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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,618
Reviews: 2,310
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 204
Gots: 881 | 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 DrainBamage
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with nice half inch head. Smell is has malty aromas and alcohol. Not much to excited about here. Taste is moderately bitter but goes down pretty smooth. Malts here are kept pretty low. Overall it's a decent beer, but unfortunately the hops overpower the maltiness.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark red beer with some carbonation. The head is decent sized but it dissipates very quickly because of the carbonation. The beer does look pretty cloudy.

The beer has a lot of grassy hops to it, but the roasty malts really come out if you move the beer around a bit. It has a dark roasted smell with hints of the dark fruits. The beer is pretty complex. The first taste is a toffee/chocolate flavour followed by some dark fruits like plums, then at the end it's almost a metallic tinge to it. Inside all of the flavours there is a strong grassy/alcoholic taste from the hops, which kind of takes you by surprise. The alcohol comes out more than I expected, but it's not a problem at all. The feel is a bit thicker than I expect, but it fits the beer nicely.

It's really not that drinkable of a beer, but this is probably because the strong flavours aren't my favourite.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy Ale pours a slightly hazy light amber color into the glass with a small white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind a couple spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a bit faint, but mainly malty with notes of toasted grain and a hint of grassy hops. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, with a soft fizz on the palate. The flavor is mostly toasted malt with some sweet caramel mixed in. Towards the end some hop bitterness moves in with notes of grass and flowers. Once gone the sweet malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, well balanced beer that hides its 6.5% ABV very well.

Photo of zook74
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all-around good beer.

Poured it out of a bottle into a pilsner. Good, rich amber body witha nice malty smell balanced by a nice hoppy bitterness.

The taste is much the same as the smell; nice malt body with good bittering from the hops.

All in all a nice ale, though I much prefer it on draft (duh) which is tough to get around here.

Not a bad session beer.

Photo of Hornet2003
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy dead person...This is pretty alright.

Appearance: Looks like a cloudy IPA.

Smell: Malty Sweetness smell and a hoppy floweriness.

Taste: Bitter from the hops but a malty, Oktoberfest-like backbone.

Mouthfeel: yes.(?)

Drinkability: Alcohol is kind of high for what it is, but overall, I could drink a couple pints of this if I could ever find it on tap in the great white north. Damned polar bears....Stealing all the Rogue.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Mellow Mushroom on the Corner in Charlottesville, VA.

Appearance: Hazy, crisp, with a two-finger head from what appeared to me to be a slightly aggressive pour. Light, blocky lacing with decent retention and medium carbonation. Nothing amazing.

Aroma: Sweet, lightly toasted biscuity malt and crisp, floral, piney, spring-like hops. Smells slightly medicinal.

Taste: Well-balanced, although perhaps a little coarsely bitter on the finish. Grassy, floral, piney, and herbal hops dominate the "hop half" of this beer, lending a spicy, phenolic character. Very springy - "May Bock" indeed.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and loose feeling, thin but not watery.

Drinkability: Decent. A little more alcoholic than you'd expect it to be from looking at it (6.0% abv), and definitely not for everyone - the bitter, medicinal tastes can begin to wear on you after a time. It began to get to me too ... but after three, so, that's not too bad after all, I suppose.

A good beer. Maibocks are a style I haven't had much experience with, and perhaps the phenols I found slightly irksome are simply natural and maybe even desirable flavors and aromas of this style. Taking those out of the equation, however, and this is a great, crisp, delicious beer.

Photo of phaiel
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep gold. Slightly cloudy, minimal head. Lightly carbonated.

Has a great malty nose. Citrusy. Smells sweet. I have a little bit of a stuffy nose so I cant get it all unfortunately.

Taste has great balance of malt and hops. I expected it to be more sweet from the nose, but it finishes with a refreshing bitterness. Has more of a hop feel than a hop taste, but I definitely enjoy the maltiness.

Decently light, but has a good mouth feel and definite boldness. Pretty big flavor packed into this. Very enjoyable.

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

A - bronze/orange hue... head was thin...not so bubbly after the pour

S - hoppy, with smells of spice and bitterness

T - Lots of flavor..hoppy with hints of orange
M - light crisp strong
D - I heard alot about this beer ut wasnt overly crazy about it

Photo of KeefD
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Oregon State University imperial pint glass.

