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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

4,692 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,692
Reviews: 1,853
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 198
Gots: 327 | 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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damndirtyape

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4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (bottled on 08/13/10) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown on the table, dark ruby red when held up to the light. Poured a decently thick tan foam, but this died down to a skin across the top with a denser ring around the edge of the glass. Nice strands and islands of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Strong roasted malts, molasses, bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, and some aromatic hops all in there. Maybe even a little boozy. Outstanding!

Taste: Rich flavor profile. Deep roasted malts with bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors up front, then some caramel and more rich malt merging in with some pine-like hops. The finish is part bitter hops, part bitter coffee, and part roasted/burnt grain. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue, with a nice thickness. Not creamy thick, but maybe a bit chewy.

Drinkability: Really a great stand alone beer that I feel in love with the first time I had it and I keep coming back to it as a treat. And that's what it still is - a great treat. I think I could handle a larger glass in one sitting, or maybe two of these with a hearty meal, but it's sooo rich I hesitate to call it really drinkable that I could have more and more. I'd need a break between bottles or glasses. But it's a fantastic beer and I keep coming back to it so I can rate it high, just not the highest. If you've never had it, you should definitely give it a try - it's a very unique brew and very well put together.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 00:09:05 | More by damndirtyape
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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 4,692 ratings.