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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,611
Reviews: 2,309
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 203
Gots: 876 | 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 lhaqq
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque golden, dark wheat color. Decent head that is off-white.
S: The smell isn't too strong but is mainly of yeast and some malt.
T: The taste is malty, with some spices too. I couldn't pick up much else--didn't seem to complex
M: The spices are rounded off in the finish, which is bitter but not long lasting.
D: Easy to drink, though I felt a bit boring. Haven't had many maibocks yet, so maybe I am not used to the style yet.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a Yuengling with more flavor..

Poured a golden brown color with a nice white head. Smelled of hops and malt sweetness. Tasted of crisp hops, slight citrus, and spices upfront. Smooths out and finishes with low hop taste and crisp malt flavor. Flavor lets the tongue know its there but does not damage, goes down great too.

Photo of Pinto21
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light brown copper with a decent head. Nice lacing

Not huge smell. Got a bit of fruitiness to it, but you gotta look for it

Tasty. comes on with some hop bitterness, but then to the subtle malt. Subtle in not overpowering, not hiding. Just a balanced beer.

I'm gonna drink a few of these tonight for sure, so at 6.5% it might get interesting. Goes down nice.

Not to mention the label is pretty sweet marketing.

Photo of BigJim5021
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my default go-to beers; Dead Guy pours a nice, hazy light orange with a white head that sticks around for a few minutes. The lacing is spotty, but goes all the way down the glass.

The aroma, well... is kinda muted. I dunno, maybe it's just my nose, but I'm not getting much here. Slightly fruity notes are all that I'm picking up right now.

What it's all about, though, is the flavor. Dead Guy has got that shit on lock. A little fruity, a bit nutty and with a nice dose of hop bitterness. This stuff has a hell of a flavor profile, and that's what keeps bringing me back for more. And for those keeping score at home, this stuff has a nice medium body that makes for an incredibly drinkable beer.

I could drink this stuff all day. It's really just an all-around great beer.

Photo of jdg204
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second Rogue and certainly their most prominent. I was excited to try this ale posing as a lager and use it as a gateway to Rogue's more extreme ales.

A: Poured amber with a thin off-white head that quickly disappeared, but left a ring around the edge. Little to no lacing was left.

S: Upfront sweet, caramel smell with a touch of fruity hops in background.

T: The taste was sweet, caramel-candy-like malt. Some hops in the background lended it a slighty fruitiness to it.

M: The feel was medium to full-bodied. Sweetness lingers a bit, but does not become cloying at all. Complexity and alcohol make it not as smooth as it could be, but fairly smooth nevertheless. The flavors linger.

D: Fantastic brew and very cool to get such a wide offering of a unique style (and a damn good style at that). I'm moving towards buying more 750ml. offerings, so Rogue's more extreme brews are on the near horizon, after this I'm excited!

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a joke from a family member (just because she thought the name was funny)

Usually not too big of a fan of this style but this beer was delicious. A nice honey taste to it and at 6.5% ABV it went down a little bit too easy. A very smooth and drinkable beer. A little expensive at how much it is for a 22 oz. but I was glad I got try it and would try it again in a heartbeat.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber colour with a nice thick head that stays suprisingly thick.

Aroma of malted grains, hops, very nutty and sort of citrusy.

Nutty and malty upfront, lots of distinct flavours with some sweetness, finishing off hoppy and syrupy.

A nice thick mouthfeel, what a tasty beer.

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

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at Mulligan's in Rookwood.

Appearance: Poured a golden yellow-brown with slight hazing and a big 2-finger white foamy head that faded fairly quickly to a long-retained skim at the top. Light lacing is left behind throughout as I drink.

Smell: Very toasty grain & nutty scent, a little syrupy, very strong malts. Haven't had a lot of bocks, but the smell is very unique and nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very sweet tasting, almost like honey, with strong nuttiness and toasted grain. The alcohol is very masked in all the sweetness and malts. Medium mouthfeel is very creamy and satisfying.

