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RATINGS: 206   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 (1245) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2013
On tap at the gaithersburg brewpub. Excellent beer. Lots of malt and hops well balanced. Creamy body.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsnicholas (117) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle (750ml): Pours a ruby/golden color. Moderate head. Kind of a sticky feeling. Not a bad IPA just a little bit sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (1816) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Pours copper from the bomber with a soapy head and lacing. Dank and wet grainy nose. Flavors start with alcohol, grains, citrus and a lightly boozy bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel that feels a bit boozy, slick on the palate. Not bad, but just left of center. Then again, as a tribute to The Dead, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bozokarl (9) - Fairfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014 does not count
Kind of sweet. Not very hoppy for an Imperial Pale Ale. Not worth the $17 for a 750ml I paid for it but being a Deadhead I had to try it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2241) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of grain and cereal, moderate lemon syrup for the hops, light broth for the yeast, with a hint of honey. Head is small, frothy turning wispy, off-white with spotty lacing but good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy medium amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily to almost syrupy with a soft soft to lively carbonation and has a moderately to heavy alcoholic finish. Sweeter and more syrupy than most American Strong Ales, but that just makes it more of a slower sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
Bière couleur de miel, légèrement voilée et nappée d’une fine écume marquant légèrement le verre. Des arômes incroyables de caramel doux, de biscuit et une note fraîchement herbacée. Elle est bien amère et très peu sucrée. Huileuse, corps robuste, finement effervescente et qui se termine dans d’incroyables arômes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a nice golden color with white head. Cereal grains, malt forward, and nuts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some sweetness. Not much for the hop profile though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wisdomsolo (436) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2014
This has a really pleasant aroma of fruitiness, like blueberry granola. Has a decent flavor with a solid hoppy undertone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2167) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2014
750ml bottle shared by jprime. a solid ASA, very much like a sweet and smooth IIPA. i liked that you could actually taste the granola. probably a little underrated because of the DFH hate. nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
750 mL bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a branded stem glass. Pours clear amber with a moderate off-white head that mostly remains and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. The nose has big notes of honey, oats, pale malts and soft resinous hops. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with honey, pale malts, pale fruit, a touch of almond and delicate resinous hops. The finish is long and malty with adequate balance between dank, resinous hops and sweet pale malts. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a decent sweet, fruity pale ale with dank, resinous hops. It becomes perhaps a bit too sweet over time but is otherwise quite nice. 2014-04-25

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2609) - 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.


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