Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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6,537 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,537
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 190
Gots: 782 | FT: 1
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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 orangemoustache
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this delicious brew at a local restaraunt in Springfield,Illinois Cafe Brio(great spot,down town),I saw the cool label,and had to try this one!

A-reddish amber,with off white head

S-little bit of a fruity smell,suttle hops,sugary alcohol smell like canadien whisky

T-a well rounded taste with what seems to be a great balance of the sweet roasted malts,carmels,and hops

M-soft on the tounge(like twizzlers)makes mouths happy

D-this beer has similar characteristics of a Sam Adams BL as far as drinkability but this is much more complex,and superior in every imaginable way!

Photo of Traquairlover
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the misfortune to have reviewed this before during the 1 hour glitch on 11/25/07 in which the new scoring system was functioning (not functioning?). In case that review never reappears, I figured I'd pull out my notes and at least get it in now.

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I liked this quite a bit. A good solid, all around beer. Frankly, I have gotten into a rut where I drink mostly IPAs or similar highly hopped beers (barleywines, etc.) and had forgotten how much I like Maibocks.

A = Good frothy head from a somewhat robust pour. light lacing, cloudy reddish, amber, nice continuous carbonation bubbles.

S = Very well balanced blend of sweet malt and hops scents. Citrus, lemongrass and honey all come through.

T = I hesitate to say salty because that sounds wrong (perhaps umami is more correct?), but it is a very pleasant subtle taste on top of a good roasted character of malt, hay. A nice earthy, but not overly so, flavor. It makes me think of a country, summer festival.

M = A little thin, pleasant amount of carbonation which nicely tickles the tongue.

D = Great beer to just sit back and enjoy; a good all around beer.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this under the Jazz Guy label but biegaman who brought it back from California for me assured me it was really Dead Guy, thanks, Jan.

The bottle gushed on opening with amber colour and vigourous carbonation. Solid beige, off-white head with good retention and lacing. Smells hoppy but with a lot of caramel roasted malt too, the smell is apparent even before pouring. The taste is similarly two dimensional: hops and caramel-roast taffy. There is a smooth, buttery mouthfeel. This is a nice drinking ale with a nice, even keel ... the hoppy bitterness is balanced perfectly with malt, a real taste treat and another winner from Rogue.

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

Picked up a 6er at Publix in Boca Raton for around $7. I have only had one Rogue beer before this one (Mocha Porter) and that was really good so I figured Id give this guy a try
A: Pours a nice orangish/copper color with some amber tones in the light...very appetizing. The most impressive aspect of its appearance is the nice two-finger head that is a strange orange color that leaves a decent lace on the glass (at this point I have high hopes)

S: The nose consists of bubble gum (delicious smell), sweet malts, caramel, a bunch of fruits, and some slight hops...I had six attempts to figure out which fruits are in this beer, but for some reason I couldnt determine what they were

T: Bubble gum, very fruity followed by a very good balance of hops and malts. Lots of honey and pale malt flavors. Hops are not readily noticeable, but lend a small bitter bite.

MF: Very very clean...not very bitter, which in my mind accentuates the fruity aftertaste

D: One of the most drinkable beers I have had...there is a fair amount of alcohol in this one, but not noticeable...I cruised thru the 6er and cannot wait to get another one

Overall, this is an amazing beer! Recommended for every kind of drinker...An excellent BMC "converter beer" those those friends with lesser palates

EDIT: Tried the growler version of this (found on a shelf- no clue how old it could be) but seemed to have less hop presence, more malts, more honey, and more light fruits (apples, peaches, concord grapes). The carbonation was very low. I am assuming that the growler had been sitting there for months, but it still tasted excellent in its own way.

Photo of KI9A
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After passing this by several times, I picked a bottle up. Wow, I'm glad I did. Pours deep amber, with decent head. Smells of a bit, well, can't really tell. But, the taste..nice. Hops, malty, dark fruits, and maybe a very slight bananna finish. Someone mentioned it became better as they went thru it, and I agree. As i finished the bottle ( in a tulip glass), I sure wish I had another. And, I will.

Nice job!

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

Delighted to find this offering from our favourite Oregon on offer at the local. It's not in our favourite IPA category, but it is a great all-round beer nonetheless. Coppery-red colour with a slight haze and a moderate head. Aroma is fairly muted but the palate glows with complex fruit and malt and caramel. It's a bit chewy and very quaffable, although I note a fairly robust 6.5 % alcohol level.

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

On tap at a local sports pub...

Man, I'd forgotten how good Dead Guy is. This is one of the quintessential microbrewered beers, arguable introducing more drinkers to the craft scene than any other...and for good reason.

