American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 1,059
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 3.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 221 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of Dennycurr
4.89/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Let me tell ya....
As a Deadhead...I was intent on being very critical of a beer named after my boys.
Having the granola thing added----added to my skepticism.

It surpased all my expectations by leaps and bounds.

The look was elegant, tho not quite what I'd expect.
Was a deep gold with a fantastic head. Thought it would be darker...but...no prob.
These yahoos on here saying amber-ish and dark-ish...are crazy.
They must be trippin'...heh.
The taste was 1st F'in rate!
One of the best beers, of its kind I have tasted.
Period!
It is a shame this is a limited edition but, day-em...I'm glad I got to experience it. (618 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I just have good things to say about this beer. it is very drinkable. Another reviewer described it as mild, which is accurate to be sure, but I think in a good way. it is just so well balanced. Top that off with my favorite musicians' furry friend and I can't help but smile, smile, smile... (292 characters)

Photo of Therealfootball
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark amber color. Strong, but not overwhelming hop flavor. Not crisp, but refreshing. Perfect feel. The way an IPA should be. Another strong product from DE! (162 characters)

Photo of MVotter
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - The DFH American Beauty American IPA pours into a chalice light gold, with a half-inch cream colored head.

S - Sweet hops, citrus, yeast, honey, patchouli and incense (hahahaha!) honestly...I thought I detected patchouli fragrance...let's call it "floral and hop oils."

T - YES! Sweet-ish hops flavor, all the way. LOVE IT! Holy crap, this is reminding me of...dare I say it...THE PLINies!! NOT BITTER. I'm going to guess Centennial variety hops, simply because that is what I believe the Pliny beers use, and the same taste emanates from this brew...some Fuggles possibly, as well.

M - Medium to heavy texture. Plenty of effervescence. Semi-dry.

O - Superb. 9% abv, watch out, very easy to let it get away...drinkable, indeed. (735 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought a case when this dropped thanks to a cousin who lives close to the Dogfish head headquarters. I am not as sophisticated as so many others on this site who can review a beer with such detail and eloquence, but I will say this:

This beer is excellent, it is strong, but not too strong. It has a very pleasant aroma and despite its high alcohol content, it finishes very smooth. The granola, which was the ingredient voted in by deadheads, really adds a nice note to the end. (481 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A WOW - four full fingers of head. suds are VERY long lived, and with intircate lacing as it settles. Also - Clear golden amber color.

S nice hops per the DOGFISH head line (what did you expect????) but not as overstated and the 60 or 90 min IPA.

T hoppy as the nose implied. solid malt background with hops at the front.

M the aftertaste is more of a molty feel, still WAY so good. a bit oily seems to me

D the 9 ABV makes this worth your while savor the brew and savor you buzz!!! (489 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I like the band, I will have to admit, I have seen them a few times over the years and the offshoots as well. That is what got my attention in regard to this one. But I will have to say that it is very good I have been enjoying IPA's lately and I have to say that of the Dogfish Head beers I have tried over the years I do think they make a damn good IPA style wise over some of the other offerings. Although this could also be me. Anyway, I thought the color was good and nothing surprising about that, typical of the style. It did have some head that settled into a nice lacing after a few minutes. The smell was fruity, with that hoppy pine smell I love. But there was a sweetness to it as well. That is where the granola enters I would assume. It does have that cereal grain impact to it that kind of mellows out the hoppy bitterness in the taste. The taste was not unlike the smell, I detected grapefruit, graininess, with some evergreeen presence. It had a sweetness to it that cuts through the hops and makes for a really balanced IPA. I would recommend this one and if I could find another one around I probably would pick it up again. I hope this is something Dogfish Head does more than once. My one complaint is that it was pricey to begin with and that seems to be an unfortunate trend overall in regard to good beers. I guess we will just have to get used to it. (1,375 characters)

Photo of jjchristiano
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was worried this was going to be a gimmick beer to pander to Grateful Dead fans of which I am one. It is a bonus that this beer is named after a classic Dead album and is also such a very enjoyable drinking beer. An American Pale Ale with a "Granola" theme. Could be hoppy? Could be sweet? It is neither. Very well balanced flavor with hops that are subtle. Not sure what the granola is as I didn't get these flavors, Actually very smooth easy finish.
A little expensive at $12.50 a bottle in my area but at 9% ABV you don't need more than a bomber. It was a nice purchase to enjoy for Thanksgiving. I will buy regularly. 90 minute is still my favorite DFH beer but this is good and can be gifted to all your Deadhead friends that appreciate good beer. (755 characters)

