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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,742 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,742
Reviews: 2,343
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 226
Gots: 1,048 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 6,742 | Reviews: 2,343
Photo of yuenglings
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle

A: Has a orangeish copper color with a nice foamy orande tinted head that leaves a very nice laceing.

S: A very plesant citrusy caramel smell up front with a slight toastyness to it and a very small amount of hops at the end.

T: Roasted sweet malts upfront with a slight hoppy bite at the end.

M: Very smooth and creamy with a good heavyness to it. Has good carbonation.

D: I could drink this beer all day long it has a good taste and is very easy going down i would but this agian for sure.

Photo of GweedoeBRew
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I think that Rouge is probably one of my favorite breweries... but sometime they tend to brew too many styles and beers for me to keep up with...

But the Dead Guy is the one. I think that it is the best beer to give to you up and coming beer buddies to educate them on a bock style beer... I have many friends that are growing into the craft beer scene and I think that this is (after you get them into pales....and ambers) the best way to get people to the next level

Photo of dismal
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle pours a really nice clear orange color with a nice big white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some good lacing down the glass. The smell reminds me of an IPA, hoppy, kind of sweet as well. Not much else to the smell. Taste is kind of hoppy, some caramel taste come through as well. It's pretty sweet as well, not to much bitterness. Definitely a great taste. This is one I've been a fan of since the first time I had it when I was first getting into drinking beer and I still love it and pick it up quite often today. A great offering from Rogue and one everyone should try.

Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy light amber with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is of burnt toffee, slight malt, and some earth.

taste is chewy, malt, hops, and earth, ends dry and hoppy, yet not bitter.

overall a decent brew, not as good as other rogue offerings though.

Photo of drcarver
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Fairly average in appearance. A nice medium hazy amber (darker honey color) with a little white head that leaves bits of lacing... I am talking about beer here.

S - Sweet but faintly so. Little hop and little malt with something else. A bit fruity I guess.

T - The fruity sweetness hits firsts rounded off by the malts, but is balanced out by the hops. Very well down.

M - Smooth with a dry finish.

D - Goes down nicely. Could easily finish off a few.

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

On tap and came to the table with a one finger foam appearance that has staying power. Major spider lacing as it's consumed.

Red, amber color in appearance.

The taste is hoppy and smooth and that same time with a malty backbone to even it out.

This is easy to drink but I wasn't overly impressed with it. Nothing sets it apart and gives it that "wow" factor.

Love the bottle and the name, but not one of my favorites from Rogue.

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

A =A nice roasted amber look in the glass. About 1/2 inch of head with varying degrees of bubble fineness. Head faded a bit quickly, and did leave some lacing in the glass.

S =mild and subtle, but present are hops, roasted coffee and not much alcohol smell. Grains are present but not overpowering.

T = Very nice resins and bitterness, hints of cocoa and roasted coffee. Enjoyable but not overpowering hops present. The barley is quite enjoyable, but kept in check by the other flavors.

M = The body of this beer is entirely appropriate to the taste. It carries the flavors to the entire palate, and is so thick that it saturates the tastebuds. Finish is clean, with a slight bitterness and tingle left by the bubbles.

D = This one I could definitely drink more than a few of in a session. I would love to have it with a more delicate cut of steak such as New York strip or tenderloin. Au poivre sauce would make an excellent spicy combination with the mild flavor of this brew.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle, after being chilled to 55 degrees (in a small wine fridge), into a room temperature whisky tumbler. Small red icons of a pig and a campfire on the bottle, presumably to indicate that this beer would pair well with barbecued pork.

This is my first review, so let's give it a shot...

Loud hiss of escaping carbon dioxide as the cap is opened indicates lively carbonation, however, when it is poured into the glass, it takes on a more viscous appearance, with some, but not many bubbles. Approximately 1 inch off-white head which dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a very light, starfish-shaped lacing. Color is of bourbon but slightly redder.

On the nose, lots of caramel malts up front, with a slight presence of floral hops and a very slight hint of ethanol.

Taste... caramel malt just like the smell, hint of dark fruit mild sweetness, balanced by a lightly hoppy dry finish. Well-balanced, but not overly complex. I can see why it would go well with BBQ Pork, or lamb. Not sure if it would hold up to beef.

Mouthfeel... smooth and creamy, medium body with no hint of graininess or any off-textures. The mouthfeel is my favorite part.

Drinkability... I could finish a few bombers, but the lack of complexity and heavy mouthfeel makes me want to drink something with a little lighter body and more hop profile, but that has a lot to do with my personal preference to lighter bodied, hoppier beers as opposed to this beer, which has a thicker mouthfeel and more malt backbone.

Overall, a good beer, there are better examples of this style but it's not bad. Not necessarily my style, but it is enjoyable except for the fact that it leaves me wanting a more complex hop profile.

Photo of dmfrench
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy, spicy, fruity Maibock... like an extra light Barleywine.

