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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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5,440 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,440
Reviews: 1,938
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 272
Gots: 724 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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A: At first the beer takes on the appearance of cola. It starts out dark black with a fizzy tan head, then the fizz settles down to a creamy fluffy top that leaves some lacing. When held up to light, the body shows very dark hues of brown, but it is very dark for a brown ale.

S: Not a whole lot going on in this department. There's a slightly nutty scent with a faint hint of caramel, and a faint acrid scent like an old piece of wood furniture with varnish. It's not too unpleasant just off-putting.

T: Very faint and mellow bitterness in both the hops and dark grains. It's a nice marriage of both these bitter flavors. Neither overpowers the other. There is a bit of a coffee quality to it, but with a freshness that is brought on by the hops. Not quite tea-like, but like a herb spiced coffee. I want to be clear that it doesn't taste like coffee, it just has that richness to it.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty full but not enough to overtake the palate. Nice pleasant bitterness, good carbonation, easy to drink.

O: I found this beer very easy to drink, with that little zing of hop flavor. I would drink it again. It has just enough malt flavor and hop flavor to make it an enjoyable drink for lovers of either side of the fence. Don't expect a malt or hop bomb. This is very well balanced.

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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