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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,683 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,683
Reviews: 2,327
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 216
Gots: 969 | 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 bmw0825
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light copper with a dense head that is white with a slight orange tint in appearance that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S: A very sweet malty aroma with a spiced aroma and hops in the background.

T&M: Tons of sweet malts initially that are then strongly bittered by spicy hops midway before giving way to a balanced, lightly drying finish.
A very intriguing flavor progression on the palate. It's medium bodied with a spicy hoppiness present in the flavor profile.

D: Everyday...Love it. The higher abv content makes it good for me.

Serving type: tap

Photo of nem2006
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a weizen glass and was happy with the appearance. Pours a deep amber with great carbonation going up the glass. The head was thick and slightly tan, leaving heavy lacing on the side of the glass. Great head retention.

The smell started out very hoppy, almost like an IPA, but then as it warmed, became a little sweeter and fruity. My first reaction was apples, but I know that misses it a little.

I love the depth of the taste. It starts with the sweetness from the malts and that little hint of fruit. Then it slowly turns into the bitterness of the hops, but much to my surprise and pleasure, the hops never become overpowering.

Blown away by this beer and its complexity.

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

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a pint glass.

A - Deep honey in color with good 1 finger head and lacing that drizzles down.

S - Sweet and fruity. Very nice and clean.

T - More on the malty side than I expected, but very good balance on the end.

M - Medium body with very good carbonation.

D - Very high. Great brew for spicy Chinese take out!

Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange colored ale with a fading head that stays as a thin film on top.Aroma is some kind of fruit.Taste is citrus,caramel and bread.I was worried that this was going to be another overhyped ale but it wasn't!!Probably one of the easiest drinking ales I've ever had.Good flavor from first to last sip.I highly recommend and will purchase again shortly!!

Photo of nicdub
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pils glass

A - I really like the differnt looks of this beer, it is at once hazy like an unfiltered, a different orangish color, and the head is a whitish color with a slight resemblance of the orange of the beer.

Smell - doesnt really smell like beer almost like a faint passion fruit smell, i really like it, smels fruity and mild, hits of raisins?

Taste - at first wasnt sure then sipped a little more, wow! various different flavors, faint hops, orange and citrus, a hint of melon and melon and citrus in the aftertaste. very nice and unique, very good.

Mouthfeel - i like the carbonation feel on my tongue, mildly coating effect on the mouth tingle remains afer the beer is swallowed.

drinkability - dont know if this is a beer i would like to drink alot of at one time, but i think paring with ceratin foods, or enjoying on a hot sunny day yes....

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an amber/copper that leaves a two fingered soapy head. As the head disipatates it leaves behind sticky lacing that clings then dries and clings to the glass. The aroma is of malts and dried fruits. Earthy hops and caramel come through as well. The taste is similar to the aroma. Strong malty caramel upfront that dominates and an earthness of hops and dried fruit. It's not too bitter nor it's not too sweet. The mouthfeel is slick,thick, and creamy. Dead Guy Ale is good to the last drop. As it warms the flavors are more pronounced. I can't believe the abv is 6.5. This beer goes down easy and finishes smooth. Recommended!!!

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

Pours a clear dark amber. Big sea foam head. Well marked lacings.

Beautifully intertwined malt and hop characters on the nose. Fresh baked bread and caramel, but with a contrasting American hop presence.

As a malt guy, I sometimes find it hard to find a brew that uses American hops like cascade that provide me with the balance I enjoy. Dead Guy achieves this balance perfectly. A faint caramel sweetness, and slightly grainy malt, with some warming alcohol, come up pretty hard against some serious bittering hops, I believe they're pearle, very herby, while cascades provide that refreshing zing. Nonetheless, it works overall.

Great mouthfeel, creamy smooth and subdued carbonation.

A very drinkable beer, I'll buy more of these.

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

Pours medium honey color with thick bubbly head that dissipates kind of quickly, leaving a thin flim and spidery lace. Malty aroma that is slightly sweet and grassy. Maybe a hint of tropical fruit as well. Malty IF that has a honey flavor. Picks up a nicely balanced bitterness for the finish. Very tasty. Medium bodied with a pleasant almost light syrup finish. Very drinkable any time of year.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from it's bottle and I just fell in love with the color. It was a bright orange/amber color that almost resembled honey. There was a thin slightly off white head that appeared for a moment then receded. No visible carbonation was evident and the ale had a slight haze to it. No amount of lacing remained in the glass.

Aroma was fruity, caramel and of roasted malt. Slightly sweet in nature.

