American Beauty
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #860
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,208
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.13%
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
1,480
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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American BeautyAmerican Beauty
Notes: Pale Ale inspired by the Grateful Dead, made with granola & wildflower honey
Reviews: 257 | Ratings: 1,480 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RUSSRGR from Delaware

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

A nice medium amber draft with a nice head. Fruity and hoppy aroma with a hint of maple. Very smooth, rich, malty flavor with a hint of roasted hops. Nice finish that is smooth. Very different that your typical pale ale.

Dec 01, 2020
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head and the Grateful Dead present American Beauty Pale Ale. 6.5 % ABV. 50 IBU. Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, DE.

Dogfish Head is at it again with the music-themed beers, and this time it's a band that I've never really been into, not even a little. I remember one night at the Harriet Brewing taproom (RIP), a Dead cover band was playing, and some groovers asked me "do you like the Dead?" as I stood in an utterly un-grooving manner. Not really, I told them, and they looked at me as if a giant eggplant has suddenly bloomed on the top of my head. Yeah, well, how many Horace Silver albums do you have, you filthy hippies?


On with the beer:

Clear, bright amber hue, sizable ivory head, looking good.

In the nose: Clean, lightly hoppy. perfectly okay.

In the mouth: Fruity, earthy, gritty hop presence on the palate. Smooth stuff, quenchable, refreshing. Medium body, long hoppy finish. Ends on a dry note, with flavor everlasting. It's a good pale ale, and you can drink it. There ain't nothing wrong with that.

I forgot that they added granola to the beer (of course), but it doesn't really stand out, but, rather, blends in with the malt very well. Adds a particular grainy, roast/toasty character, and the honey smooths it out.

But, speaking of the Grateful Dead, I once had a co-worker who teased me for playing so much jazz at work. I told her that I'm tired of everyone picking on jazz, because jazz never hurt anyone, and the only bad thing jazz ever did was inspire the Grateful Dead. Boy, she did not like that.

Oct 17, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

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

Pours a light copper amber color. Smell is citrus and orange rind with hornet and malt. Taste follows the nose with a malty grainy finish. Medium carbonation hoppy and malty with good bitterness.

Jul 05, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

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

Picked-up a six-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about thirteen dollars. Have had a few brews from these guys before. Not bad, not great, just ok.

Mar 13, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale ale with granola and honey.

A: Dark honey orange has a fair clarity and a strong steady sense of effervesce. Spongy textured surface, light beige capping is thick and firm in stance. Lacing sticks really well.

S: Tradition "C" hops, pulpy grapefruit and and ripe, crisp citrus is first on the nose. A nice strength, clean yeast, and crisp pale grains. Some faint nut cluster scents.

T: Good honey grains, nut cluster, granola, is clearly prominent. Some semi-dry grassy-pine hops, and dried citrus from the american hops. The honey is well played with a good role of sweetness and fullness as well a contribution smooth texture.

M: Nice fullness and texture from the honey gives this a slick and full feeling on the tongue. Good vibes of carbonation.

O: A fair pale ale, but by no means what I expected from this brewery. A bit tame at times and ordinary, unlike their go big or go home attitude. The honey played a good factor here with its sweetness and fullness but in the end you would never guess this from DFH in a blind tasting and has a diminishing return on excitement.

Feb 06, 2020
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EJPA_0425 from California

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is alright. Pours a creamy head with clear dark amber color. Smells a little light and fairly hoppy. Tastes like a blend of malt and hops. But for some reason they don't taste balanced. Drinkable, but it's not really for hop lovers. Don't love it. Sorry DH.

Dec 18, 2019
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Giggs1234

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer. It had a nice head, Amberish color and a good hoppy floral scent. It is not complex. The taste a little one note .... but a good note and a good ale.

Oct 27, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle:

Pours copper with a thin off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus with bread and honey.

The taste is of citrus and floral/herbal notes with grain and honey. It mentions granola...not sure I catch that...maybe a bit in the finish. The finish is very balanced between sweet and bitter.

It is very smooth, especially considering the alcohol level, which is on the higher side for the style.

I almost gave the overall a slight notch higher, but, while it's individual parts hit a 4, not sure it quite gets to a 4 overall. But, it's VERY close. It's a great beer to grab if you want a well-balanced pale ale with a bit of a (hidden) kick.

Sep 09, 2019
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dnmyrick from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a traditional 16 oz beer mug slowly at 45 degrees. The nose is a nice malt and hop balance. Appearance is slightly cloudy dark copper with an amber one-finger head that dissipates quickly. Taste is slightly sweet and malty with a strong hop backbone, but not overpowering. Very enjoyable and easy to session.

