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Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
2,369 Reviews
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.

Added by kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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Photo of elmocoso
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Public House in San Francisco. A good beer, with a muddy brown color (in a good way) and a slight off-white collar. No lacing.

While my SO and i were compairing drinks (she had the Mocha Porter), I noticed my beer was significantly warmer than hers. I think the temp improved mine. Curious.

I couldnt get much smell out of mine, for some reason. There was malts and a good hop pronunciation.

A good mouthfeel. I think the slightly warmed servint temp helped here.

A pretty good beer that went well with the Clam Chowder I had.

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Photo of Andreji
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#5 of the all american spree.

this is certainly a nice bock. Pours a cloudy amber With a little white/tan head, very thin and short lasting that leaves traces of lacing and a ring as the beer goes down.

The smell combines some roast maltyness and a very strong perceivable 'Panela" (Jaggery) smell hiding under a citrusy feel that penetrates deep into the nose

The taste, mild sweetness given by a strong-above-all malt, and some alcohol continues right behind this first taste. Then follows a mild bitterness as well, and the body is substancially creamy.

Wouldn't particularly drink it as a thirst quencher, but the beer is very nice.

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Photo of mydeadguy
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle (though, I've recently seen it in six packs)

This being the first beer I have reviewed for BA, I decided to try to review a beer I know quite well.

Dead Guy Ale pours a beautiful deep reddish amber with a slightly creamy, off white head. The head gives way to the sweet but not too sweet aroma. I might detect some of the sweeter fruits that some poeple mention, apricot, raisin, etc., but for all I know, its ambrosia.

Which brings us to taste: wonderfully complex, both sweet and slightly bitter with overtones of the alcohol content. A seriously smooth mouthfeel, making this a perfect summer beer that is, happily, available year round. Well balanced, Dead Guy Ale makes one wonder if the Rogue brewers can brew anything thats not exceptional. A beer thats both warming and quite drinkable.
Tell your friends, if you don't know, now you know.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now Quaffing: Rogue - Dead Guy Ale

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite beers. To hell whether or not it 'adheres to the style', this is one of the best that Rogue has to offer. This proves they can do subtle as well as they do bold. Pours a clear dark copper with a a frothy off-white head. Aromas are all light and subdued--sweet, hoppy, grassy, inviting if nothing else. Everything else is all she wrote. There is a perfect balance of the malt and hop profile and neither is over done, although each dominate at different times. Tastes sweet--raisins-- followed by the smoothest hops and a slightly dry finish. I could (and have) drink this all night and I usually opt for variety. I can't wait to have it on tap again.

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

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This bock poured a cloudy/hazy amber-brown with hints of red, with white foam that settled but clung to the glass. The smell was spicy hops and sweet malt. The taste was sweet malt (caramel) and spicy hops near the finish. Nicely balanced flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy but dry and hoppy (almost chalky) at the finish and in the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation low. This was a very tasty bock on tap.

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

I've heard so much about this brew that I just had to try it when I saw a big bottle of it at a local market. It poured a nice, slightly murky reddish orange with minimal head yet ample sticky lace coating the glass throughout. Attractive fruitiness and sweet malt on the nose with a little cooking caramel as well. The taste of this baby is really quite nice. Lots of caramel malt flavors and a slick buttery texture, that finds balance in nice grainy malty/hoppy interaction. This beer is superbly balanced and very flavorfull! I'm picking up more of that caramel corn thing as I finish this beer. This is some tasty stuff, and as I drink more of it, it becomes even more "drinkable! I would not call it a refresher, yet I would call it a damn good, turn on the AC and kick back in the chaise lounge summer sipper!

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another selection at the Old Chicago in Phoenix. Appearance is reddish-orange, making in quite interesting as opposed to a disappointing pour which did not leave much of a head. The smells detected were of malts and a slight fruit odor. The taste is interesting, nothing like I have had before. Had a good mouth feel. Overall was a very drinkable beer, a bit pricy as it asks for a Stone Brewing price but does not deliver the same caliber of beer.

