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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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5,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,036
Reviews: 1,881
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 226
Gots: 489 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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
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.

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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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

Epheister, Today at 03:56 PM
Photo of leantom
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Easily one of the better brown ales out there. Had it on tap. Here goes:

A: Dark brown with a large head that leaves adequate lacing. Looks nice.

S: Actually quite good. Mild NW hops with a strong malt backbone. Loaded with caramel, toffee and raisins.

T; Very good. Initial taste is one of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, some chocolate followed by a smattering of piney hops. Overall, this is a very well-made beer.

F: Excellent. Plenty of carbonation and ample thickness.

O: A very good Brown ale. Will enjoy this one again.

leantom, Today at 02:06 AM
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Jsonta, Today at 01:08 AM
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Rhf9120, Yesterday at 04:48 PM
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4.1/5  rDev 0%

George, Yesterday at 04:13 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

BestIPAs, Yesterday at 03:01 AM
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3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

alcohline_trip, Thursday at 09:29 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Bmmaher, Thursday at 12:11 AM
Photo of Belichick36
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Burnt chocolate notes with a fantastic malt/hop balance. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a slightly (but pleasant and unique) burning feel on the palate. Very consistent quality as usual from Dogfish: Indian Brown seems to have the same flavor and certainly has the same impact it had on me as when I first enjoyed it in 2007.

Belichick36, Wednesday at 10:53 PM
Photo of Tony_Leon
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Could quite possibly be my favorite. It's the best of all worlds.

Tony_Leon, Wednesday at 04:59 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Albeertram, Tuesday at 11:38 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Kevin_Young, Tuesday at 03:48 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

SwG237, Tuesday at 04:44 AM
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

hillind, Tuesday at 01:14 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

mpayne5, Tuesday at 12:57 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

The_Beer_Shark, Monday at 11:39 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

lochef81, Monday at 10:57 PM
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

TheWiredDJ, Monday at 06:22 PM
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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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