American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 1,060
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 76
Gots: 223 | FT: 6
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  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 MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of honey granola and floral hops. Barley malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, toast, and yeast. Good presence of the granola giving a big scent of sweet honey. Floral hops along with some hints of grass. Subtle citrus hints of orange and lemon. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely sweet and bready malt forward taste with good notes of honey granola and floral hops. Barley malt with some bready notes of grains, biscuit, cracker, oats, toast, and yeast. Taste of granola with a good kick of honey sweetness. Floral and grassy hops along with some light citrus fruit notes of orange and lemon. Moderate bitterness. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and drying with moderate alcohol heat.

Overall: A pretty nice brew and tribute to a great band. As typical for Dogfish the hops are much more subdued for an IPA but the granola honey flavor is a pretty nice unique twist. (1,215 characters)

Photo of UncleEmu
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Dogfish Head American Beauty "Strong Ale"
serving type: goblet, tap at Farmer's Union San Jose, CA (Jan 2015)

A: Deep red with lots of brown. Lots of cream colored head.

S: A decent amount of malt and some alcohol sting. Quite poor.

T: A nice range of malt flavors are present, but that's about it. Some dried fruit, a bit of grapes, and honestly it is really light. Taste's like a 5% ABV, not 9.

M: Medium light, great carbonation.

O: A huge disappointment. After reading some other reviews, I'm worried that the server gave me the wrong the beer. Farmer's Union has over 50 taps, and our server described Sculpin IPA as "like Budweiser, but better." (656 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rehoboth beach brew pub. A slightly nutty smell with some hops. Sweet fruity taste balanced out with slight bitterness. Medium body and carb 9% is well hidden. Enjoyable but wouldn't spend the $ on the bomber. (225 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

American Beauty poured on tap into 8 oz pint glass

A: nice fluffy head nice light Amberish color great clarity

S: Slight copper very floral has a sweet smell to it

T: so great grainy and sweet and smooth with very little hops taste but the taste it does have is extraordinary

M: creamy and very smooth

O: it's a very creamy sweet and oatmeal beer it's very interesting and quite good (392 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours amber with a one-finger foamy white head. The fades into a small ring producing some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is honey, caramel malts, light citrus, and floral hops.

T - The flavor starts sweet with lots of honey and light citrus. The granola is noticeable midpalate along with some toasted malts. There is a nice hop pressenc in the finish producing a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

O - This was an interesting take on a DIPA. I pick up lots of honey and granola throughout. Different and definetly worth trying. (625 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Floral, maybe a little light citrus, a little fruity, plenty of sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Light citrus, stone fruit, plenty of sweetness, maybe some faint toasty notes, and some alcohol.

M: A bit towards the heavier side of medium body, moderate carbonation, a little warmth on the finish.

O: Not really impressed with this one. It was a little too sweet and boozy for me and came off more like a strong blonde ale than anything else. (579 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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 . (330 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of Therealfootball
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
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! (162 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 (233 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (224 characters)

Photo of Kyndbrah
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (584 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 (245 characters)

Photo of justinp444
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
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!!! (489 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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. (204 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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. I have had delicious and disgusting offerings from DFH. This one fit into the former category. Sweet, but not overpowering, the granola actually balances quite well with the hops. (237 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

4/10/15

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. (193 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
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... (292 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish amber color with a thick beige head that lingered.

Smell: Surprisingly mild smell of hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of mild hops and mild malts.

Overall: I was surprised at how mild this beer was, it was good, but very mild in my opinion. (332 characters)

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.