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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (1365) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2013
On tap at the gaithersburg brewpub. Excellent beer. Lots of malt and hops well balanced. Creamy body.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
njnut (352) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Poured from bottle into snifter a nice gold with some tan head. Aroma was malt heavy, grains and honey. Taste was malt, honey, slightly pine hoppy. Has a sweetness in the draw but bitters near the finish. Just a small amount of basement funk. Slightly oily in the mouth. For a Dead beer I think granola was perfect choice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1581) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Strong beer. Lots of honey, some lemon, danker hops, still pretty drinkable. What a long strange trip.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4079) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Orange and clear pour with foamy sticky off white head. Had this as part of a draft flight at Jerrys in Andersonville. Super fruity, vanilla, yogurt, orange and a little hops. Delicious

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
klk343 (139) - - JUL 23, 2015
Clear golden. Tangy. Citrus hops with a little lemon. Definite wheat backbone. Dry aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Overall it's a decent beer but has flaw including a astrigent paper like ending. Nice brown color with a smooth finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2015
The aroma is soapy with malt and nut honey. The appearance is golden with a sudsy head. The taste is dominated by hops and like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall it’s so so.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
akoeninger (550) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2015
On tap at tipsy cow. Clear orange. Aroma of almond, honey, dank hops. Taste is hoppy and very malty, creamy, and a touch boozy. Hops are present and add a golden raisin touch to the big malt. Medium body, syrupy

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1436) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Well I have a version dedicated to the Grateful dead. big candy flavor, mellow enough and enough hops. Nice golden color and pretty good head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (1732) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Tap at clarks. Pours goo end with limited head and lots of lacing. Nose is sweet and fruity. Flavours are sweet syrup, fruit, grassy bitter. Taste med bitter light sweet. Light body lively carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElCapitan22 (260) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Pours a really nice amber color with some nice lacing and ok head retention. Smells of resin and pine. Tastes bitter, but not too dry. This is a pleasantly surprising good beer.


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