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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1271) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2013
On tap at the gaithersburg brewpub. Excellent beer. Lots of malt and hops well balanced. Creamy body.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1078) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (807) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2014
750 ml Bottle. Poured clear, copper, nice off white head that dissipated quickly, no head on the glass. Aroma of malts, caramel, some honey and some hoppy floral notes. Taste is sweet, malts, lots of honey, bitter towards the end. Great beer, quite enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnnnniee (2446) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Shared at the BFD Christmas Party, thanks to who ever brought it. Earthy pine hops, lots of sweet malt with an overbearing honey flavor and sweetness. Nice to try but I wouldn’t seek it out again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bennetporter (46) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Poured a 1 oz sample at a tasting table. Smell is a sweet, vanilla with plenty of esters. Flavor is a robust sweet, caramel almond, with a nice floral balance and good alcohol. Mouthfeel is a big round with a full finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jflopsu (644) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours clear orange with thick tan head. Has a faint malt, grain, and sweet caramel aroma. A sweet taste of fruity malts, honey, and light citrus. A dry aftertaste. Very light body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4199) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2014
750ml bottle fro Fischer Blvd. Poured a clear good looking honey brown with a smaller to average sized foamy off white head. Aroma is perfumey, alcohol, wet hops, sweetness, dry wood. Flavor of dry citrus rind, honey comb, wort, honey topped bread, floral hops. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (168) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Clear copper hued body with a light tan head, good lace & retention. Granola, toasty sweet malt and fruit nose & taste. Masks high ABV well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2127) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a clear amber orange color with a two finger thick off-white head which slowly fades leaving splotches of lace. Aroma is grainy malts, citrus pith, honey, graham crackers, and floral/herbal notes. More pronounced aromatics on warming. Taste is citrusy hops that are fairly mild, mostly grainy malts. ABV noticeable. Has a lot of sweet oats in there too. Medium body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry, creamy and smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1809) - - OCT 2, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-8-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful clear deep amber color with hints of red color within and a big and thick two finger white head. The head has an amazing level of retention very slowly fading over ~ 5 min. to leave a fantastic level of thick and foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of malty and sweet smells as well as a good dose of hop aromas. The malty and sweet are of a bready and light tropical fruit flavor of tangerine and a bit of mango with some other sweet smells of a caramel nature. The hop smell is a rather complex blend with a decent amount of grapefruit and grass and a moderate level of an herbal, grassy and floral nature. A little bit of graininess and alcohol round out the smell giving a rather big and hoppy smell overall. Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and doughy flavor with some flavors of tangerine sweetness as well as some caramel. Hop flavors of grapefruit and herb are present from the start with the grapefruit remaining fairly constant throughout and the herb gaining quite a bit more potency as the flavor advances. A bit of warm booziness comes to the tongue more toward the middle and the end, with some spicy hop flavors accompanying them. Some grass and funk also come to the tongue at this time as well as a bit of an astringent taste. In the end, a rather biting and slightly astringent and bitter, funky, boozed hop flavor is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are appropriate for the style, but a higher carbonation level may have been slightly nicer for the rather odd mix of hop, booze, malt and funk in this one. Overall – Well.. It was OK, but really not worth the $12.00 price for a bottle. The look is fantastic and the taste starts out quite nice, but toward the end of the taste, due to a rather non-complementary set of flavors, leaves a somewhat disjunct flavor it linger on the tongue. I am glad I tried it, but would never buy it again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BayouBeer76 (12) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 27, 2014
Beautiful texture, nutty, naturally sweet palate with a smooth hoppy, yet not bitter finish.


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