American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPAAmerican Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,936
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,398
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 9.73%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
131
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPAAmerican Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA
Notes: This unfiltered IPA is brewed with the ancient heirloom grain Spelt to cast haze & dosed with a special yeast to liberate aromatic hop-compounds.

It’s been a long strange trip, and we’re not about to stop now. After six years and four releases of American Beauty, we’re back with an encore … only this time you haven’t heard the melody.

Together with the Grateful Dead, we’re proud to introduce our latest collaborative iteration – American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA.

Inspired by the Grateful Dead’s beloved “American Beauty” album, American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA is an unfiltered India Pale Ale brewed with spelt – an ancient heirloom grain that contributes earthy notes and a natural haze – that’s then dosed with a special yeast variety to accentuate hop aromatics.

The result is a psychedelic 7.0% ABV ale that’s bursting with notes of tropical fruit and juicy citrus, while the style callout lovingly references the fan-favorite track “Ripple.”
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iguanodon from Utah

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours hazy gold with very little head. Aroma: orange juice, sweet malt, candy, spice. Taste: citrus, tropical fruit, starts sweet with more bitterness in the finish.

Jul 18, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My fave Dogfish by far. Outstanding suprise. Spelt dealt it.
(brewed with the ancient heirloom grain Spelt to cast haze & dosed with a special yeast to liberate aromatic hops)
a) Hazed particulate spotting decent head and lace and lather.
s) Fruity aromas arise over graham/brown crackers, more tropical flesh and apricot than citrus, ample!
t) Fruit salad of sturdy mango, papaya, passionfruit with herbal cabinet of green onions/chive, white pepper, hay, lemon grass.
f) Finishes spicy and off-dry, crisp and clean bitter. Botanical. Bright.
o) Sum it as major original, bring the spelt and ancient grains to beer.

Jul 13, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a fluffy foam head. Orange and tangerine hop aroma, very juicy. Pineapple and mango. Smooth, pretty soft, a touch of bitterness. Really nice hazy, would have another

Jul 12, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at DFH Brewing & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, DE.

Pours a cloudy, not quite hazy, yellow golden bright color. A large frothy head is well retaining.

The nose is very pleasant with sweet notes of grains and fruity hops. Aromas of citrus fruit, apricot, grape, and soft tropical fruit. The malt aroma evokes notes of honey, granola and wheat (I’m assuming that’s the spelt).

Opens sweet with a soft and fluffy malt base that is nutty, biscuity and has notes of honey and caramel. Medium bodied with a gentle carbonation. The sweetness is balanced by a very mild hops bitterness, and flavors of grapefruit, peach, apricot, orange and modest grassy and peppery spices. The drinkability improves as the palate gets drier. The finish is dry but has a nice fruity and honey malt sweetness.

I really enjoyed DFH’s interpretation of a hazy/NEIPA. In comparison to the current trend, the hops burn is dialed down, the mouthfeel is not too frothy and it has a nice balance.

Jul 04, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this off the tapper at Burgers and Beer in Concord, OH. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had ripe fruit notes. The taste was sweeter leaning with tropical fruit flare. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Jun 20, 2020
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Billolick from New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ouncer - canned 3/17/20

Pour out hazed, nice looking NEIPA presentation, with a loose and larger bubble, light khaki cap and minor lacing left behind.

Mild fruity/bready sniff.

Tasty brew, with soft and ripe pineapple coming to mind.

Smooth, soft, and well rounded in the mouth...easy drinking and well worth a try.

Quality and approachable every day kinda brew...one of the better examples of the big boys crafting a hazed up IPA for the masses....go get some and enjoy!

Jun 11, 2020
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After the initial strong resin burst the aroma has a wonderful fresh fruit, like a single fruit (nectarine, peach apricot) quality that is really nice. Settles into more of a mixed fruit nose with a noticeable candy like sweetness. Full while fluffy head settles with more density and leaves plenty of lacing. Pale orange and cloudy.
Fruit flavor with only hint of the nose sweetness. Soft bittering moves to resemble a slightly tart oj. Nice fullness for a somewhat smaller beer.
This is good. Probably a little over priced, which is typical for this brewery, but I did like it.

