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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,247 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,247
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 173
Gots: 619 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 SethB2
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours deep amber color with a massive head that takes awhile to settle. Very slight haze is also present.

S - Nutty, big time. Roasted malts also make an appearance, along with a grape juice smell. Good stuff.

T - Grape is there, followed by a very bready texture and finishing off with some roated grain. Not as big as the smell would have indicated, but a very nice ale.

M - Full and round. Smooth.

D - Very good. Rogue shows again why it is held in such esteem by beer geeks.

SethB2, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of ericj551
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a medium orange/amber with an inch of head. I smell carmel malts and a twinge of hop bitterness. Taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop bitterness and balance. There is a slight citrus flavor in the hops as well. It might not be a true Maibock, but I don't care, this is an excellent brew. I had it for the first time the day I turned 21 and thought it was the best beer of the mix six I got. It would be in my regular rotation if it wasn't $10 or more a six pack.

ericj551, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of ellisdee97
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish-brown, thick 1 to 2 finger head which slowly dissipates, nice lacing.

S: Light crisp hops, with a breathy sweet malt base. Slight sweet yeast notes hit the nose.

T: Sweet banana clove, with honey. A deep malt and crisp hop finish and fresh oats. Alcohol present but stays a nice addition. Spices bite the tounge but nothing distinct.

M: Sweet and bitter, than finishes dry with a spicy bite.

D: On a summer day I could sip these till the sun goes down. Inasanely refreshing and all the tastes meld with nothing standing out.

ellisdee97, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pretty body! Nice, amber/golden. Clear enough to see through the glass, and topped by a decent head. But the head doesn't stick around for too long.
The nose is mild, but a nice combination of sweet, dry malt and a bit of hops. But not overwhelmingly dominated by anything in particular.
Nice, smooth taste, with a great balance between the thick and flavorful malt and the bittering hops. Not a standout in any one area, but a good all around beer.

DaveFL1976, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of ndekke39
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered on-tap at a small cafe. Poured a slightly cloudy, deep golden color. Thick white head on it, plenty of lacing on the side of the glass.

First smells reveals hints of orange and floral hops. Elements of the sweet grain in there, too.

Flavors bloom nicely in the center of the tongue, with a dry bitterness from the hops. Hints of the grains, adding a sweet balance to the hops, which finish out the taste.

Fairly creamy texture, with a small fizz across the tongue. Helps the flavors travel nicely.

Very sippable beer. I ordered this after a long day of work, and you couldn't ask for the better ending to the day. Overall, a fairly hoppy beer, although it's balanced nicely by elements of sweet and the light creaminess. Would definitely recommend it.

ndekke39, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of ryanismean
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm nearly convinced that Dead Guy Ale is the most well-balanced ale currently produced in the US. Pours from the bottle a darkish brown amber with a nice sized head. There's an immediate sweet, almost fruity malty goodness in the nose backed up by a strong showing of hop aroma. I can't wait to have a sip.

There is a nearly overwhelming sweet caramel malt at the front of the mouth, but just before I'm ready to deem it too sweet the hops plow into my palate, bringing a needed bitter balance.

The mouthfeel is almost a little sticky, but not as much as some other malty beers I've had. Still, I'm compelled to mark down a little on mouthfeel due to the stickiness even though it's not entirely unpleasant.

All around a very, almost painstakingly balanced brew. Definitely worth keeping this one in heavy rotation.

ryanismean, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed serving this beer with a big broiled salmon dinner as it had a malty bitter taste to it that contrasted the overt taste of the fish. The beer poured well into a frothy head that remained present until the end of the glass.

It was entertaining to see my friends at dinner immediately gravitate to the appearence of this beer after I poured a pint for myself. They enjoyed it very much and asked where more could be found.

bonbright7, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of stemcell001
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I very much like to drink this beer during the summer whether at the bar from the tap or at BBQs. It has a very light taste to it and a nice hop finish. It clears your palette when you are are having heavy foods, but it hasn't overpowered anything I've eaten.

stemcell001, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of ArcTeryx
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-ish red with a creamy-looking head. After it settled, there was a small amount of lacing present. I didn't notice much aroma with this beer. There is a slight citrus aroma, with hints of caramel and bananas.

Tastes of caramel with a small amount of citrus, complimented by a very slight biscuity flavor. One neat thing I like about this beer is that most of the flavor is in the aftertaste. Nice malty aftertaste with a bit of hoppiness. There is a good balance between malts and hops. Medium mouthfeel.

Very tasty beer, with a simply excellent aftertaste. To me, this is a sessionable beer, but I can see how it wouldn't be to others. Good stuff.

