Indian Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Indian Brown Dark IPA

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001

BEER STATS
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#4,200
Reviews:
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Ratings:
6,209
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
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Photo of Husky-Topper
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Weston64
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spartacat300
4.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of lastmango
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby brown with a 2 finger milkshake tan head that dissipated to a thin film for the entire session. Moderate lacing throughout. Malt and slight charcoal aroma. Taste of rich malt and brown sugar with piney hops on the end. Well balanced. Moderate body with light carbonation. Overall, this is a great brown ale.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale/brown amber, translucent, frothy head with webby lacing. Smell kind of reminds me of smoke and charcoal but sweet and malty too. Not much in the way of hops as far as the nose. The taste remains largely the same, peaty, smokey brown ale with sweet and and sticky feel. Semi-dry. Complimented most lightly by the hoppiness, mostly just in the aftertaste in my opinion. The malty taste is sort of carried through by the hops though I guess it could be described as. Overall a solid beer. Found a couple six packs on sale for $5.00 a pop so I got a steal if you ask me.

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Photo of peterpunk15
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dlijoi
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as bitter as most ipas. Can really taste the coffee flavor.

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3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become one of my favorite beers and something I always have on hand. I could have given this one a 5.0 based on taste AND price, although I'll stay away from factoring in cost with beer quality. In a nutshell, the mix of a brown ale along with Dogs' IPA brewing talents add up to a winner. If you like good beer...you'll like this. Simple as that.

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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trboley
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rooshops
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of richbossert
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jripley97
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeyJellico
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jbk81
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mike_Benson
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

one of the first Dogfish Head beers I fell in love with, and made me realize that browns and IPAs could play nicely together. very few people try this, less succeed.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like Dogfish's Indian Brown Ale has added the word "Dark IPA" for rebranding. With same descriptors and ABV, I'll assume it's the same.

Anyway, this fella pours like a dark Scotch ale, with a deep brown look with clear amber hints at the edges of the glass. Head is minimal and even.

Aroma is like a porter. Malt, slight caramel and barley. Not getting any hops in the smell.

Their site describes this as a cross between a Scotch ale and a brown. Taste is more various. Tastes initially like a brown ale, with a light, lagery body, with a bit of bad coffee shop coffee. No chocolate. Caramel and a slight bite of hops comes in to suggest an IPA. Maybe I'm just looking at the label too hard. A little over cared. Slight hoppy bitter, some anise and hints of citrus and earth, through to the end. Those are the hops, right?

I'm also getting a feel of roasted barley, seems like it's close to a Guinness, no kidding, of the lightest variety.

But it falls short of a porter or a stout. Looks darker than it drinks. 7.5% ABV is pretty hidden. Ever so slight booziness, akin to how a Scotch or an IPA might feel.

Interesting mix of a brown with some added stuff like brown sugar and hops thrown in. Very drinkable, very well balanced. Interesting beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite DFH beers. I enjoy this more than 90 min. I'm not generally a huge IPA fan (will not drink more than 1 at any given time) but this is a pleasant mix of styles. Malts and caramel offset the hops just enough that they balance each other perfectly. No one flavor overpowers another, something I think a lot of brewers miss the mark on. You can taste all of the notes described very easily. Lacing on the glass through the entire beer and a great aroma. 4s all around for an above average beer.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 6,209 ratings