May 24, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 1/30/2020
Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appears hazy orange with a thin head that dropped quickly with minimal lacing.
Smells, Hoppy, citrusy, lime, tangerine and lightly bready.
Taste follows the nose definitely hop forward, and for an ABV of 7.0 the alcohol presence is not really there making this eminently crushable.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall very good for the style and I'd definitely like to try this on tap one day.

May 11, 2020
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joekoz007 from Maryland

1.38/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The worst beer I ever had from Dogfish. Maybe it's the spelt. Did get some hop aroma and flavor. Also got some sweaty gym sock and jock strap aroma and I guess that what they would taste like. Was really close to a drain pour but instead I just chugged it. Just plain bad.

May 05, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned three months ago, poured into a stemless wine glass.

A: Medium-minus hazy straw color with orange highlights. Tons of hazy white head and lots of lacing.

S: Fairly hoppy and fruity; melon, pineapple, green fruit flesh, subtle grapefruit...impressions of lime and green grape...malt sweetness, yeasty and bready.

T: More pineapple and some dankness, the malt character comes through at this age with impressions of caramel sweetness and maybe honey? White peaches and stone fruit...moderate bitterness and dryness on the finish.

MF: Creamy lighter body, drinkable with soft carbonation.

O: An interesting take, the malt notes and yeast character are different than what I’m used to but definitely not in a bad way. Overall I think it’s a brew that works, tasty and drinkable.

Apr 24, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; pineapple with a little dankness and grapefruit;

T: follows the nose for a brief moment, then it's canned pineapple juice through the finish; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied;moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: considering that this is Dogfish Head and they've had years to test hazy IPA recipes, this was a disappointment;

Apr 19, 2020
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NeilSilber1 from California

4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden yellow with huge fluffy white foamy cap. Subtle sweet ipa notes infused with citrus and pineapple flavors. Really great hazy DIPA!

Make the Grateful Dead jam bands proud!

Mar 20, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i think this beer is fantastic, bought the can because of the dead, i like the original american beauty, but this one is super modern, unique, and really well done, and i will absolutely be buying more of it. its a soft yellow hazy color with a rising airy white head over an inch high from the can, love the art on this too! not real dense or murky, and with an awesome nose of fresh raw fleshy coconut, its really tropical but no conventionally fruity, id love to know what the hops are in here, subtle tea and lemongrass along with the coconut, and the taste mirrors the nose, definitely a summery vibe to this, and its light, fizzy, and dry, all of which add to that. subtle kiwi fruit, green grape, and white peach notes to the hops as well, and an almost saison element to this as well, just a little estery something from the yeast and the rustic earthy spelt in the grain base, i think this is more nuanced and dynamic than a lot of these hazy ones, even before we consider the unique and delicious hop complexion this has. fluffy feeling, some wheat too, but i like the spelt in flavor and feel as well, effervescent carbonation, and all very fresh. this drank way too fast, and i now regret only buying the single can. very distinctive hops with that natural raw coconut thing going on, loved this, supremely drinkable (this drinks like 4% abv), and its deady! they did proper honor to the band with this one!

Mar 17, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with a hazy complexion. There’s a three quarter inch of frothy off white on top. That dissipated to a fingernail within minutes with light lacing. The aroma is difficult to seek out, but I am detecting some lemon, lime, and melon. I’m tasting lots of lime and lemon. The mouth is light, easygoing, and approachable.

Feb 23, 2020
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davillanx from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can slow poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Yellow-orange color with less than a finger of foam which remained through the tasting with moderate lacing. Aroma of wheat (spelt) is prominent as is a citrus like hop aroma. Stone fruit flavors, Peach / Mango dominate with a cracker like aftertaste. Lingering mouth feel. Overall a solid beer that stands apart from the recent onslaught of 'Hazy' IPAs.