A: Beautiful pumpkin/cider orange with a billowy yellow-white head.

S: Not particularly aromatic... just a bit of sweet and spice.

T: Caramel malt, spices, and just the right amount of oily hops make up the body. The typical Maibock 'creaminess', alcohol, and a hint of dark fruit seal the deal.

M: Medium with a pleasant carbonation.

D: Heavier than other Maibocks I've had, but not at all cumbrous.

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

Somewhat lager tasting, somewhat like an ale.

Appearance is a nice glowing orange/tawny brown color. A bit hazy and florescent. Good head.

Aroma is subtle, not powerful. Sweet honey and fruit with light floral notes. Taste is well balanced. Hops are noticeable but not assertive, with mainly floral and orange. Malts range from honey to caramel to bread. Very interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying and it's easy to drink.

I've been looking forward to this one for quite a while and happened upon a 6 pack. Good beer, my second from Rogue.

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

From the bottle of a barrel-perched skeleton pours this PNW Maibock. Based on the pour it looks medium bodied. The honey amber hue is slightly translucent with microbubbles of co2 effervescing from the bottom. Ivory head holds up fairly well before lacing the walls. Taste is of clean, sweet cereal grains, kinda like golden grahams. Malt is sturdy. I get a sense of perfume and citrus from the hops, not necessarily on the tastebuds, but swirling around the sides and roof of my mouth. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet finish. A very civil interaction between malt and hop with the grain taking the top billing. Good brew.

Photo of originalsin
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One thing I've always loved Rogue for is their awesome artwork and choice of names for their brews. Dead Guy Ale is no exception--certainly a stunner and, quite possibly, a killer.
The pour is a slightly hazy amber with about half an inch of awesome white head that laces down most of the glass and fades to a nice cover on the brew.
It smells very faintly of hops but mostly of sweet malts. It's a clean smelling beer and there's little surprise that it tastes just as clean, goes down really smooth, and is an altogether enjoyable brew. Balance is key here. It tastes mostly of sweet malt with an estery trace in the background-- almost like a not-quite-ripe pineapple that has hardened a bit. That's just the first thing that comes to mind. Citrus and sweet malt flavors are bigger at firs.

Hats of to Rogue for a really enjoyable brew.

Photo of demuzik
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I won't restate a lot of what has been said, but I will mention that half way through the beer, you start to notice a lot less of the malt and a lot more of the alcohol and "exotic / unknown" fruit.

I would definitely recommend getting this on draft, and abstain from drinking it bottled if possible - this one doesn't carry its wonderful character in a bottle very well.

And, lastly, while it is categorized as a Mailbock, it does start to blend into tasting like a red ale on your second bottle.

Bottom line:
Good brew - I've had both tapped and bottled - love the tap, don't like the bottle. Good luck!

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

A: Pours a dark honey with a nice 1 1/2 finger white head

S: malty sweetness with a sweet hop aroma as well

T: smooth malty sweetness with a very well balance hop character. finishes with a slight toasty note.

M: Medium-light body, smooth with a dry finish

D: This beer is perfectly balanced in my opinion. Rogue has definitely hit the nail on the head with this one. Very drinkable!

Photo of Gosox8787
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a mug in two parts. The beer was orange to amber colored with a one finger light head, with good retention. Nose was caramel from the malt and a slight pine from the hops. The hops are prevelant than I thought in the nose. The taste is almost all malt. Caramel and molasses dominate and lend a nice sweetness to the beer. There are hops in the background that offer a bitter taste to the end. These two flavors balance nicely. The mouhtfeel is medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability is good. The ABV is not really noticeable. There is a nice warming after each sip though.

Overall, a very good brew that is sessionable. Good malt flavor and nice balance.

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

Pours a transparent rustic orange-brown. Thin head, little retention or lacing. Looks to be short on carbonation. Smells almost like a thin brown, sweet malt with a slightly bitter nuttiness behind it. Taste is similar, tastes like a clean lager, but with a bit of a nuttiness. Slightly bitter finish. A bit of pizazz flourish at the end. Mouthfeel is a bit low and watery, could use more carbonation I think. Tastes kind of flat. Decently drinkable. Overall, nothing spectacular. Kind of expensive for a session beer.

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

Pours a turbid orange-yellow with an ample head. Decent lacing.

Smells sweet and bready, caramelly, with some tangerine and a boquet of flowers. Smells fantastic.

Taste is malty and citrusy--it's sweet but in a clean way. It's very much like the smell, with the bready caramel and citrusy notes. Put simply: It tastes great and the flavor improves as it warms as more maltiness and bitterness comes into play with every sip with leafty hops and toffee and a hint of ripe anjou pear.

Wonderfully smooth, full mouthfeel and good carbonation.

Dangerously drinkable at this ABV.

Photo of nasty15108
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a honey/amber color with a thick head of off-white foam. Good head retention and carbonation.

S - Malty and floral.

