Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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7,492 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 joshuasamantha
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap, in growler, and in bottle. Lived in Oregon for awhile so I frequented the brewery whenever I had the chance. Will always be one of the better Rogue offerings in my opinion. Perfectly well-balanced hops and malt with a smooth coppery finish. Reddish-brown in color and not hazy with a relatively strong abv%. Highly recommended!

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

picked up a 6 at the summerhill lcbo.
love the bottle. great label and cap.

beer smell wafts up from bottle when i pop the cap.

the beer looks great in a glass. 3 finger fluffy white head off an aggressive pour.

the color is straight amber. a bit hazy in glass. head is sticking around.

great balance of hops and malts makes this delicious and drinkable.

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

Pint on-tap at Mellow Mushroom, into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: The pour is mohogany with a finger of frothy foam that laces very well.

S: Nuttiness, caramel, toffee, and toast. It smells like a lagered version of a brown ale or strong ESB.

T: This has much more flavor on-tap; butterscotch, hazelnut, sweet caramel and bready malts, and some light chocolatey notes.

M: It has a medium body that is quite creamy with perfection carbonation levels.

D: This is a pretty good brew that often gets over-looked due to the bashing of Rogue. When it's reasonably priced, it is well worth drinking.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Light amber/tan color, slightly translucent. Good carbonation, with a foamy off-white head.

Smell: Sweet, thick maltiness with a well-balanced floral hop profile. I would have pegged it for an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bite-n-crisp; bitter hop/herb flavor is corroborated by a mild floral kick. After the carbonation kicks in, a mellow breadiness takes hold. The aftertaste is hop oil and herb flavor.

Drinkability: It's okay. A touch less taste than I remembered/expected, but not a bad beer at all. Personally, however, I'd be reluctant to put up $5 for a deuce-deuce of the sweet juice known as Dead Guy Ale.

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Photo of inlimbo77
2.61/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle pourted into Long Trail VT pint glass. No bottle date present. Does Rogue ever do this? They should...

A: Clear amber color. Filtered nicely. One finger head, if that. Collapses quickly. Poor carbonation. Good lacing. Age might be a factor to all these.

S: Mild hops, malts and bready yeast flavor. Something smelled off?

T: Yeasty, malts, and no hop backbone. This must be a bad beer here. I wish there was a bottle date.

M: Nothing really. Really watery....really.

D: I couldn't even finish this one. Really wouldn't drink another one...but I might be chalking this up to a skunked OLD beer.

Overall, I was pretty upset with this purchase. I was expecting more.

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Photo of dbaker61
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one foamed all over upon opening, so my tasting had to wait while I cleaned up. Finally poured into the glass, it produced a creamy one inch head which dissipated slowly, leaving delicate lacing. The color is an orange-brown, a bit cloudy.

Smell: Spicey and fruity, with a good dose of hops in the nose. Very nice; I forgive it for being in such a hurry to get out of the bottle.

Taste: More spice, wonderful hops slightly dominating the ample sweet maltiness. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Big, big body, lots of chewy flavors. Finishes nicely dry.

Drinkability: The Dead Guy is very tasty, I'd have another if I had one here. Definitely a beer to try more than once.

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Photo of MikeInThe517
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not bad. I don't know if it's quite worth 13 bucks for a six pack.

It tastes like iced-tea (with a hint of lemon) flavored beer--a good mid/late spring/early summer kind of flavor (but alas it is early February here in Michigan)

First tried this on tap at the Edgewater Tavern in Chicago. It was something of an enigma then and it's something of an enigma now. Not that there's anything fundamentally wrong with that.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pours a hazy, orangeish apricot hue with a small, white head that recedes quickly, leaving stringy, loose lacing sliding down the inside of the glass. Lazy lines of carbonation rise up from the bottom. Nose is full of sweet malts with hints of some spicy notes. Hops are barely detectable at the end.

Big malty kick to start, with nuances of sweet fruit and toasted grain. Little bit of yeasty breadiness as well. This is tempered by the appearance of light, bitter hops which provide the brew with an even balance of bitter and sweet. Rounds off with a hoppy finish, and a slight lingering aftertaste of fruits and caramel. Mouthfeel has a crispness to it, with an almost chewy quality. Medium-bodied with a creamy finish, it's quite palatable.