Drinkability: Pretty high - goes down very smooth and isn't too strong, but the sweetness might be too much after awhile.

Photo of 1759Girl
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why it's taken me so long to review this guy, when I've had it so many times...

Appearance> Dark golden, hazy, big head, dissipates with lightning speed.
Smell>Cider, hops, malt
Taste> Complex, true to its maibock style, sweet, with a long resiny finish
Mouf> niiice
Drink> heck yeah. One of Rogue's best.

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

This is a good beer on tap, comparable in a lot of ways to Victory's Hop Devil.

Pours amber with a fluffy head and good streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. The aroma brings up string amber malt and some floral hops. The flavor is strong, rich and malty with pleasant, unobtrusive floral hops. There is a nice bitterness son the finish, highlighted by the clingy, carbonated mouthfeel.

Despite the strength of this beer, it is a highly drinkable session beer.

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

This beer settles down in the glass with an amber/copper color and a big cap of comely foam. The aroma has bread dough characteristics balanced with some citrus hops. A slight sweetness kisses the palate in the beginning but it quickly gives way to an assault of hoppy bitterness. This is a fine beer and quite drinkable. A beer that can be enjoyed year round.

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

What a yummy and well balanced beer.

Very sweet aroma thick with malts and hints of fruits. Slight ting of alcohol in the very back of the nose. Pours hazy golden color with a quick fizz and minimal ring around the glass. Flavor is very sweet malts that go from caramel flavor to more sweet fruit as it warms. A very nice hop balance kicks in with just the right amount of "bite" to clean the sweetness. Towards the end some alchol warmth kicks in but is not obvious. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated this beer is very smooth in the mouth. Good drinkability due to the great balance of flavors.

Photo of johnd513
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22oz bomber into my large pilsner glass. This beer pours a dark golden color with a nice two finger head that quickly disappears. Smells of malts yeast and I love the honey smell. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and nicely carbonated. Tastes of dried fruits with a nice bitter finish. drinkability is high, I really enjoyed this bomber.

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

Dark golden color almost caramel and about a finger width head. The smell of hops jumps out right at me and the taste is quite good. The after bit is almost close to that of an IPA.

Good beer for a group of buddies sitting around just shooting the breeze.

Photo of JBuff41413
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer from Rogue Brewery and I didn't know what to expect. So here is my review.

A- Poured a cloudy light amber-orange color with 1 inch of white head. The head dissipated to about 3/8 inch. The lacing on the glass was decent but nothing to brag about,

S- Lots of bread and yeast along with sweet malts and just a faint hint of citrus.

T- As the smell warned, lots of bread and yeast along with large amounts of caramel malts. Very little hops were noticed. It was definitely unbalanced with more malts than hops....but in this beer it worked great!! The citrus I picked up on in the smell was nowhere to be found.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Farly drinkable beer. I wouldn't recommend it for a session beer, non the less I could down a couple.

Now that I've had this beer from Rogue I'll have to try them all!

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner and got a light amber color beer with a light tan head that was about two and a half fingers thick and slowly thinned out. The body is crystal clear with some mild carbonation in the center. There are some strong dark fruit aromas mixed in with some hops and a hint of apples, there is a slight sour aroma but I can't quite place it. It has a smooth hoppy flavor up front, sweet over all and slightly bitter on the side of your tongue, it has some roasted malt flavors as you swallow it. It has a medium body with a very slight carbonation fell to it. It is pretty smooth over all and goes down pretty easily.

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

12 oz bottle I purchased at the Crimson Tiger bar in Anniston, AL. Poured into a mug.

A: Poured a really interesting milky amber color. I say milky because as it sits there it looks thick and has a white tinge to the color within the amber. Got a somewhat decent half finger of white head that didn't have amazing retention. Receded down to a ring that put up a fight in laces arena, left its mark but it wasn't art.

S: Smell is some lightly roasted malt, yeast, and citrus hops. It is simple but it works. All of the aromas are pleasant and well balanced. Nothing really dominates anything else and I see this as a plus. Pretty nice.

