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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

4,677 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,677
Reviews: 1,852
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 197
Gots: 321 | FT: 6
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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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been saving this bottle for almost two years, ever since Dogfish Head stopped distributing to Canada. I would say this bottle has got to be nearing three years in age. I am very excited for this ale, to say the least!

Appearance - Thick, creamy beige head. Bubbles dissipate to form a whip-creamy layer. I have let this sit and warm for almost twenty minutes now. The retention is very, very impressive. After settling for almost a minute or two, twenty minutes later and the head on this has hardly changed. Impressive! Very dark. So dark that you cannot see through this, even when held up to the light. Almost black, versus brown. (DISCLAIMER: This bottle has been aged)

Smell - Coffee, brown sugar, peppercorn, strong yeasts, dark fig, licorice, roasted almonds, molasses, wood and a wee bit of smokiness. Nice and sweet on the nose. Definitely much more of a stout aroma, compared to a brown ale, in my opinion.

Taste - Dark, ripe cherries, dark baker's chocolate and peat moss/ smoke. A nice, woody oak flavor. Also, coffee, brown sugar, cashews and almonds, strong, bold barley malts, with a faint hint of licorice. Ranging from light to medium as far as carbonation goes. The hops are very similar to that of your typical American IPA, although the IBUs are tamed down a bit. The alcohol is certainly present, cutting though everything, but not necessarily a bad thing. Leaves your tongue buzzing.

Mouthfeel - Stimulates the upper-front of the mouth the most. Also, the tip of the tongue. The alcohol is hidden well, but perhaps a little too noticeable (especially during the aftertaste).

Overall - I would say that this shares more similarities to a Scotch Ale than it would a Brown Ale or American IPA. The peat moss really cuts through from the Scotch barrels, which isn't a bad thing, but for some, might throw them off if expecting a standard brown. I love this beer. It really flaunts all sorts of interesting characteristics. Lots of smoke, baker's chocolate, brown sugar and American hops are present. A beautifully complex beer and arguably, yet another classic from Dogfish Head. Sam certainly knows his shit.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 06:19:38 | More by Agent1
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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 4,677 ratings.