Nice appearance, golden amber in color, one inch head. Smell the hops at first but can make out some fruit undertones.

Great flavor. Fruity, malty goodness with a dry hop finish. One of the better Rogue ales.

Photo of jayrod20
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a nice amber color with a 3/4 inch white head. There was a sweet smell to this, very fruity with hints of spice. A little citrus, maybe orange or grapefruit and a mild cinnamon hint. Tastes smooth with little carbonation, very full of the fruitiness you smell. Subtle hints of spice. This is a lighter body brew, but very refreshing. Very solid ale.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours light sunny brown color with a small head. It smells of pure malt and a bit of hops.
The taste is grainy,malty with spice hints.

The feel is a light mildly carbonated brew with a smooth,creamy and bitter finish.
I remember when I first bought this beer I did not like it so much and now I think it is a good session brew,but I get it only when I am in the mood.

Note: I am not going to say that one should not purchase this beer as I have bought this and liked it. Try it and see what you think.

Photo of philbe311
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Translucent bronze w/ an orange hue... Little to no head which quickly disappears...

S - Malt and more malt, yet not overwhelming...

T - Striking blend of hops... Hint of grapefruit and other citrus as the taste mature in your mouth... Flavor grows exponentially as the beer warms...

M - Light & Bold... Crisp...

D - Solid session beer, but nothing to get overly excited about...

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

Poured from 22 oz into imperial pint

A- amber/copper, though more orange than red. The head is tan or off-white with a bit of orange, lasts for duration.

S- The nose is subdued and seems like it would be better a bit warmer. Fairly balanced, but a pleasant citrus(sweet) overpowers the rest, though I don't know if this style is supposed to be that way...

T- Citrusy, spiciness, pleasant sweetness. The spice increases and is more interesting as the beer warms.

MF- probably started a bit too cold, but it was as it warmed it certainly improved and lost some of the early bite it had.

D- very nice, ubiquitous beer. Won't buy it very often as for the price there are superior brews, but it's pretty darn good as mass-produced "craft" beers go.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat blurry orange with a fluffy white head that began disappearing before the first sip.

Sweet caramel with a tinge of licorice in the nose. Very nice aroma.

Faint floral hops, with a nice, biting sweetness. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness. Very refreshing, somewhat complex. A superb amber/maibock.

This beer was overflowing with flavor once it hit near room temp. Dark chcolate became a prominent flavor oddly enough.

An awesome, everyday, anytime beer.

Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark copper with only a little head. By far the mildest beer I've had from Rogue, it smelled and tasted of very sweet citrus hops and malt blend. It had really good texture and a mild aftertaste. It had a decent overall flavor that was well balanced and easy to drink, but nothing too special.

Photo of unit91
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a half gallon sized bottle. Ended up resealing and finishing the day after which probably wasn't the best idea but it did indeed maintain is carbonation which was good. The beer had a bit of hoppiness to it but nothing overwhelming and overall tasted very good. At first smell it seemed to have a strong alcoholic odor but mellowed out while the bottle was open.

Photo of Kemperfi
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was a very nice Amber color. It had nice sized head that recedes fairly quickly, with little to no lacing visible. It had a slight hoppy and caramel taste, as well as pumpkin especially in the finish. It had a nice mouth feel with good carbonation, enjoyable to drink.

Photo of Greggy
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a very nice reddish copper color with a great 2 finger head that recedes to a nice lace head.

S- Nice malty, hops, peppery, pumpkin spice.

T- Light pepper, pumpkin, thick and light hops.

M- Very syrupy to finish with a nice long dry hop/pumpkin finish.

D- I will enjoy this often. A very solid Maibock.

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

Poured a cloudy amber from a 12 oz bottle. Smell was apple juice and fruity with a faint hop aroma. Taste is nice, sweet malt...but not too sweet with a mild hop finish. I really didn't know what to expect with this beer because it just says "Ale". But man, it was a nice balance. Sweet malt based with a well balanced hop finish. Mouth feel is wonderful. Perfectly carbonated in my opinion. The drinkability for me isn't the best though. 6.5%. I can hang with 3 at the most. I couldn't sit there and drink like 6 of these (12oz) but...I'd like to start a session with just one of these.

