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RATINGS: 264   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 (1323) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4097) - 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 (2837) - 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 (365) - 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 (1100) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BroadestTom (81) - - MAR 10, 2015
Aroma floral, spruce, citrus, Appearance amber, orange, clear, frothy, tan foam, Taste light sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate medium body, average carbonation, bitter, Overall I would suggest this beer to a friend

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1222) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2015
A nice interesting pale ale. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Smells of floral notes, pine and honey. Taster is very floral, with honey and granola, and a piney hoppy finish. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mindwarp (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Pours gold and it took me a while to narrow it down to that for some reason I’m seeing to many colors. Small white head, Smells sweet not unlike a Belgium, ale not person. Love the Grateful Dead but I have no idea what granola smells or taste like so I’ll leave that to others. Tastes sweet, malts hops and the taste seems to stick to the tongue (top not under). Overall a good beer for a Great band.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4986) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Deep copper and crisp amber coloured body with a nice orange and copper tint. Aroma of light hops, a caramel malt and some subdued fruit scents. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong alcohol flavour at first with a good deal of malt and light hops that are balanced well, but don’t show too much nuance. Aftertaste is fairly bland with some earthy and caramel malt, a touch of hops and only some fruit flavours that have any complexity. Overall, a nice body with a relatively mild and light balance of both hops and malt. Decent, but not worth searching out nor spending a lot of money on this one. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Costco in Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia on 05-February-2015 for US$10,99 sampled at home in Washington a few feet away on 26-February-2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Love the label, saw the Dead numerous times, had to buy a bottle. Caramel pour with a light beige head. Nice malt aroma. Nutty aroma in the finish. Taste is a malty body, little nutty in the end. Very tasty, easy to drink, nice lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomTron (419) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Clear copper pour with not much of a head. Grassy hop and some sweet honey aromas. Definitely some nuttiness coming through as well as the earthy hops in the taste. Very solid offering from DFH. Now off to go find another friend of the devil...

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