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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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593 Ratings
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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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 tmbgnicu


4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought a case when this dropped thanks to a cousin who lives close to the Dogfish head headquarters. I am not as sophisticated as so many others on this site who can review a beer with such detail and eloquence, but I will say this:

This beer is excellent, it is strong, but not too strong. It has a very pleasant aroma and despite its high alcohol content, it finishes very smooth. The granola, which was the ingredient voted in by deadheads, really adds a nice note to the end.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 19:13:57 | More by tmbgnicu
Photo of SHODriver


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter to a deep orange with a finger and a half of dense off white head that slowly fades. not a lot of lacing
S: smells of clean bitterness with a bit of fruity sweetness
T: tasting brings floral hop flavors, with some citrus notes, slight fruitiness, honey sweetness, some sweet berry flavors. swallow is more fruity and honey like sweetness
M: heavier side of medium on the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation.
O: Overall it drinks well. I don't really know how to categorize this beer and BA's definition fits it well. It's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 06:03:32 | More by SHODriver
Photo of BuckeyeSlim


4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a soft, subdued pale straw yellow. A two-finger head of dense, eggshell-white foam sets up immediately and then takes its sweet time slowly collasping, leaving a generous ring of lace around the sides of the glass. After awhile, the surface is left with a large circle of loose, sudsy bubbles and a very fine sheen over the rest. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a soft, muted sunset orange and somewhat cloudy, with a broad column of bubbles rising from the bottom center of the glass.

S - Gently toasted wheat crackers, oatmeal, and dry roasted nuts. Richer toasted malts in the background along with hints of caramel sugars and honey. Floral and herbal hop notes sit atop a faint trace of the ABV at the top of the glass. Overall, the nose is rich and is what communicates the imperial strength of the beer.

T - Toasted light whole grains touched by honey/light caramel sugars immediately balanced by herbal bittering hops. Individual taste components are nuanced, and make the labeling as an imperial pale ale rather than an IPA quite appropriate. The ABV is very well hidden - this glass is not the least bit hot - but the residual sugars in the profile suggest its there. As a bonus, they match the toasted malts exceptionally well. Finish offers echos of a honey-nut granola bar surrounded by light herbal hops - it's a great effect that encourages additional tasting. At times, it even drifted toward peanut butter. Big props to executing the original concept very well.

M - Rather fizzy, with good, pronounced carbination. A bit fuller body than expected, and components complement each other without being tightly integrated. Nice structure across the taste profile, offering each its own moment at the mic. Finish is moderately dry, but provides a sweet spot on the back of the tongue to savor.

O - A delicious creation that captures the spirit of those crunchy granola tripsters who worship The Dead. Give the finish some time to settle on the tongue and you'll swear you just ate a Clif Bar. Judged solely as a beer, I can see how some would want a stronger hops profile in order to better clean the sugars, but doing so would turn this into an IIPA, and would drown the taste the recipe has successfully achieved. Because of that, I recommend tasting this alone rather than attempting to pair it with food.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 07:35:48 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of BMMillsy


3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle as an extra from trade. 10/1/2013 bottle date so this has been sitting around a bit but I don't care. Pours deep orange colored with a big creamy 2-inch off white head. Lots of lemon peel in the aroma, grass and hat, orange, and some sweet malts. Flavor is super sweet orange-lemon pinesol. Flavor is a bit watered down with some sweet orange blossom honey and orange marmalade flavor in the background. Just under medium mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation, slightly slick on the tongue. This one is a bit funky for me, and don't really get any granola flavor so not sure what that added here. Not a big fan overall, really had a soapy floor cleaner characteristic to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 02:34:56 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of u2carew


3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle serving.

