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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

5,785 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,785
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 138
Gots: 383 | FT: 0
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 nomad


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a transparent dark amber color with a strange orange-brown hue to it. Also had a fair-looking frothy and almost khaki-colored head, some bits of tiny streams of carbonation, a good lace that for the most part stuck around, and some bits of stain.

Smelled of soft apple and faint floral hops, and a little pine and salt as well. It tasted of a good balance of malt and hops; it nicely played back and forth between a rosy malt flavor and a grapefruity bitterness. Had some good biscuit flavors, too. In combination, a simple body of flavors but pleasing from its good balance.

Lightly drying but with an obviously bitter finish, it didn't diminish the very wet feeling the watery mouthfeel left for most of my tongue. A good session beer, light (relative to most Rogue offerings) yet interesting. I thought better in bottle, as for me the draught had lost its malt flavors and thus its balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 06:36:03 | More by nomad
Photo of far333


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, a little hazy, with an orangey head that is thick and lingering. Aroma of sweet malts and ripe fruit, some toffee and candy. Flavor is coarse brown sugar, ripe pear and hint of butterscotch. Also a bit of a rough-edged flavor, a little grainy. Mouthfeel is round and full, with even carbonation. You can just feel tinges of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 18:05:21 | More by far333
Photo of marc77


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny bronze hue. Covered by a cream white, fluffy, well retained head. Rutted lace remains. Soft, spicy hop nose with an herbal tinge along with lightly toasted malt and mellow light caramel. Pleasant, understated aroma. Assertive hop bite initially in flavor is partially contrasted by mildly buttery malt and mellow toffee. Malt character is predominantly of cleanly grainy, toasty Munich and stately, dextrinous light lovibond caramel malt. Not complex, but sufficient in malt backbone for adequate balance. Subdued herbal, mint tinged hop flavor. Moderate in body, with an agreeably smooth mouthfeel well calculated in dextrins. Finishes with lingering hop bitterness and fleeting toasty malt, and thus quite dry. Another well hopped, unique Rogue creation. Simple, tasty and certainly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 01:26:38 | More by marc77
Photo of jackndan


4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Dead Guy Ale: In a twelve ounce brown bottle. This is one very tasty beer. Deep amber color, nice off-white head with sufficient staying power to coat the sides of the glass. The taste is exceptional, neatly balanced malts off set the assertive hops. Clearly, this is a terrific beer for any hop head, but one that I think any beer drinker would enjoy, as this beer showcases the floral/citrus aspects of the hops with out leaving too much of a bitter bite. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 15:00:54 | More by jackndan
Photo of Boto


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown. Not much head to the beer. Both the aroma and taste are very complex. There are a great deal of malts and hops in this beer, but neither are overwhelming, but there is a good hop kick in the end. Extremely well balanced. This one would get the Mayan's to come back from the dead! (Big misconception that this was named for Jerry Garcia. It was named for a Mayan celebration. It does sell beers, since they don't readily discount it.)

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2003 16:52:34 | More by Boto
Photo of Edwin


4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer three years ago on a whim at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA. I have to admit that I am a total slave to packaging...if it looks cool, i'll buy it. The skeleton dude called to me and I had to have it. I have to say that what I found inside my glass was FAR better than I expected. I thought i'd get an average beer with a great label, and instead I got a great beer with a great label.
Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of sweetness to it. When it is first poured into the glass, it has a beautiful red/caramel hue to it that looks almost too good to drink. It has a great aroma. This is a beer that has all the flavor of a heavier beer, but it won't weigh you down like a steak dinner, making it an all-night endeavor.
The only knock on this beer is that, if kept too cold it can get a little bitterness to it. Most self-respecting establishments will keep certain coolers at different temperatures to ensure the best taste, but every once in a while you'll get one that is a tad too cold and it seems like you're drinking the Dead Guy's ugly sister. Those situations are few and far between, but I gotta give the whole story.
If you see this beer, do yourself a favor and get a pint. I suggest it to all newbies and I get great response. Enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2003 13:16:56 | More by Edwin
Photo of Naerhu


5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful opaque red body with white smallish head. 4
smell: Sweet malty creamy, soft whole grain bread like aroma. 4.5
taste: Medium hops that gently grow. Initially lightly sweet and some light caramel. Sweet without being cloying in anyway. Dry due to the hopiness, but balanced so well. Reading the other reviews, I have to wonder why I got it backwards. Most taste bitter then sweet, but I definitely taste malty sweetness with the bitterness slowly coming out.
mouthfeel: micro bubbles on a round medium body.
drinkability: The sweetness and bitterness is balanced is beautifully. Amazing.

