American Beauty | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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American BeautyAmerican Beauty

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial Pale Ale brewed with granola & All American hops. 55 IBU

Collaboration with the Grateful Dead.

Added by slvrmon82 on 10-09-2013

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Photo of descobar
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

medium amber hue with a thick tan head that remains. full haze with visible yeasty sediment. aromas are wet cardboard and stale honey sweetness. a bit medicinal. full thick body with oily texture with astringency bordering on harsh. taste is all malt and (granola?) nutty toffee-like sweetness. unfortunately the hop presence and bitterness is no longer there to balance it. some alcohol heat that lasts, along with the unbalanced sweetness into the aftertaste. - disappointed but maybe I hung on to it too long. from 2013.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from the local liquor spot. $14.99 price tag. The label alone, is Fucking killer!

A- Pours an orange and slight amber, with a generous 2 finger white frothy head. Lacing is nice throughout.

S- smells very sweet, and malty. You get honey and almonds up front, maybe the slightest scent of granola. I also get a grape like scent. Smells very light and fluffy.

T-Very surprising, to say the least. Honey and almonds are present up front. You'll taste the granola if you really look for it. IBU's have to be pretty low on this one, as it isn't very bitter at all. Well balanced, and sweet, like a dessert beer.

M-Medium body with decent carbonation. Very light and sweet.

O-If this beer came in 4 packs, like others from DFH, I would buy it for a relaxing night with the family after dinner. Very balanced and quite sweet. Good solid beer. Glad I picked it up.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with almonds, honey and granola.
A slightly hazy solid gold color and a hefty high foam cap.
Major complexity in the aroma, you can smell a robust, lush hop combo and all of the adjuncts. All equals big hearty and hot smell.
The flavor is very complex, dry, hearty, earthy and fruity hops are in a wonderful groove with the honey sweet malt and hefty-smooth granola.
Feel is the Jerry G of the show, full bodied, crisp and super smooth finish thanks to the long granola effect. Stunning complexity thanks to the depth of flavor. This one is much like a long, deep, Darkstar from 1972.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one set aside for awhile and finally decided to tap into it. Poured into pint glass; nice orange color with modest carbonation leading to a one finger head. Modest sweet notes and malts to the nose. Medium body with subtle sweet taste and slight bitterness at backside; not what I expected for a DIPA/Imperial Pale Ale. Interesting yet it's another Dogfish head brew! Enjoy!!

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Photo of stevoj
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle share thanks to Toby. Slightly sour aroma hints at the rye backbone, orange/copper pour. Mild, slick, slippery, finishes quick, but tasty. DFH can do so much better....

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Photo of MitchVanSomf
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hard to ignore this bottle if you're a Dead fan- esp on the heels of the 50th anniversary tour. props to Dogfish for providing a great brew to celebrate the band.
you can really taste the unique ingredients which makes it great. it's a balanced sipper (tulip glass), not too hoppy and higher abv. enjoy this on a beautiful day with Scarlet-Fire playing.

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Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours an orange-toned amber with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - Citrus and piney hops, almonds/nuts, granola, bready malts, oranges, honey.

Taste - Bitter citrus/piney hops, followed along with bready malts and earthy granola/almond flavour. Touch of sweetness from honey, which lingers into the finish with orange and citrus hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A well-crafted treat by Dogfish Head. The use of honey granola and almonds is executed well and helps make the hops shine. Considering the ABV (9%), it is well hidden in this brew. Another gem from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of dparvu
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden, pours with thick inch of white head. Smells sweet and malty. Tastes the honey and granola come through, good hop profile. Mouthfeel good, semi clean finish. Overall, I think this ale is a tasty one. I would buy again.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A boozy, homey brew commemorating 50 years of the Dead. A: bottle is limited, I'll be keeping it. Looks cool. A golden orange color with lacing throughout. This beer was brewed with care, just look at it. S: you pick up the honey; I don't love this smell but the nose is ok. T: complex, interesting, slightly sweet, booze hits you as you go on. Faint almond, honey, then the APA combine for a unique brew. F: surprisingly smooth for the ABV.. I attribute this to the granola. O: this is definitely worth checking out. I'm a non-Dead fan but I feel the beer is a fitting tribute to them, especially the ingredients used.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a small creamy off-white head, which leaves a pretty big island in the middle of the glass, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is sweet, malty, with some hop notes. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, with some malt notes. Medium body, with a nice little bitter/dry finish. The ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, not your typical DIPA, but a very very tasty brew for what it is. Then again on the label it sez Imperial Pale Ale. Recommended!

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Photo of Budlum
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The look is on for an imperial IPA - golden orange nobody topped with a lasting white head. The nose is muted, but pleasant. A sugary sweet aroma dominates mixed with hops, but not nearly at the level I would expect for this style. Flavors are presented with sweetness, I assume from the granola, but carried by a firm hop presence. Again, I expected more hops but the flavors aren't disappointing. Feel is a bit cloying from alcohol, but nice overall.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a bright and clear amber-orange with three fingers of creamy beige head.

Aroma of light citrus and caramel malts.

Tasted of light citrus, honey, sweet caramel malts, candy sugar, and some warm boozy notes from the 9% abv.

Medium bodied and a touch dry with a bright carbonation.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

L: Pours a semi-opaque amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head. The head falls quickly and leaves some solid lacing on the glass.

S: Malty sweetness and aggressive hops. Floral and sweet with a hint of citrus.

T/F: Very nice malt backbone nicely augmented by touches of honey. I'm not picking up much of the granola that they're advertising, and you get hit with the pine and citrus hop profile towards the finish. Nicely carbonated and a bit effervescent. Finishes dry despite the malt backbone. Alcoholic warmth is there.

