India Style Brown Ale | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
foothillsbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
4
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5
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark mahogany color with ruby highlights; the firm ecru head left shards of lace around the pint glass

Smell: After it warmed, it provided a black cherry aroma

Taste: Spicy black cherry and roasted malt flavors dominate up front but are joined, mid-palate by earthy bitterness that builds into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting and complex flavor profile makes this one an unusual treat; makes up for the draining of the last of the Baltic Porter

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice new offering from Foothills,pours a deep mahogany brown with a thin but well sustained off white head,called India brown for a reason a healthy dose of hops in the nose earthy and roasty I picked up a light herbal note in there as well.Wow the hops really shine in this brown,very earthy and dry quite roasted but not much sweetness its a earthy hop driven brown I picked up a touch of menthol in the finish wich was nice.It seems that Jamie over at Foothils is a good utelizer of hops,this really shows it well done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours a clear medium mahogany brown in color with some garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that slowly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass and a couple of small patches of very thin film. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there are hints of a traditional brown ale (especially in the malt aromas) followed by moderate amounts of earthy and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there was a fairly sweet malt body with some notes of toffee and brown sugar followed by stronger flavors of earthy and herbal hops. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable though not my favorite hoppy offering from Foothills. It is a solid beer and quite easy to put down but was not as good as some of the others I tried while at the brewery.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Foothills

Clear mahogany pour, with a small beige head that sank to a ringlet, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass. Caramel malts in the nose, fairly roasty, light earthy and citrus hop aromas. This followed through in the taste, caramel malts, brown sugar, nutty, with notes of earthy, citrus, herbal hops, leaving a dry bitterness in the finish; pretty average brown ale with a slightly upped hop profile. Light-medium body, fairly crisp and somewhat drinkable, though lacking in the flavor department.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to enjoy this one again. I love nearly everything out of foothills and this was no exception. Nice medium brown pout that when held up to the light gave off a nice glow around the sides and the bottom of the glass. Smooth, even head of light tan comes up and over the top, settling down nicely and really giving it a great look for the style as the lacing coats the inside of the glass. Aroma of caramel, nice bready undertones, a hint of caramel and touches of piney hops are all coming together quite nicely now. Really full and quite well done as it comes up to room temp the hops start to really show themselves and put on quite a show. Rich flavor now as the caramel and bready malts linger and meld with an earthy hop note that gives it just the right amount of bitterness and kick in the finish. Super session able, this one goes down like water.

Overall I love the style and the brewer, so what more could you ask for. That great session ale that works on a hot day but still gives you the complexity and keeps your interest. Great job here.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Asheville

A - brown with a reddish hue; thick brownish head; great retention

S - coffee, caramel, pine, citrus, earthy

T - caramel, nutty, heavy citrus, faintly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a rather solid brown ale. It has a tremendous hop presence, solid balance, and still maintains all the traditional qualities of a delicious brown ale. I'll definitely have this again.

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Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a deep amber hue with a dense, tight one finger frothy white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured spicy herbal hop with toasted malts.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal bitterness with chocolate malts and a toasted breadiness offering some balance. Earthy sweetness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was creamy with a residual bitterness.

Overall a silky smooth hop driven brown ale.

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Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, $2.50 pint night at Duckworths Charlotte

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appearance: served in a shaker pint, light mahogany body, light garnet hue, tan head with filmy lace

smell: lightly roasted malts, dry cocoa, earthy hop presence, dried dark fruits

taste: This was an enjoyable brown from foothills - though the hopping was less pronounced than anticipated. Woody, dried dark fruit, roasted malt, cocoa, earthy hops

mouthfeel: smooth medium-light body

drinkability: good

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a deep reddish-brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and slight bitter hops. The flavor was of bitter malt, slight citrus/bitter hops. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Had a well-balanced flavor going on here with a good aroma to back it up. Not your typical brown ale, but hey, it's an India Brown so what do you expect? A must try if you can find it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of blackie
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearane: The beer is a deep, rich brown in color. The tan colored head has great retention and light lacing.

smell: Green American hops at the forefront with notes of a lighter malt sweetness and touches of toasted and roasted malt.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high end of the medium range, and the body medium.

taste: The delicious blend of American hops and pale malts I find at first are gradually joined by toasted and then roasted malt flavors. After the swallow a wonderful, big bitterness joins the other flavors. The bitterness lingers long into the dry finish with roasted notes.

drinkability: a pleasure

Sampled during lunch at Foothills on my way back from Linville

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Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Saucer in Raleigh.

a - deep brown color with a one-finger head, hazy, nice head retention with a little lacing

s - big hop aroma along with a nice backbone of roasted malt and nuts, sweetness is evident, no alcohol in the nose

t - starts out a lot like an IPA with lots of hops, then the malty body makes itself known, finish has a unique nuttiness and sweetness that is followed by a lasting bitterness

m - medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation, but not too much, moderately dry finish

d - very drinkable, alcohol not evident when drinking, the sweetness might limit drinkability somewhat

Great brown ale overall. Foothills has another winner here. I can't wait until they start bottling their brews!

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Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Chaney
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Foothill during dinner with my lovely wife after a long day of work... she did the work though. :)

A: Not as dark as I thought it would be. It poured a dark red-brown color, with about a 1.5 finger mocha head that stuck around for a while.

S: I got malt and brown sugar that was fairly bright in the candy department.

T: This wasn't the malt bomb I was expecting. It was fairly hoppy actually, with a bit of honey-like sweetness that really gave it character. It didn't seem "Imperial" at all to my taste buds.

M: Well carbonated and somewhat sugary, with a substantial lacing bill, and a fairly bitter disposition.

O: I thought this was very good although not as good as DFH's entry. NOTE: I certainly dug it with my cheese fries!

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Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the pub itself. Came out a dark brownish red, with about a quarter inch head on it. This disappeared to nothing but an outer ring. Though there was some decent lacing along glass edge. Smelled sweet and caramel-esque. Faint hops in there as well.

This is a nice crisp, bold, hoppy Brown Ale! Wow! I'm glad I tried this one. It's hoppy and slightly bitter, but not too much that I'd mistake it for an IPA. Just enough to keep me sipping. Definitely some malty sweetness in there as well, as this is very well-balanced. Some butterscotch flavors pull through just a bit. Man, this is good. Too bad it's only around for a little while.

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Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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India Style Brown Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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