This is the sweetest juice of god. It has a beautiful deep golden amber color. Shimmering with deliciousness. Aroma is of bold malts wrapped in a loving bouquet of hops. I do not catch any of the fruit other see, but this has the rich warm qualities of fresh baked bread. A firm hop back bone, that make me glad I was born. The creamy smooth mouthfeel is liquid silk.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 07:36:28 | More by Naerhu
Photo of allboutbierge


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a treat here. Copper red color with a pale orange hue. Initially fluffy then disappates into an offwhite head that resembles a flat cloud in shape. Sweet and mellow candly-like scent. Flavor initially is slightly bitter but soon transforms on the tongue to a mellow sweetness. Just a plethora of different sweetnesses confused and excite the tongue and palate. Aftertaste almost has an element of carmel too it. Any taste of alcohol is non-existant in this brew. Carbonation is light which allows for all the flavor to come out. Extremely drinkable. A nice appetizer beer because once its gone you want another and another and another...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 19:04:43 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of jlervine


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

Poured a nice amber color with a white head, bubbles efervesced throughout the duration of the beer in my glass. Lace was left down the sides of the glass. The smell is hoppy and you get a good whiff of alcohol - almost vodka-like with my bottle. Interesting. The taste is very good and satisfies the hop-head in me - little malt presence on the palate, followed by bitter hops and a crisp finish. It feels to me that the tail end is almost missing something. Maybe I'm delusional. This is a very rich ale for my tastes, so I can see drinking one or two of these tasty brews, but certainly not more than that.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 18:39:27 | More by jlervine
Photo of BierReise


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

I had this for the first time recently and enjoyed it very much. It poured a nice head that laced the glass as I drank it. The thing about it that impressed me the most was that despite its intense hops, the malt flavor came right through. This is American brewing at it's best

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 12:28:15 | More by BierReise
Photo of scottum


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bock, but they call it an ale? I don't understand. A very good bock. One of my favorite bocks. Too sweet for me to drink very much of, but very good none the less. Balance is good. Nice malt profile. I welcome this beer into my fridge. Great label.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 09:44:39 | More by scottum
Photo of brakspear


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm...a mai-bock brewed with Rogue's mysterious "pac-man" yeast....and throwing you a curve by calling it an ale.... all resulting in a delicious beer no-matter its classification!

The beer pours a dark amber with a very limited white head...the weakest part of this beer is its appearance.

The aroma is a beautiful deep malty aroma...not sweet...toasted instead...with a faint hops spice...very nice.

The taste shines...a rich and deep malty blend of Munich and caramel malts really breaks to the fore, but there is a nice hop balance to the beer. A joy to drink.

The beer has a nice body to it and the alcohol content is hidden, making it dangerous if you think it is a session beer! I just wish it was more readily available in my neck of the woods.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 17:40:55 | More by brakspear
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Capital Ale House.

Appearance: Hazy dark copper in color. Minimal head but it left very nice, thick, and distinct rings on the glass.

Smell: Very hoppy indeed. Fruity and flowery. Very nice.

Taste: Less than what I expected. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer, but something just didn't sit well with me. There was a more balanced flavor of hops and malts than expected. I had anticipated a hop right hook to the taste buds. No such luck.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. Surprising, given the high IBU of this beer.

Drinkability: I really wasn't constantly ready for another drink with this one. Not a beer that I would actively seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2003 19:21:38 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of jtw5877


4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff is great, pours an orangeish hue with a white head. It tastes like a nutty amber, but it works! no massive hops, yet a subtle transformation of a classic which yields an awesome offspring. Any fan of ales would enjoy this tastey interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 20:26:20 | More by jtw5877
Photo of stegmakk

New York

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy rich copper with off white head...
Aroma: Softly sweet malt
Taste: Strong malt slightly sweet at first...leading too nice offsetting slightly bitter hops...nice mix
Mouthfeel great...
Overall I will get some more...not my favorite, but still good

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 18:49:21 | More by stegmakk
Photo of avylover


3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking deep golden brew with a level off-white head that died in a hurry.. Smell is a mix of english and american bitter hops, but I once this tasted a few more flavors kicked in, most notably a very sweet maltiness. Nothing overpowering, just a decent balance of hops & sweet bready malts. Alcohol is totally hidden. Not the best maibock I've head, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 13:23:17 | More by avylover
Photo of tavernjef


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

Amber in color, light tan small bubbly half inch thick head. Very appealing to look at. Smells of light floral hops and yeast. Start and middle are a little bit empty, but ohh the finish is so nice. Good fair amount of hops with a nice dry hop bite. Sip or drink it slow, its quite smooth with a nice hop bite. Drink it fast and watch out, the hop bite bites. Has a light body feel and leaves a dry hop tang in mouth and tongue. Drinkable indeed, this is a nice clean hophead ale for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 18:53:31 | More by tavernjef
Photo of nixhecks

