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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,662
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
1,355
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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92
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346
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Photo of Nass
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying that I love some of the beers that Dogfish Head brews, they are one of my favorite breweries from my early days into the craft beer scene & i'm a fan of Grateful Dead too. I like the bottle label, it's cute & friendly, great use of color. There is a date on the bottle 1/3/2019, so my bottle is about 3 months & 2 weeks old, not too old in my opinion for this style of beer. Let's move on to the review, alright, this one sounds interesting & tasty. The color is reminiscent of iced tea. The aroma is a little muted, maybe i'm getting some honey. The taste is great, it's a very sweet drink, it taste like a smooth drinking pale ale but i'm not tasting as much honey as I expected, & there is slight bitterness on the backend. oh well honey is an expensive food item. All in all this is not bad. Cheers! A-

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swid
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - dated 01/28/19 - poured into a flared pint at 48F.

Pours a deep, mostly clear copper hue, with three fingers of sticky, off-white head, that takes quite a while to reduce, eventually settling to a cm cap, leaving significant lacing behind.

Nose: A really nice, present malt base. Sweet notes of caramel, honey, brown bread, and oatmeal. Some classic hops sitting atop, giving off notes of peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, and some pine. Fruity and floral, but not particularly hoppy, and not particularly intense. Edit: As it warms and opens up, a very strong and identifiable honey note comes through. Real, sticky, sweet, clover honey.

Palate: An initial honey-like sweetness, and rich maltiness greets the palate, and it's a very pleasant trust bill. Lots of malted barley. Flavours of caramel and honey. Then, the hops come in, starting off as lemon zest, and then shifting into fruitiet territory with peach, mango, guava, and pineapple notes, before a wonderful sweet honey flavour comes back, which lingers into the finish as the hops become more pithy, piney, and resinous. I can really envision the taste of granola towards the finish. Those Nature Valley Oats and Honey bars, to be precise. Sweet, hoppy, and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium to medium-full in body. The malt base is tame and balaced, but the honey adds a little more texture, and stickiness. Full for 6.5%. There's a medium-plus level of effervescence, and the bubbles are rather fine in texture. Not sticky or syrupy, but there is a slight stickiness to it. Round, and filling, while remaining extremely drinkable.

Overall: I'm surprised by the low overall score. Perhaps because it's Dogfish Head - a big, high volume brewery? I admit, I can be "snobby" about certain things, and I generally only drink independent craft beer. But at the same time, I will be the first to admit if something is good or bad, regardless of who's making it. I can separate the brewer from the product. Personally, i think this beer is a home run, and i wish I had tried it sooner. There is just nothing to complain about it. Well crafted, flavourful, drinkable, and enjoyable.

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

Photo of malucomastodon
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jkrich
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: clear, deep golden to amber with a very nice, sustained and foamy white head.

Very unique aromas of citrus, candy and faint rye.

Considering this is brewed with granola and honey, I expected it to be a little on the sweet side - in fact, it is rather like a crisp and hoppy English style ale. I don't know what hops are included as the brewery's website does not list them, but they impart flavors of pine and faint citrus, tempered by the granola and honey. It was not the flavor profile I expected, but it is very satisfying with a unique taste; however, it would not be a regular choice.

The body is light to medium with a clean, slightly bitter aftertaste. Like an English ale, this would be even better on cask.

American Beauty is my favorite studio album from the Grateful Dead, so I was intrugued to try this one; glad I did.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Schmaltz33
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MJSFS
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonnybgood
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _nickg_
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ64
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of southerner2
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.25
Purchased: Feb. 13, 2019
Consumed: Feb. 17, 2019
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 3, 2019 at 1:24 a.m. PT

First time I had seen this in stores, although Rachel had mentioned it on her last trip to Trader Joe’s. Untappd description read, “In 2013, we released American Beauty, a collaboration with the Grateful Dead. Dogfish Head and the Grateful Dead both built their followings by connecting directly with their fans, so we asked those loyal fans to help drive the beer’s recipe. After more than 1,500 ingredient suggestions, granola came out on top! This year, American Beauty is back for an encore! Clocking in at 6.5% ABV (to mark the year the Grateful Dead was formed, 1965), this psychedelic pale ale is brewed with granola and succulent wildflower honey, and boasts malty and sweet notes of honey, toasted grain and citrus. After one taste of American Beauty, there will be nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile!”

Poured an amber, clear color with three fingers of rocky white head. Lots of bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. World-class layered foamy lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled honey, coriander, orange zest, flower, sweet caramel malt, graham cracker, pine and hints of vanilla. More maltier than I would have thought, but it was appealing. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was not quite as appealing. Got honey, orange zest, caramel malt, toasted grain, wheat bread, hints of nutty granola, bitter pine, flower, coriander, tangerine, graham cracker, black pepper, grapefruit and a touch of brown sugar. Grew on me each sip. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Somewhat abrupt finish. (Feel - 4.00)

For a pale ale, this was very good. Grew on me as it went down. (Overall - 3.75)

3.84 | 86 | B+

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Photo of VolatileAgent7744
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,355 ratings