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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

915 Ratings
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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 65
Gots: 172 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  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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Ratings: 915 | Reviews: 144
Photo of jemarent
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hillind
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dd43
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 750 (7 weeks old) into an IPA glass. So Dogfish went ahead and built a granola IPA, which delivers a nutty, more malty, and slightly more boozy version of a traditional IPA. I suppose they delivered, but I'm not ready to call it a winning concept. Pretty drinkable for 9% and the flavor improves as it warms, but this beer [literally] feels more experimental than what I was anticipating.

Looks great from the pour, nice fat head and moderate lacing, perfectly translucent and deep orange in color. Looks like carbonated bourbon. Flavor wise I get some muted honey and bitter peanut/almond skin, combined with a run of the mill hop profile. Caramel malts seem to be fighting with the granola like in laws rather than getting along like a happily married couple.

I guess I was thinking the granola would yield more of an oatmeal-esque smoothness, but instead the mouthfeel is more grainy than that. Perhaps my expectations were off in this regard.

Worth sharing with a friend, you won't have a bad time with this beer but you aren't going to be transported back to a Dead show either.

Photo of drbenderdo
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewqueno
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, almond-nutty, dry finish... different and enjoyable.

Photo of DerekDudley
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Caramel malt dominant, with notes of resin. Slightly nutty and oaty. Flavor is malty, as well, with a bitter, resiny finish that's a little more than I prefer.

Photo of Lukebell15
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Negli78
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrKarl
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewstraveler
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kushon1212
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GFD400
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suhlnichi
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyclonece09
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mab09002
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikus
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hoppy, nice balanced bitterness... interesting notes with the body (grains, granola, etc.), but didn't quite fall into place for me.

Photo of delgotit99
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trebbates
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stadmo1
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.