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India Style Brown Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

India Style Brown Ale
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87
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%


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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atsprings

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a light brown almost deep amber with a decent head that was mostly lasting but left little lacing. Aroma was dominated by piney and citrus hops with some caramel malt in the background. The taste was similar with a great hop blend on top of a good malt backbone. The beer wasn't too strong at all on the palate and the hop bitterness covered the alcohol well. This is a very enjoyable Indian Brown Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2007 07:09:40 | More by atsprings
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2010 03:46:18 | More by silver0rlead
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plaid75

New York

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 20:32:59 | More by plaid75
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blackie

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2006 22:21:20 | More by blackie
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark mahogany color with ruby highlights; the firm ecru head left shards of lace around the pint glass

Smell: After it warmed, it provided a black cherry aroma

Taste: Spicy black cherry and roasted malt flavors dominate up front but are joined, mid-palate by earthy bitterness that builds into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting and complex flavor profile makes this one an unusual treat; makes up for the draining of the last of the Baltic Porter

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2006 19:46:04 | More by brentk56
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2005 20:35:08 | More by oberon
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2006 03:09:29 | More by chOAKbarrell
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John1985

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Barley's in Asheville. Ale came out dark brown with a half inch white head. Aroma was dominated by hops, taste was a very well balance of rich, almost chocolate malt flavors and bitter citrus hops. A very interesting and delicious flavor profile. After taste was pleasantly bitter. Very drinkable-I could have had several of these.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 10:31:18 | More by John1985
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WeisGuy

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2007 19:07:10 | More by WeisGuy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

04-13-2010 01:57:09 | More by mikesgroove
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the pub itself. Came out a dark brownish red, with about a quarter inch head on it. This disappeared to nothing but an outer ring. Though there was some decent lacing along glass edge. Smelled sweet and caramel-esque. Faint hops in there as well.

This is a nice crisp, bold, hoppy Brown Ale! Wow! I'm glad I tried this one. It's hoppy and slightly bitter, but not too much that I'd mistake it for an IPA. Just enough to keep me sipping. Definitely some malty sweetness in there as well, as this is very well-balanced. Some butterscotch flavors pull through just a bit. Man, this is good. Too bad it's only around for a little while.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 18:09:17 | More by Onenote81
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rodrot

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the good fortune of finding this on tap at a local watering hole in Blowing Rock. The beer poured a pretty amber/brown hue with a small head that stuck around. There was a good bit of carbonation despite the smallish head. Aroma was a good whiff of piney hops up front and some nutty malts. Taste was quite hoppy and citrusy with some caramel malt flavors mixed in and finished with a bitter note. Mouthfeel was medium bodied on the palate. The chalkboard above the bar had this beer listed as 7.9% abv but I didn't notice it as the alcohol was very well masked. Hops take center stage here and I love my hops, so I've got to score the drinkability pretty high. Curiously, this beer reminded me of Pete's Wicked ale when it first came out way back when. Back before the recipe was changed and it lost that hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2007 16:45:00 | More by rodrot
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottling day at St. Somewhere and someone was kind enough to bring a growler of this one.

Very nice and alive looking. Lacing rings after every sip, and nice globbage after a few swirls. Nice two finger creamy colored collar. Great retention.

Smell was very heavy with coffe bean at first after it warmed up a little I got a bit more of a dark cherry and wood aroma.

Taste is somehwhat the same as the nose. A kind of coffee grind flavoring at first with a darker,fruiter finish maybe even a little smokey.

Medium bodied, good carbonation and excellent balance.

This one was a surprise veyr enjoyable and very tasty. A solid brown ale.

Serving type: growler

12-07-2011 19:00:24 | More by TheFightfan1
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foothills India Brown Ale, on tap at the Olde Rabbit's Foot 2010 release event. Enjoyed in a footed pilsner glass.

Appearance: Arrives a transparent but darkly burned amber, sort of right at that cusp of natural opacity. Nice hue, and capped by one finger of great taupe head with just fantastic stick. Successive sips leave thick, crunchy sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass, and as the head fades, a uniform surface dusting emerges. Plentiful and fast effervescence is visible through the dark body throughout the experience. A lively and attractive beer.

Aroma: Nuttiness blends well caramel and toffee notes, a robust and pretty wholesome though typical "brown ale" sort of smell, complimented on the lower end of the register by an herbal, slightly piney hop note and a little higher by a springy, green, grassy hop note.

Taste: Toast, caramel, and crystaline, burned toffee provide the base for this one - again, your standard English brown ale notes, well-made enough though not mindblowingly good or terribly unique. The hop bouquet is - unsurprisingly - plentiful, with strong earthy, herbal, and minty components, perfect for the toast and slight astringencies of the malt base. A slight nuttiness emerges as this one warms. The hop bitterness itself is moderate, not over the top, and provides enough balance to keep the residual sweetness in check without overwhelming any of the aforementioned flavors.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and well-carbonated, as expected from the appearance, though the moderate thickness of the body keeps it from being too erratic or overbearing. Plenty of hop oils keep things smooth and slick.

