Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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7,489 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.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazelnut Brown Nectar, XS Imperial IPA... Dead Guy Ale? What on earth is a Dead Guy Ale? Well, it just happens to be another award winning beer from the likes of theRogue Brewery in Oregon. Often people confuse it with an American Pale Ale, but it is actually a German style Maibock. A traditional German Maibock is a lager brewed to higher strengths and lagered (laid to rest in cool cellars) for three or more months. They are typically characterized by caramel sweet malt, medium to full body, medium hop aroma, but low hop bitterness. However, in typical west coast style, you should expect some bitter here.

Although the traditional style is a lager, Rogue's version is actually an ale, using their standard pacman yeast to brew it; which is an ale yeast. The Dead Guy was originally created in the early 90′s as a private tap sticker to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead. The design proved to be so popular that Rogue claimed it as the label for thier Maierbock ale.

This championship quality beer is often the one that coerces people out of a world of bland beers and into the beautiful reality of craft beer. I typically enjoy it richly in the summer when it is hot out, but it has more than enough flavor and depth to stand up to the coldest winter nights.

It has been brewed with four different malts, two hops, and hits the bottle at 6.5% abv. It is available at the LCBO in six packs of 355ml bottles, and also throughout the Unites States in 650ml larger bottles, as well as 64oz growlers at some locations. The Dead Guy will be best enjoyed cool around 10C (50F) offering fully quenching characteristics and smooth and creamy sensations.

The Dead Guy pours richly building a deep amber down beer. It is completely transparent with golden mahogany and oranges streaming though the wide array of carbonation pouring up from it. A nicely soft and mountainous white cream head forms a nice inch to two inches above the beer. Retention is reasonable, but it fades to a film within five minutes.

Steaming up from the now gorgeous pint glass are lush aromas of caramel malt and toffee. Thick buttery biscuit and floral hop notes lift spice and fruit into your nose. Honey, brown sugar, orange zest and fresh cut glass are all here showing delightful refreshing characteristics.

Don't sip the Dead Guy, he doesn't like it. Get right in there and enjoy this beer. Smooth and creamy malt sweetness flows over your tongue with an elegant and balanced mellow sweetness. Hop aromatics and bitter begin to pour in quickly also aiding the beer's balance and overall structure. Warm biscuit, melted butterscotch candy and the smell of fresh baked breads all show up in the cheeks and fill your palate.

It is really a mellow sweet beer with a lusciously creamy and smooth character. The balance comes from fresh and floral hops and a good amount of potent carbonation creating a supremely quenching beer. You would have no complaints with this beer on a hot summer day. The hops are quite nice showing lots of fresh flavors, citrus, a touch of pine and hay field too.

The mouthfeel is a succulent combination of creamy smooth malt and quenching hop carbonation; really perfect. It is easy to enjoy but full of deep and wide flavors making it an excellent beer for dinner. Spicy foods, anything off the grill, or deep tomato based pastas.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Poured pale amber with a coarse sturdy off-white head. Aroma is. . . it smells like iced-tea. Specifically; it smells like the iced-tea I remember my Dad making when I was a boy, out of Lipton tea bags -- it smells EXACTLY like that!

Damn. . . that is EXACLTY what it tastes like too! Unsweetened iced-tea made with Lipton brand tea bags. This is weird. . .

You guys get a 3.5 for this stuff -- and hey; STOP MESSING WITH MY HEAD!

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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful deep amber and cloudy with a 1.5 finger creamy head that somewhat quickly died down to a sparsely large-bubbled creamy disk of foam

Smell: The nose here has citrus and rich smelling malts, and I swear some hint of banana, but that’s very slight and only after swirling to expose to the air.

Taste: fat malts fill the mouth on this one with a very delayed hop finish ending moderately bitterly. Tastes nicely balanced with plenty of malt and plenty of hops. Neither one collides with the other. Long after the hops have died… like two minutes after a drink, there is a very nice malt aftertaste left over. Caramelly.

Mouthfeel: chewy and full, very pleasant.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Balanced.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Tap
First, this beer claims to be a Maibock in style (a lager) but uses ale yeast and to me tastes like an ale.

A This is a brown amber beer, not clear. A nice fine bubble head that stuck around the whole glass.

S Not much hop aroma. A little malt and there ia a little piney aroma.

T Smooth malty taste with good hop balance. No over the top lingeing aftertaste.

M Medium body, a little alcohol warmth. A very well balanced beer. Carb and hop bite die quickly. A really good ale.

O. This is a good beer for folks that like real beer. The lack of clarity will frighten the cereal brew fans, but they would be missing a fine example of beer brewed the way it was intended; full flavored and hearty.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Sam Adams glass, it pours this nice darkish copper colour with a small foam head.

Smells nutty, very evident, no confusion: NUTS!

Immediate taste of the smell, nutty, malty, sweet with a small bitter.

Smooth, very easy to drink, not harsh in carbonation, but yet refreshing.

Overall, pretty good, grabbed this on a whim due to the label, and I am pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the BW3 downtown Indy, Poured a clear red/orange, with a moderate head, that didn't last long. Some signs of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt and hops. Taste is malty and sweet, almost too sweet. It has a good mouthfeel with just the right amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Not something I could drink alot of at one time, because of the sweetness. But still an over all good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours dark copper to amber in color with a small white head the fades quickly to a sheer lacing topping the beer. Streams of bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell: Malty sweet with hints of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar with an underlying nuttiness to the aroma.

Taste: Starts with a nice malty sweetness with plenty of caramel and brown sugar, the middle moves along to a finish that is more of the sweet caramel malts but hops finally show with slight iced tea like bitterness. The blend of iced tea like bitterness and sweet malt linger long on the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin bordering on medium, slick,very well carbonated, lively in the mouth.

Drinkability: Dead Guy Ale is very drinkable. A nice malty marzen with plenty of caramel, brown sugar and fruitiness in the flavor profile along with a slight nuttiness. Hops are subtle but do make an appearance in the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. A good session beer with plenty of flavor that won't wear out the palette. Overall a nice beer with very good drinkability. Recommended.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 7,489 ratings.
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