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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,694 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,694
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 218
Gots: 982 | 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 rgrholmes168
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bought the previous night.

I didn't get much of a head, maybe one finger at the most. The color was a dark amber bordering on orange. The head disappated rather quickly and left no lace around the top of the glass.

I had never had a Maibock to my knowledge so I researched what it was supposed to taste like on BA. According to the style it is supposed to have bit of a hoppy taste, but I did not get any of this in the aroma. I did get a good hint of the caramel malt in the beer.

My first taste of this beer showed that my nose had been correct. I got a lot of caramel malt in the taste of the beer. The beer had a nice sweet taste to it, and it went down very smooth.

I think this is a pretty decent beer. I don't have anything else to rate againist in its category so I may have to come back and rerate the beer.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a .5L stein.

Appearance: Mildly agressive pour yielded a large 2 to 3 finger head. Excellent head retention with modest lacing. Nice red clayish color with continuing carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smell: Smells about 50/50 malt to hops. Sweet malt aromas comming through that hide a strong prescence of hops. Light grassy and citrus notes comming through with a good dose of grapefruit.

Taste: WOW!! this is the first Rogue beer I have ever had.. yess yes i know im a noob. Tastes like refreshing grapefruit, citrus with a slight bitterness at the end. Tastes of moderate malt covering up some pretty obvious hops. This beer its tricky.

Mouthfeel: Continued carbonation is comming through on the mouthfeel, but in a good way. It rolls smoothly around my mouth and is not overpowering at all.

Drinkability: Its a very delicious beer. Its got some nice hops as the backbone with some nice citrus and grassy notes. Its a good beer, nothing to go too crazy over, but a definate win over Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada. A bit more $$ than those, but its a better version of SA for sure and has a nice continued aftertaste that is sweet and grassy.

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

A - Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a tall off white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - Honey, caramel and biscuity malt. I already can tell this one will be sweet.

T - Sweet. Honey and caramel are the first things to come to mind. I can also pick out some bready, biscuity flavors with a mild cirtus quality.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - Sweetness really limits this one for me. It actually reminds me a bit of cider and I can't drink a lot of that either. A good brew nonetheless.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A=the key word for this beer is umoffensive, if unexceptional.

s=nice mix of the key ingredients.

T=very good and sneaky, malts slightly overpower hops for a fun ride.

M=smooth, surpisingly so. Not much in the way of carbonation, which is how I enjoy it.

D=for me, this fits the definition of my quintessential session beer.

Photo of yesyouam
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy is a hazy orange-brown beer with a smooth and clingy off-white head. The aroma is of sweet malt and fruity hops. It's rather faint and a little ciderish in the nose. In the mouth, it's dry and abundant in gravity. The flavor starts with the sweet malt, like baking cookies, which turns a little sour before unleashing its wooden bitterness and alcoholic warmth. It tastes much stronger than it is.
(rated Jun 11, 2007)

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

This certainly isn't my first time drinking a Dead Guy Ale, but it's the first time I've cracked one open to review.

The first times I tried this I hadn't developed quite the palate for the style. Now, I love it.

Amberish color, thick creamy white head with plenty of lacing. Lighter than I remembered, another change in my tastes.

The smell is malty, but sweet, the taste favors the smell. Feels great on the tongue, and I could see this being more of a go-to session beer for me in the future.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a mug.

A- Clear amber appearance. Pours with ample white head, which fades quickly, leaving but a thin ring. Heavy lacing.

S- Smell is sweet and malty

T- Taste is biscuity and malty, with a slightly sweet honey hint. Moderate kick of bitterness on the finish. As previously mentioned in other reviews, the ABV is as well hidden as any 4.5% macro.

M- Surprisingly creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D- Quite high. This would be a great beer for happily pounding one after another.

Future outlook: Good session beer that I would certainly never sneer at or turn away. Next time heavy, relatively mindless drinking is afoot, this will be a consideration.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber honey color with a mild, large bubbled light tan head. Neither retention or lacing are noteworthy.

