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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

4,835 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,835
Reviews: 1,868
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 212
Gots: 397 | 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:
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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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.8%

08-24-2014 21:38:50 | More by Nichols33
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MissBaker

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-24-2014 09:26:30 | More by MissBaker
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Lagerquestrian

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

08-24-2014 02:06:56 | More by Lagerquestrian
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logicalparadox

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

A: They call this a brown ale, but it pours coffee-black. Nice head to start, with OK retention. The initial sight is one to behold. Head looks creamy and caramel-colored atop a dark, brooding abyss beneath. By the bottom half of my beer, the head was gone with little to no lacing.

S: The nose is full of fresh roasted coffee, brown sugar, dried plums, molasses, big malts, and a hint of... pine. Yes, pine. But just a touch.

T: Coffee, caramel, gingerbread cookies. The brown sugar comes through nicely, with a touch of sweetness, but not cloying. The hops are noticeable, but bitterness is low; leaving the piney-herbaceous notes in focus. The finish is a long dance between espresso, and the grassy-piney. Caramel notes come out to play from time to time, as do the warming esters of the alcohol (but not too much, at 7.2% ABV).

M: Lighter-bodied than the color suggests. Fairly fine carbonation makes for a soft, sturdy mouth-feel that still manages to not come off as heavy or domineering. A big beer in a small package. A hefty contender that has a certain amount of style and grace.

Overall:
Hmm. This was a surprise. It's a little of a lot of things. I like it. Not my favorite profile, to be sure, but interesting. Challenging enough to induce contemplation, but quite easy to drink. The bitterness is moderate, a culmination of the interplay hops and roast. I like this and already recommended it to someone looking for something different.

08-23-2014 23:28:01 | More by logicalparadox
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diamondlie

Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%

08-23-2014 03:05:09 | More by diamondlie
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mmessmore


5/5  rDev +22%

08-23-2014 02:54:24 | More by mmessmore
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thgreatrandini

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

08-22-2014 09:00:28 | More by thgreatrandini
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Hophazzard

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

08-22-2014 01:43:07 | More by Hophazzard
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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

08-21-2014 23:02:55 | More by Alwhitmer3
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Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

08-21-2014 21:36:24 | More by rjbrenn3
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bfitzge2

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -26.8%

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Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%

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California

4.56/5  rDev +11.2%

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EJJ1848

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-20-2014 21:29:18 | More by EJJ1848
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DanielMB

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +22%

This is a stunning brew. Just like they say, Dogfish Head has managed to combine the flavors of a brown ale and scotch ale with the hoppiness of an IPA. The appearance is a medium, copper brown with a tan head. The taste is very caramel, with the bite of hops alongside, and the earthy toastiness of a brown ale as well. A tremendous beer from a tremendous brewery.

08-20-2014 02:44:32 | More by DanielMB
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Bzash


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

08-20-2014 01:57:46 | More by Bzash
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WoostaBia

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-19-2014 18:43:08 | More by WoostaBia
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TooGood

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-19-2014 17:00:58 | More by TooGood
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shawnchong


2.8/5  rDev -31.7%

08-19-2014 14:38:51 | More by shawnchong
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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 4,835 ratings.