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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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 kbub6f
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous, clear, dark red/amber color. Small, off-white, dense, thick foamy head leaves a few spots of lacing. Sweet deep malt, creamy aroma. Hops jump in right away with a touch of fruit. Deep, almost chocolatey malt takes over quickly: creamy, thick. Very bitter finish... creamy malt survives through the end. This is a special beer. The huge hop bitterness is a little unexpected among the dark, creamy malt. It's an unusual bimodal taste, but a real winner.

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Photo of Foxman
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a golden amber, with a slight haze about it. A quick creamy, light tan head recedes gradually to tiny dots of foam. There's no real lacing to speak of.

The aroma carries a scent of somewhat sweetish malt, with moderate hops presence. There is a hint of maple syrup or brown sugar on the very bottom. As the beer warms, the malt comes well to the fore.

Out of the gates, the malt and hops are neck and neck. The dry tingle and floral notes of the hops goes hand in hand with the sweet malt, overall a crisp initial flavor. At the outside there flits a berry sweetness, again with a brown sugar tinge. At the end there's a yeasty biscuit finish. As with the smell, malt plays a much more assertive role as the beer warms.

It swirls nicely on the tongue, coating with a medium body, not lingering long, leaving a spicy hops tingle as a reminder of its presence.

It's a genuinely nice beer, with enough malt/hop interplay to be interesting. There's not too much of anything, and just enough of everything. Sure, I could handle 2 or 3 more, time and next-morning productivity depending. The beer grew on me, just better than pedestrian when colder, but multiplying in character as it warmed.
Also, my boys love the bottle. They want more so we can use them for Halloween decorations in the garage next year.

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Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rapidly vanishing head compared to other Rogue offerings, this is a clear red-orange.

Aroma is of oktoberfest-style malts and a good dose of citric hops, leaning towards sweet oranges.

Taste is finely balanced... again light caramel malt, and a sweet aspect something like honey. Mouthfeel is not overly chunky nor thick; finishes with a light and clean hops presence; oranges and floral notes mingle with a very nice sweetness. A mild level of carbonation, combined with the inoffensive-yet-intriguing flavors here make for a highly drinkable offering.

Rogue can keep this truckin' up to Buffalo for as long as they want.

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

An all-around fine brew. Nice caramel color with a head that dissipated quickly, but left a nice lacy residue. Fruity smell that was not overwhelming. Nice rounded feel with a light sweetness followed by a slightly tart finish. Slightly oily with a medium to full body. Some alcohol undertones. Recommended, refreshing brew.

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Photo of mschofield
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red-amber with 1 finger off white head, laces well and remains as a cap.
Citrus hop aroma with grainy notes.
Fruity with sweet and toasted malt flavors, woody hops come in after the initial malt taste. Pretty well balanced. A little orange flavor - maybe clementine instead of orange.
Light feel to it, I could easily drink more than one.
I don't know if the Ale name is very appropriate, seemed more like a Lager.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange to brown color.
Small head diminishes until just a ring around the glass. Ring follows the beer down the glass, no lacing.
Mild malt aroma, some floral hops, a sweetness I cannot name. Honey maybe.
The flavor is very sweet yet not sticky in the mouth. Roasted malts and brown sugar are present then I get a little hop finish.
This beer is well balanced and has a good body The high ABV is a bonus, unfortunately Dead guy is too sweet for me.

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Photo of counselor
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying a Rogue beer and was really looking forward to it, maybe had hopes too high but this beer seemed fairly average. There didn't seem to be anyhting particularly compelling about this beer, nothing up front on the pallate, nothing lingering on the back end to make me look forward to the next bottle (not that I didn't have another though). The bottle was very cold to start and the flavors opened up as the beer warmed up. I felt it was a good brew though and representative of its style, just not a knockout.

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

Draught @ Papago

A beer I drink once or twice a year now even though I keep a few bottles in the stash and more's the pity as it is a fine beer.
Pours a translucent copper color with a monsterous head that is semi-creamy and off white in color, a thick and sticky sheet of lace clings mightly to the glass. Sweet malt, plum like, crisp, fresh and pleasing to the senses, start is ambrosial, thickly malt, the top is moderate in feel. Finish is dynamically hopped, moderate acidity, aftertaste somewhat bitter and long lasting.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good beer!

it is a hazy copper orange with a decent light tan head. i really like the appearance of this beer.

taste feels crisp. mildly sweet. slight alcohol aftertaste that i enjoy. the lingering taste makes you anticapate the next drink. maybe that is why it is so drinkable.

a good a beer. i would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pleasant amber color, not much head though. A thin murky sediment is suspended throughout. What lies beyond in these depths of the Dead Guy???

