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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): 6.50%

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.

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Reviews: 2,380 | Ratings: 7,353
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Already tons of reviews for this beer, so I'll spare the unabridged review. Just wanted to note the (very subtle) flavor of cotton candy I noticed in this beer. (anybody else pick that up?) And, call me crazy, but I see this as being a near perfect session beer. Very, very drinkable, yet it has the complexities to keep one interested for some time. Give me this stuff and just watch it disappear.

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Photo of maek228
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i found it interesting that the beer is labeled an ale, but is really a maibock? i had, and still have no idea, what a maibock is. But by the time i completed my first sip, i concluded that whatever a maibock is, i like it. now, last night was a hectic beer-b-q and i didn't really have the time to give my full attention to one of these dead man's brews, so tonight, ive decided to take some time aside properly review this beer, so here goes:

appearance: a gold coppery brown, similar to that of fine homebrewed iced tea. A thin, but rather elegant lacey head rests on top of this beer, and receded significantly after a few minutes.

smell: not the strongest of scents, yet appealing. the smell is of hops and assorted fruits.

taste: an initial burst of fruit flavor, that is quickly followed by an explosion of hops. The hops come across as sweet at first, but then blossom into an excellent bitter hop kick in the ass. the bitter hope aftertaste is not overwhelming, but is extremely strong. this has quite a bearing on the mouthfeel, depending on your feelings towards hoppiness

mouthfeel: blissful at first, but the bitter hoppiness that lingers on in your mouth will really detract people who arent into a powerful hop prescense.

drinkability: not really a session beer. its strenth is well masked, making it easy to drink, although the bitter hop aftertaste would make it a chore (a pleasant chore i guess) to put down alot of these.

i give dead guy the nod. i look foward to trying more maibocks in the future. this beer kinda reminded me of hopdevil ale, sans spiciness. the negatives for this beer would be that it could have been more bold, and the the aftertaste can be rough to the point were it interferes with the taste of your next sip, gulp, whatever. i have to say though, this beers positives far outweigh the negatives. good beer for a cool fall or spring night.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was light copper/amber with a half inch head that quickly dissapated to nothing. It left a fine ring around the top of the beer that stayed with the beer throughout the drink but didn't stick to the glass.

The smell was floral, with a light hint of apples. All that mixed with malt and hop spice.

The drink started with a very carbonated sweet kick followed with a medium hop bite in the middle. It finished with a mix of malt sweetness and hop bite, but it didn't linger.

This is a very drinkable and refreshing beer that didn't let me down, given how ledgendary it is. I'm glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked up this legendary beer. My expectations were kind of high and I guess i was a little dissapointed with it. Pours a nice red/brown color with a small white head that was tinged with beige. Smell is faint but it is sweet and malty. Taste is more of the same. The malt is more easily perceived than the hops and the finish is slightly sweet like Xingu. This beer feels a little bit thin to me, but i suppose the drinkability is decent. This is just a good beer, not great, not bad, but good.

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3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation- 12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance- Pours a one finger light beige head. The head reduces quickly to a nice film that does not lace much. It has a murky orange haze to it. I’m not certain, but I don’t believe this style of beer should be this cloudy.

Aroma- Not much nose on this one. A slight crisp sweetness is all I get.

Taste- A sweet caramel taste with a slight beautiful bitter balance. A great clean taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel that sticks to the back of the tongue and palate.

Overall a pretty drinkable beer that has a unique taste and good mouthfeel.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange-copper color, medium white head. Smells of malt, but more dominated by hops. Big malt. Big hops. Very satisfying beer that is refreshing, and flavorfull at the same time. Pine and citrus are also in the flavor. I thought it was a pale ale, but it apparently a pale bock (according to this site). Very delicious, all-around.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed, red apricot color with an attractive, tan head that reaches two fingers in height. Nice, beige colored lacing is left all over the glass.
Aroma is subdued, and is mostly caramel malt.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and has a substantial presence of hops and carbonation.
Taste is well balanced. a bouquet of resiny, hops coats the mouth with pine and citrus rind, but a caramel malt evens things out quite well. Some Granny Smith apple notes appear near the finish, and produce a clean and dry/fruity aftertaste.
I'll admit to avoiding this Rogue ale, out of superstition. After having one, at last, it seems an ideal spring ale. This would be a near perfect ESB, if it were brewed with English hops.

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Photo of ism
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a rich white head, fairly good retention for the alcohol content. Moderate malty aroma. Light-bodied, slight carbonation, could be a bit more assertive for the style. Pale malt flavors, hops just enough to balance, subtle fruity tones. Sweet going down, and is that hops I feel? Barely noticable. Clean finish with an interesting profile on the way down, quite likeable and distinctive enough to make this stand out. Good example of the style.

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

Served from a bottle poured into a pint glass at a slightly cool temperature. Nice amber color with a fluffy white head.
The smell was a little musty with some caramel.
Tastes pretty good with sweet caramel buttery notes and good hop bitterness. May be better with some more hops to balance out the sweetness a little (but I guess thats why they made the Brutal Bitter ;-). Overall it's a good beer across the board, and drinkable enough to have a few. May also be a little better if chilled a little more.

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

A light and smooth tasting brew. Do not feel higher alcohol at all. Surprisingly amber, and seemed to me like a vienna amber style, malty with modest carbonation. Bitter aftertaste. If in a session, serve between heavy other types.

My mates liked it better than I did but it could be from less sophisticated taste buds.

Had it a year later on tap, found it sour but decent. Had it again on tap in May 2005 at Eulogy's and it was above average.

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

I pour a chilled sample into my pint glass. The beer pours a rich amber color that is slighlty hazy. The pour develops with an off white soft fluffy head that begins to fade rather quickly after the pour. Aroma is fruity and sweet with some caramel scents and some floral hop notes.
First sip reveals a medium bodied brew and slightly prickly carbonation. Flavor is fairly malty with caramel and toffee flavors combined with some slightly bitter hop finish.
This brew is very drinkable and I am sure I will enjoy it with the pizza I am about to eat.

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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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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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