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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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5,143 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,143
Reviews: 1,887
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 233
Gots: 520 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Forget about the car companies, this is the original hybrid. A cross between a Scotch Ale, an India Pale Ale and an American Brown, Indian Brown Ale is well-hopped and malty at the same time (It's magical!).

The beer has characteristics of each style that inspired it: the color of an American Brown, the caramel notes of a Scotch Ale, and the hopping regiment of an India Pale Ale. We dry-hop the Indian Brown Ale in a similar fashion to our 60 Minute IPA and 90 Minute IPA. This beer is brewed with Aromatic barley and organic brown sugar.

50 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001)
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Photo of PA-hunter
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured bottle into glass. 7.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep caramel brown color, almost black. Has a lasting brown head.

Smell- Sweet malty aroma like caramelized sugar. Citrus like as well.

Taste- Roasted dark chocolate brings about a sweet richness in the pronounced taste. Caramel is evident as well just as it was in the smell. Towards the end the hops shine, as the bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy in body. Good carbonation.

Overall- A beer that is impressive. Full of taste. The chocolate taste played well with the hoppy bitterness. A great brown all and one to try!

PA-hunter, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of jbraico
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Great brown color. Very little carbonation. Thick head when poured, but disappeared shortly afterward. Nice caramel smell. Very drinkable, not a lot of bite at all. Smooth going down as well, not heavy.

jbraico, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Jason, Mar 14, 2002
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4.64/5  rDev +13.2%

GoBrewSteveO, Yesterday at 10:27 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

zenithberwyn, Yesterday at 05:02 AM
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3.24/5  rDev -21%

Max_e, Yesterday at 12:40 AM
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4.04/5  rDev -1.5%

Ultimate, Yesterday at 12:03 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

ThreeEcho7, Saturday at 09:59 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

TwoTrees, Saturday at 04:49 PM
Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Tastes like black coffee and club soda; looks like black coffee and club soda.

It doesn't taste "bad," but if you don't like coffee, I wouldn't recommend this beer.

xxxcjbcxxx, Saturday at 04:31 PM
Photo of ChadwickHines
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Good tasty stuff.

ChadwickHines, Saturday at 12:20 PM
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Gkruszewski, Saturday at 02:11 AM
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Trashcat, Friday at 06:25 PM
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

irish6174, Friday at 03:08 PM
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

a77cj7, Friday at 06:18 AM
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

t2grogan, Friday at 04:50 AM
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3.84/5  rDev -6.3%

NeubTube, Friday at 03:04 AM
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

sbuscemi28, Friday at 01:26 AM
Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown color with a thin, almost inexistent head.
Nice aroma with coffee and chocolate, licorice, brown sugar and Brazilian nuts.
Flavor with notes of chocolate, caramels, dark fruits, nuts, some citrusy, cocoa powder, toffee-coffee and spices. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% is hard to believe.
Very clean, balanced and easy to drink Brown Ale. It could be a tad less caramelly, which would make it less tiresome.

FLima, Thursday at 02:21 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Electros, Thursday at 12:17 AM
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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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