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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,777 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,777
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 139
Gots: 380 | FT: 0
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 Chadbrew


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

Big head on this, almost 2 fingers. Creamy off white bordering on yellow, that doesn't seem to be going anywhere and as I take a look through the glass I can see a bunch of carbonation. With the light behind it it's sort of a golden copper.
Sweet hoppy scent, beautiful malty smell and slight yeast.
Tastes great. The first thing that I get is a little citrus, then some sweetness from the malt. I really don't get much hops until the finish which is a little bitter and a little dry, nice balance.
Oh man, the mouthfeel is great. It's got body and is kinda syrupy after the swallow.
I really like this beer, so does the wife. As easy as this is to drink, this could get expensive $$.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:26:24 | More by Chadbrew
Photo of kosmoraios


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a clear amber with a small head that is quickly forgotten. There is a distinct aroma of flowery hops and fruitiness, and a bit of toffee-like sweetness. Taste is of raisins and cashew nuts with the flowery hops on top and the toffee-caramel sweetness underneath. Not much depth of flavor, but not bad. The mouthfeel is a bit diacetyl-oily with smooth finish and inadequate carbonation that is quickly history. Pretty drinkable, but not the best offering that rogue has out.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 03:59:12 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of ski271


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber-copper with tiny particulates floating throughout the beer, not sure what that was about, possibly a bad bottle? Off-white, small, tight head that diminished quickly and left a little spotty lacing.

Smell: Thought maybe it was a bad bottle, but it smelled fine. Milder than expected though. Moderately malty, with a nice slightly piney hop scent.

Taste: More hoppy than I expected. A honey sweetness, especially toward the finish. Hints of pepper, spice and esters, but nothing that really sticks out, which is both good and bad. Good in the sense that it is well balanced, but bad because it lacked character a little.

Mouthfeel: Good. Watery mouthfeel, thin-medium body, lightly astringent.

Drinkability: This beer didn’t wow me, but it was pleasant and goes down easy. I think I’d appreciate this beer more if I had 2 or 3. I also remember this beer being much better when I had it last year on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 16:18:19 | More by ski271
Photo of karst


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

Gratefully dedicated to the Rogue us since the early 1990s Dead Guy Ale was created to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead (November 1st, All Souls Day). The Dead Guy design proved popular and was incorporated into a bottled product a few years later with Maierbock as the elixir. Strangely, the association with the Grateful Dead is pure coincidence.

Made with Rogue's proprietary "PacMan" ale yeast. It is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish. Dead Guy is created from Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan malts, along with Perle and Saaz Hops.

My 12 oz bottle of Dead Guy Ale was from a 6-pack, that came with an invitation to join a local homebrew club. Thanks Dave. I may have been loaded with too many Stones to give this dead guy a proper autopsy. Think I poured it before drinking it between Ruination and Old Gaurdian.

I have split a bomber before while brewing and loved it.

4-29-05 exhumation and reautopsy reveals origional findings along with a discernable presence of pecan nut flavor at the end. Drinks well @ 40-50° although not a showy head on initial examination, carbonation present in the remains after 20-30 minutes. Last shot of yeast separated for further examination under magnification. Rest in Peace, old friends - I will raise a Dead Guy in your honor.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 19:23:43 | More by karst
Photo of smcolw


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

Unfiltered, with an orange-amber color. Decent cream colored head that leaves spotty lace.

Spicy fresh hop aroma. There's also a slight creaminess to the smell. Similar to fresh cut flowers/grass.

Rich and malty at the beginning of the tasting. This quickly gives way to the hop bite. The liquor is oily, a sign of higher alcohol. The aftertaste is an 80/20 blend of hop to malt.

A very nice, full-bodied brew. Flavorful like an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 23:04:15 | More by smcolw
Photo of BurghBrewPSU


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost amber like color. Smells of Malts, with some hops and fruits. Tastes of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as dry fruits. Has a very pronounced malty taste, with lingering hops. Takes a few sips to really get a feel for this one. But overall a very good beer. I had this in a 22oz bottle a year ago, and it was my first Rogue. I have had many since then. I would definately recomend this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2005 03:31:12 | More by BurghBrewPSU
Photo of bark


3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The colour is dark amber; the creamy beige foam disappears into nothing in a rather short time.

The smell got notes of yeast, malt, honey – raisins, some hops, some alcohol, dried fruits (apricots?) and some cream – diacetyl.

The carbonation is fresh and strong (but not too strong) with medium sized bubbles.

