Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Ratings: 4,827 | Reviews: 1,866 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with “Packaged In” date on the side of the label.
Appearance: Deep brown bordering black, tiny bubbled but foamy head that stays strong and does not want to go anywhere.
Smell: Herbal and floral hop aroma on top of an unsweetened chocolate and caramelized sugar that some close to a light molasses. Touch of alcoholic esters and dark fruity undertones are detected.
Taste: Fiercely smooth with a layer and complex mouth feel of the medium body. Intricate within the malt flavours ranging from burnt sugar to light roasted malt, nutty almost chocolate to dark bread. Hops are well within the threshold and wield an oily bitterness, flavours tag right along with herbal and floral to the point of being nearly sweet. Mild alcoholic esters with a light mix berry and currant fruitiness. Unsweetened chocolate flavour unfolds slowly on to the taste buds middle to end, close to a carob flavour. Veggie hop finish with remnants of the toasted and roasted malts in the after taste.
Notes: A big yet somewhat humble brown ale, all the flavours and complexities are there but none really want to be dominant. This could be considered a stock or strong ale due to its 7.2% abv, look at it as a sizeable brown ale. An impressive brew.
03-14-2002 00:34:07 | More by Jason
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
The pour exposed a deep reddish-brown body with a rich, thick, frothy light tan head (4.25). Aroma features nuts and chicory; brown sugar and cocoa (4.0). Bitterly sweet malt flavors; chocolate; noticeable alcohol heat; smooth bitterness rises from the back and lingers on the palate at the finish (4.25). Medium bodied; rich, silky, and dry finish (4.5).
This beer exudes a robust malt sweetness and hop bitterness, well-balanced with excellent flavor depth and complexity (4.25).
08-27-2014 02:03:52 | More by beergoot
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a dark almost black color with a nice 2 finger beige colored head that dissipates slowly leaving really nice lacing on the 20 oz pub glass.
Smell is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and molasses. Really nice smell to it, I really smells world class.
Taste lets the nose tell the story for it. Really nice sweetness to it with the coffee, and chocolate taking center stage. There is some hop bitterness that comes in in the middle to really balance this one out nicely. The end of the taste is really clean for such a sweet caramely taste at the beginning. The hops really clean it up.
Mouthfeel is really nice with it being really velvety smooth but with enough carbonation to make it really drinkable.
They say this is a mixture of a scotch ale and an IPA and to make it a brown ale. That really tells the tale for me. It is really nice and caramely and sweet but it also has the hop bite that really balances it out well. Another really nice beer from Dog Fish.
08-25-2014 01:22:27 | More by ArchimedesSox
4/5 rDev -2.4%
A: They call this a brown ale, but it pours coffee-black. Nice head to start, with OK retention. The initial sight is one to behold. Head looks creamy and caramel-colored atop a dark, brooding abyss beneath. By the bottom half of my beer, the head was gone with little to no lacing.
S: The nose is full of fresh roasted coffee, brown sugar, dried plums, molasses, big malts, and a hint of... pine. Yes, pine. But just a touch.
T: Coffee, caramel, gingerbread cookies. The brown sugar comes through nicely, with a touch of sweetness, but not cloying. The hops are noticeable, but bitterness is low; leaving the piney-herbaceous notes in focus. The finish is a long dance between espresso, and the grassy-piney. Caramel notes come out to play from time to time, as do the warming esters of the alcohol (but not too much, at 7.2% ABV).
M: Lighter-bodied than the color suggests. Fairly fine carbonation makes for a soft, sturdy mouth-feel that still manages to not come off as heavy or domineering. A big beer in a small package. A hefty contender that has a certain amount of style and grace.
Hmm. This was a surprise. It's a little of a lot of things. I like it. Not my favorite profile, to be sure, but interesting. Challenging enough to induce contemplation, but quite easy to drink. The bitterness is moderate, a culmination of the interplay hops and roast. I like this and already recommended it to someone looking for something different.
08-23-2014 23:28:01 | More by logicalparadox
Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 4,827 ratings.