American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

783 Ratings
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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 49
Gots: 111 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An Imperial Pale Ale brewed with granola & All American hops. 55 IBU

Collaboration with the Grateful Dead.

(Beer added by: slvrmon82 on 10-09-2013)
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Reviews by bobhits:
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3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An imperial pale ale a theme that rarely creates master pieces but often is decent. Put int one of these annoying Dogfish over the top sized wine bottles (planet earth is upset) lets just say I'm not sold.

The pour provides what has to be 4 inches of head, lasting minutes and yet the lacing is average to decent. The body is completely clear which is either a great thing or for me makes me wonder about what's to coming.

The nose reminds me of a earthy herbal hops, tea, perhaps noble hops, english malts, and for some reason I get a hint of spearmint.

A complex blend of tea, hops, spearmint, caramel, and ther4e's more here I can't get. It almost had a medicinal note mixed with soap and I mean those things is somewhat positive terms.

This is a pretty decent drinking beer, the carbonation is full and creamy with a nice body and minimal alcohol notes.

American Beauty to me will always be the movie which was a master piece. This beer is overly complex but the end result isn't that of a master piece but a lot of mixed up parts that don't really do much for me. Worth a shot but if you can get it on tap do that, avoid in bottles.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.8/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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 -21.7%

Photo of tigg924
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
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