Jan 31, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy light golden color with a substantial white head that tracks down the glass, there are fruity citrus notes on the nose (duh!), but they edge towards fruity instead of citrus.

That favorable treatment of the fruity side of the hops is confirmed on the taste, though some citrus is present as well. The mouthfeel is dangerously commensurate with the 7% ABV, because this is WAAAAAY too crushable. Very well done by DFH.

Jan 26, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into snifter

A- pours hazy orange yellow color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention

S- citrus hop forward with aromas of orange marmalade, grapefruit zest, melon and guava

T- bold citrus hops that turns juicy, adding grapefruit juice, tangerine and orange zest. Tropical notes of pineapple and mango, a bit of grass on the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp semi-dry finish

O- high drinkability, abv hidden well

Jan 18, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This hazy, yellow-orange tap pour hosts a 1.5 cm foam cap and a faint citrus aroma. The flavor is grain-forward, somewhat crackery, with tangerine and grapefruit notes. This is pleasant enough.

Jan 18, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried the original American Beauty, which was an APA, this one is New England IPA. The beer was canned on 2nd of December. This beer about 45 days old and still fresh. I have not recently drank any beer from Dogfish head. I do have a few of their bigger stouts in my cellar waiting. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a pint glass. When I popped the top off the beer a huge bouquet of citrus aromas emitted. That was a promising sign. The pour of the beer produced a two finger airy, billowy, and foamy head. It looks like the foam off a crashing wave on the beach. The color of the head is bright white. The retention of the head is fair. The head did leave some lacing on the glass. SRM 5 dominates the color of the beer, a pale yellow with golden hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. I was wanting a the head to last longer.

The aromas in the beer are toasted crackers, pineapple, a touch of floral, lemons, oranges, melons, a hint of grass, and bready.

The flavors in the beer are melons, mangos, pine, pineapples, apples, mandarins, lemons, toasted crackers, bready, grass, a touch of earth, honey-like sweetness, and band-aids.

The mouthfeel of the beer is carbonation, dry, and slightly astringent.

The body of the beer is light, high carbonation, and medium finish.

When I think of New England IPA, I envision and taste huge citrus notes. For me this beer has citrus notes, but it is not vibrant. The high alcohol content is noticeable from the bready notes. The front of the palate I get those citrus note but they fade to show the strength of the alcohol. Bready and phenolic come next and not in a seamless transition. The harmony of is ragged. The balance is off kilter. I have tried the amazing beers of the North and this one does not come close.The spelt grains add a unique rye-like flavor, it was not my favorite. If this is a New England IPA they need to go back to the drawing board. I will give the beer a B-.

Jan 18, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a finger of head. The nose is citrusy with some herbal hints. The flavor follows the nose with a crisp and decently hoppy finish.

This offering is drinkable like a session beer, but one must watch out because the 7% sneaks up quickly.

Dec 30, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

2.72/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON 10/31/19 20:39"
Interestingly, the box had: "CANNED ON 10/31/19 20:42"

Appearance: The body is a light and slightly transparent straw gold color. There is a milky haze in the beer. The head is thick, large, white, and frothy with very good retention and lacing.

Aroma: The beer smells a bit like wildflowers and cabbage. After a while it starts to smell like caramel in the glass.

Taste: The flavor profile is heavy on floral characteristics like rose and hibiscus. It has some sweet tasting caramel flavors. The floral bouquet and the candy-like sweetness don't work well together.

Mouthfeel: It feels smooth and light bodied. Carbonation is good.

Overall: The beer misses the mark. For an average New England IPA it has too much caramel flavor and not enough pleasant hop flavor. For a Dogfish Head beer it does not meet or push the boundaries at all. The beer feels like a below-average attempt at the style. I purchased a six-pack because I thought DFH would do it right, and I was mistaken. I don't recommend it.

