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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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664 Ratings
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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 30
Gots: 68 | FT: 5
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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3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the granola adding a grainy aspect in the mix.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:42:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-20-2013 20:16:40 | More by djrn2
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with the requisite three fingered head; excellent stickage and the lacing is plentiful

Smell: Sweetened granola and tropical fruit tones

Taste: The granola elements are well-integrated into the malt base and the tropical fruit hop tones (mango, papaya and pineapple) develop into the mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt and the hops are nicely balanced, with warmth from the ABV arriving in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: American Beauty was, to me, the Dead's best studio work and while I didn't go hunting around for the album to play along with my tasting session, the memories certainly bias my review; maybe I wouldn't have rated it this high without the connection but this beer was certainly worthy of a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 22:45:34 | More by brentk56
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

10-29-2013 23:01:45 | More by nmann08
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3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unassuming and truly inviting, the commemoration of Grateful Dead in beer form is as pleasant and refined as the band itself.

A mesmerizing gold color pours from the bottle and with a redish-amber thread running through. Its striking clarity highlights the bubbles that stream from below. Though a creamy eggshell-white head forms quickly, its retention fades half way through the session and with fair and moderate lace.

Bold floral honey notes rise from the malty aromas. Light caramel and praline gives the nose a sweeter undertow. Becoming fruity as the beer warms, everything from grape, cherry, oranges and apples gives the scent something akin to gummy bear candy. Slight toast and nutty scents come to life as the herbal, tea-like aromas soon turn to lemongrass before that first sip.

And all that fruity-sweet character rises to greet the palate on that first sip. Caramel, honey, tea and sweet tobacco flavors wrap around the tongue and usher in the sweet orchard and citrus fruit varieties. Even ripe plumb, dates and figs reinforce a sweet and earthy tone through middle palate. After that, the citrus peel and saffron spicy taste turns sharply bitter for a pithy finish while remaining balanced to the sweet side.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer's mild creaminess does little to lift the enormous sweetness from the mouth. As its creamy sweetness lays weightily on the mouth, it is mouth coating with the near-oily coat of oats to create a velvet-like effect. The ale lingers long and sweet with a mild spicy bite from hop bitterness and the mead-like alcohols.

American Beauty is an inquisitive ale that hasn't been all that "Dogfish-ed" up. Its a well-built beer where everything comes together nicely. There's really no debate of the ale's friendly and approachable taste. But much like the Grateful Dead's music, I find the beer a bit banal (gasp!)

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 17:07:49 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

10-20-2013 20:25:30 | More by acurtis
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

11-21-2013 14:30:22 | More by kjkinsey
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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Bottled On: 10/01/13.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-orange body with a crest of whitish foam on top. Good lacing.

Smell: Sweetish, honeyed aroma with a range of fruity tones, citrus (predominately orange), tropical fruits, and even some simple orchard members. Additionally floral, herbal hop notes. Light nuttiness of the oats and, well, the nuts.

Taste: Fresh honey drizzled atop crunchy oats. Delicately toasted grains. Candied, sweet orange. Delightful nutty accents. Moderate bitterness, along with floral, citrusy hop tones and a low, light earthiness. Even a little pine-scented soap in the mouth. Late-breaking berry hints, dehydrated apple notes. Bitter-sweet, lightly citric, fruity finish that is definitely on the smooth side. A little medicinal tone lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Rather smooth, lightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Varied, fairly interesting, nearly likeable.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 22:13:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

11-13-2013 07:43:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

11-21-2013 02:42:20 | More by Texasfan549
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-14-2014 01:29:48 | More by kylehay2004
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 20:32:08 | More by oberon
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-28-2013 07:39:05 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +5%

01-20-2014 14:05:05 | More by zeff80
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-30-2013 01:17:32 | More by largadeer
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

11-19-2013 07:54:21 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev +5%

12-08-2013 05:07:18 | More by nickfl
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-07-2014 14:58:28 | More by drabmuh
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West Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 18:22:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I do love me some beer named after albums, such as Bitches Brew also from this brewery, and the Zappa ones from Lagunitas, etc. I was planning to share this with cousins at the holidays, but one was hungover and the other on low carb diet, so I guess I'll enjoy this solo.

