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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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

750ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Slightly hazy amber body, with decent head and lacing.

S - Sweet malty aroma leads, nice balance.

T - Good balance between sweet and bitterness, very malty with some citrusy notes and a pleasant finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, either on its own or as a session.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice deep amber with tall white head. decent lacing after the drop. No rising carbonation. Looks filtered but not crystal clear.

Earthy, spicy hops mix well with the sweet malt - like un-fermented wort. Saaz definitely stand out.

There is a bitterness straight through the front and back of the drink but underneath is a sweet grainy, circus peanut flavor what should stand out a bit more. There is an alcohol after taste and can be noted on the back of the throat.

Medium body with good carbonation and dry finish. The aftertaste is a bit too much on the top and sides of the tongue. Most likely the hop oils and not tannins since there is no puckering/astringency. 2/3 through the bottle and the alcohol has warmed up my mouth and chest a bit, feeling is pleasant, aftertaste not so much.

I'm sure this ale would pair well with many foods so I'm not tossing aside for good, will have to try again with some grilled meats or over appetizers.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from pint glass, on draught.

A: Light brown, big white long lasting head. Pretty average looking.

S: Floral hoppiness with light malt character. Hops dominate in a good way. Did not smell as good or complex as it tasted.

T: Very tasty, with a strong floral, interesting hoppiness vibe going on. Light grainyness ranging from wheat to corn.

M: Smooth on the drink, but bitter and very wheaty on the aftertaste.

D: Good but not great. Okay ABV, though it could do with either more booziness and boost flavour or less booziness and be lighter. It hangs a tad heavy on the palate, and isn't quite complex enough to enjoy all night.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Smoke and Barrel, Fayetteville, AR. Served in a shaker pint.

The color appears to be a very standard amber orange, it may be on the light side of that range. It's hard to tell in here. The head is creamy but small in a standard off white.

The first thing I notice about the aroma and taste is a gummy bear fruitiness. It's a new one to me, but awesome. Toast and bready Munich malt with a slight lemon edge.

It tastes so much like it smells, like jello before it's set, like gummy candy and toasted bread. There is residual alcohol that seems inappropriate, but at least to style, isn't. I think we all know this isn't really a Mai/Helles Bock though. There is also a little musty yeast.

Fizzle in a moderate body with melanoidin depth. The alcohol isn't hot, but I think it's undesirable in this particular beer.

That alcohol hampers drinkability a bit for me. This is much, much better than the bottle of this beer that I've had. I like fruity and malty flavors.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber colour with a nice fluffy off white head that retains well.

S - Aromas of sweet malt and some biscuit.

T - Nice citrus flavours up front followed by some serious maltiness and finishes with a nice peppery dryness.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

D - Thouroughly enjoyable beer and recommended

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Photo of KajII
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager Glass]

The pour was a mildly cloudy copper/amber with an orange hue and a small (less than 1 finger) off white frothy head that had decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma was of toasted caramel malts, citrus hops and a biscuit yeast with strong citrus, toffee and caramel notes.

The taste was sweetly bitter with a hint of caramel in the beginning then progressed into much bitterer flavor with a nice dose of citrus at the end, I am guessing a little lemon and grapefruit. The flavor stuck around long enough to let one enjoy the nice citrusy hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel had a smooth creamy texture and a medium body with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a super refreshing ale that had a nice blending of malts, hops and citrus. And one that is most definitely worth drinking again.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holmes and Watson in Troy.

Pours a solid amber, clear, big fluffy head that leaves lacing and much have been poured solid enough to kill off a bunch of carbonation.

Smells like some syrupy crystal malt, but not overpowering and way too sweet.

Taste is unique. I've always found this beer pretty unique: Starts something like an amber ale, but it finishes with a peppery flavor and quite dry.

Hits the mouth a bit creamy and, given the ABV and its unique and palatable flavor, not a bad drinker.

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Photo of sweett3k
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At $3 a pint night this was a super deal. This amber ale looks great with a nice head and rich reddish brown in color. The smell was nice but no aroma stood out. Very clean. The taste was tone of caramel and hops at the end. Perfect blend of flavors. Easy to drink, this brew made me smile. For $3 a pint I will have another.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was at a local eatery which isn't known for a large craft beer selection. I noticed the bartender pull out a 6pk of Dead Guy Ale and asked to have a bottle.

Price was $4.50/bottle

Sampled from a pint glass.

A - Pours a rather translucent, dark honey color. A nice, foamy one finger head foams as I pour the beer. Decent lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A sweet, slightly hoppy smell is the dominate aroma.

T - A very malt forward beer. Not overly sweet but more on the sweet side than the hoppy side. The alcohol, even at 6.5%, is pretty noticeable. The beer has a thin to medium mouth feel.

