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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

6,291 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,291
Reviews: 2,281
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 175
Gots: 634 | 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.

16º PLATO
40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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Photo of Onibubba
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Nice coppery brown body, two finger ivory head which dissapates rather quickly. Nothig too outstanding, but pleasing.

Some hoppiness in the smell, but not s much in the taste. Taste is sweet carmel, but not overly so, with a bit of the hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite pleasant.

Carbonation is nice, and makes a very nice sipper. Alcohol is not even noticeable. Hard to drink just one.

This is a favorite "all the time" beer. Along with Kentucky Ale, this is usually in my fridge at all times, and one of those beers I typically reach for after work. Not a special or extreme option, but a damn nice beer regardless.

Onibubba, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is very good. I was disappointed at the lack of head and lacing, but overwhelmed by the color and the texture I could see in this beer.
Smell is good as well. Some caramell malt and citrus fruit greet you, with a bit of alcohol at the back bone.
Taste is a bit more dry than the smell. Still very good, the malt is a bit drier than expected and some hops peak through as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are what this beer is all about though. Feels smooth and finishes smooth, a tiny bit bitter but makes you want more.

supercolter, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of wolffman17
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy pours a dark, cloudy amber. A big ivory head forms and leaves a nice web of lace. The appearance leaves no doubt that it's a finely crafted beer.
The aroma is full of caramel malts and dark fruit. The hops are most evident with the first whiff.
This brew is rich and full-flavored. It's sweet but balanced with just the right amount of hops. The alcohol is hidden well, but has its presence in the background. Plenty of warmth in the stomach.
Highly drinkable and easy to forget that it's 6.5% abv. I enjoyed it more as it warmed.

Dead Guy was one of the first "good" beers that made me realize I need to explore the beer world more. It's rich, complex, flavorful, and easy to drink. A solid craft beer.

wolffman17, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Deconstructionis
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe the best "any time" beer rogue makes.


This is golden amber. finely beaded, fluffy white head that persists. The aroma is roasted and caramel malts with an undertone od astringent hops..

It's hard to describe the taste as it's both quite sweet and quite bitter. Depending on whether you drink it alone or with food one or the other can dominate. For some reason it seems more bitter when served with food. There is a hint of alcohol taste but it's in the background and not overpowering. I actually think this is misclassified here as a Maibock because it is fermented with a top-fermenting ale yeast and a Maibock is a lager. It definitely tastes more similar to what one expects from an ale as opposed to a German lager.

It's medium bodied with a smooth finish offset by relatively high carbonation.

This is simply a great beer. Maybe the absolute best that can be found in most supermarkets anywhere in the country.

Deconstructionis, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of irishtimepiece
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a one litre mug.

The color is very nice, but what little head there is disappears and leaves no lacing. Smell is faint but sweet. Taste is nice and malty and has a tea like quality. The tea like quality gets stronger as it warms up... best to keep it cool. The real strength is it's drinkability, easy drinking and tasty enough to want more.

irishtimepiece, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of ReDave
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Haven't had this in awhile, and I guess my hop head bias's had gotten the best of me. This is a drinkable beer. Sorta maibock like...
pours a darkish brown with some amber colorings. Very little cream colored head, that dwindled down to a small ring. Little lacing, but that seams typical, i think.

Very caramel malty aroma, not much else present.

Drinkable with ale tendencies [ as i read they use an ale yeast] some bitterness present. malty back taste.

ReDave, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber with a thin off-white head that quickly disappeared, but left a ring around the edge. Little to no lacing was left.

Upfront sweet, caramel smell with a touch of fruity hops in background.

The taste was sweet, caramel-candy-like malt. Some hops in the background lended it a slighty fruitiness to it. The alcohol comes through a bit, but does not interfere with the flavors. In fact, if anything it enhances them. A delicious taste.

The feel was medium to full-bodied. Sweetness lingers a bit, but does not become cloying at all. Complexity and alcohol make it not as smooth as it could be, but fairly smooth nevertheless. The flavors linger.

A good interpretation of the style, and a very enjoyable brew.

jwc215, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of akajimmyd
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber

A - Dark tan to brown with orange highlights. Robust pour leads to a decent head which does not retain or lace well.

S- Rich roasty and sweet malts. A little sweet fruity smell. A very “big” aroma.

T- Sweet toffee up front. Some sticky sweet overripe fruit flavors. Faint hops on the finish to balance it out.

M/D- Fully body, heavy in the mouth and a little sticky but still smooth enough and highly drinkable.

Notes- This is a unique beer and definitely worth a try. I really enjoy it on tap or in the bottle. Easy to drink despite the High ABV. Stand up great with a heavy meal or as an evening sipper.

akajimmyd, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug, the beer has a copper/orange color to it and not much of a head to the beer. It smells like malt, apricots and caramel, it's a sweet aroma. It tastes like yeasty bread, sweet malt, apricots and other citrus fruit. It tastes sweet and bitter at the same time, but it finshes with a bitter aftertaste. This is a very well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is medium and a little slick, and the drinkability is pretty high with the beer being very smooth and crisp. I could drink this pretty often. It's another great beer from Rogue!

bluejacket74, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this beer for a while, and I'm pretty satisfied. It's an easy session beer. After my first beer, I quickly reached for a second.

Appearance: Easy to get head, very thick, good head retention.

