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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,698 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,698
Reviews: 2,332
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 218
Gots: 984 | 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 cdkrenz
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is another gift given to me by my friend Heather Bidwell.

Appearance - Crisp orange pour into a hazy pale brownish-orange body. The head is just a thin layer and ranges from medium to light brown in color.

Smell - From the bottle the aroma is malt and a subtle wave of citrus.

Taste - The flavor is not what I had expected it to be. It tastes like an English pale ale with more malt. It has a firm long lasting hop flavor that really sets a positive tone. The flavor is solid.

Mouthfeel - The texture is a bit coarse after beginning somewhat smooth.

~ I would really love a six pack of these bones after a hard day of mountain biking. Two for me, two for my riding partner, and one for each of us on the ride home. Oops, did I say that? Maybe that's how it got its name?

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden orange color, very small head.

continuing with rogue's reputation for over-hopping their beers, this mailbock is rather hoppy (at least for the style), with citrus and piney aromas.

Great smooth taste, very crisp, a little fruity-ness, carbonation it on point, and the amount of bitterness is balanced for this style.

It is very drinkable, and balanced, my only concern is the price- it was a 9.99 six pack at my local store. Personally, i would rather go for a DFH 90min 4pk for the same price- and im sure you could find something in the same style range for a lesser price. Nonetheless, i would try it again.

Photo of currysage1
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a caramel amber color, with not much head which dissipated quickly and decent lacing.

Smell is a great mix of citrus, hops, and malt. Not too strong though, very subtle.

The taste on the other hand is not very subtle, at first sip the hops hit the front of your toungue then the sides, but goes away very quickly. Then a quick flash of maltiness, with alot of full grain flavour. Then back to the maltiness to round out the experience.

The mouth feel is nice, somewhat smooth but has a little lingering film, but does not have that oily sort of feel to it. I find that the maltier the beer typically you get more of this.

Drinkability wise, I can have two or three of these and be fine. I like a beer thats not too heavy by volume, this way I can have 6 or so if I feel like it, not 2 and be put to bed.

Great brew - Try the Russian Imperial Stout, it will blow your mind.

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

A: A nice amber/copper color with little head with some lacing.

S: A slight hoppy aroma but it's very faint.

T: There's a slight hint of citrus but the flavor is mostly a combination of hops and malts - it's a very solid combination.

M: Very smooth with enough carbonation to make for a good finish.

D: A highly drinkable session beer.

Photo of WillieMoe
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has an amber orange hue and is a bit cloudy.

The spell is of a woody piney hop, amd has a mild citrus scent.

Has a wonderful citrusy taste that is balanced with a nice maltiness.

This a strong ale, that is fairly thick, but goes down smooth. Definitely a drinkable brew from the fine brewers at Rogue.

Photo of bags6lax
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this one out, after a few recommendations...

Poured, a light copper color, little to no head.

Smelled very citrusy, with a good amount of hop aroma up front, but it quickly went away.

Unbelievably smooth to drink, with just the right touch of bitterness.

My overall impression, was this was just an excellent brew to drink, nothing fancy, but just very well balanced, and what was definitely weird about it, was the flavors seemed to shift as the beer warmed up, becoming a little sweeter, and more malt flavor coming through. Definitely a beer I'd buy again.

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

I was going to say it was an amber color. Then I read the review below calling it copper. Gotta agree with that.

Smelled sweet and dry, if that's possible.

It also tasted sweet, but not overly so. It was more like mild fruits, with some bittersweet flavors usually found in darker beers.

It was smoother than I expected, and easy to drink.

Photo of mortarit
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok I am tired of seeing this beer on the shelf withiut ever trying it. Curious to see what style this beer is, oh mailbock/helles bock.

Appearance: Cloudy

Head Retention: very little after the pour

Colour: Dark golden with brassy glaze

Taste: Nothing really stands out since I have had many others like this one.

Note: Definetly a session beer, easy to drink

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

Had this with my lunch today, so on to the beer:

It pours a copper color into my glass with a medium body. The head on top rises nicely and is sturdy. This is a very mellow beer to drink. A little sweet, but then overtaken by soft hops which are floral and tea-like. it's a drinkable brew which I would have never guessed contained a 6.5% ABV.

Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was very nice, with an off amber color. The smell was somewhat above average, never really overwhelming at any point. The mouthfeel was fairly lively and carbonated. I'd never tried a maibock style beer and didn't know what to expect. It had an overly tart, malty taste to it, that didn't really cut it for me. Overall, it's an okay beer, not something to add to a list of favorites.

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

Pours a great copper color with excellent head and lacing. Nice malty scent, floral and pleasing, with a good hop balance. Great taste, a nice balance of hops and malts. Well blended flavors with a slight caramel hint. Goes down extremely smoothly. An excellent beer and one of my favorite tap beers, too.

