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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

682 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 682
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 37
Gots: 74 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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cjmunch2005

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-28-2014 17:16:03 | More by cjmunch2005
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

10-30-2013 20:32:08 | More by oberon
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npala86

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-31-2013 14:52:00 | More by npala86
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Tiernan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-08-2014 05:33:16 | More by Tiernan
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woodchipper

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

11-17-2013 21:53:37 | More by woodchipper
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.5%

11-12-2013 03:47:00 | More by DWolf
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Kendog65

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-27-2013 23:05:09 | More by Kendog65
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-22-2013 00:21:42 | More by JakerLou
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

03-08-2014 07:35:48 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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mctizzz

California

3/5  rDev -21.5%

12-24-2013 14:22:17 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

12-14-2013 15:53:02 | More by tigg924
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

11-19-2013 00:04:29 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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Mattco

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-04-2014 14:47:01 | More by Mattco
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-28-2013 22:28:28 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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sgn4779

Vermont

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-09-2014 23:32:16 | More by sgn4779
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Detroit_Velvet_Smooth

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-01-2014 18:19:43 | More by Detroit_Velvet_Smooth
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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-03-2013 18:03:16 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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DonGuido

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-29-2013 18:32:37 | More by DonGuido
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digitalmavrik

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-11-2013 18:15:45 | More by digitalmavrik
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-07-2014 05:06:37 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-24-2013 23:31:28 | More by Cynic-ale
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briandaube

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-12-2014 13:59:16 | More by briandaube
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-02-2013 14:51:15 | More by ryser2k
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-21-2014 15:49:37 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%

25 ounce bottle of the dead bear hoisting a mug as American Beauty's emblem on this DFH label I am listening to the album American Beauty, the beer is crystal clear copper amber with a fine khaki head forming thick. Aroma floral hops citrus notes beautiful American hop bouquet I'm a fan going forth with this beer. Big honey notes of earthy grain from the granola additions this is a beer for hop heads and dead heads alike no worries there's both here to party. Flavor wise there's big hops with hints of whole grain granola hanging in there, it's a big beer experience the grains don't take away from the American hops in anyway I'm enjoying every last drop, slightly resinous hop oils reign supreme here, mouthfeel has an oily complexity medium bodied at best with rolling hints of big hops making it through in this big alcohol beer. Overall I'm thrilled to be party of history this beer is going to sell out in all markets due to the strong Dead following whether the beer is worth it's weight in gold or not. However, I feel that both parties are going to pleased with this offering.

10-24-2013 18:22:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.