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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,527
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 189
Gots: 763 | 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:
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 ecoastman
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll need to do some more research - this beer is called an ale but it is categorized under the Maibock/Helles Bock lager style...perhaps a hybrid?


Drinkability - a smooth easy drinking beer that I will definitely have again. Just keep an eye on the medium alcohol content!

Appearance - A murky orangy-brown copper color. The fine carbonation provides a thin head and with short retention. However, this is an attractive beer in my Stella style glass.

Smell - mild sweet caramel and bread. Some balance with the hops give a pleasant aroma.

Taste - Starts slightly bitter and transitions to malty flavours and similar to what you smell. There is some fruitiness half way and a sweet honey finish with very mild complexity in the background. Well balanced and very enjoyable (especially as it warms up a bit).

Mouthfeel - The medium body and smooth creamy texture with good carbonation coats your mouth and throat nicely. The higher alcohol level does not have a negative impact.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color and creates a creamy 1/4" thick head. The beer is a bit hazy and left very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas of sweet malts are undeniable. Lost amidst the malts are undertones of musty yeast.

Taste: The sweet malts step right up to the palate with strong flavors of caramel. The hops are drowned out by the sweetness. This beer has a very yeasty aftertaste, almost like a soggy multigrain bread.

Mouthfeel: Dead Guy bites at the tip of the tongue. It is highly carbonated and left me very gaseous. A crisp beer but leaves my mouth feeling oily.

Drinkability: Nice beer, complex and malty. In my opinion, its too sweet to score above a good. I could definitely drink my fair share, however, I would rather drink something a little more bitter.

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

I had this one on tap at Moe Joes in Plainfield, IL on 12/06/2008.

A= This ale poured a dark amber color with a 1/2" white head. The head quickly dropped to a thin skim and left some mild spotty lace down the glass. Mild but steady carbonation release throughout.

S= Though the underlying base of this beer was all malt sweetness, I was surprised to find a fair amount of hops in there too. Mildly estery yeast notes through the middle and a sweet aromatic finish.

T= I found sweet malts up front, with a hint of toasted bread. Hops came forth mildly spicy, and again, much more predominant than the bottle version of this beer. Long finish was on the sweet side.

MF= Medium body. Carbonation was light-medium on the tongue, giving this one a smooth feel.

D= Though still a malty ale, the hops in this one provide an interesting balance. Very balanced and highly sessionable.

Photo of Vendetta
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Loved this beer. Aroma was very nice, very fruity. Flavor was malty at first, but well balanced. Really, really easy to drink. Very smooth, very enjoyable taste. Definitely looking forward to eventually tasting Double Dead Guy as this is a brew I frequently come back to. Highly recommended.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Cloudy orange body, with a modest light tan head that manages to survive for a little while. Left light lacing.

Smell: Nice combo of malts and citrus from the hops.

Taste: Light maltiness and bitter citrus. Has a sort of strong flavor that will stop some from enjoying it.

Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color producing a quite thin head that dissapates fairly quickly. Leaves light lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell is that of hops and malt, malt, malt. A slight fruitiness also. The smell is beautiful. Something about it makes me wanna smell again.

Taste is less hoppy than expected but very well balanced with malt and floral notes. Very prominent caramel maltiness balanced with a perfect amount of hops for this style. Very good tasting beer.

Feels outstanding in the mouth and sticks in there nicely. Highly drinkable!!!!

Photo of jamusblack
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy from a 12 oz dark bottle. Dark amber coloration with an orange tint. Two fingers of creamy head with nice lacing.

Fruity aroma with a hint of citrus and carmel. Slightly hoppy.

Sweet, crisp, well balanced taste. Not overly carbonated or bitter.

Good beer overall, I will definately pour a few more of these. A good session beer.

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

I'd heard great report about this one from friends, so my anticipation was high. Nothing could have prepared me for this one though. I found the taste very unusual, but that's not a bad thing. The fruitiness caught me by surprise, and I detected more than a hint of grapefruit. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a reddish-tinted copper color with a single-finger light tan head. The smell is mostly malt with some fruitiness. The taste starts off with some sweet toasted malts with some dried fruit with some hops at the end. The mouthfeel is a little thick with some fine carbonation. A tasty beverage, but it sits a little heavy and I probably wouldn't want to grab another one immediately after.

Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poored a light amber/orange color opaque with lots of bubbles cascading to the film of a white head leaves some small lacing
smells fruity and a bit malty
tastes sweet very malty nice fruitiness a slight hop bit to the end
good mouthfeel decent body in no way watery
could sit here and drink this all night, might catch up with me but I'd be happy

Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with burgundy edges and a thin beige foam head. Malty aroma with chocolate, nut and caramel notes. Medium bodied and very quaffable with a slightly hoppy finish. Flavor consists of chcolate maltiness, hazelnut and subtle dark fruit presence

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

Reviewed on 2/28/08. Bottle. Poured an orange/amber color with a creamy white head. Aroma of wheat and floral and citrus hops. Tastes strongly of wheat, wheat malt, and some hops. Cross between an APA, hefeweizen, and heller bock. This is an excellent beer to chill with! 7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark orange with a thin quickly dissipating white head.

S: On the nose was a deep malty flavor with touch of honey, citrus and fresh flowers.

T: The flavor was sweet malt with an underlying dry fruitiness with a touch of light smokiness. Some toffee, along with some fresh fruitiness from the yeast.

M: smooth with a good amount of carbonation providing fullness and a nice dry hoppiness.

D: Decent beer with a warming alcohol feel. An easy drinking 6.5% with a nice malty sweetness and fruitiness that can be enjoyed even in the summertime.

