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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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4,852 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,852
Reviews: 1,868
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 214
Gots: 407 | FT: 7
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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New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

08-20-2014 00:41:16 | More by jbraico
Photo of Jason


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
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-02-2014 21:54:12 | More by MPSTARR
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

09-02-2014 04:50:22 | More by Keb7816
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3.76/5  rDev -8.3%

09-02-2014 03:44:15 | More by xxlostlatinoxx
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5/5  rDev +22%

09-02-2014 02:23:56 | More by JCOntheRocks
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3.4/5  rDev -17.1%

09-01-2014 22:14:53 | More by ChristineM
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-01-2014 21:32:03 | More by WDR
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4.72/5  rDev +15.1%

09-01-2014 21:05:08 | More by Jeff_Benson
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

09-01-2014 20:44:41 | More by ckr1451
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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%

09-01-2014 17:47:18 | More by GnattyDaddy28
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

09-01-2014 17:12:14 | More by Beerasaurus
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4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

09-01-2014 14:51:56 | More by LutherBrau
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-01-2014 06:07:54 | More by DrMindbender
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West Virginia

4.76/5  rDev +16.1%

09-01-2014 01:05:36 | More by JohnathanColeman
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-31-2014 23:30:06 | More by ToddHolder
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-31-2014 23:08:39 | More by bsherma
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-31-2014 05:09:33 | More by ctwybeerguy
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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

08-31-2014 02:06:44 | More by Ultramegan
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-30-2014 03:35:28 | More by Chris_S
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

DATE REVIEWED: August 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: Watching Return of the King with a worthy beer... APPEARANCE: Wow--allows a look through its body only when held to light--glass is black as a Wraith; the head is two-fingered, off-white and thick.. AROMA: wonderfully balanced: hoppy and citric, with raisin and plum, yet toasted with biscuit... the malts predominate, with a hint of roasted nuts and caramel--intense and robust ... PALATE: thick, creamy, and rather soft in ts carbonation--that classic cola mouth feel; slightly bitter at its end ... TASTE: the aroma sets this beer’s flavor, as dense, blanketed hops give way to unsweetened chocolate and toasted rye bread--a wondrously stout yet drinkable brown, that only hints at the alcohol it wields... OVERALL: what a drink with which to welcome crisp fall nights--strong, stern and warming, yet balanced, complex and highly drinkable...another victory for Sam and the guys at DFH...

08-30-2014 02:54:40 | More by dacrza1
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5/5  rDev +22%

08-30-2014 02:42:04 | More by Histic
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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!

08-30-2014 02:14:43 | More by PA-hunter
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2.88/5  rDev -29.8%

08-28-2014 23:02:02 | More by Carl1776
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-28-2014 21:44:55 | More by aoampm
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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 4,852 ratings.