Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

5,565 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,565
Reviews: 1,969
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 289
Gots: 810 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 5,565 | Reviews: 1,969
Photo of FullRW
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

L- Brown with a bit of red when held to the light. Perfect head came right to the top of the pint glass.

S- Smells kind of like a porter with a bit of a sweeter brown sugar aroma.

T- It taste like a scotch ale (which I admittedly haven't tried very many of). It really reminds me of the taste of Oskar Blues Old Chubb, except this Dogfish Head tastes a little more hoppy, and a little more sweet, but only just a little.

F- Carbonation is just a tad weak. It seems like they wanted to create the illusion that it has more body by slightly under carbonating it, but this beer is a little to thin to pull this off. If it was carbonated just a tiny bit more it would be perfect.

Overall, this is a very solid beer that I will definitely pick up again. This would really hit the spot if you're craving a darker beer during the warm summer months.

Photo of Urk1127
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

based off of memory I remember I did not like this. It was maybe my second craft beer ever. wouldn't revisit though.

Photo of claytong25
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really got started into the whole craft beer market by some tasty brown ales and porters. I've continued onto IPA's , but not to much of a stout fan.

Anyway, this is by far the best high alcohol brown ale I have ever had. Its just so perfect in every way. Absolutely smooth and so enjoyable to sip and swirl.. I plan on using this beer to introduce craft beer virgins into this exciting market. I love the idea of giving these small breweries my money that the giant commercial beer makers out there.

Cheers to Dogfish on making me a so very happy customer with this WONDERFUL BROWN ALE!!!!

Photo of milwaukee512
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another fantastically unique beer from Dogfish Head. Like Namaste or Aprihop, Indian Brown Ale makes a strong case for DFH's "other" beers that aren't really as well known as their 60 or 90-minute IPAs, at least not in WI. Like the aforementioned "other" beers, Indian Brown Ale is a superior and unique take compared to the standard for it's category. Too hoppy to be a true brown ale, but too malty to be even an English-style IPA. The hops take the edge off of the big coffee and caramel flavors, and this beer feels light for its style. I don't drink brown ales often, but this will be my go-to from now on.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried many Dogfish Head beers and frankly, I don't find many of them very good. I appreciate pushing the limits and trying non-mainstream ingredients, but every experiment doesn't need bottling.

This one, however, is one of the few that I find very, very good and would recommend.

Nice dark brown color with tan head that slowly dissipates. Good lacing. Good malty caramel aroma that is not overpowering. Slight hop and bitter blends well with the malt.

The beer as is advertised.

Photo of SmashAdams
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very tasty beer. Almost as dark as a porter and similar in taste to one but sweeter and with some hoppiness. Very full flavor and very smooth. yb

Photo of DerekCarruth
2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I don't really like brown ales too much, and this one wasn't great either.

Photo of Indydoc
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is the DFH offering that I like the least (so far). Exceptional, in the wrong direction...

Photo of TBCE
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good, but not Dogfish' best.

Photo of bluehende
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great brown. A lot of very heavy roasted malts along with a lot of hop flavor. Very rich and nicely balanced brown. Deserves it's reputation as one of the best browns out there.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a pint glass. Bottle was dated 1/30/15.

Appearance: ruddy brown with a thick and billowy head.

Nose: roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, toffee,

Taste: chocolate, roasted flavor, caramel, toffee, brown sugar.

Overall: love it. I need more in my life. Potentially a cellar candidate.

Photo of BWWBartender
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love the crisp hops in this rich brown ale.

Photo of Cuttlephish
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While I feel like it combined IPA and brown Ale well in aroma, the taste did not live up to my expectations. Smell was caramel, floral, piney, roasty, and of alcohol. Body was a bit lacking, a little too carbonated. Taste was hoppy, cedar, and bitter malt flavors with almost, but not quite, too much alcohol.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a coffee colored head that laces the glass. The smell is full of heavy flavors such as dark chocolate and coffee scents. The taste was nice as well with those heavy notes being well paired with some nuttiness as well as some light pine from the hops. Well balanced and a very delicious brown ale.

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional and unique. In a class by itself. Don't pass this one by. Enough said.

Photo of Pepper7
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer from a great brewery

Photo of Joncasso
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer was interesting. The alcohol is very present In this beer. This isn't for me

Photo of Jasonkyeager
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I liked every thing about this.

Photo of pwlong19
3.07/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too sour. Reminds me of Bell's Oarsman. Is this beer supposed to be sour? Bottled on 11/21/14.

Photo of PGRADY
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was delicious with a steak. Ideal temperature 37-49 degrees

Photo of Chuck6860
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet malty beverage. Dogfish does not disappoint

Photo of eddiechilton
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown, I'd guess an SRM of about 25, nice cream colored head
S: Caramel, Spicy/Grassy hops, toffee, and a hint of raisin
T: Toffee, Herbal hops, Brown sugar.
M: Medium-light body, really drinkable
O: Really enjoyable beer in a style I am not generally fond of. With a name like Indian Brown ale, and the mention of "well-hopped" on the front, I expected more hops, but I'm actually glad there was less; there's a good ratio of IBUs/SG here.

Photo of Schimms
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours dark brown with reddish tint. Nice sustained one-finger creamy head. Great lacing on the pint glass.

S: Smells very caramel up front with some hop.

T: Wonderful caramel with that delicate coffee flav at the end.

F: Creamy mouth feel with light carbonation - perfect balance.

O: One of the best browns I've ever had.

Photo of stephenipa
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish hit a home run with this brown ale. Solid malt flavor with good balance of hops. Brown ales don't stack up against IPA but a great beer - I enjoy it for a good change of pace.

Photo of hsfn09
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best bottled beer I have ever had. The balance between malted and hopped flavors is excellent and I am always excited to taste the full Dogfish Head experience 1500 miles from their brewery.

Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 5,565 ratings.