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American Beauty - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

899 Ratings
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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 63
Gots: 163 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jimmys
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL bottle into tulip. bottled on 10/01/2013.

A: great clarity. amber/orange hued brew. head is very frothy. slightly off-white. good retention. frothy lacing.

S: floral. a lot of sweet soft fruit. melon. very full fruit body.

T: tastes is similar to the nose. starts fairly fruity. a little slick. grain picks up towards the finish. a little chewy. reminds me of wheat a bit. definitely not bitter. finish is all grain. chewy bar.

M: mellow carb on a medium body.

D: a little underwhelming. under two months old and this already lost a lot of zing. not getting any flaws due to age, just missing a step. I am a fan of the collaboration brews, but making a high quality beer should always take precedence and this misses the mark for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An interesting beer- it really does smell and taste like granola. Notes of cinnamon, almonds, some sweetness, and a grainy underpinning that's just like the granola graininess. Overlaying the granola is a firm, spicy hoppiness and a touch of sourness from the grain. Quite pleasant to drink overall, but perhaps a bit too thick in body from the granola. Still, a fun take on the band and a beer.

Photo of Chaney
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH Alehouse oversized snifter.

A: Poured damn near crystal clear with a beautiful, amber, ruby color, and a semi-sticky white head that died down pretty fast.

S: Musty and dank, but with a tinge of citrus, sugar, and DFH's signature profile.

T: Really nice flavor. I particularly liked the sort of pomegranate-esque aftertaste that wasn't overly bitter but still screamed DIPA. Sweet, but not sticky, and with some red velvet cake batter thrown into the mix.

M: Low carbonation, which was appropriate, and a very thick, honey-like brew in general. DFH really excels in the mouthfeel arena IMO.

O: Never thought I'd have a beer made with granola, but damn, I love it!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber with nice head retention.
S - Hops, toasted malt some floral.
T - Mild hops, grapefruit, pine, citrus, mango. Carmel malt and sweetness. A little orange peel and just the right amount of bitterness.
M - Medium body and smooth light finish.
O - This is not bold in any way. It is good and pleasant to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of McNealc31
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great head and really nice color. Honey, orange, and hops in the aroma. Flavor is similar, though the hops are more noticeable and there is a lingering sweetness. I know this is brewed with granola, but the nuttiness you might expect is very subtle. The orange, grape, and honey are firmly there. In fact, getting some hints of Midas Touch here.

Once again, Dogfish Head goes bold and doesn't disappoint. Really tasty brew. Shame it's a one-off run.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

75 cl

Pours a slightly hazy amber orange, two inch off-white head is pillowy and dissipates slowly.

Smells of grassy malts and dry piney hops, maybe a little biscuit and caramel in there too.

Tastes of caramel, honey, piney dry hops, and bitter grassy malts.

Full body with a light stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Hint of alcohol warmth going down.

This is a very good and well-balanced ale, tastes fresh and flavorful. Definitely hoppy but has some notable malt in there to even it out. Decadent body. A bit boozy but all things considered, pretty tasty and worth trying.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of larryi86
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 9/25/13, poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper color with a three finger white head.

S- Nice balance between malts and hop, pale malts and citrus hops, smells like a nice pale ale.

T- Hoppier than the nose, getting both citrus and piney hops, nice malt backbone, pale malts and granola, nice balance.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Alcohol is well hidden and I feel this is truly an Imperial Pale Ale like the bottle says. Very enjoyable, I will pick this up again.

American Beauty from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.