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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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5,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,036
Reviews: 1,881
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 226
Gots: 489 | 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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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

tbryan5, Oct 16, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Grodd87, Oct 16, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

On tap at Eureka Burger

A: Pours deep dark brown with frothy khaki head that laces nicely.

S: Roasted malt with a little coffee and chocolate.

T: Sweet roasted malt, some dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, some light citrus hops, and a little coffee on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

O: Maybe not as hoppy as I expected, but a very tasty brew.

RyanK252, Oct 15, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

emeyer, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Lucular, Oct 15, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

lilsmizzul1225, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Thor0082, Oct 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

CalebDouglas, Oct 13, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

breakingbland, Oct 13, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

ljbonadonna92, Oct 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

mattjcrawford, Oct 13, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -5.1%

cantal, Oct 13, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%

CHIMat, Oct 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

JellyJacket, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

poured from teh 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

Apours dark like a cola - nearly opaque - full finger of head settles to a thin film with NO lacing to speak of

S IDK what to say, not getting much to the nose at all

T hmmm again not too much here, a solid hit of bitter that's hard to define

M faomy

D not bad - the bitterness remains after the swallow

burnerfinger, Oct 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip, bottled 8/6/2014.

Tasting and reviewing on 10/11/2014.

A = Dark brown with hints of mahogany and ruby red, tan head is small and creamy

S = Chocolate, coffee, hints of dark fruits, sweet molasses and earthy hops.

T = Taste follows the aroma with big notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, molasses, dark fruits and faint citrus, earthy hops and a lingering spiciness on the back end. Alcohol is virtually unnoticeable.

M = Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated, but not spritzy, although there is a tingling on the tongue upon each new sip.

O = A delicious and complex beer, the earthiness of the hops and bitter chocolate/coffee notes really help cut down the sweetness and bring balance. Bordering on porter territory, this hopped up brown ale is robust, complex, and at 7.2% abv, not a brew to be taken lightly.

Das_Reh, Oct 12, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

Benh777, Oct 12, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev 0%

Jasonrmcc, Oct 11, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +18.3%

Tried a Dogfish Head Brown Ale at a restaurant last evening.
Very dark for a brown ale in my experience. Similar to a stout or porter in appearance.
Head development was reasonable and depended on how it was poured. Dissipated quickly.
Ah the taste! A touch sweet with just the right amount of bitterness.
Alcohol content 7.5% was appropriate for this time of year in my humble opinion.
Me like for this time of year.

Blueowl, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

kkibala, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Dr_Bahmbay13, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jayiz, Oct 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

dheldman, Oct 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

themorninglark, Oct 09, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +14.1%

cjfarris4, Oct 08, 2014
Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 5,036 ratings.