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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

5,312 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,312
Reviews: 1,914
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 258
Gots: 617 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001

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
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Photo of LiquidSwords1201
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tally
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Crogersarch
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of njtmayhem
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer doesn't get the love it deserves. Its amazing, if you haven't had it you need to.

Photo of jvenables31
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tedvr
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, but somewhat clear with a small creamy head. Mild brown sugar smell with a malt background. Burnt coffee taste with brown sugar background. Nice mouthfeel, mild carbonation with a nice finish. Very interesting blend of three beers!

Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ericmurray93
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the best browns out there

Photo of toutlaw33
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMACH
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Herby1011
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmw4437
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pruden
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zacemy
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeff96gt
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gton001
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown with reddish hues, cream colored head. Good looking brew!

S: Burnt sugar, hops, malty sweetness, roasted nuts

T: Whoa! This one packs a lot of flavor in. Brown sugar, toasted bread, roasted malts. There is a lot to appreciate here. Dogfish head delivers the goods on this one.

M: Medium bodied, drinkable and smooth.

O: I am not crazy about brown ales, but this one is top notch. The hops and the burnt sugar set this apart from the pack of boring masses in this style. Well done Dogfish Head!

Photo of VashonGuy
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I admit I'm not a fan of brown ales. While there are several notable exceptions, if I walk into a new brewery and sample a range of their beers, the chances are pretty good that I will find their brown ale boring.

DFH's Indian Brown Ale is anything but boring. It's an excellent balance of malty goodness, a little sweetness and caramel, and just the right amount of pizazz from the hops. It's a great beer for drinking with a meal, but has plenty enough character to stand on its own.

Photo of brainfock
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, deep, dark, mahogany color, with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of toasted and roasted malt up front, imparting some subtle notes of smoke, freshly baked bread, dark chocolate, brown sugar and some subtle hops.

Taste: Damn, that’s good! Massive malt bomb up front, giving off flavors of freshly baked dark bread, roasted chestnuts or walnuts, dark chocolate, and brown sugar-like sweetness, all beautifully balanced with some assertive, but not overpowering hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and pretty smooth, as there is practically not carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.2%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Jesus, this is an outstanding beer! Strong, beautifully balanced flavors of malt, sweet and hops, wrapped up in a smooth quaff! Delicious! Another awesome beer from Dogfish Head, one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of dcmchew
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, a tuby shine when held towards the light, small beige head quick to a small lace.
Smell of roasted grain, caramel, faint nut, used coffee filter, some cocoa, light fruitiness underneath.
Rich caramel up front, with toasted grain, light hazelnut and some raisin and date too, and quite a lot of crisp citrus. Malts start to cover up, with some cocoa powder and rich toasted bread. Light coffee in the finish and a bit of bitter hop.
Aftertaste has roasted grain and bread, with a bit of nut and cocoa powder. Hops seem to disappear. Medium body, light carbonation, easy to drink.
Can't say it blew my mind. Rich, really tasty, with a bit of extra hop, a bit complex, but quite quaffable, and still, no real "wow!" factor.

Photo of wrecknut
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 5,312 ratings.