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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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5,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,244
Reviews: 1,896
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 243
Gots: 560 | FT: 6
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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Came back to this one after awhile and it was just as good as I remembered. Short version: roast and malty sweetness are in perfect balance, and finished nicely with assertive but not overwhelming hop goodness. To say that this is a well-balanced but flavorful brew does not do it justice - what I really mean to say is that this brew manages to keep three intense flavors in perfect balance in one brew, making for a top-notch experience.

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355ml Bottle as a gift from Virginia:
Medium to dark copper & clear with a light, tan brown head that's slightly foamy & about a 0.5cm tall with little initial movement.

Sweet & nutty with sugar & caramel coming through. Medium strength malts are there with hints of hops giving the beer a definite American style aroma. Darker fruits/raisins with some further sweetness, hints of chocolate & light bitterness come through as well.

Malty with plenty of hops & even some citrus. Some nutty flavours come through too with sweetness & caramel with some darker fruits too. Definitely not what I was expecting but a very nice taste with some roasted flavours, plenty of chocolate & faint bitterness towards the end as well.

Medium bodied, quite sweet on the palate with a sticky smooth feel that goes down with only a faint hint of alcohol showing. Carbonation was about medium with this one as well and the balance was a good one with the hops & malts working well together from the start.

Another excellent beer from Dogfish Head, I really enjoyed this one. Plenty of hops with some citrus as well which was unexpected but very nice. A great beer.

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 5,244 ratings.