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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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4,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,837
Reviews: 1,868
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 213
Gots: 399 | FT: 7
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a dark almost black color with a nice 2 finger beige colored head that dissipates slowly leaving really nice lacing on the 20 oz pub glass.

Smell is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and molasses. Really nice smell to it, I really smells world class.

Taste lets the nose tell the story for it. Really nice sweetness to it with the coffee, and chocolate taking center stage. There is some hop bitterness that comes in in the middle to really balance this one out nicely. The end of the taste is really clean for such a sweet caramely taste at the beginning. The hops really clean it up.

Mouthfeel is really nice with it being really velvety smooth but with enough carbonation to make it really drinkable.

They say this is a mixture of a scotch ale and an IPA and to make it a brown ale. That really tells the tale for me. It is really nice and caramely and sweet but it also has the hop bite that really balances it out well. Another really nice beer from Dog Fish.

08-25-2014 01:22:27 | More by ArchimedesSox
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-24-2014 22:28:40 | More by Mtoogs
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

08-24-2014 21:38:50 | More by Nichols33
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-24-2014 09:26:30 | More by MissBaker
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

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

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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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%

08-23-2014 03:05:09 | More by diamondlie
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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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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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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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2.8/5  rDev -31.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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