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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,621 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,621
Reviews: 2,311
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 204
Gots: 882 | 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 jamusblack
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy from a 12 oz dark bottle. Dark amber coloration with an orange tint. Two fingers of creamy head with nice lacing.

Fruity aroma with a hint of citrus and carmel. Slightly hoppy.

Sweet, crisp, well balanced taste. Not overly carbonated or bitter.

Good beer overall, I will definately pour a few more of these. A good session beer.

Photo of fullsweep
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd heard great report about this one from friends, so my anticipation was high. Nothing could have prepared me for this one though. I found the taste very unusual, but that's not a bad thing. The fruitiness caught me by surprise, and I detected more than a hint of grapefruit. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a reddish-tinted copper color with a single-finger light tan head. The smell is mostly malt with some fruitiness. The taste starts off with some sweet toasted malts with some dried fruit with some hops at the end. The mouthfeel is a little thick with some fine carbonation. A tasty beverage, but it sits a little heavy and I probably wouldn't want to grab another one immediately after.

Photo of sliverX
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poored a light amber/orange color opaque with lots of bubbles cascading to the film of a white head leaves some small lacing
smells fruity and a bit malty
tastes sweet very malty nice fruitiness a slight hop bit to the end
good mouthfeel decent body in no way watery
could sit here and drink this all night, might catch up with me but I'd be happy

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with burgundy edges and a thin beige foam head. Malty aroma with chocolate, nut and caramel notes. Medium bodied and very quaffable with a slightly hoppy finish. Flavor consists of chcolate maltiness, hazelnut and subtle dark fruit presence

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

Reviewed on 2/28/08. Bottle. Poured an orange/amber color with a creamy white head. Aroma of wheat and floral and citrus hops. Tastes strongly of wheat, wheat malt, and some hops. Cross between an APA, hefeweizen, and heller bock. This is an excellent beer to chill with! 7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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

A: Poured a dark orange with a thin quickly dissipating white head.

S: On the nose was a deep malty flavor with touch of honey, citrus and fresh flowers.

T: The flavor was sweet malt with an underlying dry fruitiness with a touch of light smokiness. Some toffee, along with some fresh fruitiness from the yeast.

M: smooth with a good amount of carbonation providing fullness and a nice dry hoppiness.

D: Decent beer with a warming alcohol feel. An easy drinking 6.5% with a nice malty sweetness and fruitiness that can be enjoyed even in the summertime.

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

Poured a cloudy brown hue with a light-brown, fizzy head that doesn't feel like sticking around, although it does leave slight lacing on the glass. Murky body with lively carbonation dancing around.

Aroma is of sweet, yet tamed malts and alcohol. Intially, this ale is moderately sweet, although it turns to a light, malty bitter finish with an average duration. Slighty watery on the palate, it is thin bodied with soft carbonation and a vanilla taste.

Hats off to Rogue for another superior brew!

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light(er) amber with a thin white bubbly head.

Faint sweet malt scents and floral hops.

Sweet toasted malt, chewy bread crust, some dried stone fruit, and some hop bitterness. Great combination/balance of the sweet, the grainy, and the bitter. Nice.

Medium bodied with fairly substantial carbonation -- kinda like an afterburn. It is palate clearing.

Overall, very easy to have a second or third pint. I've had the 12 0z. and the bomber before, but not out of the growler. Would have been good to do a side by side to see if there was a difference. Overall, another winner from these guys.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass, two-finger light tan head with excellent retention. Golden-amber with sticky residue clinging to the glass. Sweet honey smell. Taste of honey, a little hoppy, nutty sweet, some toasted malts and biscuits and horehound. Very smooth, creamy with some hop bite to balance it out. Superb! I could drink this all night long!

Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a hazy orangey copper colour with a couple of centimetres of dense off white head that falls fairly quickly leaving some rings of lace down the glass.
S - Toasted caramel malt aroma with some earthy and herbal hop hints. The Rogue Pacman yeast is quite noticeable.
T - Like the smell the taste is definateky dominated by a toasty & caramel malty character with some slight earthy, herbal hops.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Dry, lingering toasty and herbal taste.
D - Worth trying, I'd drink it again but there are others in the same price range from Rogue that I'd buy before buying this again.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Pours an orange-tinged golden hue with a creamy half-finger of off-white foam that settles somewhat slowly and leaves a good deal of fairly thin lacing.

Smells sweet, floral and fruity, with notes of apricot and slight hints of orangey citrus fruit.

Medium-bodied with a nicely carbonated mouthfeel, imbued with flavors of sweet malts and delicious fruity and bitter hop flavors, with caramel and grapefruit notes melding with a vaguely noticeable alcohol flavor, finishing somewhat bitter and fairly dry.

Delicious and fairly complex, and rather drinkable, this poster child for Rogue Ales is a worthy and widely available quaffer, making it a great fall-back beer, but not one to be used as an introduction to the uninitiated.

Photo of angelmonster
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a 1/2 inch head that fades rather quickly. Hazy brown/orange in appearance, minimum lacing through out

Smells sweet, somewhat fruity like apricot or prune. Also some hops and faint malts.

tastes a little hoppy, not as sweet as it smells. Malts arent very pronounced. Still taste a small amount of fruit with a creamy finish.

Mouth feel is over carbonated. Almost burns when you let it sit on your tongue. Slight bitter aftertaste is left in mouth

Overall is a good beer, would buy again, just doesnt really stand out to me.

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

12 oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass

A: Golden color with an Orange Hue, a little on the cloudy side about 1 Finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, Hops, a little fruity, and a little steely..

T: Very complex....Very Hoppy up front, hint of fruit and a steelness. The finish is bitter & dry, with a odd aftertaste.... lots of hops

M: Crisp, medium body.... good bit of carbonation.

