the light and saw mainly a transparents amber color
S: I noticed a dark caramelly smell, mixed with a faint light hop smell.
T:Virtually no alcohol taste, blended beautifully with light hops and light caramel malt. Exactly what the smell told me.
M: light carbonation made this feel great in my mouth.
D: Awesome. All the elements combined made this beer insanely drinkable with incredible flavors being bounced around. Can't wait to buy a growler this weekend and really go to town

Scoobydank, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of oelergud
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown hazy body with some carbonation. Off-white level head of tiny to small bubbles. Decent retention and lace.
Grass, dough, butter and abit of pepper in the nose.
Well balanced and gentle. Bread and a little hay with butter and pepper again. Mild hoppy aftertaste of good duration.
Good moderate body with abit of coating. Hydrating finish.
Good drinkability, mild mannered and gentle.


oelergud, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled. I drank a bit of this a few years ago but have not had any recently until this week. Just poured a bottle. Pours and smells a basic Pale Ale. Flavor seems slightly more malt directed than others. It is good and refreshing. Not a favorite but not crap either.

ChazMania, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a really nice cloudy brown amber with three fingers of white suds that leave lots of lacing around the tulip glass.
Smell is caramel and lemon with mabey a hint of grapefruit. A floral smell accompanies the yeast burn and the alcohol is hidden well in the back there.
Taste is a mellow sweetness of candy sugar and grapefruit darkness. Way more heavy on the sugars. The alcohol is very present here.
Mouthfeel is pretty nice but I would want more of a hop bitterness here.
Still all in all, this is a good session beer. I will be drinking all 6 of these bad boys.

peabody, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Magpie14
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: shades of gold and orange with a ever so slight touch of red. This beer almost glows in the glass. Nice two-finger head and sticky lacing.

Smell: hoppy, malty and caramel. Sweet essence of fruit such as oranges and evergreen citrus. Very nice aroma

Taste/mouthfeel: nice hop characteristics and good malt balance. Very agreeable sweetness and spice. I have to give it up for this one! I does kind of remind me of a oktoberfest type of beer, mostly due to the tasty malt flavor. Has nice clean, sharp finish and accomplished carbonation. Just a super well rounded brew.

Downright drinkable and splendid taste

Magpie14, Feb 08, 2007
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,123 ratings.