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Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

9 Ingredients: 2-Row, C15, Munich, Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution™ & Independent™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber-copper all in one, which is a pretty cool hue. The head is ivory in color with a hint of orange, is firm and looks like it will last for a while. As it descends, the cap comes to resemble a rich vanilla milkshake sitting atop the beer. It doesn't last very long, though it ends up leaving a decent amount of lace in spotty sheets.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I have no earthly idea what a maibock is supposed to smell or taste like. Therefore, I can't really say if this is a good example of the style or not. The flavor profile is pretty well-balanced, with malt having the slight edge.

The beer is somewhat caramel-like, with an earthiness and a restrained spiciness. The spiciness becomes bolder and more interesting as the beer warms. Again, I'm not sure what sort of mouthfeel a beer of this style should have, but this one seems fine. It's medium-full and has a pleasing smoothness.

Dead Guy Ale may be the most ubiquitous craft brew in this city. Every store that carries beer seems to carry it. It's obvious that it's a quality offering, but it doesn't stand out as exceptional. Even though I'll probably drink it again, it won't be anytime soon.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an slightly hazy, orangey-amber body with thinnish, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling floral, yeasty aroma with hints of dried fruits and apples.

Taste: An overall sourish taste, with flavors of honey, dried fruits, and cider. Light hops on the finish and a yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: You know, if you can't say something nice, don't say it at all!

Time for an update! Not all too much has changed, except there's a more distinct toasty, bready malt character. Still sourish, less cidery and more akin to a non-oaked white wine. Slight score bump overall.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a hazy, dark amber color, about the same color as an APWA but a bit darker. It has a thin, off-white head, which fades quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

S: The smell is a dual combination of citrusy hops and roasted malt. Excellent blend!

T: You get the hops taste first with a little bit of bitterness, followed by the roasted malt and sweetness. It’s almost like I’m drinking an APA & a Porter at the same time. A very flavorful and well-balanced beer! The after-taste is sweet, but very mild.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: The beer goes down very nicely and is very tasty, which allows you to throw it back easily. The only thing that diminishes its drinkability is that it may fill you just a bit. However, I could certainly kill a few of these large bottles before I get too hammered and realize that I’m not tasting it anymore.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: ? (most likely a bottle from some friend's cooler)

Pours a slightly hazy bronzed orange with a small whitish head that retains well typically. Nutty aroma, bready, with roasted malts, hints of dark fruit. Caramel malts in the taste, bready, with pine hops coming through, with hints of raisin. Medium body and pretty drinkable. Not something I'd drink casually, but once in a while it's nice.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper, good head, cloudy, bit of lace after

S - Caramel, not over powering, kinda nutty, but nothing too spectacular

T - Smooth, nice aftertaste, a bit sugary, nut, caramel

M - Not too thick, not alot of carbonation, very creamy

D - Very drinkable, could put down a few of these easy.

This is a good beer, served it at my halloween party and was very well accepted. This was out of a bottle, into a pint glass, on tap locally had a bit more of a kick, but overall recommended. Found myself drinking one of these almost every other day lately. Good Brew/

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a 2 fingerdeep sand colored head that drops fast. Minimal Head retention and lacing

Smell: Fruitiness and a slight smokiness?

Taste: Rich and fruity with a slight hint of vanilla, toastiness, slight hop bitterness on the tounge and a slight nutty taste. Sweetness and slight bitterness on the finish.

MF: Slighlty chewy with good balance, slightly undercarbonated

Drinkable enough but nothing special

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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber with no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep and lightly hazy amber honey in colour with a wispy white lace.

Smell: Sweetness coming from malt and hops, faint hint of exotic fruit ... mango or star fruit?

Taste: Smooth with a medium body, the smoothness from the carbonation hold together the malty mouth feel very well. Good dose of toasted malts, perhaps some Munich? A little sweetness comes forth also though is quickly cut by a evening hop character of both bitterness and an underlying oily flavour. The finish is pleasant and is reminiscent of crust off of some home made whole grain bread.

Notes: Delicious to say the least ... an all around prize ale brewed here, crafted very well. Great use of hops and malt to come up with a very drinkable brew ... a quaffer's delight.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear deep amber in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass, a light amount of fine light colored sediment, and notes of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of floral hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of toffee sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral and earthy hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink with a well hidden alcohol presence. Interesting blend of malts and hops in this one but definitely not one of my favorite beers in the style (but it is a good example of the style).

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Timothy's. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a hazy amber/orange with a very small tan head that reduced quickly. No lacing.

S: Heavy caramel aromas as well as some light grains. There are hints of apple floral hops, but both are pretty subdued.

T: Overly malty, I was expected at least a little bit of a hop presence, but its just not there. Heavy caramel and toffee with a slight hint of bruised apple and light spice.

M: Medium to full bodied, a much more filling beer than anticipated. Good carbonation.

O: It was ok, again a great hop presence would have made this a better beer, for me at least. Its fuller body makes it a tough one to drink a bunch of as well.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered, with an orange-amber color. Decent cream colored head that leaves spotty lace.

Spicy fresh hop aroma. There's also a slight creaminess to the smell. Similar to fresh cut flowers/grass.

Rich and malty at the beginning of the tasting. This quickly gives way to the hop bite. The liquor is oily, a sign of higher alcohol. The aftertaste is an 80/20 blend of hop to malt.