A) Pours with a two finger head. Sticky lacing as the head settles. Amber in color with a mostly clear body.
S) Bright, floral notes. Subtle peach and orange aroma.
T) Hop bite throughout. Peppery. Hints of pine and spruce. Some underlying notes are nutty and grainy.
M) Crisp. Clean. Medium body.
O) A good brew. I'd definitely would drink more of this, if I had more on hand.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 02:10:56 | More by u2carew
Photo of humuloner22

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I like the band, I will have to admit, I have seen them a few times over the years and the offshoots as well. That is what got my attention in regard to this one. But I will have to say that it is very good I have been enjoying IPA's lately and I have to say that of the Dogfish Head beers I have tried over the years I do think they make a damn good IPA style wise over some of the other offerings. Although this could also be me. Anyway, I thought the color was good and nothing surprising about that, typical of the style. It did have some head that settled into a nice lacing after a few minutes. The smell was fruity, with that hoppy pine smell I love. But there was a sweetness to it as well. That is where the granola enters I would assume. It does have that cereal grain impact to it that kind of mellows out the hoppy bitterness in the taste. The taste was not unlike the smell, I detected grapefruit, graininess, with some evergreeen presence. It had a sweetness to it that cuts through the hops and makes for a really balanced IPA. I would recommend this one and if I could find another one around I probably would pick it up again. I hope this is something Dogfish Head does more than once. My one complaint is that it was pricey to begin with and that seems to be an unfortunate trend overall in regard to good beers. I guess we will just have to get used to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 05:35:06 | More by humuloner22
Photo of mactrail


3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear amber, bubbling, and topped with a nice white foam in the tall Kolsch glass. I smell Kandy Korn and lemon cookies, which is not unpleasant.

All I can think of is "malt liquor." So it's a hoppy one, but the sweet taste and the hot alcohol burn make this one front-stoop ready and cue up "40 oz. to Freedom." Perfumey, bitter orange peel, lemon drops. The tangy citrusy aftertaste saves this somewhat, but the woody, bitter aftertaste with more than a hint of a cheap cigar makes me want to spit.

Okay, I'm officially tired of these endlessly silly flavored beer-like brewing experiments from DFH. I don't see them going in interesting new directions. It just seems like silliness, but for the fun-loving this is a flavored malt liquor with a story. And hey, it's the perfect pour for your morning bowl of Cap'n Crunch. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:45:30 | More by mactrail
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet. A nice medium golden amber color with a 1 finger white head. Plenty of carbonation rose from the bottom to keep a nice thin layer on top. Aroma was slightly sweet malty, a bit of hoppy bitter, a tad of grainy bread as well. Flavor was a sweet up front, but had a hit of tangy hops as well. A bit of floral as well. Felt good in the mouth, coated nicely with bit of tingle. Overall, not a bad beer. Nothing really stood out from the granola profile, but it didn't hurt it either.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:28:00 | More by mountdew1
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a medium sized, light tan head, clear amber color

S: caramel and light malt, smells sweet with a slight citrus/orange/lemon scent

T: honey and a little bit of malt a slight alcohol taste at the end

O: unfortunately I was expecting much more after trying some of their other “specialty” beers. I think it is a cool idea, but something from their ancient ales line or Bitch’s brew, Palo Santo Marron ect would be a better choice. I wasn’t upset that I bought it, I still enjoyed it but I won’t be spending that kind of money on this beer again.


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 18:36:50 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
Photo of Willytee3

New York

4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one in tap and found it unremarkable but then had a bottle and liked it a lot more. Review from bottle.
Pours a glowing orange with yellow highlights, slightly opaque, bubbly foam 3 finger head that's well granola in color. Fluffy doily like lace. Head of tiny bubbles with large bubbles in top recede slowly. Some nice yeast action here.
Smells of dank wet pine with candied tropical fruits like in trail mix, mango, pineapple, dates, ginger. Earthy granola like grain in the background balances the soft fruits.
Tastes of dry wheat flakes up front with granola, nicely balanced by soft round fruit, earthy bitter pine sap in the middle mixes it up with the dry earthy fruit and oatmeal like grain. Finishes cleanly.
Feel not impressed but definitely not bad, oatmeal wheat dryness kind of kills the frothy feel one expects from a DIPA and kind of of out of balance with a prolonged hops bitter. Still has a nice roundness though. Not much trace of the 9% alchohol but I kept it real cold.
Overall unusual for the style but delivers as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 17:42:04 | More by Willytee3
Photo of jlindros


3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I do love me some beer named after albums, such as Bitches Brew also from this brewery, and the Zappa ones from Lagunitas, etc. I was planning to share this with cousins at the holidays, but one was hungover and the other on low carb diet, so I guess I'll enjoy this solo.

