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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

5,783 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 5,783
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 138
Gots: 383 | FT: 0
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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

I'm drinking this fresh from the tap--my second,now--while I peruse my notes on a review from a bottled serving. So what do I think now and what did I say then? We'll put the two together..

First off, like with any brew, this is 100x better on tap, the flavor explodes. Any time you can find it on draft, reward the operation,please, for their boldness and their taste, and order a Dead Guy instead of your usual local micro pale ale. But about the beer...Beautiful, big off-white head, gorgeous amber/dark orange color. Aroma: bright, fresh fruitiness, vegetableness, it's a veritable garden in here. Great hops, just mild enough, with loads of malt. I was confused about the style for a long time. I was led to believe that it was an Oktoberfest, but aren't they usually lagers? A recent trip to Oregon and a visit to a Rogue Ale House set me straight about the DG's true genealogy. An ale-style maibock! These guys are geniuses! Spicy but soft palate, very pleasant finish, an utterly delicious drink!
Unfortunately, this brewer is acutely under-represented in this region. We even lost Shakespeare Stout, thanks to the distributor's bean counters!
All hail Dead Guy, Long May He Rest!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2002 21:43:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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CreamAle128

Alberta (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one amazing beer! I usually try to stay away from American brews, from the few i have tasted, but this is one good beer. Its full of flavour, and kinda floral smell. For those of u who love a beer with a strong flavour, this is it, its got hints of fruit, and slight molassas, which i like very much. The only real complaint i have is that i wish it had a bigger head that retained itself, but the taste more than makes up for it. The appearance is very nice, giving a orange-red cloudy color. I will definatly be buying this beer again, and again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 21:07:26 | More by CreamAle128
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cretemixer

Indiana

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

Good looking beer. Nice amber color with a decent head. Malty smell that's really pleasant. The first sip did not dissapoint & held its own until the end. Very drinkable. I will be buying more as long as I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 05:18:31 | More by cretemixer
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BeerAngel

Texas

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

Pours a clear copper color with a medium off-white head. The smell is a delicious combination of roasted malt, caramel, and light sweet fruit. Nice indeed! The taste replicates the aromas making for a nice complex mix with the just the right amout of hops with a light-dry finish to make this one superb brew. It has a nice medium mouthfeel and drinks down pretty easy. Damned good brew! Pineywoodsrooter donated a few of these to me brought up from Houston -thanks! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 17:44:16 | More by BeerAngel
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if I had a bad one or something, but I wasn't that inpressed with it. It was the last one on the fridge shelf, so I guess it was old. Even though it was probably old, it was still good. I wouldn't give it the best review, but I also wouldn't give it a bad review or an average review, because it was better than average. It had an overbearing alcoholy taste to it, which I don't really dig. If it were fresher, I'm sure it would have been better.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2002 20:46:11 | More by JISurfer
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Amdahl

Iowa

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

Pours a beautiful amber color with amble thick head that reduces to a thin rind. The lace is minimal. Roasted malt is the dominant smell, but there is a fruity smell that I don’t recognize. The taste is a little bitter for my taste, but is still quite enjoyable. It starts out slightly sweet, but turns bitter. The finish is quite pleasant. This is an all around good maibock. This beer is a little heavy to drink more than 3 or 4 but it is definitely a beer that I will purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 19:28:37 | More by Amdahl
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HossMcGraw

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dead Guy should be a staple in everyone's beer diet. It's got a full rich flavor, but at the same time it's light to medium bodied, and quite drinkble. To me, this tastes like everything Bass Ale aspires to be. The tastes are comparable, but Dead Guy gets it right. There is nothing too complex about this beer, and that's a good thing. It is a testament to the fact that your tastebuds don't always need to be assaulted with a billion different flavors to be an interesting beer. The beauty of Dead Guy is it's simplicity. It's also great with just about any food you can think of.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 17:24:38 | More by HossMcGraw
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ipogios

Cyprus

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

Pours an Amber color, with a white thick head which lasts longer that i expected. Smells very nice (light caramel/candy smell). Tastes very nice (a bit sweet) and goes does very easily

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2002 01:49:24 | More by ipogios
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Amber-honey color, with a white fluffy head, nice lacing, smells sweet candy and hops. Starts sweet medium body with noticeable hop bite, strange for the style, goes down very smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 05:39:38 | More by maxpower
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chilidog

