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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,983 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,983
Reviews: 2,263
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 149
Gots: 482 | FT: 0
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 nlmartin


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: Poured a nice amber color in the glass. The head was short lived white foamy. The beer leaves small beading lace down the glass.

Smell: Has a spicy fruity malty smell overall.

Taste: This beer presents malty sweetness that quickly is covered in hoppy goodness. I think this is a rather well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a meduim bodied ale with minimal carbonation.
Very clean mouth feel.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer overall. I could sit around and drink these all night long.

11-20-2005 13:21:35 | More by nlmartin
Photo of PBRstreetgang


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours hazy copper, with a thin white head. Poor retention, and very weak lacing. Toasted amber malt and floral hop nose. Crystal malt, nut, honey and caramel flavors, with a pronounced english hop presence and hint of fruit ester. Tiny rushing bubbles carbonate the light body and give it a crisp mouthfeel. Aftertaste is clean, but the finish is semi-residual. It's easy to drink, and the complex malt profile is well balanced with pronounced hops, but it's still nothing to shout about.

11-20-2005 06:21:54 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle with no freshness date, but, has the great Rogue graphics. The appearance is good with a nice, amber color that is accompanied by ample carbonation. The head is off-white and medium in size. There is some nice, sticky lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is of some fruitiness and light alcohol. I detect some spiced apples in the smell too. Also, a slight buttery aroma as well.

The taste is a spicy blend of malt and hops with some touches of alcohol in the backend. This is a unique tasting and satisfying beer.

11-19-2005 19:39:00 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of GreenWBush


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%

Dead Guy from Rogue has always been one of those beers I just don't 'get', or at least its one of those beers like Arrogant Bastard or Fat Tire that I can appreciate but I just don't really like particularly well. I figured it would be well time to revisit this beer, especially since one magically appeared in my fridge after some company stopped by.

Dulled bronze. Moderate, dimpled head that leaves a great lace.

How many different ways can you say malty? This beer must be Rogue's most malty offering. I catch hints of tree nuts, cream, biscuits, rising bread dough, yeast notes, wort-y much like the air that surrounds the brewery in Newport, Oregon. Just a twinge of noble-hops keeps this interesting.

So intensely chalky, dry, and stark on the malt flavor - apparently without much priming or added sugar - that I can't help but feel this beer is unbalanced towards the malt side of things. There are good qualities here but I must accept that I don't love all the 'it' beers around.

Great mouthfeel. Chewy without being cloying.

Tasty enough but i'll leave this one for you guys.

11-15-2005 16:38:18 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of acrawf6


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

From a 12 oz bottle. Poured out a dark and hazy orange with a light tan head that went down quicker than i thought it would- could be my pint glass. Some sediment made it to the bottom of my glass. dada dummmm (thats a dramatic music effect)

I am suffering from a small stuffy nose, so i cant smell it so well. But what i do smell a honey aroma. it is a heavy sweetness. It seems the alcohol is present here, if that makes sense. If not, hey i blame it on my nose.

Taste is quite pleasant. A good amount of maltiness follows the initial hoppiness. It is a bitter-sweet flavor that is numbing my mouth as i drink it- like many other rogue products. A slight floral flavor comes out. But the alpha acids take over quickly and becomes quite bitter. Quite tasty!

Mouthfeel is quite good. Full body with nice carbonation that helps numb your palate.

The drinkability, i think, is good to very good. It has a very solid and unique flavor to where a less-exposed drinker would probably be tough to finish while still enjoying it, but an average ba could down around a 6 pack for a session beer.

Overall i would recommend. It is a very easy beer to acquire (relatively speaking). A great example of american craft beer.

11-15-2005 00:02:46 | More by acrawf6
Photo of UncleFlip


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Hazy honey-orange in the glass, with a medium tan head that disapates at medium pace.

Smell is sweet malty- a bit estery, with some fresh orange, banana, and some nice spice. It's a very inviting smell.

The flavour is much like the smell- but not as round and fruity, and a bit woodier. The spice is a bit more pronounced here. Spice intensifies at the end.

Nothing really odd or strange on the mouthfeel- medium liquid with a noticeable but not overbearing carbonation. Just slightly oily.

A very drinkable beer, IMHO. It's interesting, but not so assertive that it drives you away. It'd be a great session beer.

Be well

11-13-2005 21:41:12 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Looks like a rich tea or honey. Red hues. The head is just some light lacing on top of the beer.
S: Fruity and some floral smells.
T: The malts and hops mix nicely. Sweet to bitter taste. Nice smooth well-balanced aftertaste.
M: Crisp, nicely carbonated. Not too much; not too little.
D: Very drinkable brew. Nice session beer.

11-11-2005 14:52:17 | More by wcudwight
Photo of orsulacp


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

My neighbor dropped this off in exchange for a Stone's IPA. The Dead Guy poured a hazy orange-copper; I thought it would be clearer. There was a white head that remained for most of the glass. Very malty bready smell, then I got some caramel and the smell ended with some piney hops. The malts hit first with a semi-sweet caramel, then a hint of the hops. The hops and malts seem to be in real good balance, not too much of one or the other. The mouth feel was medium, almost chewy, but there was a real clean finish making this beer very drinkable. I would definitely have this again.

