American Beauty
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #715
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,413
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.16%
Ratings:
1,481
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 04, 2021
Added:
Oct 09, 2013
Wants:
  100
Gots:
  364
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Pale Ale inspired by the Grateful Dead, made with granola & wildflower honey
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3.75 by strengthdoc from Connecticut on Dec 04, 2021
 
3.94 by flgimp from Pennsylvania on May 15, 2021
 
3.81 by Jbalintjr from Pennsylvania on Apr 03, 2021
 
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 01, 2021
 
3.5 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 03, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by RUSSRGR from Delaware

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
 
4.31 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Nov 15, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

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
 
3.65 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Sep 26, 2020
 
3.75 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Sep 06, 2020
 
3.69 by animal69 from Louisiana on Aug 13, 2020
 
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 01, 2020
 
3.99 by Danzifer from Ohio on Jul 06, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by gatornation from Minnesota

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
 
3.25 by doowhat from Arkansas on Jun 20, 2020
 
3.5 by smcneave from Maryland on May 15, 2020
 
4.1 by smi69 from New York on May 04, 2020
 
3 by prisdefer from New York on Apr 19, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by brewme from Massachusetts

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
 
3.63 by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland on Mar 04, 2020
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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

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
 
3.92 by gefinley from California on Feb 05, 2020
 
3.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Jan 29, 2020
 
4 by SlainteAlbanyNY from New York on Dec 22, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EJPA_0425 from California

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
 
3.71 by ricknelson from Vermont on Dec 16, 2019
 
3 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Dec 07, 2019
 
3.54 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Dec 01, 2019
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3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by BlackBeerDown from Arkansas

Don't like Pale Ale's as much as my wife, but we both weren't impressed with this one. Too bitter on the end.

Nov 22, 2019
 
3.79 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Nov 12, 2019
 
3.5 by GreyGooseStout from Colorado on Nov 10, 2019
 
4.1 by DrBass from Maryland on Nov 09, 2019
 
3.65 by mrcraft from California on Nov 07, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Giggs1234

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
 
3.88 by Satsuma from Florida on Oct 25, 2019
 
3.53 by lastmango from Pennsylvania on Oct 21, 2019
 
3.85 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2019
 
3.75 by Edy-Cantarero from New York on Oct 04, 2019
 
3.84 by cgrunin from Texas on Sep 28, 2019
 
3.56 by shreead from Pennsylvania on Sep 24, 2019
American Beauty from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1481 ratings