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
Ratings:
6,056
Reviews:
2,053
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
1,189
For Trade:
7
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Photo of backzclipped
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark brown with thick head.
S: Nothing distinct.
T: Like a roasted brown ale, with hops coming forward on the finish
F: Medium-full body.
O: Very good beer, but more like a hoppy brown ale, than an IPA.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with very little head. Smells of chocolate and toffee. Tastes of chocolate and some hops with mild alcohol. Light-medium body with low carbonation. This is a pretty delicious brown ale.

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Photo of brockdaddy
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmsfish
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a conical Dogfish Head glass. Pours very dark brown with a 1/2 in. tan head that sticks around forever(!), leaving thick tan lacing all around the glass. A really beautiful beer, Smells somewhat like a stout. Tastes slightly sweet with chocolate notes and only mildly hoppy, with a medium feel. A rather unique beer.

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Photo of Thorinton
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

I'm a big fan of Dogfish Head, there hasn't been any brew of theirs that I did not only thoroughly enjoy, but also hound my beer loving friends with recommendations.

All the look and smell of a stout but not the overpowering kick. Stouts are sippers, this dark ale is a comfortable medium between my usual IPA and stouts that I don't really prefer to drink. Two fingers of head, with a scent is of a distinct chocolate, and with somewhat toffee accents. The looks is very dark but up to the light it has a red hue deep within it. This brew has a warming quality going down too. I got a lot of lacing on the glass, for this is clearly what I call a glass washer. No aftertaste other than hints of chocolate that go down nicely. Overall it is a pleasurable drink for a quiet moonlight night.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JamesLeung
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Redscot
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice brown color. The head was 1 finger, and a nice tan color.
The nose is fairly mellow. I really don't get much from it.
The taste is somewhat subdued. There's a slight hop taste, but it isn't very strong.
This beer isn't watery.
Overall, not too much to say about this beer. I don't think I'd get it again.

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

Photo of soundaurora
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Docksidebars
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Edie
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of omeliast
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When poured the color is a very deep amber brown color. The taste of the beer is very intense and malty. Long flavor length in mouth after drinking.

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Photo of Reebvba
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer from a pitcher into a pint glass along with a chicken philly and sweet potato fries. The color is a dark brown with a medium head that lingers in the glass, The initial taste is somewhat heavy with a very roasty, malty, coffee feel and limited nose. I did not care for the aftertaste which is somewhat harsh and chalky. It gets better with food as you lose the finish. I did not notice the hop element even though it clocks in at 50 IBU. Overall pretty decent as long as you are ready for the aftertaste.

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Photo of Reddanm1
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Indian Brown Ale is a very nice beer. The color is an extremely, deep, dark amber color. There is a scent of chocolate in the aroma as well as roasted scent. The overall taste of the beer was good. It had a very dark coffee flavor, with a hint of toasted nuts. The aftertaste tasted like burnt toast. Overall, the beer was good, but not a every day drinking beer.

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Photo of jmarod7
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty with a toasted barley or toffee smell. Good solid color of a clear brown. Smell is more pungent than the taste.

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Photo of bpkrippner
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Jjmj51
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wlerik1
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark color, almost black
indescript smell
powerful, efevesent yer smooth and heavy mouthfeel
and delicious sweet, thick taste, very potent, yet refined.

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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