Ohio

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

A surprise this was, set up at purchase in a halloween display. A nice looking copper/amber brew with a medium white sticky head that laced well. A good balance of more malt than hop with a slight fruity sweet taste. The aroma backs up the taste well. I will seek this again as a great autumn ale for its name, available year-round.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 03:08:03 | More by chilidog
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

This is a teriffic, very tasty beer. I first had it on tap several years ago, then hadn't seen it for a long time. It has some of the same qualities that I recall from the first time I'd tasted it.
Pours a dark orange color with is sticky head. Great balance of malt and hops. Both present themselves in every aspect of the beer...from the first sniff through the finish. Aroma shows a more floral hoppiness as it warms. Likewise, sweet molases flavors appear as you work on the beer. It has a rough, hard-edged quality, with the flavors banging against one another. Very good....I hope it becomes a regular item in my local beer store.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2002 12:35:42 | More by Suds
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Morris729

Texas

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

Pours a reddish amber color with a light head and a sweet malty aroma with hints of citrus and a definite hop presence. The taste is dominated by a strong, yet pleasant, hop bitterness, especially the aftertaste. It goes down easily and is quite refreshing. A decent buy at $3.49 for a 22oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 22:32:21 | More by Morris729
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mickeymac

California

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

I finally got around to trying this one and was pleasantly surprised that it lived up to the hype. It's golden-amber with a sticky white head. It's got the unmistakeable bock smell of sweet malt but with more hops than the typical bock. It has toffee and caramel flavors up front with traces of ripe fruit and enough hop bite to liven things up a bit. It's highly drinkable and just made for that old saying: Through the teeth and over the gums, look out stomach here it comes. A winner.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2002 17:45:40 | More by mickeymac
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Brent

Kentucky

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

Hoisted this to celebrate Halloween - the night the dead guys roam. Another winner from Rogue - malty, almost syrupy and full of ripe fruit flavors. No idea how old this bottle was - there was a good bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, but it did not decant and, whatever the beer's age, it had aged quite gracefully. The only negative was that I did not have a bottle with the glow in the dark label I've heard about ... well, there's always next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 06:47:30 | More by Brent
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Pours a hazy orange brown with a thick and creamy off-white head with excellent retention. Thick, sticky lace thoroughly coat the glass walls. The carbonation is quite lively, though its difficult to perceive due to the beer's cloudy quality. Rich caramel malt aroma with a fruity quality that is somewhat like dried apricot. Taste begins with toasted malts and a slight sting of carbonation, towards the middle of the taste the hops assert themselves fairly forcefully. Towards the finish, caramel flavors play off against the hop bitterness. The flavor range of the beer improved dramatically as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 19:13:54 | More by Pegasus
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Jon

Illinois

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

A long time favorite of mine. Pours an orange-ish amber color from the tap with a frothy tan head. Head retains well and leaves decent lace all the way down the glass. Smell is fruity and sweet for the most part. Taste is of sweet maltiness at first, with some of the trademark Rogue hoppy bitterness presenting itself, as well. Feels rather smooth in the mouth. An easy drinker, for sure, making this ale a candidate for session beer status. A solid offering overall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2002 12:31:25 | More by Jon
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Another one of those great looking 22 fl.oz. “Bombers”, that I find myself rinsing out and placing on any flat surface in my Apartment for shamelessly selfish exhibitionistic purposes, “I have had this Beer”. I think I have more Bombers now than SAC.
Pours a slightly hazy looking deep amber orange apricot color – Fabulous!. A very well organised cream head that has StratoCumulusCloud-like qualities. The Clouds leave a lacey residue on the glass sides as they float aimlessly by (down?!). Lovely fruity nose on this beer, and I am no expert, but the quality of ingredients used are definitely prevalent in the aromas I think. A bitter sweet malt introduction, that leads to quite a fruity hoppy middle (I like this part the best!!) for it teases you like a windowed semi-naked stunning looking prostitute in Amsterdam. You want more, you know you shouldn’t!, but you have to have it!!!. As I worked my way through the beer, I find that I become easily more accustomed to its flavors, they are not strong, nor overwhelming, or even understated - just very well-balanced. Finishes with a nicely subdued hoppy malt finish with mild bitterness. A really good drinking beer this. I would like to try it on Draft. I do not care what “style” this beer is “supposed” be – I like it for what it is.

