American Beauty
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #742
Ranked #18,115
3.85 | pDev: 10.13%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Very Good
Notes: Pale Ale inspired by the Grateful Dead, made with granola & wildflower honey
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Reviews by tgoldian:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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 UncleEmu
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
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 rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep orange body with a quick carb. There is a sticky thick beige head that last a good bit.

S- A flinty granola and oat aroma leads to some pine hops blended with citrus skins that have a perfumed quality to them and some silage aroma that comes through as it warms.

T- Full resin hops with a musty character to it and some granola flavor comes through as it opens. There is a green cinnamon hop spice that lingers a bit after each sip.

M- The light mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth in the finish that helps cut the soft sweetness.

O- This is a nice drinking complex Imperial Pale Ale. Good malt character with full hops that have nice depth and the alcohol and sweetness are softer than the hops but support each other.

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Photo of parson44
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I aged this for three years, and found that it had a completely different profile. The look had medium color to it compared to its dark color in 2014. The aroma has a somewhat root beer hint to it. The body was medium, and the taste had the same granola flavor, but a little smokier. For a 9% this beer has aged well, and produced more of the pale ale tannins then what was intended for it. If you still have a bottle, I would wait for another two years to see how it goes, but at age 3 it is a delicious sipping beer and reminds me of straub lager.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unassuming and truly inviting, the commemoration of Grateful Dead in beer form is as pleasant and refined as the band itself.

A mesmerizing gold color pours from the bottle and with a redish-amber thread running through. Its striking clarity highlights the bubbles that stream from below. Though a creamy eggshell-white head forms quickly, its retention fades half way through the session and with fair and moderate lace.

Bold floral honey notes rise from the malty aromas. Light caramel and praline gives the nose a sweeter undertow. Becoming fruity as the beer warms, everything from grape, cherry, oranges and apples gives the scent something akin to gummy bear candy. Slight toast and nutty scents come to life as the herbal, tea-like aromas soon turn to lemongrass before that first sip.

And all that fruity-sweet character rises to greet the palate on that first sip. Caramel, honey, tea and sweet tobacco flavors wrap around the tongue and usher in the sweet orchard and citrus fruit varieties. Even ripe plumb, dates and figs reinforce a sweet and earthy tone through middle palate. After that, the citrus peel and saffron spicy taste turns sharply bitter for a pithy finish while remaining balanced to the sweet side.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer's mild creaminess does little to lift the enormous sweetness from the mouth. As its creamy sweetness lays weightily on the mouth, it is mouth coating with the near-oily coat of oats to create a velvet-like effect. The ale lingers long and sweet with a mild spicy bite from hop bitterness and the mead-like alcohols.

American Beauty is an inquisitive ale that hasn't been all that "Dogfish-ed" up. Its a well-built beer where everything comes together nicely. There's really no debate of the ale's friendly and approachable taste. But much like the Grateful Dead's music, I find the beer a bit banal (gasp!)

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 Kendo
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11-14-14; consumed on 1-9-15, making this one about 7 weeks old.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear coppery-orange with a thin off-white film of head on top. Nice, bright look to this.

S: A faint mustiness detracts from the overall impression. I get tropical fruits over sweetish malt.

T: Tropical fruity hops (mango and pineapple) up front, then after the swallow I get a balance of caramel malt and hops, with a touch of lemon showing up along with the tropical fruit. Lingering spiciness too, plus heat from the ABV felt on the way down.

M: Medium to full in heft with moderate carbonation.

O: Good. Nothing phenomenal, however. A bit sweeter than I like my DIPAs to be. Too heavy overall to be drinking till the morning comes.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden color with a thin fizzy head that trails the glass. The smell has a bit of toasted malt from the granola as well as a decent amount of citrus from the hops. The taste was very bright with hops being the focal point with the granola coming through in bits and pieces. Very well balanced and hides the heavy alcohol content well. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of do_ob
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LoveSummerHoliday
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aaron17
1.82/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Very bland. Not a fan of Dogfish brewery. Have not had a beer from them in a long while and I see why.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Photo of dannyfayy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jackb112
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bizarre treat. Bought it as a gift for my girlfriend and we were both left in awe of how tasty it was.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

American Beauty from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1455 ratings