11-09-2005 01:52:03 | More by orsulacp
Photo of waldowin


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured an amber gold, with a white fizzy head that faded extremely quickly, leaving just a thin ring of bubbles around the edge. No lacing.

Smells faintly of cedar and malt, not a big nose to it.
Tastes very un-Bock like, almost like an ale. But not quite. It's hard to classify the taste. A spiced-up bock would be about right, with honey and malt up front, and a finishing kick of spice and cedars. Sweet, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel is thin, sticky, and syrupy, average carbonation, which is visible until the end. It's very, very drinkable, as the body is so light and the taste so mild. A little close to a pale ale in flavor for my tastes, but the bottle surprised me by emptying itself very quickly.

11-05-2005 03:38:13 | More by waldowin
Photo of damifino


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Amber and cloudy with a thick head that stuck around to give you a "headstache". The lacing was exceptional with this one as well.

It has a slight sweet malty aroma with hints of fruit. It was unique to say the least.

A well-balanced beer with some malts and bit more hops. The fruity aroma seeps into the taste as well, but I was unable to distinguish it.

Yes, it went down well and so did the second one thereafter.

11-04-2005 04:29:04 | More by damifino
Photo of pweis909


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

Thick creamy foam ice bergs on a brilliant amber sea. The head gradually disappeared, but it was quite a sight. The odor was complex, with obvious malt, and toast, honey-floral undertones. The rich malt dominated the flavor, alcohol was noticeable, and the bitter finish was assertive, but not aggressive. Nice body.

11-03-2005 13:37:59 | More by pweis909
Photo of goschool


3.58/5  rDev -9.4%

This beer pours a clear amber topped by a thick head with moderate retention. Malty/bready nose with spicy hops. The flavor is malty, with brown sugar and a slight hint of fruit and bitterness. There is nothing to get exited about in here, but this is a solid, quaffable brew.

11-02-2005 08:02:57 | More by goschool
Photo of evanackerman


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

poured a very hazy apple cider color with a thin head that disappeared quickly (maybe a problem with my glass, or maybe that's how it's supposed to be?)

aroma is mostly malt but not very impressive overall.

taste is on the malty side with a very nice hope balance, an awesomely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is where this one shines, smooth as can be and perfectly carbonated, a light yet creamy quality.

drinkability is very high, this goes down so smooth. I really enjoyed this beer, it is something different than the typical hop bomb ales that are very popular these days, so far i have been very impressed with Rogue.

11-01-2005 23:15:52 | More by evanackerman
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

This pours a nice cloudy amber color with a nice big head that does not last very long. The aroma is sweet, spicy and fruity. Good malt flavors here. It is so fruity and easy to down i can't believe there is 6.5 abv. It packs a hidden punch. medium mouthfeel and insanely drinkable.

Sofa king expensive.

10-30-2005 18:39:10 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of whynot44


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Medium bodied, cloudy cinnamon/amber color kind of like unfiltered cider, nice beige head.

Aroma is hard to pin down - a lot of malt, caramel, toffee, apple with a piney hops tone.

Taste is toasted malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, maybe molasses all backed up by a very definite hops spice and bite with a lingering somewhat bitter aftertaste. Finishes dry, with a touch of alcohol warmth just asking for more..

Smooth as silk. Probably not for everyone but for those who like a lot of taste and a somewhat heavier ale, well worth a try. If you like it you'll want several.

10-29-2005 04:04:08 | More by whynot44
Photo of ClearDog


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

Had a pint at the Landmark 1850 Inn in Milwaukee.

Appearance -- Dark, cloudy, amber. About a 1/4 " white head that quickly dissipated. Very watery lacing.

Smell -- To me it smelled strongly like bananas. Very pleasant and interesting.

Taste -- Slightly bitter but overall it was balanced nicely. I can pick up very faint tastes of fruit. Smooth, but overall I found it to be slightly boring. I should probably mention that I am a big time hop head.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light feel. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability -- I could definitely have more than a few of these, but this is not one I'd seek out. A very good beer but it’s just not my "cup of tea."

10-28-2005 03:45:19 | More by ClearDog
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

I LOVE the look of this beer. Not much of a head, but it looks like a glass of high-quality honey. Fantastic colour.

And yes, I know it's been reviewed a lot, but I'm going to do it anyway.

One thing I was surprised about with this well-known beer is the smell -- there's not much of it. Weak grassy, malty sweetness, but not much else.

The taste, however, is another story. The first thing that hits me is the earth flavours -- almost reminds me of damp West Coast beach sand, and even though there's no grittiness in the beer, I can almost imagine it. Also flavours of ripe fruit, autumn leaves, with just the slightest hint of pleasantly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is awesome: smooth, almost syrupy, with very little carbonation. Like the scent, the aftertaste is minimal. Maybe slightly bitter fruits and pine.

