Dogfish Head American Beauty

I always like to try a new Dogfish Head beer when I see one. I picked this one up at Total Wine. I was intrigued by the theme of dedicating the beer to the Grateful Dead. I wondered what granola would taste like in a beer. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if I learned. This one poured a pretty dark gold with a thick white head. It smelled like an IPA. Nice floral and some citrus notes. There was something else I couldn’t tell what it was at first, but after a while I realized it was pepper. Not sure where that came from, but maybe the granola? It did have a malty, bready flavor with a slight citrusy hop bite. However, I never really detected anything distinguishable as granola. It was a decent imperial pale ale, but it was not quite as special as I’d hoped. It does carry a 9% ABV punch. It’s not overly boozy, but you can tell it is an imperial. I would give this one a three out of five proper pints.

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