GJF (1290) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the gaithersburg brewpub. Excellent beer. Lots of malt and hops well balanced. Creamy body.
obguthr (4181) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honey and lemon zest nose, not strong, even milder grain note. Clear copper, thick yellow head, some lacing. Honey and grain flavor. Full body, hot, starts quite sweet but ends dry.
fidelis83 (2046) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy amber to copper pour with a three finger, creamy beige-yellow head. Aroma is caramel, oily grain, big toasty notes, mellow, but strong honey and spicy and floral hops. Flavor is honey, big, big toasty notes, hay, toasted oats, dried nectarines, pine, floral and spicy hops. Medium body, creamy to syrupy feel throughout and medium carbonation. Good stuff overall, I dig the combination of toasty grain and honey notes in the forefront.
Chad9976 (1272) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dogfish Head has been brewing limited-release brews in collaboration with famous musicians in the last few years. “American Beauty” is a Grateful Dead-sanctioned brew which is made, appropriately enough, with almond honey granola. It claims to be an imperial pale ale, but is probably better viewed as an American Strong Ale since it doesn’t follow style convention (then again, what DFH beers do?). It’s definitely a unique beer, and overall a good one – just not a great, memorable one.
I poured a 750ml bottle into the official Dogfish Head goblet. It was bottled on 11/14/14 and cost $13.99 ($0.55 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful shade of deep copper/orange color. Clear complexion with consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a large, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.
Smell: Strong honey presence, as well as strong alcohol presence. Slightly medicinal.
Taste: An eccentric brew like this is difficult to describe since there’s so little frame of reference. Comparable to a pale or amber ale in both appearance and base malt character, though it’s presence of almond honey granola that really drives this palette. Initially, there’s a strong taste of raw honey with some minor grassy and zesty flavors lingering. Through the middle I detect some light nutty character (almonds especially), and minor spicy hop bitterness as well. On the finish there’s a strong boozy character, akin to honey-flavored whiskey or bourbon. There’s a lingering aftertaste of alcohol, slightly dry, but easily tolerable. This recipe probably would’ve worked better on a smaller scale, as it seems to be lacking subtlety. What’s here is good, but not of the high quality I normally associate with Dogfish Head.
Drinkability: I’ve reach a point where 9% ABV on a beer label doesn’t intimidate me, though once in a while I’ll encounter a brew that weighs me down like American Beauty. The alcohol is present in all facets – aroma, taste, and weight. There’s significant warmth on each swig and the taste is closer to whiskey or vodka than any kind of sweet vanilla usually found in high gravity craft brews like this. The mouthfeel is a bit tepid, noticeably thick, and low in carbonation. There’s a residual, slightly sticky aftertaste. I can overlook it, but I’d rather not have to.
Franckg (138) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beau liquide ambré et translucide rappelant le scotch. Arômes de gomme balloune, pêche et houblons sucrés. En bouche c’est très doux et soyeux. Le goût suit les arômes et offre un beau côté sucré de miel assez unique. Un peu amère par la présence de houblon sans être trop intense. Belle offrande de DH et chapeau pour l’originalité
badwhale (384) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber to tulip glass. Pours a clear copper / amber with a white frothy head that lingers. Looks like good lacing. A sour / bitter nose, the flavor is hoppy, but somewhat sour. I don’t get any granola out of this. Possibly some honey notes. Pretty malty and sweet. Light mouthfeel, and you can’t tell at all it’s 9% Good, but I don’t need any more.
TheCaptMatey (134) - Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear golden amber colour with a thick off white head that left thin lacing. Aroma is herbal and citrus hops, biscuit malt, and faint notes of honey. Taste is sweet malts, bitter hops, and a honey finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Bitterness tends to mask other flavors, but not too harsh overall.
ilovedarkbeer (2369) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brilliant reddish copper color with a foamy off white head. Notes of raspberries and cereal, lemons, caramel, and something earthy and grapy.
Brookelynnn (1) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best IPA I’ve ever had... Please start making it regularly!! Also, drop the price a bit :)
Scouser (279) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a nice orange colour with a little off white lacing and head. Aroma of malt and spices. Grapefruit hop profile with a clove aftertaste. An ok beer.
AKORN (208) - Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear golden, amber with a nice head. Malt, honey, biscuit, spices and a mild hop aroma. Honey, malty and bitter tastes with an alcohol finish and a lingering bitterness. Very good