Photo of Willytee3
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one in tap and found it unremarkable but then had a bottle and liked it a lot more. Review from bottle.
Pours a glowing orange with yellow highlights, slightly opaque, bubbly foam 3 finger head that's well granola in color. Fluffy doily like lace. Head of tiny bubbles with large bubbles in top recede slowly. Some nice yeast action here.
Smells of dank wet pine with candied tropical fruits like in trail mix, mango, pineapple, dates, ginger. Earthy granola like grain in the background balances the soft fruits.
Tastes of dry wheat flakes up front with granola, nicely balanced by soft round fruit, earthy bitter pine sap in the middle mixes it up with the dry earthy fruit and oatmeal like grain. Finishes cleanly.
Feel not impressed but definitely not bad, oatmeal wheat dryness kind of kills the frothy feel one expects from a DIPA and kind of of out of balance with a prolonged hops bitter. Still has a nice roundness though. Not much trace of the 9% alchohol but I kept it real cold.
Overall unusual for the style but delivers as advertised. (1,058 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish head brewed American Beauty with almond honey granola and all American hops and it sounds outrageous. It has a fruity, granola, almond honey nose. Pours orange tinted amber under a 2” quickly dissipating lightly tan tinted white foam cap with clingy lace. On the palate it enters nutty and slightly sweet with honey and light sugars balanced by a moderate hop bitterness on the finish. The finish has an underlying layer of honey and leaves a little honey stickiness on the lips. The beer is very creamy with above average carbonation stuffed into a medium full bodied beer. The granola is definitely there throughout but it is never too much to be cloying and is nicely balanced by the other flavors in the beer. It pairs well the the background pale ale graham cracker flavors and is well balanced by both the hop flavors and bitterness. The alcohol is unnoticeable. (878 characters)

Photo of GreenJetta912
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : crisp carbonation. Great head and average retention.

aroma: grapefruit hoppiness (cascadey) but with a definite malt presence. Invariably sweet-smelling with a fruity (orangy, grapefruity, slight lemon) hoppiness.

Middle: Absolutely perfect. Sweet, and citrusy. Unrivaled balance here. Incredibly great masking of 9 % ABV. This tastes like a 6-7% beer. Great sweetness and a noticable granola note. Great introduction of a non-traditional ingredient.

Finish: Grapefruity hops at first then a nice rounded and balanced smoothness.

Simple (by DFH standards) but a great beer. I hate The Grateful Dead but I love this beer. It's the antithesis of Pearl Jam Currant beer for me. Worth the price tag for me. (719 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

American Beauty poured on tap into 8 oz pint glass

A: nice fluffy head nice light Amberish color great clarity

S: Slight copper very floral has a sweet smell to it

T: so great grainy and sweet and smooth with very little hops taste but the taste it does have is extraordinary

M: creamy and very smooth

O: it's a very creamy sweet and oatmeal beer it's very interesting and quite good (392 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great head and really nice color. Honey, orange, and hops in the aroma. Flavor is similar, though the hops are more noticeable and there is a lingering sweetness. I know this is brewed with granola, but the nuttiness you might expect is very subtle. The orange, grape, and honey are firmly there. In fact, getting some hints of Midas Touch here.

Once again, Dogfish Head goes bold and doesn't disappoint. Really tasty brew. Shame it's a one-off run. (450 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of honey granola and floral hops. Barley malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, toast, and yeast. Good presence of the granola giving a big scent of sweet honey. Floral hops along with some hints of grass. Subtle citrus hints of orange and lemon. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely sweet and bready malt forward taste with good notes of honey granola and floral hops. Barley malt with some bready notes of grains, biscuit, cracker, oats, toast, and yeast. Taste of granola with a good kick of honey sweetness. Floral and grassy hops along with some light citrus fruit notes of orange and lemon. Moderate bitterness. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and drying with moderate alcohol heat.