ArcTeryx, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of superdavex
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured with high, thin carbonation. The bubbles dissipated with a ferocious quickness. The smell was sweet, malty with some hops in the backround. This one tasted like some European beers I've had recently with American hops added for bite. Delicious sweet malt and hops fight in a tug a war in your mouth with no apparent winner. A medium mouthfeel left my mouth sticky after swallow, more typical of your heavy mouthfeel beers. The medium mouthfeel combined with the sticky aftertaste meant I definately wanted one more after I was done, making the drinkability excellent. Another unique beer from one of the most unique breweries in the Nation. Well done Rogue!

superdavex, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber brown, streams of carbonation flutter towards the top. Head is average, fluffy and has nice retention, especially while swirling the glass. No lacing apparent.

S - Light malt, caramel and toffee. Sweet smelling.

T&M - Taste is quite malty and bitter, well balanced. The dark fruits come through and battle with the hops. Finish is smooth and dry, fragile in a sense. A bit of a small toffee tracing was also present. Sweet, dry, balanced and incredibly smooth what more could you ask for?

D - Good brew, solid drinkability.

This beer almost reminds me of La Terrible, wonderful. Good example of the style. Definitely recommended. A+

HoustonTX, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of ryantupy
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a very enjoyable beer that I will definatly re-stock up on. It poured a cloudy amber color with a white lace. It had a very sweet smell to it. Hops and malts were both equally present with small hints of sweetness and maybe even some fruitiness. It tasted good and was very smooth and refreshing. Again the malts and hops were very present. Malty sweetness and even slightly fruity. It was a very good tasting beer that was as enjoyable as it was unique.

ryantupy, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rated on the 12 oz. bottle, but have enjoyed bomber as well. Poured to a hazy reddish-orange, with one finger white-tan head that lingered. This was a very active beer, as carbonation bubbles continued to work the entire drink. Aroma of fruit (apples?) and malt, with hops present. Bitterness combined with the fruit created a very good flavor and finish. Alcohol’s presence became more apparent near the end....even more so in the bomber. Overall, a very good beer.

kimcgolf, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a nice smell of malt, though not much else. The flavor is a good toasted malt flavor that sits on the tongue a while and dissipates slowly. The sweetness of the malt is pretty good without being too much. I understand that this beer is somewhat of a session brew, but I have a feeling I may get tired of the flavor.

rtratzlaff, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: No head to speak of, but I blame the establishment pouring the beer. lines weren't tuned correctly. The body is a ruddy brownish gold, fairly clean after the cold haze died off.

S: Nose is malty, some what bready with a hint of hops.

T: Roasted sweet barley certainly marzen like. Buttery down the center of the tongue, bit toffee like. Bittering hops towards the end, faint and not overpowering

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: Bummer the carbonation was screwed up. I've drank this enough to know what the carbonation should be like. Like this beer quite a bit. Pairs very well with food.

Westsidethreat, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of wingman14
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an light amber with very little white head. Smell and taste are hard to distinguish. Smells of malts and sweet tones. Taste is similar. This beer is best on tap, I didn't find it as inviting when I picked up a six pack. It is a hard beer to describe but is very good. I recommend this one to everyone, it is middle of the road with some great flavor. The balance is amazing, a good deal of flavor that works well together. I could have these all the time. Cheers!

wingman14, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of mjd83goblue
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle for $1.49

A: Pours copper with some reddish tints when held up. Not much head here.

S: Initial smell of the big malt character and some caramel. There's also some fruit and some hops, and something I can't quite put my finger on, almost a slight bit of smoke? Or maybe honey? Guess I'll have to buy more to figure it out...

T: Big malts are offset a little by the abundant hops. Also, some burnt caramel.

M: Light and well carbonated for the malts. Works well.

D: Goes down quite easy.

I don't care if this is a "real" maibock or not. Its just a damn good beer, and one that combines some tastes that are usually not together. Great name, great bottle, great beer.

mjd83goblue, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a beautiful hazy rich amber color. Starts with a rocky one finger of firm tan foam for a head. The lace is thick and clingy.
Sweet malts, dark fruits, a bit of tropical citrus, and molasses greet the nose.
Taste is sweet, chewy malts, mild dark fruit flavor and floral piney hops. Well balanced, malts and hops come together nicely.
Moderately high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

EvilKeith, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium orange color with an off-white head of good size. Appears lightly carbonated. Nose is malt upfront, with some subtle hop background. Has a pleasant floral scent as well. Palate is very malty, but carries a strong hop bitterness that offsets it well. Some sweet mollasses or honey flavors are present as well. More a sit warms. Mouthfeel is medium with this one, and not a lot of carbonation. Over all, this is a good example of a bock, with a discernable hop presence. Not among my favorite styles, but a good one when I'm in the mood. Recommended.

beerphilosopher, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of Graebner
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a burnt orange with a subtle red, very little apparent carbonation, and almost no head at all. A thin, thin white lacing on the top of the ale and a circle of white inscribing the glass are the only hints of foam.