Aroma - heavy and sweet caramel malts drape the olfactory senses. The initial vapors on this beer are impressive - when poured into a glass and sniffed right away while the head is full but breaking down, there is a distinct whiskey smell. As the head recedes to a spotty covering, this smell backs off and resembles a more standard maibock malty aroma.

Taste - a big beer. Very hefty malt and noticeable sweetness that gets more developed as the beer warms. It doesn't approach a syrupy taste, a brash dose of hops will see to that. A big citric hit, lots of bitterness like a grapefruit rind. Alcohol level is 6.5%abv but seems more pronounced like an 8 or 9. Nice finish, touch of smokiness and lingering hops combine for a taste that never quite leaves, just kind of hangs in the corners of the mouth, reaching out like shadows in a deserted graveyard. (my attempt at Halloween spooky-themed writing...hmmm)

Mouthfeel - between the load of malts and the oily hops, this is a heavy feeling beer. Stubborn residue really prolongs a pleasurable taste.

Drinkability - Not a beer you can chug, nor would you want to. It's so tasty it's gone before you know it, though. Once the 'macro' guys at the Halloween party got a little pissed up enough to try this, they really liked it! Beer advocacy continues...

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

Golden to amber. Pours with a lot of foam that slowly fades. Smooth mouthfeel. Body is a little light for a Maibock. The strength of this brew is evident. Starts malty and with notes of vanilla on the palate and in the aroma. Malty with a spike of hoppiness towrards the finish and fairly bitter finish for a bock, but this is sort of expected from a Northwestern brewery. Doesn't seem as balanced as it did the other day. Seems more bitter and the flavors seem just a little brighter. This Dead Guy still not as lively as on previous occasions, but I guess you can't ask too much from a dead guy, eh?

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

Appearance - Dark, cloudy orange in the body with a good head that lingered but didn't lace.

Smell - Nice, mild, malt character with a stiff balancing hop (strange for the style but not for Rouge). There's a light melon/orange fruitiness to this aroma as well, making it quite nice.

Taste - Ist das eine HopBock? The lightly-toasted malt flavors complimented by sweet orange and grapefruit and honey are offset by stiff, bitter hops. I doubt if you'll find anything like this in Germany, but it is good nevertheless.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation and very refreshing thanks to the uncharacteristic hops.

Drinkability - You have to love Rogue or hate 'em. They make one of the hoppiest Stouts on the planet, and they do the same with this Maibock. I happen to enjoy the interpretation of the style, but many I'm sure won't.

Update - I can't remember the first time I had this ale, but I first rated it on the site in November 2003. I thought it would be fun to sit down with pad and pen (or keyboard and mouse as the case may be) and write an update.

It hasn't changed a bit. Beautiful body with a nice head that doesn't lace, nice malts with an off-style PacNW hoppy bite, solid medium-bodied with very pleasant carbonation, and the bottle empties before you can say, "Gibst mir einmal, bitte."

Update - I happened upon this again in 2010 and found it to be much more malty. The malt base is unsweetened and very raw. I think really it needed this to balance the big hop bit. It's almost like unsweetened caramel if that's not an oxymoron. It's a solid 4 all the way around and a definite "must try" for any beer enthusiast.

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent beer that borders the boundaries between being a bock bier and an ESB. Can’t really classify between the two. Pours a white fluffy head that dissipates to form a sticky lace with a dark amber color. Slight citrus hop smell with goes along with a caramely malt. Tastes superb with a slight toasty caramely malt to accent the hoppiness. A slight fruity ester flavor comes threw but is not dominating. Highly drinkable but alcohol will kick in after two or so.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick rich head... orange/amber in color.
The smell pulled me in. A soft citrus smell prepared my sences for what what was about to come. I took a sip, The orange/amber colored ale was just as fruity as the smell had me expecting. Very easy going down, very smooth and refreshing.

