Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by Agent1:
British Columbia (Canada)
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
04-12-2012 06:19:38 | More by Agent1
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
Wow this is no brown mild!This pours a nice deep brown with light had that stuck a little to the sides of the glass,the aroma was pretty nutty and a little bitter sweet.Taste was well unexpected,it had the nutty,earthy qualities of a brown ale but it also had a very alcoholic note to it as well.A real good beer but I couldnt have more than one or two.
06-30-2003 20:09:42 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
Appearance Very dark in color with a beautiful reddish hue. The head was awesome as it foamed up nicely and dropped slowly down to shallow pond level. This big 7.2 ABV Brown Ale left a film on the inside of my glass, too.
Smell This smells like a stout. The big coffee and chocolate aroma is laced with brown sugar, roasted malts, and a bit of caramel.
Taste Again, the giant coffee and chocolate tastes dominate. Theres a nice hop balance in there as well.
Mouthfeel Quite creamy and smooth for such a big ale. Its on the fuller side of medium-bodied and hides the high ABV well.
Drinkability I dont know if Id call it a Brown Ale, but this was good and went down nicely.
12-18-2003 02:26:36 | More by RoyalT
4.72/5 rDev +15.1%
This brew gets a perfect score from me. It was a guest beer on tap at Willibrew. All I can say is AWESOME!! So much more tasty than your average Brown. Much more like a Stout in appearance, smell, taste, etc. Had that Stout chocolate and coffee taste and nose, with a bit more hoppiness than you find in a Stout. GREAT COMBO!!
Update: I've since tried this brew in a 12oz. bottle, poured into a pilsner glass, and I was a bit less impressed with it but it was still very good.
08-08-2010 18:44:01 | More by ExtraStout
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
A: This beer pour a deep amber with excellent clarity. The rocky light tan head settles to a thin cap but never goes away.
S: Rich malt aromas dominate with notes of moderate chocolate, moderately-light caramel and toasty malt. The is backed up by a moderately-light earthy and foloral hops aroma. There is a some of alcohol and a touch of dark fruit esters like raisins and plums.
T: Caramel malt and earthy, spicy hops dominate the flavor with a moderately-high bitterness. Moderately-high citrus hops and a moderate chocolate with a moderately-light caramel and a little bit of toast. There is some malt sweetness in the middle but the balance is bitter that linger long into the finish. There a soft sweetness form the alcohol. Very light fruit esters.
M: Moderately-light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There is both a creaminess about the body and a low prickling astringency. A noticeable amount of alcohol warming.
O: Carmel and a alcohol dominate this beer in most aspects in a balanced ways. It is a very enjoyable blend of the American Brown and IPA styles, this beer has a rich malty base and a solid hops bitterness. This could be classified as a robust porter and a good one at that.
08-10-2012 23:43:17 | More by MadScientist
4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
This is deep, dark, molasses colored beer with a short, spongy head, about the same color as the inside of a malted milkball. he head doesn't last but keeps a thin and blotchy surface layer. Nose is alcohol, rich caramel, dark cherry, fresh grains.
Hoestly, this must be the 10th time I've had this and I still don't really have this beer figured out but it's damn tasty. Taste starts out fruity and yes, nutty. Seamlessly morphs over to the bitter side and though there are definately hops here, they really are behind the scenes, pushing more of cane syrup sort of bitter. With great ease, it all settles into a meekly flavored or light roast coffee taste as the beer goes flat in the mouth. Alcohol peeks out here and there but on many sips is undetectable. Hops finally show themselves for the finish/ aftertaste.
Lovely mouthfeel is mid-bodied with little carbonation and is so right-on for a brown. This is one of the best beers I've ever had seriously.
01-20-2006 05:48:05 | More by JudgeRoughneck
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale. 7.2% alcohol as stated on bottle.
A- Pours a medium-dark fluid with an off white head that drops to a fluffy rim around the glass some froth. Light does penetrate the beer but not much. Leave mild random lacing.
S- Sweet brown sugar, burnt carmel malts, coffee, and mild hints of chocolate. Very fresh smell to this beer.
T-M- Taste upfront is a massive burst of firey carmel malts and brown sugar. Later in the backbone of the beer a hoppy tang with a smooth alcohol zest. Mouthfeel is nice and coffee like with good flavors remaining on the tongue for about five seconds after sipping.
D- Good all round brown ale, by far one of the easyest to drink and at a higher alcohol than most. Great beer.
