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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

696 Ratings
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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 38
Gots: 79 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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

SCZ, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

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%

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%

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
Photo of gillagorilla
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%

Had on tap at Max's during BBW 2013 (from notes, 10/27/13).

A: Lacing! Amber copper.

S: Quite hoppy. Piney. Sweet oat, almost like wort.

T: Hoppy. Decent pale. Piney but not much to say here.

M: Smooth with a bit of coarseness.

O: Ok, not what I was expecting at all. It appears that nobody can agree on the style either. Max's had it listed as an Imperial Pale and RB had it as an American Strong Ale. I really only got the granola in the scent.

gillagorilla, Oct 29, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the granola adding a grainy aspect in the mix.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%

750ml bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Bottled 9/25/2013.

A: Pours a bright deep amber with a huge, dense, cream colored head that took forever to slowly fade into a thick dense film. Patches of sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: Not as fragrant as I was hoping or expecting. I get faint notes of juicy citrus hops and perfumey flowers. What’s there is good, but for the abv I was expecting something more potent.
T: More juicy hops follow the nose with flavors of tropical fruits, citrus juice, nectars and floral bouquet. The finish is slightly sharp, boozy, alcoholic, and medicinal. Granola adds a mild bready graininess to the taste. The aftertaste is sweet, boozy and slightly minty.
M: Medium-full body, very chewy and creamy body as expected (from the oats), with smooth soft carbonation. The booze and finish needs polishing.
O: Good flavor, creamy mouthfeel, but it has its flaws. I thought it’d be hoppier, and smoother. Decent at best.

scottfrie, Oct 29, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance: clear amber. Big fat frothy off white head. Good looking brew.
Smell: pungent and malty. I'm getting the granola I think. Interesting as usual from Dfh in a good way.
Taste: much like the nose. Very tasty. All the ingredients come together well.
Overall: another fine brew from Dfh.

cindyjeffsmith, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Roy1586, Oct 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Bjorn2bWild, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ImFlyerThanYou, Oct 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

bootdown21, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ColForbinBC, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

GRG1313, Oct 28, 2013
American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.