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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,618
Reviews: 2,310
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 204
Gots: 881 | 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 dfolmste
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good amber color with a thick bubbly head. I have been hearing a lot about Rogue and this beer in particular so I'll give it a shot. So far so good.

Smell: A smell of hops but not that powerful. A bit of malt sweetness, but even that is kind of faint. Good because it doesn't smell like other ales I have had, but just a bit above average.

Taste: The taste is a lot better than the smell. A fruity taste with just the right amount of bitterness. Citrus and apricots take center stage. Makes me think of a better Magic Hat No.9.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good balanced feel. I normally prefer bitter beer over beers that are sweet, but the sweetness of this is very unique. Aftertaste is important to me and Dead Guy lingers well.

Drinkability: Medium body and good taste should set the stage for great drinkability, but I am concerned that the sweetness that I enjoyed will catch up after a few. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt since I only have a single.

Photo of jlb307
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites, I always try to have this around. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy and a burnt orange color. Nice head which thinned to a decent covering rather quickly.

S: Best way to describe this is "bold." An almost perfect balance of sweet, bitter hoppiness, and malty smoothness.

T: Nice short bitter finish. Compliments the slight citrus of each successive sip.

M: Full bodied, and evenly balanced with the carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, even though some may consider this a "strong" beer.

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

Purchased a growler at Cork N' Bottle and split it with Wiseman Zach. (Review written by Wiseman Nick).

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, orange-copper body with thin, sticky, off-white head. Barely any height and almost no retention on initial pour, but successive pints had large foamy heads with better retention. Tons of lacing in every pour.

Smell: Caramel, resinous hops, candied sugar, and some fruity esters. Getting some sour funk and even wheat (and other grains). I'm really not doing this justice. Extremely complex. I love it!

Taste: Caramel malt, dough and spices, swamp funk, earthy resinous hops, and candied sugar. Similar to the smell, but not quite as good. Finishes bitter and sticky. Fantastic balance and complexity, but missing that burst I remember from the on-tap version.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and malty and a bit flat :(. Could've been a bad seal. Full-bodied and a bit syrupy. Other than the lack of carbonation, I really like it.

Drinkability: Oh hell yeah! This is sooo complex, tasty, and smooth. Zach and I wish we had a second growler. The one knock on this is it might be a bit too full in body.

Photo of foles
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presents a deep amber gold, slightly cloudy and clean fluffy head.

Sweet smell of fruit, maybe apples or mango. Very malty in with a ESB type of body, but a noble hops flavour. Less munich character than expected from the style, but a nice blend of malts on the palate. Slipperly and slightly buttery in the mouth. Does not feel like 7% alcohol. Quite a bitter finish, maybe a tad overkill for my liking, but probably required at 7% abv. I read Rogue use their ale yeast for this one. Could actually tell it wasnt a lager, but a clean ale - not that it mattered!

A brilliant beer, quite simply one of the best I have ever had. Can't pick a beer that is similar, as proper Maibocks are fairly different in character. Had to pay a massive AUD$18 for it, but it wasn't money wasted.

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

This was the final beer of the evening for me at Port Royal Lounge, and it was a good beer to finish off the evening. Pours a clear yellow color with some sediment at the bottom. The smell is a bit weak, but I could pick out some malts and a bit of citrus. The hops really came out in the taste, as it was bitter first and malty second. There was a citrus taste that lasted throughout the taste, but it seemed to linger in the background. It had decent thickness and carbonation, but nothing to rave about. Overall, it's a good beer to have in a bar, but it's not a great beer. It's decently drinkable, but the flavor is just a bit too strong.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured about an inch of fluffy, cream colored foam that left some lacing as it dissipated. Beautiful burnt orange color. Some carbonation seen climbing up the glass.

Smells of breads, malts, and some spicy hops. Maybe a little citrus.

Taste mirrors the nose, some sweet malts out in front with a little fruitiness cut by a spicy hop bitterness.

Good mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation, combined with a medium body that's smooth and easy to the finish.

Overall a very drinkable beer that I enjoyed a lot. My first Rogue beer, and it's good. So far, this is one of my favorite beers; I'll definitely purchase again.

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

The famous Dead Guy Ale. Famously expensive @ $20/per six so nice to get my hands on a single.

Another looker from Rogue. Dark copperish colour, slightly cloudy with the requisite Rogue head and lacing.

This one doesn't disappoint in the aroma dept. Rich roasted malt and floral hop in near perfect harmony.

Nice Job! Rich roasted malt followed by a butterscotch sweetness. Pretty good dose of hop cuts the sweet malt ride down to size, but doesn't sideswipe it right off the road as it makes a reappearance later toward the finish. Alcohol content really well hidden and rarely coomes into the picture.

Smooth, medium body. Carbonation is bang on or at least close.

