American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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785 Ratings
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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 49
Gots: 111 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An Imperial Pale Ale brewed with granola & All American hops. 55 IBU

Collaboration with the Grateful Dead.

(Beer added by: slvrmon82 on 10-09-2013)
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Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Inside this bottle, your miracle ticket awaits. It's called American Beauty, an Imperial Pale Ale inspired by the Grateful Dead. The best way to capture 30 years, more than 100 live albums, 2,300 shows? Let the loyal fans drive the recipe. Among thousands of suggestions, granola was tops. It was the main course in millions of parking lot meals and is a sweet and toasty complement to the all-American hops and barley. There was something different about a Dead show. Whether you saw one or 100, you felt it. If only you could have bottled it..." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Pale Ale with granola added. Available as a one-off release in 750 ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a caramel cream color over a maple amber body with plentiful assertive carbonation and chunks of pulpy sediment in tow. Retention is very good, lacing is light and streaked. 3.75

(Smell) Tropical fruit hops forward, with lesser notes of juicy citrus and floral subtleties, very aromatic. The malt profile consists of a simple caramel bread malt with a light syrupy sweetness, very clean. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Up front, soft caramel malt with a subtle touch of honey-like sweetness, the greatest impact of the granola. Some faint nuttiness and moderate graininess. Finishes on a moderately bitter note with fruity hops and creeping husky grain. Fairly simple with not a ton of notable impact from the granola, but enjoyable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly grainy, moderately dry. Carbonation is medium-high, generating a smooth medium crispness across the palate. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly bitter and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and a moderate graininess does slow drinkability somewhat. 3.25

(Overall) American Beauty is a decent American Imperial Pale Ale, but a bit rough in spots, perhaps as an unintended side effect of the granola, or just the combination of flavors. Drinkable but about as familiar as the style itself, and thus not very impressive. 3.5

Dogfish Head Brewery's
American Beauty
3.43/5.00

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3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a real nice IPA a little on the sweet malty side I think from the honey granola with a little nutty finish really really good IPA from Dogfish Head

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.