The taste is somewhat sourish with a touch of alcohol, roasted malt and a sweet touch of honey and raisins. The aftertaste is a bit sweet with notes of nuts, raisins, dry fruits and a falling bitterness. The rather long and coherent finish got a touch of salt.

A nice beer, but the taste of alcohol spoiled some of the experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 22:21:57 | More by bark
Photo of stjarnflikka


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

Pours an all clear reddish beer with a certain foam and carbonation that dies quite quickly.

Smell comes on with citrus and ripe fruits. Obvious malts seep through together with a certain sourness and alcohol. Nice fruity smell that holds melon and oranges.

Taste is really filling. Sweet malts comes on with alcohol and carbonation lifting the heavy lid. Fruity tones search its way through with a nice sweetness and a nice long bitter aftertaste mixed with alcohol becomes much soothing.

Nice brew, obviously no killer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 19:15:27 | More by stjarnflikka
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

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

The first sign that this one's not your standard beer comes when you pour it. It's almost orange/almost red/almost brown. I guess we'll go with ruby, but it looks really interesting in my tulip. Small head that leaves little lace and doesn't retain particularly well. Malty smell with hops, fruit, and a little spice in it. Do I detect nutmeg? I won't swear to that one, though. The taste is also interesting. My first few sips were a big upfront sweetness that wasn't cloying, but close, that settled into a nice hoppy finish that lingered as a hoppy aftertaste. As it warmed for a few minutes out of the fridge, though, the sweetness became less overwhelming. Don't get me wrong, it's still a tasty beer, but it's just a tad out of balance. A very interesting brew that I enjoyed immensely and will not hesitate to try again; worth the hype, if just a tiny bit too malty sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 00:36:26 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very unique brew unlike what many may expect. Poured out to a red / amber / golden color that was almost similar to fruit punch. Odor was consistant, with overtones of fruits, nuts and a touch of cinnamon. Suprisingly smooth texture with flavors of sweetness and bitterness. Crisp presentation of flavors was enjoyable, as was the slightly bitter aftertaste that disappeared quickly. Recommended. A very good brew in all aspects, but it can be a bit pricey. I'd say it's worth it, but not everyday.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 00:13:48 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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

Rogue Dead Guy Ale

on tap at Isaac Newton's Nwtown, PA.

Appearance- reddish brown with a nice billowy white head.
Smell- strong hops fruity and sweet.
Taste- strong malt with sweet fruityness to balance it out.
Mouthfeel- slightly dry on the pallate but goes down smooth. A slight bitter bite in the end.

Overall- a great ale to sit about and shoot the sh!t with.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2005 17:41:05 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of allengarvin


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

22oz bottle, in a mug glass.

Appearance: Reddish-amber color with good head retention.

Aroma: Highly fruity nose (apple-like) with some sweet malt scent.

Flavor: Strong, firm malt base, a touch caramel-like, with a lot of fruity esters (banana or perhaps pear). Bitterness comes in a bit at the end to help dry out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-light body, with a neutral texture.

Notes: It's not one of the big, bold-flavored beers from Rogue, but still a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 16:02:20 | More by allengarvin
Photo of neonbrown82


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just realized I hadn't had a Dead Guy in quite some time (including since I learned more about reviewing beer other than "like" or "don't like"). Before my hops obsession, I used to be quite fond of this beer. Now it seems a little too tart for my tastes, but I've definitely had worse.

The appearance is a very cloudy and hazy golden with a very thin white lacing. Both the smell and the taste are absolutely dominated by a sweet malty presence. There is enough hop balance to where I can stand to drink it, but overall I am not too fond of this beer anymore. Perhaps if the malts were slightly roasted, or if the hops bitterness and aromas were more balanced, this would make a hell of a brew, but now that I've walked the path of the hop-side this isn't nearly as quenching as it used to be. Leaves a somewhat dry finish. A good beer to convert macro drinkers though.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 06:28:42 | More by neonbrown82
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4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle, Dead Guy has a cloudy, red-orange color to it. I love the color, but there wasn't as much head as expected. I didn't give it a very hard pour, though. The beer has a sweet, malty aroma with a hint of fruit to it...very nice. The taste doesn't disappoint. There's plenty of sweet tasting malt in the brew, and there's a nice touch of citrus-like hops behind it that becomes more prominent in the finish. This is a very tasty and very flavorful beer. Dead Guy is the first Rogue beer that I've tried, and I think I'll be giving more of their beers a taste. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 04:40:46 | More by bearrunner44
Photo of maltedmilk

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark orange and cloudy. The head is tan and quickly disappears.. not a lot of carbonation.It smells a little fruity.The taste is sweet followed by a nice bitterness.
My only complaint is that the beer is a little flat.