Whoa! Nose is a wonderful blend of honey, caramel, biscuits and mild grassy hops. Like a German maibock, but stronger, hoppier and bolder.

A cornucopia of flavors here. Zesty hops and caramel sweetness blend together nicely. Toasty notes add to the bitterness. You can tell there is some alcohol here, but it's hard to put a number on. This is a surprisingly good beer that I did not have super-high hopes for. I will buy this again, fo sho.

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

Got it in a 64 oz. growler, that glows in the dark. Dark amber pour with a thick, creamy off-white head. Rich, caramel malt and spun sugar aroma. Sweet, very malty beer. Lots of caramel and chewy malt, but blended with candy-sweet grapefruit hops. Very easy to drink. I'd drink this again any time.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/14/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a red/amber colored body, with a medium-sized head, but is quickly diminishing. Has a malty aroma, some sweetness, and some hops. Taste has malty-hoppy flavor, some sweetness. Not too bad. Better as it warms up.

Photo of Reaper16
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass
Appearance: an off-orange, sort of butterscotch color. Generous pale white head with good retention.

Smell: Sugary malts, maybe some caramel. Slight twinge of hops. No aroma is very present.

Taste: Toasted malts. Biscuits and perhaps honey. A decent bitter note from the hops. Maybe a very slight dark fruit element. Finishes dry with the hop presence lingering a bit. It's rather enjoyable if not terribly complex.

Drinkability: 6.5% ABV is a surprising figure; I would have guessed it to be closer to 5%. This is a super-drinkable beer, imo. The slight dryness is refreshing, and the fleeting fruit notes encourage further drinking to make sure that you're tasting correctly. ;)

I'm reasonably confident that the next time I reach for a beer to give to my BMC friends I will reach for Dead Guy Ale. It's just plain good, but it has the advantage of being good in ways that don't seem crazy to macro-lager drinkers.

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

Poured into a trusty pilsner.

A: Dark golden, clear. Medium carbonation, big frothy white head. Settles slowly to leave a solid layer of carbonation on surface. Spotty and stringy lacing. Nice beer ring.

S: Not much here, but a little malt.

T: Hoppy and malty with a subtle sweetness.

M: Hops cling to inside of the mouth and continue to deliver. Biting aftertaste. Finishes a little dry.

D: Great drinkability. Light palette good lingering aftertaste.

Not very complex, but a nice hoppy flavor, an easy drink, good biting aftertaste that lingers throughout quaff.

Photo of vikingloki
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard into my goblet, a thumb width yellow cream head lingers and goes to lace and a coating in less than a minute. The ale is a golden orange color, not something you usually see.

No noticable aroma, maybe it's just me.

First sip is smooth and easy, balance is what this one is all about. Not malty or hoppy, crisp, fresh and clean, nicely carbonated. I honestly can't taste the hops or malt dominating, although a little citrus is left with aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel and wonderfully drinkable, the ABV makes it very enjoyable with a buzz to be had around 3 beers. You could drink this all night if you didn't have to drive.

Would get again, highly recommend.

Note to HOMEBREWERS: while Rogue usually silkscreens their bottles, my Dead Guy case had paper labels that will soak off nice and easy for homebrew. Props to Rogue!

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

This beer is a very good beer. It is better in the draft version, but not bad from a bottle.

The color is a nice golden shade of brown almost orange. It leaves a nice head and small hints of lacing as you drink it.

I haven't had a bad beer from this brewer. I need to try more.

Photo of colts9016
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep golden brown color with a little off white head.. The nose is hops and some malt. The taste is slightly hoppy with a subtle malt undertones. a very well made beer and very good to drink also The finish is slightly acidic with a little bit of the finish lingering.

Photo of Offa
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I find this ok but boring, bland, and fairly standard in the grapefruit and toasted-cracker tastes. I've had it a few times to make sure because it's ok, it's supposedly in a style I love, and a lot of people think highly of it, but it really is very uninteresting and too grapefruity.

Amber, it has a big pale tan head slowly shrinking to a permanent thin foamy top and leaving some lace.

The aroma is nice caramelly toasty bread with a hint of grapefruit, light alcoholic-raisiny meatiness with hint of stewed fruit and herbs.