Rhode Island

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

Poured and amber color topped with a large foamy white head, excellent retention. Not much aroma, a little malty sweetness. Carbonation is low, giving this brew a smooth mouthfeel. Malts dominate the flavor, a little raison notes. Not too bad overall, but not the best Rogue has to offer. Character is a just a little lacking, something that some of Rogue's other brews have that makes them stand out. But hey, when the day of the dead comes, what better than a dead guy.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 17:41:44 | More by nixhecks
Photo of Scooter77


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

Presented in a 22oz bomber bottle with the classic “Dead Guy” sitting on a barrel. This is one of my favorite maibocks. Pours a deep amber/bronze color topped off by a medium sized bubbly head. Nose is floral and malty with slight undertones of nuts and fruit. Bitter hops are immediately recognized upon first taste, followed by a sweet fruitiness and malts. Very balanced and easy to drink. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, very nice. Another great beer from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 05:04:41 | More by Scooter77
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

Nice rich gold color with creamy head that stayed nicely,smelled nice and malty with some fruitiness to it.Nice balanced brew not overly sweet but enjoyably sweet,hop is in there after a few sips it shows.Drink this one alot really good beer with some balls.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 18:57:18 | More by oberon
Photo of Denali


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12 ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy amber with thick off-white head.

Smell: Fruity aroma (citrus and apple) with malt sweetness and slight alcohol presence.

Taste: Mix of malt sweetness and strong hops bitterness tastes up front. Roasted caramel flavor comes in next, along with a hint of fruitiness. Strong hops bitterness and malt sweetness then make their presence known again and follows into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation upfront that fades away quickly. Finish is a bit thin. Almost like the flavors go away for a moment but then come back (from the dead) again for the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Wow is this easy to drink. I didn’t realize it was 6.5% ABV until after I finished it. You would never know it.

Comments: Very flavorful brew, extremely easy to drink. The dead finish provides an interesting effect. Thank you Keith (stegmakk) for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 18:04:12 | More by Denali
Photo of Running4beer


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

Poured a hazy wheat/honey type color with a small amount of head that thins out and leaves a lacy coat on top. The aroma is not strong at all but you can smell the hops and light malt. There was a slight bitter, malt aftertaste that is not overpowering and completes the initial hop taste. There is a smooth mouth feel to this beer, that makes you want to grab another and another and another. The drinkability is great, this is one of those beers you want on a hot summer night when you're relaxing at home with some friends having a good conversation about beer and life.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2003 14:43:32 | More by Running4beer
Photo of Reidrover


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

Came in the 22 oz "Bomber" with the by now famous "Dead Guy" atop a cask label!
Wow I AM impressed by the look of this beer! The brew is a hazy amber colour, topped by a small , but creamt, off white head, very good !
The aroma of this beer is not overwhelming, but is well balanced with hops and malts to the fore...smells like fresh rain.
Ahhh wonderful taste to this ale! Malty yet not to cloyingly sweet, creamy yet it has bite.Nice taste of honey..and a nice understated hop bitterness at the end.
A very nice feeling in the mouth, its smooth and not too dry of a finish.
This is overall an excellent beer and very drinkable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 01:14:30 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Mitchster


4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan malts. Hopped with Perle and Saaz.

16.5 degrees Plato, 30 IBU's, Apparent Attenuation 77.7, 8 Lovibond.

Deep amber in color with a slight chill haze, forming a puffy light beige head with sticky lacing and good retention. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is mildly spicy with floral hops, a distinct caramel note but pleasantly underwhelming, a fruity ferment with those wonderful PacMan esters, and hints of sweet nuts and toasted grains. Mouthfeel is very soft with a medium body..very, very smooth. Taste begins with some mild, fresh floral hops, giving into a delicious delicate bready malt sweetness with hints of sweet nutbreads and caramel. There is a pronounced clover-honey sweetness in the middle. A luxurious, mildly dry finish is that of lingering sweet Munich malts, a slight graininess, perhaps some toasted malt husks, and notes of vanilla and caramel.

Dangerously drinkable...a 12 oz. bottle gives me a pleasant buzz on an empty stomach. Delicious..somewhat of a dessert beer. This reminds me of a sweet real cask ale. At it's prime, this is one of my favorite beers and in my top 20. On tap at the Rogue Ale House, this is just sublime.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 18:02:15 | More by Mitchster
Photo of marburg


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

This is the beer that first turned me on to microbrews many moons ago; it prompted me to keep looking for Rogue beers. And it's still a treat to this day.

Pours a pretty, sparkling amber color with a not-quite creamy head of about a quarter- to half-inch in thickness. Aroma is of the malt presence in the beer. "Hmm...another overly malt-sweet beer?" Nope. A pleasant sweetness is instantly laid to rest by an equally pleasant hop bitterness that lingers just a bit -- aftertaste of some sort of bitter nut or food...can't quite put my finger on it.

You can drink a truck full of this and still like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 10:59:16 | More by marburg
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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