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Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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5,025 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,025
Reviews: 1,879
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 225
Gots: 482 | 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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3.89/5  rDev -5.1%

cantal, Oct 13, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%

CHIMat, Oct 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

JellyJacket, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

poured from teh 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

Apours dark like a cola - nearly opaque - full finger of head settles to a thin film with NO lacing to speak of

S IDK what to say, not getting much to the nose at all

T hmmm again not too much here, a solid hit of bitter that's hard to define

M faomy

D not bad - the bitterness remains after the swallow

burnerfinger, Oct 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip, bottled 8/6/2014.

Tasting and reviewing on 10/11/2014.

A = Dark brown with hints of mahogany and ruby red, tan head is small and creamy

S = Chocolate, coffee, hints of dark fruits, sweet molasses and earthy hops.

T = Taste follows the aroma with big notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, molasses, dark fruits and faint citrus, earthy hops and a lingering spiciness on the back end. Alcohol is virtually unnoticeable.

M = Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated, but not spritzy, although there is a tingling on the tongue upon each new sip.

O = A delicious and complex beer, the earthiness of the hops and bitter chocolate/coffee notes really help cut down the sweetness and bring balance. Bordering on porter territory, this hopped up brown ale is robust, complex, and at 7.2% abv, not a brew to be taken lightly.

Das_Reh, Oct 12, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

Benh777, Oct 12, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev 0%

Jasonrmcc, Oct 11, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +18.3%

Tried a Dogfish Head Brown Ale at a restaurant last evening.
Very dark for a brown ale in my experience. Similar to a stout or porter in appearance.
Head development was reasonable and depended on how it was poured. Dissipated quickly.
Ah the taste! A touch sweet with just the right amount of bitterness.
Alcohol content 7.5% was appropriate for this time of year in my humble opinion.
Me like for this time of year.

Blueowl, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

kkibala, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Dr_Bahmbay13, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jayiz, Oct 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

dheldman, Oct 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

themorninglark, Oct 09, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +14.1%

cjfarris4, Oct 08, 2014
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Kristingreco, Oct 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

bungletrpg, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

GregStoner, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

zacky_U, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Daktah, Oct 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ovaltine, Oct 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Well done toasted marshmallow without the bitterness of any char that may accidentally have resulted from the campfire. Really well balanced between its malty character and its dry hops.

Kgoldsbe, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

So hoppy for a brown that at first it just seemed weird. But as I adjusted my expectations, and as I let it warm, the beer really grew on me. It's astonishingly dark (I could see the brown only by holding it up to the light) but r gorgeous. Looks more like a scotch ale than a brown. The nose mixes caramel and a bit of citrus and pine. The taste feels unbalanced when really cold but as it warmed the caramel and nutty qualities evened out the hoppiness. A true hybrid and a great fall beer.

Qbdoo, Oct 04, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

cbcrunch, Oct 04, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

DuffDadddy, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Roguer, Oct 03, 2014
Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 5,025 ratings.