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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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6,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,130
Reviews: 2,269
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 164
Gots: 561 | 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:
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last time I had Dead Guy ale it was 1996 or 1997 and it came in a 22 oz bottle. This time it was a 12oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

AP: Deep amber, clear, good vibrant color. Frothy white head, medium size, creates some nice long and sticky legs.

Nose: Mild maltiness, nutty with a mild hop.

Taste: A semi-sweet and nutty malt flavor at first, slight hop ending with a hint of alcohol detected.

MF: Good activity, nice crisp feel.

DA: This one wasn't as great as the first time I had it....but still easily drinkable.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of dickroop
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color was orange-amber and hazy, there was minimal head on the pint-tumbler serving, but it left some nice lacing. The aroma was defintely hop-challenged and faint to almost non-existent.

Taste was another matter. the first taste was sweetish, there was a rather complex combination a flavors in the mid-palate, and the finish was dry (and good). The brew has malt sweetness balanced with indistinct hop bitterness, some flavor notes of grass and maybe a touch of lime. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with some malt-stickiness. All in all the drinkability was good, which is nice because I've got a six-pack of it to sample. I'm glad to have tried the draft version, will go back to it any when the chance arises.

dickroop, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of boblog
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice orange color. Creamy white head that dissipates leaving a bit of lacing. Smells of hops and fruit. Taste wonderful. Hints of fruit, nice strong hop flavor, nice bread taste as well, a bit of alcohol burn. Mouth feel is oily and nicely carbonated. Great beer, nicely priced, very drinkable.

boblog, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice opaque amber or burnt-orange hue. Cloudy with a half-inch head with fleeting retention and a little bit of lace forming along the side.

S: Hoppy and citrusy aromas, a tangy scent that's kind of enticing.

T: A surprising toasted malt flavor to begin with, but not overpowering at all. Relaxed orange-like citrus taste with a spicy tinge to it. A nice rush of hops toward the end with an aftertaste of tea. Good complexity to the body.

M: Refreshing and arousing to the tastebuds, with an oily hop character about it for an enjoyable mouthfeel. High carbonation does well with this beer.

D: Definitely enjoyable offering. I'd have a few back-to-back for its balanced complexity of taste.

CharlieMopps, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of aquaderek
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a Rouge Dead Guy Ale into my tasting glass. It has a very orange color with nice creamy head that turns into lacing after about 10 seconds. The nose slightly hoppy as with the taste. I could drink a few in a session. I am not overy impressed, but it is a pretty good beer.

aquaderek, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks b for the housewarming gift. funny that a house'warm'ing gift is served cold. enough for now..

decided to cram the whole 22 into my paulaner 22oz mug. it fit, thanks to a thin, beige head that dissipated with haste. the beer itself glows a rich orange, and maintains a serious level of cloudiness (saw some yeast start to enter the glass towards the end of the pour), tiny bubbles waddle slowly through the visually dense matter here.

aroma is very cereal-grainy with notes of candy corn and a slight hint of cranberry juice... perhaps the hops? overall a malty nose but not as creamy and roasty as i would have envisioned.

immediately i taste a brilliant conflict between spicy hops and an english yeasty flavor. white pepper notes in the cheeks and orange essence come forward from the hop bitterness. these flavors clear out with some berry notes and finish off with a negligible profile of buttery diacetyl and vanilla. this is a maibock? eh, more like an alt to me.. but wtf do i know.

in its favor, it's got a great body. drinkability is fine for 6.5, although the bitter/butter contrast gives alot to wrap your tongue around and slows down consumption. warmth brings out a coconut flavor that improves the overall flavor of the beverage as well and covers up a fair amount of the D.

this is a good standby beer, and would make a great session in an oregon taproom overlooking the pacific and some big m-f'ing redwoods.

goodbyeohio, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of TheBierBand
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a Bottle of Dead Guy my last trip to Allyn's Cafe here in Cincinnati, OH. I got it just because of the name! BUT... as with most of the offerings from Rogue, it did not disappoint me at all!

It poured nicely and held a nice full head for quite a while.

The aroma was crisp and you could tell that it was going to on the malty side... which it was.

However, I LIKE MALTY! The taste was very good... nice malty flavor with a crisp feel. This beer leaves a wonderful aftertaste which will compliment a spicy food. (I had Cajun Catfish)

This beer is definately on the short list of what to keep on hand!

TheBierBand, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of LarryV
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a minimal head. Mellow, malty aroma is very inviting and appealing. Big malty taste with a subtle, spicy hoppiness lingers on the palate for some length. Creamy mouthfeel makes this a very pleasant beer to relax with for a bit.

