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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,681 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,681
Reviews: 2,326
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 215
Gots: 966 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a tulip glass. It pours a clear amber with a pretty white head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is sweet and bready. The flavor is sweet, minimal hoppy bitterness. The finish is crisp. A light to medium bodied quaffer. An enjoyable brew.

Photo of Fatduck
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dead guy ale... One of my first craft beers, I remember when I thought this beer had sooo much flavor and depth, now its just a great beer, that I can always be happy with.

Golden copper in color with a fluffy white head, good lacing. Smells like caramel, its good, very good.

Taste malty and strong, smooth and creamy, I could drink this all day.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Deep golden color, with a lightly gold-tinted white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very sweet nose. Very honey-like and almost floral. Caramel and sugar notes come through as well. Perhaps a touch a floral hoppiness, but not much.

T: Malty sweetness, but not overly so. Slick honey character is balanced nicely by and adequate hop presence. Nice roasty caramel notes come through as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied and beautifully balanced. Malt is silky smooth, but the hops don't let it stay too long. Carbonation was lively and the aftertaste was nice and sweet.

D: Excellent drinkability. Bordering on the thick side, but easily quaffable.

While not the first run-in I've had with this beer, this tasting went very well. Not really my style, so I probably wouldn't buy it too often, but it's a damn good brew and a sure pick for a nice spring day.

Photo of Tlomp11
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty beer. I have had it on tap and out of a bottle, both were delicious. Very high quality.

It has a good flavor and the after-taste is mild.

The head is small but consistant and the lacing is mild.

I would recommend this to anybody looking for a solid micro-brew.

Photo of mwa423
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, small head that quickly dies to a very small lacing. Cloudy straw color. Smell is less malt and more hop then I expected. Taste is great, very sweet, but very balanced. I now see why this is so popular, will definitely buy again!

Photo of CMW
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bartender grabbed a pint glass and let 'er rip. Once it was handed to me I began to examine. The color is dark orange/copper with a small off-white head that was gone by the time I blinked. Slight lacing on the side of glass was the only remaining evidence of a head. It was somewhat cloudy however; I could still notice a decent amount of carbonation dancing in the glass.

The first smell that hit my nose was roasted malt. There were also considerable spices and a tad of fruit in there. There was a nuttiness that made me want to take a bite.

Sweet upfront with a nice blended of toasted malt. I detect the taste of dried fruit as well possibly apricots or raisins. The finish is on the dry side with nice hop spiciness. This is a medium bodied brew with just the right consistency. Slightly creamy and well balanced between the malt and hops. My only complaint is a small metallic aftertaste.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale is a very good example of a non-traditional Maibock. The taste is a little too complex to be a session beer, but I will not hesitate to order one again on our next dinner excursion.

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

A: A dark cloudy orange color thats very appealing. A nice head to boot and lacing that slowly drips, leaving faint residue on the pint glass.

S: Sweet malt with plenty of hop involved. An earthy overtone played with sweet sugar aromas. Fermented apples come to mind.

T: Hopped indeed. That hits first, then follows through with a some sweetness and an aftertaste of smooth hops. Thats the star in this one.

M: Moderately thin in texture. Not too overwhelming with the hops or the sweetness in toe. You're always wanting another sip out of this one, making it hard to tell if it changes through variable temperatures.

D: All systems a go! Recommended.

Photo of phantomwyse
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper orange with a tightly packed 1.5 finger head that never fully disappears, moderate lacing.

S: Heavy on the malts up front, Graham crackers, biscuits, quick breads. Underneath that is a mellow fruitiness, orange in particular.

T: Sweet from the opening bell. The malts have a sweetness as stated above, Graham crackers and breads with plenty of sugar. A chewy fruitiness comes on in the middle, and a some orange peel and hops pass our way leaving behind a slight tartness.

M: A click above medium bodied with a well rounded chewyness.

D: Tasty and well crafted, evenly balanced, nothing really holding this beer back.

Photo of WalrusJockey
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz into Ayinger Celebrator glasses.

Appearance- cloudy, dim orange color. Head is light tan. Looks good, well lit, but not so good in a dim room.

Smell- Malt is very prominent, while spice and bubble gum aromas from the ale yeast are also noticeable. Over all the smells are fairly light, and not especially noteworthy for good or for ill. As the beer warms a bit, during drinking, the smell actually goes from bland to acidic and weird smelling.