Drinkability: An interesting take on the new "Black IPA: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Hop" trend, given that flavorfully hopped versions of every style that can seem to take it are being experimented with. The nuttiness added a unique interplay with the springy, spicy, earthy hops, and I'd like to see this at least become a regular fall seasonal at Foothills - a very fine beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 02:23:04 | More by CrellMoset
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 21:49:14 | More by tdm168
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, $2.50 pint night at Duckworths Charlotte

cellphone notes

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

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 21:21:49 | More by dirtylou
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 15:30:17 | More by thagr81us
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Milltown in Carrboro.

Pour is slightly translucent brown. Head is slightly off-white and kind of fizzy.

Smell is kind of soapy, with a bitterness that I would normally account to the Olde Hickory Hickory Stick Stout, but with a hop bitterness that I expected.

The taste is very bitter, more than DFH Indian Brown Ale. It has a Hickory bitterness that I associate with Olde Hickory, but there is a hoppiness that is almost unexpected, even for an Indian Brown Ale. The soapy feeling is sitting in the background, and rounds out the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 00:45:54 | More by VncentLIFE
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2006 16:26:11 | More by ByTor2112
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2011 03:33:28 | More by devilben02
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap at the brewpub. It was poured almost to the brim so it had almost no head. There was also not much lacing either. It was dark brown, a few shades darker than Newcastle. It smells hoppy with a touch of caramel. This is a strong brown ale that is on the hoppy side, but also has a touch of caramel in it as well. It feels heavy so I don't think I could drink more than two of these in a sitting. This is a good beer that seems like it is meant to be a combination of IPA and brown ale. I really liked the fact it was hoppy. I highly recommend trying this one but its a seasonal so you better act fast.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2009 15:54:10 | More by thegodfather2701
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CWiggins

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham. Intrigued by its description on the menu, I decided to begin my evening with this offering. The menu discussed the beer's affinity for both IPA and Brown Ale styles; not the sort of thing one easily imagines.

It was served in a Foothills pint glass. (Apparently, Tyler's serves each beer in a signature glass by the maker!) The color was dark brown with golden highlights. The off-white head was substantial, and had enough stamina to last throughout the time in its glass. I detected strong hops in the nose with some notes of toasted nuts and sugary malts. The flavor threw me for a bit of a loop: I wasn't expecting such a pronounced hop bitterness. It's called "brown ale," so I thought it should have more characteristics of that style. It seems to be closer to the American IPA with some dark sugary sweetness that's akin to Brown Ale. I'm not quite sure what to make of this. It's certainly good; there's nothing here to be offensive. And it's very refreshing!

There's a nice, dry finish with lingering notes of bitterness and a dark nuttiness as well. The texture is normal for IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2007 03:39:06 | More by CWiggins
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first chance to try the Foothills brews. This brew pours a light brown, dark amber with an off white foamy head. Aroma is very sweet, roasted malts and brown sugar are very big with some other fruitiness, probably from the hops. Taste has a hint of citrus, but a roasted chocolate character dominates almost like a stout, not entirely sweet; a little bittersweet thrown in. One of the thickest and heartiest brown ales I have had. A little alcohol is noticeable as this is a tad stronger than your average brown ale. All in all a very solid start to my Foothills brew journey. Very good and worth a try.

Serving type: growler

03-28-2008 23:59:53 | More by saintwarrick
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Paincane

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown color with off white head leaving medium lace. Served in pint glass.
S: Nutty and toffee aromas predict the flavors ahead.
T: Malt, nut and toffee flavors are present up front followed by a nice hoppy bitter finish.
M: Well-balanced medium bodied brew with mild carbonation.
O: Good brew that I am glad I tried and would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 00:08:41 | More by Paincane
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Foothill during dinner with my lovely wife after a long day of work... she did the work though. :)

A: Not as dark as I thought it would be. It poured a dark red-brown color, with about a 1.5 finger mocha head that stuck around for a while.

S: I got malt and brown sugar that was fairly bright in the candy department.

T: This wasn't the malt bomb I was expecting. It was fairly hoppy actually, with a bit of honey-like sweetness that really gave it character. It didn't seem "Imperial" at all to my taste buds.

M: Well carbonated and somewhat sugary, with a substantial lacing bill, and a fairly bitter disposition.

O: I thought this was very good although not as good as DFH's entry. NOTE: I certainly dug it with my cheese fries!

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 00:33:13 | More by Chaney
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India Style Brown Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
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