LarryV, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of wavz
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First thing you notice about this beer is the great copper amber color as you pour your first taste. Not a great head, but it does stick around for a bit. Malty smell with hints of distant citrus and just a memory of hops. Mouthfeel is like silk with slight carbination. It is one of the best parts of this beer and will bring you back for another taste. Very much like a Mibock more then it is an Ale. Well rounded beer with nothing that will disappoint.


wavz, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of adammills
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug and a shocked by the nearly pumpkin hue that the brew has. Little to no head with slight patches of lacing. Both in smell and taste a bit citrusy, orange to it. Slight bitterness with a great mouthfeel that really makes it a pleasure to drink. Just the right amount of carbonation to really make the beer soft on the pallate. Great beer.

adammills, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky copper colour with a thin yellow head. the head drops quickly and leaves no trace of lacing behind.

aroma is nice. great malty base with a bit of piney hops on top. slightly spicy, almost like pumpernickle bread.

taste is great. excellent malt base is there again along with a nice level of bitterness and a great spicy finish. pumpernickle bread. a little alcohol, but it's balanced well. really nice.

mouthfeel is great. average carbonation level, good body.

drinkability is great too. really enjoying this one and looking forward to more.

grub, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy copper, with a solid creamy head.

S - Slightly boozy with lots of fruity and floral notes. Slight toastiness is in the nose as well.

T - Thick malty flavour with a solid hop kick in the back end. Citrusy grapefruit flavour is quite strong. Noticeable alcohol adds a sweet touch.

M - A little overcarbonated I think. Otherwise, medium bodied with an oily slickness.

D - Not what I'd call a refreshing beer, although the hoppiness helps a bit in that regard. A heavy boozy drink, but with some complexity.

allergictomacros, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass,a light coppery color,cloudy, haziey,apperance.
A thick white creamy head,clings to the sides of the glass.
A bisuity,very caramelly aroma,a litte perfumey.
A sweet caramelly,grassy,taste not much hop presence.
Hints of chocolate in the aftertaste,a medium to thick mouthfeel,a dry,slight sharp.slight sour aftertaste. A tastey beer,a fairly drinkable beer.
A very slight alcoholic taste for a 6.5% beer.Overall a good beer.

jcdiflorio, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of HAB
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At first glance this beer has a beautiful amber color with a thin lace head.
The smell is nice and sweet which fits in well with the slightly fruity taste. The mouthful is nice and creamy. The drinkability is very smooth and refreshing. This is one of my all time favorite beers. I find myself going back to this one quite a bit.

HAB, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of therica
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice deep orange-gold amber, a beauty to behold. Quickly fading head.

Smell-- intriguing, not overwhelming. The smell matched a slightly smoky weaker version of the taste.

Taste-- Very intriguing. There's something going on up-front here that I can't quite identify-- I'm sure I'll figure it out by the end of the ($9.99 in 2006) 6-pack. Malt, some hops bitters and flowers up front, malt, and... a dead guy? I really think it's just the hops flowers, a sort of lavender-ish taste that is the highlight of this beer. Perhaps I should simply say, splendid hops flowers taste!

Mouthfeel-- pleasant, a bit of hops bitters and complexity.

Drinkability-- very much so, ongoing.

therica, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of ghostmech007
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bilbos' in Old Town Alexandria.

A deep amber color with a white lace that just hugged the glass.

Very sweet to the nose. Lots of hops and some sort of fruit.

Smooth body from the carbonation and malts. Good malts, a quick sweetness that is then cut down by a huge, even hops taste; bitter but oily. Sweet finish. A very good blend of flavors. I love it.

A greatly crafted brew. Anywhere I go and they have it on draft, I get it. But it is dangerous on draft. You won't realize how much you had until you look (hazily I might add) at your bill. Be careful with this one.

ghostmech007, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of mghotbi
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange-amber with a thin short-lived off white head and sticky lacing.

Smells of sweet malts and caramel, a touch of floral frangrance from the hops. Faint alcohol scent also.

Taste is smooth and sweet with a faint hint of fig and melon and a lingering hoppy finish with just a touch of mouth-drying tannins at the end. Alcohol warmth rises up to the nose late but is mild.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with faint carbonation that seems to dissipate quickly.

Not too heavy and sure goes down easy, but drinkability may be an issue with ABV around 7%.

This one has grown on me over the years. While I don't think it's particularly complex, it is quite delicious and a beer I keep on hand frequently. Overall a fine brew, another classic from the folks at Rogue.

mghotbi, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these today, figured I'd give them a try.