D: Very interesting brew... it will take a little getting use to.... Not the best I've had... A little to Hoppy for my taste so it is really not my type.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light caramel color with decent sea salt looking lace. Very hazy. Smells like cider spice, sweet malt and citrus cough drops.

Sweet malt backbone with lots of cider-like spice and tropical fruit flavors such as triple sec and mango. Late alcoholic hints. Floral hops. Lightly carbonated.

I love this beer. Even the bottle looks cool.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 19oz unbranded pilsner flute glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light caramel color with a thick, fluffy, tan head that stays for a while leaving lots and lots of lace.

Smell: A sweet, malty aroma with hints of hop spice and earthiness. The smell is appetizing and literally made me hungry.

Taste: Toasty and sweet, with a good bitterness and nuttiness toward the end. Malts at the beginning and hops at the end- great balance. Also has an interesting, unique tea sensation that gets into the sinuses; it's somewhere between a taste and a smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium, creamy body with balanced carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Rogue beers had been hyped up for me before I tried any and this was the first I tried. It lived up to the hype. This is a beer I will definitely be picking up in the future and is definitely now a favorite of mine!

Photo of duffextracold
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick tan head, fades quickly. nice light caramel color.

smells like tropical fruit, alcohol, not picking up very much.

tastes like bready malt, sort of metallic, slight hop bitterness. hoppy sweet aftertaste.

mouthfeel is nice & creamy, with sharp little bubbles.

overall drinkability is great. nicely balanced.

Photo of jjanega08
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= medium body, great head thats spotty but sticks around with good lacing. nice rising bubbles. looks great
S= somewhat muted but i got the hops and the toasted malt but thats about it
T= nice balance of hops and malt with a candy citrus finish that I enjoyed quit a bit. when I swallow this beer it makes me smile just because its something that I've never tasted and its great without being to complex
M= good medium carbonation with a chewy finish
D= high, I'll have no problem drinking a few of these anytime. without the high ABV it would be a great session beer. Dangerously good

Photo of riored4v
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 11/9/08

Poured into a pint glass. Off-white, 2 finger head. Good lacing. Deep copper in color.

Smell was nutty and sweet malts. Very mild bitterness.

Taste was nutty and biscuity with a mild bitterness. Mild malt sweetness. Great balance.

Mouthfeel was slighlty oily with a light/medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability was very good. Great balance.

Overall an excellent sessionable beer with excellent balance.

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

Poured into a flute.

4.5 A: Slightly hazy dark orange color. Absolutely lovely head with extremely good retentiona and tons of lacing.

4.0 S: Very sweet. Light fruity aroma (somewhat tropical). Rather complex, but not pronounced enough.

4.0 T: This is pretty damn good. Good balance between hops and malts, with a little more emphasis on the hops. Hop bitterness as well as an earthy taste. Some toasted light malts.

4.0 M: Medium body. Great carbonation. Really smooth and somewhat creamy.

4.0 D: This is my first Maibock and I like what I'm tasting. I could drink a few of these without getting bored, but there is a hoppy aftertaste that gets old after a while.

Photo of BravoTwo
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice hazy honey amber with a thin head

S - Nice malty nose with fruity notes with a nice complexity.

T - Well balanced brew with malty sweetness, balanced with clean hop profile. Fruity honey with notes of tropical fruit. Smooth and easy.

M -Nice and creamy with appropriate levels of carbonation.

D - A truly drinkable brew. Well balanced and flavorful offering that did not disappoint,.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy amber-orange color with a fairly large, creamy off-white head. Retention and lacing are both quite nice.

S: Some sweet malts and a very fruity nose, suggesting orange and faint mango. A touch of floral hops is also detectable. Possibly a faint yeast aroma as well.

T: Sweet, yeasty malt flavor, with a pronounced orange flavor. Hops are somewhat subdued but add great balance, with a floral nature. Some dusty, oily, and spicy notes as well.

M: Medium body, with fairly crisp carbonation. Somewhat creamy, with a finish on the dry side.

D: Very nice balance to a tasty beer. This would be a great beer for just about any purpose. Very well executed.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a misty, light orange color, with about a half inch of white creamy head that remains until the end. Very lively carbonation.

Citrus is most notable in the scent, most likely oranges.

The taste is also citrus with some piney hopps.

The beer is light-bodied and crisp with good carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. A very good, refreshing beer.

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

This beer was my first maibock/helles bock I've ever had. Im glad i tried it! Onto the review!

Appearance - Nice golden amber colour, with laceing that sticks the whole way down. Very nice.

Smell - Very fruity, and fresh. Very inviteing.

Taste - This was a complicated brew, a spicey taste up front, then finishes bitter and dry, with a odd aftertaste, but not bad.

Mouthfeel - Nice and full.

Drinkability - Very high for its ABV. When cold, these go down too easy.

Overall a very interesting brew, will buy again! And i must say a very interesting style of beer.

Photo of redneckchugger
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

had at the local mellow mushroom, on tap , into a 'shroom pint glass. inch of white head, seets of lacing, amber body.
Smells lightly hoppy, bit of something else there, too, earth in a way.
The hops really show up in the taste, piney hop bite a the front, and in the aftertaste. Strange malt flavor, kinda nutty, sweet, odd but good. Nothing overpowering about he tase, its decent, but not really what i expect in a maibock ( even tho this is is an ale and not really a mai-bock)
Goes down easy, not realy thic, not coorsl light thin either. Never tried this beer before today, dunno why its everywhere. Its decent, and if rogue didn't price thier beer like gold i would have it again. good beer , very sessionable, but this is no maibock.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,621 ratings.