India Style Brown Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

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India Style Brown Ale
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very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2005)
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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours a clear medium mahogany brown in color with some garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that slowly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass and a couple of small patches of very thin film. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there are hints of a traditional brown ale (especially in the malt aromas) followed by moderate amounts of earthy and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there was a fairly sweet malt body with some notes of toffee and brown sugar followed by stronger flavors of earthy and herbal hops. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable though not my favorite hoppy offering from Foothills. It is a solid beer and quite easy to put down but was not as good as some of the others I tried while at the brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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!

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Busy bee
Nice clean aroma. Gets avg because there is nothing to tell. Empty
Dry but balanced with the mouthfeel and hops. A slight astringency but not overwhelming. I'd have another. But then again I like porters. I brew them and would try to do this one but add more stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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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.

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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.

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India Style Brown Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.