1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

6,610 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,610
Reviews: 2,309
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 203
Gots: 876 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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.

16º PLATO
40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dead Guy Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,610 | Reviews: 2,309 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tonistruth
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy orange tinted straw, two finger off white head that holds well, quick dissolving lace

S- herbal, toasted malt, biscuit, citrus

T- toasty malt front that meets with a balancing hop bitterness short after, twitch of citrus, mostly earthy and grassy. Citrus comes out more as temperature increases.

M- light/med body, smooth, dry finish

D- sessionable, good flavor, like rogues twist on this style, very enjoyable, recommended

Photo of utahbeerdude
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Visual: Large creamy head to start. Medium amber hue, and strong carbonation. Slightly hazy.

Aroma: Rather malt dominated aroma. Slight whiff of metal. A bit of orange-peel and some alcohol.

Flavor: Malty to start, then gives way to fairly strong hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste, but which eventually gives way to some residual sweetness that, over time, becomes cloying.

Mouthfeel: Creaminess at start from carbonation. Good body, almost chewy.

Overall: Although I want to, I have a hard time really liking this beer. Each characteristic tends to stand alone – the experience is not very well integrated.

Photo of cnybrewblog
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle and into my mouth.

A: nice gold amber color, creamy smooth head that settled quickly

S: not much for fruity or other smells, I got a nose full of malt with a hint of hops

T: Great malty front with a little kick of hops in the finish. There was a surprising dry finish for a beer that malty.

M: The carbonation was light, but good. Made for a very drinkable beer

D: It's a great beer with a lot of wonderful flavors. The best part is that no one flavor really silences the rest making it a very drinkable beer.

Photo of BMoney575
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 2-25-07

Pours a light amber, with a huge bubbly head that leaves frothy lacing.

Smell sweet and surprisingly malty, with subtle fruit aromas.

Taste is sweet and fruity, with a good hoppy bite near the end. Very good.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and creamy. Very gratifying.

Drinkability is very good, this beer has a good strong flavor but also goes down smooth.

Overall a very good brew. Think of a pale ale with a good light-malt background. I'll have to keep a sixer of this around.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the very first beers that made me aware of the craft brew universe. It was downright exotic, and the cool bottle design screamed "buy me!" And I did. Didn't like it much on first try (about 12 years ago), but man, how tastes do change...

The huge, fluffy head is a dirty white, retaining a solid few minutes. Things look even better due to the great burnt orange color (looks like a double IPA) and lots of bubbles, with a slight cloudiness deepening the color. A few small patches of lace left behind.

Aroma is a mellow, crisp hoppiness (I would guess Cascade, but I'm still a novice in differentiating between specific varieties). Light malty sweetness and, despite a fairly tame ABV (6.5%) there's some alcohol showing up. Nice smell, nothing amazing.

Flavor has a good bit of depth right from the very beginning. Creamy malt sweetness (caramel/toffee), fruity brightness, clearly well-hopped bittering, and even some maple flavor. Finish is a sweet hops kiss, and the mouthfeel is excellent: light on weight, yet plenty of swing from the carbonation, achieving balance and depth with a silky creaminess.

Good stuff, seriously easy drinking with enough character to keep you coming back.

Photo of david131
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden color. Even with a hard pour, not much of a white head forms. But, when looking beneath the surface, I can see many streams of bubbles forming- they just don't seem to want to stick around much once they reach the surface.

S- Not all that much of a quaffer. Some malt, citrus hops and there seems to be some spiciness to it as well.

T- Caramel malt and citrus seem to be the most overwhelming part of the flavor. Kind of sweet. Interesting.

M- Smooth with a little bit of a hop bite in the end. Very interesting indeed.

D- This took me quite a bit of time to consume considering the low ABV. This was a very interesting brew.

Photo of IceAce
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a close-to-orange body with a two finger of dense foam. Clarity was very good but lacing clocks in at a disappointing 15%.

The nose is sweet with lots of caramel upfront. Entry is moderately zippy leading to a midtaste which can best be described as rich and creamy caramel & toffee. The finish is bitter, but in the softest way possible. Think hop nibble...not bite.

This is not even close gto my favorite Rogue ale but is solid nonetheless and a must-have with Thai food...

