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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

6,683 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,683
Reviews: 2,327
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 216
Gots: 973 | FT: 1
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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 Lexluthor33
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours light sunny brown color with a small head. It smells of pure malt and a bit of hops.
The taste is grainy,malty with spice hints.

The feel is a light mildly carbonated brew with a smooth,creamy and bitter finish.
I remember when I first bought this beer I did not like it so much and now I think it is a good session brew,but I get it only when I am in the mood.

Note: I am not going to say that one should not purchase this beer as I have bought this and liked it. Try it and see what you think.

Photo of philbe311
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Translucent bronze w/ an orange hue... Little to no head which quickly disappears...

S - Malt and more malt, yet not overwhelming...

T - Striking blend of hops... Hint of grapefruit and other citrus as the taste mature in your mouth... Flavor grows exponentially as the beer warms...

M - Light & Bold... Crisp...

D - Solid session beer, but nothing to get overly excited about...

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

Poured from 22 oz into imperial pint

A- amber/copper, though more orange than red. The head is tan or off-white with a bit of orange, lasts for duration.

S- The nose is subdued and seems like it would be better a bit warmer. Fairly balanced, but a pleasant citrus(sweet) overpowers the rest, though I don't know if this style is supposed to be that way...

T- Citrusy, spiciness, pleasant sweetness. The spice increases and is more interesting as the beer warms.

MF- probably started a bit too cold, but it was as it warmed it certainly improved and lost some of the early bite it had.

D- very nice, ubiquitous beer. Won't buy it very often as for the price there are superior brews, but it's pretty darn good as mass-produced "craft" beers go.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat blurry orange with a fluffy white head that began disappearing before the first sip.

Sweet caramel with a tinge of licorice in the nose. Very nice aroma.

Faint floral hops, with a nice, biting sweetness. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness. Very refreshing, somewhat complex. A superb amber/maibock.

This beer was overflowing with flavor once it hit near room temp. Dark chcolate became a prominent flavor oddly enough.

An awesome, everyday, anytime beer.

Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark copper with only a little head. By far the mildest beer I've had from Rogue, it smelled and tasted of very sweet citrus hops and malt blend. It had really good texture and a mild aftertaste. It had a decent overall flavor that was well balanced and easy to drink, but nothing too special.

Photo of unit91
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a half gallon sized bottle. Ended up resealing and finishing the day after which probably wasn't the best idea but it did indeed maintain is carbonation which was good. The beer had a bit of hoppiness to it but nothing overwhelming and overall tasted very good. At first smell it seemed to have a strong alcoholic odor but mellowed out while the bottle was open.

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

It was a very nice Amber color. It had nice sized head that recedes fairly quickly, with little to no lacing visible. It had a slight hoppy and caramel taste, as well as pumpkin especially in the finish. It had a nice mouth feel with good carbonation, enjoyable to drink.

Photo of Greggy
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a very nice reddish copper color with a great 2 finger head that recedes to a nice lace head.

S- Nice malty, hops, peppery, pumpkin spice.

T- Light pepper, pumpkin, thick and light hops.

M- Very syrupy to finish with a nice long dry hop/pumpkin finish.

D- I will enjoy this often. A very solid Maibock.

Photo of righlander
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber from a 12 oz bottle. Smell was apple juice and fruity with a faint hop aroma. Taste is nice, sweet malt...but not too sweet with a mild hop finish. I really didn't know what to expect with this beer because it just says "Ale". But man, it was a nice balance. Sweet malt based with a well balanced hop finish. Mouth feel is wonderful. Perfectly carbonated in my opinion. The drinkability for me isn't the best though. 6.5%. I can hang with 3 at the most. I couldn't sit there and drink like 6 of these (12oz) but...I'd like to start a session with just one of these.

Photo of Buebie
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler from The Cellars, into 16 oz mug.

Appearance: Rosie amber, with medium head, clingy lacing.

Smell: Yeasty malty sweetness

Taste: Sweet malt, smooth hoppy bitter finish, well balanced with a malt finish that isnt usual. some toffee, with hints of grain.

