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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,700 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,700
Reviews: 1,853
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 199
Gots: 331 | 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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tewaris

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Indian Brown Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
...a cross between a Scotch Ale, an India Pale Ale, and an American Brown (brewer's description)
7.2% ABV
OG?
50 IBU
12 oz bottle, bottled July 21, 2010 poured into a New Belgium snifter on September 18, 2010.

Appearance 5/5
Pours clear and deep brown, that gives an appearance of black in a glass. Tan colored creamy head that starts huge, sticks around, and leaves an excellent lacing.

Aroma 3.5/5
The initial aroma is sweet, but hops overpower it. The hop aroma is very fresh and herbal: grassy, citrus. I could not detect any of the sweetness from the first impression over the course of the beer; it was a hop-fest.

Taste 4/5
There is some malty sweetness, and a good backbone from start to finish, but it's always in the background. It never gets sweet and remains bitter all along, sometimes because of flavorful hops, and because of the roast at other times. The roast can be very well felt and once in a while it tastes like over roasted coffee, not meant in a bad way. But, where's the caramel? It seems like a hoppy porter or a Black IPA: a generously hopped ale brewed with dark malts, and a pretty good one at it. But, not a malt forward beer as it claims to be. Clean and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Seems alright. Carbonation is medium, so is the body. Never cloying.

Drinkability 4/5
Good. Overly bitter at times, even though the IBUs are low for the body.

Other
Too much roast is my complaint with this one; I expected a different beer from their description. But, is it good? Very much. Will I drink it again? Yes! Would I recommend it? Yes!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 00:32:27 | More by tewaris
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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 4,700 ratings.