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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,245
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 173
Gots: 619 | 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 Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a beautiful head that fades to a cap and leaves some okay lacing. Smells of sweet malt, snickerdoodle cookies, and orange and lemon zest. A touch of bitterness on the back. taste is fairly balanced between dry malt and light, slightly citrusy hops. It's well made, but just a tad bland and with a slightly flat finish. Nice bitter hops right at the end. A little light in the mouth and slightly watery, but a well-made easy-drinking beer.

Georgiabeer, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of tsbuttry
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review for this site, and I'm doing an old standby of mine. While there may be better beers out there, I keep coming back to this beer because of its overall quality and general availability.

Appearance: A solid amber color with excellent head retention. You can tell from the appearance that you're getting a lot of caramel malts, which is always a good thing.

Smell: It has a good aroma, but it's oddly weak for how good the taste is. Vaguely fruity (obviously from one of the many hop breeds from the pacific northwest) with a subtle floral scent.

Taste: This is where the beer shines. Strong malt and hop flavor, in good balance. Not so malty as to leave an aftertaste, not so hoppy as to annhilate the malt flavor. Excellent blend of sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer plays quite well on the mouth with enough hops to keep a clean palate. Carbonation is there, but doesn't distract. However, it is a strong, full beer that is best rounding out a meal or having one or two during a ballgame. Not a great session beer.

tsbuttry, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of stagman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque amber with a nice white foamy head. Smells like sweet fruit, not expected of a bock but still pleasant.

Tastes very smooth, nice balance between roasted malt and bitter hops. The carbonation is just right too - it's present but not overpowering.

Great brew - it pushes limits and adds to the meaning of a bock. This is possibly my favorite of Rogue's beers!

stagman, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I had Dead Guy, trying it on tap at a local pizzeria. Not bad, but didn't blow me away. It presents itself nicely, with two fingers of head atop an amber-copper body in a pint glass. The nose was malty, and I detected a hint of chocolate, but little else appeared. The taste was subtle but smooth. But I was disappointed since the malt was clear, and some spice was present--ginger, paprika--but little else. I was hoping for bolder flavors, but was left wanting. The texture was smooth, and ordering a second sure wasn't difficult. Overall, worth a try and a nice brew, but nothing that will knock the socks off.

Gehrig, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer has been reviewed so many times, what more can you say? all i have to add is the fact that i was surprised at how good it actually was on tap. i think that it must not age well or something in the bottle because i never noticed the great malty, caramelly character that i noticed on the fresh keg offering i had tonight. wow... i was impressed. i'll definitely have it again.

timtim, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber-blonde color with a thin head of foam. Aroma is thick and malty, chewy with a hint of caramel. Taste is very interesting upfront. Malty and chewy with a buttery aftertaste that goes down quite smooth. Somewhat bready as well upfront. Chewy.

Not bad at all!

Brad007, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of scottblaze
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this for some time, Rogue's offerings have yet to let me down. Much to my surprise my fave local Beer/liquor store had it sitting there and of course, it followed me home.

Poured an inviting rich and pretty amber. For some reason, not much head..probably my fault in the way I poured it.

Faint smell of chocolate and cherrys - cherry cordials perhaps

Malty flavor with notes of cherry, caramel, vanilla and chamomile. Crisp carbonization accenting the hops. A little alcohol sweetness.

Slighty chewey at first, going a little thin at the end.

Would be an easily quaffable brew..or one to savor slowly.

A very tasty and enjoyable brew...I'll be back for more.

scottblaze, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in its bottle at Moan and Dove. The drink poured with an orange-like amber to it with a very thin head. Faint hops and malts could be smelt from the beverage. A sweet, citrus-like taste enveloped your mouth when sipping the drink. Its carbonation was great: incredibly crisp and refreshing. With the citrus tastes and carbonation, this is a sure winner from Rogue Ales. Definitely one of their best.

fitzy84, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of orangemoustache
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this delicious brew at a local restaraunt in Springfield,Illinois Cafe Brio(great spot,down town),I saw the cool label,and had to try this one!

