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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

894 Ratings
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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 62
Gots: 161 | FT: 9
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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Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
one full finger of pock marked white foam form a lovely cap, a clean orange hue with amber notes peaking around the corners, a fairly good amount of carbonation commutes to the top to keep the head hanging about, lacing is excellent as this one is clingy as an over sexed dog just having at your leg, near post card looking beer

nose...
brownish euro hops (I know these are all american hops but they smell euro-ish to me) with honey tinged malt, slight stale bread notes, some of the herbal side of hops seems to dominate here, in a nice way

taste etc...
for a 9% club member this is mild going down, there is a real subtle sweetness that lingers, not quite honey flavor... some what more like nougat or something of that yarn, there is a slight ashy dryness in the finish which also has just a hint of carbonation bite, herbal notes tend to linger in the end.. kind of like really subtle menthol (is this hints of the alcohol?), a very interesting drink.... really sort of mild with some really strange things on the fringe.... but strange in a good way,

verdict?
another nice brew from DFH, not a world beater but for such an ABV this is exceptionally balanced, I don't love it but it is hard to not just love sipping on it as it is an easy goer. definitely worth checking out as it does not clobber your brains with hops but yet has definite punch.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden color with a thin fizzy head that trails the glass. The smell has a bit of toasted malt from the granola as well as a decent amount of citrus from the hops. The taste was very bright with hops being the focal point with the granola coming through in bits and pieces. Very well balanced and hides the heavy alcohol content well. Would definitely try again.

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

Bottled on 11-14-14; consumed on 1-9-15, making this one about 7 weeks old.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear coppery-orange with a thin off-white film of head on top. Nice, bright look to this.

S: A faint mustiness detracts from the overall impression. I get tropical fruits over sweetish malt.

T: Tropical fruity hops (mango and pineapple) up front, then after the swallow I get a balance of caramel malt and hops, with a touch of lemon showing up along with the tropical fruit. Lingering spiciness too, plus heat from the ABV felt on the way down.

M: Medium to full in heft with moderate carbonation.

O: Good. Nothing phenomenal, however. A bit sweeter than I like my DIPAs to be. Too heavy overall to be drinking till the morning comes.

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial nonic a deep rich golden with a large blooming white head that really takes it's time settling slowly into a frothy mass,great carbonation.Aromas are lighter with some citric hops and nutty notes.To me this is DIPA all the way on the palate minus residual sweetness,caramel and nutty malts run into dry resiny hops with some more sweetness in a lingering finish.Not bad,not overly sweet just amp up the hops a little and this would be great in my opinion.I like this beer alot more than the Dead.

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Chlsyhawkins
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Kendog65
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of mctizzz
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Mattco
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of sgn4779
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 PretzelsNBeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DonGuido
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.