Mouthfeel, is thing even carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to consume, but not a session beer due to its higher ABV.

I love that is lager but its fermented with a ale yeast. Steam beer gone mental.
One of my favorites, and I just brewed the recipie, hopfully it turns out as good as the original.

Photo of kenito799
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

I have seen this beer out there so many times, I thought I would take the opportunity to give it a try. I don't know much about Maibocks but I can detect a kinship with Altbier, perhaps, in a certain dry toastiness to the malt, if that makes any sense. But Maibock is a lager and Alt is an ale, so it doesn't really make any sense. Whatever. I would have guessed that this is particularly nice American pale ale.

So, this coppery clear brew raises a frothy head that recedes to nothing after a short while, a few wisps of lace are left.

Aroma is predominantly malty, caramel, hints of fruitiness. On the palate there is soft carbonation and medium body, a bit sticky in the finish. Taste is much less sweet than expected from the smell...but sweetness is there, but a masterful balance of crisp hoppy bitterness, hints of spice and alcohol tingling, a constant interplay between malt and hops that keeps this substantial beer almost refreshing...not a dry thirst quencher, but invigorates the palate. This aspect makes this beer quite drinkable, even as I am licking the sweet malt of my lips, I am ready to reach for another. Great with food. Very well made brew.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass.

A - Nice amber color. Very thin head but excellent lacing.

S - Sweet malty smell with a hint of caramel.

T - Very well balanced tase with malt sweetness up front followed by a light citurs hop taste. Great range of tastes

M/D - Very well balanced with good carbonation. This would make a great session beer.

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

Appearance: Good orange amber with gold highlights when held to the light. No head but oddly enough great lace.

Smell: Fruity hops aroma. Almost like a blend of citrus with hints of apricot.

Taste: About the same as the scent. A little hoppy and floral but no over whelming.

Mouthfeel: Watery.

Drinkability: Not bad easy going. A versatile anytime beer.

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

Well, intersting bottle... Funny thing is, I have a Lake Placid Frostbite Ale sitting in my fridge right next to it, and they blend together, sharing the EXACT same colors. ODD.

A- Pours a 1 finger head that has little retention, despite being quite frothy. The brew itself is the color of apple cider, rather cloudy, and nice carbonation. Lacing is less than desireable though.

S- Well balanced mixture of malt, hops and fruit. There's something about it that smells like freshly cut potatoes as well... I know, odd. Fruit would lean towards apple, although i'm not positive. Yeasty as well.

T/M- Malt, then a sharp hop bite... followed by the fruity outro... mildly dark fruit. In my opinion, the aftertaste reminds me of sour apple... slightly tart? It's tasty brew none the less, well balanced, yet lacking the subtle nuances to make it a world class brew.

D- Tasty brew indeed, however, the taste become a bit redundant after 2... Also, the tartness becomes a bit too dominant after the first 1. Still, I recommend trying this.

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

I've heard a lot about this beer, but I've never been able to find it until the last time I was home. Can't wait to give it a shot.

A: Poured a rich amber color with a thin white head that reduced to a few bubbles. Hazy in appearance, looks very good.

S: I can only detect a few malty aromas in this beer, some of honey, and a little bit of a caramel scent. Nothing really pops out though.

T: Very complex tasting beer, lots of different things going on. Some sweet characteristics, pretty malty, but a nice hop bitterness at the end. Once again though, nothing really pops out very well balanced though, and not offensive in the least.

M: Pretty thin, very well carbonated, nice warming too, which is surprising with the alcohol level being where its at. Not bad.

D: Quite drinkable, I'm sure I'll tip a few of these back today. Not too bad of a beer in all, just not one of my favorites. Tasty though.

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

Is it really a maibock? If so, why do they call it an ale? Keep these questions in mind as you consider this review. First off, it's got a great look: honey to almost-amber hue, with a nice white foamy head. The smell is confusing to me, though, with aromas of honey and tropical fruit but, IMO, too much hop fragrance (for a maibock). Same with the taste: a nice malty sweetness hits your tongue, but gives way to a rather bitter, typical Rogue hop finish

Photo of ScottUCF84
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint.