Photo of Buebie
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler from The Cellars, into 16 oz mug.

Appearance: Rosie amber, with medium head, clingy lacing.

Smell: Yeasty malty sweetness

Taste: Sweet malt, smooth hoppy bitter finish, well balanced with a malt finish that isnt usual. some toffee, with hints of grain.

Mouthfeel, is thing even carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to consume, but not a session beer due to its higher ABV.

I love that is lager but its fermented with a ale yeast. Steam beer gone mental.
One of my favorites, and I just brewed the recipie, hopfully it turns out as good as the original.

Photo of kenito799
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

I have seen this beer out there so many times, I thought I would take the opportunity to give it a try. I don't know much about Maibocks but I can detect a kinship with Altbier, perhaps, in a certain dry toastiness to the malt, if that makes any sense. But Maibock is a lager and Alt is an ale, so it doesn't really make any sense. Whatever. I would have guessed that this is particularly nice American pale ale.

So, this coppery clear brew raises a frothy head that recedes to nothing after a short while, a few wisps of lace are left.

Aroma is predominantly malty, caramel, hints of fruitiness. On the palate there is soft carbonation and medium body, a bit sticky in the finish. Taste is much less sweet than expected from the smell...but sweetness is there, but a masterful balance of crisp hoppy bitterness, hints of spice and alcohol tingling, a constant interplay between malt and hops that keeps this substantial beer almost refreshing...not a dry thirst quencher, but invigorates the palate. This aspect makes this beer quite drinkable, even as I am licking the sweet malt of my lips, I am ready to reach for another. Great with food. Very well made brew.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass.

A - Nice amber color. Very thin head but excellent lacing.

S - Sweet malty smell with a hint of caramel.

T - Very well balanced tase with malt sweetness up front followed by a light citurs hop taste. Great range of tastes

M/D - Very well balanced with good carbonation. This would make a great session beer.

Photo of MTNboy
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Good orange amber with gold highlights when held to the light. No head but oddly enough great lace.

Smell: Fruity hops aroma. Almost like a blend of citrus with hints of apricot.

Taste: About the same as the scent. A little hoppy and floral but no over whelming.

Mouthfeel: Watery.

Drinkability: Not bad easy going. A versatile anytime beer.

Photo of SirSaranac
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, intersting bottle... Funny thing is, I have a Lake Placid Frostbite Ale sitting in my fridge right next to it, and they blend together, sharing the EXACT same colors. ODD.

A- Pours a 1 finger head that has little retention, despite being quite frothy. The brew itself is the color of apple cider, rather cloudy, and nice carbonation. Lacing is less than desireable though.

S- Well balanced mixture of malt, hops and fruit. There's something about it that smells like freshly cut potatoes as well... I know, odd. Fruit would lean towards apple, although i'm not positive. Yeasty as well.

T/M- Malt, then a sharp hop bite... followed by the fruity outro... mildly dark fruit. In my opinion, the aftertaste reminds me of sour apple... slightly tart? It's tasty brew none the less, well balanced, yet lacking the subtle nuances to make it a world class brew.

D- Tasty brew indeed, however, the taste become a bit redundant after 2... Also, the tartness becomes a bit too dominant after the first 1. Still, I recommend trying this.

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

I've heard a lot about this beer, but I've never been able to find it until the last time I was home. Can't wait to give it a shot.

A: Poured a rich amber color with a thin white head that reduced to a few bubbles. Hazy in appearance, looks very good.

S: I can only detect a few malty aromas in this beer, some of honey, and a little bit of a caramel scent. Nothing really pops out though.

T: Very complex tasting beer, lots of different things going on. Some sweet characteristics, pretty malty, but a nice hop bitterness at the end. Once again though, nothing really pops out very well balanced though, and not offensive in the least.

M: Pretty thin, very well carbonated, nice warming too, which is surprising with the alcohol level being where its at. Not bad.

D: Quite drinkable, I'm sure I'll tip a few of these back today. Not too bad of a beer in all, just not one of my favorites. Tasty though.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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