Pours a nice creamy rich 1+ finger head as it chugs out the opening of the bottle with slimming neck effect, it fades pretty slowly too with nice soapy and big bubble lacing, bubbles streaming up from the bottom through the clear nectar orange colored beer.

Nose brings hops to start, somewhat floral, a bit of citrus and some mild pine, bit earthy as well, and seems like a big spicy hop presence as well, and a bit of candied orange peel. There is a semi sweet malt base as well, little candy like, little biscuit and grainy, and a touch of an estery booze profile.

Taste starts a little creamy thanks to the oats, into biscuity malt flavors, little toasty mild caramel and some candy like flavors. Quickly into some fruity esters and green apply light chemical phenolic flavor, a bit medicinal even, but none of that is too strong. That eventually transitions into big earthy hops, spicy too, with mild candied orange peel and pine, some herbal tea like grassy and leafy, with mild overall bitterness though (at first that is). The booze warms a bit with the phenols, and slightly tingles as it dries on the finish, the evaporating booze seems to tingle the tongue and dries off quite a bit, gets a bit more bitter, with more lingering herbal tea and earthy hops, more chemical phenols, and little bubblegum.

Mouth is med bod, semi creamy oat effect, nice fluffy carb.

Overall interesting but not great, hops are interesting as well as the creamy oat feel, not sure if I like how the ester and phenol profile come through with the booze, not sure what yeast they used but I'm not a huge fan of it, at least in this style although it would probably be good in a big Belgian tripel or something.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:52:41 | More by jlindros
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-28-2013 04:51:18 | More by SocalKicks
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

over the moon stoked to get a bottle of this last night from a very close friend. I have been anticipating this more than any other beer in my life, as it combines two of my most favorite things in the whole wide world, craft beer and the traveling circus of good times that is the grateful dead. I put the record on, and I opened the bottle to a clear brassy light copper colored brew, brimming with fast paced carbonation and over an inch of soapy off white head that leaves thick and tall lacing etched in the glass as it drinks. one smell and "I knew right away she was not like other girls", as there was a definitive granola aromatic. honey, oats, even almonds compliment the strong pale ale base beer, which is far more hoppy than I expected it to be. the taste is odd, almost like two different beers. a sweet nutty almost esb on the front of the tongue, and a bitter hoppy strong ale that could just as well be an arrogant bastard on the back of the palate. its a strange dichotomy, long and strange, just like the trip. the two never really join up, but its a cool effect nevertheless. way high carbonation, and a light body for how strong this is. I loved the complexity and the idea behind it more than anything else. don't know if I will ever get to have this again, but thanks to dogfish head for recognizing the importance of the best band that ever lived, and for anti-hierarchically figuring out a way to make it unique. one of the best labels in the beer world too. the sentiment might be better than the beer, but who cares. see ya at the next show!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 22:22:51 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear amber, bubbling, and topped with a nice white foam in the tall Kolsch glass. I smell Kandy Korn and lemon cookies, which is not unpleasant.

All I can think of is "malt liquor." So it's a hoppy one, but the sweet taste and the hot alcohol burn make this one front-stoop ready and cue up "40 oz. to Freedom." Perfumey, bitter orange peel, lemon drops. The tangy citrusy aftertaste saves this somewhat, but the woody, bitter aftertaste with more than a hint of a cheap cigar makes me want to spit.

Okay, I'm officially tired of these endlessly silly flavored beer-like brewing experiments from DFH. I don't see them going in interesting new directions. It just seems like silliness, but for the fun-loving this is a flavored malt liquor with a story. And hey, it's the perfect pour for your morning bowl of Cap'n Crunch. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:45:30 | More by mactrail
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Impressive starting head. Settles slowly and in a lumpy fashion. Leaves some ring and spotty lace. The brew is dirty gold with the mildest of hazes.

White pepper spice for the hop aroma. Some creamy pale malt nose as well.

Surprising alcohol presence. Brief pale malt flavor with a touch of sweetness. Straight forward bitterness without any of the complexities of most American IPAs these days. Creamy aftertaste of black pepper bitterness. Thin body for the style with a slightly elevated level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 19:13:38 | More by smcolw
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-23-2013 15:06:06 | More by mendvicdog
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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.