M - Decent carbonation. A slightly bitter aftertaste mixed with alcohol is left after each sip.

D - An OK beer but not my thing. I drank it and enjoyed it since I was out and this was much better than the standard BMC stuff but wasn't wowed.

Overall: My first Rouge beer and I wasn't really that impressed. Probably won't seek out again.


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Photo of bryehn
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy iced tea-rust colour, nice soapy white head. Nice looking, thick lacing.

Develops a cream cheese-like head in an oversized wine glass.

Smells of candy corn and honey, with a slight spice. When it warms up it smells even sweeter.

Tastes like butter toffee, followed by a hop bomb, and sweet again. A good amount of hops but a very sweet beer. Light bitter aftertaste.

This beer is very sweet with a hop attitude. But it's also a disappointing introduction to a brewery I have heard a lot of good things about.

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Photo of ucis
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- The pour is frothy and creamy, really anticipating an amazing flavor. Very cream laced head with a some coastline, seashore lacing. A nice golden amber, urine color.

S- Has almost a very Belgian, yeasty, bread, urine smell.

T- A nice malty flavor, spiked by traits of bitter acidity. A bit less funk than alkaline battery flavor.

M- A very light mouthful of grainy acid. Promptly comparable to drinking apple juice or a hard cider in it's girth.

D- At the height of it's infusion I would drink Rogue "anything", any day, but it's not bad as a Summer sipper. Warm weather please come to Minnesota-- I am tired of shoveling snow. I promise, I 'd even drink some Dead Guy Ale.

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

This beer had a very sweet smell when I popped the bottle.It has a hazy red color.A nice head after the pour.THe taste is a little bitter, fruity,but yet malty.This has the potential to be a all time favourite brew.Plus I dig the label on the bottle.Reminds me of a beer that Deadheads would like.I can't wait to try other brews by Rogue, of this great region of our country.Life is short,live free and always,always, drink great beer if you can.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a growler.

A - Pours a nice light copper color with some slight orange hints. There is a nice slightly off white/ecru head that is about 1 inch tall and has some retention. It also leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S - Aroma starts of bready and grainy. Great malt profile on this beer with fresh malt grain and some nice fresh baked sourdough bread notes. There i some slight grassy hop note on the back end of the nose but it just compliments the malt profile. The Saaz hop character is quite present. Similar to an English Bitter.

T & M - Taste starts off with nice malty sweetness. Good light caramel notes mixed in with some fresh bread and nice earthy grain. The Saaz hops are a bit more present on the taste and add quite a nice slightly citrus note especially on the finish. There are some slight spice notes in the beer as well mixed in with the caramel sweetness. he body is nice and light with good richness in flavors at the same time. Great spring beer.

D - Very drinkable and tasty. Great warmer weather beer with a nice malt profile and perfect hop balance.

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Photo of BasementBer
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a 650ml Dead Guy Ale bill as a 7%abv.
My liquor stores recently started carrying these and hope many more to come. But American microbrew's are rare enough in this area to make this is a special nostalgic tasting. As a vegan though I really don't give a shit what animal goes best with this beer.

A: Two thick fingers of head with medium-large bubbles. Looks quite carbonated from a not so long pour. A deep amber color, quite impressed by its majestic hue of sunset.

S: Great aroma. It smells like a bock, a bit lighter though. Maltiness for sure, but cant locate the malt as being necessarily specific to the style. A hint of cookies.

T: Excellent! Its not as dense as most bocks but provides a manageable thickness. Has a very nice malt flavor but not enough to be heavy. A quenching bitterness that is also not overpowering for the style.

M: A moderate fizzy feeling with a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste that surfaces.

D: Definitely drinkable. The price makes it a bit out of reach in my market, but as a tall, this is a very refreshing yet strong ale which I have come back to.

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

Dead Guy Ale doesn't have much head to speak of, and whatever you do manage to squeeze out of it is very light. It does, however, have an interesting cloudy caramel colour.

Strong aromas of malt and molasses with notes of banana make this a pleasant beer to smell. The only thing missing is my favourite ingredient - hops. They're not present in the flavour either. Following suit, the most powerful presence is the sweet malt they've chosen to use. But don't expect a bitter finish to balance the molasses or you'll be disappointed. Despite this, it really is a tasty beer and they've stumbled upon a great recipe if you're into this style of ale.

This beer is slightly syrupy, but the long finish helps this beer glide right down your throat. I highly recommend it to anyone who prefers lightly hopped ales.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass on tap at The Yard House in Glenview

This beer is served a hazy red body with a cream colored head. The smell of this beer is extraordinarily bready. There is a bread yeast aroma that is superbly potent. The taste however is surprisingly awkward. While there are minor biscuit and malt flavors the main body is rather fruity to my palate. There is almost a raspberry apple flavor that is strong on the tongue. The body is really quite watery, but for a lighter bock it's not too bad. The drinkability of this beer isn't all that great. The flavor combinations build to a point where the beer is really not too great to drink. I blame the strong fruit flavors. Not that great of a beer.

