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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

867 Ratings
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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 57
Gots: 148 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well the bottle art is obviously fantastic, but the beer is pretty damn good too. I could easily drink this while walking down Shakedown Street at Alpine Valley looking for a ganja goo ball, and a grilled cheese. You can pick up some of the honey in the flavor, which mingles nicely with the earthy hops. The alcohol is well hidden. The body of this brew is medium and really smooth. Easy drinking, even at 9% ABV. Glad to recommend this brew. Cheers!

Photo of derkfromwi
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WallstreetB
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmryan8
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mirthrandir
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/14/2014: Pours clear copper color with a big foamy 2 finger eggshell colored head that had tan mixed in like cinnamon sprinkled on it; the head was full of bubbles of all sizes that popped and dissipated very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing and rings as it went down. The foamy layer stayed on top long after most of the head had faded, making this look like an DIPA.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, graham cracker, oranges, citrus hops, tangerine, lemon zest, fresh cut flowers, pine cone/piney hops, apple, honey and some sweet fruity candy. The balance is nice, hiding the ABV completely and letting the malt and hops compliment each other; the aroma see-saws back and forth with malt and hops, so I found that very impressive for such a big brew.

Tastes pretty malty up front, with caramel, toffee, toasted grains, wheat bread, graham cracker and what I assume to be the granola starting things off; the hops kick in before the malt is through, with orange peel, grapefruit, piney hops, pineapple, fresh cut grass, and floral hops or wet flowers like a dandelion just pulled from the lawn. There are some earthy notes and mild spices like pepper and brown sugar, but the hops come out more in the aftertaste with fresh or wet citrus hop like resin, a hint of honey, a little roasted nut, and then more sweet juicy hops that trail off with a slight bitterness. The 9% ABV never effects the taste or smell, but you feel it as you make your way through the bomber. Nicely balanced, this is smooth for an imperial beer and much easier to drink than I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and on the thick and chewy side, with mild carbonation, a slick feel on the tongue and an aftertaste that is bitter, but not too bitter, with nice malty accents and a fine mix of citrus hop sweetness and malt backbone.

The label states that this is "An Imperial Pale Ale brewed with almond honey granola & all-American hops." That sums this up much better than be listed as an American Strong Ale. I love the label, great to see the dancing bear with a mug. A fine tribute and overall a very tasty and enjoyable beer that hides the ABV and is quite easy to drink, much better than I expected. Jerry would be proud.

Photo of thampel09
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Irishrover58
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had my first it won't be my last

Photo of CJNAPS
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't think i was gonna like this one, but it really surprised me. I will always grab a bottle of this stuff.

Photo of kmbeer
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pdonovan16
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unique bottle label data: none noted

Brilliant and deep-hued copper colored body with a very thick, rocky head; lots of lively carbonation. Grand floral aroma combined with a touch of sweet grains; spruce resin; mild toasted cereal. Initial flavor strongly talked alcohol; subsequent sips revealed a more in-depth bit of soft, grainy sweetness; Captain Crunch cereal taste; mild fruit. Medium bodied; smooth and silky; mostly dry finish.

Although not quite what I expected (I anticipated a bolder malt and grain character), the beer grows on you with its varied and, generally, complex flavors. The boozy component detracts from the overall appeal. It's somewhat hot and astringent. Still, one may find this another intriguing and appealing quirky DFH offering that's worth the experience.

Photo of BillCheck
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of markthompson536
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Dude_710
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of misternebbie
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of docoman
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good imperial pale ale... smooth and refreshing, had from tap. Would recommend trying, alcohol of 9% hidden really well.

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of pugsley
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gww1864
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acostuhhh
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Just not a fan. Thought it tasted terriblen especially the aftertaste... Which was papery? Not really sure. Thin, and just smelled kind of funky. Somewhat bitter, kind of foamy so the pour might not have been great, but good color. Trying again when I can.

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.