09-22-2009 18:06:10 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
this was a very isnteresting brew. it is very balanced between a malty brown ale and a hoppy IPA. this balance is difficult to acquire so that makes this a very special brew. it maintains qualities of a full bodied brown ale while also having a hoppy kick that doesnt interfere with the maltiness. it also has roasted malty and coffee-like characteristics which increases the drinking experience.
09-19-2010 23:46:28 | More by CBOLAND17
4.65/5 rDev +13.4%
Appearance: Nice clear brownruby when held to the light. Head is thick and tan. Totally subjective, but it looks like what I'd expect a brown ale to look like.
Smell: Light chocolate-coffee-caramelized sugar, brown sugar. Roast grain.
Taste: Yum! Sweet roasty malt, licorice, caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee beans. Sweet. Hops are oily yet clean and complement the malt nicely.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and very drinkable... creamy thickness.
Overall: Being a total fanboy tool here, but simply unbelievably good. I will be going back for more.
02-13-2007 07:03:36 | More by Chuggnutt
3.93/5 rDev -4.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Dark walnut brown, clear on the pour, with a thin light brown head that receded quickly to a frothy ring. Light lacing.
S: Earthy smells, peat & wood chips combine with dark rich malts.
T: Coffee flavors are the foremost in the malt but there is also some nice chocolate and caramel undertones, and some nut flavors as well. Not sure what the bittering is coming from but it brings the brew just shy of balance, leaving way for some of the complex malt sweetness to come through. The finish relatively long and malty.
M&D: Nice heavy full mouthfeel matches perfectly with the flavors at hand. The carbonation is light and tight, making for a very smooth and creamy texture. I'm not a huge "Brown Ale" guy but this really was good.
04-11-2008 00:28:28 | More by SIRIUS2
4.43/5 rDev +8%
A moderately aggressive pour into an imperial pint glass yields a solid finger of creamy, dark tan foam on top of a coffee-colored, slightly translucent brew. Head dissipates slowly, leaving a ring that doesn't want to go away.
Nice chocolate smell with some coffee and grassy, herbal notes from the relatively high hop content. Some sweet citrus rounds it out.
Definite chocolate and coffee flavors without too much sweetness; not a dessert brown ale like some. Ends up crisp and dry with grassy and herbal flavors and leaves a nutty finish that lasts and lasts. The coffee flavors are better than most coffee, even most good coffee.
Shockingly smooth (especially considering the ABV) and bewitchingly complex; I could drink this every day.
07-03-2007 02:13:00 | More by TuckerCarlson
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a deep dark murky brown with crimson hues coming through when held up to the light. A soft bubbly khaki head pops up and then falls to a ring around the top. Crisp nose with roasted grain, sweet burnt brown sugar, nuts and some piney hop tones. Both unique and appealing with sticky patchy lacing.
Big first sip brings a healthy dose of roasty, toasty caramel/brown sugar maltiness...smooth with a nice sweetness. A nice clean hop bitterness hits on the back of the palate and accentuates the flavor nicely. Dark molasses with a hint of fresh baked bread.
Good, full bodied brew that makes itself known on the palate. A tasty brown ale that I could easily have a few of. Another quality DFH brew.
02-19-2005 04:46:06 | More by orbitalr0x
4.1/5 rDev 0%
Clear dark caramel with highlights of amber. Basically no head on the pour, only a light tan ring around the glass.
Aroma is interesting. Chocolatey, light toasted malts hinting to some nuttiness, alcohol is evident as well. Some of the aromas remind me of a wee heavy.
Toasted notes come through again, chocolate is evident towards the finish. Alcohol is again noted but it really works well with this and isn't overpowering. Definately the most alcoholic brown I've had to date.
Crisp on the tongue initially. Thinnish mouthfeel, I'd like to see it a bit thicker. Somewhat limited drinkability. Alcohol is evident and warms the stomach on the way down, even though it does work well with the flavor, its hard to have more than one. Good stuff though, and pushes the limit of a brown ale...what I expect from DFH.
07-28-2006 02:28:00 | More by blitz134
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
A_Dark brown with a thick,creamy tan head.
S_Sweet. Molasses,brown sugar and hops.
T_Same as the nose. Molasses,brown sugar and spice. Strong espresso bean/chocolaty finish.Rounded out nicely by hops. Not too sweet not too bitter.
M_Very thick and creamy.
D_Extremely drinkable although the ABV is a bit higher than you would expect.
08-29-2010 21:21:16 | More by nickadams2
Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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