A-Light caramel with a slightly tan head. Nice carbonation, transparent.

S- Hops, sweet malts, and cider.

T- Mainly a sweet, slightly roasted malt flavor, with hops, and a tad of old apple cider. I began to develop an aftertaste of bitter tea... I didn't really enjoy that.

M- Nothing notable... light carbonation.

D- It was pretty good, although the aftertaste slowed me down towards the end of the beer.

Overall decent, I may give this one another shot someday. I feel like something I ate or drank beforehand threw off the flavor. Either that or the beer was old. :(

Photo of happygnome
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice deep orange color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fairly quickly leaving a good amount of lacing
s: sweet malts and deffinate earthy and piny hops maybe atouch of booze in the aroma
t: sweet malts followed by earthy piny hops
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this is a good brew that i really enjoyed but its a style that isnt my favorite very good forthe style though

Photo of Goliath
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light brown sort of amber color and is slightly hazed with a thin foamy off-white head sitting on top leaving behind soe nice lacing on the glass.

Scent is of sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops.

Taste is similar with sweet caramel and a great citrus hop flavor that is only slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and brightly carbonated.

Drinkability is high as this beer is smooth and refreshing with low alcohol and great flavor.

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-reddish hue with almost slight foam, which almost completely disappears after a few minutes. Smells of malts -- lots of caramel and butterscotch -- with faint aroma of hops. Malts dominate the flavor, but there's a nice balance of citrus hops and fruity esters. Even at 6.5 ABV, this was very drinkable as I could not wait until the next sip.

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

Pours a bright hazy brown color with a nice egg-shell colored head that dissipated quickly into a slight cap, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. The smell is of bready/doughy Munchen malt, with a floral honey aroma. The taste upfront is of the doughy Munich malt, honey, a touch of ash and bitter hop. Perhaps a very slight hint on lemon and pepper. The feel is moderate with semi-soft carbonation, finishes well balanced; slightly on the bitter side. A very nice and enjoyable ale. The sweetness of the Munich malt is offset with some bitter hops. The feel remains light thus making this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of illidurit
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Eichhof bier mug. Hazy caramel colored, with a healthy white head which leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma is very toasty and malty, with a surprising fruity character.

Flavor is extremely smooth, with a sweet but dry maltiness and some subdued hops. The only evidence of the ale yeast here is the mild fruity ester notes. The malt profile, however, is pretty true to the German style it emulates.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and this beer is extremely easy to drink. Solid beer.

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

A hazy amber in appearance with a white head. A fruity smell with a hint of honey and flower petals. Sweet in taste with a good bite from the alcohol and carbonation. An incredibly balanced beer. I really like this one from Rogue. Easily drinkable. Wife doesn't like the bite. I likey the bite.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all-around must for beer lovers. Pours a darkish-brown w/ ruby tints with marginal head that leaves tiny amounts of lacings. A malty smell follows, although there are dark fruit smells that I picked up. A very smooth beer with a light to medium body which underlies a very malty taste. Can't tell if there are some coffee or roasted/toasted malts in there, but there is a malty sharpness. Overall it is smooth because there is some faint sweetness brought on, but this is balanced with a dryer backbite from the hops. At 6% it is just there for sessioning - buy a six-pack and chill out with this beer.

Photo of charlzm
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled, consumed on 11/10/07.

Pours a very carbonated cloudy amber-orange with a long-lasting head composed of fine, pale yellow bubbles.

Hoppy, earthy nose with a metallic undertone is not terribly appealing.

Flavor is relatively mild. Moderate caramel malt is well balanced with vague citrus and pepper hop notes and moderate astringency. Overall mouthfeel somewhat thin but that's okay. Goes down smoothly with lingering, lightly bitter aftertaste.

Very nice, aside from the aroma.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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