Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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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: 7,676 |  Reviews: 2,455
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottled poured into a Tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful Mahogany. The head that was poured is practically nonexistent. Even though the head wasn't much of this beer it definitely laces proudly and strong.
With the second pour into my Tulip this brew shows some more of its character. The head was much stronger, 1/2 fingered head.

S: I pondered the dominant smell of this for quite a bit. I kept on going back and forth between honey and molasses. I was close, but what it smells most like is Blackstrap molasses.

T: This definitely carries a nice malty sweetness to it. The flavor of this practically pops towards the end of the swallow. Right before the bitterness kicks in at the end a biscuit-like taste comes in. The aftertaste is definitely a delight it comes in sweet and bitter at the same time. I would even say a smoke-like quality emerges from here as well.
As this warms up it feels as if the malts take control.

M: This drink is smooth, moderately carbonated, and also holds a moderate body. This drink feels dry, but it is drinkable especially if you enjoy the smell of Blackstrap molasses.

O: After checking some other reviews on here I think I may have gotten a passed due date bottle or maybe even an infected bottle. Even though this may be possible I still enjoyed this brew. I've had other brews by Rogue, but this is my first ever Maibock. This was an experience and I recommend that everyone should at least try this brew at least once. I've seen this in 6 packs all the way to a growler. People love this for some reason and I now slightly grasp why.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burnt orange with a big white head that slowly fades away while sipping.

Very fragrant with an herbal hop aroma, honey, dark dried fruits, and malted grains.

Nice hop flavor but not overdone, earthy with a lingering bitterness and some spice thrown in. Warm sweet biscuits, solid grainy backbone throughout. Pretty damn delicious.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick then dry.

If I could I'd feed Dead Guy to cats dogs and children

Had 7 months later and noticed light berry fruitiness in nose..more nuttiness in taste.

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Photo of McBastard
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice pale amber, with a decent head that quickly disappears.
Cloyingly sweet, with a slightly bitter hop finish. Notes of caramel, honey, and grapefruit? An almost syrupy mouthfeel, with low carbonation. A tad overpriced, and possibly too subtle for a neanderthal like myself. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of bobhits
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow orange colored body. Low carbonation (perhaps a more aggressive pour was called for) and a head that is gone in about the time it takes to write this. I recall a bit more from past experiences but this is what I have to go with.

This is one sweet beer. It has a caramel like sugary sweetness to it, and then it turns into an almost apple and strawberry fruit note. The sweet smell malt is driving this one.

This one at the first taste has the sweetness that a good October fest has. The beer then goes back and brings out fruity flavors though I don't think these are hop driven like they are in so many other beers. There's a bit of toasted flavor.

Very light and drinkable.

I'm not sure what rogue wanted out of this beer. It is an amazingly complex malt forward beer without the weight and power that so many have. It is also worth pointing out that Rogue only mildly over charges for this one (I guess on Dead Guy they have an excuse to not post the bottled on date?) and it is easily accessible so any craft lover should give it a shot. I think this is a beer that a great many people will really dig in today's 3x imperial hop explosions.

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

Appearance- Pours with a thin white head. Honey brown in colour with bubbles present.

Smell- Malty and nutty aromas. A hint of earthy aromas comes in as well.

Taste- A piney, earthy flavour that is moderately bitter. This ale has a easy drinkability.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied ale with slight amount of bubbles on the tongue.

Overall- A flavourful ale that is well balanced and easy to drink. Can see myself purchasing this again in the future. Rogue has some great offerings, although I wish they weren't as expensive as they are.

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Photo of D11
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from bottle into tulip

A- pours a amber copper color with a thin head that doesnt last.

S- sweet. caramel and toffee. citrus.

T- sweet at first then a tad bitter at the end but not bad. tastes like toffee or caramel. thought i tasted apple.

M- had a good mouthfeel, almost a nice chewiness to it. carbonation is nice.

O- this is an ok beer. im sure some will really enjoy it but it is just not my type.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 250ml generic glass at the Yard House Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of good cream, good thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Nothing at all. Might be due to me broken nose. All apologies, lads.

T: Cream and light hops over a toasted malt and barley foundation. Simple built but well balanced.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and slightly creamy. Complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: Very drinkable, expensive on draught (as an import at least), and of fairly good quality. I wish it wasn't so damned boring.

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

On-tap in Davis, served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Served a clear honey amber with a thin off white head that faded into a thin but lasting scum which left minimal to decent lacing.
S: Notes of dry cracked grains, and touch of sweet malt, spicy herbal hops, and a bit of honey sweetness.
T: Sweet dry malts, grains, doughy yeast, bread crust, with a lightly bitter aftertaste.
M: Medium body, drying mouthfeel, with soft carbonation.
O: A really good drinking beer. Light, dry, and refreshing.

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Photo of Kbogac
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Light foam, dissipates quickly to a ring with a light film. Clear dark yellow. The smell is mostly malt with a little fruit. The taste is more fruity than I expected. Very nice, unusual, malty fruit. Carbonation and mouthfeel is good. Overall a good beer. Interesting flavor, easy to drink.

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Photo of Scourge07
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: About a finger of head. Low carbonation. Very nice deep, translucent, pumpkin orange color.

S: Sweet malts with a touch of honey. Light fruity scent and a hint of hops.

T: Initially sweet and very malty, quickly transitioning into a grassy hop flavor that leaves a lingering bitterness. Citrusy/Grape undertones.

M: Medium mouthfeel with average snap from the carbonation. Very smooth with little to no hint of alcohol.

O: Very pleasant beer to drink. The slight fruity quality is what makes it unique. The hops balance out the initial sweetness and leave nice citrus flavor. Nevertheless, it's a tad on the bland side, but still worth trying!

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

Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a nice hazy honey-caramel hue. A foamy, soapy off white head slowly recedes to a film. Thick rings of lacing stay on the glass initially.

The beer smells malty up front, with a nice sweet delicious honey presence, and a bit of toffee.

The beer tastes as good as it smells, with malts and oats coming out. A subtle sweet honey glaze follows, followed again by some nice toffee. The finish has a slight hop tang.

The mothfeel is thick and full, almost creamy.

Overall, the first Rogue ale I ever tried, and certainly a standby classic every year around the first of November.

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

Thanks to mulder1010

Pours orange with nice head

Smell is classic german bockyness with a bit of extra malt and also some stonefruit-y hops.

Taste is similar, refreshing fruity malt body.

Satisfying mouthfeel with moderate body and good carb.

Overall an enjoyable and satisfying drink.

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

Bought a sixer at World Market in Round Rock for just under 10 bucks.

Cloudy, dark amber pour with a decent head that dissipated fairly quickly.Spotty lacing throughout the drink. A nice looking brew.

Not getting much here...almost a musty, sweet malt, maybe some grassy hops, but pretty buried.

Hmm...interesting taste. The sweet, bready malt jumps forward...almost like a honey graham cracker...maybe even cinammon. Bitter, grassy hops compliment the malt very well. This one is unique to say the least. I like it.

Pretty sharp carbonation adds a bit of a bite to the mouthfeel, would want this to be a bit smoother. Fairly dry too. Overall though, I'd say this is a good effort based on the taste. I can honestly say this one stands out to me as a unique brew, but not one I'd go out of my way to get again.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 7,676 ratings