American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,005
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 71
Gots: 211 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: slvrmon82 on 10-09-2013

An Imperial Pale Ale brewed with granola & All American hops. 55 IBU

Collaboration with the Grateful Dead.
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Ratings: 1,005 | Reviews: 167
Photo of chefbigjon
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tasted grape bubblegum??? I liked it though, it's a pretty distinctly flavored IPA.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber hued with a quarter inch of beige head. Faint lacing is present. I smell almond, granola, and a substantial amount of light malt. I taste a strong presence of light malt with granola, and a light sweetness from the honey. The mouth is dry and lightly sticky. This reminds me of a Wheatwine in terms of flavor and body .

Photo of HardTarget
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Slight haze in a deep yellow edge of amber glass. Little head drops to a thin collar that doesn't lace.

Smell: Alcohol, bread yeast, tonic water earthy hops, slight grape ester, a bit like malt liquor.

Taste: Hint of hard candy quickly gets rushed by alcohol and pine hops.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol stings and numbs, low carbonation, slick oily feel.

Overall: Boozy, bit heavy handed, a hoppy malt liquor. I bit as an old Deadhead and liked the label, not sure I need another.

Photo of Therealfootball
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark amber color. Strong, but not overwhelming hop flavor. Not crisp, but refreshing. Perfect feel. The way an IPA should be. Another strong product from DE!

Photo of polloenfuego
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 05/14/15, enjoyed on 21/06/15
Served from bottle to snifter.

A: honey gold in appearance with a thumb's worth of frothy white head. Lacing is decent and lasts a long time.

S: Honey is dominant, malts are also present as are some fruits and floral scents.

T: Sweet honey (follows the nose), but then I get the granola, and floral hops. There is a bitterness on the tail, but then the sweetness of the honey comes back.

M: Medium carbonation and feel.

O: the honey flavors are really appealing in this beer. They smooth the beer out and make it very drinkable. I quite liked this, and apropos of nothing, the new art work is really nice too.

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells of bread and honey, looks is golden Amber, no haze. Taste is semi sweet, honey, granola back of the palate. Nice oily heft on the tongue. Got as a gift and couldn't find any more but I would have enjoyed it again with my lady

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Hops and Pie. Orange color, short head. Aroma is candy, grape jolly ranchers, and gummi bears. Flavor is exactly the same, grape candy and gummi bears. Strange stuff and I would have been sad had I bought a bottle.

Photo of Kyndbrah
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer. Those who don't like a overly hoppy beer will enjoy this one. I've given this to a couple of friends who aren't big IPA fans and they loved it. I love hoppy beers but this is a very tasty change of pace from your typical American IPA. It isn't cheap but I do think it's worth it to grab a bomber every release.

Photo of jackb112
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bizarre treat. Bought it as a gift for my girlfriend and we were both left in awe of how tasty it was.

Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet honey, grainy malts, granola, floral notes and a faint fruitiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet honey, granola, grainy malts, some floral/herbal hops and a faint fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of spoofer
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of this style, but for what it is I cannot complain.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 220z bomber picked up 4.2015

L - Orange yellow, with 1 finger of head and no lacing

S - Grain, granola, grass, orange, fruits

T - Honey, tropical hops, granola, nice balance

F - Medium carbonation and oily

O - An excellent IPA. Well done

Photo of justinp444
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter it is clear slight amber orange with a thick frothy white head. Smells of bread, honey, granola, yeast, citrus, earth, and grass. Taste is of honey, grain, lots of bitter, earth, grass, citrus, very crisp, full mouth feel, and a bit of alcohol. Waited for it to warm (as I normally do) there is a huge difference in flavors, it has more honey, vanilla, less bitter, malty sweetness is pulling forward more, granola is more clear, has a syrupy taste, smoother, and cherry notes.

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey upfront, then a nice hop balance to it

Photo of burnerfinger
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A WOW - four full fingers of head. suds are VERY long lived, and with intircate lacing as it settles. Also - Clear golden amber color.

S nice hops per the DOGFISH head line (what did you expect????) but not as overstated and the 60 or 90 min IPA.

T hoppy as the nose implied. solid malt background with hops at the front.

M the aftertaste is more of a molty feel, still WAY so good. a bit oily seems to me

D the 9 ABV makes this worth your while savor the brew and savor you buzz!!!

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I definitely taste the honey, and just a slight bit of granola. But I couldn't taste the almond. The honey flavor does pair nicely with piney hops. My first few sips were rather pleasant. Despite the 9% ABV, the beer felt rather light on the palate. However, as it started to warm up, the beer got noticeably stickier and maltier.

Photo of Celtics17
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a miss for me. It lacked bigger flavors. I got little honey, and very little granola. This was malty, and not in the best way. It had solid hops, and overall the beer was decent. Nothing special.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep orange body with a quick carb. There is a sticky thick beige head that last a good bit.

S- A flinty granola and oat aroma leads to some pine hops blended with citrus skins that have a perfumed quality to them and some silage aroma that comes through as it warms.

T- Full resin hops with a musty character to it and some granola flavor comes through as it opens. There is a green cinnamon hop spice that lingers a bit after each sip.

M- The light mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth in the finish that helps cut the soft sweetness.

O- This is a nice drinking complex Imperial Pale Ale. Good malt character with full hops that have nice depth and the alcohol and sweetness are softer than the hops but support each other.

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle....nothing special, not bad at all

Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is like an oatmeal cookie and a pale ale had a baby

Photo of sjones5045
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pour copper red with a nice head that lasts. Taste is a nice balance of hops and malt. Nice aftertaste and pretty smooth. Enjoyed a bomber on my own. Would love it in 12oz bottles.

Photo of MattSlem
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong orange blossom honey flavor, medium to full bodied but finishes crisp. One of my new favorite Dogfish ales.

Photo of LouZ
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Subtle flavor of honey graham cracker. Pretty darn good, and sneaky strong - you do not notice that this is 9% ABV.

Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish head brewed American Beauty with almond honey granola and all American hops and it sounds outrageous. It has a fruity, granola, almond honey nose. Pours orange tinted amber under a 2” quickly dissipating lightly tan tinted white foam cap with clingy lace. On the palate it enters nutty and slightly sweet with honey and light sugars balanced by a moderate hop bitterness on the finish. The finish has an underlying layer of honey and leaves a little honey stickiness on the lips. The beer is very creamy with above average carbonation stuffed into a medium full bodied beer. The granola is definitely there throughout but it is never too much to be cloying and is nicely balanced by the other flavors in the beer. It pairs well the the background pale ale graham cracker flavors and is well balanced by both the hop flavors and bitterness. The alcohol is unnoticeable.

Photo of 31Sam13
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I just have good things to say about this beer. it is very drinkable. Another reviewer described it as mild, which is accurate to be sure, but I think in a good way. it is just so well balanced. Top that off with my favorite musicians' furry friend and I can't help but smile, smile, smile...

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
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