Smell. Estery. I'll add more, I have specific notes at home. I'm drawing from memory. I remember what I rated each category at home.

Taste: Very smooth. Very balanced. Nice malt backbone with a delicious hop finish. The hops in this beer are very nice.

Mouthfeel: Decent mouthfeel and decent carbonation, however I wanted just a little more thickness on the palate.

Drinkability: I reached for a second one real soon after the first. Very sessionable beer.

jasonjlewis, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1/4" eggshell white head, falls quickly to a cap and then a ring. Deep golden, honey color. Minimal lacing.

S - Caramel, honey maltiness. Floral hop.

T - Honey. Buttery caramel. Floral hop - almost English like. Nutty. Nice light bitterness in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel falls somewhere in between medium and full. Low carbonation.

D - Drinkability is good. The consistency on Dead Guy has been hit or miss for me. I think it is due more to an age - storage issue rather than a brewery issue. This was a good bottle.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of sammy44
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've been on a Rogue kick lately but this is my first review of something from their lineup.

Poured a brown with little carbonation and not much of a head doing a standard tilt the glass until half full and then pour down the center. The next glass I poured the entire thing right down the center from about 6" and got a nice looking dense head.

Smell was of a hearty bread with a little citrusy hops. Very nice. The kind of aroma that makes you want to start chugging it down.

The taste was spot on with the aroma. Bready and citrusy. Very good.

The mouthfeel was awesome. Very heavy and smooth feel. Goes down very easy.

Very drinkable (I had 4 last night). The 6.5% ABV could sneak up on you though if you're not careful.

sammy44, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of gunnerman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass, color is a rustic orange with a one head foamy white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Smells like some warm fresh bread just taken out of the oven with a hint of a citrus flair. Taste is of yeasty bread with a bit of hop bitterness that is very smooth and goes down very well, very well put together and tasty. I could drink these all night long very nicely balanced, another great offering from the good guys at Rogue.

gunnerman, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of gotbeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer. An oddity to the style. It's a maibock brewed with an ale yeast strain, which I guess technically makes it not a maibock (which is a lager).
All the same- it's good.

The appearance is hazy orange with a white head. The smell is of bread with some fruit. The taste confirms the smell with some homemade bread flavors, and some fruit like apple and mango. There is a nice hop balance that makes for far above average drinkability. Great stuff.

gotbeer, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

A—pours deep honey orange with a weird cloudy like hazy that is floating around the middle…is this a dead guy in my beer? Maybe it’s just chill haze…The egg shell colored head is 1 inch thick and slowly fades down over the life of the beer, laces in tear drops

S—very strong sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, hints of alcohol, super sweet

T—very sweet again, the malts are dominate, with some peeks of hops that come out, drier in the finish than I expected. It’s good, but different than other beers I remeber

M—a little bit slippery, which surprises me for the dry finish, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—it's different. Very sweet and I think might be a good transition beer. Rogue, one again, doesn’t disappoint. I would have this again

hanco005, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy Ale pours a honey color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Nice malty aroma. Nice spicy, hoppy flavor with a good malt backbone. Very quaffable. It's been quite a long time since I've had one of these, and I have to say I'm not disappointed in the least. Recommended.

Drew966, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange. Fluffy white head that disapates fairly quickly. Lots of carbonation, and some decent lacing.

S: Very very stong smell of caramel malts. A tad bit citrusy as well.

T: Quite bitter at first sip, but quickly the caramel malts from the smell catch up and over power. I don't really know how to describe it but this beer has the best tasting sweet malts I have ever had. Strong but not overkill. Aftertaste is bitter. The only reason I'm not giving this a five is because it's the only maibock I've ever had and don't really know how it stacks up to others... I do know that out of all the beers in general that I've had, this is definatly my favorite.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D: As I see it, this is the perfect beer. It's good in the summer, winter, and any occasion. This has been a staple in my fridge since I first had it.

MLegendre, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of veech
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served on tap in a standard pint glass: A: Light orange amber color with low carbonation, little head and minimal lacing S:Malty citrus dominates with a hint of spice maybe even cinnamon T: Starts medium body with enough hop punch at the finish to be crisp and clean. M: Moderately thin but enough to represent the style. D: Very refreshing and not overly filling, a definite session beer. Yet another winner from the good folks @ Rogue.

veech, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to Chonyr for this one.

Appearance
Poured a nice and deep tawny amber colour with a generous light tan coloured head, which faded to interesting lacings. As i enjoyed the aroma of this brew the tipping of the glass swirled the lacings into an interesting crescent shape which turned into an almost s shaped double crescent with further tips up to my nose.

Aroma
Sweet estery bready smells greated my nose with a hint of caramel. Hops added a a hint of pine to the yeasty and malty aromas.

Taste
Fruity and floral honeyed toast with hints of toffee and finishes with a pleasant bitter piney flavour. A wonderful creation from a bastardization of styles, suppose it would take a rogue to make a beer like this.

Mouthfeel
A very satisfying beer, enough taste and substance to be a very satisfying and drinkable brew. The maltiness is wonderfully balanced by the hops which seem to contribute a crisp finish to this beer.

Drinkability
Very easy and pleasurable to drink. Substantial enough to be satisfied with one, if you can control yourself, because its tasty and crisp enough to easily turn this into a session brew. Gotta get me a jug of this sometime. Will come back for more.

demcorhip, Aug 03, 2006
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
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 6,291 ratings.