Overall: A pretty nice brew and tribute to a great band. As typical for Dogfish the hops are much more subdued for an IPA but the granola honey flavor is a pretty nice unique twist. (1,215 characters)

Photo of Kyndbrah
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer. Those who don't like a overly hoppy beer will enjoy this one. I've given this to a couple of friends who aren't big IPA fans and they loved it. I love hoppy beers but this is a very tasty change of pace from your typical American IPA. It isn't cheap but I do think it's worth it to grab a bomber every release. (341 characters)

Photo of justinp444
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter it is clear slight amber orange with a thick frothy white head. Smells of bread, honey, granola, yeast, citrus, earth, and grass. Taste is of honey, grain, lots of bitter, earth, grass, citrus, very crisp, full mouth feel, and a bit of alcohol. Waited for it to warm (as I normally do) there is a huge difference in flavors, it has more honey, vanilla, less bitter, malty sweetness is pulling forward more, granola is more clear, has a syrupy taste, smoother, and cherry notes. (499 characters)

Photo of NoseOverTail
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DFH American Beauty is a sweet, nutty Imperial ipa that is both sweet & bitter. Perfect head, delicious smell of sweet hops. The sweetness & bitterness of the perfect caliber. Awesome reason & art of the bomber bottle label. Great for an at home cupples nightcap. Enjoyable to those just getting into IPA's of strong ales. I prefer more of the bitter IPA's or douple/imperials. Give this Dogfish Head brew a try whenever the opportunity. Enjoy! (453 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint pour: clear crisp copper body, very bubbly, incredibly creamy white head, foamy lacing. Looks terrific.
Faint hops, grain and honey on the nose.
Just like I recalled the only other time I tried this a year ago, this is great use of granola hops, with the higher abv. and level of honey sweetness giving it a medicinal aspect. Prickly bite in a syrupy sense. Some warming.
Overall impression is cereal grains with a citrus rind hop elixir, but so drinkable. A milky cereal aspect reminds me of a more balanced (and medicinal) version of Day Break by Martin House).
Medium creamy and smooth, with the right amount of prickly.
This was about a 3.75 rating across the board when I tried this before, and for some reason I was drawn into giving it another go. There was a reason for that, even despite the $14.00 tag (still a bit high in my opinion). There's just something in the taste, a sweet spot, that sticks.
Another exceptional, impressionable craft beer from DFH. (977 characters)

Photo of travolta
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance: Clear golden honey in color. A frothed up egg white head with nice rocky form and sticky lacing.

Nose: Sweet bread, candied fruits, tropical fruit, fruit cake.

Taste: Citrus and honey. Alcohol heat at the end. Carbonation is light, with some crispness in the middle. Some tropical fruits leading in to that alcohol heat. Grain in the middle which melts away.

Notes: Totally worth a shot. Not a ton of activity here, but very, very well executed. (472 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 AgentMunky
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a footed glass.

A: Clear. No head, bright gold, light lacing.

S: Fruity and delicious. Crisp malt.

T: Holy shit! So much fruit. Tastes like cranberries, blueberries, blackberries. Berries. Must be the granola? Finish is lightly yeasty and nice.

M: Robust and malty. Lightly carbonated.

O: This is amazing. Very very happy. Highly recommended. Kinda sweet for an IPA, but still. (414 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours cloudy amber, with ample carbonation and 1 finger of white head.

Smell: Smells like a pale ale. Crisp hops with a slight, sweet roasted malt element.

Taste: Fruity hops up front, balanced by an almost honey-like malt backbone. Both elements fade out nicely together, leaving a dry finish that is bittersweet. The aftertaste is kinda nutty...almost reminds me of the taste in your mouth after eating a Payday...I guess that can be attributed to the granola.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation. For a 9% beer, it's crisp and quite drinkable.

Overall: This is a great Pale Ale. It hides the alcohol really well, and is crushable as hell. No way I'd guess this was 9% blind. DFH has been throwing me for a loop lately with all the stuff they've been coming out with; I almost feel like I can't keep up. Though this isn't worth nearly $20 a bomber, that doesn't mean the beer isn't good. (908 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I definitely taste the honey, and just a slight bit of granola. But I couldn't taste the almond. The honey flavor does pair nicely with piney hops. My first few sips were rather pleasant. Despite the 9% ABV, the beer felt rather light on the palate. However, as it started to warm up, the beer got noticeably stickier and maltier. (335 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 220z bomber picked up 4.2015

L - Orange yellow, with 1 finger of head and no lacing

S - Grain, granola, grass, orange, fruits

T - Honey, tropical hops, granola, nice balance

F - Medium carbonation and oily

O - An excellent IPA. Well done (245 characters)

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)

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
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