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Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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88
very good
2,369 Reviews
Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,369
Ratings:
7,281
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
289
Gots:
1,681
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,369 | Ratings: 7,281
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper witha thin ivory head. Smells of pale malt and lightly fruity yeast. Light hoppy aromas.

Taste is quite fruity and malty. Yeasty and sweet pale malt. Lots of floral hops up front with an understated but strident hoppy bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with a nice bitter aftertaste. Pretty good but I thought I would like this more.

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Photo of ark57
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a dark gold color. The aroma is fruity and hoppy. The body is malty, but not too thick with some fruitiness (orange and mango). It has a crisp hoppy finish. The added fruitiness from the top fermenting yeast is nice, but it comes across as a very drinkable Maibock.

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

Pours cloudy reddish brown ale.

Smell is sweet and malty with some tea hop and a fruity background.

Taste is mild sweetness from the malt and a dark toasted bread flavor. Hops are well balanced against the malt. Mild fruit flavors come out after a while. Alcohol is mildly warming to the chest and completely hidden in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Very drinkable brew, tasty and full of flavor without any defects.

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

Pours a hazy amber with a nice white haed that falls to a thin ring of foam.Sweet dark fruity aroma, intense malt flavor with strange fruity presence ends in a nice hop flavor and bite. Never had a ale with quite this taste before. Not bad, but not something I would buy on a regular basis, but definitely something worth trying.

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

Filled up my pint glass with this brown/orange colored beer, topped with a generous beige head. Alcohol and barely hit the nose and wake up the senses a bit. You think, "hmm, this will probably be a good beer."

After thinking this, you taste it and realize you are correct. What is interesting about this beer is that its flavor opens up rather slowly. A slow released change that includes complexities of bitter, sweet and alcohol.

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Photo of pheurton
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

hazy dark amber. light and airy sizable head. substantial amount of bubbles racing towards the top...some lace manages to coat the glass. aleish fruitiness with a light leafy hoppiness on the nose. sturdy medium body, chewy and pleasant. pleasantly sweet fruity malt flavors mingle harmoniously with a crisp hop oiliness. characteristic rogue flavor underneath. finishes slightly dry. eminently quaffable. this may be my top session ale of all time. unbeatable in its sheer quaffing pleasure. i need to drink more of this. now.

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

pours a deep reddish orange, lightly hazy. medium sized rocky head that leaves a great lacing once it dies down. big malt aroma, sweet and toasted, very slight hop presence. right off you notice the mouthfeel is perfect. medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp...top notch. big malt profile, toasted...some caramels, buttery. light hop bite, but enough that it balances the malt nicely. tastey and very drinkable, but beware the alcohol content may be a bit much for a "session" beer. i like it, a quality beer that hits the spot when in the mood for something balanced and flavorful.

$3.99 a bomber

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Photo of jwilli7122
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear amber/prune color with a medium to large white head, and some lacing. Somewhat distinctive aroma- dark fruit and vegetable?...and pinch of alchohol.

The taste is interesting - not my favorite- but well...I do like it. A lot. Very different. They do an excellent job here making something different and good. lets see- dark fruit/veg mystery taste, heavy malt flavors in the middle- including but not limited to butter, then more of the mystery taste - then a small, quick, crisp hop cut...and finally a very nice wet doughy aftertaste.

Features an outstanding mouthfeel- full, buttery, and smooth, but not heavy in the least. Quite drinkable and something I am glad to have experienced.

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

Honey color, slight head, a really beautiful beer. Definite sweet aroma, crisp hops also, slight citrus too. Sits very smooth in mouth, not too heavy, perfect amount of carbonation. Slight sweet taste, like honey, followed by a crisp, slightly bitter hop element. Very nice brew, could definitely drink a few, will definitely buy again.