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

The beer pours a darkish bronze, with a creamy merengue-like almond head. Incredible lacing, the head sticking to the glass like glue, with some clumps forming.
Aroma is very malty, with a healthy dose of toasted malt. Hops are surprisingly agressive, considering it's a bock style, with a german herbal/floral quality. Some american hop tanginess. A bit woody, with some phenolic esteriness. Hints of plum, pear, and a faint suggestion of strawberry.
Flavor is bold and powerful, yet smooth and rich. The beer starts out malty sweet, fading into a slight toasty graininess, then travels into a moderate northwest hopping, finishing the beer. Malts remain throughout the sip, finishing with the hops wonderfully. Hints of apple, pear, and plum. Heavy body, with mild smooth carbonation. A touch of cookie-like yeastiness. Nice and complex flavor, changing and melding throughout the sip. One of the best flagship beers, in my opinion.

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Photo of letsgoMets
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not sure how I found this beer in Atlanta - Georgia supposedly has a beer alcohol limit of 6%. The color is honey caramel - maybe even orange. Theres a slight floral, almost sweet/citrus, aroma. Although this beer feels thin in the mouth (it's almost flat - perhaps I need to have a few more to be sure). The malt/hop balance is very nice. This is an extremely easy drinking beer. This will be a beer that I drink by the pool or while lounging on the deck, or watching a ballgame - if I can keep finding it in the ATL.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy poured a dark red, maybe slightly brownish color. A bit cloudy, it also had a nice fluffy head. Not a very active appearance, but deep and serious. The smell was quite interesting, a floral hoppy aroma with sweetness underlying it all. Nice honey traces. The taste was a bit strange, but I got used to it pretty quickly. The initial sweetness is tempered by a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Different than most beers, even most maibocks that I can remember. The full mouthfeel was very appropriate, and matched the complexity of the beer very well. Good taste, and good drinking overall. The alcohol can sneak up on you a little, but this makes for a great standby, and a good session maibock.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my current standbys, a very good beer. It's a lovely color in the glass. The head isn't quite as pure white as a lot of other beers, which gives it a good feel. Not every beer has to have a snow-white froth floating on top. Feels very good in the mouth, and goes down surprisingly easily. On top of all this, a jollly beer-swilling skeleton on the label makes this one of my favorite bottle designs of all time. Highly recommended!

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

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $5.99/6 pack from Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a fine, 1/4", off-white head; light, scattered lacing; not much head retention.

Aroma: Sweet malt with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Thick, moderately-sweet toffee type malts upfront and throughout; light grapefruit notes; piney, earthy hop-bitterness breaks out in the finish; faint traces of plum. Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: Impressive session brew.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Heroe's in La Verne, CA.

Appearance: nice amber color. Virtually no head, just thin off-white ring at edge of glass.

Smell: I had a hard time detecting any descernible aromas from this beer. Some floral hops but overall not much to go on.

Taste: sweet malty start - citrusy hops take over midway through. Slightly bitter finish. Decent balance but subdued in general.

Feel: dry, somewhat thin feel. Rather over-carbonated.

Drinkability: maybe I got a less-than-fresh pint. I'll give this beer points for being well-balanced but I felt that it was lacking in flavor and aroma to the point that I'll either a) not touch it again; or b) go back and get another and adjust this review if necessary.

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

The beer pours an dark golden/ amber color with a thin off-white head that laces nicely. The aroma is fruity. There are hints of pale malts and yeast. The taste is also good. There is a sweetness about it that stays with you until it finishes. This is a refreshing beer that's low/med bodied and carbonated just right. This is a great sessions beer. Rogue has done it again.

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

On tap at a Mellow Mushroom near me.

Bronze-red colored. Smell is slighty hoppy. Taste is clean and crisp, with just enough hoppiness to keep it spicy, but not too much for my palate. Very appetizing and enjoyable, a great session beer on a summer evening. Recommended.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle
Dead Guy would imply that this is some kind of a harsh ale. It is not. It is an easy drinking ale. Very satisfying.