The taste is heavily toasted, caramelized whole wheat bread or overly baked cookies that have slightly burnt plus grapefruit. It soon develops a finish of bitter grapefruit pulp and cookies. It is rather thin and bland and too bitter for the character, but it's pleasant enough.

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

A: A nice deep amber color. Gives a nice creamy head that quickly dissipated. There is some lacing, spotty at best.

S: Mostly a malt scent, although not that potent. Some biscuit and bready malts.

T: A lot of malt flavor with a hint of hop bitterness. Lots of bread, caramel, with some honey.

M: A creamy medium body beer.

D: A balanced beer, good mix of hop and malt. A really good beer.

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

I'll need to do some more research - this beer is called an ale but it is categorized under the Maibock/Helles Bock lager style...perhaps a hybrid?


Drinkability - a smooth easy drinking beer that I will definitely have again. Just keep an eye on the medium alcohol content!

Appearance - A murky orangy-brown copper color. The fine carbonation provides a thin head and with short retention. However, this is an attractive beer in my Stella style glass.

Smell - mild sweet caramel and bread. Some balance with the hops give a pleasant aroma.

Taste - Starts slightly bitter and transitions to malty flavours and similar to what you smell. There is some fruitiness half way and a sweet honey finish with very mild complexity in the background. Well balanced and very enjoyable (especially as it warms up a bit).

Mouthfeel - The medium body and smooth creamy texture with good carbonation coats your mouth and throat nicely. The higher alcohol level does not have a negative impact.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color and creates a creamy 1/4" thick head. The beer is a bit hazy and left very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas of sweet malts are undeniable. Lost amidst the malts are undertones of musty yeast.

Taste: The sweet malts step right up to the palate with strong flavors of caramel. The hops are drowned out by the sweetness. This beer has a very yeasty aftertaste, almost like a soggy multigrain bread.

Mouthfeel: Dead Guy bites at the tip of the tongue. It is highly carbonated and left me very gaseous. A crisp beer but leaves my mouth feeling oily.

Drinkability: Nice beer, complex and malty. In my opinion, its too sweet to score above a good. I could definitely drink my fair share, however, I would rather drink something a little more bitter.

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

I had this one on tap at Moe Joes in Plainfield, IL on 12/06/2008.

A= This ale poured a dark amber color with a 1/2" white head. The head quickly dropped to a thin skim and left some mild spotty lace down the glass. Mild but steady carbonation release throughout.

S= Though the underlying base of this beer was all malt sweetness, I was surprised to find a fair amount of hops in there too. Mildly estery yeast notes through the middle and a sweet aromatic finish.

T= I found sweet malts up front, with a hint of toasted bread. Hops came forth mildly spicy, and again, much more predominant than the bottle version of this beer. Long finish was on the sweet side.

MF= Medium body. Carbonation was light-medium on the tongue, giving this one a smooth feel.

D= Though still a malty ale, the hops in this one provide an interesting balance. Very balanced and highly sessionable.

Photo of Vendetta
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Loved this beer. Aroma was very nice, very fruity. Flavor was malty at first, but well balanced. Really, really easy to drink. Very smooth, very enjoyable taste. Definitely looking forward to eventually tasting Double Dead Guy as this is a brew I frequently come back to. Highly recommended.

Photo of BierFan
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Cloudy orange body, with a modest light tan head that manages to survive for a little while. Left light lacing.

Smell: Nice combo of malts and citrus from the hops.

Taste: Light maltiness and bitter citrus. Has a sort of strong flavor that will stop some from enjoying it.

Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color producing a quite thin head that dissapates fairly quickly. Leaves light lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell is that of hops and malt, malt, malt. A slight fruitiness also. The smell is beautiful. Something about it makes me wanna smell again.

Taste is less hoppy than expected but very well balanced with malt and floral notes. Very prominent caramel maltiness balanced with a perfect amount of hops for this style. Very good tasting beer.

Feels outstanding in the mouth and sticks in there nicely. Highly drinkable!!!!

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.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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