Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Rogue Dead Guy Ale is an awesome session beer. This Maibock is rich in malt aroma and flavour, it is a hearty beer that goes down smooth and sweet with a light hops finish to round it off. Rich copper colour when poured, along with an almost opaque body, with minimal head. While it comes in either 6 packs or tall boy bottles, it is not a cheap beer. However, this Oregon import is definitely worth a try. This beer is part of the reason why Rogue Brewing is well regarded by us.



To me, Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale is a richer, maltier version of Phillips’ Blue Buck. Basically, if you were to trade the hop levels of one of the beers, you’d end up, more or less, with the other. Both are incredibly well balanced session ales that may be enjoyed regularly, often, and over the course of a night; you don’t want just one! They are so well balanced in regards to malts and hops, lightness and darkness, and lightness and heaviness that they are equally suitable for just about any occasion; you could drink it while playing beer pong, sip and enjoy it on tap, or pair it with just about any meal.

Craft brewed in Oregon, Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale has a subtle, but pleasant nose, a medium-body that is simultaneously rich and easy-drinking, a fine balance of flavours on the palate — though I’d personally prefer the hops pumped up a bit, à la Philips Blue Buck — and a long, consistent finish.

While it’s not the best beer in the world, I would, without hesitation, recommend the Dead Guy Ale to anyone and everyone, because, put simply, it appeals to the masses. It has something for everyone, whether an IPA enthusiast, a Stout connoisseur or anything in between!

Nose: 21
Body: 20
Taste: 20.5
Finish: 21

Kamran: 82.5 pts.


A solid beer in my books, this malty nosed beer – with traces of a hops and fruity aroma – is a beer that most people would really enjoy. It balances the sweetness of the malt with some hops and caramel notes in the flavour. It does have a bitterness to it that I find keeps the beer crisp and primed for a session ale. Compared against the Phillips Blue Buck, I would have to agree that they are well contrasted. The finish is solid for this ale, a smooth fresh malt with a zip of hops at the end. A crowd pleaser to be sure, even if my score seems to be a little low.

Nose: 21
Body: 19.5
Taste: 19.5
Finish: 20

Tristan: 80 pts.


I can’t really say anything bad about Oregon. No sales tax, beautiful scenery, great pizza (Flying Pie, anyone?), and enough beer to fuel UBC’s engineering force for an entire undergrad stint (victory laps included). Rogue definitely makes a road trip to Oregon a worthwhile investment, as they always seem to produce something worth trying, and the Dead Guy Ale is no exception.

Right out of the bottle, a nice, subtle caramel smell entices you to try a sip. As you do, you’ll notice a smooth, lightly carbonated ale which doesn’t leave you feeling bloated or heavy, giving it a pretty high drink-ability factor. The taste is not my favourite, but the slightly bitter citrus overtones provide you with a flavour to grab onto without the intensity of an IPA. The bitterness stays with you throughout the finish, leaving you with a slight, but enjoyable, tingle on your tongue. This is definitely a beer you could enjoy in spades.

And you can’t go wrong with that bottle either.

Nose: 20
Body: 23
Taste: 20
Finish: 20

James: 83 pts.


Final Average: 81.83 pts.



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4 responses to “Rogue Dead Guy Ale

  1. Good article, I like Dead Guy and Double Dead Guy I just don’t find it true to style Maibock.

    • Thanks for the comment. I have to agree with you that it isn’t what I’d call a traditional Maibock beer, but it is what Rogue wants to designate it as… marketing value I suppose. However, there are more similarities between Dead Guy Ale and a Maibock than Alexander Keiths I.P.A. and a true IPA, if you’ve ever had that mislabeled lager.

      • Haven’t tried Alexander Keiths I.P.A. yet. A lot of people are not yet educated enough on beer to know the difference. I guess that is where the people that write about beer and bloggers can teach the public on what beer is all about. Don’t get wrong I like Rouge Beer and Dead Guy Ale I just wish breweries would call it what it is and something it is not.
        Thanks again
        The Ale Guy

      • Fair enough; to some extent, I share your sentiment. But sometimes it really is all in the name. In many cases, a beer may be classified in a variety of ways, since the only true distinction is ale and lager. When you get into semantics about what makes something a bock rather than a dunkel, a stout rather than a porter, etc. you’ll drive yourself crazy, because there is no particular aspect that distinguishes these style of beer (such as is the case with ale and lager); sometimes, it really is more of a choice of name than a description of style. In the case of Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale, it’s certainly closer to being a maibock than any other style of beer, and calling it a maibock will get more attention than simply calling it an ale. Now, if they called it a stout or something as preposterous as that, I’d share your disapproval!

        – Kamran

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