Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

5,559 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,559
Reviews: 1,968
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 286
Gots: 808 | FT: 5
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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: 5,559 | Reviews: 1,968
Photo of GOBLIN
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As far as brown ales go this is fantastic ! A brown ale that is firing on all cylinders for sure. Beautiful color, aroma, taste and feel. A real treat. I wouldn't have believed it myself till I tried it. Might be better than Bells Best Brown in my book.

Photo of Hopsicutioner
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Heaven in a glass. Creme Brule meets hops.

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

Heavenly. Not terribly heavy, rich, variety of flavors.

Photo of spoofer
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers when it's on tap at the local pub.

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

This beer doesn't get the love it deserves. Its amazing, if you haven't had it you need to.

Photo of tedvr
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, but somewhat clear with a small creamy head. Mild brown sugar smell with a malt background. Burnt coffee taste with brown sugar background. Nice mouthfeel, mild carbonation with a nice finish. Very interesting blend of three beers!

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

one of the best browns out there

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown with reddish hues, cream colored head. Good looking brew!

S: Burnt sugar, hops, malty sweetness, roasted nuts

T: Whoa! This one packs a lot of flavor in. Brown sugar, toasted bread, roasted malts. There is a lot to appreciate here. Dogfish head delivers the goods on this one.

M: Medium bodied, drinkable and smooth.

O: I am not crazy about brown ales, but this one is top notch. The hops and the burnt sugar set this apart from the pack of boring masses in this style. Well done Dogfish Head!

Photo of VashonGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I admit I'm not a fan of brown ales. While there are several notable exceptions, if I walk into a new brewery and sample a range of their beers, the chances are pretty good that I will find their brown ale boring.

DFH's Indian Brown Ale is anything but boring. It's an excellent balance of malty goodness, a little sweetness and caramel, and just the right amount of pizazz from the hops. It's a great beer for drinking with a meal, but has plenty enough character to stand on its own.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, deep, dark, mahogany color, with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of toasted and roasted malt up front, imparting some subtle notes of smoke, freshly baked bread, dark chocolate, brown sugar and some subtle hops.

Taste: Damn, that’s good! Massive malt bomb up front, giving off flavors of freshly baked dark bread, roasted chestnuts or walnuts, dark chocolate, and brown sugar-like sweetness, all beautifully balanced with some assertive, but not overpowering hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and pretty smooth, as there is practically not carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.2%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Jesus, this is an outstanding beer! Strong, beautifully balanced flavors of malt, sweet and hops, wrapped up in a smooth quaff! Delicious! Another awesome beer from Dogfish Head, one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, a tuby shine when held towards the light, small beige head quick to a small lace.
Smell of roasted grain, caramel, faint nut, used coffee filter, some cocoa, light fruitiness underneath.
Rich caramel up front, with toasted grain, light hazelnut and some raisin and date too, and quite a lot of crisp citrus. Malts start to cover up, with some cocoa powder and rich toasted bread. Light coffee in the finish and a bit of bitter hop.
Aftertaste has roasted grain and bread, with a bit of nut and cocoa powder. Hops seem to disappear. Medium body, light carbonation, easy to drink.
Can't say it blew my mind. Rich, really tasty, with a bit of extra hop, a bit complex, but quite quaffable, and still, no real "wow!" factor.

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

In a class of its own!

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 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

Photo of JDW4195
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Hops have no place in a Brown Ale. Decent, but the title is misleading.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a small snifter.

A: Dark brown in color with garnet hues. Creamy tan head keeps at a half inch. Broken rings of lacing.

S: Nutty, cocoa, dark caramel, brown bread. light whiffs of grass, tangerine, and perhaps cantaloupe and passion fruit underneath.

T: Toasted crust, nutty, cocoa, burnt sugar, brown caramel. Hops ride up with flavors of freshly cut grass and tangerine. Vaguely fruity for a moment. Cocoa, caramel, and orange chocolate on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a deep and creamy smoothness. Awesome velvety texture. Carbonation prickles lightly about the tongue.

O: For me personally this is the best beer in Dogfish Head's core lineup. Serious drinkability here. All the flavors at work play very nicely, and the body and texture put it over the top.

Photo of Reegze79
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The first time I had this beer was on tap at the Warf Pub In Edgartown MA in 2012 and it blew me away; have had it many times since in the bottle. I consider this to be the benchmark for brown ale. Perfect deep brown color and sustained creamy head. Rich, malty, nutty. My fav for fall and winter sipping. No more Sam Smith...

Photo of Kraj30
4/5  rDev -2.4%

great brown

Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby-brown with a short white head that is gone swiftly. Minimal lacing. Carbonation seems average.

Aroma: Smells of caramel, pine, a little citrus, some grapefruit, and a touch of coffee.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with lots of caramel, pine, and grapefruit/citrus. Nice hoppy flavor alongside a sturdy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Good depth on its own or with a meal.

Overall: One of DFH's signature "That ain't gonna work, bro" beers that somehow does. Super tasty hybrid of a brown ale and an IPA. I paired this with potato chowder and a sausage and it was the perfect winter lunch. My favorite DFH brew, I'd say.

Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 5,559 ratings.