Drinkability is quite good. With a well-balanced flavor profile, a pleasant mouthfeel and a relatively light ABV, Dead Guy Ale is very drinkable. Rogue has let me down before with their line of oddball beers, but I'm liking this brew. Wouldn't mind knocking back a couple of these every once in a while.

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

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle. No freshness date or ABV on the label.
Nice one finger head that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.
Aroma is high on malts with some hints of spice.
Taste is also high on malts with a sweetish finish, hints of honey. Good lacing along the inside of the glass.
Easy to drink and can be a good sessions beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of bwan15
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a handsome golden-brown. Head settles down to half a finger in no time. Lovely carbonation bubbles bubbling gently to the surface.

Smell: Wholesome, hoppy nose and a decidedly sweet, honey-oat kind of aura conjured upon agitation.

Taste: Lovely balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. A stony ballast holds down the bottom, and the aftertaste is pleasantly warm.

Mouthfeel: Seems pretty spot on. Wet at first and dry at the end.

Drinkability: A great session beer. Nothing terribly innovative or particularly interesting, but it's a great go-to when you are looking for a simple, balanced, well-crafted ale.

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

From notes:
Look: Hazy, light brown/orange. Two finger head that leaves great lacing.
Smell: Sweet malts, earthy hops.
Taste: Very balanced sweet malts and grassy hops. Very smooth going down.
Drink: Very nice session beer. Not my favorite of the style, but still up there.

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

Poured from a bottle at Durgin Park, Boston, Massachusetts.

Pours a very coppery orange color. Very little head and which fades quickly.

Spicy aroma with some malt notes as well.

Taste is a sweet although slightly hoppy to start, slightly bitter to finish but not overpowering.

Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable, would definitely enjoy another.

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Photo of Chubby815
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in a 64oz. 1 gallon glass jug, poured into glass stein. The appearence is almost an "apple cider" look with a fast fading head. Very pleasurable aroma with hits of citrus and hoppiness. Mellow and smooth to taste with a faint aftertaste fading to a dry ending. Very drinkable beer as an American Ale. Would drink again if given the chance. Looking forward to the Double Dead Guy Ale.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a 1" pillowy white head that fades pretty fast and leaves a sticky web of lace all the way. Smells bready and sweet, with hints of apple and white grape juice and vanilla. Tastes of real sweet malt but not overly sweet, citrus and tropical fruit, nutty, yeasty, bready, mild bitterness. Had a stucky and syrupy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Highly drinkable in my book.

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

A beer haiku for you:

"Oregon brewed ale,
Robust and tasty, not pale.
Celebrate dead guys!"

I have seen a few of these at my local grocers [not beer distributor] and so was a little wary of paying too much for something too pedestrian. Nice surprise: very drinkable ale worthy of praise.

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Photo of Dshaw
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- It looks a little light but not too light more of a amber color to it. I poured from a bottle to a 12oz glass and the head of the beer is the best appearence almost a yellow frothy look.

Smell- The smell is another one of my favorite parts about it. I can smell mangos i think.

Taste- Ok at first it is a little bitter but once it settles it has a great full flavor tast to it. I can definitely tast a sweetness as if the beer is made with fruits along with the hops and barley.

Mouthfeel- Just average no other way i can put it.

Drinkability- This beer is to be sipped for sure. Im gonna drink this very slowly.

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Photo of tmcelvain
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a go-to beer for me - a good drink when I want something solid, but not a challenge to the taster in me. Good looking amber beer. In fact, would put this as an American Amber if tasting it blind. A well balanced beer, not something the hopheads would be wowed by. In fact, I think this is more malty, but less sweet than other Maibocks.
Slight tastes of candied malts, with a raisin bitterness taste on the finish.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass or on tap. Cloudy orange pour with a huge foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly hoppy. It reminds me of an DIPA that has sat around awhile and had its hoppy profile start shifting to a more malty balance. Flavor is malty with some citrus/fruity notes to it. Finish is a clean and slightly hoppy feeling on your tongue. I love the uniqueness of this beer.

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Photo of Brunite
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy amber/deep orange...honeylike in color, off white head which settles quickly.

Smell: Sweet, malty, bready. Could not detect any hops right away.