Very drinkable. A very nice ale.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Color is a golden sunset orange (very clear). Thin white head that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is very grainy almost with citrus notes. There are also some slight grassy hop aromas. The taste is very bready and also had a raisin taste. Finally, there was some cereal notes.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, seemed some what over-carbonated. Pretty clean after taste.

Overall, very easy to drink. It isn't something I particularly would go out of my way to buy.

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

pours a quite delicious looking honey amber color with small light yellow head that dissipates into a small thin lacing around the glass. nicely carbonated. wonderful.

smells outstanding. tons of sweet malts up front, with a nice splash of hops in the back...you can also smell that signature Rogue smell (maybe it's the Pacman yeast) faintly. love it.

tastes amazing. I absolutely love this beer. very rich and malty up front-- perfectly balanced with a touch of hops. the malts leave a lingering rich, sweet flavor. awesome.

mouthfeel is good-- it's well carbonated yet smooth

drinkability is good. i could drink these all night long.

overall-- I've had this beer probably hundreds of times now on both on tap and off. its certainly one of my all time favorite beers...this is the first Rogue I had that got me addicted to their brewery. you MUST have this beer if you haven't yet-- especially if you like malty beers (like I do).

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a golden-copper colour with a finger's worth of white head. The head goes quickly into a film, and lacing is shy of decent.

The nose is bready and floral with a hint of fruits in the undertones. The taste is sweet throughout (cherries?) with bread first, the flowers in the middle and some citrus at the finish. Bitterness is minimal.

The mouthfeel is medium-thick bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent--the body can get to be a bit much after a beer or two.

This is a nice beer to keep around if I get in a sweet mood. A six pack would last a while because I think one or two beers of this at a time would be enough for me.

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

Poured into my pint glass at home. Pours a kind of dark, clear amber with a nice foamy head that lingers to film, nice lacing around the glass as I'm drinking it. Aroma is sugary spring sweetness. Taste has a nice balance of malt, sweetness, and nice bitterness, yum. Medium light mouthfeel typical of what you'd expect. Definitely a nice beer to session, in my opinion, highly drinkable and smooth tasting.

Photo of lonestar1836
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a golden brown with a generous light golden head

S: a light carmel maltiness

T: this one's so deep it's kinda hard to place, starts off malty sweet, going to fruity flavors and hoppy bitterness, ending with a floral tones in the aftertate

M: smooth with moderate carbonation

D: all in all this is a very tasty beer, but i don't think i could drink much of this one

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

I poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a tulip glass. It pours a clear amber with a pretty white head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is sweet and bready. The flavor is sweet, minimal hoppy bitterness. The finish is crisp. A light to medium bodied quaffer. An enjoyable brew.

Photo of Fatduck
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dead guy ale... One of my first craft beers, I remember when I thought this beer had sooo much flavor and depth, now its just a great beer, that I can always be happy with.

Golden copper in color with a fluffy white head, good lacing. Smells like caramel, its good, very good.

Taste malty and strong, smooth and creamy, I could drink this all day.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Deep golden color, with a lightly gold-tinted white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very sweet nose. Very honey-like and almost floral. Caramel and sugar notes come through as well. Perhaps a touch a floral hoppiness, but not much.

T: Malty sweetness, but not overly so. Slick honey character is balanced nicely by and adequate hop presence. Nice roasty caramel notes come through as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied and beautifully balanced. Malt is silky smooth, but the hops don't let it stay too long. Carbonation was lively and the aftertaste was nice and sweet.

D: Excellent drinkability. Bordering on the thick side, but easily quaffable.

While not the first run-in I've had with this beer, this tasting went very well. Not really my style, so I probably wouldn't buy it too often, but it's a damn good brew and a sure pick for a nice spring day.

Photo of Tlomp11
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty beer. I have had it on tap and out of a bottle, both were delicious. Very high quality.

It has a good flavor and the after-taste is mild.

The head is small but consistant and the lacing is mild.

I would recommend this to anybody looking for a solid micro-brew.

Photo of mwa423
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, small head that quickly dies to a very small lacing. Cloudy straw color. Smell is less malt and more hop then I expected. Taste is great, very sweet, but very balanced. I now see why this is so popular, will definitely buy again!

Photo of CMW
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bartender grabbed a pint glass and let 'er rip. Once it was handed to me I began to examine. The color is dark orange/copper with a small off-white head that was gone by the time I blinked. Slight lacing on the side of glass was the only remaining evidence of a head. It was somewhat cloudy however; I could still notice a decent amount of carbonation dancing in the glass.

The first smell that hit my nose was roasted malt. There were also considerable spices and a tad of fruit in there. There was a nuttiness that made me want to take a bite.

Sweet upfront with a nice blended of toasted malt. I detect the taste of dried fruit as well possibly apricots or raisins. The finish is on the dry side with nice hop spiciness. This is a medium bodied brew with just the right consistency. Slightly creamy and well balanced between the malt and hops. My only complaint is a small metallic aftertaste.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale is a very good example of a non-traditional Maibock. The taste is a little too complex to be a session beer, but I will not hesitate to order one again on our next dinner excursion.

