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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

5,327 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,327
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 259
Gots: 631 | 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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Photo of ChaimS
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a light head, not much carbonation. light lacing.

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Purduechris13
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. If I am interpreting the coding correctly, this was bottled on 11/17/14.

A- Dark brown with slight amber and black highlights. Half finger head that moves a fairly thick lace. Decent retention on the side of the glass.

S - Grains, slight hops, dark fruit, cocoa, smoke, wood

T - Some caramel, cocoa, mild citrus, burnt grains. The description on the bottle seems spot on. Very clean and you can tell it was dry hopped.

M - Carbonation is medium light, things get chewy and a little sticky as it warms.

O - A well put together brown hybrid. Still looking for that brown ale that will stop me from reminiscing about the original Pete's Wicked.

Photo of scantonio
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of everythingiszen
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, dark brown, with a subtle red tinge. Almost no head, what there is is very fine. Lightly carbonated, heavier body. Smells of sweet and dark malt. Leads with brown sugar malt, balanced caramel sweetness and a fair amount of hoppy bitterness, lingering finish of coffee and subtle smoke. Small amount of alc bite on some finishes. An interesting, while not outlandish, brown. Not bad at all. I’m nota huge brown fan, but if I’ll order one, it’ll be this.

Photo of ChaseG12
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional coffee notes. Perfect cold night brew

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tekstr1der
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest brown, this smells of carmelized goodness. So malty and smooth with rich flavors of roast and molasses. Not usually a fan of Dogfish brews, but this is one of the finest ales.

Photo of agammon
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aaryah
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hardtailbrewer
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a class of its own!

Photo of beaulabauve
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duoglass
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuffmanCanNeverDie
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dewback4
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TCMike
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobertConway
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Ox_Man_Cometh
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. I made an account just to review it!

That being said, I can't give you that in depth a review, but I'll do my best.

Looks: Nice deep brown. Very appetizing.

Smell:It smells good. Maybe a little underwhelming, but also appetizing.

Taste: This is where it really shines. Fantastic caramel malt start with a wonderful hoppy finish. Maybe even a little chocolate at the end, but my palette is not that developed. Really excellent, I can't swoon enough.

Feel: Very smooth in the mouth, and going down. I took off half a point because I felt it should be a little more carbonated.

Overall: Stellar on all counts. I bought this because I was worried the 60 minute IPA would be too hoppy for my friends, and figured this would be more balanced. I was right, and won big on the gamble. Everyone loved it. Get yourself some.

Photo of strandm
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brownbass
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique blended concept. I'm partial to very hoppy beers. Although this isn't too hoppy, it's a good slightly hoppy option for darker fall or winter season beers.

Photo of misternebbie
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a awesome brown ale, not easy to find in PA, but very complex fruit, coffee and very malty, try this one

Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 5,327 ratings.