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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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6,404 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,404
Reviews: 2,286
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 183
Gots: 697 | FT: 1
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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 bboven
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is a store-bought growler.

Light amber color, thin ring of head around the edges that leaves some lacing. Very hazy body, not at all to style; makes it look like a very heavy beer.

Very sweet and biscuity aroma with a slight harshness, maybe from some tannin action?

Sweet initially, then trademark Rogue big hop finish verging on slightly metallic or oxidized.

Very flat, even bottled from the brewery and sold in stores this growler didn't keep enough CO2, and that's what I was checking out.

Except for the very poor mouthfeel, a great beer, one that I would recommend from the bottle.

bboven, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber with a good head and good lacing.

A nice sweet malt aroma almost molasses with a hint of citrus/pine.

Very good tasting. A good balance between the hops and malt. Sweet molasses with a dry bitterness. Slight citrus too.

This is a very drinkable ale and will look for this again.

Matty1918, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin...

Poured a nice golden coppery colour. Slightly off white head poured pretty thick and foamy then faded slowly to thin covering with thick edging... some very faint carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... light lacing lines...

Aroma - Strong juicy fruits (orange marmalade, pears, apples, some apricots), nice caramel maltiness, buttery toasted bread, butterscotch, good piney / peppery hops, raw nuts (almonds ?), honey sweetness, quite floral...

Taste - Caramel / toffee malts initially then the peppery / grassy hops come through quickly (these are maybe just a little on the harsh side)... nice fruitiness (bitter oranges, apples, lemons), toffee apples, bready notes, lightly toasted nuts, light metallic hints, some saltiness..

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light / medium bodied... A very refreshing and drinkable brew although at 6.5% it's maybe a bit too strong to be sessionable...

Overall - Another pretty solid brew from Rogue... nothing earth shattering but definitely worth a try...

mdagnew, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - Dark amber color, with a nice head.

smell - Has a malt flavor up front with some hops present.

taste - Vert nice malt taste like a bock and then finished off with some hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - This was a very good beer, i'm keane to hops but this was the best balanced beer that I have tasted in a long time.

auxiliary, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard enough about this one I made myself try it. I should've done it sooner.
A- The appearance is red/amber color with a slight bit less than a one finger head and a bit of lacing. Attractive carbonation action too.
S- The smell is of bread and fruity hops. The malt and bread scent were a bit stronger but the fruit/hops had a definite presence.
T- Perhaps this beer just caught me on the right day, but it tasted very good to me. It tastes like a mixture of dough and citrus, particularly lemon rind, or perhaps grapefruit. The hops have a definite factor here. It starts with more fruit taste and ends more bready.
M- It is of medium body, maybe a little light. The carbonation was done appropriately. It leaves my mouth a little dry but nothing to complain about.
O- A quality beer. A definite recomendation on this one.

jsprain1, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An APA with a downplayed hop profile.

A- A bit hazy. Perfect amber color with a filmy head that doesn't leave much lacing and retains decently

S- Clean bread and alcohol with a touch of herbal hops. A touch of sweet potatoes

T- The flavor comes across grainy and sweet with an herbal pinch that stings more than it adds flavor.

M- A bit sticky with light, fizzy carbonation that adds to the hop pinch

D- Drinkable, yes, but I could go for a bit more character with my elevated ABV brew

EnojysAnyBeer, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of drbeef
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, I want to say first time I had this I wasn't a fan. However, it has now been in my fridge for a few weeks and it's been a tough day. So here it goes:

Hazy copper color, maybe from sitting in the fridge so long. 3/4 inch creamy head that thins but hangs around for most of the trip due to constantly being fed by rising bubbles. A little lace lingers.

Smell is pretty good. Bready on first whiff, but subsequent inhales gather more malty sweet and slight citrus hop like lemon water, but more dried fruit than anything.

Taste is way better than I remember. Either today was a really bad day or this is a pretty good brew. Malty and hoppy at first, hard to grasp specifics. Bready in the middle with a lingering spiciness, maybe, or just a citrus tingle like grapefruit? Anyway, feels good. I let it sit a bit to warm up and I think that really helped. Its smooth and... crap... I think I figured it out. The first time I had this I drank straight out the bottle. Much better in the glass. You need the sweetness to escape the bottle otherwise all I get is hop bitterness.

Easy to drink. Session beer? Probably. Not sure of the ABV but not more than 5 I'm sure. Shit, it says 6.5. I guess I can feel that but I'm still a little surprised.