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
A: fairly small white head which disapated pretty quickly. Heald the glass up to the light and saw mainly a transparents amber color
S: I noticed a dark caramelly smell, mixed with a faint light hop smell.
T:Virtually no alcohol taste, blended beautifully with light hops and light caramel malt. Exactly what the smell told me.
M: light carbonation made this feel great in my mouth.
D: Awesome. All the elements combined made this beer insanely drinkable with incredible flavors being bounced around. Can't wait to buy a growler this weekend and really go to town

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

Golden brown hazy body with some carbonation. Off-white level head of tiny to small bubbles. Decent retention and lace.
Grass, dough, butter and abit of pepper in the nose.
Well balanced and gentle. Bread and a little hay with butter and pepper again. Mild hoppy aftertaste of good duration.
Good moderate body with abit of coating. Hydrating finish.
Good drinkability, mild mannered and gentle.

-Oelergud

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

Bottled. I drank a bit of this a few years ago but have not had any recently until this week. Just poured a bottle. Pours and smells a basic Pale Ale. Flavor seems slightly more malt directed than others. It is good and refreshing. Not a favorite but not crap either.

Photo of peabody
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a really nice cloudy brown amber with three fingers of white suds that leave lots of lacing around the tulip glass.
Smell is caramel and lemon with mabey a hint of grapefruit. A floral smell accompanies the yeast burn and the alcohol is hidden well in the back there.
Taste is a mellow sweetness of candy sugar and grapefruit darkness. Way more heavy on the sugars. The alcohol is very present here.
Mouthfeel is pretty nice but I would want more of a hop bitterness here.
Still all in all, this is a good session beer. I will be drinking all 6 of these bad boys.

Photo of Magpie14
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: shades of gold and orange with a ever so slight touch of red. This beer almost glows in the glass. Nice two-finger head and sticky lacing.

Smell: hoppy, malty and caramel. Sweet essence of fruit such as oranges and evergreen citrus. Very nice aroma

Taste/mouthfeel: nice hop characteristics and good malt balance. Very agreeable sweetness and spice. I have to give it up for this one! I does kind of remind me of a oktoberfest type of beer, mostly due to the tasty malt flavor. Has nice clean, sharp finish and accomplished carbonation. Just a super well rounded brew.

Downright drinkable and splendid taste

Photo of TheSarge
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy does pretty good all the way around. Gives of a lot of CO2 for a good light tan head and retains very well. Medium bodied with a dark golden amber hue. Gives off aromas of grapes, molasses, and a weird coppery aroma like pennies. This tastes very sweet and malty. There's a dominant molasses flavor here, too. This ale feels very warm and inviting with each sip. I feel more alive than dead while drinking this concoction.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After being poured from the bottle, Dead Guy appears a translucent amber. The head was okay with a slightly off white head.

The smell is loud with touches of sweetness.

Dead Guy has a unique taste, that is over powering at first. The taste that stands out most is the hops. Although, there is a sweet and roast flavor to the after taste.

This beer has a powerful amount of carbonation, but it is generrally mild in how heavy it feels.

Dead Guy is so strong that it was kind of hard to drink. But overall it is a very unique and interesting taste.

Photo of Matthew
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a very cloudy deep rusty copper type color with a small off white bubbly head that immediatly fades.
The nose is filled with goopy caramel sweetness accented by fruity and yeasty notes. The fruity aromas are something similar to dried peaches and a dull citrus type character.
The taste is smooth and full of malty sweetness followed with a small hop presence that contains fruity tastes that are not unlike the ones I picked up in the nose. This beer leaves a lasting malty flavor on your tongue after each sip.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a good solid level of carbonation.
This is an easy to drink beer, very smooth and the different flavors blend nicely.

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

I'll tell you, this is climbing to be my favorite beer very quickly. There is just almost nothing wrong with it.

Appearance is a medium copper with a light tan head that bubbles down to a scattered surface of foam; but lasts a decent time. Very pleasing to the eyes.

Smell represents the overall malt flavor of the beer.

There is just something about the taste of this beer that makes me happy. It might be too caramely for some but this beer just rides the line of too sweet with me but maintains such craving for me.

Mouthfeel leaves very little to be improved upon. Perfect carbonation, perfect consistency.. easy to drink.

Drinkability has varied for me. Some nights, I can drink it all night. Other nights, leave me forcing down that 3rd glass, haha.