Taste: Bitterness not apparent in the smell is now at the forefront. There is some citrus and some sweetness. You can taste the alcohol here.

Mouthfeel: Light....but balanced. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice average drink. Not spectacular.

Overall: OK but would not actively seek this out. I'll finish the sixer but unless I detect a huge difference in the flavor, I'll likely not return. Very dry and bitter on the end with no lingering flavor. No delicious hoppiness....just real complexity or depth here.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice one finger head, looks like an IPA to me, very orange and hazy, not hazy like a Belgian wheat though. Looks decent, head is fading quickly though. Smells hoppy in the front end, with a slight malt note in the back end. Maybe a slight fruit or citrus note hidden in there somewhere too. Wow, taste is very smooth, probably the smoothest hoppy beer I have ever had, granted it's not as hoppy as some beers, but still. Pretty simple beer all together though, at first you just get that smooth feel and then come the hops and malts, if there is any fruit or citrus, it is almost undetectable in the taste. Pretty good beer all together, nothing outstanding, but pretty good.

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Photo of USAF
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Second time I've had this beer. It has a great flavor and is very easy to drink. nice pour, nice head, and not too bitter. The taste is very unique, ive never had a beer with flavor characteristics like the Rouge Dead Guy Ale. GO get some..


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

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass:
This was the very first beer/craft beer I bought and it's time to return and review.

A: Pours orange amber, very hazy and opaque, 1 finger off-white foamy head that sticks around for a little while. Leaves just a little lacing.

S: A little musty fruitiness (peach) on the nose, light floral hop in the background, slightly dark grains that seem almost like a sweet bread.

T: The saaz hops are in the forefront and give it a pilsner like flavor, but the with more depth. The malt character is quite good for the style, it has just a little sweetness and light fruitiness, while having a clean golden grain backbone. The malt is quite earthy, reminds me of the sprucy grain in Santa's Private Reserve. I like the use of ale yeast, I think it gives the beer a better background character. Finish is a little sticky with a clean saaz hop lingering flavor.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, a little chewy and sticky. I'd prefer more carbonation, crispness, and viscosity.

D: I found this drank fairly easily, it's just about standard ABV with a light body and nothing overpowering. I do think a little more carbonation would help make it more crisp and drinkable.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Cloudy/hazy burnt tangerine with a decent 1.5" white head. Diminished to a thick ring with spotty lace. Prominent whiff of alcohol and very little else to back it up. Hint of citrus and grass, maybe some cereal grains in there somewhere. The flavor is a little better, with a healthy blend of honey and caramel followed by delicate touch of grapefruit. Herbal and grassy finish. There's a huge turnoff here... why is my bottle of Dead Guy metallic tasting? Metallic finish kind of kills the 4.0 I was gonna give it... Hearty and almost "meaty" texture. Nicely carbonated and quite smooth. Almost thick to the point where it coats the palate but actually gives a very balanced body between sweet and dry. Was going to give better drinkability, but this metallic flavor is getting on my nerves.... along with the crazy alcoholic nose. Gah...

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Photo of rundocrun
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very coppery orange color (interesting). Very little head and what does form fades quickly.

N - Nice spicy, hoppy notes. Some bready malt aroma wafting up too.

T - Honestly, I have no idea what a true Maibock is supposed to taste like as this is the first one I've ever had. Nice clean hoppy flavors up front that immediately hits the sides of the tongue with an uber-sweet malty body that lasts all the way to the end. Also some residual bitterness riding out to the end.Downside is the sweetness can get a little cloying - but maybe that's the true nature of a Maibock?

M - Not watery, but not chewy. The sweet maltiness detected in the taste definitely carries over in to the body of the beer.

D - Quite drinkable, I thought. Only deterrent is the aforementioned sweetness that has a tendency to override the palate-cleansing hop flavors.

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

Grabbed a bottle of this with my perch dinner last week and took a few notes.
A= Beer was a light cloudy orange with very little head and no lacing to speak of.
S= Smelled lightly of fruit and faint hops.
T= Taste was nice and evenly smooth with malts and hops well balanced.
M= Felt good on the palate with a nice bitterness at the finish.
D= This is a very drinkable beer with a decent abv and well balanced flavor that i will buy again.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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