First time reviewing, hope I did alright. Let me know if you think I did any injustice.

Do I recommend this? Yes, but words of wisdom, pour it in a glass.

drbeef, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of ledemie
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Good orange amber, not cloudy.

S: Fruity , good smell of hops aroma, but not to strong.

T:the flavor of the beer is a raisin/apricot hint, little little sweet.

M: Medium body,good alcohol content well balanced beer.

D: a good beer to drink in good company, I will recommend it, A versatile anytime beer.

ledemie, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank with good buddy and fellow Ba guy Pleepleus.

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass. Poured golden amber with an inch thick white foam head that didnt last too long. Gave off anice floral scent with a hoppy malt sweet smell. The taste was immediate honey sweetness followed by a nice hoppy bite. Finished with slight alcohol warmth. Overall a nice medium bodied crisp feel with fairly light carbonation. Good hoppy spice feel. Enjoyed this one and could defintely a couple more of these tasty bombers.

hyland24, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber with minimal white head.

Smelled of caramel malts and hops primarily, underlying hints of citrus.

Taste was similar to the scent, the hops make an appearance at the beginning and end of the taste, malts and fruits hitting you in the middle.

The hops left my mouth a little bitter and a little dry.

Definately drinkable, certainly not a bad ale.

I'd heard good things about Dead Guy Ale, and though it didn't quite live up to all the hype (IMO), it was certainly worthy of some praise.

donteatpoop, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained a pint of this at the Shannon Rose in Clifton.

A: Poured amber body with a small white head with decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: A nice, sweet malty smell with citrus undertones. Slightly earthy undertones, but nothing major.

T: A nice, sweet malty taste with a slightly bitter, hop aftertaste that did well to balance the malts.

M: A smooth, full-bodied taste that felt nice on the palette.

D: A well-balanced taste with a nice mouthfeel made this a fairly drinkable beer. Goes down nice and easy.

maddogruss, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of DrainBamage
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with nice half inch head. Smell is has malty aromas and alcohol. Not much to excited about here. Taste is moderately bitter but goes down pretty smooth. Malts here are kept pretty low. Overall it's a decent beer, but unfortunately the hops overpower the maltiness.

DrainBamage, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark red beer with some carbonation. The head is decent sized but it dissipates very quickly because of the carbonation. The beer does look pretty cloudy.

The beer has a lot of grassy hops to it, but the roasty malts really come out if you move the beer around a bit. It has a dark roasted smell with hints of the dark fruits. The beer is pretty complex. The first taste is a toffee/chocolate flavour followed by some dark fruits like plums, then at the end it's almost a metallic tinge to it. Inside all of the flavours there is a strong grassy/alcoholic taste from the hops, which kind of takes you by surprise. The alcohol comes out more than I expected, but it's not a problem at all. The feel is a bit thicker than I expect, but it fits the beer nicely.

It's really not that drinkable of a beer, but this is probably because the strong flavours aren't my favourite.

swizzlenuts, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy Ale pours a slightly hazy light amber color into the glass with a small white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind a couple spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a bit faint, but mainly malty with notes of toasted grain and a hint of grassy hops. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, with a soft fizz on the palate. The flavor is mostly toasted malt with some sweet caramel mixed in. Towards the end some hop bitterness moves in with notes of grass and flowers. Once gone the sweet malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, well balanced beer that hides its 6.5% ABV very well.

WanderingFool, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of zook74
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all-around good beer.

Poured it out of a bottle into a pilsner. Good, rich amber body witha nice malty smell balanced by a nice hoppy bitterness.

The taste is much the same as the smell; nice malt body with good bittering from the hops.

All in all a nice ale, though I much prefer it on draft (duh) which is tough to get around here.

Not a bad session beer.

zook74, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Hornet2003
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy dead person...This is pretty alright.

Appearance: Looks like a cloudy IPA.

Smell: Malty Sweetness smell and a hoppy floweriness.

Taste: Bitter from the hops but a malty, Oktoberfest-like backbone.

Mouthfeel: yes.(?)

Drinkability: Alcohol is kind of high for what it is, but overall, I could drink a couple pints of this if I could ever find it on tap in the great white north. Damned polar bears....Stealing all the Rogue.

Hornet2003, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Mellow Mushroom on the Corner in Charlottesville, VA.

