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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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5,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,242
Reviews: 1,895
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 242
Gots: 556 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown color with a thin head that for me, unlike most reviews here, did not retain for so long. Nevertheless, a thin ring of lace persisted throughout the drink. The aroma was malty and also reminded me mainly of coffee. There was also elements of alcohol. I also detected a citric aroma that reminded me of orange peel. The taste was very interesting in that it featured many sweet malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel and sugary tastes; yet, it was balanced by a slight hop finish that left a bitter aftertaste. The finish also had boozy overtones, and reminded me of scotch or bourbon ales. The feel was creamy and full bodied, with slightly low carbonation. Overall, I was impressed by this brew. Another winner from Dogfish!

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Poured into a snifter. Dark brown pour with a short lived khaki head. Sweet caramelized sugar and malt atoms. Sweet chocolate and malt. Nutty and earthy. Medium mouth with nice carbonation.

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A: (3/3) Transparent ruby brown with thin but well-retained creamy head
S: (8/12) Sweet apple with light piney hop notes
T: (17/20) Sweet caramel or toffee with a hazelnutty finish and a mildly bitter hang
M: (5/5) Medium carbonation with a mostly wet feel
O: (7/10) I really can’t fault it for what it is. It’s an incredibly drinkable beer, and the 7.2% alcohol and liberal hop use takes this brown ale out of the realm of “solidly boring” that I so often find brown ales in. That said, I can’t help feeling that Dogfish Head just took a mediocre brown ale and hopped it so it would taste good.

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 5,242 ratings.