T: Sweet, bready malt is the showstopper here. Not bad. Citrus hops are present but not that far out of the shadows. It does cut the malt a bit and add a more citrus/bitter presence to the sweetness of the malt.

M: Medium bodied brew. Incredibly refreshing. The carbonation is damned near perfect. This is a pretty smooth brew that finishes just a touch dry. The aftertaste is of slight citrus sourness.

D: This beer is nice but its not blowing me away in any sense of the word. I will drink again if offered but I am not going to go out of my way to track it down.

Photo of ckaufman
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A true classic in micros... in my opinion!

Orange/amber in color with a slight haziness. Average head volume with nice lacing and retention. The malts and hops battle it out in the nose, but the smell of malts ultimately win out. The opposite is true for taste. The malts and hops battle once again, however the hops win here in the taste department! This beer always seems a little on the thin side for me, but the carbonation still stimulates the palate. I give this beer a "session" rating. This is a beer you can drink all night long and not get bored!

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

Beautiful honey color complimented by a nice, off-white head. Smells of alcohol and honey battling for supremacy. The taste is of floral notes, a touch of black pepper, and then delicious hop, dry finish. An impressive complexity of flavor and personality.

Photo of mrkc
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is thin, forming a cloudy copper brown brew with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Odour lacks complexity, with a sharp, citrus element. The hops are present, but not prominent. The taste is fairly omnidirectional, with the aforementioned citrus zing, and a light bitterness to finish. The body is light, and tends not to linger on the pallet. The beer is fairly sweet, though more in a fruit sense than saccharine. It drinks easily, and with its alcohol content, refuses to be a heady beer.

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

Pours cloudy orange/amber with a nice cream colored head, no lacing.

Smells like toasty malt and citrusy hops.

Tastes of sweet, bready malt with a small amount of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel goes perfect with the carbonation.

Very good. Will make regular rotations in my fridge.

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

12 oz. bottle. Pours a light brown with a bit of amber, little to no head. Smells primarily roasted malts with a mix of citrus. Good medium body with a sweet flavor and a slight tinge of bitterness. This beer got me started on craft beer, I owe it all to you Rogue.

Photo of bcolflesh
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I dug a hole in a shale bed under the hot sun - then I went inside and drank this beer. Basically nothing about it stood out to me - the plus was no aftertaste, it was just down then gone from my memory. No interest in trying it again, but nothing wrong with it.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Strong malty flavor. I get honey notes along with some fruit esters. Little to no hop aroma.

Appearance - Slightly cloudy dark amber color with an eggshell colored head. The head poured only about a 1/2 finger width. It then dissipated to just a ring around the edge of the glass.

Taste - Strong malt profile. Lightly toasty with melanoidins. Very low hop bitterness/flavor. Somewhat dry. Balance is more on the malt side.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with low carbonation. Fairly smooth. Somewhat dry with a slight hint of alcohol on the finish. No perceived bitterness.

Overall Impression - The malt profile of this beer is quite nice. It's a solid beer that's pretty drinkable. They used a pretty clean yeast. I detect no diacetyl or DMS.

Photo of Atron67
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle

ive actually had this quite a few times, and just found about a 1 year old bottle on the shelves, figured it was time to drink it see how it aged. not exactly to style or anything, but someone might be interested.

A- pours a cystal clear copper with a huge fluffy while head on top. lacing left all around the glass. good to see it retained those characteristics for so long.

S- spicy, still focused on the malts. has a light fruity character. pretty mellowed, not as good as the original, but still very solid

T- while i think that dead guy is good, i think the aging actually worked out really well for it. my main complaint in the fresh form is that its a little too spicy on the malt. the spice has (what i would call) perfectly mellowed giving this beer a superb smoothness and maltiness all over. the hop character has faded a bit, but its still pretty crisp and keeps a lighter hop character.

M-slightly creamy, medium carbonation.

D- awesome

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,611 ratings.