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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,604 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,604
Reviews: 2,309
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 203
Gots: 872 | FT: 1
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Rogue Ales visit their website
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 BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellowstone Ale
Purchased in Yellowstone National Park in the Fall of 2007.

From the label:
"For 135 years, Yellowstone has been a symbol of wilderness, mystery, and natural beauty. Each year, projects that would preserve its natural wonders and ensure that each visitor enjoys Yellowstone to its full potential never get funded. Please help us protect Yellowstone National Park ~ now and for the future."

a: Hazy golden orange body with white head and patches of lacing.

s: Sweet caramel and toasted malt plus some hop notes.

t: Well balanced mixture of grainy malt, caramel and spicy hops.
Not too complex, just a well made beer with solid flavor.

m: Medium body with a smooth and creamy texture and dry finish.

d: Drinkability is high. Well balanced, refreshing, enjoyable.
Won't knock your socks off, but its pretty solid.

Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep copper color with a decent head and good lace.
S: Sweet malt and nice hop character. Kind of nondescript.
T: Again, nice malt and hop balance. Ceramel and bread.
D: The alcohol comes through a bit as the beer warms up. Other than that, there is nothing to complain about. Smooth , creamy, and easy drinking.

Decent to above average. Nothing special, but will do the trick if nothing else is available.

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

A - Poured an amber color with a tan head

S - Mostly just sweet malt

T - Much like the smell a lot of sweet malt

M - This is a medium bodied beer

D - This is a good ale pretty easy to drink I think I could drink this all night could be a session beer

Photo of mattster
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Nonic glass.

Color is hazy light golden brown. Very low head formation, dissipates immediately. Ring of lacing around top of brew.

Smell is quite pleasant. Hoppy with out overkill. Taste is not as hoppy as I would have expected, but it is a very clean taste of hops with hints of Oregon earth and air.

It is surprisingly drinkable, very nice. Would make a good session ale, although it is 6.5%... Very drinkable brew.

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

Poured out of the 64 ounce growler. (the glow in the dark one) Color is a cloudy amber with a one finger head with some lacing. Nose is sweet with a berry tone. Flavor is somewhat sweet with a bitter edge on the tail. Mouth is smooth and a little bit heavy, with a slight bit of bubble that clings to your mouth. Extremely drinkable due to it’s smooth tone and flavor. Excellent brew - better than I remember. (maybe it’s the growler as opposed to the bottle)

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

Amber reddish body with off white head. Strong malty aroma with slight spicy slightly citrus note. Good malty flavor but not too sweet. There is a spice in there that I can't quite put my finger on. Good medium body and good drinkability. Extra points because I can (and have) drink this beer all day long.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from Lou's Beverage Barn so no telling how old it is without a date.

Pours a strong amber color, almost no head though.

Smell of hops with a slight smell of citrus. Nothing too overpowering but just a pleasant smelling beer, albeit a bit weak.

Taste is great with an amazing balance of hops and malt, perfect aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel though is a bit weird, a bit too buttery for me. Leaves a slickness in the mouth long after drinking, while not entirely off-putting at first, it could hinder in multiple drinks.

Can easily be a session beer as the 6.5% is well hidden and is not a heavy beer.

Photo of dsa7783
4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow... the first brew I've ever had from the Rogue company, and I'm completely head-over-heels with this beer! Definitely a terrific drink in my opinon... The appearance is wonderful... pours an amber and slightly copper color with a nice head that foams for a while before dissapating... The smell is awesome....full of bready caramel notes... The taste is what truly makes this beer above and beyond... it is so rich and thick that it makes some other brews I've tried taste like water... the flavor is full of caramel, vanilla, and has a nice, sweet aftertaste that lingers on the palate... "rich" is how I'd best describe the tate... Mouthfeel is great and drinkability is near-perfect, goes down smooth and clean without the slightest bitterness present... Copped this beer singly for about $1.99 and will definitely pay the $10 plus for a six-pack... Eager to try other samples from this brewery... Definitely recommended...

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

Looks like a cloudy amber orange. Half finger of bubbly head. Looks like and IPA with more cloudiness. Looks thick & substantial.

Strong piney hop flavor. Heavy alcohol scent backed by a dry ale-malt smell. Citrusy to balance heavy alcohol. Good stuff.

