Indian Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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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'll like this. Simple as that.

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Photo of ben_tries_brews
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
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Indian Brown Dark IPA brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, with an ABV of 7.20% This American IPA pours out a deep brown color with a nice off white head. This brew has the look of cola,not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness. Then sweet earthy roasted grains and malts. There is also a nice sweetness to this brew. Between the look and smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with Roasted Hoppy Flavors. Reminds me more of a porter, than an IPA. It is also really hard to pick up on the 7.20% ABV in this American IPA, it is just that smooth. The body of Indian Brown Dark IPA is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Sweet, Roasted, Smooth, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Indian Brown Dark IPA a 4.50 out I 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, did a super nice job with this brew. If you are a fan of dark brews you should look this one up.

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

This remains as one of my favorite Dogfish Head beers to this day. This beer has held up over the years unlike many of their new age experimental craft beers. It's not a heavy & roasty type of brown ale, yet it is not an IPA either. This beer is almost like a style on it's own. I have noticed a few breweries on the east coast have tried to copy this beer over the years. I'm thinking a good solid B would do this beer some justice. Cheers! B (85-89) score range

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3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Half-full
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 50 IBU, this pushes my comfort level...but I think this crafty combination of styles makes me comfortable. If you accept that Dogfish Head combines three styles, Indian Brown is unique... and pleasantly so.

It certainly Looks like a Brown (or a Scots ale). The Smell also could be either style... except even I detect the hops. Tastes cascade starting with the dark malts balanced by the hops sweetened by the brewers sugar and then, inexplicably, finishes dry. I only give a great crafter this many points for their hoppy beer.

This might be a good ale for hop-heads to appreciate sweet browns.

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Photo of Demi
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a growler via Jungle JIm's Eastgate in a snifter. This fine ale pours a rich
ruby tinged brown with a fantastic head of off white foam that settles to a
thick ring, thin light pool, and showcases some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of
light cocoa, subtle citrus notes of orange zest, light brown sugars, and light
piney hops. Flavors exceed the nose with caramel and brown sugar touched
with orange zest and light peach notes touched with bread crust and awash
in herbal and light pine tinged hop flavors that balance out the malty characteristic
of the ale. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light carbonation that is
perfect and quaffable for the style, and a lightly hop touched malt finish.

The best parts of two styles in one....NICE.


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