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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,691 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,691
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 215
Gots: 978 | 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:
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 OzarkElmo
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, murky deep orange/red honey color. Aroma of sweet malts/caramel. Moderate head mostly diminishing with nice lacing throughout. Definite yeast presence. Roasted straw and light molasses. Slightly sweet taste and light bitter finish, lasting a good measure. Medium-bodied and well balanced beer. Definite malty, caramel flavor. Not very hoppy to me, even in finish. Good malted beer - Cheers!

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a hazy orange/amber with a foamy white head.

The smell is hoppy, a peppery, floral flavor..

The taste is again quite hoppy with some nice malty background. Some great floral feel.

Mouthfeel is a little strong, but is quite evenly manageable. Has a nice drinkable feel as well.

Photo of teejay76
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful golden amber hue with decent head.

Smell - Nothing overpowering or unique. Definite hops aroma with a hint of sweetness.

Taste - Tasted great. Full bodied goodness.

Mouthfeel - Good balance between hops bitterness and alcohol.

Drinkability - Went down easy.

Overall - I'll be adding more to the collection...

Photo of youngblood
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer that started it all for me. The one that turned me into a BA. Haven't had it in a while and then got it last night.
A - Pours a coppery amber, a brooding amber though. One finger white head. This is a decent looking beer. Very pleasant to look at.
S - I think that it was served a bit too cold for my liking and I didn't get a great bit from the nose. I remember there being more when I drank this a lot. I get a bit of caramel sweetness, some dark fruit, bit of blueberry and blackberry.
T - Has a very solid malt backbone, biscuity and sweet. There is a nice hop presence balancing out the malt. Getting a nice fruit flavor here, bit of strawberry/blackberry mostly? Nice citric after taste. Very Nice.
M - Has a smooth texture, almost like marbles. Leaves mouth refreshed, no stickiness.
D - Very drinkable. You can kick these around all day.

Photo of greg202stewart
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best thing about this beer is the marketing for it. The name sucks you in. As for the beer, the appearance is a caramel brown. It smells strong of malt. I tasted it out of the bottle and was bitter so I poured it into an Ayinger glass and it relieved much of the bitterness. If you like very malty tasting beer this is probably right up you alley.

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, clear orange brown

Smell:brown sugar, malt, and caramel, small hops

Taste: bready toasty malt, caramel, brown sugar, pine

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, with a hard hoppy finish

Drinkability: Not the most complex for the style, but a delicious brew. I could have a six and be very happy. I will search for this again.

Photo of weylinfidler
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK it has been a while since I had this so I will be writing from memory.

A: Mid to Mid-dark Amber, not much head.

S: smelled like a bock but with noticeable alcohol notes. a bit sweeter than I expected.

T: OH WOW! This is almost the tastiest beer I have ever drank. Had one because the tapper looked interesting, after it was gone I had to go get another because I drank it way too fast. Not as good in the bottle. Drink from the tap if you can.

M: the beer just hugs the tongue and leaves just enough remembrance to leave you wanting more.

D: Absolutely spectacular. One of my all time favorite beers.

Get this on tap if you can. The bottle does not do it justice. I will bypass all other beers if I see this.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A - The Dead Guy poured a beautiful amber with a billowing, two finger, off-white head. The head clung for a while before descending to a loose, spotty head with sticky lacing and the ring.

S - A fresh smell of sweet malts and a subtle hop aroma.

T - Starts malty sweet and finishes with an array of hop flavors. Not very complex but great none-the-less.

M - Crisp and medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. Smooth yet bubbly.

D - The Dead Guy could be put on a pedistal for other session beers to look up to.

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Marathon Grill in Philly. Poured an amber brown with thin white head with almost no retention. Smelled malty and sweet with some hop notes and also vague hints of molasses and lemon. Taste was fairly light, much lighter than I expected, watery like seltzer at first then moved onto that molasses/lemon taste probably form the yeast (I once used a particular yeast in some homebrew that gave a similar taste). Sweet at first then sharp with a faint hoppy finish. Very wet feel. Not a bad beer by any stretch, just nothing too special.