Pours a nice creamy rich 1+ finger head as it chugs out the opening of the bottle with slimming neck effect, it fades pretty slowly too with nice soapy and big bubble lacing, bubbles streaming up from the bottom through the clear nectar orange colored beer.

Nose brings hops to start, somewhat floral, a bit of citrus and some mild pine, bit earthy as well, and seems like a big spicy hop presence as well, and a bit of candied orange peel. There is a semi sweet malt base as well, little candy like, little biscuit and grainy, and a touch of an estery booze profile.

Taste starts a little creamy thanks to the oats, into biscuity malt flavors, little toasty mild caramel and some candy like flavors. Quickly into some fruity esters and green apply light chemical phenolic flavor, a bit medicinal even, but none of that is too strong. That eventually transitions into big earthy hops, spicy too, with mild candied orange peel and pine, some herbal tea like grassy and leafy, with mild overall bitterness though (at first that is). The booze warms a bit with the phenols, and slightly tingles as it dries on the finish, the evaporating booze seems to tingle the tongue and dries off quite a bit, gets a bit more bitter, with more lingering herbal tea and earthy hops, more chemical phenols, and little bubblegum.

Mouth is med bod, semi creamy oat effect, nice fluffy carb.

Overall interesting but not great, hops are interesting as well as the creamy oat feel, not sure if I like how the ester and phenol profile come through with the booze, not sure what yeast they used but I'm not a huge fan of it, at least in this style although it would probably be good in a big Belgian tripel or something.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:52:41 | More by jlindros
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden amber with an off white head.

Smells of grass, citrus, and floral.

Taste is herbal resinous hops up front backed by a round malty mouth - biscuit in the back. It has a nice dry finish - oak and char notes. A very nice IPA, not many citrus notes but a nice earthy resinous flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 02:47:01 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of dar482

New York

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in an amber color.

The aroma has a bready malt, citrus, some pine.

The flavor follows with a strong bitterness throughout of grapefruit and pine. Some grainy malt, but also a substantial bready sweetness. A good amount of bitterness on the end as well.

There's a medium body.

Simply a decent IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2013 01:05:13 | More by dar482
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Rehoboth Beach Brewpub. Served in a half-pint glass.

A- Arrives a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient cobwebs of lacing cling to the glass.

S- A bit on the malty side with a bit of citrusy hop character.

T- Hmm, I guess it's the granola I'm tasting that adds a unique sweetness and goes along with the malt and hops quite well. The bitterness starts to sink in after a few sips but knows right when to let up. Alcohol makes itself known but doesn't get in the way of enjoyment.

M- Quite sharp from the hops and booze. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Though it wins points for being unique (but what Dogfish beer doesn't?), it's not as good as I'd hoped.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2013 20:15:07 | More by Immortale25
Photo of snaotheus


3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter. I can't find a bottle code right now, but I'll look some more after I empty the bottle.

Pours very slightly cloudy, amber golden, small head. Not much active carbonation. Smell is bready, yeasty, slightly grassy. Something sweet and sugary.

Taste is sweet. Slightly maple, slightly grassy, Too sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and full, lush. Pretty nice.

Overall, it's fine. Not in love, not even really impressed. It's pretty OK.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 04:20:43 | More by snaotheus
Photo of BradT

New York

3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Boozy and sweet, with a faint granola aftertaste. Not overly complex, the booze far outweighs the hops. I think the price tag has more to do with the bottle, which reflects the relationship to The Grateful Dead. I had high hopes, but wasn't impressed.

Dogfish has better beers at better prices.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:09:08 | More by BradT
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this one has been on the self for a few weeks now- im just now getting around to trying it. (i have to say- the acid bear turned me off). i finally broke down and pulled the trigger. this one pours a clear golden with a thick head. the smell is hoppy with a good mix of the oats from the granola. the taste is hoppy but not really strong. its mild and sweet. over all this is a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 01:57:41 | More by mattkoon
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - pours a copper amber with a finger of offshore/tan head. Amazing retention and absolutely perfect lacing all the way up and around the glass ), still 1/4 inch of head 30 minutes later.

