Dogfish Head never ceases to amaze their craft beer loving fans, and they’ve done it once again with two exciting beers just released! First up is American Beauty, the revival of their Grateful Dead inspired psychedelic pale ale, available now in 12 oz. 6 packs for the first time ever! Next is The Perfect Disguise – is it an IPA disguised as a Kolsch, or a Kolsch disguised as an IPA? Guess we’ll have to let you decide for yourself…
There was something different about a Grateful Dead show. Whether you saw one or 100, you felt it, but you knew it wouldn’t last forever. If only you could have bottled it….
American Beauty, a pale ale inspired by the Grateful Dead, captures the spirit of the band’s 30 years of touring and recording. Dogfish Head and the Dead both built their followings by connecting directly with beer lovers and music lovers, so when we first started this collaboration (back in 2013), we asked those loyal fans to help drive the recipe.
After receiving more than 1,500 ingredient suggestions, granola was tops. It was the main course in millions of parking lot meals and is a sweet and toasty complement to the barley, succulent wildflower honey and all-American hops.
Now in 2019 – and after three previous 750 mL releases – we’re getting the band back together, releasing American Beauty in 12 oz. 6-packs for the first time ever! And we promise, once you taste it … there’s nothin’ left to do but smile, smile, smile.
On the surface, The Perfect Disguise looks like a straightforward Kölsch with a crisp Kölsch yeast and traditional German malts and hops … but things aren’t always what they seem. With a quick sniff and a slight sip, you’re greeted by a creamy mouthfeel and full body thanks to the addition of a unique German chit malt – the first hint that this beer may be somewhat different.
Hiding deeper behind that German disguise is the double dry-hopping of an American Double IPA, with nearly 4 lbs. of German and American hops per barrel. It brings tropical flavors of citrus, tangerine, mango, gooseberries and peach.
The artwork for The Perfect Disguise was brought to life and designed by 2019 Off-Centered Art Series artist Michael Hacker. The name ‘The Perfect Disguise’ was the inspiration for the illustration design as it’s a play on words with whether or not the beer is actually a Kölsch or an American IPA.