Photo of weazal
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Not overly potent. Mild warm, sweet spices. Musky tropical fruit and light floral notes. Gosh it was hard to discern.

T: The perfect contrast of bitter hops drifting along a blanket of smoothness. Sugary sweetness flirts on the tip and edges of the tongue. Strong, in your face flavor. The sweetness radiates a fruitiness throughout the beginning and mid until it slowly warms into caramel, which dissipates leaving just that lingering, back-of-the-mouth hoppy bitterness.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Hibernian in Cary, NC.

A - Reddish orange, slightly hazy. Small quarter inch of white head disappeared fairly quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweet fruit (apples, pears, tropical hints) with small doses of caramel. Moderate floral hops.

T - Lots of fruitiness early on fairly in line with nose. Tropical fruits seem most evident, some combination of pineapples and pears. Fruity sweetness delves into modest caramel flavor. Late palate floral flavors come through before leading into a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. A little too much carbonation.

D - Strangely, something about this beer makes it difficult to drink more than one of. Lots of sweetness and bitterness make this brew rather rich. Certainly an improvement on-tap however.

Photo of sarahspat
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, sassy light caramel/tan, which settles down early on. It leaves spiderwebs of lacing down the glass. Deep, cloudy almost opaque; orange in color.

The nose is simple. Malty, grainy and sweet, not much else to say.

It tastes bitter and tangy. The is a nice caramel influence, some iced tea, a little bit of floral notes from the hops. The hops become more assertive as it warms. Half way through, there is a definite floral/earthy taste. Yummy. This beer is relatively subdued, yet delicious with a chewy, velvety mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. I could drink a few of these in one sitting. Very drinkable.

Photo of timmah427
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden-orange with little white head. Slightly hazy.

S - Sweet and malty, with a little bit of pine hop smell.

T - Very good balance. Tastes bready and a little bit sweet from the malt, followed by a good bit of bitter citrus and pine from the hops.

M/D - Mouthfeel and drinkability were great. Very creamy and smooth. i could go for a few of these.

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

Unfortunatly, I do not feel very inspired for reviewing this one. Not that it's not a good beer, but it's not just the right time. Since it is my last one and had to drive FAR to get it, I'll write some lines.

Nose is really malty at first. Orange zest and prunes come up.
In mouth, you can taste caramel and orange zest. Not relly sweet. Little bitterness here. Once it warms up a little bit, honey flavor tends to develop. Carbonation is medium.

Another good product of Rogue. Next in line: Double dead Guy Ale...

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

My first foray into the world of Rogue.

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass, nice fluffy eggshell color head that retains beautifully. Held up to the light it is a dirty, cloudy orange/copper color.

Smell - Sort of a sweet, malty smell. Seems like I smell a slight caramel odor as well. Smells pretty tasty.

Taste - Tastes malty, with a slight piney, hoppy bite on the swallow. Not as sweet or caramelly as the nose would suggest.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied mouthfeel. Rather creamy with a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Seems to be rather low in the area of carbonation, and I think this lends to the creamy mouthfeel and medium body.

Drinkability - I think this is a brew with quaffability. Maibocks are pretty decent session brews in my opinion, and this one is certainly no exception. I could see drinking a few of these at a grill-out on a summer weekend. Highly recommended!

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very little head, though the lacing was fine and stayed throughout.

A nice amber color with a bitter fruity hops aroma.

The fruitiness and hops dominated throught the beer, as one would expect from a maibock. It was a little bitter for my liking, and for some reason I was expecting something a little lighter in taste.

All around, not a bad brew.

Photo of drink1121
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice 2 finger head with decent retention

S- Spring pear scents. Little hoppy.

T- Similiar to a Pale Ale. Pear and small hints of citrus flavors. Hoppy again.

