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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

667 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 31
Gots: 70 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 667 | Reviews: 104 | Display Reviews Only:
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revchris01

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

10-27-2013 19:39:30 | More by revchris01
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

10-27-2013 18:18:45 | More by Gatordaddy
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dextermcgurk

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

10-27-2013 18:06:35 | More by dextermcgurk
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jackrodgers77

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-27-2013 17:59:32 | More by jackrodgers77
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-27-2013 16:58:17 | More by TheMultiYeast
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jbeervt

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-27-2013 16:24:01 | More by jbeervt
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-27-2013 13:49:44 | More by Daniellobo
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-27-2013 13:14:30 | More by InspectorBob
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LawnMemo

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

10-27-2013 04:26:28 | More by LawnMemo
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jopezu

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5%

10-27-2013 04:13:00 | More by jopezu
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ddedhed

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

10-27-2013 03:52:02 | More by ddedhed
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prototypic

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-27-2013 03:35:23 | More by prototypic
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Honey colored body with very good transparency. Fluffy off white head sits on top and hangs around for quite sometime leaving behind a lot of lacing.

S- Piney hops, citrus and grapefruit, sweet toasted malt, a hint of apple.

T- Piney and herbal hop flavors give way to some sweet toasted malt. Almost a citra-like hop flavor, but maybe a little more mild. Must be the granola, but the sweetness comes through a lot and balances very nicely with the hop variety. Still getting another fruity flavor that I noticed in the nose, somewhat close to an apple flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sticky and lingering, very nice.

O- This was a nice showing by dogfish head. Nice use of the hops meshing with the granola. Not a mind-blowing beer, but very nicely put together and happier than most of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:30:36 | More by stephenjmoore
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An imperial pale ale a theme that rarely creates master pieces but often is decent. Put int one of these annoying Dogfish over the top sized wine bottles (planet earth is upset) lets just say I'm not sold.

The pour provides what has to be 4 inches of head, lasting minutes and yet the lacing is average to decent. The body is completely clear which is either a great thing or for me makes me wonder about what's to coming.

The nose reminds me of a earthy herbal hops, tea, perhaps noble hops, english malts, and for some reason I get a hint of spearmint.

A complex blend of tea, hops, spearmint, caramel, and ther4e's more here I can't get. It almost had a medicinal note mixed with soap and I mean those things is somewhat positive terms.

This is a pretty decent drinking beer, the carbonation is full and creamy with a nice body and minimal alcohol notes.

American Beauty to me will always be the movie which was a master piece. This beer is overly complex but the end result isn't that of a master piece but a lot of mixed up parts that don't really do much for me. Worth a shot but if you can get it on tap do that, avoid in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 21:24:47 | More by bobhits
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thomas2357

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

10-26-2013 20:51:26 | More by thomas2357
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KenGoesBeer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-26-2013 17:22:53 | More by KenGoesBeer
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with a solid two finger, rocky, seafoam head that slowly dissipates to a fine lacing around the edge of the glass.

S: Some light fruitiness and very mild hops, otherwise fairly muted.

T: Light floral hop notes and a slight nuttiness, Some light fruity sweetness is present along with a light amount of granola-y and oats notes.

M: Lighter mouthfeel with a little bit of carbonation to round out the beer well.

O: Overall, a lighter beer with not a particularly large amount of flavors or anything particularly special, which is odd for a Dogfish beer. Certainly enjoyable, just not particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 16:53:07 | More by Daktyls
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vze33jng

Maine

4/5  rDev +5%

10-26-2013 16:11:04 | More by vze33jng
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logicerror

California

1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

10-26-2013 06:31:16 | More by logicerror
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

750 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light copper color with a two finger off-white head. Retention is quite good, while the soft, soapy texture doesn't leave a huge amount of lacing behind.

S: I seem to pick up a lot in the way of soft tropical and stone fruits, with just a hint of sweetness backing it up. I don't pick up much granola on the nose. Regardless, it's a very pleasing but slightly timid aroma.

T: This starts off well. A pleasant opening of stone and tropical fruits greet the palate nicely, but quickly the granola combines with the finishing herbal qualities to create something - dare I say - cardboardy on the back end. Sadly, this quality more or less kills this one. Even though the flavors aren't great, it *is* pretty drinkable for 9%, with no hint of the booze anywhere.

M" This is fairly light, clean, and non-boozy, which gives it good drinkability. On the other hand, the sweet, long finish over-exposes the crappy aftertaste. I never really noticed the carbonation that much.

O: Bah, another disappointment from DFH. The sad thing is that this had promise - there wasn't an overload of ridiculous ingredients, just a basic imperial pale ale with 'Merican hops and granola. The end result, though, is something that starts off nicely but quickly falls on its face faster than you can say "Deadhead".

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 02:31:01 | More by ThisWangsChung
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TimHitchings

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-26-2013 01:49:35 | More by TimHitchings
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DeFaz

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

10-26-2013 01:38:13 | More by DeFaz
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jaywes754

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

10-26-2013 01:20:26 | More by jaywes754
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Zorro

California

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark gold to light amber colored ale with a monumental sized near white colored head. Quick sniff just to see if it is off, it isn't it just highly foamy.

Smells intensely fruity. Apple and pear with some honey and heather. Mild willow tree scent and a slight aspirin scent. A bit of spring pollen and the faintest whiff of grapefruit. Fruitiest smelling IPA I have ever scented.

Starts out mildly sweet with a fruit rind flavor at first. In the aftertaste the bitterness hits at the back of the throat. Mildly sweet and a bit more bitter after a while. Alcohol completely hidden, the bitterness is more on the level of an ESB more than IPA. Still the taste isn't as complex as the smell.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer and a seriously mild IPA. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:04:51 | More by Zorro
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Florida9

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In all actuality, this beer should be listed as a collaboration with The Dead as opposed to The Grateful Dead given that the Grateful Dead refers to the period including Jerry and I am going assume a dead Jerry did not assist in the making of this beer. But I digress...

A: Clear light copper in color. Forms a large, fluffy, off-white head. Excellent retention and globs of patchy lacing. This is a damn fine looking beer.

S: Fairly generic. Light sweetness. Mostly floral with lighter notes of citrus and pine. Nothing overly exciting.

T: Geez, the taste is just as boring. Not bad, just not exciting. Moderate sweetness with a slight nutty quality. A little orange. A light bit of pine. A bit of soapiness that turns into more than just a bit of soapiness as the bottle goes down.

M: Medium bodied. Mild bitterness. Light-medium carbonation. A slight oily or soapy quality.

O: On the one hand I appreciate that this is a DFH beer that is somewhat "normal" and doesn't include whatever piece of shit ingredient Sam decided to throw into the brew kettle on that particular day. One the other hand, the hop character is surprisingly subdued and overly soapy. It's not a bad beer, but it is a flawed beer. Sad to see the GD associated with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:59:36 | More by Florida9
American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.