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RATINGS: 197   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 (1203) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2013
On tap at the gaithersburg brewpub. Excellent beer. Lots of malt and hops well balanced. Creamy body.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2494) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of honey, bread, grains, caramel and fruitiness. Flavor of caramel, toasted grains, nuts, fruity esters, honey sweetness and had a bitter dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle through trade, nice amber pour with a lasting white head. Aroma of light citrus hops, grain and sweet honey. Taste is way too sweet almost like Midas Touch, bottle is a bit old though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Treesh (6) - - MAR 17, 2014 does not count
Excellent beer, a little bit sweet, very smooth, nutty and oaty - could have been more flavorful

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Amber color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, caramel, floral hops, pine, and citrus. Taste was much of the same, subtle nuttiness, pine, citrus, caramel, and light alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4396) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a creamy/bubbly off white head. Aroma of honey, lightly toasted malt, some citrusy American hops poking through. Flavor of honey, toasted oats, lemon zest and caramel malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (1868) - Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Clear pale amber with an off-white head. Aroma of honey, grain, and citrus hops. Taste is sweet, boozy, and significantly bitter. Fairly full bodied.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
750 ml bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a light copper color with a two finger off-white head. Retention is quite good, while the soft, soapy texture doesn’t leave a huge amount of lacing behind. S: I seem to pick up a lot in the way of soft tropical and stone fruits, with just a hint of sweetness backing it up. I don’t pick up much granola on the nose. Regardless, it’s a very pleasing but slightly timid aroma. T: This starts off well. A pleasant opening of stone and tropical fruits greet the palate nicely, but quickly the granola combines with the finishing herbal qualities to create something - dare I say - cardboardy on the back end. Sadly, this quality more or less kills this one. Even though the flavors aren’t great, it *is* pretty drinkable for 9%, with no hint of the booze anywhere. M" This is fairly light, clean, and non-boozy, which gives it good drinkability. On the other hand, the sweet, long finish over-exposes the crappy aftertaste. I never really noticed the carbonation that much. O: Bah, another disappointment from DFH. The sad thing is that this had promise - there wasn’t an overload of ridiculous ingredients, just a basic imperial pale ale with ’Merican hops and granola. The end result, though, is something that starts off nicely but quickly falls on its face faster than you can say "Deadhead".

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaroonOrange (124) - - FEB 25, 2014
On tap. Pours an orange - amber color with a creamy head. Grain, floral hops, and almonds on the nose. Flavor pulls out the almonds and honey with a sweet citrus finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
miamibrewer (5) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2014 does not count
Malty with a big hop kick, and notes of toasted almond and honey. 9% ABV! Wouldn't an Imperial Pale Ale be an IPA though?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (126) - - FEB 17, 2014
a Grateful Dead inspired Imperial Pale Ale brewed with granola and American hops; cloudy amber color; citrusy, bready aroma; citrusy hoppy flavor; lots of citrusy American hop flavor on a biscuity malt base with spice and cereal notes


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