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India Style Brown Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

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India Style Brown Ale
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87
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2005)
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Reviews by theWrkncacnter:
Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Had this on top at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC. Took notes on my iPhone, what a wonderful piece of gear.

A - Nice head with lots of lacing, deep brown with hints of amber when held up to the light.

S - Not a whole lot of smell, nothing bad, but not much to detect on the nose (maybe due to the bar I was in)

T - Good amount of hop bitterness, but still has the deep, sweet quality of a brown. Tasty.

M - Slightly harsh lingering bitterness, not the good IPA kind, but well carbonated and certainly not bad.

D - Very tasty and very smooth, I downed 3 of these in one night no problem.

Overall a great brew. I was very impressed. Too bad they don't bottle this because I would buy it all the time.

theWrkncacnter, Nov 21, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

A nice new offering from Foothills,pours a deep mahogany brown with a thin but well sustained off white head,called India brown for a reason a healthy dose of hops in the nose earthy and roasty I picked up a light herbal note in there as well.Wow the hops really shine in this brown,very earthy and dry quite roasted but not much sweetness its a earthy hop driven brown I picked up a touch of menthol in the finish wich was nice.It seems that Jamie over at Foothils is a good utelizer of hops,this really shows it well done.

oberon, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Great, great brown ale. Very sweet in the nose. Almost maple-syrup like scent.

The taste is superbly balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Both tastes are very noticeable. The sweetness hits your tongue at first, and then the bitter hops finish.

Very well-rounded, flavorful beer. I would have liked to have another. I believe this is a seasonal-only.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of ByTor2112
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Had this at Brixx last night at the Triad gathering. The tap did not say it was an India Brown, just " Festive ". Presents a very nice dark brown but the light at Brixx is low. Sinuses are bad so I was unable to get any serious aromas.
Mouthfell starts with a nice malt flavor with mild sweetness and some dark roasted flavors but the hops come in and set up camp and stay to the finish. Very tasty, a little complex with the malt coming first then exiting as a nice hoppy bitterness becomes the dominant flavor. Very nice mouthfeel and I had two pints. Went down very nice, a sessionable winter warmer perhaps? I am always pleased with Foothills offerings and this is a great brew.

ByTor2112, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

LXIXME, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Asheville

A - brown with a reddish hue; thick brownish head; great retention

S - coffee, caramel, pine, citrus, earthy

T - caramel, nutty, heavy citrus, faintly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a rather solid brown ale. It has a tremendous hop presence, solid balance, and still maintains all the traditional qualities of a delicious brown ale. I'll definitely have this again.

tdm168, May 29, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2%

on-tap, $2.50 pint night at Duckworths Charlotte

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appearance: served in a shaker pint, light mahogany body, light garnet hue, tan head with filmy lace

smell: lightly roasted malts, dry cocoa, earthy hop presence, dried dark fruits

taste: This was an enjoyable brown from foothills - though the hopping was less pronounced than anticipated. Woody, dried dark fruit, roasted malt, cocoa, earthy hops

mouthfeel: smooth medium-light body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Nov 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2%

Boitnott, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of silver0rlead
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a mahogany color with a thin tan head that retains OK. The aroma has citrusy and piney hops, along with french roast coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and toffee and some alcohol. The flavor is also hop forward, with a background of dark chocolate and coffee, toffee and dark fruits, along with some caramel and alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is good. A superbly tasty and drinkable beer, perhaps more suited to the Cascadian Dark Ale category.

silver0rlead, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a deep reddish-brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and slight bitter hops. The flavor was of bitter malt, slight citrus/bitter hops. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Had a well-balanced flavor going on here with a good aroma to back it up. Not your typical brown ale, but hey, it's an India Brown so what do you expect? A must try if you can find it on tap somewhere.

thagr81us, Dec 13, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Bung, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

JeffreyJDavis, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

hockeypuck, Jun 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Beeranator, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Thrilled to be able to enjoy this one again. I love nearly everything out of foothills and this was no exception. Nice medium brown pout that when held up to the light gave off a nice glow around the sides and the bottom of the glass. Smooth, even head of light tan comes up and over the top, settling down nicely and really giving it a great look for the style as the lacing coats the inside of the glass. Aroma of caramel, nice bready undertones, a hint of caramel and touches of piney hops are all coming together quite nicely now. Really full and quite well done as it comes up to room temp the hops start to really show themselves and put on quite a show. Rich flavor now as the caramel and bready malts linger and meld with an earthy hop note that gives it just the right amount of bitterness and kick in the finish. Super session able, this one goes down like water.

Overall I love the style and the brewer, so what more could you ask for. That great session ale that works on a hot day but still gives you the complexity and keeps your interest. Great job here.

mikesgroove, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

appearane: The beer is a deep, rich brown in color. The tan colored head has great retention and light lacing.

smell: Green American hops at the forefront with notes of a lighter malt sweetness and touches of toasted and roasted malt.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high end of the medium range, and the body medium.

taste: The delicious blend of American hops and pale malts I find at first are gradually joined by toasted and then roasted malt flavors. After the swallow a wonderful, big bitterness joins the other flavors. The bitterness lingers long into the dry finish with roasted notes.

drinkability: a pleasure

Sampled during lunch at Foothills on my way back from Linville

blackie, Nov 13, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

CraftEyeDoc, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Had this on-tap at the Saucer in Raleigh.

a - deep brown color with a one-finger head, hazy, nice head retention with a little lacing

s - big hop aroma along with a nice backbone of roasted malt and nuts, sweetness is evident, no alcohol in the nose

t - starts out a lot like an IPA with lots of hops, then the malty body makes itself known, finish has a unique nuttiness and sweetness that is followed by a lasting bitterness

m - medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation, but not too much, moderately dry finish

d - very drinkable, alcohol not evident when drinking, the sweetness might limit drinkability somewhat

Great brown ale overall. Foothills has another winner here. I can't wait until they start bottling their brews!

WeisGuy, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of devilben02
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from my home tap, the color is a rich reddish chestnut brown with a thick, fluffy beige head that leaves a crazy amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet and somewhat floral, with a caramel character that is expected. The flavor is richer than expected for the style, however, with a sweet, bready, caramel/toffee malt backbone that is contrasted by a subtle nuttiness and a present but restrained herbal, peppery hop character. Medium-bodied by well-carbonated, this one goes down smooth, especially considering the moderately elevated alcohol level. Overall, this is another well-made beer from Foothills.

devilben02, Jan 19, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a deep amber hue with a dense, tight one finger frothy white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured spicy herbal hop with toasted malts.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal bitterness with chocolate malts and a toasted breadiness offering some balance. Earthy sweetness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was creamy with a residual bitterness.

Overall a silky smooth hop driven brown ale.

plaid75, Nov 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

GABrew, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

cwguy5, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MythicHillbilly, Nov 22, 2013
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India Style Brown Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
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