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Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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7,598 Ratings
Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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.

Added by kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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Ratings: 7,598 |  Reviews: 2,439
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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2.72/5  rDev -31%

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2.42/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

tasted like chemicals and syrupy... like old cough syrup

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3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Served from growler type bottle.

Appearance: Dark honey, amber, almost no head, or the app. score would have been 4.
Smell: Strong hop notes, rich malt, citrus/tropical fruit.
Taste: Complex. Sweet malt start, caramel and toffee, midway.
Long hoppy finish, grapefruit flavors.
Mouthfeel: Astringent yet oily, well carbonated.
Drinkability: Oh, I could sure drink a few of these.

This is quite a killer beer. Give me more!

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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a honey orange with 2 fingers of milky white head. Nice webed lacing left clinging to the pint glass.

S- Nice and hoppy with a sweet smell of caramel and honey. There's a bready quality here and a touch of fruitiness.

T- The fruitiness is more noticeable in the taste, mingles nicely with the toasted and caramel malts. Finish is slightly hoppy.

M- Medium body and low carbonation make for a mighty smooth drink.

D- Easy to throw a 6'er of these down, i'm glad Rogue bottles these in the 12oz bottles. They're starting to become a regular staple in my fridge.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Perfectly balanced from beginning to end - no stray flavors, no astringent aftertaste... a fantastic beer.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Reddish-brown, like watered down cola, 1/4 inch of foamy, tan head sits on top with bubbles continuing to rise to the surface. Nice retention too...

Citrus hops, caramel and a little oak in the nose. There is sort of a floral/lemongrass thing going on too.

Hops and grapefruit, bitter all the way through. There's a little bitter chocolate taste mixed in too. The body is pretty thick, moderately carbonated with a nice warmth coming along. I feel like this lacks some of the better qualities, but is a pretty good maibock, if not at least a very unique one.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of DM1293
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told this was more akin to a pale ale. Anyone who's tried this should probably say otherwise to that.

There is a hop tang to it, but its definitely in the background flavors. Up front is more of a toasty malt flavor...and any flavors in the middle I can't begin to describe. Picked up a few notes of butterscotch here and there. On the whole, its exceptionally drinkable and really smooth.

I give it points for being refreshing, but its still kind of thick on the palate afterward.

Overall, I wish the hops were a little brighter to really counter the toastiness I get. I had trouble picking out flavors...I don't really get any of the fruity notes some people put forth (unless its interfering with the hop...or IS the hop). Its good on the whole, but after having Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Shakespeare Stout, I had much higher expectations for the flavor. Still, a solid beer from Rogue, and I wouldn't mind drinking it again.

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

A - Pours a nice golden-brown amber color, hazy, with great head retention.

S - Plenty of sweet caramel and molasses, with a bit of honey. You can definitely pick up the roasted malt backbone to this beer. Outstanding and complex aromas - what a bock should be.

T - Sweet malts, bread, honey. A nice, balanced dry finish with just a touch of bitterness at the end to cut the sweetness. This is a pleasant and balanced bock - not as easy to find as you'd imagine. Immensely drinkable.

M - A good amount of carbonation. It's not too sticky, which is a pleasant surprise.

O - A really drinkable and balanced bock. Not extreme, but immensely flavorful. Goes down really easy. Bocks are not always my "go-to" style, but this is really worth a try if you're looking for that taste. As a hop head, I wonder what this would be like if they added a touch more hops - but, who am I to argue against big, bold, balanced flavors that go down this well? Nicely played, Rouge.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Dead Guy Ale poured gold and red, like a sunrise on a cloudy morning. The look is slightly cloudy, although it could have been the carbonation obscuring my vision.

I sensed a sweet, malty aroma, though not at all overpowering. I have tried beer with far greater aromas but with a far lesser flavor.

Sweet and bitter, smooth and chewy, it was a dichotomy of the senses, although the hoppiness is pretty subtle. There are no gratuitous flavors.

I really like this beer a lot. I had not had any Rogue products prior to this and I hope all of this live up to Dead Guy's near perfection (IMHO). I think this beer would be great to drink at any time, whether at the bar or with food.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 7,598 ratings
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