Dec 19, 2019
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 11/1/19

In the glass, it is a lightly hazed golden color with a nice, fluffy white head that leaves a ton of lacing

Aromas of fresh juicy hops, big tangerine character with other citrus, and an earthy herbal note. The nose also suggests a light sweetness from the yeast

The hops here fall behind the fruity flavors of melon and grapefruit and the malty, rustic crackery note. Definitely on the maltier side of NEIPAs, but still holds up in an interesting way with DFH's choice of ingredients

The feel is medium bodied and a little chewy with moderate carbonation that really brings out the fruit characters

An overall interesting NEIPA, unsurprising for DFH to switch up the norm to throw off our expectations, and that's honestly why I love them, haters be damned. I'll be picking up more for sure

Dec 11, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DFH has been on somewhat of a roll lately, in my opinion. Hot off the heels of stuff like Suddenly Comfy and the re-release of 75 Minute, this new addition to what I guess should now be known as the "American Beauty family" uses another interesting grain. Whereas the original AB used granola, this one uses spelt. Spelt is one of my favorite unusual types of malt (right alongside triticale, I suppose), and seeing it in IPAs always excites me. It's kind of a nuttier version of wheat, so it'll be interesting to see if it comes across here. Since this is DFH, they couldn't just stick with one deviation from the norm: this also uses a "special yeast." What is it? Not sure, but I'm going to throw my chips in the "kveik" corner, I think. We'll see, though.

The appearance is less opaque/hazy than I thought it would be, for sure, but it still looks good. More of a translucent orange hue with a big head of sticky, chunky, bone-white foam. Settles down to a thin ring after a few minutes, leaving behind nice lace. Not much in the way of legs, honestly, but I'll give 'em a pass. For a "larger market" haze-bro beer, this looks nice enough.

The nose has some interesting aromatic elements, for sure. I pick up slight apricot, melon, grapefruit rind, and papaya along with distinct pineapple juiciness and a touch of grassy dankness right in the back. Honestly, this smells quite good! It's definitely gonna be a yeast-forward beer, I'm thinking, cuz there is that dusty yeast presence in here, but the tropical/orchard fruit approach is quite satisfactorily rendered upon first inspection. A touch of nuttiness with wheat, white bread, and crackery elements on the malty side of things, though it's all buried under the nice hop composition. I'm into it!

On the tongue, this has a somewhat chewy body, slick and oily as it may be in the mid-palate, following through with aplomb as a slight carbonation leads to a lightly-lingering and satisfying finish. A touch of the earthy spelt combined with definite grapefruit, resin, pineapple, and mango/papaya melded in there. Some fruit gum/regular bubblegum as well. Slightly estery for sure, and a tad bit maltier than expected, I think, but pretty damn good overall. I actually am not sure if this uses kveik or a similar yeast. It reminds me a little of Sacch Trois yeast with the orchard/stone fruit/pineapple-forward and slightly funky element. Enjoyable stuff. I'm glad to have picked up a sixer. It won't go to waste!

Dec 07, 2019
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brandonld23 from Massachusetts

2.56/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I started drinking this. At first it was ok, then I could start to really taste the spelt. This beer ruined my night. I had to dump it half way through. All of I could taste was the spelt through the rest of the night. I really disliked this beer. I wish dogfish would brew new beers without the odd ingredients in it...

Dec 07, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass at Hucklebucks in Pottsville Pa last night. Canned 11/1/19, so a little over a month old.

Looks good, hazy dull pale golden yellow body with a big white head leaving nice lacing.

Citrus nose with a light hop note.

Upon tasting, it's a fairly subdued beer across the board, faint bitterness, light citrus and hop notes. It's extremely drinkable though, and the 7.0abv is nigh undetectable.

Mouth around medium, finish a light fruit juice taste with a hint of hops.

Overall, a very drinkable, even chuggable NE IPA. Subtle flavors a nice change from the all out bitter hop assault I usually give my palate.

Dec 06, 2019
American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 131 ratings