American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.23/5 rDev +11%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 07:35:48 | More by BuckeyeSlim
American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 663 ratings.