American Beauty | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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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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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2.6/5  rDev -32.5%

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2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Just not a fan. Thought it tasted terriblen especially the aftertaste... Which was papery? Not really sure. Thin, and just smelled kind of funky. Somewhat bitter, kind of foamy so the pour might not have been great, but good color. Trying again when I can.

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look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too sweet. Just not good.

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2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2016 750ml bottle shared with two friends just before closing this am.
Looked like a glass of rose' wine with a minimal head that receded into wispy ring, no visible lacing. Aroma was floral, almost "perfumey", just a hint of hops. Flavor was almost medicinal. On the upside, I thought the texture was nice. My two cohorts both thought it was a very good beer, I had a hard time chokin this one down. DFH makes some outstanding DIPA's, this isn't one of them.

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2.81/5  rDev -27%
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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2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

750 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light copper color with a two finger off-white head. Retention is quite good, while the soft, soapy texture doesn't leave a huge amount of lacing behind.

S: I seem to pick up a lot in the way of soft tropical and stone fruits, with just a hint of sweetness backing it up. I don't pick up much granola on the nose. Regardless, it's a very pleasing but slightly timid aroma.

T: This starts off well. A pleasant opening of stone and tropical fruits greet the palate nicely, but quickly the granola combines with the finishing herbal qualities to create something - dare I say - cardboardy on the back end. Sadly, this quality more or less kills this one. Even though the flavors aren't great, it *is* pretty drinkable for 9%, with no hint of the booze anywhere.

M" This is fairly light, clean, and non-boozy, which gives it good drinkability. On the other hand, the sweet, long finish over-exposes the crappy aftertaste. I never really noticed the carbonation that much.

O: Bah, another disappointment from DFH. The sad thing is that this had promise - there wasn't an overload of ridiculous ingredients, just a basic imperial pale ale with 'Merican hops and granola. The end result, though, is something that starts off nicely but quickly falls on its face faster than you can say "Deadhead".

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,193 ratings