I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer and found the flavor rather deep. Obviously, some of the same characteristics from the aroma were present. There was a nice subtle fruitiness to the beer that reminded me of fresh peaches that went along with the caramel/molasses coming from the malt. (Does not taste like a fruit beer)

The balance from front to back was excellent. There were just enough hops to provide a little punch, but they did not interfere with all the other flavors going on. A nice complex flavor.

This is the type of beer where I became sad I was nearing the bottom of my glass. I savored the last few sips and cursed the fact that I had promised myself only one beer with dinner.

Rogue Dead Guy, I'll be back. We will meet again.

Excellent beer!

Photo of seanh99
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served: Bomber into a pint glass
A: Copper- Orange Tan Head with fine stable bubbles. Fairly clear maybe a bit of chill haze, clear as it warmed up
S: HOPS mostly citrus notes no real pine notes, seems a lot hoppy for the style
T: Hop bitterness upfront with the malt flavor coming in late and lingering, The bitterness builds sip to sip.
M: mild carbonation but refershing,
D: Good beer but not something I would choose for the night.
Overall a good beer, I will buy this one again. I am not sure I what I expected from this one as it was a gift and I specifically chose not to read up on it prior.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance:crystal clear golden amber color, quickly dissipating head

smell:rich and bready on the nose

taste:bready brown sugary malt flavor, rolls into lighly bitter hops that exhibit notes of citrus

mouthfeel:nice carbonation, medium body, finishes in a really pleasant dry way. fantastic

drinkability: snappy and tasty, rather refreshing while being full of flavor. I approve

Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its nice to see this beer back on the shelves at the L.C.B.O. Dead Guy pours with a light foam, nice lacing and average retention. Has a copper/orange color.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, big fruit notes and some grassy hops.

Another well crafted and balanced beer from Rogue. Tastes of pale malts (a little sweet), the fruitiness is not as evident as I assumed it would be after smelling the beer. Finishes with a good hop bitterness.

Photo of bobsy
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange body and a compact off-white head that leaves little lacing. Fruity, bready aroma, with a touch of floral hops. Holy malt, batman. Fruit and caramel malt transitioning through to honey baked bread with a flowery hoppy finish. Surprising warmth from the alcohol. Full, slick, perfectly balanced mouthfeel, with fairly aggressive carbonation. Huge drinkability, and I'm already planning on taking a sixer to the July 4th bbq.

Photo of johannasclimacus
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. I was a bit worried that I might have had my expectations too high in advance of getting this. A friend and I thought we found a great deal on a case of it at his local distributor, but waited on buying one for a few weeks because we had no room in the fridge. Well, we finally bought a case today, and ended up paying the higher price, which was disappointing, but the 40 dollars is about the norm for something like Rogue around here.

Anyways, the beer did not disappoint at all, despite the higher price and the long wait. Just a dynamite combination of hops and malt that gets even better as you keep drinking and the beer warms up a little. We're already down a six pack, and I took a few home to enjoy on my own. I don't expect this case to last very long, and I imagine this will soon become a staple for us, like Penn Pilsner and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

I like everything about this brew. A+ for the folks at Rogue.

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

Served as ahazy medium amber colored beer with moderate off-white puffy head.

Smell has a firm caramel character blended with some citrusy and piney hops.

Taste seems to have the hops in the forefront with a modest malty caramel presence in the background.

Very flavorful and refreshing with good taste retention.

A nice drinking beer. I really enjoyed it more on-tap than in the bottle.

Photo of 65dos
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy Ale holds up to Rogue's quality. It is probably their most accessible beer. The taste is very fresh. I feel like its a little bit over priced though.

S: hoppy and rich.

T: mildly hoppy and smooth

M: Tingly. THe aftertaste hangs out for a long time.

D: How's your wallet?

Photo of Spidey13
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dead Guy Ale pours a clear amber with a nicely tan head. The head is darker than what you might expect in a beer this color. It has a nice malty nose, with a hint of noble hops. Some caramel, fruit, and grass mixed together.

Sweet malt character in the taste, followed by a nice hint of spicy hop flavor and a light bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This is a very good, drinkable, malt-forward beer with - let's face it - one of the coolest names and labels out there.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 355ml brown bottle into a pint glass. No production date.

A- nice copper/orange color with bubbly head that dimminishes quickly but leaves some good lacing behind.

S- Dark fruit with some nice toasty malt aromas, with strong hints of bran bread, and some floral grassy hops and some pine.

T- Flavors of plums and raisins up front, with some nice toasty caramel malt with more flavors of fresh baked 12 grain bread, floral hops clearly noticeable in the crisp, clean, solid bitter finish. Alcohol is only felt in the throat and non existent in the flavor.

