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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

4,908 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,908
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 217
Gots: 435 | FT: 7
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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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Nichols33, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

MissBaker, Aug 24, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Lagerquestrian, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

A: They call this a brown ale, but it pours coffee-black. Nice head to start, with OK retention. The initial sight is one to behold. Head looks creamy and caramel-colored atop a dark, brooding abyss beneath. By the bottom half of my beer, the head was gone with little to no lacing.

S: The nose is full of fresh roasted coffee, brown sugar, dried plums, molasses, big malts, and a hint of... pine. Yes, pine. But just a touch.

T: Coffee, caramel, gingerbread cookies. The brown sugar comes through nicely, with a touch of sweetness, but not cloying. The hops are noticeable, but bitterness is low; leaving the piney-herbaceous notes in focus. The finish is a long dance between espresso, and the grassy-piney. Caramel notes come out to play from time to time, as do the warming esters of the alcohol (but not too much, at 7.2% ABV).

M: Lighter-bodied than the color suggests. Fairly fine carbonation makes for a soft, sturdy mouth-feel that still manages to not come off as heavy or domineering. A big beer in a small package. A hefty contender that has a certain amount of style and grace.

Overall:
Hmm. This was a surprise. It's a little of a lot of things. I like it. Not my favorite profile, to be sure, but interesting. Challenging enough to induce contemplation, but quite easy to drink. The bitterness is moderate, a culmination of the interplay hops and roast. I like this and already recommended it to someone looking for something different.

logicalparadox, Aug 24, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%

diamondlie, Aug 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22%

mmessmore, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

thgreatrandini, Aug 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Hophazzard, Aug 22, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

Alwhitmer3, Aug 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

rjbrenn3, Aug 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

bfitzge2, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Knobs303, Aug 21, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +11.2%

rudedude985, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

EJJ1848, Aug 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22%

This is a stunning brew. Just like they say, Dogfish Head has managed to combine the flavors of a brown ale and scotch ale with the hoppiness of an IPA. The appearance is a medium, copper brown with a tan head. The taste is very caramel, with the bite of hops alongside, and the earthy toastiness of a brown ale as well. A tremendous beer from a tremendous brewery.

DanielMB, Aug 20, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Bzash, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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2.8/5  rDev -31.7%

shawnchong, Aug 19, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

Camdav, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Nosnevets, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

nicebrewski, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Oakengroves, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

akillerburrito, Aug 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 4,908 ratings.