The smell is nothing special...nothing much at all, really. Some grapes, ether, slight pine, a bit of malt and charcoal. But it's a very faint nose, altogether.

Taste though...it doesn't disappoint. Malty at first, to the point that it's quite sweet, and would be borderline sickening if it didn't balance out. Fortunately, the boys at Rogue have really put some love into this gem. Tastes of citrus, barbeque, rum, and plenty of spice, and finishes with enough hops to balance the malts perfectly yet not be overpowering.

The mouthfeel is also very pleasant, as there's body enough to let you know you've gotten ahold of a real brew, but not so much so that it would kill food or sit like bricks and motor oil in your stomach. It finishes cleanly with a twinge of astringency from the hops, but I'm partial to that, myself. Leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed, and is really a joy to quaff.

Overall this is would make for a great session ale. It tastes fantastic, doesn't leave you with the cloying feeling that makes you feel like an auto mechanic with sugar on his boots just ran through your mouth, and doesn't sit heavily on the stomach. This is some quality ale.

Had the opportunity to try this out of a growler from Frugal MacDougal's in Nashville. It was a bit warm (around 65), but it actually seemed to bring out more flavor and nose. I was really impressed by it when slightly warm. It seemed like there was a much more complex taste to it, reminiscent of a belgian brown.

Graebner, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of bgraney
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a amber/honey color with very bubbly crown.
Slight lemony background in the aroma fronted by a nice malt/hops balance.
Flavors are well balanced as well, they come together to make an excellent collective whole.
Smooth mouthfeel with a lingering citrus taste.
Very drinkable, one of my favorite ales.

bgraney, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of Brian700
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a clear amber color with a eggshell white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is sweet malt with some spicy hop aroma. It smells sort of like a barley wine to me.

The flavor is great. It has a nice malt profile. I would guess that there is some maris otter used. It has that barley wine flavor but in a small dose. I pick up on some nectarine flavor. The hop presence is more on the spicy side. It is very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavor lingers nicely.

This is a really drinkable beer. I have a renewed love for this one after this bottle.

Brian700, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Way back even before I made an account on BA, Alberta had Dead Guy Ale on its shelves. My roommate and I had a six pack of what was probably the last shipment prior to Rogue's reappearance this year. This is my first Dead Guy since.

Poured slowly into a pilsner glass as I wasn't sure the glass would hold everything if a good head formed. Swirled in the last little bit. The beer is a hazy deep orange to brown colour, with tiny rising carbonation. Nothing much for head, but I didn't help with my slow pour.

The smell is buttery toffee sweetness with a fruity malt base. Pretty sweet overall, though there is a bit of citrus hoppiness poking out.

The taste is a nice balance of toasty caramel sweetness with a faintly bitter hop finish that just seems to match up just right. No wild array of flavours here, just a well made easy drinker. I would say that there is a familiarity with other Rogue brews that leads me to believe it is the part of the flavour coming from the yeast.

This beer has a slick body with some weight to it, and the carbonation has a truly natural feel. I don't think it could be much better.

A natural quaffer here, all quality.

elricorico, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass...the color appears a burnt, glowing amber. Rich, caramel-toned, creamy head on top. Light carbonation.

Delicious aromas hit the nose- soft fruits, (apricots?), malt and hops.

The flavor is deceptively smooth...rich malt flavors, hints of fruit, some honey. Finishes with a crisp bitterness that is far too pleasant to be good for me.

This is a solid beer, and I can't wait until I can try it on tap.

MeLikeBeer, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this ale pours a hazy pumpkin color, with a thin tan, quickly lacing head, moderate carbonation is visible

S - a very fresh aroma, like that of unsweetened iced tea, with a hoppy background, and a deeper whiff reveals a slight citrus aroma

T - damn, this is good, much more bitter than i expected, very hoppy lingering taste that refreshes, a slight spicy characteristic in the baclground

M - medium, overly bitter, a sharpness on the palate, very good though

D - also medium, probably too bitter for some, i like it very much

sinstaineddemon, Jun 12, 2006
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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