This poured a beautiful dark red with a quarter inch head that sat on top nicely. Smell is quite fragrant, Cherries and sweet malts make up the unique nose of this brew. The sweetness is carried into the flavor, with a barley aroma followed by a mild bitterness, finishing off nice and clean. This is perfectly carbonated, going down nice and smooth. The ABV is well concealed but this can hit you fast, not a session brew, but a fine brew nonetheless

Good stuff, Glad to see some quality brews available here for a change.

funkengruven, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of goo
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650 ml bottle Best before Feb 2007.

Pours a gorgeous orange brown. The head is a creamy white and leaves a lacing against the glass on each consecutive sip. There’s a hint of some sort of exotic fruit in the drink as well as a bit of spices. The taste is crisp although not lacking in any sort of complexity. The carbonation is light to moderate and is fairly smooth. Drinkability is outstanding

goo, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of headhopper
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - golden, copper. You can see a lot of bubbles once its poured. With little head..doesnt last long.

S - little smell. Apricots and some light fruit smell. Very Malty . ( although my allergies were messin with me that night)

T - little to no bitterness with some light fruitiness on the toungue. As it goes down and sets you get a nice malty aftertaste. nicely balanced. Nothing too extreme.

M - light ..some fizziness.

D - I could drink a whole 6 pack easily. The only thing holding me back is the abv. At 6.5% its a little strong for a session beer.

headhopper, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass.

A: Pours an amber with good, pillowy head that rises above the rim. Once the foam subsides, sticky trails are left up the sides of the glass.

S: Buttery toast. Flowers. Grilled melon.

T/M: Hops up front with some roasted malt flavor. Fresh-baked bread toward the middle. Finish is nicely bitter, and is very long.

D: This is odd. It's labeled an ale, yet pretty clearly is not an ale. It's a pretty big, flavorful lager, though, so the ale/lager categories don't really matter much. It's really easy to drink. A damn fine beer.

rarevos, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Pours a dark burnt orange/copper color, with a slightly couldy core. This short lasting off-white head. Patchy lacing.

Light fruity scent with cloves and light hoppy aromas.

The light fruitiness is repeated in the taste, along with a little bit of hoppiness. Light banana and clove. Slightly sweet finish balanced by the hops.

Light bodied, strong carbonation gives a fizzy feeling on the tongue.

Slowly gets more delightful as it warms, lending more complexity with each sip. It's definitely worth a try.

BeerSox, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of horshack7
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a honey brown color with about an inch of foamy head.

Aromas: Heavy malt notes traces of cinanmon a bit like a winter brew.

Taste: Very sweet and malty light cinnamon notes and hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little crisp quite interesting.

Notes: This is quite a brew the maltiness is great it could definately pass for a great winter brew so very tasty.Cheers

horshack7, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this bottle! It depicts a little skeleton dude sittin' on top of a barrel, and the name is cool too. This one pours cloudy dark amber with a solid 1 finger head of tight foam. Solid sheets of lace wash over the glass and quickly fall back into the brew. Excellent retention of the solid-loking head.

THe nose is full of candied caramel and vanilla. The aroma is primarily sweet malt with only the faintest trace of hops. I smell caramelized sugar, honey, and a bit of a roasty nutty character.

This is wonderful! Thick caramel candy and sweet vanilla start things off before being replaced by a good deal of spicy hops. I taste honey, darkfruits (plum?), and toffee at first. Then a big hop punch finishes things off on the bitter and dry end of the scale. This is IMO perfectly balanced! You get the sweet malty notes first, then the dry, bitter, almost IPA-like piney hop flavor!

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with nice carbonation and a big warming alcohol presence. This stuff is extremely drinkable! I would drink this regularly if it weren't so expensive in my neck of the woods.

Wow. This is just a winner all the way around. I can't find anything bad to say about this great brew from Rogue. It looks great, has a great bottle, the name is badass (what are you drinking? "Rogue Dead Guy Ale" whoa...don't f*ck with that dude), it smells heavenly, tastes like liquid gold, and it is dangerously drinkable. Amazing.

pmcadamis, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orangish/amber in color. White head that left nice sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: Fairly complex aroma, some fruitiness, maltiness, and a touch of hops.

Taste: Without the hops, this beer could be really sweet. I'm super thankful for the hops in here to bring a bit of bitterness to the malty, slightly fruity taste of the dead guy.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, crisp and smooth.

Drinkability: Very sessionable. I was never sure what type of style this was, its a pretty unique taste. Well made and one that I revisit often. This was the first craft beer I remember having and really enjoying (long time ago it seems). It's widely available here, we see it everywhere now, even Kroger's.

tattooedtolley, Sep 14, 2006
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,130 ratings.