Taste- malt eases into the palate, and fades into orange and cookie flavors; yeast contributions are very noticeable in the range of faint flavors, while the malt is especially cracker-or-cookie-ish. Swallow is clean into malt sweetness, which lingers gently on the palate. The yeast's contribution is very clear; this could not be confused for a lager-yeast bock beer. also, the hops are very noticeable, and startlingly so compared to "true" bock beers. At the same time, the malt flavors are very well rounded and very well developed.

As the beer warms over the course of a glass, the flavor profile changes significantly, to include both a shocking amount of hops, for the presumptive style, and the once citric orange changes into a bitter orange peel flavor. While none of these flavors are *bad,* they are very strange to find in something claiming to be a bock. Flavor started out at a 4, when the beer was at the cool end of the recommended temp, but as it moved to the warm end of the rec. temp, the score dropped to a 3.

Mouthfeel- the carbonation is on the heavier side, for the style, while the beer itself is on the lighter side for the style. The malt is a dead ringer for a bock, but the mouth feel is more like a wheat beer, like and bubbly. This is a bit odd, but not unpleasant.

Drinkability- it is drinkable, but I'm very glad I didn't buy a six pack, because I wouldn't especially like to have to drink more of them.

To me, this beer is an in-betweener. For an American Pale Ale, it is too heavy on the malt, and no where near crisp enough. But for a bock beer, even a light bock beer, the yeast profile is far to prominent for the style, the mouthfeel is distractingly light, and the hops are surprisingly intrusive. I understand that this was deliberate, but personally, I would prefer a good ale or a good bock to this beer, which tries to be both, but fails to be either.

Photo of TStandley13
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - burnt orange color, decent head at first but reduces quickly.

s - honey and spices!

t - malty, with a great honey taste throughout. definetely has a pleasant taste, pretty unique.

m - smooth with the correct amount of carbonation

d - definetely happy that I got a sixer of these as opposed to a single. great beer from a nice brewery.

Photo of droomyster
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that breaks down to a soapy film. Faint smells of sweet malts are faint and not very interesting. The taste is the selling point: a very complex blend of carmell and toffee sweetness balanced perfectly by a burnt bread bitterness and piney hops. Alcohol slightly detectable but this beer still shouts "quality!" once you get it in your mouth. A really superb flavor. Nice medium body. One that I will definitely buy again and would recommend to anyone who hasn't tried it.

Photo of birdman9251979
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 22oz bomber

Pours a nice cloudy orange color with a nice thick head that settles to a thin layer that stays for a while.

The aroma is of butterscotch with a mild spice.

The taste is of sweet malt at first and finishes with a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a while.

It has a very smooth almost oily mouthfeel with good carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. Could and have drank all night long. A nice beer to serve to friends that have been living the macro brew life and haven't ventured into the quality of craft brews.

Photo of reallyhoppie
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's a hazy copper/apricot color with nice tall pale head.

Smells of sweet malts and spices.

Mild malt and spice flavors. A little caramel and butter in the finish. Slight bitterness.

Smooth with subdued carbonation.

Over all a good beer.

Photo of bluesoul
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired with pan-grilled BBQ chicken.

A - Poured into pint glass, 1.5-finger cream-colored head crawled down the glass. Beer is an only slightly hazy amber color. Decent lacing

S - Has a very nice aroma, it's not unlike having a mouthful of the beer just by getting a good whiff of it. Has a sort of banana-nut bread vibe, really very pleasant. Gets a bit funky when swirled.

T - Not terribly complex, starts with a generous amount of malt, and has a good hop bite at the end but isn't overpowering. Doesn't really push any new boundaries but instead offers simple quality.

M - Good carbonation, aftertaste is slightly bitter and lingers for upwards of 30 seconds. Starts off quite tight but opens up quickly. Alcohol aftertaste becomes more evident with warming. Overall goes down light and easy.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially if one is trying to escape macro hell and find some quaffable craft brews. Quite filling considering the mouthfeel. I wouldn't turn this one down, but I don't think I could make it through more than one or two either.

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. One inch head with good lacing and good retention. Smells of sweet malt, some fruit/spices, and some earthy aromas (something like butter or caramel). Fits the style. There's a smooth and crisp mouth feel with average carbonation levels. Tastes of sweet/ earthy malt and a good amount of hops to create a good blend of sweet and bitter. There's also another more subtle flavor maybe butter or caramel. Overall, a really good beer - another great example from Rogue.

