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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1351) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2013
On tap at the gaithersburg brewpub. Excellent beer. Lots of malt and hops well balanced. Creamy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1176) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Lovely hop aroma. Orangish pour w/ a white head & some lacing. The taste is of a mild ipa but at 9% quite dangerous. Tasty & leaves a lingering hoppyness. Well done!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (7363) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
750 ml bottle from Party Town. Pours a clear orange with a finger of off-white head that settles into a lasting film and thick ring. Notes of honey, grape must, caramel, sweet bread, red apple skins, tea, and booze. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a boozy, juicy mouthfeel. It sits heavy on the palate and just lingers. I don’t know. There’s nothing offensive about it, but for all these 750 ml DFH bottles with all these lengthy description, all the crazy parts don’t seem to amount to much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
raoul_duke (148) - - MAY 18, 2015
22oz from wegmans. The nose is absolutely great, hop with some intense floral notes. Cloudy hay with not much head and minimal carbonation. Red orange tones. Pretty good balance but not much hop or malt jumping out. No heat for a 9% abv. A little funk on the aftertaste. Easy drinking high abv with not too much flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3372) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Draft. Bland malty aroma. Clear copper with a large off-white head. Sweet fruity grainy malt, white grape, and herbal hops flavor. Medium body, soft carobnation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (1029) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAY 13, 2015
A strange brew. Bits of random grain and fruit are evident in this drinkable ale. Nothing particular and not too hoppy. Pours a medium golden with a thick head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (459) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Poured into an English pint glass. Copper colored with a cream colored head. Aroma is caramel malt, some cereal, and some earthy hops. Flavor is similar with some spiciness / pepperiness towards the finish. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall a little on the sweet side but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4131) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very clear light amber color with a moderate frothy light tan head on there. Nose is fruity and floral with a noticeable amount of honey coming off it. Taste is moderately bitter, and has a decidedly toasty bite to it. A bit intense, but interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2853) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle shared at catch 22 bottle share! Grateful dead beer, coool maan. Pours a clear golden brown with minimal off-white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma and taste are just big malty sweetness, nothing outstanding or memorable. Not bad, but meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koskela (376) - Marysville, California, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Cerial comes to mind for this aroma in this clearish light amber color. Special K red berries. Thats the aroma. The taste is not far off either. Sweet and granola up front with an aftertaste of sweet fruit and a slight warmth from the 9%. Its full bodied and tiny carb bubles makes for a nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (1177) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Draft pour at elliott bay pizza. Pours a nice amber color with a swirling foam head and a ton of lace. Very high carb with a lot of sweet malt and honey aroma and flavor. A little soapy and bitter finish. Has some spice, but it’s a little overpowered. Medium body, and grainy. Overall enjoyable. Not bad.

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