If you've never had this... GET IT

Photo of rgctlc
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think y'all know what this beer is about. I lucked into a sale at 7.99/6 at the Lowes in Calabash, NC on 1/29/07.They also had the Red and the Amber on sale as well. Anyway, awesome malty flavor with a strong hoppy kick at the end...this batch was in 6 pack form...no dates whatsoever on the packaging so I have no idea of the actual production date. The last time I found this was in bomber form in Cloudcroft, NM a coupla yrs ago...I turned some of my bud lite friends onto this and they loved it...so if you have it at yr local groc get it...kill if you must...Have a nice day!!!

Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last time I had this was years ago, and I had to dump it because it gave me a massive headache.

Nice copper-light brown colour with a light cream head. Sort of a funny, sweet and sour smell of malts. Light, refreshing hop presence.

Syrupy malt flavour and good hops. A hint of spicyness and alcohol heat. Rich, warming flavour that is also quite crisp and well developed.

Good mouthfeel, but there is a certain sour aftertaste that leaves an unpleasant feeling in the mouth.

Better than I remember.

Photo of beeroclock
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug as dark copper with a nice puffy white head. Laced the glass very nicely. Smell is slightly fruity, nothing special though. Tastes light almost sweet but with a good brew appeal. The sweetness lasts through with the aftertaste but has enough kick to enjoy. I like it, a good Rogue product.

Photo of alysmith4
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A lot milder than I had anticipated. I was expecting more of a kick in the pants, but I found this beer to be more of a pat on the butt. My novice palate ignorantly compares it to an India Pale Ale, but the flavor profile seemed a bit more refined than your typical IPA. Subtle notes of clove, apricot, and honey. Slightly peppery as well. I would try this again for sure, perhaps by a different brewer for comparison. Watch the high ABV.. this brew is so smooth, it can creep up on you fast.

Photo of BrewMonkey
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured darker than I expected, somewhat coppery/amber in color. Pretty light and fluffy head, about 3/4 inch with a normal pour.

Aroma was fruity and a little sweet.

Taste was really suprising, took me a second for it all to register. Initial flavor reminded my wife and I of cotton candy, with a fruity twist. Just a very unique flavor. Mouthfeel was fairly light, decent body but not at all heavy on the pallete.

Very drinkable.

Photo of theformula
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great job Rogue, this is great.

Pours a dark honey body in a deep mug with great big cream-colored head. Good retention and pretty sticky lacing. A looker.

Scent is light and delicious. Great floral and fruity esters that bring on citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple and such. Nice honey-sweet malt foundation like a good bock, with aromatic hops giving it a flowery aroma.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and very crisp. Nice carbonation.

Taste is decently complex and light. Right off it starts with a bubble-gum and light-honey malt sweetness that's also floral, followed by European pils hops (I guess) that's slightly bitter but delicate. Finishes pretty dry and bitter.

This hybrid bock brewed w/ ale yeast is intersting and a damn-good beer as far as drinkability is concerned. Fruity, sweet, and balanced hop profile makes for a great beer. A regular in my fridge.

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

Pours copper with orange tones and flecks of gold and red. Small yellow-white head with light-medium lacing; dies down quickly. Aroma of bubblegum, banana, and apple with floral undertones; hints of spices here and there. Light-medium body. Initial flavor is a mixture of rich and spicy (though mild) noble hops and sweet flowery, cake and cookie-dough malts, punctuated by a subtle undertone of sour lemon-lime citrus. Followed by toasty, buttery malts underlined by mild floral and dark fruit flavors. Hops linger. Bready, somewhat spicy finish and aftertaste.

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

A- Dull (not negative) dark ambr color, some haze. good retenton, good lace

S- Biscuit malt, sweet carmel malts, and yeast

T-Malts, malt, malt. This is one malty beer. sweetness abounds. Some hops trickle though to cut the malt a little

M-Creamy body with nice carbonation

D-The malts overwhelm for me cutting down on drinkability

Photo of dmamiano
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was well carbonated and left a nice two finger head after the pour. As the beer was drank , nice lacing was left on the side of the glass.The "nose" was actually very plain and nondescript.

The beer had a good mouthfeel and had a nice balance between the malt and the hops.The flavor like the nose was very ordinary.

All in all, a good drinking beer.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,610 ratings.