A very nice, full-bodied brew. Flavorful like an IPA.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 8/13/10 notes. Had on tap at the Iron Horse in DC.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts and caramel malts, with hints of spices and yeast. Also some grain and bready malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, spice, fruity malts, and toasted malts. Hints of citrus hops and a little bit sweet.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very solid maibock. Lots of malts in the smell and taste. Have had it many times and would definitely order it again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber copper hue with an off white fluffy billowing head. This beer doesn't have the thickest lace, but what it lacks there it makes up with in taste and aroma. Aroma is a sharp sweetness with notes of caramel and slight apple tartness. The flavor is very complex yet simply amazing in every way, this beer blends the perfect amount of subtle bittering hops with a huge blend of specialty malts. Gotta love the maibock brewed with ale yeast instead of the standard lager yeast for the style. This shows that taking a chance can bring you an awesome product like the one I have the pleasure of sipping on right now. There are hints is a soft chewy mouthfeel that carries a plethora of caramel malt, a ver slight tartness, and the trace of hop character tie this beer together. No loose ends here, one amazing totally solid brew that is so easy to drink. If I see this stuff on tap it is going to be quite a fun night, very good drinkable brew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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)

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Photo of stakem
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 5/22/10

Poured from a bomber into a snifter it appears a perfectly clear orange color with a finger of fluffy head that retains well and sticks in patches about the glass. Aroma is a mixture of buttery notes, citrus hops, a bit of sulfur and quite grassy. Taste is grainy with earthy and herbal hops. The grain character is a bit sweet with a slight hint of the alcohol accents the hop bitterness. The feel is a bit watery and light with a modest amount of carbonation. There is a lingering presence of the hops left in the mouth. As it warms, the aroma takes on some notes of lemony citrus that can also be picked out in the flavor as well. Overall not bad but nothing to go out of your way for either.

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Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber with a thin off-white head that quickly disappeared, but left a ring around the edge. Little to no lacing was left.

Upfront sweet, caramel smell with a touch of fruity hops in background.

The taste was sweet, caramel-candy-like malt. Some hops in the background lended it a slighty fruitiness to it. The alcohol comes through a bit, but does not interfere with the flavors. In fact, if anything it enhances them. A delicious taste.

The feel was medium to full-bodied. Sweetness lingers a bit, but does not become cloying at all. Complexity and alcohol make it not as smooth as it could be, but fairly smooth nevertheless. The flavors linger.

A good interpretation of the style, and a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a big fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops, a bit of a mineral smell as well. Not much going on really in the nose. Taste is a little better with some sweet malts caramel and bread mixed up with some floral hops and that mineral tartness. Sparkling carbonation, sticky mineral-y mouthfeel, medium body. Nothing objectionable here, but really not up to what I consider the norm for Rogue.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh

Arrived a copper brown with a thin lacing of head. Nose is of sweet malts. Taste is apples and caramel with a mild hop bite in the finish with a hint of alcohol. A few sips even seem to taste similar to a candy apple. medium bodied and warm.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A brown clear and crystal amber forms off the pour, with fast rising cola like bubbles from the bottom. Head is foamy with solid retention and staying power. Clumpy lacing looks very solid..

Bouquet is a soft sweet malt, and hint of dark chewy bread. Quite nice and inviting.

Taste is predominantly lager like crisp, with a sharp hop sting that is not jarring. Quite bitter aftertaste, but pleasurable. Sort of a mix between a good light malty doppelbock and a dry pilsner. A very dry graininess leaves me thrsty for more.

Overall I'am impressed by this one quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I'm really glad I got around to trying this beer. Dead Guy Ale pours a dark and slightly hazy amber color. The head is light brown and lightly creamy. Head height is average. Smell is nice and malty. It has that sweet, bready aroma. Taste is excellent! Flavor is initially malty sweet, then the nice, slightly bitter hops kick in and really balance this brew out. Finish is a tasty, sweet blend of hops and malts. It seems like every sip I notice something new about this beer. Mouthfeel is right on, and drinkability only suffers from the filling nature of Dead Guy Ale. For me this beer is a "must try".

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Dead Guy Ale for the first time in quite a few years. I do remember it being better. The beer poured a cloudy orange with thin head that is not lacing. The smell has malt and balancing hops...slightly sweet. The hops provide an initial punch of bitterness in the taste, but then the sweet malt helps to calm the pallet. ABV is present in the first few swigs and then settles as the pallet adjusts. The mouthfeel is a light to medium body with good carbonaiton. Overall it is a solid ale.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Great golden amber body. Tightly bubbled, white head sits ~1 finger high in a wide-bodied tulip glass with great retention and lace.

S – Relatively light. Sweet malt and honey.

T – Great malt character. Toasted brown bread with herb butter and honey. Touch of spicy ginger and lemony oregano brighten a caramel and bready backend.

M – Nice carbonation up front gives way to a soft and full-bodied brew, leaving a nice coating on your palate through the finish.

O – Great balance of bready malts, herbal hops and caramel sweetness.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at an Ale House, the beer was served in a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy, deep, copper coloring with no trace of head. Aromas are rich caramel, with a good dark-sweet character to it. Flavor is toasted malt and caramel notes again, with a very slight peppery hops spicing peeking through, and some grapefruit/citrus ccharacteristics, as well. The aftertaste almost has a sour tone to it, and the finish is dry and crisp, with a hint of bitter from those late blooming hops. Easy drinker, and it goes with anything foodwise. Can't go wrong here!

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer sampled w/o any freshness indication. Pours hazy orangy amber, light tan head, shows moderate retention and leaves moderate lacing. Nose is quite sweet with some fresh fruit aromas. This a sweet and malty brew, some peppery hops in the background. Smooth and highly drinkable, better then average sessioner.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack of this at a local liquor store in FL. Rogue Dead Guy Ale was a staple of mine out west, but I have turned to German and Belgian beers more as of late, its nice to know you can go home again.

Poured 12oz. out of bottle into Rogue pint glass. Amber in color, I didn't remember what it smelled like, but the one I poured had almost no aroma at all. Smooth mouthfeel, moderately hopped, a great example of the style. Easy to drink. Still love this beer.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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