M - Again similiar to a Pale Ale, fairly smooth.

D - I could take a few of these down.

Photo of nickfl
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Large, creamy white head and a clear, copper-brown body. Good head retention and lace.

S - Bready malt, light caramel, and some fruity english yeast.

T - Fruity yeas, toasted malt, and light hops. Some moderately dark caramel in the middle. The finish is thick and bready with light, balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Flavorful and full bodied with a nice malty character. Reasonably drinkable, but the heavy malt gets old after a couple of pints.

Photo of brianlg
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this a couple times and each time I have it I feel like the drinkability goes down. Pours a lighter amber/dark orange color with a fairly small white head. It smells sweet and malty. It is pretty smooth and tastes of malts. Also a little bit of sweet bitterness. There is something weird in the taste that I seem to dislike more every time I have this. It is not bad at all, just changing my original reaction. It is drinkable, but I couldn't drink a lot of this in a night. Still, a very good beer. A lot of people praise this highly.

Photo of jonziefle
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured an orangish amber and was not quite clear. Half finger bubbly off-white head that reduces to a thin layer quickly. Some visible carbonation.

Smell: Nose is very strong apple, with some dark fruity dry hops deep down. Sweet. Some malts, but not overly strong.

Taste: A piney, hoppy bite up front that smooths out nicely with more malts in the back. Good balance between the malts and the hops, but a little "simple". Not as sweet as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Has a nice bite and is decently crisp.

Drinkability: Definitely a good beer and an easy drinker. Not as complex or hoppy as I usually like, but a good solid beer.

Photo of MyGoodness
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by a friend, this was a good spur of the moment purchase. Beer pours a beautiful reddish amber colour with a thin tan head, leaves nice lacing in the glass. The smell is heavy with malts and some notes of carmel. Theres also a very estery kick, with another aroma that adds warmth somehow to it. Taste is sharp and crisp- you get the malts and citrus, along with a bit of honey right before the slightly bitter (but great) aftertaste, which is hops-heavy. Mouthfeel is smooth but light- not too rich. Overall, I would say this is very drinkable. I'm a new fan of this and would definitely keep it stored in my fridge.
Sorry if the review is too gushy, but I'm reviewing as I'm tasting. Hey, don't judge- it's a fun way to procrastinate studying...

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice amber/honey color. Creamy colored head, about one finger. Decent lacing

S - Good smell, lots of malts and some fruit hops smell to balance.

T - A very balanced beer, nice level of malts and hops. Nothing really overpowering here, very good.

M - Nice body, not very heavy but not to light.

D - Very drinkable, great session beer.

Good beer, it was the special that night so I decided to give it a try and I don't regret it. Probably reach for this again sometime.

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dead Guy is the first Rogue beer I ever drank and it still one of my standbys. Red in color, 1 finger off white head, some lacing, smells of spicy hops, tastes fairly hoppy but not like a IPA, Thin to medium bodied fairly drinkable little too strong for a session beer but I have drank my fair share in a sitting.

Photo of jculler82
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle to a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear orangey gold color with a one finger white head. Nice lacing. Scents are faint. Mainly bready malts and dark fruits, as the beer warms alcohol comes through as well.

The taste mirrors the smell mainly with the raisin-y fruitiness, with alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, but a bit thin/watery.

Note: This beer definitely benefits from the proper glassware. I enjoy Dead Guy much more from the pilsner over a standard pint.

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

Appearance- Hazy amber colored body like clove honey, various bubble sizes in a cream-colored head

Smell- Sweet bready malts with caramel and light estery hops

Taste- More bready malts, slightly buttery and warming feeling as it goes down, excellent hop-bitterness that gives great balance, bitter finish that stays on the tongue and then reminds me of orange rind and wheat bread.

Mouthfeel- smooth, medium-bodied with good carbonation

An excellently balanced beer that I've had my share of, and will return to again and again. A great session beer.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,691 ratings.