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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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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 37
Gots: 74 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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Stein1274

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +30.9%

10-19-2013 00:56:43 | More by Stein1274
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hoop454

Virginia

5/5  rDev +30.9%

08-12-2014 15:37:40 | More by hoop454
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glmccready

Maryland

5/5  rDev +30.9%

01-26-2014 01:13:24 | More by glmccready
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Buttstallion

Texas

5/5  rDev +30.9%

08-16-2014 05:14:48 | More by Buttstallion
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mpenning13

Ohio

5/5  rDev +30.9%

03-08-2014 16:43:12 | More by mpenning13
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Dennycurr

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +28.3%

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.

11-09-2013 01:20:43 | More by Dennycurr
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tmbgnicu

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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.

03-15-2014 19:13:57 | More by tmbgnicu
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jaemeno3

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

12-24-2013 19:18:58 | More by jaemeno3
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Rbodacious

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

11-17-2013 19:49:26 | More by Rbodacious
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

01-02-2014 17:11:19 | More by bigeyedfish89
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bendukes86

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

11-11-2013 18:11:02 | More by bendukes86
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Cattman

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

05-30-2014 01:11:05 | More by Cattman
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WuBByG999

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

06-24-2014 23:20:15 | More by WuBByG999
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

05-23-2014 01:53:26 | More by neckbracesub
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Iowacraft

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

01-13-2014 16:47:26 | More by Iowacraft
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MVotter

New York

4.74/5  rDev +24.1%

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.

11-16-2013 03:43:05 | More by MVotter
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Brewhaha83

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +20.7%

08-16-2014 16:42:55 | More by Brewhaha83
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humuloner22

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

02-05-2014 05:35:06 | More by humuloner22
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MrEggSandwich

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-23-2014 19:30:50 | More by MrEggSandwich
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hemorhoidzz

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

11-12-2013 21:01:16 | More by hemorhoidzz
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twillingthenoz

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

11-18-2013 00:46:45 | More by twillingthenoz
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-15-2014 02:05:20 | More by CraigTravor
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tommy5

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-24-2014 01:00:30 | More by tommy5
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JimmyAloysius

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

04-09-2014 15:41:57 | More by JimmyAloysius
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-01-2013 01:17:06 | More by kkmiller76
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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.