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American Beauty | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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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#10,193
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
1,191
pDev:
10.65%
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the granola adding a grainy aspect in the mix.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

over the moon stoked to get a bottle of this last night from a very close friend. I have been anticipating this more than any other beer in my life, as it combines two of my most favorite things in the whole wide world, craft beer and the traveling circus of good times that is the grateful dead. I put the record on, and I opened the bottle to a clear brassy light copper colored brew, brimming with fast paced carbonation and over an inch of soapy off white head that leaves thick and tall lacing etched in the glass as it drinks. one smell and "I knew right away she was not like other girls", as there was a definitive granola aromatic. honey, oats, even almonds compliment the strong pale ale base beer, which is far more hoppy than I expected it to be. the taste is odd, almost like two different beers. a sweet nutty almost esb on the front of the tongue, and a bitter hoppy strong ale that could just as well be an arrogant bastard on the back of the palate. its a strange dichotomy, long and strange, just like the trip. the two never really join up, but its a cool effect nevertheless. way high carbonation, and a light body for how strong this is. I loved the complexity and the idea behind it more than anything else. don't know if I will ever get to have this again, but thanks to dogfish head for recognizing the importance of the best band that ever lived, and for anti-hierarchically figuring out a way to make it unique. one of the best labels in the beer world too. the sentiment might be better than the beer, but who cares. see ya at the next show!

edit: they must have changed the recipe along with the label in year two of this, its so much better than I remember it being. I drank a whole bottle last night and loved every drop, so much more honey, and the almond comes out a lot more, the hops are more in check, less bitter, and the nose is extremely delicious, smelling granola all the way. wow, whatever is different really works, maybe its an issue of freshness, I don't know, but I love it.

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3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with the requisite three fingered head; excellent stickage and the lacing is plentiful

Smell: Sweetened granola and tropical fruit tones

Taste: The granola elements are well-integrated into the malt base and the tropical fruit hop tones (mango, papaya and pineapple) develop into the mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt and the hops are nicely balanced, with warmth from the ABV arriving in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: American Beauty was, to me, the Dead's best studio work and while I didn't go hunting around for the album to play along with my tasting session, the memories certainly bias my review; maybe I wouldn't have rated it this high without the connection but this beer was certainly worthy of a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/1/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, orange peel, grapefruit, floral, grass, toast, bread, light pine, honey, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright hop notes with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, floral, grass, light pine, bread, honey, toast, light nuttiness, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, peach, floral, grass, pine, bread, honey, toast, light nuttiness, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop and malt flavors; with good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial pale ale style. All around nice complexity of citrus/tropical hops with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Dogfish Head event with Sam Cagliogne at Barleys in Greenville, SC

Orange-amber body topped by a soapy, off-white head.

This "Imperial Pale Ale" does seem properly classified as an Amer. IPA.
Hoppy and moderately bitter, with a high ABV that is partially hidden. The contributions of the granola are also mostly hidden, although there are hints of honey.

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,191 ratings
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