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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

706 Ratings
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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 39
Gots: 78 | FT: 6
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

LooseMoose1978, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Profchaos20
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Profchaos20, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 9/25/2013. Served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head that stays around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy hops, honey, grainy malt, oats, and some light berries. I think the taste is mostly like the aroma, it tastes like citrusy and light floral hops, grainy malt, oats, honey, and a bit of berries/fruitiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good Imperial Pale Ale, and it's certainly worth trying. $11.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of John_M
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 16 tons the other day.

The beer pours an orange amber color with fairly decent head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty one dimensional and simple, but it is pleasant, as I pick up some light orange citrus, some sweet malt and maybe a hint of vanilla. On the palate, the beer isn't bad at all and is very easy to appreciate. I read that input from the deadhead community lead to the introduction of granola as one of the ingredients, and I'll be damned if the flavor profile doesn't remind me of fresh, fairly sweet, granola. Otherwise, the flavor profile tends to replicate the nose pretty closely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and I have to say, there is no way I would have guessed the abv. was that high (9%? Really?).

Nothing earthshattering here, but this is a pleasasnt enough beer. If the price tag wasn't so ridiculously high, I might even order it again some time. However, if wishes were horses beggars would ride; bottom line is, the price is so over the top expensive that it's just plain absurd, and so nanturally I won't be ordering this ever again.

John_M, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of slainte35
4/5  rDev +4.7%

slainte35, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saw this on the shelf at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge a few weeks back and was intrigued - the granola, the bear, and of course, the love of the Grateful Dead led me to pick this up. I never really listened to them but given that the Weyerbacher "Althea" was also part of my haul that night and the last beer that I reviewed before this, how could I not have this on a nice, windy fall day that required a hoppy beer to warm me up? With that aforementioned song cued up here, I gave this beer a go (sans rose petals in the bathtub).

The pour to this beer was great, as it had a radiant and nearly-clear copper hue, 3/4" head that wouldn't quit, and lacing that reflected where the beer leveled off after each sip that I took. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but the hops were solidly present along with the grainy granola that was part of this beer's allure. That chewy and somewhat rough aspect was in the taste, which lead to a grainy mouthfeel. Combined with rye and honey, that lead to a wonderful taste that was both solid and easygoing at the same time. This almost felt like a Rye IPA or a Barleywine since it was just a bit rough around the edges and there was just a bit of oily slickness in the aftertaste to make this a slow sipper, as the mouthfeel and consistency grew on me quite nicely and quite quickly!

Yes, this was strong but like anything worth enjoying, that's an afterthought because this was a beer that was not meant to be quaffed down in a hurry. The Dead payed at the Meadowlands here in Jersey more than at any other location and even though I never saw them there or anywhere else, the write-up on the side of the bottle expressed the desire to bottle the essence of a Dead show. Like a Green Flash beer, there's enough of a "skunk" here to make me think that I'm in the midst of haze of 420 but with the chewy and grainy granola aspect thrown in, has me thinking that a "crunchie" gave this to me at a concert. No matter - I enjoyed this and hopheads, deadheads, or even heads of a household would be wise to seek out this earthy, seemingly organic beer. There's a lot to like here for those who enjoy a beer that helps one to turn on , tune in, and drop out.

JerzDevl2000, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A heavy bronze color in the snifter, American Beauty shines a bright medium orange in the light, letting it in but not through to remain completely opaque. The head, barely off-white, seems to never fall past the creamy, heavy full finger it begins with. Extremely creamy webbing to nearly the bottom of the glass proceeds from a thick ring at the top.
The smell is sweet and fruity up front, lots of jammy berry with an earthy tone and leafy hops adding balance. A little bit of a honey note accentuates the sweetness, with nut giving some more depth.
The berries and earth are first on the tongue. While I wasn't sure going in how I felt about granola in a beer, in the middle it tastes like I'm crunching on it and it works here. Leaf and flora add a light bitterness to balance, and I find lots of nuttiness in the finish. Overall, it's really juicy and fresh, and I really like it. There's complexity, layers to discover and lots of flavor overall. The ratings seem a little low, but it's subjective to a point.
It's lightly crisp all the way through. The body is medium and there's a flowing creaminess on the tongue. Neither the crispness nor the smoothness ever waver.

Brenden, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

KlayWey, Nov 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

gabedivision, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Adkins1203
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Adkins1203, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Casey3236
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Casey3236, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of johnny79
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

johnny79, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of SCZ
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

SCZ, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber color with a decent inch head. Moderate lacing. The taste is on the maltier side of an IPA, not a ton of hops, in the nose or the taste either. Didn't get the granola flavor until the second half of the bomber, but it was there! Not a bad offering from DFH, but not one I would visit again.

millerbuffoon, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of flyersfan900
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

flyersfan900, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial nonic a deep rich golden with a large blooming white head that really takes it's time settling slowly into a frothy mass,great carbonation.Aromas are lighter with some citric hops and nutty notes.To me this is DIPA all the way on the palate minus residual sweetness,caramel and nutty malts run into dry resiny hops with some more sweetness in a lingering finish.Not bad,not overly sweet just amp up the hops a little and this would be great in my opinion.I like this beer alot more than the Dead.

oberon, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

athegreatest83, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

TheHumanTorch, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Warlocks-Passage, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

canawler, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

timmy2b, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful clean golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of head, great retention, excellent lacing.
A very bready aroma with a hint of soapyness/lemon citrus.
The flavor is very similar to the base of 60 minute, but a lot sweeter. The hop profile is very floral and citrusy.. Some tropical notes, with a lingering soapyness.
A nice creamy mouthfeel, medium in body with modest amount of carbonation.
Overall this would make a great year round beer. Hell I like it way better than 90minute.

facundoCNB, Oct 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

nmann08, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hopmodium, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Mike, Oct 29, 2013
American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.