Appearance: Hazy, crisp, with a two-finger head from what appeared to me to be a slightly aggressive pour. Light, blocky lacing with decent retention and medium carbonation. Nothing amazing.

Aroma: Sweet, lightly toasted biscuity malt and crisp, floral, piney, spring-like hops. Smells slightly medicinal.

Taste: Well-balanced, although perhaps a little coarsely bitter on the finish. Grassy, floral, piney, and herbal hops dominate the "hop half" of this beer, lending a spicy, phenolic character. Very springy - "May Bock" indeed.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and loose feeling, thin but not watery.

Drinkability: Decent. A little more alcoholic than you'd expect it to be from looking at it (6.0% abv), and definitely not for everyone - the bitter, medicinal tastes can begin to wear on you after a time. It began to get to me too ... but after three, so, that's not too bad after all, I suppose.

A good beer. Maibocks are a style I haven't had much experience with, and perhaps the phenols I found slightly irksome are simply natural and maybe even desirable flavors and aromas of this style. Taking those out of the equation, however, and this is a great, crisp, delicious beer.

CrellMoset, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of phaiel
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep gold. Slightly cloudy, minimal head. Lightly carbonated.

Has a great malty nose. Citrusy. Smells sweet. I have a little bit of a stuffy nose so I cant get it all unfortunately.

Taste has great balance of malt and hops. I expected it to be more sweet from the nose, but it finishes with a refreshing bitterness. Has more of a hop feel than a hop taste, but I definitely enjoy the maltiness.

Decently light, but has a good mouth feel and definite boldness. Pretty big flavor packed into this. Very enjoyable.

phaiel, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Rsobotka
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - bronze/orange hue... head was thin...not so bubbly after the pour

S - hoppy, with smells of spice and bitterness

T - Lots of flavor..hoppy with hints of orange
M - light crisp strong
D - I heard alot about this beer ut wasnt overly crazy about it

Rsobotka, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Oregon State University imperial pint glass.

Nice appearance, golden amber in color, one inch head. Smell the hops at first but can make out some fruit undertones.

Great flavor. Fruity, malty goodness with a dry hop finish. One of the better Rogue ales.

KeefD, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a nice amber color with a 3/4 inch white head. There was a sweet smell to this, very fruity with hints of spice. A little citrus, maybe orange or grapefruit and a mild cinnamon hint. Tastes smooth with little carbonation, very full of the fruitiness you smell. Subtle hints of spice. This is a lighter body brew, but very refreshing. Very solid ale.

jayrod20, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours light sunny brown color with a small head. It smells of pure malt and a bit of hops.
The taste is grainy,malty with spice hints.

The feel is a light mildly carbonated brew with a smooth,creamy and bitter finish.
I remember when I first bought this beer I did not like it so much and now I think it is a good session brew,but I get it only when I am in the mood.

Note: I am not going to say that one should not purchase this beer as I have bought this and liked it. Try it and see what you think.

Lexluthor33, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Translucent bronze w/ an orange hue... Little to no head which quickly disappears...

S - Malt and more malt, yet not overwhelming...

T - Striking blend of hops... Hint of grapefruit and other citrus as the taste mature in your mouth... Flavor grows exponentially as the beer warms...

M - Light & Bold... Crisp...

D - Solid session beer, but nothing to get overly excited about...

philbe311, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of alephilmac
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz into imperial pint

A- amber/copper, though more orange than red. The head is tan or off-white with a bit of orange, lasts for duration.

S- The nose is subdued and seems like it would be better a bit warmer. Fairly balanced, but a pleasant citrus(sweet) overpowers the rest, though I don't know if this style is supposed to be that way...

T- Citrusy, spiciness, pleasant sweetness. The spice increases and is more interesting as the beer warms.

MF- probably started a bit too cold, but it was as it warmed it certainly improved and lost some of the early bite it had.

D- very nice, ubiquitous beer. Won't buy it very often as for the price there are superior brews, but it's pretty darn good as mass-produced "craft" beers go.

alephilmac, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of IPAcraig
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat blurry orange with a fluffy white head that began disappearing before the first sip.

Sweet caramel with a tinge of licorice in the nose. Very nice aroma.

Faint floral hops, with a nice, biting sweetness. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness. Very refreshing, somewhat complex. A superb amber/maibock.

This beer was overflowing with flavor once it hit near room temp. Dark chcolate became a prominent flavor oddly enough.

An awesome, everyday, anytime beer.

IPAcraig, Mar 29, 2008
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,404 ratings.