Pours a dusky amber. An okay head that disipates quickly. Not much lacing. The scent is a very sweet malt. Some hops pop through and there is a candy fruit scent as well.

The flavor is a medium sweet. A bit of light caramel in the malt. There is also some hop bitterness and a fruit flavor that pushes its way in to the mix here. A mango or something with a tropical flair. The flavors are a nice balance, complex but not confusing.

It drinks extremely easy. Maybe too easy. It is fresh and finishes nice. I just have to say a comendable job on creating this easy drinking ale.

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

On tap at Flying Saucer, Raleigh, NC.

This beer was a nice copper brown color with a medium-sized, creamy head. It's taste included a caramel maltiness and was different from a lot of beers I have had before. The mouthfeel was excellent and I'd definately drink this beer again and often.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown copperish color, slight haze, 1/2 inch of creamy tan head

Aroma: light sprinkling of hops, caramelly malt and an angel food-cake-like sweet scent in the background (sort of almondy), raisins

Flavor: an upfront hop flavor followed by a mellow maltiness and grainy flavors, some toasty biscuit essence, a pretty aggressive piney hop bitterness in the finish and lingering on afterwards, as my mouth got used to the bitterness, the malt flavor became more defined

Mouthfeel: light body, a pleasant softness, perfect carbonation, some warmth

Overall Impression: I guess this is Rogue's one-size-fits-all beer and I have to admit I do like it. Most the beers I've tried from Rogue were just too heavy on the hops. This one is more balanced, so it's no wonder it has more wide-ranging appeal.

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

I found this particular beer to have both a bitter taste and an after taste as well. After just a few sips of this beer, I could definitely feel the alcohol effects. All in all not too bad of a beer, but not one of the better beers that I have tried.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The appearance was amber, with a good head retention. The smell was very hoppy, and so was the taste. The mouthfeel was quite smooth. Drinkability.....well, this is certainly one I could drink several of!

The rogue in me certainly enjoyed this beer quite a bit! Whether it's a lager or an ale, it's a good beer and one I will have again!

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Photo of TheDM
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice hoppy aroma. This brew formed a nice medium head without too much carbonation. It lasted only a short while though and left an excellent lacing on the side of the glass. It is a cloudy light orange brown color. It has a slight aftertaste but is still on the mild side. A nice drinkable but unimpressive beer.

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Photo of SigEp
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful color in glass, deep red with a little orange. Not much head to speak of and very little head retention (the only dissappointment I had). Hoppy and slightly sweet bouquet. The flavor was hoppy and delicious with a definately sweet malty round undercurrent. Drinkable and delectable.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To my dismay, this is the only label from the Rogue line to be found up in these parts. The dismay comes from the fact that this is damn impressive ale and I want to try more of what Rogue has to offer (I don't think it's a coincidence they have so many labels on the Top 50 at any given time).

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle, it bears a resemblence of liquid twilight, a beautiful hazy copper tone with a one-finger off-white head that recedes to a frothy ring. Aroma is complex, caramel malt, a bit of fruit, some citrus, definitely some honey, floral hops, a touch earthy. Flavour is bold, sweet and bitter and oily all at once, difficult to pick anything out on its own, it all blends in. If this is a standard of what's to come, then I salute the rogue in each of us as well.

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Photo of kevinl6
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another winner from Rogue!!! Poured this one and saw only a little lacy head on one side the glass, virtually none at all. A thick amber colored beer, looked almost like a jar of mountain honey in my frosty mug. Lots of smell coming from this one...fruit? A very satisfying mixture of taste that is at first sweet, then that little bit of Rogue bitterness that makes a nice finish. A unique brew that is always in my fridge!!

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

On draught. Appearance: hazy, honey colored w/ a medium white head. It has a malty taste up front w/ a bit of a funky tart finish. Maybe grapefruit or lemon? unique, to be sure. It's definitely different and a must-try for any serious beer lover's list

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,369 ratings.
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