Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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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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4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale has a very thick, crackly-sounding, beige head, a dark brown (with lighter, ruby-brown highlights), and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, dark bread crust, nuts, and malt. Taste is of a noticeable charred roastiness, sweet brown bread crust, some nut, licorice, and dark-roasted malt. Bitterness is there, and it increases. Mouthfeel is medium, and Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale finishes semi-dry, not very alcoholic, and easy drinking.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 22:21:07 | More by RonaldTheriot
Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 4,677 ratings.