Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
7,508 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.

Added by kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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Photo of zuggy9
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a nice orange-amber with a white head with little retention. It smells sweet, with roasted mail notes and a bit of bread. I thought I picked up a bit of honey too. Very nice. The taste is excellent. Sweet and a bit floral with a nice sour finish. Very rich, with a nice thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable!

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

Poured into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Nice light amber color with a thin lace and one finger head -lot's of bubbles.

Smell was almost like carmel .

Taste was excellent nice toasty malts taste maybe even a hint of coffee. very unique and flavorful.

I had no problem pounding this pint and a half ..extremely drinkable .

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Photo of Marcjwrz
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a .5L Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey-hued color with a tight foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The head leaves moderate lacing.

Smell: Has a definite grainy smell with a bit of a sweet tea-like smell in the background. A little bit of citrus fruitiness is also present.

Taste: Has a definite hoppy taste of front with a grainy, malty finish. It leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste which lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth. There is a bit of an alcohol warmth in it that makes this beer easy to drink.

Drinkability: Damn good. One of my favorites and something I will come back to time and time again. Try this beer as soon as you can.

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Photo of Tbn2
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A-Pours a clear copper/burnt red color body. A two finger head rises to the top, settles, and laces here and there all the way down.

S-Lots of malt balanced by earthy, fresh hops smell. There is some spiciness to the aroma as well.

T/M-The taste is really good. The pale malt hits you first and then the hops take over with fresh, husky, earthy and citrusy flavors. The beer finishes with a combination of good malty, caramel sweetness and hops. The carbonation gives the beer a good body and tingles on the way down.

I enjoyed this beer. I picked it up looking for a good Maibock. The second reason is I brewed a clone for my buddies wedding and wanted to see how I did. I think I did rather well.


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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to try this, as it was my first experience with Rogue. It pours a dark orangish with a creamy head and it smelled of spice and apricot. Goes down smooth...definitely more of a spicey taste than dry-fruity. Can detect good carbonation towards the end. I think this would compliment a nice steak very nicely.
Also, it comes in a pretty damn cool bottle!

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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 colts9016
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep golden brown color with a little off white head.. The nose is hops and some malt. The taste is slightly hoppy with a subtle malt undertones. a very well made beer and very good to drink also The finish is slightly acidic with a little bit of the finish lingering.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a copper/crimson color with a single finger white head

S: Sweet malt aroma.

T: As is repeated again and again, this is a very well balanced brew with the spice and malt flavors dominating with notes of caramel, honey and hop converging to blend rather than clash.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium bodied

Overall: Very drinkable. Very balanced. The rogue yeast and malt taste seems to repeat itself in many rogue ales which makes sense as they seem to have it down.

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Photo of AngEo
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjw2808
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy dark amber color with a 1/2 finger head that stays for quite a while and leaves a good trail of lacing. The nose is sweet malt with a nice hop presence. The taste is very hoppy at first but follows with a heavy malt presence. Has a very nice balance between hops and malt. Very smooth mouthfeel and a nice drinkable beer.

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

Picked up this growler of DGA for $11.99 for new years and was very excited to see how good it was in a larger quantity than a 12oz bottle.
Nice amber color with a small off white head. smells and tastes like caramel and hops. There's a decent amount of carbonation that keeps the drink consistent and very drinkable. Another great Rogue beer that was even better for the price I paid.

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Photo of spoony
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle into a globe glass.

A-The brew pours a reddish-hued honey color. It is nearly clear, with just a slight chill haze impeding my view. There is one finger of light-tan foam that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. A few bubbles of carbonation are visible.

S-I smell a good bit of sweet caramel, some honey, melon, apple, and malted grain. There is a little bit of wheat-like spice underneath. Nice balance here.

T-The taste tracks the smell with caramel and moderate sweetness from the tan malts. However, I'm not getting the sweet fruits that I smelled...its more caramel on the palate. There is a touch of drying, spicy bitterness on the finish. Nice balance again.

M-The beer is robust on the palate, but not heavy or syrupy thanks to the decent hit of prickly carbonation.

O-I can't believe it has taken me this many years to try Dead Guy, but I am glad I finally did. The beer may not have much flash or any bret in there, but what it lacks in pizazz, it makes up for in drinkability and balance. From the first sniff to the last drop on the palate, this beer is a well-made example of old-school micro-brewing.

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Photo of Adam1993
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EnkiduRed
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of kaa153
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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

bought as the Yellowstone Ale in the city of West Yellowstone..nice bottle with a geiser on it. 650ml

pours a nice amber,rousse beer with small white foamhead medium efferversence.

smell: camaral/roasty and bread

Taste: first you taste the roasty caramel followed a medium bitterness that last pretty long, and then some floral malted taste. theres a nutty final as well.

mf: full body, a bit on the liquorous side, medium carbonation, long after-taste, nutty with some bitterness

drinkability is excellent. it is a complex Ale well balanced and interesting brew, refreshing as well.

for those who like cheese, it belongs with a brie double creme, that cheese brings the nutty taste on another level. good stuff

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

Thank you Dead Guy for opening me up to the world of better beer.
Amber in colour with a hint of gold. Hops on the nose mixed with a slight fruityness. Hoppy flavor with a good malt backing, leaves bitter. Crisp and easy drinking. I can, and will, drink this all day long.

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Photo of schnjac
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of riotontheroad
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaneBramage
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I hate to knock this beer, it has a very smooth malty/nutty flavor and went very well with a steak and baked potato. But being smooth in this case means not very complex flavor. Just a nice ale with no aftertaste whatsoever. Probably would not order it again since it just was not that memorable. Strange to give it high marks and then say I'm not interested in having it a second time, but the flavor just doesn't do anything for me.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A-Pours a very deep amber with little to no head but very bubbley.
S-Very floral sweet smell, also has hints of some sweet fruits (bannana most apparent) and hops.
T-Almost exactly like the smell very smooth with little to no overwhelming flavors they all blend very well.
M-Great carbonation level goes down very easy leaving just the right about of bitterness behind.
D-This could be an everyday brew for me.

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Photo of flek
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 7,508 ratings.
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