Photo of cleeze
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy brown hue with a light-brown, fizzy head that doesn't feel like sticking around, although it does leave slight lacing on the glass. Murky body with lively carbonation dancing around.

Aroma is of sweet, yet tamed malts and alcohol. Intially, this ale is moderately sweet, although it turns to a light, malty bitter finish with an average duration. Slighty watery on the palate, it is thin bodied with soft carbonation and a vanilla taste.

Hats off to Rogue for another superior brew!

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light(er) amber with a thin white bubbly head.

Faint sweet malt scents and floral hops.

Sweet toasted malt, chewy bread crust, some dried stone fruit, and some hop bitterness. Great combination/balance of the sweet, the grainy, and the bitter. Nice.

Medium bodied with fairly substantial carbonation -- kinda like an afterburn. It is palate clearing.

Overall, very easy to have a second or third pint. I've had the 12 0z. and the bomber before, but not out of the growler. Would have been good to do a side by side to see if there was a difference. Overall, another winner from these guys.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass, two-finger light tan head with excellent retention. Golden-amber with sticky residue clinging to the glass. Sweet honey smell. Taste of honey, a little hoppy, nutty sweet, some toasted malts and biscuits and horehound. Very smooth, creamy with some hop bite to balance it out. Superb! I could drink this all night long!

Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a hazy orangey copper colour with a couple of centimetres of dense off white head that falls fairly quickly leaving some rings of lace down the glass.
S - Toasted caramel malt aroma with some earthy and herbal hop hints. The Rogue Pacman yeast is quite noticeable.
T - Like the smell the taste is definateky dominated by a toasty & caramel malty character with some slight earthy, herbal hops.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Dry, lingering toasty and herbal taste.
D - Worth trying, I'd drink it again but there are others in the same price range from Rogue that I'd buy before buying this again.

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

Served up on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Pours an orange-tinged golden hue with a creamy half-finger of off-white foam that settles somewhat slowly and leaves a good deal of fairly thin lacing.

Smells sweet, floral and fruity, with notes of apricot and slight hints of orangey citrus fruit.

Medium-bodied with a nicely carbonated mouthfeel, imbued with flavors of sweet malts and delicious fruity and bitter hop flavors, with caramel and grapefruit notes melding with a vaguely noticeable alcohol flavor, finishing somewhat bitter and fairly dry.

Delicious and fairly complex, and rather drinkable, this poster child for Rogue Ales is a worthy and widely available quaffer, making it a great fall-back beer, but not one to be used as an introduction to the uninitiated.

Photo of angelmonster
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a 1/2 inch head that fades rather quickly. Hazy brown/orange in appearance, minimum lacing through out

Smells sweet, somewhat fruity like apricot or prune. Also some hops and faint malts.

tastes a little hoppy, not as sweet as it smells. Malts arent very pronounced. Still taste a small amount of fruit with a creamy finish.

Mouth feel is over carbonated. Almost burns when you let it sit on your tongue. Slight bitter aftertaste is left in mouth

Overall is a good beer, would buy again, just doesnt really stand out to me.

Photo of mralphabet
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass

A: Golden color with an Orange Hue, a little on the cloudy side about 1 Finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, Hops, a little fruity, and a little steely..

T: Very complex....Very Hoppy up front, hint of fruit and a steelness. The finish is bitter & dry, with a odd aftertaste.... lots of hops

M: Crisp, medium body.... good bit of carbonation.

D: Very interesting brew... it will take a little getting use to.... Not the best I've had... A little to Hoppy for my taste so it is really not my type.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light caramel color with decent sea salt looking lace. Very hazy. Smells like cider spice, sweet malt and citrus cough drops.

Sweet malt backbone with lots of cider-like spice and tropical fruit flavors such as triple sec and mango. Late alcoholic hints. Floral hops. Lightly carbonated.

I love this beer. Even the bottle looks cool.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 19oz unbranded pilsner flute glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light caramel color with a thick, fluffy, tan head that stays for a while leaving lots and lots of lace.

Smell: A sweet, malty aroma with hints of hop spice and earthiness. The smell is appetizing and literally made me hungry.

Taste: Toasty and sweet, with a good bitterness and nuttiness toward the end. Malts at the beginning and hops at the end- great balance. Also has an interesting, unique tea sensation that gets into the sinuses; it's somewhere between a taste and a smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium, creamy body with balanced carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Rogue beers had been hyped up for me before I tried any and this was the first I tried. It lived up to the hype. This is a beer I will definitely be picking up in the future and is definitely now a favorite of mine!

Photo of duffextracold
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick tan head, fades quickly. nice light caramel color.

smells like tropical fruit, alcohol, not picking up very much.

tastes like bready malt, sort of metallic, slight hop bitterness. hoppy sweet aftertaste.

mouthfeel is nice & creamy, with sharp little bubbles.

overall drinkability is great. nicely balanced.

Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= medium body, great head thats spotty but sticks around with good lacing. nice rising bubbles. looks great
S= somewhat muted but i got the hops and the toasted malt but thats about it
T= nice balance of hops and malt with a candy citrus finish that I enjoyed quit a bit. when I swallow this beer it makes me smile just because its something that I've never tasted and its great without being to complex
M= good medium carbonation with a chewy finish
D= high, I'll have no problem drinking a few of these anytime. without the high ABV it would be a great session beer. Dangerously good

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 11/9/08

Poured into a pint glass. Off-white, 2 finger head. Good lacing. Deep copper in color.

Smell was nutty and sweet malts. Very mild bitterness.

Taste was nutty and biscuity with a mild bitterness. Mild malt sweetness. Great balance.

Mouthfeel was slighlty oily with a light/medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability was very good. Great balance.

Overall an excellent sessionable beer with excellent balance.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,527 ratings.