Major blast of citrus (orange) and apricot flavor, with a strong alcohol flavor that is offset by the dry, bready malt. Strong but balanced, not overdone. A real strong ale, no extreme beer fetish.

Feels milky and thick. Smooth like a hefeweizen. Buttery and leaves a watery film. Strong but really drinkable. Nuanced and flavorful, especially considering that it's so strong.

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

Pours a nice amber with a beautiful head that fades to a cap and leaves some okay lacing. Smells of sweet malt, snickerdoodle cookies, and orange and lemon zest. A touch of bitterness on the back. taste is fairly balanced between dry malt and light, slightly citrusy hops. It's well made, but just a tad bland and with a slightly flat finish. Nice bitter hops right at the end. A little light in the mouth and slightly watery, but a well-made easy-drinking beer.

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

This is my first review for this site, and I'm doing an old standby of mine. While there may be better beers out there, I keep coming back to this beer because of its overall quality and general availability.

Appearance: A solid amber color with excellent head retention. You can tell from the appearance that you're getting a lot of caramel malts, which is always a good thing.

Smell: It has a good aroma, but it's oddly weak for how good the taste is. Vaguely fruity (obviously from one of the many hop breeds from the pacific northwest) with a subtle floral scent.

Taste: This is where the beer shines. Strong malt and hop flavor, in good balance. Not so malty as to leave an aftertaste, not so hoppy as to annhilate the malt flavor. Excellent blend of sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer plays quite well on the mouth with enough hops to keep a clean palate. Carbonation is there, but doesn't distract. However, it is a strong, full beer that is best rounding out a meal or having one or two during a ballgame. Not a great session beer.

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

Pours an opaque amber with a nice white foamy head. Smells like sweet fruit, not expected of a bock but still pleasant.

Tastes very smooth, nice balance between roasted malt and bitter hops. The carbonation is just right too - it's present but not overpowering.

Great brew - it pushes limits and adds to the meaning of a bock. This is possibly my favorite of Rogue's beers!

Photo of Gehrig
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I had Dead Guy, trying it on tap at a local pizzeria. Not bad, but didn't blow me away. It presents itself nicely, with two fingers of head atop an amber-copper body in a pint glass. The nose was malty, and I detected a hint of chocolate, but little else appeared. The taste was subtle but smooth. But I was disappointed since the malt was clear, and some spice was present--ginger, paprika--but little else. I was hoping for bolder flavors, but was left wanting. The texture was smooth, and ordering a second sure wasn't difficult. Overall, worth a try and a nice brew, but nothing that will knock the socks off.

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

this beer has been reviewed so many times, what more can you say? all i have to add is the fact that i was surprised at how good it actually was on tap. i think that it must not age well or something in the bottle because i never noticed the great malty, caramelly character that i noticed on the fresh keg offering i had tonight. wow... i was impressed. i'll definitely have it again.

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber-blonde color with a thin head of foam. Aroma is thick and malty, chewy with a hint of caramel. Taste is very interesting upfront. Malty and chewy with a buttery aftertaste that goes down quite smooth. Somewhat bready as well upfront. Chewy.

Not bad at all!

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

I've wanted to try this for some time, Rogue's offerings have yet to let me down. Much to my surprise my fave local Beer/liquor store had it sitting there and of course, it followed me home.

Poured an inviting rich and pretty amber. For some reason, not much head..probably my fault in the way I poured it.

Faint smell of chocolate and cherrys - cherry cordials perhaps

Malty flavor with notes of cherry, caramel, vanilla and chamomile. Crisp carbonization accenting the hops. A little alcohol sweetness.

Slighty chewey at first, going a little thin at the end.

Would be an easily quaffable brew..or one to savor slowly.

A very tasty and enjoyable brew...I'll be back for more.

Photo of fitzy84
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in its bottle at Moan and Dove. The drink poured with an orange-like amber to it with a very thin head. Faint hops and malts could be smelt from the beverage. A sweet, citrus-like taste enveloped your mouth when sipping the drink. Its carbonation was great: incredibly crisp and refreshing. With the citrus tastes and carbonation, this is a sure winner from Rogue Ales. Definitely one of their best.

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.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,604 ratings.