Photo of hwwty4
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a factory sealed growler into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. I don't know how old the growler is but it let out a nice hiss of carbonation when I uncapped it. This beer pours a dark, reddish copper with a nice 2 inch head that dissolved into just a thin layer that sat on the top of the beer. The aroma has a nice caramel/toffee aroma with a bit of vanilla, and some fruity esters. The flavor follows suit with some mild malts really building the flavor profile. Caramel, what reminds me of blueberries sometimes and cherries other times (no I'm not crazy) and other dark fruits. There is also a fake sweetness to it. It kind of reminds me of Sweet N Low. The mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth. Not as clean as you find with other Maibocks. This is a good beer and one I'm sure I will revisit again down the line.

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

Is this an ale or a lager? I am confused about the clasification (bock) here? Not important - it is what it is.

Found at the Dallas central market in 22oz bombers. I had it before in NYC, liked it, but that was late in the night. Taste buds were stretched.

This one has been in the fridge for a week and it is very cold.

A - Light amber brown lighter amber foam disipated after a few minutes. Sediment at bottom of this bottle conditioned ale. No haze from cold.

S - Malty with some dried fruit aroma (raisins), maple too. Little hops bouquet. A wee bit of the butterscotch on warming but not pronounced.

T - Balanced, maple with mild lingering bitterness. After warming everthing expands a bit - still mild, slightly on the malty side of balanced.

M - Medium body. Low carbonation. Not much else to comment on here.

D - Highly drinkable in its own right - not sure in comparison with style because I don't understrand Mai Bock designation. This will not join the ranks of my favorite, but all-in-all a descent beer for sure. It will stay on my radar.

Photo of sleazo
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a refreshing looking hue midway through the range of golden and amber. A nice fluffy and pockmarked head has decent staying power and provides nice concentric rings of lace.

S_A slightly sweet malty aroma mixes well with a decent grassy/medicinal hop presence. A bit too mild perhaps but nice smelling.

T_Nicely sweet at first with a bread like malt quality. This gives way to a refreshing noble hop bitterness which lingers well into the aftertaste. Definitely has that "Rogue" aspect to it.

M_The best part for me is the feel. Creamy and slightly oily, it has enough carbonation to make it easily quaffable.

D_Kind of surprised I have never reviewed this one as I get it frequently. A well made flagship beer.

Photo of mjaskula
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This a pretty interesting beer. Pours amber brown with a tiny bit of sediment and a thick head that dissipates to nothing. The smell is fairly hoppy and the taste is full of hop bitterness with some malt flavor.

Overall it's very drinkable.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass.Poured amber with a frothy white heading. Great lacing.Very fruity smell and a good blend of hops. I got a taste of oranges immediately and a very hoppy aftertaste. An easy enjoyable ale. I will definetly by purchasing this again.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even a somewhat gentle pour of the Dead Guy provides an eruption of white creamy head with a dense population of carbonation bubbles lying atop the golden orange body. A hearty trail of white lacing drags down the glass as the head dissipates.

Piney hop aroma at first glance with some spice aspect and biscuit like malt as well.

Wood and bread notes accompany the dry malt and floral hop drying the palate with a hint of pepper.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel offers a medium body and medium carbonation.

Diverse flavor offerings and interestingly balanced body make this a keeper. Always a go to.

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

A- Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a thick foamy head.

S- A pleasant hoppiness, slightly citrusy with a bready malt in the background.

T- An earthy/grassy hopped tea-like taste. Interesting...

M- Smooth and somewhat creamy. Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Excellent. A well balanced brew that I could definitely drink a few of.

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

Dead Guy Ale pours a very nice copper amber color with a decent foamy head; Aroma is very nice, very fruity; Taste is malty and sweet with some caramel flavor, well balanced; Very easy to drink.

Really very interesting beer; Highly recommended.


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

Appearance: Crystal clear light-orange pour. Minimal head that did not stick around very long. Lots of bubbles at first, but calmed to individual bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: Sweet and floral hints. More malts come through as it warms.

Taste: Fruity sweetness up front. Light hops at the back of my tongue. The hops stick around awhile.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with good carbonation. Not watery, but lighter than anticipated.

Drinkability: Fairly balanced...sweet up front with bittering hops in the end. Easy to get through a few of these.

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

Every color of the beer rainbow seems to explode from this beer - amber, gold, dark brown, and red, each refracting, breaking apart from the pint glass at different angles.

Small islands of head dot the top of the beer, slowing breaking apart and reforming, like thousands of years of evolution, occurring over the compacted timespan of a few mere seconds.

Subtly complex and woody, with a dry and caramelly hoppiness that slowly and coolly lulls you into a state of supreme relaxation. It finishes exceptionally smooth, with trailing hops and a light malt.

The only thing dead here is the guy on the label.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,681 ratings.