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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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5,321 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,321
Reviews: 1,916
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 259
Gots: 626 | FT: 7
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001

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
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby-brown with a short white head that is gone swiftly. Minimal lacing. Carbonation seems average.

Aroma: Smells of caramel, pine, a little citrus, some grapefruit, and a touch of coffee.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with lots of caramel, pine, and grapefruit/citrus. Nice hoppy flavor alongside a sturdy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Good depth on its own or with a meal.

Overall: One of DFH's signature "That ain't gonna work, bro" beers that somehow does. Super tasty hybrid of a brown ale and an IPA. I paired this with potato chowder and a sausage and it was the perfect winter lunch. My favorite DFH brew, I'd say.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

I have been wanting to try this but so many other beers keep getting my bid first. Finally tried and it was pretty good.

A - Dark brown color. Clear with a smaller khaki head.

S - Rich smell, like an American brown with chocolate, caramel, and malt but then the hops come with a nice herbal tone, and some citrus character.

T - Definitely done well with the same notes as the smell but more of it all and a distinctness that allows you to realize it is both an American brown and an IPA all wrapped into one delicious package. The caramel, chocolate, nut character sits highest but there is a good amount of hops to give it a great bump in flavor. Don't expect this to be super hoppy but it is hoppier than every other brown I've had.

M - Light-medium mouth-feel with nice balanced finish. Fine carbonation for brown. The sweetness on the front is balanced great with the hop bitterness.

Overall, a very good beer that should probably have it's own style and there should be more of these on the shelves. I would really enjoy an "imperial" version of this beer since this one is somewhat lighter than other beers in there roster. I think this beer would be a great paring beer for it's flavorful punch but it's balanced finish. Give this one a try and you won't be disappointed.

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.7/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.1/5  rDev 0%

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3.52/5  rDev -14.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.04/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Gajo74
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown color with a thin head that for me, unlike most reviews here, did not retain for so long. Nevertheless, a thin ring of lace persisted throughout the drink. The aroma was malty and also reminded me mainly of coffee. There was also elements of alcohol. I also detected a citric aroma that reminded me of orange peel. The taste was very interesting in that it featured many sweet malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel and sugary tastes; yet, it was balanced by a slight hop finish that left a bitter aftertaste. The finish also had boozy overtones, and reminded me of scotch or bourbon ales. The feel was creamy and full bodied, with slightly low carbonation. Overall, I was impressed by this brew. Another winner from Dogfish!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into a snifter. Dark brown pour with a short lived khaki head. Sweet caramelized sugar and malt atoms. Sweet chocolate and malt. Nutty and earthy. Medium mouth with nice carbonation.

Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 5,321 ratings.