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Dogfish Head American Beauty

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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (2046) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Slightly hazy amber to copper pour with a three finger, creamy beige-yellow head. Aroma is caramel, oily grain, big toasty notes, mellow, but strong honey and spicy and floral hops. Flavor is honey, big, big toasty notes, hay, toasted oats, dried nectarines, pine, floral and spicy hops. Medium body, creamy to syrupy feel throughout and medium carbonation. Good stuff overall, I dig the combination of toasty grain and honey notes in the forefront.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1271) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Dogfish Head has been brewing limited-release brews in collaboration with famous musicians in the last few years. “American Beauty” is a Grateful Dead-sanctioned brew which is made, appropriately enough, with almond honey granola. It claims to be an imperial pale ale, but is probably better viewed as an American Strong Ale since it doesn’t follow style convention (then again, what DFH beers do?). It’s definitely a unique beer, and overall a good one – just not a great, memorable one.

I poured a 750ml bottle into the official Dogfish Head goblet. It was bottled on 11/14/14 and cost $13.99 ($0.55 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful shade of deep copper/orange color. Clear complexion with consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a large, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.

Smell: Strong honey presence, as well as strong alcohol presence. Slightly medicinal.

Taste: An eccentric brew like this is difficult to describe since there’s so little frame of reference. Comparable to a pale or amber ale in both appearance and base malt character, though it’s presence of almond honey granola that really drives this palette. Initially, there’s a strong taste of raw honey with some minor grassy and zesty flavors lingering. Through the middle I detect some light nutty character (almonds especially), and minor spicy hop bitterness as well. On the finish there’s a strong boozy character, akin to honey-flavored whiskey or bourbon. There’s a lingering aftertaste of alcohol, slightly dry, but easily tolerable. This recipe probably would’ve worked better on a smaller scale, as it seems to be lacking subtlety. What’s here is good, but not of the high quality I normally associate with Dogfish Head.

Drinkability: I’ve reach a point where 9% ABV on a beer label doesn’t intimidate me, though once in a while I’ll encounter a brew that weighs me down like American Beauty. The alcohol is present in all facets – aroma, taste, and weight. There’s significant warmth on each swig and the taste is closer to whiskey or vodka than any kind of sweet vanilla usually found in high gravity craft brews like this. The mouthfeel is a bit tepid, noticeably thick, and low in carbonation. There’s a residual, slightly sticky aftertaste. I can overlook it, but I’d rather not have to.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franckg (136) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
Beau liquide ambré et translucide rappelant le scotch. Arômes de gomme balloune, pêche et houblons sucrés. En bouche c’est très doux et soyeux. Le goût suit les arômes et offre un beau côté sucré de miel assez unique. Un peu amère par la présence de houblon sans être trop intense. Belle offrande de DH et chapeau pour l’originalité

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badwhale (383) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bomber to tulip glass. Pours a clear copper / amber with a white frothy head that lingers. Looks like good lacing. A sour / bitter nose, the flavor is hoppy, but somewhat sour. I don’t get any granola out of this. Possibly some honey notes. Pretty malty and sweet. Light mouthfeel, and you can’t tell at all it’s 9% Good, but I don’t need any more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCaptMatey (134) - Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Poured a clear golden amber colour with a thick off white head that left thin lacing. Aroma is herbal and citrus hops, biscuit malt, and faint notes of honey. Taste is sweet malts, bitter hops, and a honey finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Bitterness tends to mask other flavors, but not too harsh overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2369) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Pours a brilliant reddish copper color with a foamy off white head. Notes of raspberries and cereal, lemons, caramel, and something earthy and grapy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Brookelynnn (1) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2015 does not count
This is the best IPA I’ve ever had... Please start making it regularly!! Also, drop the price a bit :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scouser (279) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2015
pours a nice orange colour with a little off white lacing and head. Aroma of malt and spices. Grapefruit hop profile with a clove aftertaste. An ok beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AKORN (208) - Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Pours a clear golden, amber with a nice head. Malt, honey, biscuit, spices and a mild hop aroma. Honey, malty and bitter tastes with an alcohol finish and a lingering bitterness. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2436) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear, amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor follows - grapefruit hops, hints of honey in background. Light lingering bitterness. $14.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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