American Beauty | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.85/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pale Ale inspired by the Grateful Dead, made with granola & wildflower honey

Added by slvrmon82 on 10-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,731
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
1,246
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
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89
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321
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Ratings: 1,246 |  Reviews: 194
Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Nice copper color with very weak head and sticky lacing.
N: Grains, malt, hops, and soapy notes.
T: Follows the nose, grainy malt with a hops bite, very resin like finish.
M: Starts good but get muddled in bitterness.
O: I wanted to enjoy this more but the bitterness and off finish sort of killed it for me.

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Photo of Unclevince
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jamyers1
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this purely because of the cool Grateful Dead labels. I have also had some really good Dogfish Head brews in the past. Pale ale brewed with granola and honey, which really comes through. Sort of tastes like a hoppier brown ale. Good brew! 3.5/5

J

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Photo of mikeg67
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, tropical fruit, some honey and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of spices, herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit. Finish is long and dry. Good brew.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the recently release 12 oz bottle.

The clear copper/amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” ivory head that recedes slowly to a cap of foam and then a thin irregular island with a small ring around the glass while leaving a web of patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of slender arches as well as some small, scattered patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are full of grainy toasty malt and some fruits (e.g., orange, mango). There’s also a bit of pine resin and some floral character.

The flavors are partly as expected from the nose but the bready character and some honey-like sweetness are more forward than expected. The fruity character in the flavors not only includes some fruits, there's also some citric zest character that seems like orange. In addition, there's also just a bit of pine resin along some light floral and earthy character. The grainy and honey-like sweetness is in a nice balance with the bitterness in a combination that allows both to show nicely.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly with the moderate carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the fruit flavors begin to fade away leaving the semi-dry middle part of the finish to linger for a while as first the grainy sweetness disappears and the dry zesty resinous bitterness turns dry and then fades from the scene.

Overall I find this beer both enjoyable and drinkable. While it’s a bit different from the norm for it’s style it still seems to fit within parameters for a pale ale and it has some really interesting complexity resulting from the hop flavors and the grainy character. A nicely clean and crisp beer that I think I’ll probably be getting some more of while it’s available in the 12 oz bottles.

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Photo of Mortarforker
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msscott1973
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pale amber, very translucent, nice creamy/foamy head. Smells like autumn decaying leaves,peat, mild molasses. Tastes like vanilla,butterscotch,touch of anise,hops. Feels incredibly well put together. Not viscous or oily,with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall this beer seems under rated in my opinion. Used to roll the seeds off the American Beauty album cover 35 years ago. The dancing bear is also nostalgic. Man they were good, the Dead wasn't bad either-

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Photo of GreenBayBA
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KingMatthewsDad
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moundbz
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beersampler6
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice, easy to drink, refreshing beer from an always outstanding brewery. Pours a darker golden-amber color with a little fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of malt, grain, toasted nuttiness and a little honey. Taste follows the nose, along with some caramel and bread. Smooth, mild, thin mouthfeel with good carbonation. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of C_Adams
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevedore
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, snifter glass. Darker caramel body, clear, one finger white head, short retention, not much lacing. Smell is sweet caramel malt, honey, a bit of grain and bread, biscuit and light floral notes. Flavour follows, clean honey and caramel sweetness, grainy and mildly sweet backbone that is mildly hopped up with floral and slight citrus and zest. Very solid APA, sweet but in a different way than simply a bigger malt bill. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, appropriately carbonated, solid drinking APA that's slightly on the sweeter side.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reggie_Dunlop
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had in a pint bottle about 4 years ago

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DavidRandall
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brilliant clear amber red with a solid head. The aroma is light but pretty, with perfumed floral notes, with cinnamon, cereal grains, and honey. The flavor is mellow and lead by the cereal grain malts, with honey, white flowers, mastika, and apricot. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy soft carbonation. Overall a lovely, gentle, soft beer - a pale ale where the malt is the star, and the hops act as accents - classic, and nicely done.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rpjterp
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just flat out misses on the finish.

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,246 ratings