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

I just cracked the top off of this one, so I could review as I enjoy this. Nice label, especially since today is Halloween. This poured a nice clear dark copper/garnet color. The head is pretty thin with no lace around the large goblet that I'm drinking it from. The aroma is pretty malty, maybe caramel, with litter to no hop presence. The taste has a large malt presence up front with a little brown sugar hint. Great finishing hops presence makes this one finish clean and balances it out at the end. Good mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This is very drinkable and at 6.5% will make a damn good session beer. Great job by Rogue and I can't wait to go back and get the Shakespeare & Brutal.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This must be the least enjoyable Rouge "ale" I have had so far...It looks ok, deep golden orange hue with thin, soapy head. The aroma is very pleasant with a nice balance of sweet toasted malt and domestic (that's USA) hops. The flavor is just plain weird to me. I don't know what it is but there is something... I dunno... "green" tasting about the combination of hoppiness and sweet malt in the middle. Finishes with a sweetish, smoky flavor that continues with the oddness. What is most odd about this "ale" is that it is not an ale at all. It is a Maibock, which is a German lager beer. It is as much an ale as Bill Cosby is a young white dude.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep copper color, wht a thin lacy, off-white head.

Aroma: Nice malty sweetness, with hints of hop spiciness.

Taste: Slightly smoky malt up front, with great hop balance in the finish. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Light, but flavorful, with malt and hops balancing with the alcohol.

Drinkability: A nice house beer, which has character and somewhat broad appeal.

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

Pours a clear copper with a nice sized tan head that lasts fairly well, and laces quite nicely. Aroma is lightly malty (fruity, plums?), and strongly hoppy (floral, pine, grapefruit). Flavor starts with some dark fruitiness, and ends with a very strongly hopped finish, good bitterness. Medium-full bodied, light notes of alcohol poke through towards the end.

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Photo of TerryW
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a darn fine beer. I quite enjoyed it.

Pours a slightly cloudy copper-red with a moderate head that gives up only a little lace.

Delightful smell of malt, hops and fruit. Sweet malt up front, quickly followed by just-right bitter hops. This is one of those beers you can really savour. And then wish you had another one to hand.

I'm gonna run off and tell all my friends about this one. Great beer.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer with an attitude! Poured nicely with a smoky golden edge and orange core. Limited crown with a medium lace and cling.
Taste is a riddle, seems a hoppy bitter start then changes...secondary malt finish with a bitter end...or is it?
Body is a medium/ full, carbonation is very light.
Can understand why this could be taken to the grave...may bring a few myself!
Very nice.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark orange color, with a small and fleeting tan head atop it. Sweet malts and bubblegum are what she reeks of. This is a very sweet, malty drink, with the hops adding their two cents in the back. Seems like a pretty well put together beer. Not my all time favorite though.

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

Appearance: 650ml bottle. golden orange with a moderatley white-foam head.

Smell: nice hoppy/fruity sweet nose. hints of sweet apricot and peach. sweet and hoppy, very pleasant.

Taste: Nice hoppiness off the top followed by a mellow and smooth sweetness. this is highlighted by apricot & peach and a good malt backbone makes this a nice ale with some good body.

Mouthfeel: Smmoth and creamy. just enough bubbliness to keep me happy.

Drinkability: one a day wouldn't be too much. a pleasant everyday drinker.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper in color, quickly dissipating head. Very nice sweet sugary malty aromas with hints of tropical fruits. Lightly toasted sweet malts up front with more sweet malts in the middle. Then a kiss of hops, flowery hops, and a nice smooth finish. A great and very drinkable brew. The Rogue guys continue to impress.

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Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having previously enjoyed Rogue's Shakesphere Stout, I was slightly disappointed to find Dead Guy Ale just a "good' beer. Still, its better than much of what's out there.

Dead Guy emerged from the bottle into my glass as a orange/copper colored brew. There was a small beige head that quickly dissipated, yet left a thin ring of foam around the rim. The smell was of floral hops, caramel, mildly toasted malts and a whiff of honey. The the hop flavor is most noticable in the taste, with the caramel and toasted malts in the background. I would have liked the malts to be slightly more assertive, but I still enjoyed the taste. The mouthfeel is lightly creamy, with a slightly acidic, yet by no means overwhelming, feel.

While this is not a great beer, and slightly deflates the Rogue mystique, I still like it. It actually reminds me a little of a Fullers ESB, though I find it a little less silky.

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beige head settles fast upon pouring over a very dark amber body. It smells of hops, which although not overwhelming, are very present. It is not as bitter as some other ales but it remains very potent. It is not a thick ale and goes down smooth. I like drinking this on occasion and am happy it is not a seasonal brew. I wish I was able to find a larger variety of Rogue brews around my area, but alas it is mostly Dead Guy Ale.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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