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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 56
Gots: 142 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really big head but it’s mostly air, the larger bubbles pop and sizzle down rapidly although it is fun to watch, eggshell white to light tan, not a lot of stick to the lacing, tends to slide down the glass sides. Light gauziness to the coppery orange color, closer to a reddish brown than yellow, the bubbles are few but they are fat and move with some speed. The nose is diffuse and easygoing, a gregariously sloppy array of sweet grains, orange pulp, honey, hay, white pepper, good amount of apricot to peach fruit, finishes more soft and estery than hoppy, slight vinous quality. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied and consistent filling cheek to cheek, not soft per se yet not biting nor unduly bitter. The honey to yogurt aspects lead alongside orange and grapefruit citrus, again the apricot, peach to yellow apple fruit plays a sizable role. Malty and the granola is evident with each sip, sweet grains give it an even consistency start to finish. More floral through the finish, some pine sap too, the sweeter side of hops. The carbonation is on the creamy side and helps it ooze over the tongue. There’s nothing you can say it nails 100% and, as before, it’s not a beer of pinpoint precision. But it is extremely satisfying and something to just kick back and enjoy.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a footed glass.

A: Clear. No head, bright gold, light lacing.

S: Fruity and delicious. Crisp malt.

T: Holy shit! So much fruit. Tastes like cranberries, blueberries, blackberries. Berries. Must be the granola? Finish is lightly yeasty and nice.

M: Robust and malty. Lightly carbonated.

O: This is amazing. Very very happy. Highly recommended. Kinda sweet for an IPA, but still.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Roguer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge, huge frothy flat white head from a too-turbulent pour (my fault). Fantastic lacing; clear orange/copper brew.

Sweet aroma, honey and - dare I say it? - granola. (It's possible that this kind of malty sweetness is present in IPAs/APAs all the time, and DFH has put "granola" into my brain rather specifically.) Bright, floral hops, some pine, a bit of dank resin, and some light caramel malt for balance. A lot to the nose, but relatively subdued in strength.

Very, very sweet; wow, extremely sweet! Honey and floral notes on the front end; a bit of bitter pine followed by a massive dose of sweetness at the end, which the high ABV surely has a hand in.

Very light carbonation; no sting. Very little balance overall. This contributes to an overall slow-sipper despite a medium-thin feel overall.

This beer is simply too sweet for me. I agree with the concept of "Imperial Pale Ale," here: higher ABV, some bright hops, but a massive, massive dose of malty sweetness. It tastes good, but it's just a sugar overload for my palate, at least compared to what I was expecting in this kind of beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Dogfish Head event with Sam Cagliogne at Barleys in Greenville, SC

Orange-amber body topped by a soapy, off-white head.

This "Imperial Pale Ale" does seem properly classified as an Amer. IPA.
Hoppy and moderately bitter, with a high ABV that is partially hidden. The contributions of the granola are also mostly hidden, although there are hints of honey.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.