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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

4,708 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,708
Reviews: 1,853
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 199
Gots: 335 | 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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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 12/03/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with some amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid two fingers of light tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty, roasty, and earthy brown aroma with good hints of chocolate, sugar, and earthy hops. Upfront scent of toasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee roast, biscuit, toasted bread, nuts, caramel, toffee, grains, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar and molasses. Decent hints of earthy hops linger with some grass. Subtle hints of raisin and fig. Also some slight hints of ginger spicing. A pretty solid brown aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty, roasty, and fairly earthy malt forward brown ale taste with good notes of chocolate, sugar, and hops. Upfront taste of toasted malts with notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, toffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar and a little molasses. Subtle earthy hop presence with some notes of grass. Undertones of dark fruit including some raisin and fig. Light notes of ginger spice. A very good brown taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Fairly chewy and slick.

Overall: A very good spin on a Brown Ale. Very good toasty and roasty malt notes. Hops aren't as strong as one might think from the description but as a brown ale it nails the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 08:05:22 | More by MattyG85
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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 4,708 ratings.