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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

4,835 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,835
Reviews: 1,868
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 212
Gots: 397 | 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:
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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jbraico

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
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Jason

Massachusetts

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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Chris_S

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-30-2014 03:35:28 | More by Chris_S
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dacrza1

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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Histic

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22%

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

Pennsylvania

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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Carl1776


2.88/5  rDev -29.8%

08-28-2014 23:02:02 | More by Carl1776
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aoampm

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-28-2014 21:44:55 | More by aoampm
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Maximus_the_Professor

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

08-28-2014 17:38:20 | More by Maximus_the_Professor
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Meyers1023

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-28-2014 02:10:12 | More by Meyers1023
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Dogleg

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-27-2014 17:52:06 | More by Dogleg
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

08-27-2014 16:35:55 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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herbosis


4.36/5  rDev +6.3%

08-27-2014 16:18:34 | More by herbosis
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Patlee3324

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +17.1%

08-27-2014 07:27:56 | More by Patlee3324
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kguard

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-27-2014 05:09:00 | More by kguard
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dsnyder61

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-27-2014 04:08:42 | More by dsnyder61
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beerfootfreak

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

delicious. just roasted enough to not quite taste burned. the caramelized sugar works well to ease the edge and hide any boozy flavors without being classically sweet.

08-27-2014 03:43:39 | More by beerfootfreak
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beergoot

Colorado

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
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kotzbauerm

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-27-2014 00:57:02 | More by kotzbauerm
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johnwetterstrand

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-27-2014 00:32:08 | More by johnwetterstrand
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petewheeler

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-26-2014 22:50:19 | More by petewheeler
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Brunite

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-26-2014 22:40:51 | More by Brunite
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dparker7

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-26-2014 00:56:42 | More by dparker7
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ArchimedesSox

Georgia

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
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Mtoogs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-24-2014 22:28:40 | More by Mtoogs
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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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