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Dogfish Head American Beauty

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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More than 1,500 loyal fans of the brewery and band suggested an ingredient idea and the Dead-inspired story behind it. Our favorite was granola, from California Dead Head and craft beer lover Thomas Butler. “The components of granola – honey, toasted grains, oats and fruit – offer a lot from a beer perspective,” says Thomas, a chemist by day, homebrewer by night. “The idea is to have a bold pale ale that highlights the oats and honey with a nice ‘dank’ hop selection.” American Beauty is brewed with all-American malts and hops, granola and little bit of soul. It’s malty with a big hop kick, and notes of toasted almond and honey round out the flavor profile and balance out the hop bitterness.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
60minuteman (861) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Two finger head and attractive reddish bronze. Shiny. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, floral hops and oats. Flavor is the same. Granola? I suppose. Sweet and sticky. Medium body. Yeast overtones in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1137) - Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Beautifully clear light copper aroma, good foamy head, Aroma has some typical dfh esters, light grass, fruit, and sweet caramels. Cream brule, or toasted marshmello. Same in taste has some sugary caramels probably a bit more standoutish, Slick smooth malty, heavy malt, smooth, carmalley sweet, kinda grainy, toffee sugary finish with some smooth soft bitter. Thought this was a double ipa? Pretty good for a double ipa. Even better for a strong ale. Mild on aroma but very hop flavorful.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (1750) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2014
On the eleventh day of Christmas 2014...as I await the imminent arrival of Jolly Old St. Nick. Pours copper with a medium rocky slightly off white head that leaves great lacing . Aroma is earthy, caramel, floral and traces of citrus. Taste is mild bitters with a sweet finish. Medium bodied, alcohol well hidden and soft smooth texture. Overall I enjoyed this immensely,picked up on the recommendation of Chalsk.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophaze (177) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Pours an orange color with medium head and lacing. Very complex. Lots of things going on. Oats and granola at forefront but very well balanced. Feels like a "special occasion" type beer. ----Hophaze out

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2570) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Shared 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters displaying a clear & bright, copper/gold color, with a presentable layer of soft white head foam that gradually diminished to a bubbly ring & film, and clingy spots of lacing. The nose was honey sweet, some light grain, nuttiness, and fruit, much like coffee cake, with alcohol at the ready. Medium bodied, with a decent carbonation that successfully projected the lingering effect of the key flavor components : the moderate, earthy hop bitterness, honey sweetness, and alcohol warmth. Smooth & flavorful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
liquidhedonism (185) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014 22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty and boozy, with hints of caramel, bread, honey, strawberry, and resin. Taste/Palate: sweet and creamy; finishes astringent and slightly tart.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
julesjis (151) - Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Has a nice sweet front and a bit of a dank aftertaste. Hints of honey and bread.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4058) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Aroma is yeast, fruit cake and slightly perfumed. The flavor is oats, fruit, tropical fruit, mild/medium sweetness, a hint of dank hops and a mix of vanilla and mild spices in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtdewa1 (350) - rome, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle. Aroma of citrus, malts and hops. Taste is citrus up front, oats and honey on back end. Well balanced and smooth. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1085) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
On the First Day of Christmas 2014 the beer gods gave to me... An American Beauty, literally. Pours a copper orange color with an off white foam head. A very complex aroma for an IPA. Aroma of caramel, citrus and earthiness, with hints of honey and berry. The taste matches the name. It’s simply beautiful. It starts like a frothy, citrusy IPA before the fun begins. Then as you get hit with the hops, it opens up with honey and sweet berry notes, made more luscious and delicate by the body. This was one I was hoping they’d make a second run of as I missed the first. I am glad to not have missed out.


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