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

Purchased this in the 1 pint, 6 fluid ounce / 650mL size bottle. Poured a medium reddish brown. Now let me say this. I tried the Chocolate stout from Rogue about 6 months ago and it was just really not for me. I really didn't care for it, to be tactful and polite. But many people have been saying that I absolutely had to try the Dead Guy and boy were they right! Wow! The taste is unlike anything I have ever tasted before. It's a little bitter at first. And I mean a LITTLE bitter. It goes down smooth, and then a few seconds after you swallow, it leaves a faint taste of caramel. Almost no carbonation to speak of make this one real easy to drink, but if you pay attention to it and are looking for it, when you first take a sip, it's a tiny, tiny bit thick which makes it something you wouldn't want to kill a whole lot of in a sitting. Nevertheless, I'll be buying this stuff again!

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

I had this on tap at McCormick’s & Schmidt’s while on a trip to Portland, OR.

Beer pours a nice golden brown color with a light tan head and decent lacing.

The smell is sweet with some floral hop nose as well.

The taste is on the sweeter wide with definite fruit tones. A little lightly roasted malt taste and maybe a hint of caramel. As the beer warms the fruit (apple I think) taste grows more prominent.

Nice smooth mouthfeel that is slightly creamy. Drinkability is very good. While not an every day choice for me, this is a beer I always enjoy. Was one of the favorites with my old co-workers and I can see why.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Dead Guy Ale is a supreme beer. The apperance is exceptional, gold honey in color, the usual amber color. The head was a gorgeous cream color that lasted the whole way through. The smell is of malts with caramel and a fruity scent. The taste is good, very good. The hops are very present in this beer, not to much though, sweet caramel malt aftertaste. Fells full and colorful in the mouth. A very drinkable beer. When you want a good ale don't look any farther that Dead Guy Ale.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A decent off-white head fairly quick vanishes to a thin lace. The beer itself is clear and welcoming.

Smell: I smell wheat in this beer. Wether or not it is in there I smell something like wheat. There is also a nice malt sweetness present in the aroma.

Taste: There is a decent hop presence in this beer. There is a lot of malt presence that overpowers the hops though. As in the smell I taste something like wheat.

Mouthfeel: There is decent carbonation in this beer. It makes it very drinkable. A very mild beer that I would have again.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle, Rogue Dead Guy Ale was rich copper in color and topped by a small off-white head that left excellent lacing. The nose presented a rich but delicate roasty malt aroma and a light resiny hop profile. The taste resembled a subdued barleywine, with a firm rich roasty malt body, light and zippy citrus notes, and a big bitter finish with lingering roastyness. All of this was well balanced and held up by an appropriately full body. Dead Guy is a full flavored session beer, good for the roasty-bitter fan.

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

22oz Bottle, No AlcVol info though

Apperance; Gold, honey, appricot. Khaki head that didnt last long enough.

Nose: Soft sweet sugars like, carmel and vanilla, not too many fruits or herbs, it seems to smell sweet and creamy with that rotten (in a good way) nose at the very end.

Taste: Crisp in the mouth, but doesent attack. Perfectly hoppy (for me). The hops lets you know it's there right at the begining and then exits the stage very gracefully. A little sweet right after the hops. I would guard this one till the death, just are our character does on the bottle.

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Photo of silenius
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber with a thin, but persistent head.

I can smell some hops and malt sweetness. Nothing much else.

Now the taste is the best thing about this beer. It has a nice balance to it with a pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin in my opinion. I get a slight sense of wateriness on the mid-palate when drinking it.

This is a very drinkable brew, but just not as bold as I would like. It might make a decent session beer for someone with less bold tastebuds, but after two pints, I would probably want to switch up.

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

On draught at the MoJoe Lounge at Easton. Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a thin skeleton-bone head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma is mildly citrusy hops along with a touch of spice. Medium body, with a somewhat flavorable blend of floral hops, citrus, honey and spice. The flavor is kind of like Arrogant Bastard's "Mini Me". The finish is mildly bitter making this for an all-around good-drinking beer.

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Photo of stewart124
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a cloudy amber color with orange hues and a little head that lingers. There is a smell of lightly roasted malts and a nice touch of hops. The taste is of a sweet fruitiness and a good balance of hops. There is an almost candy like taste to this beer but it is very drinkable. This is a quality product that I will never get tired of. Aftertaste is a nice blend of hops and malts that leaves a great feeling on your tastebuds.

