American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Probably the only review to be placed from overseas...specifically from South Korea, shipped here by my sister, for whom I am Grateful! "Maybe you'll find direction, around some corner, where it's been waiting to meet you..."
Served from a (well-traveled) bottle into a 10-ounce IPA glass from a local craft brewer in Seoul, the elixir came out a dark Amber color with just enough foam atop each pour, acting as cloud cover from that cold cruel world above and beyond the glass. Leaving traces of its appearance along the glass as I slowly worked my way through the beer; set out runnin' but I take my time.
With minimal but sufficient carbonation, the beer seemed able to breathe throughout the process, emanating strong notes of citrus, that winning ingredient of Granola, and of course bits of Sunshine Daydream. In addition the hefty 9% ABV makes itself known even before being tasted, reminding everyone that the Candyman's in town.
The taste was certainly that of an Imperial Pale Ale, rich as it is complex, with hints of the aforementioned smells being parlayed into taste. Hitting the palate smoothly, it left a lingering mouthfeel which resonated long afterwards, hoppy, strong, and worthy of a beer made in conjunction with the Grateful Dead. Let there be songs to fill the air...
From San Francisco to Delaware to Virginia to Korea, this beer delivered the goods, with the sometimes unimaginable combination of circumstances lining up just right. Drinking it while listening to the accompanying 1970 studio recording, all from the confines of South Korea: for those that know, no answer is necessary; for those that don't, no answer is possible!
"Sometimes, the lights all shinin' on me, other times, I can barely see. Lately it's occurred to me, what a long, strange trip it's been!"
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2013 06:10:46 | More by WestCoastLibations
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