Aug 23, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I've Had 15 Dogfish Head, one of the most difficult to pigeonhole of the second generation American brewers. American Beauty is the first I've Had from them since they announced their arrangement with Boston Beer... which seems like it should work well for both. (Dogfish gets broader distribution and Boston gets to take more walks on the wild side.)

I liked this APA well above what I consider the style's average. It Looks pretty, a big billowing head and an orangish body. Smells tell me malts and hops and balance. Taste delivers the same with a certain richness until the late, late palate... then it gets bitter and undermines an otherwise good set for me.

Aug 22, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PIcked up this beer the first weeks of June, I could not find a date on it. The beer is 44 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour of the beer produced a one-finger bright white head. The head is frothy and airy. No lacing was left on the glass as the head dissipated. The retention on the head was fair. The color of the beer is SRM 8 a pale amber with dark golden hues. The beer is clear to brilliant. The beer's appearance is average for this style. Having a persistent head would give this beer a better score.

The aromas in the beer are a fruity ester, lemons, oranges, a touch of pine, a hint of grapefruit, wheat, honey, lightly toasted malts, cooked grains, and cut grass.

The flavors in the beer are oranges, honey, lemons, floral, herbal, grapefruit, a hint of resin, wheat, grass, malty sweetness, biscuit, lightly toasted malts, and nutty.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent, carbonated, and crisp.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-plus carbonation, and a full finish.

I am confused, the beer says it has granola in it, yet I can taste that in the beer. The pale ale is a touch old and does have a slight cardboard note teasing its way through the beer. The pale ale is good and done well to Dogfish's Standard. The beer does not stand out as a must-have. A solid beer to drink nonetheless.

Aug 18, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "American Beauty"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 02/27/19 0906"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a hazy amber to copper colored body beneath a full head of rocky off-white foam. The aroma is sweetish with a combination of fruitiness and malt. The fruitiness is like berries and apples, and the maltiness is lightly caramelish and nutty. What's in here again? "Granola and honey"... hmmm, yeah, that's honey in the nose as well. On to the flavor... there's something interesting going on there as well which I'm guessing is the granola but I really have no idea, I've never had a beer with granola in it. What is granola anyway? It's oats, nuts, honey, and maybe some other sugar. There's really nothing odd there, nothing that couldn't be added on it's own, but I guess because it's a Greatful Dead beer you've got to add it as granola to make the hippy-healthy connection. Fortunately that's worked. The nuttiness and honey really come through, combined with the standard graininess and caramel notes you usually find. There's also some spicy, floral, and herbal hops to it. It's sweetish up front but then dry and a little spicy and herbal in the finish. I think it's nicely balanced. How strong is it? 6.5%. That makes sense. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a little bit of a dextrinous feel, but it doesn't reach medium-full status. The carbonation is tight with fine bubbles at a standard level. The head retention was pretty good, I've still got a thin but solid surface covering even more than halfway through the glass, and there's some wide patches of spotty lacing but not enough to get it to a 4.25. Almost. In the end I think it's a pretty decent beer. It's got a little bit of uniqueness to it, but beyond that it's just a nice, balanced beer that's malty and honeyish, and a touch spicy. It's very well put together. Nice job.

Review #6,647

Aug 15, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours hazy amber with an off white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has flowery and floral aromas to start with. There are supporting notes of toast and a bit of caramel. It also has a touch of honey and melon.

Taste: The flavors have a combination of toast, flowers, floral, and caramel. There are background notes of melon and citrus.

Feel: It has a medium body with a bit of a bite in the bitterness.

Overall, an interesting flavor combination with the flower, floral, and toasty elements.

Aug 09, 2019
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- somewhat clear amber copper color with one finger frothy head. lacing around the pint is smooth.

S- mild floral and ginger with back end of honey

F- honey and mild floral hops with barley malt

M- mild hops and sweetness.

O- a decent pale ale. this is a nice session beer and easy to put down.

Aug 03, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber from the tap. 1 finger off white head that seems to last for a while.
The nose, well, I get nothing at all.
Taste - not much going on. There's really just a faint malt, but not much else.
Body is decent for the style.
Nothing to write home about, but nothing offensive either.

Jul 27, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, bottled 03/29/19... purchased room-temp single hours ago... poured into a nonic)

L: orange-amber colored liquid, bit of speckled sediment; tall, tight, rocky, off-white foam with some staying power, barnacle lace dotting and streaking

S: West Coast hopping, dried (or stewed) fruit, heady floral essence, mild candied-ginger spice

T: 'dark' citrus spiciness to the hops; smooth, subtly hard-candy like malt underbelly; hops keep biting long through the finish: citric, green-grassy... little bit of alcohol beaming up front and through the finish; bit of a dried apricot fruity aftertaste

F: glassy-smooth underbelly; static-scratchy, pungent prickle to the roof of the mouth... clean finish, some residual resins; the hop bitterness and booze leave an enlivening glow to the palate

O: had this on draft when it was (re)released a few months back - thought it was ok, not memorable... though this bottle is showing signs of hop death, sweet release; twas enjoyable enough... it's more a hoppy amber than an APA - bold, but textbook (1418)

Jul 22, 2019
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean amber with an average head of off-white suds and light lacing.