T - Malty with a slight buttery sweetness. finishes off with a nice citric hop bite.

MF&D - Medium bodied and very drinkable. Paired extremely well with some spicy pepperjack cheese and water crackers.

Photo of eat
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great looking beer. It almost looks like what I know as a cream ale; thick creamy head sticks around for a while, full-bodied looking beer. The colour is amazing; a bright, shining amber. The dissipating head leaves nice, thick lacing up the side of the glass and retreats to a thin, frothy layer.

I'm not picking up much smell off this one. Maybe a bit of yeast; whole wheat bread. Kind of smells like a rising pizza dough. A little honey or caramel, something sweet anyway.

Loads of wheat taste in this one. A tiny bit sweet up front, great roasted malt on the finish. Mostly just a great, wheaty taste. There is some hoppiness to it but it's well blended into everything else; maybe a little more in the background. You can feel the bit of extra ABV, but in a good way. Doesn't taste much like a dead guy, I'll have to subtract some points for accuracy.

This is a medium bodied beer with a nice, medium carbonation. Not exactly like a party in my mouth; more of a small gathering of good friends.

Very drinkable. I could easily pound this back all night; actually I would love to pound this back all night. I will definitely buy this again. I'm three for three for Rogue. This is a great brewery.

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

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours out hazy with a red-orange tint. About a finger and a half of fizzy white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

S- A bit citrusy up front, along with some sweet malts and a bit of hops.

T- Very similar to the smell although the hops come through a little bit more. Still a lot of sweet malt taste to it however. Pretty good overall.

M- Smooth, light-medium body. Plenty of carbonation provides for a refreshing drink. Complemented this summer night relatively well.

D- Pretty drinkable I'd say, goes down smooth and not too high of an ABV to be a deterrent from drinking another.

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

Live Review. My second here on BA. The first apparently got deleted. It was maybe the 2nd or 3rd review that I did. Maybe it was a bit too pedestrian for someon'e tastes. Anyway, poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I purchased as a single at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor, Ohio into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A A nice orange translucent body under a nice 2 inch head (I poured vigorously) which stuck around for 2 to 3 minutes. Nice amount of visible carbonation rising up from the bottom as well. Look is inviting, interesting.

S Wow how my smell/taste has changed after 412 reviews....I had recalled a big hop profile and strong malt when I previously rated this one but now I find the smell to be not very strong at all. There is a nice medium malt and grains (barley) smell with a tinge of sweetness but none of this is strong in "up front" like I thought that I had recalled.

T A nice medium malt/barley balanced beer with little or no hops to be tasted. I find this to be quite pleasant indeed as the sweet malt and barley make a nice balance.

M Light to medium with reasonably low ABV and nearly (if not completely) absent hop profile. There is also a modicum of syrupy stickiness that lingers briefly after swallowing it.

D Very good indeed and better than I recall.

Notes: It is remarkable how much my smell/taste has changed in the past 18 months as I think about this beer and strain to recall what it tasted/smelled like then. Anyway, this is a nice, drinkable beer from Rogue.

Photo of Genghis22
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No Bottle Date

A - Pours a hazy amber with a light tan head. Good amount of carbonation visible.

S - Smells sweet and malty. Hints of raosted malts and molasses and sugar.

T - The malts leads you down the journey, but the hops make their presence known right away. The malts then continue you on your way, with a nice sweet finish. There is a lot of biscuity malt in this one.

M - Medium body, with moderate to high carbonation. This beer goes down nice and smooth.

D - Absolutely. You could session with this beer. This is a delicious beer that is easy to find, and even easier to drink.

Photo of TommyW
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Reddish orange body with a white head.

S- Sweet malt with a slightly fruity and earthy presence; very faint note of hops.

T- Lots of sweet and slightly bready malt. Slight bitterness on the finish from hops.

M- Smooth and medium body with a crisp finish.

D- Highly drinkable beer.

Photo of kelvarus
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance -Poured an a dark amber colour. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - very aromatic to my nose. Immediately was hit with hops. Rather pleasant.

Taste - Dead Guy Ale is very close if not a full blown IPA so its a very bitter tasting beer. Strong flavours of hops blending fairly well together though

Mouthfeel - Tasted very light and smooth to go down, left me with a dry mouth feeling/

Drinkability - If you love and IPA or bitter beers I recommend it strongly. But I don't believe its a good session beer.

Overall: I'd buy it again but far from one of my favorites.

Photo of mjw06
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light amber color with a descent sized white head that came down at a moderately descent pace, left a descent lacing as well.

the smell was of not strong, nor weak; scent of blueberries, yes blueberries, and a light hoppiness.

taste was a fairly balanced malt that was difficult to describe, with a hoppiness that was slightly florally. the finish was crisp to the palate, but the medium-light body (that i enjoyed), kind of took away from the crisp factor.

good beer, but i dont see what the big deal is about this beer. nothing would have me crawling back to it, just a good refresher along side your meal.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,742 ratings.