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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
popkow (302) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Nice amber hue and golden head for this well crafted brew. Oats, granola notes with a nice hop balance. Finishes on the floral side.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (2083) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Slight grainy taste of oats. Big honey to bring up the alcohol and an interesting hop mix with a bit of bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1971) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Light grain and moderate sweet malt aroma. Hazy orange color with a large white head. Moderate sweet beginning with a light bitter creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2891) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - SEP 26, 2015
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking fairly dark hazy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nicely. The smell started off with a big honey sweetness. Light sweet lemon plays a nice balance and lends a slight hand to the bitterness department. The taste was mainly sweet with a moderately bitter underneath grassy to lemon rind-like balance. There was a dry sweet to semi-bitter lemon-like aftertaste running into a quick dry sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Overall, as an American Strong Ale, it works, I’d have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Tap. Amber pour with a nice looking white head. Nuts, apricots, dried fruits, citrus, herb, spice, caramel. Medium full body. A lot of many things happening in a good way. Very approachable and hides the alcohol very well. Very nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (868) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Pours clear amber color with a 2-finger white head. Mild aroma of citrus hops, maybe some honey. Body is full, with a moderately oily feel. Light astringency to the finish. Some honey sweetness up front, giving way to some citrus hops. Notes of almond and citrus peel in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (550) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2015
Bottle from The Beer Shoppe in Yakima. Aroma: Caramel, dried stone fruit (apricot) and orange plus orange zest, yeast, and light cinnamon. Palate: Soft, rounded mouth feel. Flavor: Similar to the aroma: Caramel, dried stone fruit (apricot) and orange plus orange zest, yeast, and light cinnamon. Comment: Smooth, no sharp hop bite. Like a barley wine with it’s hop bitterness and extra malt dialed back. Very approachable in spite of the 9% alcohol. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (18996) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
27th August 2015
Lightly hazy gold beer, decent pale cream colour head. Palate is light but peppered with with good fine carbonation. Very sweet malts. Some spice. A little perfumey floralness. Fruit liqueur before piney hop and a little more hop spice. Odd but not unpleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miyauchi38 (906) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2015
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Sample at the Tehachapi Beer & Wine Festival on 07/18/2015: Clear golden color with a medium foamy white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of piney hops, fruit and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of herbal hops, roast malt and fruit. The finish is mildly dank with a resiny hops aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomasus (289) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Pours a brilliant copper with an off white head of big foamy bubbles. Aromas are simple and fresh: caramel, floral, dough, and some alcohol. Taste is near perfectly balanced. Wonderfully clean palate with a nice long bitter finish. Awesome!

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