The body displays an attractive ruby/amber/copper hue, a bit hazy with a decent carbonation level. The head is small (as it was poured from a tap) but is extremely well-retained and leaves sticky, webbed lacing down the upper third of the glass. Aroma is difficult to detect, partly because of the bar scene, but mainly because Dead Guy never really gives off much of an aroma in my experiences. Fruity yeasts, light citrusy hops, buttery malts, grapefruit, and banana all show up with a strong inhalation.

The taste is delicious. Again, bottles don't really compare to a good Dead Guy on-tap (IMO). It practically bursts with notes of fruit and caramel malts, and a bit of creamy vanilla/butterscotch too. The finale is predominantly hop territory, as the flavor ends with a bitter, resinous bite. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied, semi-creamy but crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is nearly perfect. It's complex, flavorful, and almost too easy to put away a few in one sitting. Hooray for Dead Guy, my faith is renewed!

Photo of Squelch
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber dark tan, light amber with an off white head that dissaipates fast. Smells slightly of sulpher with caramel undertones, no hop aroma present. Taste begins with hops up front, caramel and toasted flavors in the middle, and finishing with a bready yeasty flavor which probably contributed to this beer's haze. Mouthfeel is medium to medium thick.

A drinkable beer but not one I would buy again. This is my first beer within this style so I may just not like the style! Try it for yourself.

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

from the bottle, rogue's dead guy ale pours a thick amber colored head above a deep amber color slightly cloudy ale.
the beer has a light hop smell and taste that is in no way overpowering, but the presence of hops is definitely noticeable. a few sips in, the mouthfeel becomes pleasant with a slight tang. It is a drinkable beer that gets better the more you drink it.
a very good (local for me) beer. I would recommend you try this if you like pale ales and the taste of hops.

Photo of MarzenMan
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Smallish 1 finger head that disappears quickly. Pretty orange amber color.

S - Very floral and slightly citrus hop aroma.

T & M - Awesome, flavor sort of reminds me of some pale ales but with more roasty accents. Plenty of hops to go around and a nice roasted malt body. Pretty sweet finish. Strong carbonation on the tongue. Great hop flavor lingers.

D - One of the best american craft beers I've had. Very smooth with enough hops to keep it interesting.

This is a great beer. One of the best American crafts I've had.

Photo of turbine2475
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber/crimson hue with almost no head directly from tap...watched the pour directly from tap and don't know if it was the inexperianced pour from the bartender or the keg was old.

S: Sweet malt with a little hop accent...fruity nature present

T: Smooth with a good body a slight toasted accent with a hoppy caramel and grain finish

M: Smooth with a hop tickle but a little light on carbonation

D: Great but gets even better the more you have....which is the problem :)

Great brew love Rogue but need to get a bottle and make a new review to make sure appearance and mouthfeel are accurate.

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

I found this one in a growler sold at Albertsons for $9.99, this is the 1st time I've found a growler at a grocery store, let alone with the brewery some 400+ miles away.
Appearance seems a slightly dusty amber with a medium head leaving an nice lace. Smell and taste of sweet malt, spice and fruit. mouthfeel is a healthy medium with good carbonation, Overall a really good drinking ale
I know when I buy growlers from other breweries they say the carbonation should last about 10 days, there is no bottling date and the carbonation seemed fine, so I grabbed it at a good time or there is something in the bottling process.

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

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass, consumed on 'Day of the Dead', Nov.1st, 2007.

A - clouded, red/amber color with a white head that thinned to a light layer, leaving some lacing on the glass.

S - malt and prune/raisin aroma.

T - malty taste upfront, some notes of fig or raisin are detected along the way, with a little hop bitterness on the finish. Complex flavors, yet it all seems to be in balance.

M - full bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

Final Note: I've made this a tradition for the past 3 years to drink this beer on 'Day of the Dead' but I may start drinking it on other days of the year as well. Dead Guy is another fine brew from Rogue.

Photo of praufs01
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Cloudy amber color with a frothy off-white head that leaves a light lacing trail.

Aroma – Light fruit smell with hints of sugar cookie dough.

Palate – Medium bodied ale that is smooth on the palate.

Flavor – Light banana and fruit taste with a mild citrus hop finish.

Final thoughts – All I can say is awesome. Complex and well balanced make drinking this brew a great experience.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks again to for importing and distributing these beers in china! you'll have to find this in bars/restaurants in shanghai or for cities like beijing, in specific warehouse/wholesale-type store chains like "metro", because carrefour doesn't stock it.

slgihtly hazy copper amber, decent head that leaves behind a bubbly lacing

aroma is fruity, with warm spices and malt to round things out.

taste is a nice balance of malt sweetness and a moderate hop profile. hints of butterscotch, caramel and light toast. bitterness is smooth and finishes well.

mouthfeel is decent, with some substance, definitely smooth

a nice little brew which reminds me of the good life in good-beer-starved china...

