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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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American BeautyAmerican Beauty

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BA SCORE
86
very good

158 Reviews
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 1,083
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 75
Gots: 233 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 1,083
Reviews by WestCoastLibations:
Photo of WestCoastLibations
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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!" (1,803 characters)

More User Reviews:
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 WhiteHillsStore
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (793 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 oberon
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Chlsyhawkins
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Kendog65
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (2,385 characters)

Photo of mctizzz
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -19%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.