A-reddish amber,with off white head

S-little bit of a fruity smell,suttle hops,sugary alcohol smell like canadien whisky

T-a well rounded taste with what seems to be a great balance of the sweet roasted malts,carmels,and hops

M-soft on the tounge(like twizzlers)makes mouths happy

D-this beer has similar characteristics of a Sam Adams BL as far as drinkability but this is much more complex,and superior in every imaginable way!

orangemoustache, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the misfortune to have reviewed this before during the 1 hour glitch on 11/25/07 in which the new scoring system was functioning (not functioning?). In case that review never reappears, I figured I'd pull out my notes and at least get it in now.

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I liked this quite a bit. A good solid, all around beer. Frankly, I have gotten into a rut where I drink mostly IPAs or similar highly hopped beers (barleywines, etc.) and had forgotten how much I like Maibocks.

A = Good frothy head from a somewhat robust pour. light lacing, cloudy reddish, amber, nice continuous carbonation bubbles.

S = Very well balanced blend of sweet malt and hops scents. Citrus, lemongrass and honey all come through.

T = I hesitate to say salty because that sounds wrong (perhaps umami is more correct?), but it is a very pleasant subtle taste on top of a good roasted character of malt, hay. A nice earthy, but not overly so, flavor. It makes me think of a country, summer festival.

M = A little thin, pleasant amount of carbonation which nicely tickles the tongue.

D = Great beer to just sit back and enjoy; a good all around beer.

Traquairlover, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this under the Jazz Guy label but biegaman who brought it back from California for me assured me it was really Dead Guy, thanks, Jan.

The bottle gushed on opening with amber colour and vigourous carbonation. Solid beige, off-white head with good retention and lacing. Smells hoppy but with a lot of caramel roasted malt too, the smell is apparent even before pouring. The taste is similarly two dimensional: hops and caramel-roast taffy. There is a smooth, buttery mouthfeel. This is a nice drinking ale with a nice, even keel ... the hoppy bitterness is balanced perfectly with malt, a real taste treat and another winner from Rogue.

ThatWineGuy, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of scottyshades
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er at Publix in Boca Raton for around $7. I have only had one Rogue beer before this one (Mocha Porter) and that was really good so I figured Id give this guy a try
A: Pours a nice orangish/copper color with some amber tones in the light...very appetizing. The most impressive aspect of its appearance is the nice two-finger head that is a strange orange color that leaves a decent lace on the glass (at this point I have high hopes)

S: The nose consists of bubble gum (delicious smell), sweet malts, caramel, a bunch of fruits, and some slight hops...I had six attempts to figure out which fruits are in this beer, but for some reason I couldnt determine what they were

T: Bubble gum, very fruity followed by a very good balance of hops and malts. Lots of honey and pale malt flavors. Hops are not readily noticeable, but lend a small bitter bite.

MF: Very very clean...not very bitter, which in my mind accentuates the fruity aftertaste

D: One of the most drinkable beers I have had...there is a fair amount of alcohol in this one, but not noticeable...I cruised thru the 6er and cannot wait to get another one

Overall, this is an amazing beer! Recommended for every kind of drinker...An excellent BMC "converter beer" those those friends with lesser palates

EDIT: Tried the growler version of this (found on a shelf- no clue how old it could be) but seemed to have less hop presence, more malts, more honey, and more light fruits (apples, peaches, concord grapes). The carbonation was very low. I am assuming that the growler had been sitting there for months, but it still tasted excellent in its own way.

scottyshades, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of KI9A
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After passing this by several times, I picked a bottle up. Wow, I'm glad I did. Pours deep amber, with decent head. Smells of a bit, well, can't really tell. But, the taste..nice. Hops, malty, dark fruits, and maybe a very slight bananna finish. Someone mentioned it became better as they went thru it, and I agree. As i finished the bottle ( in a tulip glass), I sure wish I had another. And, I will.

Nice job!

KI9A, Nov 21, 2007
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
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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