A Dream Exit - A Session on this Beer – then Expire !!!

“Dead Men Tell No Tales,
Live Men drink Rogues Ales”
TLBB – 21st October 2002

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2002 21:46:14 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

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

This is a very drinkable beer that is super-smooth. Nice hazy orange-amber body with a decent head in a pint glass. The head leaves a faint lace. Moderate aroma that is not overpowering, very enticing. Floral hops are noticable, as well a slight malt sweetness. The taste is clean and much lighter than I was expecting. Very well balanced with a good, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and the beer drinks very easy, especially for a moderate ABV. This was my first Rogue tasting, and it will not be my last.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2002 17:22:14 | More by aaronh
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bditty187

Nebraska

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

Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale pours honey-apple cider amber with a delicate white head, some retention. The taste this beer brings to the table is awesome. This is a brilliant use of hops, malt, and yeast to create a tropical fruit, caramel, toasty malt, spicy hops combination of flavors. The creamy mouthfeel was welcomed. The drinkability of this beer is outstanding. This is a “must try” and something that could easily become a standard beer in your refrigerator. Obviously, I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2002 19:40:22 | More by bditty187
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tang214

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale very good. It pours with a fairly thick head which leaves a light lace. It has a thickly hoppy smell and a taste that is slightly more malty. The mouthfeel is just okay but it is fairly drinkable. I dig this brew and will probably geti t again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 19:09:15 | More by tang214
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Lupe

New York

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

Pours a slightly hazy, amber honey color with with a nice white head, which leaves generous lace. all the way down the glass. Malty aroma with fruity and floral hints. Starts off with some sweetness, a bit of honey, and grain/bread flavors. Then comes the hops to balance it nicely. Smooth and medium body, easy to drink. Flavorful and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2002 16:03:48 | More by Lupe
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange tinted copper color. Slight sticky off-white head dissipates to a rimming in seconds. Carmally, malty aroma. You can tell this "helles bock" uses an ale yeast. Some fruity tones not present in most maibocks are here. And there isn't as clean of a malt profile as most maibocks. That said, this is a tasty brew. Tastes more like an american style amber ale, but there is a bit of a munich malt twist to it. Solid maltiness and solid hop characteristics (of course). Has a spicy little noble hop kick. Almost full in body and almost a syrupy mouthfeel, but not quite. An enjoyable brew, even if it's not necessarily a "true maibock."

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2002 19:51:39 | More by Bighuge
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

This pours with lasting tan head over medium-amber liquid, with a gentle carbonation. A beautiful malty-bready aroma meets the nose. Taste is sweetness with depth, a bit of honey-ish notes followed by a subtle but effective hop bitterness. This finishes smooth and clean with some latent hoppiness to close things out. Another in a long line of winners from one of America's premier micros.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2002 11:36:37 | More by beerluvr
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber haze with a white, sticky head that mostly settles soon after the pour. Great balance of sweet malt and hops in the nose. Just a bit fruity and peat-like. With a taste, I literally become wide-eyed... what is this I'm tasting? Could it be? Pistachio! Right in the middle of the palate, a very clear pistachio-like character. Something I've never experienced in a beer before. Before I start ranting about loving pistachios, I'd better move on to the other characteristics. Sweetness from the malt, balanced well by the hops, as in the nose. Bread-like toasted malt character abound, especially with retro-olfaction. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that is both crisp from the hops and grainy from the malt. I'm really enjoying the unique character of this beer. Very flavorful and just plain enjoyable all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2002 00:59:47 | More by hyuga
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Slightly hazy. Reddish-orange in color with a fluffy ivory head that holds well and leaves some light lace. The aroma is mainly malty with a softly toasty caramel note and a lightly spicy hoppiness, as well as some dark fruitiness (at times I thought of cherry). The body is medium with a somewhat less than moderate carbonation level (very English), giving a nice creaminess in the mouthfeel. The flavor is richly malty with a solid caramel notes and some distinct, piney hops. It's well balanced, giving a see-saw effect that goes from sweet malt to hop flavor & bitterness with each taste. The finish is dryish with a nice hop flavor. Very nicely done. Very drinkable with alot of character. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 14:13:30 | More by NeroFiddled
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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