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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

770 Ratings
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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 47
Gots: 104 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful clear deep amber color with hints of red color within and a big and thick two finger white head. The head has an amazing level of retention very slowly fading over ~ 5 min. to leave a fantastic level of thick and foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of malty and sweet smells as well as a good dose of hop aromas. The malty and sweet are of a bready and light tropical fruit flavor of tangerine and a bit of mango with some other sweet smells of a caramel nature. The hop smell is a rather complex blend with a decent amount of grapefruit and grass and a moderate level of an herbal, grassy and floral nature. A little bit of graininess and alcohol round out the smell giving a rather big and hoppy smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and doughy flavor with some flavors of tangerine sweetness as well as some caramel. Hop flavors of grapefruit and herb are present from the start with the grapefruit remaining fairly constant throughout and the herb gaining quite a bit more potency as the flavor advances. A bit of warm booziness comes to the tongue more toward the middle and the end, with some spicy hop flavors accompanying them. Some grass and funk also come to the tongue at this time as well as a bit of an astringent taste. In the end, a rather biting and slightly astringent and bitter, funky, boozed hop flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are appropriate for the style, but a higher carbonation level may have been slightly nicer for the rather odd mix of hop, booze, malt and funk in this one.

Overall – Well.. It was OK, but really not worth the $12.00 price for a bottle. The look is fantastic and the taste starts out quite nice, but toward the end of the taste, due to a rather non-complementary set of flavors, leaves a somewhat disjunct flavor it linger on the tongue. I am glad I tried it, but would never buy it again.

Photo of CSpoons
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Braheem
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoying this American beauty served from a recently filled growler poured into a hand blown snifter. I blow glass in my spare time and I enjoy drinking from my own glasses.

A semi aggressive pour yields a Beautiful 2finger head with moderate retention before dissipating to a thin white film. The brew is a light orange quite translucent. Find this beer is easy on the palate. Only very slightly bitter with minutely fruity undertones. The nose is not particular potent but neither is my sense of smell. Hints of honey can be detected (that's what my girlfriend tells me) the 9%ABV is extremely well hidden in this well balanced brew.

Overall a very solid beer for any season. This is the first offering I have sampled from Dogfish Head. I hope to sample more shortly.

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of GreenJetta912
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : crisp carbonation. Great head and average retention.

aroma: grapefruit hoppiness (cascadey) but with a definite malt presence. Invariably sweet-smelling with a fruity (orangy, grapefruity, slight lemon) hoppiness.

Middle: Absolutely perfect. Sweet, and citrusy. Unrivaled balance here. Incredibly great masking of 9 % ABV. This tastes like a 6-7% beer. Great sweetness and a noticable granola note. Great introduction of a non-traditional ingredient.

Finish: Grapefruity hops at first then a nice rounded and balanced smoothness.

Simple (by DFH standards) but a great beer. I hate The Grateful Dead but I love this beer. It's the antithesis of Pearl Jam Currant beer for me. Worth the price tag for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, dark, honey-brown coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, clingy, off-white head that has some staying power. There is a thick, almost solid lacing left behind as you drink. Aromas of spicy and green hops, with pepper notes, honey sweetness, passion fruit and grapefruit, and resinous notes. Flavors are tangy forward, with a solid bitter undertone. Roasted toffee and nut, as well as some toasted oat character, with a light and tart citrus highlight, some resinous cedar notes, and hints of toffee and dark fruit. Smooth in mouth, with a subtle effervescence from the slow flow of carbonation. The aftertaste is a solid, balanced blend of bitter, sweet, and toasted grains. Slightly bitter and dry finish, with subtle lingering notes. Very solid, drinkable beer, and overall, a fitting tribute to a musical and cultural icon.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.