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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

5,031 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,031
Reviews: 1,880
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 226
Gots: 487 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Jameswoody, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jmccraney, Mar 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Madisonian, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Kips, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

MalKen, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of RWLawman
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a generous khaki head that dissipates a bit, but still stands at about half an inch thick.

S - Absolutely delicious smell. Malt, caramel, a slight woody odor. There's so much going on here that it's hard to really pinpoint all of the different characteristics.

T - Heavy malt presence, with caramel notes, and like the nose, a slight wood-flavor presence as well. There's also the hop bitterness on the back, but it's very nicely balanced among the other flavors. Big time complexity, which is nice.

M - Sticky, thick mouth feel. Moderate carbonation, but smooth at the same time.

O - Pretty solid offering by Dogfish Head, which is no surprise. I'm not sure I've had a beer by them that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. Midas Touch, Palo Santo Maroon, Raison de 'Etre, Chicory Stout, and now this. Awesome job once again by Dogfish Head. Highly recommended.

RWLawman, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

wmobley, Mar 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

mikool_451, Mar 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

DES8888, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Matagal, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

DaPan, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

mattafett, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

JacobGumina, Mar 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

gwiedman1, Mar 10, 2013
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1.68/5  rDev -59%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dogfish Indian Brown Ale - tastes like cough syrup

seriously, how anyone can drink this and not think of robitussin is beyond me.
How bad is it? I purchased a crate on recommendation and I'm giving it back to the kid who sold it to me.
I created this account just to post of the experience. Its nasty. Its so nasty this should be a one sentence review and yet I'm hammering out all this whatnot to reach the 250 word minimum.
in a word. its gross.

direwolf-pgh, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Mini4x, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jbeezification, Mar 09, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep, cranberry ruby body. Fine, light khaki head with great retention and ok lace.

S - Big nose. Huge roast grain note. Dark late, hazelnut, brown sugar.

T - Hazelnut, soft roast grains, burnt brown sugar, toffee, cola.

M - Light, drinkable frame. Nice carbonation. Great smoothness.

O - Huge flavor with great balance.

vfgccp, Mar 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Mike099, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

dancheatham, Mar 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Duvel, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

craftbrew502, Mar 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

TubbyDullard, Mar 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Hockey_Fan, Mar 05, 2013
Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 5,031 ratings.