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RATINGS: 211   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 (1267) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2013
On tap at the gaithersburg brewpub. Excellent beer. Lots of malt and hops well balanced. Creamy body.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (168) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Clear copper hued body with a light tan head, good lace & retention. Granola, toasty sweet malt and fruit nose & taste. Masks high ABV well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2120) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a clear amber orange color with a two finger thick off-white head which slowly fades leaving splotches of lace. Aroma is grainy malts, citrus pith, honey, graham crackers, and floral/herbal notes. More pronounced aromatics on warming. Taste is citrusy hops that are fairly mild, mostly grainy malts. ABV noticeable. Has a lot of sweet oats in there too. Medium body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry, creamy and smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1783) - - OCT 2, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-8-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful clear deep amber color with hints of red color within and a big and thick two finger white head. The head has an amazing level of retention very slowly fading over ~ 5 min. to leave a fantastic level of thick and foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of malty and sweet smells as well as a good dose of hop aromas. The malty and sweet are of a bready and light tropical fruit flavor of tangerine and a bit of mango with some other sweet smells of a caramel nature. The hop smell is a rather complex blend with a decent amount of grapefruit and grass and a moderate level of an herbal, grassy and floral nature. A little bit of graininess and alcohol round out the smell giving a rather big and hoppy smell overall. Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and doughy flavor with some flavors of tangerine sweetness as well as some caramel. Hop flavors of grapefruit and herb are present from the start with the grapefruit remaining fairly constant throughout and the herb gaining quite a bit more potency as the flavor advances. A bit of warm booziness comes to the tongue more toward the middle and the end, with some spicy hop flavors accompanying them. Some grass and funk also come to the tongue at this time as well as a bit of an astringent taste. In the end, a rather biting and slightly astringent and bitter, funky, boozed hop flavor is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are appropriate for the style, but a higher carbonation level may have been slightly nicer for the rather odd mix of hop, booze, malt and funk in this one. Overall – Well.. It was OK, but really not worth the $12.00 price for a bottle. The look is fantastic and the taste starts out quite nice, but toward the end of the taste, due to a rather non-complementary set of flavors, leaves a somewhat disjunct flavor it linger on the tongue. I am glad I tried it, but would never buy it again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BayouBeer76 (12) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 27, 2014
Beautiful texture, nutty, naturally sweet palate with a smooth hoppy, yet not bitter finish.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zach8270 (3516) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2014
(bottle - 750 ml) Orange pour with a fluffy white head. Way too carbonated. Oddly sweet aroma with something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Wasn’t granola, wasn’t quite honey. Flavor was sweet and dry and bitter all at the same time. Definitely tasted granola, but that shouldn’t be in a beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsnicholas (212) - 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 (1850) - 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 (2311) - 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.


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