Aroma: Curiously grainy. Granola and honey adjuncts seem to make this seem almost…baked.

Taste: Nicely malty but really balanced overall with a touch of honey sweetness and a bright citrusy hop kick. Granola seems to add a chewy grainy body to this uniquely tasty brew. Well-done.

Jul 19, 2019
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moodenba from New York

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dogfish Head Grateful Dead Amberican Beauty Pale Ale 12 oz bottle at refrigerator temperature was poured into a sham pilsner glass in mid-July of 2019. The brew has an assertive sweet grain aroma. Color is deep amber with a thin off-white head. Taste starts out slightly roasted malty. The bittering hops show through gradually. After the swallow the aftertaste balances out. This is a pretty-good brew. The flavor might show some signs of the granola and honey component -- or maybe not? I would have preferred a bigger malt body. Very OK purchase (not a budget buy). Flavor is good. Considering the package, this a good gift to any fan of beer and the Grateful Dead.

Jul 18, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

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

Pleasant aroma: citrus, grass, touch of sweet malts, perhaps toffee and honey.

Golden amber, slight haze, plenty of bubbles, tall, thick, creamy, slightly off-white head receding fairly slowly.

Taste is a bit earthy, orange, slightly sweet honey, grain, floral, and herbal. Plenty of malt depth with a moderate bitterness in the middle, continuing through to the finish coupled with the floral hops and slightly sweet malts.

Feel is moderate to thin with solid carbonation.

A nicely balanced pale ale is a treat in this age of massively hopped beers. The taste is unique, but quite good and well made.

Jul 09, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker golden hue, it's bright, you can see through to the other side. There's a light crackery backbone with a touch of sweetness. Very clean bitterness. Overall, this is fine.

Jul 07, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 19.2 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of light malts, honey. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, tangerines are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but not up to this brewer's usual standards.

Jun 26, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mostly clear golden orange hue with two fingers of dense off white head. Rings of lace appear as the head drops.
Smell is a toffee like sweetness and a bit of funky dank.
Taste is similar to the smell. Toffee sweetness some dank bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation. The finish is medium dry and bitter.
Overall a tasty and unusual APA.

Jun 23, 2019
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Mugman8 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a nice amber hue with a big pillowy head and plenty of lacing. Hoppy, but crisp and smooth with a firm malt finish. Like this one a lot....my daughter bought it for me for Father's Day....love this brewery and will be buying this one again....

Jun 23, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 5/31/19

Pours a crystal clear amber-gold with a few fingers of white head; great retention dissipates slowly to spotty cap and consistent collar, with soapy lacing spread haphazardly but thoroughly around the glass.

Aromas of grassy, herbal hops circulate throughout, with an earthy (occasionally sickly), granola-ish quality resembling flaked wheat developing quickly along with a toasted grain depth; a touch of honeyed grain is sparse, but interjects a certain sweet tone.

Tastes of floral citrus (primarily orange zest) paired with notes of caramel malt with a light honey influence growing in prominence; building to herbal hops as the profile peaks, introducing a fleeting depth of mild white grape must and herbaceous hops.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with an evening fluff of medium carbonation; lightest of honeyed malt sweetness hits the tongue first, and only reappears briefly on the swallow; minor hop oil texture on the palate, and a condensed, building bitterness through the finish; crisp, but can feel thin at times.

An okay pale ale that executes its profile with competently enough, as is pretty standard for Dogfish Head; the honey and grains are light and maintain a mild presence, just not enough to raise it anywhere beyond a standard offering.

Jun 16, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottled 1/8/19. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a dark orange/copper with one finger off white head. Slightly hazed with relatively little visible carbonation.

S: mild and restrained grassy hops. The bottle is five months old, so this may have faded. A little orangey-vanilla thing going on; a little like a creamsicle. Perhaps that is cinnamon or something from the granola coming through on the nose.

T: not what I expected. More like a traditional pale ale than one might think. Crisp, bready malt middle. Lingering grassy hoppiness. Perhaps a touch of alcohol. Honestly, I don’t love it.

M: midweight, hefty feel on the palate but remains crisp and clean finishing, just as a pale ale ought to.

O: I love pale ales, but I don’t know if it’s just the age of this or the granola, but after drinking half, this is a drain pour for me. Just not my cup of beer.

Jun 08, 2019
American Beauty from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1480 ratings