This is my first Dead Guy Ale, although I have another bottle in storage which I'll try again in a couple of weeks. Not quite as fantastic as I was expecting given its reputation (and given how much I adore Rogue Chocolate Stout), but still quite good, and I'll definitely pick it up again if I happen to see it.

10-26-2005 23:50:38 | More by crwills
Photo of beckerboots

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

Being from Canada I'm always concerned about the freshness of US micros exported to Canada (Where is Free Trade?) as they are always held in bond at Customs (Federal) before they are distributed to government (Provincial) run liquor outlets. All bureaucracy aside, this ale stood the test of time and I was duly rewarded. Poured to a carmel brown with a healthy lacing with slow retention. Wafts of nugmeg and other spices added to the experience. Had a dry feeling in your mouth, much like drinking cold tea (which is not a bad thing). Left me craving another. Freshness was not an issue.. Another excellent Rogue product. Well worth the potential bureaucratic quagmire.

10-26-2005 14:25:21 | More by beckerboots
Photo of LucaBrasi

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle that I picked up a few weeks ago.
Pours a nice copper color with a thin white head. No lacing…head disappears.
Smell is sweet, spicy and could even catch a smoked aroma in there.
Taste is good and complex. Sweetness could be of caramels that mutates into a smoked hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is present but not an in your face kick, a nice smooth warmth.
Mouthfeel is smooth.
Drinkablility = good.

10-26-2005 04:31:27 | More by LucaBrasi
Photo of InDreams


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Got this in a 650ml bottle. Interesting mix of sweet and bitter malt. Hazy reddish/copper hue, with a nice quarter inch of white head and lacing. Smells of fruit, grass, maybe hints of hops. The taste is quite appetizing, somewhat spicy, a little sweet and fruity, caramel malts, maybe, and the bitterness kicks in towards the end, complete with a medium mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation.Very fine aftertaste. As many have mentioned, it hides its alcoholic character quite well, so it's pretty drinkable. Overall, I like it a lot.

10-26-2005 03:39:55 | More by InDreams
Photo of Wasatch


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

Well, this is my first Rogue and first Maibock. Pours a cloudy copper color with nice carbonation and alot of lacing. Scents of hops, citrus, spices. This brew has a very nice and unique taste of sweet/bitter malt. There's a medium body. The lacing just does not want to disappear. The brew is very drinkable at 6.5%, highly recommended.

10-26-2005 00:02:28 | More by Wasatch
Photo of wingnutter


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

This is some good beer. A little lighter flavor than I expected, but I really didnt know what to expect. Citrusy, hoppy, spicy, malty.

Had a grassy, citrusy, hoppy smell. Goes down a little too easy considering the almost 7% ABV. Proceed with caution.

I will revisit this one in the VERY near future again.

10-24-2005 00:25:33 | More by wingnutter
Photo of mitchfor3


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

Enjoyed on tap with dinner.

Appearance: A hazy copper color with a medium-thin head that fades to a sticky lace which persists well.

Aroma: Fruity smell with hint of hops. Smells rather appetizing.

Taste is quite simply delicious. On tap this brew has a complexity to it that I never detected the several times that I have enjoyed it out of the bottle. A new spiciness was clearly present and the taste and mouthfeel progressed smoothly from inital sweetness, then a slight bitterness that left a great aftertaste. The carbonation was just right and contributed to the smoothness.

The first time I ever sampled this brew I wasn't particularly impressed, but it has grown on me since and I really enjoyed it on tap. Definitely recommended.

10-23-2005 11:26:26 | More by mitchfor3
Photo of DogFood11


3.95/5  rDev 0%

Paint me a picture of this poured into a pilsener glass and its man hole material. Lively off white head that chunks its way down the glass giving way eventually to a thin sheeted cover. Copper with reddish hue and well supported by medium carbonation.

Sweet fruits, soft malts and slightly candied smells.

This brew is decisively balanced. Had all the smells wrapped in a package and then cleansed by a solid quick hop hit. Caramel comes through followed by the big bodied malt flavors mixed with some dark fruits, sizzled in by a stingy carbonation and mellowed out back to some toasted malts that linger and blend nicely with the subtle hop finish.

Damn fine brew. Another winner from Rogue. Mouthfeel of most rogue beers to me seem so rich and creamy but not overbearing. Above average in this style and one I've gone back to again and again. You can never go back to the well too many times with this.

10-22-2005 19:05:33 | More by DogFood11
Photo of unknownlamer

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

Caveat Emptor: I haven't had a Maibock except for this one (which I've tried a few times). This has a rather nice smell. I can't quite tell the individual components of it, but it seems to be dominated by a sweet malty smell with a bit of hops. It tastes good. It starts of fairly sweet and then finishes with a taste that I can't quite put my finger on. It's pleasant though. The carbonation is decent, but nothing amazing. It goes down pretty easy too, but the aftertaste can get a bit strong after a while so I don't see myself drinking more than two at a time.

10-18-2005 06:13:52 | More by unknownlamer
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