Photo of thejewthatbrews
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lighter amber color, with a small head (could have been too gentle of a pour), which dissipated within two or three minutes. Some slight lacing on the larger gulps, but lacing slides down the sides, doesn't really stick around.

S: Balanced hop/malt aroma, leaning slightly towards hops.

T: Light hop flavor, but not lacking in bitterness. Very light caramel taste, which actually submits to a hoppy aftertaste, even when it gets warmer.

M: Medium body, overall a good, balanced feel.

D: Highly drinkable. I wouldn't mind taking down a six pack on a sunday afternoon. However, not one to waste; savor it, while not sparing it.

Photo of tapman
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from a growler sitting in a Jewel, unrefrigerated. It was only $10 so what the hey...

Body is a brown/amber color with a thick, creamy foam off white head. For a growler, no matter how tight the cap, this beer retained some decent carbonation. Lacing is quite resilient and creeps down the side like ivy. Medium-dark yet transparent.

Smell is bready with English-like hops. Malts are like light roasted, not quite caramel, but not too heavy. I actually taste more bready hops than malts. Hop and malt balance is buttery.

Buttery and slightly salty hop/malt balance. Taste is actually thinner than usual (remember this is from a shipped out growler) . Hops leave a bitter grass in the finish while the malts leave me. The after-taste leaves me with a BMC kinda tangyness in my mouth. I'm pretty sure its due to the marketed growler. As it warms there is some caramel malt in the taste, but not much. BMC like film almost ruins it for me.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than the average BMC, but its still kinda thin.

I'm sorry to keep refering BMCs, but I really think this growler thing is responsible for the lacking in taste, smell, and mouthfeel. I've had this brew from the tap and I was much more impressed. Leave the growlers for the brewpubs, man.

Photo of WJVII
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 nosbocaj
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazel brown/amber color with an off white head and good lacing.
S: Light mixture of honey, caramels, and fruits.
T: Tastes just like it smells. A pleasant combination of sweet malts and spiciness.
M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Overall a very drinkable beer. It's delicious!

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

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a light ring and sheet throughout. the body was a hazy dark amber color.
s - sweet fruit, citrusy but not the usual (grapefruit, etc.) suspects. hints of dark fruits like cherries are also in the nose with a nice malty backbone.
t - citrusy and sweet hops with a slightly earthy finish.
m - crisp, dry and medium mouthfeel.
d - excellent and easily quaffed. complex and one i'll easily go to again.

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

Pours a deep honey amber. It looks like a beer should.

It smells malty, hopsy, and crisp.

The malt and hops both come through clearly, although the hops is not overpowering. The taste is not quite as crisp as the smell, and the hops leave more of a bitter aftertaste than typical for a bock.

The beer has a moderately light and smooth mouthfeel.

A very drinkable beer, although due to the hops and strong flavor I recommend stopping at just a few.

Photo of MillRat
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thin white head that never quite goes away. A small cloudy dribble from the end of the bottle suggests this was bottle conditioned, but there's nothing on the bottle to warn one about this. You may want to pour gently and slowly so you don't get any carryover. Lacing is minimal. A nice malt aroma that translates into a noticable but not cloying sweet malt presence in the flavor that is balanced by spicy hop bitterness that dries out the aftertaste. A well-built beer that is certainly quite sessionable. I had it on tap at the Finley Grill in Downers Grove, IL, and was more impressed there than with this bottle, but did not get to reviewing it in time for my memory to serve me well.

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

12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A: Golden-brown with a significant off-white head. Lacing left on sides of the glass while drinking.

S: Good but not too strong. Sweet and not very hoppy.

T: Sweet with a slight peppery taste. Alcohol wasn't very noticeable at first but became stronger as I got into the beer.

M: Average carbonation, felt a little thin overall.

D: I wasn't aware of the ABV until I saw it here. Without that knowledge I could imagine drinking more of these than I could handle in a night. Goes down nice and smooth.

Photo of buffettfan
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 22 iz bottle, into a standard pint glass. Appeared a cloudy, golden copper color. Aroma was pleasant, but not exciting. Taste was malty, mild, again, very pleasant, but nothing exciting. This is a very good beer, I don't think it is great, but I will ceritanly buy it again, and would recommened to anyone. It is an easy, drinkable beer.

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass with a white, foamy head that dissipated quickly; little lacing remained during the serving. Presented with a hazy copper color and a mild, hoppy aroma. Taste of malt and hops with a slightly astringent/citrus finish. Very pleasant and drinkable with a smooth mouthfeel.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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