Indian Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale
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:
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
Ranking:
#2,000
Reviews:
2,073
Ratings:
6,136
pDev:
10.73%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
366
Gots:
1,232
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 6,136 |  Reviews: 2,073
Photo of DavetotheB
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKbrew89
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Gorgeous dark brown with a tan head that lingers. Nose of coffee, roasted malt, and toffee. No hops but great start for an english style brown. Taste follows the nose until the finish. Malt, toffee, and some coffee make up the body before a bitter hopped finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation with a lingering bitterness.
The malt backbone was heavily handedly done on the front and the hops at the end were too strong so the beer was too sweet to start and too bitter on the end. It tried to be malty and hoppy simultaneously. For me, it didn't work as well as the beer's reputation lead me to believe it would and should.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nosho
1.8/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

sweet as candy. thin, wan, way too clear. poor choice of name, too. can't undrink it, unfortunately.

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Photo of Samputnam14
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hermit990
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 9/29/17 poured into a DFH branded teku glass at fridge temp 7.2% ABV. The beer pours very dark brown with only the slightest red hue if held to light. The head is tan colored and short lived. The aroma is dark chocolate and coffee. The taste is mild roast coffee and dark cocoa that ends with a mildly bitter note. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and almost entirely dry in the finish. The hop presence is there in taste and feel, but it's impossible for me to single out specific flavors over the malt bill. Overall, very good, very balanced example of the style.

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Photo of CobraDC23
2.31/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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

Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nater919
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nbrady37
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ned57
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Profundobaso
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark amber, nearly brown, but still transparent under light. nice lacey two finger foam.
Smell - coffee, malts, and hops, all at the same time! really quite a complex smell.
Taste - this is where this beer really excels. has the bold hoppy flavor of an IPA while still preserving the aroma of the brown ale. a slight bite of booze in the very end. really exceptional.
Feel - medium body in terms of mouthfeel, but complex in flavor. refreshing, yet full of flavor at the same time.
Overall - this really is quite a beer. i can't help but keeping sipping on it, and it sneaks up on you quick. really great in every way.

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Photo of Pete9094
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Top 5 all-time beers IMO.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Libeertarian
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 05/03/17:

Very deep garnet color, fairly clear, with spongey brown head of desert mud colored foam. Good retention, a ringed berm of lace, and then a wall of it below. Smells more like a Stout or even a Belgian Dark than most Brown Ales I’ve had, with cocoa, menthol, a little dark fruit. Taste is the same but everything is stronger and with the addition of molasses, and then toffee, the latter especially toward the finish. Hops are soily and strongest in the middle, along side a shot or two of ethanol. Good balance, should satisfy a sweet tooth or a hop head. Full-bodied, syrupy, fine-bubbled, tingly, and creamy, with surprising warmth for not only the style but the ABV as well.

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Photo of Notasoxfan
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Driftpunx
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Aglassplease
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me of a good porter. This beer is only slightly hoppy. Rich malty. Not too sweet. This is a very "drinkable" brew

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Photo of CurtisD
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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