O: This is a damned fine Imperial IPA from Dogfish head, easily on par with their 90 minute IPA. Love the flavors and hop profile on this one, and yet another 'win' from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a pint bottle for the Dead's 50th anniversary, this Imperial Pale Ale did not disappoint. Nice dark amber color & 9% bring a smile! Nice head & hippy flavor. I did not taste any granola and it did not have a light taste, but rather acidic in taste. I'd rather have this Imperial be an IPA, but being an American Beauty the pale fits well. "How does this song go?"

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Photo of BillRoth
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Specific Gravity. Nice complex smooth big beer. A bit too big for usual reasons to gave an APA but a great sipper for later in the day. Glad I had a chance to try this as a draft beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of honey granola and floral hops. Barley malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, toast, and yeast. Good presence of the granola giving a big scent of sweet honey. Floral hops along with some hints of grass. Subtle citrus hints of orange and lemon. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely sweet and bready malt forward taste with good notes of honey granola and floral hops. Barley malt with some bready notes of grains, biscuit, cracker, oats, toast, and yeast. Taste of granola with a good kick of honey sweetness. Floral and grassy hops along with some light citrus fruit notes of orange and lemon. Moderate bitterness. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and drying with moderate alcohol heat.

Overall: A pretty nice brew and tribute to a great band. As typical for Dogfish the hops are much more subdued for an IPA but the granola honey flavor is a pretty nice unique twist.

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Photo of UncleEmu
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Dogfish Head American Beauty "Strong Ale"
serving type: goblet, tap at Farmer's Union San Jose, CA (Jan 2015)

A: Deep red with lots of brown. Lots of cream colored head.

S: A decent amount of malt and some alcohol sting. Quite poor.

T: A nice range of malt flavors are present, but that's about it. Some dried fruit, a bit of grapes, and honestly it is really light. Taste's like a 5% ABV, not 9.

M: Medium light, great carbonation.

O: A huge disappointment. After reading some other reviews, I'm worried that the server gave me the wrong the beer. Farmer's Union has over 50 taps, and our server described Sculpin IPA as "like Budweiser, but better."

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rehoboth beach brew pub. A slightly nutty smell with some hops. Sweet fruity taste balanced out with slight bitterness. Medium body and carb 9% is well hidden. Enjoyable but wouldn't spend the $ on the bomber.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

American Beauty poured on tap into 8 oz pint glass

A: nice fluffy head nice light Amberish color great clarity

S: Slight copper very floral has a sweet smell to it

T: so great grainy and sweet and smooth with very little hops taste but the taste it does have is extraordinary

M: creamy and very smooth

O: it's a very creamy sweet and oatmeal beer it's very interesting and quite good

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours amber with a one-finger foamy white head. The fades into a small ring producing some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is honey, caramel malts, light citrus, and floral hops.

T - The flavor starts sweet with lots of honey and light citrus. The granola is noticeable midpalate along with some toasted malts. There is a nice hop pressenc in the finish producing a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

O - This was an interesting take on a DIPA. I pick up lots of honey and granola throughout. Different and definetly worth trying.

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Photo of do_ob
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip. Vibrant copper in appearance with tons of carbonation. 2 fingers of sticky, white foam rests on top. Florals, toasted malt, and sweet granola on the nose. Medium weight and very creamy on the mouthfeel. Sweet, toasty almonds, granola, and a light hoppy bitterness up front on the taste. As it warms on the palate, these flavors expand and evolve, each becoming more pronounced. An increased bitterness comes forward on the back end with a hint of alcohol on the finish. Strong notes of granola and hops on the aftertaste.

After seeing this one on the shelf the last couple times I went to the store, I decided to grab a bottle and give it a try. At the price point, not sure I'd have pulled the trigger if it was anyone besides DFH (or someone like SN, Stone, etc.). But I figured these guys have been at it long enough to know what they're doing, and guess what? This beer is damn tasty. Great complexity, and a great balance of flavors. I've never had a beer - at least that I'm aware of - brewed with granola and almonds, but it's delicious. Like a boozy, bitter liquid granola bar.

Ok, looking back, that doesn't sound all that appealing, but trust me. This one is good.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Floral, maybe a little light citrus, a little fruity, plenty of sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Light citrus, stone fruit, plenty of sweetness, maybe some faint toasty notes, and some alcohol.

M: A bit towards the heavier side of medium body, moderate carbonation, a little warmth on the finish.

O: Not really impressed with this one. It was a little too sweet and boozy for me and came off more like a strong blonde ale than anything else.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber hued with a quarter inch of beige head. Faint lacing is present. I smell almond, granola, and a substantial amount of light malt. I taste a strong presence of light malt with granola, and a light sweetness from the honey. The mouth is dry and lightly sticky. This reminds me of a Wheatwine in terms of flavor and body .

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Photo of HardTarget
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Slight haze in a deep yellow edge of amber glass. Little head drops to a thin collar that doesn't lace.

Smell: Alcohol, bread yeast, tonic water earthy hops, slight grape ester, a bit like malt liquor.

Taste: Hint of hard candy quickly gets rushed by alcohol and pine hops.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol stings and numbs, low carbonation, slick oily feel.

Overall: Boozy, bit heavy handed, a hoppy malt liquor. I bit as an old Deadhead and liked the label, not sure I need another.

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Photo of Therealfootball
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark amber color. Strong, but not overwhelming hop flavor. Not crisp, but refreshing. Perfect feel. The way an IPA should be. Another strong product from DE!

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