M- A medium bodied brew with carbonation that is a tad over the top but doesn't effect the brew. slightly slick/oily on the tongue.

D- A delicious brew that is very drinkable even at 6.6%.

Overall a good brew that will cut through meat dishes with ease and can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Not the best example of the style but serviceable nonetheless.

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

The T-Shirt says 'Gratefully Dedicated to the Rogue in Each of Us.' After winding up amidst a crowd to which a rogue like me clearly did not belong, one of beer chuggers, pong-players, and Coors drinkers, it sure is nice to come home to an old favorite of mine.

Dead Guy is an 'ale' that looks the way an ale ought to look; golden orange and semi-opaque. There's lacing on the glass but little head to match, revealing hops and alcohol to be key in this beer. A quick whiff before it goes down promises much more though, and it follows through. Pungent malts do more than just carry the piney, herbal hop flavors. The whole balance has a great duration on the pallet, slowly fading to a pleasant and unsticky hop residue. What more could one ask for in a finish. Well, possibly a touch more alcohol for balance, but hey, it's a Mailbock.

None of this is to suggest that this isn't a beer which goes down smooth. Wet and slippery in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it alive. It's intoxicatingly drinkable for something so hoppy and bock like. Perfect for when you need or want something to fall back to. Thanks again, Rogue, you've sure created a classic.

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

This beer pours a slightly cloudy honey color. Light passes through it, but you can't clearly make out objects on the other side of a standard pint glass. When poured there is a 2-inch ivory colored head that quickly dissipates with decent lacing that fades after about 10 minutes.

It smells of both roasted and sweet malt with a slight scent of fruity hops. There is just a hint of alcohol to it. To be honest the smell is not the most enticing, but it doesn't turn one away. The flavor has a strong malt backbone to it with a nice hop finish. As the beer warms up it becomes kind of dry and the hops are more present. It tasted much better when it was cold right out of the fridge, as it warms up it looses it pleasantness. The after taste also gets stronger as the beer warms. When I started drinking it, it wasn't bad, I have about 4 ounces left and I'm not as anxious to take a sip.

It has a medium body that is a little rough in the mouth and sticky in the throat. It leaves a mild coating that can be distracting. It's a decent anytime beer, but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA.

A - Very nice deep gold with a one-inch, off white head that descends to a ring; little lacing.

S - Malt and a bit of hops.

T/M - Refreshing, a tad creamy with a pleasant hop finish supported by malt and pine; a touch of grapefruit. Very nice!

D - Perfect year-round ale that is also food friendly,be it burgers, ribs, or fish.

Photo of Nizinski
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a cold bottle. Looks dark yellow, a bit redish and cloudy. Made a good sized head, dissappeared fairly quickly leaving a little to stay on top the whole beer. Smells like hops mostly that I can tell. The taste is good, a bit bitter and you can taste the hops but that is a good thing.

I would take a 6 pack (or 12) of these over any AB product any day. This just tastes good, I cant pinpoint all the flavors yet but its very very flavorful. A good malty aftertaste for me. This is probly the first beer I have that I could easily just grab a 6 pack and be good on just this. Props to Rogue for making a flavorful beer. I will be trying all of there other styles.

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it when I found a growler for $5.00!

Split it with a friend ...nice summer beer. Pours deceivingly thick. Initial thin lacing disappears quickly. Amber/Pumpkin orange in color with a buttery yellow head.

Has an earthy, woodsy, citrus smell. Faintest trace of pine?? Nicely balanced.

Malty fruits with a bitter finish. Lighter mouth, mildly effervescent. Crisp, clean & smooth.

I prefer a fuller bodied beer...BUT, the 6.5 ABV did the trick on a lazy summer afternoon. A steal at the price.

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

12-ounce bottle with no freshness date and a creepy skeleton dude sitting on a keg poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a sparkling clear amber body capped with a thumb of soft off-white foam that retains at a sticky ring that leaves wispy lacing.

Malty with a whiff of molasses with some prickly hops and green tea. A bit earthy.

Taste is sweetly caramel with a dry biscuity bitterness in the backbone, with lightly fruity flavors and a tangy bitter-herb hop bite. Juicy apple and pear emerge as the drink warms a bit, as does a note of burnt coffee.

Extremely smooth and drinkable.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer, it did not blow me away, but drinkable. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug, it produced a hazy, looked like apple cider, appearance, with a white thick head that dissolved fairly quick. The aroma was malt with a health hint of apple. The taste was unique. The apple really came out, which provided some sweetness, along with a nice malt and hop combination. Overall, this is a good beer that is drinkable, but not something that I will have to keep in stock, but something that I will pick up from time to time.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,683 ratings.