All and all a very enjoyable beer and one I will definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 02:24:33 | More by maltedmilk
Photo of Trentonator


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice burnt orange or copper color, a nice head with some white lacing, but it is short lived. Taste is where this beer really shines, it's a nice, light caramel apple like taste, some smoky malt and creamy mouthfeel. I liked this beer a lot, but it's a bit heavy so drinkability is questionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 23:52:20 | More by Trentonator
Photo of Joey7F


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer! I loved their Chocolate Stout so I took a gamble on their Ale. Dare I say, the perfect pairing beer? Let's put it this way, this beer is like Khaki pants it just goes with everything.

I love beeradvocate.com. If you look down about 3-4 reviews (if sorted by date written) you will see "too sweet...no hop character at all" shortly followed by "what a hoppy beer, not my style"

The one sandwiched in the middle says it is just right, and I am hard pressed to disagree. Smooth without being bland.


Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 06:18:10 | More by Joey7F
Photo of Shultzerdugen


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from growler type bottle.

Appearance: Dark honey, amber, almost no head, or the app. score would have been 4.
Smell: Strong hop notes, rich malt, citrus/tropical fruit.
Taste: Complex. Sweet malt start, caramel and toffee, midway.
Long hoppy finish, grapefruit flavors.
Mouthfeel: Astringent yet oily, well carbonated.
Drinkability: Oh, I could sure drink a few of these.

This is quite a killer beer. Give me more!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 14:33:41 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of BeerFink


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

Pours a burnt orange color with slight hazy, topped by a creamy white head. It looks remarkably like unused motor oil. The smell is very sweet, caramel and some fruit, along with piney hops and alcohol. The taste starts off sweet and malty smooth with hints of caramel. Hops are pungent and piney, nice balance for the big malt bill. Finish is sweet caramel and alcohol. Pleasant, easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 22:57:21 | More by BeerFink
Photo of gimmehead


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

Looks like used motor oil and smells sweet and fruity. The first taste is hoppy bitterness followed quickly by malty ester, a little too sweet. Initial hop impression is gone leaving a sweet, alcoholic aftertaste. Thin to medium bodied, good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 00:26:01 | More by gimmehead
Photo of ppoitras


4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a Beers of the World mix box that I got for Christmas from an acquaintance. Thanks Scott!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light tan head above the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving un even layer of bubbles, and lacing is average. Aroma is deeply of sweet malts, with some dark fruit notes, and a whiff of booze. Taste is everything that was in the nose, all at once. A cacophany of flavors that fits the bill. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. A classic that is always an enjoyable one to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 21:27:26 | More by ppoitras
Photo of baiser


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

Poured a dark, hazy golden body, with a good head, good retention. Aroma of sweet malt, and fruit. Kind of toasty, spicy, fruity and lots of malt sweetness. Could use some more hops to balance. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel and quite a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 19:33:53 | More by baiser
Photo of santoslhalper


2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Blah. Rogue missed the mark with this one. Too sweet, too malty, and way, way unbalanced. I feel like they just forgot to add any kind of tasty hops. Normally I love Rogue brews, but this is one is just nt my cup of tea. The sweetness really overpowers the other flavors, and winds up destrying what could've been a wonderful brew. Oh well...

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 18:20:47 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a 2 finger head that lasted a good while. Good lacing. Aroma was faint but a malty smell did come out as well as some hop presence. Some raisin and caramel notes as well. A nice malty flavor hits immediately followed by adequate hop bitterness, hop flavor quickly dissapears and leaves just enough bitterness. Some raisin, caramel, vanilla flavors also detected. Finishes a bit dry and has decent drinkability. Not one for a warm summers day but enjoyable this time of year. A good solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 20:51:41 | More by sabrills70
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

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

This is a very hoppy beer. Not neccessarily my favorite kind of brew.

Pours a pale reddish gold with a thick creamy white head that lasts a good while and leaves plenty of lacework as the beer is consumed. Settles down to about a quarter inch layer that seems not dissipate further. Presumably replenished by the steady rate of fine carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is faintly floral hops some yeast and fresh bread.

Taste is sharp with short moment of malt followed by strong notes of tea and grapefruit little if any maltiness. A long dry cascade hop finish. They say on the bottle that the finish should be balanced but I am only tasting hops.

Medium body with a lingering thickness sufficient to last for a few minutes.

This is a hop lovers dream. As I like my balance on the other end of the spectrum (malty)I will not seek this one out before summer and the need to beat the three H's of NJ weather Hazy -Hot - and Humid.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 22:48:56 | More by Citadel82
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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