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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

5,446 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,446
Reviews: 1,938
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 272
Gots: 727 | 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:
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: 5,446 | Reviews: 1,938
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle. Did not see any freshness date. Pours black with a thick, frothy tan head that dissipates very slowly. A little bit of light penetrates through making the beer a deep amber color. Seems very dark for a brown ale. Epic lacing. Could not pick up much from smelling this beer. Maybe a little burnt sugar. Taste is full of burnt sugar, bready malts, and crisp hops to balance things out. Kind of get a metallic, bitter aftertaste on some sips right after the hops come through. Gonna let this one warm a bit. As it warms the aroma gets much stronger. I smell alcohol,plums, brown sugar, molasses. Just smells sweet with dark fruits. As it warms the kind of metallic aftertaste is still there but tastes more like i expect the hops to taste. Hoppier than any brown ales I have ever tried and I like it! The hops give it a crisp finish balancing the malt out but this beer is still definitely a brown ale. Hops are subtle and give you a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is excellent. Overall, a solid beer and a must try. I like this hoppier style of brown ale than the traditional myself.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: At first the beer takes on the appearance of cola. It starts out dark black with a fizzy tan head, then the fizz settles down to a creamy fluffy top that leaves some lacing. When held up to light, the body shows very dark hues of brown, but it is very dark for a brown ale.

S: Not a whole lot going on in this department. There's a slightly nutty scent with a faint hint of caramel, and a faint acrid scent like an old piece of wood furniture with varnish. It's not too unpleasant just off-putting.

T: Very faint and mellow bitterness in both the hops and dark grains. It's a nice marriage of both these bitter flavors. Neither overpowers the other. There is a bit of a coffee quality to it, but with a freshness that is brought on by the hops. Not quite tea-like, but like a herb spiced coffee. I want to be clear that it doesn't taste like coffee, it just has that richness to it.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty full but not enough to overtake the palate. Nice pleasant bitterness, good carbonation, easy to drink.

O: I found this beer very easy to drink, with that little zing of hop flavor. I would drink it again. It has just enough malt flavor and hop flavor to make it an enjoyable drink for lovers of either side of the fence. Don't expect a malt or hop bomb. This is very well balanced.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

216 calories per bottle with 7.2% ABV. It’s a deep brown color with a good balance of bitterness with the malty roast aftertaste. The brown sugar is lightly apparent, but not too sweet like you'd think. The aftertaste is well settled and lingers long after. Not sure if I could tell a big difference between this and other dark ales without comparing them side by side. There are subtle hints that would probably be more apparent when comparing a similar competitors together. Generally speaking this was not bad and I would rank this high in the dark styles when preferred.

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 5,446 ratings.