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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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5,069 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,069
Reviews: 1,881
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 225
Gots: 499 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Metalaero, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of scot_chale
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Two fingers medium brown bubbly brown head. deep dark brown body that's hard to see through, but no signs of carbonation.

S- caramel malty goodness. rather pungent with some hints of dark fruit and fruity esters.

T- clean crisp caramel malt that leaves a slightly bitter taste but not strong. very well balanced and bready.

M- it's silky with a bit of bite of the carbonation. it's quite dry, and medium bodied.

O- I'm giving this my first 5 for the taste. when I talk about brown ales, this is what i mean. many of them are close in some regard or another, but this tastes perfect. everything else is a 4.5 only because i wasn't wowed, but they met my criteria. I'd keep this on hand at all times if my bar needed a brown ale that was true to style. Hell yes.

scot_chale, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

amishbooze, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

bpasquini, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of gr0g
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an intensely dark brown, only achieving a head of about one-finger in height. Roasted malt is featured in the aroma, which is something I often feel is lacking in brown ales. Toasted bread and coffee notes, plus a subdued floral hoppiness.

Solidly malty on the palate with nicely balanced hop flavor that lends a dry, bitter finish. Excellent use of darker malts, leading to a nice, roasty flavor. Alcohol is perceptible but well restrained. Carbonation is nicely balanced and not too fizzy.

A great American Brown kicked up several notches, this is my go-to year-round offering from DFH. A must-try.

gr0g, Mar 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

BrownAleMale, Mar 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Ciocanelu, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

alexknuckles, Mar 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Rbrown542, Mar 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

nzerbe, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of DrStiffington
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pored out of my DFH'S growler into a pint glass. Dark brown with a nice head on top. smells roasts, some sweet sugar, slight slight burned sugar. Tastes well balanced between the brown sweetness and some slightly bitter hippiness. I rarely have this one but when I do I'm always reminded about how surprisingly tasty it is!

DrStiffington, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

hokieguy95, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

DiscLizard, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of sommersb
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 03-26-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Dogfish Head Signature
Purchased: Received in a trade

A small tan head sits on this very dark brown beer. It's almost opaque it is so dark, but you do see some slight reddish highlights when held up to the light. Head retention is OK, with a very nice lace.

The aromas have roasted coffee, earthy hops, nuts, chocolate, caramel and molasses.

Toasted malts are the first taste I get, followed by coffee, vanilla, and a wood/oak/barrel aspect. Hop bitterness is there, but definitely in balance with the malts. Reminds me somewhat of a porter.

Mouthfeel is smooth, moderately carbonated, with a body between medium and full. The finish has a semi-sweet chocolate note, with roasted grain as well.

Overall definitely a different beer that works together very well in my book. Flavorful and recommended.

Thanks to Treyliff for this trade extra!

sommersb, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Highstplz, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Kerrie, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Tracker83, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

slay, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Boone757, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

bob_d_j, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

ryandotfox, Mar 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22%

Jamison85, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

fishguyac, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with red hues. 1 inch head. decent lacing

S: Nutty, caramel, and malts

T: Follows the nose and very sweet. I really liked the first few sips but by the end it became cloying. Slightly bittier finish

M: Medium body. A little sticky

Overall: Disappointed in this beer. Based on the ratings, I thought I'd enjoy it but the hops on the finish didn't do enough to even out the flavors.

JuliusCaesar, Mar 21, 2013
Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 5,069 ratings.