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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

5,258 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,258
Reviews: 1,900
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 245
Gots: 579 | 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 The_Ox_Man_Cometh
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. I made an account just to review it!

That being said, I can't give you that in depth a review, but I'll do my best.

Looks: Nice deep brown. Very appetizing.

Smell:It smells good. Maybe a little underwhelming, but also appetizing.

Taste: This is where it really shines. Fantastic caramel malt start with a wonderful hoppy finish. Maybe even a little chocolate at the end, but my palette is not that developed. Really excellent, I can't swoon enough.

Feel: Very smooth in the mouth, and going down. I took off half a point because I felt it should be a little more carbonated.

Overall: Stellar on all counts. I bought this because I was worried the 60 minute IPA would be too hoppy for my friends, and figured this would be more balanced. I was right, and won big on the gamble. Everyone loved it. Get yourself some.

Photo of strandm
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brownbass
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique blended concept. I'm partial to very hoppy beers. Although this isn't too hoppy, it's a good slightly hoppy option for darker fall or winter season beers.

Photo of misternebbie
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of taters21
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JDW4195
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Hops have no place in a Brown Ale. Decent, but the title is misleading.

Photo of Harvest06
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ndamstra00
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a small snifter.

A: Dark brown in color with garnet hues. Creamy tan head keeps at a half inch. Broken rings of lacing.

S: Nutty, cocoa, dark caramel, brown bread. light whiffs of grass, tangerine, and perhaps cantaloupe and passion fruit underneath.

T: Toasted crust, nutty, cocoa, burnt sugar, brown caramel. Hops ride up with flavors of freshly cut grass and tangerine. Vaguely fruity for a moment. Cocoa, caramel, and orange chocolate on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a deep and creamy smoothness. Awesome velvety texture. Carbonation prickles lightly about the tongue.

O: For me personally this is the best beer in Dogfish Head's core lineup. Serious drinkability here. All the flavors at work play very nicely, and the body and texture put it over the top.

Photo of amattocks2
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcall384
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BillCheck
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of skrabbenhoft
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reegze79
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The first time I had this beer was on tap at the Warf Pub In Edgartown MA in 2012 and it blew me away; have had it many times since in the bottle. I consider this to be the benchmark for brown ale. Perfect deep brown color and sustained creamy head. Rich, malty, nutty. My fav for fall and winter sipping. No more Sam Smith...

Photo of ZCW
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stwok21
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of TEKNISHE
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Keelin
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Kishanti
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of double2chin
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of timwatson31
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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