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

I do not know why this beer is classified as a Maibock, my opinion it should be a type of Amber Ale. However it does taste more like a Maibock rather than an Amber. I do not know how this would be judged in a beer competition.
The color is an iced tea copper with a half inch head and I like the way the head dissipated with in a minute.
The smell is a light toasted caramel malt with a resin hoppy aroma.
Kind of a light sweet bitter taste definitely caramel with a resin lime hoppy flavor and hints of a light soy sauce (no salt), maple, and cola.
Has a light body, dry texture, soft to flat carbonation, and a dry finish.
Anyway this beer is great and smooth to drink almost like a session beer (with 6.5 abv?).
Well balanced, I prefer hoppier beers (with this amount of abv) but this was perfect for its style and one does not notice the abv content.
Rogue puts out good stuff and this is no exception, possibly one of their best.

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

Orange-amber-copper all in one, which is a pretty cool hue. The head is ivory in color with a hint of orange, is firm and looks like it will last for a while. As it descends, the cap comes to resemble a rich vanilla milkshake sitting atop the beer. It doesn't last very long, though it ends up leaving a decent amount of lace in spotty sheets.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I have no earthly idea what a maibock is supposed to smell or taste like. Therefore, I can't really say if this is a good example of the style or not. The flavor profile is pretty well-balanced, with malt having the slight edge.

The beer is somewhat caramel-like, with an earthiness and a restrained spiciness. The spiciness becomes bolder and more interesting as the beer warms. Again, I'm not sure what sort of mouthfeel a beer of this style should have, but this one seems fine. It's medium-full and has a pleasing smoothness.

Dead Guy Ale may be the most ubiquitous craft brew in this city. Every store that carries beer seems to carry it. It's obvious that it's a quality offering, but it doesn't stand out as exceptional. Even though I'll probably drink it again, it won't be anytime soon.

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

A favorite standard of mine down here in New Orleans. I can get it on tap at the Bulldog or in a bottle at Cooter's or the Delachaise.

Pours a wonderful deep orange with a nice head.

Citric/woodsy hops is present on the nose.

I find the sweet malt and bitter hops to be wonderfully balanced.

A great session beer.

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Photo of jtfest
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a thin off-white head and a sweet malt aroma with a nice balance of hops. A full but not heavy mouthfeel fits extremely well with the malt upfront and hop flavor/bitterness finish. The taste lingers a long time, with more of the sweetness than the bitterness in the linger. Easy drinking and quite good, I really enjoyed this brew.

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

The beer poured a nice clear reddish gold with a reasonable head. It had a sharp citrusy aroma. The taste was bitter and hoppy with a good finish of orange and pepper. It had a smooth clean feel. A nice example of a Maibock and one to be considered when desiring this type.

While I prefer a less hoppy beer, I found this to be a pleasant change. The taste was there, but was enjoyable without a strong aftertaste.

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Photo of pezoids
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, Dead Guy…. At a tasting seminar once I had asked the woman at the Rogue table for one of these. She promptly told me that this beer was so yesterday. Well, I must disagree. This was one of my first introductions to the world of better beer, and still holds it’s own today. This version poured a bit hazy in appearance. The color is an orangey-amber and the head was thin. The aroma is full with sweet fruity malts and has a touch of spiciness. The taste is of light malts and leans towards the sweet fruit side rather than the bitter. There are some citrus and lemony hops in there, but are well disguised by the sweet malt. Alcohol is hidden well under a blanket of flavors. Very lively and highly drinkable.

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

This is for sure a malt lovers beer, but it has a very good ammount of bitterness to interest the hop heads as well. It poured a copper color with a decent head that left nice spider webs on the glass. The smell was fruity and malty and I couldn't wait to taste. The flavor was great, with a thick mouthfeel that fit the malty flavor perfectly. But just when you think its all malt the hops came in and added a great element to the flavor. Even my Coors drinking dad loved this one, so this is a very drinkable beer and would be a good one to start novices on.

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