S - sweet caramel Malta and light citrus hops, apple, orange and pear. Minimally resinous/sweet

T - Sweet caramel malts, really dry light citrus, tannis/offputting sweet hops, and a bit of earthy granila flavor. Turns much too tart almost like wait g rasp ferry seeds

M - medium bodied well carbonated and rather drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 19:36:23 | More by MacQ32
Photo of MikeyBadnews


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

I off-poured this one leading to an incredibly frothy head not to be measured in fingers but more like a fist. Nice cloudy amber color looks healthy and inviting. As the head receded I smelled notes of alcohol, peach, cranberry and a seasonal cornucopia of fruit aromas.

Excited to sip the first taste was alcohol which is somewhat disappointing. The following flavors on the tongue were dried apricot and various fruit flavors drenched in honey. The flavor makes sense considering this IPA was brewed with granola but I don't pick up any notes of burnt grains or overly manufactured granola, pleasant, but the syrupy texture leaves a film on your tongue and a sandpaper residue, a high sugar beer.

I can't really complain about anything here, it's a high quality beer. I tried listening to the Grateful Dead while drinking this but I didn't make it a full minute into one of their mind numbing 13+ minute jam sessions. I was expecting something a little more trippy. Ithica Flower Power, Firestone Union Jack give notes of marijuana through the fired hops. Didn't get that here. But they didn't promise that either. Quality beer full of sweet flavors.


Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:15:02 | More by MikeyBadnews
Photo of BoldRulerVermont


4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz. bottle into a Willi Becher glass.
Pours nice light amber with lots of frothy head. Not great lacing, but still nice initial head.
Smell reminded me of some Belgians with notes of raisin, tangy yeast, bready malts.
Taste was delicious very malt forward, complex, alcohol forward as well.
Mouthfeel was nice with light alcohol lingering on the tongue.
Overall this was a nicely crafted beer that very much reminded me of an Ommegang ale. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 15:39:49 | More by BoldRulerVermont
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.21.13
Bottled 10/012013

A - Pours a clear, light brown-dark orange with a large fluffy light tan head, good retention.

S - Very subtle citrus and grass.

T - Alcohol heat, lemon citrus and dark grass.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Hoppy grass and hot. A big pilsner-like pale.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 05:58:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of tigg924


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, amber in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: earthy hops and caramel

Taste: burnt caramel and earthy hops

Mouthfeel: bitter with slight sweetness, light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A slightly hoppy grainy and earthy average beer. Does not rank too high on the scale of DFH beers I have tried. Nice to have tried, but I think I will pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 15:53:02 | More by tigg924
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at dfh rehoboth. I have to say this is probably my least favorite dfh...its sweet likebfruit juice but a bit of alcohol burn. Somewhat thin and lifeless...I really wanted to like this one but just didnt work for me. Best label ever though...one if my fav bands but not so much on the brew

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 23:37:33 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of wethorseblanket


3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a capped 750ml bottle a clear amberish orange with 2-finger thick off-white head which slowly fades leaving splotches and spots of lace.

N: Grainy (suggestions of granola) malts, citrus (orange) pith, honey, graham crackers, floral/herbal. More pronounced aromatics on warming.

T: Citrusy hops are fairly mild, mostly grainy malts. ABV noticed (and felt). Seems like oats in there too.

M: Medium body and semi-full carbonation. Finishes dry, bready malts, faintly granola, creamy and smooth.

O: Was expecting more somehow. Disappointed with the link to GD, but O.K. drinking wise.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 18:24:53 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Bright and clear honey orange color with a big fluffy dirty-white colored head. A couple of rings of lacing. Steady small-bubble carbonation. The beer's color is a hint of things to come.

S- Fruity hops, tropical, lots of sweet orange. The abv is evident, not boozy, but some sweet alcohol.

T- Candied orange and chewy malts. More sugary alcohol.

M- Thick, but syrupy. Some hop zing. Sweet.

O- I wonder how much better it might be at 7% abv. It fits the profile of a 9.0 sugar bomb....for me anyway. Good, yes. American Beauty, not even close.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 20:47:11 | More by NiceTaps
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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
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