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

12 oz bottle. A: Orange/amber, pretty thick carbonation, head that retains to a thin layer pretty quickly. S: Pretty malty, some citrusy hops in there. T: Muted sweetness up front followed by some watery citrus and lingering bitter hops. Some caramel in there, too. M: Nice thick character, maybe a tad thin. D: I've been drinking this for a while now, this is the first time that I've actually ventured to review it. It was one of the first truly good beers that I recognized as a young drinker, and I'm sure I'll be sipping on it for years to come. Great balance, nice crisp character. Excellent drinking beer.

Photo of younger35
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this on my trip to Newport over Labor Day. Drank under the alias of Newport 125th Anniversary Ale out of my Legends (bar) glass.

Appearance- Pours an orange/amber with a nice fluffy bone white head. Leaves a great sticky cap and collar and plenty o’ lace.
Smell- Very nice maltiness that is very bready and raw. Has a semi sweetness from the malt and is very surprisingly fruity. Nice clean lemon background with tinges of oranges.
Taste- Like the nose it’s full of raw grainy malts that are slightly toasted and slightly sweet. Definitely a nice balance with a solid bitter backbone that is rather fruity. Hints of grapefruit and lemon zest linger along with a raw nuttiness.
Mouthfeel- Lightly medium body with a nice zesty carbonation.
Drinkability- I’ve had this brew many times. I’m assuming the Anniversary is the same as the Dead Guy but for some reason this seems a bit more fruity (probably just in my head). It’s a solid brew that is good every time, anytime. On a side note, when I make chili I use either a bomber of Dead Guy Ale or Chipotle Ale every time. Great beer for cooking.

Photo of madjr80
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tapered glass. thick head of foam that settles into a creamy lace. Dark honey like color, and sweet smelling. Not very hoppy right off that the bat, but has a nice little bite at the end. Very drinkable and smooth. This is both a great sipping and session beer. At about 10 bucks a six pack, you wouldn't want to just guzzle this stuff down. Great stuff!

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

Somewhat of a legend when it comes to recognizable bottle art. Oddly enough, this is my first time ever trying one, even though I've seen it around for many years. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Amber colored brew which produced a decent bit of head and held up strong. A little bit of lacing stuck around as well.

S - Sweet alcohol on the nose, and maybe some citrus notes.

T - Warm, spicy hop profile which is very soothing. Easily agreeable all around. Balanced and just sweet enough to round it off.

M - Decent, light bodied, slight spicy aftertaste. No residues, but the seemingly high level of carbonation caused a hit here.

D - Not bad at all, I would accept one of these anytime. I'm new to the style but this was a very drinkable brew. So it seems I'm 2 for 2 as both the Maibocks I've had have been very tasty. Try this one out.

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

Pours an clear amber color which lightens into gold around the edges of my glass. It has a big off-white head that leaves sticky lace. Looks damn good for a dead guy.
The nose is gentle but distinct. Slightly sweet with caramel malts along with light biscuit maltiness and some earthy spicy hops.
A tea-like sweetness accompanies sweet caramel malts and biscuit malts. Piney hops and earthy-tea provide a light bitterness that lingers for a bit in the dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with enough carbonation to make it soft and creamy.

This the first Rogue beer that I ever tasted and the one that sparked my movement away from light Macro Brews and into the good stuff. I had not had it since and just got into reviewing, but now I remember why the movement began. This is a great beer that should be stocked in every fridge at all times.

Photo of sauron681
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber almost red color.
Nice thick head, does not last very long though. Barely any lacing, however, very good carbonation throughout session.
A very earthy, muddy, aroma, with hints of caramel malt.
Rich and creamy tasting, somewhat sweet as well. Slightly dry, with a roasted burnt malt taste. Long lingering aftertaste. Heavy in the mouth, a little to much for a considered ale. I did enjoy this beer, I was hoping to rate it better, but I will try it again.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Moderate pour overflowed the glass with more head than beer... obviously this is a lively one! Looks just like honey in color, and slightly cloudy. Lots of lacing.

Nice balance of smells... citrusy floral hops are obvious, but with a strong malt backbone. Ripe fruit also in the nose with mild but noticable alcohol.

Tastes damn balanced! Fruity, citrusy and grassy hops... biscuity malts with caramel in there. My first maibock, this reminds me of an IPA with a stronger malt presence.

Mouthfeel is luxurious! Thick, fluffy carbonation is just about perfect.

No problems with drinkability, as I could drink this all night long. It's the third time I've used the word, but the key here is balance. It just makes me proud to be an American!

Photo of gmfessen
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, copper-orange color with a pillowy, one-finger, off-white colored head. The smell is slightly sweet with slightly toasted notes coming to the forefront, also a slight hop presence. The taste also has the sweetness of the nose but is better balanced with a definite earthy hoppiness and slight alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy carbonation that makes for easy drinking. Drinkability of this one is pretty high, easy to drink and pretty tasty too.

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
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,698 ratings.