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Photo of hiku7
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange amber, slightly cloudy with an off-white head that dissipated somewhat quickly. Very little lacing.

S - Citrus and floral, maybe a bit of melon smell.

T - Biscuity malt and a bit fruity, apples maybe, with a little hop bitterness in the finish. A very balanced taste overall.

M - Light with a bit of doughy creaminess. Moderate carbonation.

D - Goes down easy. Could drink a few.

Overall a solid and very drinkable beer, though it doesn't really stand out from the pack for me.

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Photo of afogg0855
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful deep golden honey in my glass brings a smile to my face! The head is only a few centimeters high but it stays a while and gives a nice creaminess to the first few sips.

As I've come to expect with Dead Guy I get the nice malty sweetness up front, with a great finish. I'm left with a sweet aftertaste that's almost as nice as the first sip.

This is truly gold in a glass.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: Orangish brown with 2 fingerhead

Smell: spicy malt aroma, biscuity

Taste: caramel malts, little hop appearance

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth

Drinkability: very easy drinkable ale from these guys.

the CPJ

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice big single inch of foam that vanishes quick! Light orange/brownish colour.

S: Pine, honey, some floral scents, and lingering biscuity malts.

T: A sweet and syrupy malt taste dominates, with some hops coming through aswell. Overall well balanced between the malts and hops. Little kick of bitterness near the end evolves into a comfortable, warming sweetness.

M: Thick, oily and creamy mouthfeel but the thickness works well. A bit more carbonation than I was expecting but not a turnoff.

D: I will definitely be purchasing this again, but considering the oily thickness and overall sweetness I don't think I could have too many in a night. Overall a delicious beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of Duckmancgy
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12oz bottle to pint glass

After opening but before pouring I noticed the smell from the bottle was more malty than I expected.

Pouring showed a gorgeous coppery tan colour and a nice inch and half of soft head. The head started to dissipate as soon as i started to carry the glass to the other room. At this point the smell really carried sweet maltiness with an after thought of flowery hops.

First taste surprised me, a bit too carbonated for my usual palate, but nice sweetness. My wife complained of bitterness but I didn't notice it as much (could be me being used to higher hopped IPA's).

Mouthfeel was surprisingly good, even with the higher carbonation than I was used to. The carbonation seemed to be smaller bubbled which spread across my tongue and really mellowed out nicely. Unfortunately the flavouring wasn't something I was all that pleased with so can't really see this being something I would drink as often as others.

Surprisingly enough I really really enjoy the double dead guy, but not so much the regular dead guy..

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Photo of Franz4
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft 2/22/11

A- copper color, slightly hazy but not much, no head on it by the time it got to my table.

S- nose was biscuity with the malts seeming somewhat subdued

T- again, malty, buttery biscuits, also seemed a little sweeter than normal.

M- very smooth, carbonation seemed appropriate

D- I'm a little puzzled by this one, as it seemed a little off. Dead Guy is one of my old favorites, but I wasn't feeling this one. It also had the disadvantage of following a CBC Creeper, but measures were taken to cleanse the palatte.

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Photo of tbraun1
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to pint glass

Appearance - Golden amber color, two finger creamy head and circles of lacing with each sip. Beautiful contrast between the copper amber color and white frothy head.

Smell - Sweet malts jump at your nose, with a subtle spicy hop undertone. Yeast leaves a bit of fruity esters as well.

Taste - Hops are more pronounced than what hits your nose but is a great balance with the malts in this brew. Has just enough bite and pronounced alcohol in the finish. When it warmed up a little, had a nice bread like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Beer feels somewhat heavy to medium heavy on the palate and is not overly carbonated.

Drinkability - This is the first time I have tried this brew and I am very pleased. A nice balance; Not too hoppy, not too malty, and a nice alcohol kick that lets you know it means business. Very well balanced indeed. Would purchase again.

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Photo of wrcraigl
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my most favorite beer to drink on any occasion. The price can be a little steep but have a growler I can refill that makes it reasonable. It is not available at enough places, I have to go out of my way to find it. This beer on draught has no competition.

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Photo of quisatzhaderach
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy copper with a dense head.

The aroma is dominated by a very appropriate malt character, which is finely complimented by a unique and clean yeast presence.

The taste is nuanced and malty, backed by a balanced hop bitterness. There is a strange (but wonderful) oceanic note to the finish.

The liquid is almost creamy, but finishes with a blunted carbonation.

The beer is quite drinkable, for a sturdy beer lover.

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