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

A: A dark cloudy orange color thats very appealing. A nice head to boot and lacing that slowly drips, leaving faint residue on the pint glass.

S: Sweet malt with plenty of hop involved. An earthy overtone played with sweet sugar aromas. Fermented apples come to mind.

T: Hopped indeed. That hits first, then follows through with a some sweetness and an aftertaste of smooth hops. Thats the star in this one.

M: Moderately thin in texture. Not too overwhelming with the hops or the sweetness in toe. You're always wanting another sip out of this one, making it hard to tell if it changes through variable temperatures.

D: All systems a go! Recommended.

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

A: Hazy copper orange with a tightly packed 1.5 finger head that never fully disappears, moderate lacing.

S: Heavy on the malts up front, Graham crackers, biscuits, quick breads. Underneath that is a mellow fruitiness, orange in particular.

T: Sweet from the opening bell. The malts have a sweetness as stated above, Graham crackers and breads with plenty of sugar. A chewy fruitiness comes on in the middle, and a some orange peel and hops pass our way leaving behind a slight tartness.

M: A click above medium bodied with a well rounded chewyness.

D: Tasty and well crafted, evenly balanced, nothing really holding this beer back.

Photo of WalrusJockey
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz into Ayinger Celebrator glasses.

Appearance- cloudy, dim orange color. Head is light tan. Looks good, well lit, but not so good in a dim room.

Smell- Malt is very prominent, while spice and bubble gum aromas from the ale yeast are also noticeable. Over all the smells are fairly light, and not especially noteworthy for good or for ill. As the beer warms a bit, during drinking, the smell actually goes from bland to acidic and weird smelling.

Taste- malt eases into the palate, and fades into orange and cookie flavors; yeast contributions are very noticeable in the range of faint flavors, while the malt is especially cracker-or-cookie-ish. Swallow is clean into malt sweetness, which lingers gently on the palate. The yeast's contribution is very clear; this could not be confused for a lager-yeast bock beer. also, the hops are very noticeable, and startlingly so compared to "true" bock beers. At the same time, the malt flavors are very well rounded and very well developed.

As the beer warms over the course of a glass, the flavor profile changes significantly, to include both a shocking amount of hops, for the presumptive style, and the once citric orange changes into a bitter orange peel flavor. While none of these flavors are *bad,* they are very strange to find in something claiming to be a bock. Flavor started out at a 4, when the beer was at the cool end of the recommended temp, but as it moved to the warm end of the rec. temp, the score dropped to a 3.

Mouthfeel- the carbonation is on the heavier side, for the style, while the beer itself is on the lighter side for the style. The malt is a dead ringer for a bock, but the mouth feel is more like a wheat beer, like and bubbly. This is a bit odd, but not unpleasant.

Drinkability- it is drinkable, but I'm very glad I didn't buy a six pack, because I wouldn't especially like to have to drink more of them.

To me, this beer is an in-betweener. For an American Pale Ale, it is too heavy on the malt, and no where near crisp enough. But for a bock beer, even a light bock beer, the yeast profile is far to prominent for the style, the mouthfeel is distractingly light, and the hops are surprisingly intrusive. I understand that this was deliberate, but personally, I would prefer a good ale or a good bock to this beer, which tries to be both, but fails to be either.

Photo of TStandley13
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - burnt orange color, decent head at first but reduces quickly.

s - honey and spices!

t - malty, with a great honey taste throughout. definetely has a pleasant taste, pretty unique.

m - smooth with the correct amount of carbonation

d - definetely happy that I got a sixer of these as opposed to a single. great beer from a nice brewery.

Photo of droomyster
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that breaks down to a soapy film. Faint smells of sweet malts are faint and not very interesting. The taste is the selling point: a very complex blend of carmell and toffee sweetness balanced perfectly by a burnt bread bitterness and piney hops. Alcohol slightly detectable but this beer still shouts "quality!" once you get it in your mouth. A really superb flavor. Nice medium body. One that I will definitely buy again and would recommend to anyone who hasn't tried it.

Photo of birdman9251979
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 22oz bomber

Pours a nice cloudy orange color with a nice thick head that settles to a thin layer that stays for a while.

The aroma is of butterscotch with a mild spice.

The taste is of sweet malt at first and finishes with a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a while.

It has a very smooth almost oily mouthfeel with good carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. Could and have drank all night long. A nice beer to serve to friends that have been living the macro brew life and haven't ventured into the quality of craft brews.

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

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's a hazy copper/apricot color with nice tall pale head.

Smells of sweet malts and spices.

Mild malt and spice flavors. A little caramel and butter in the finish. Slight bitterness.

Smooth with subdued carbonation.

Over all a good beer.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,618 ratings.