Indian Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale
BA SCORE
4.1/5
6,110 Ratings
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:
#1,936
Reviews:
2,069
Ratings:
6,110
pDev:
10.73%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
363
Gots:
1,224
Trade:
7
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 6,110 |  Reviews: 2,069
Photo of dbarny76
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ksiegel
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear brown color with a decent head and nice lacing. Fragrant nutty aroma and dark toast. Taste is nutty, chocolatey, toasted malt and some hoppy bitterness. Nice brown ale.

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Photo of Alee27
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with significant tan head that dissipates slowly. Mild nutty aroma. Taste is a mild nutty with a hint of coffee. Very pleasant beer

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Photo of rabbott2
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roozer69
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best of its kind I usually get.

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

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow!! I can't believe I was hesitant to try this brew. Usually American brown ale is sort of boring. This is delicious!! Looks deep amber, mahogany. Smells like buttered biscuits,caramel, Flowery hops, mild ethyl, butterscotch. Full bodied, nice carbonation and head retention. Overall this is delicious. Not to knock Founders but this is wayyyy better than Dirty Bastard. Which says a lot. I really like this brewery and am ready to take a short road trip to visit the pub.

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

Photo of rpjterp
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WormGod
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Love the hoppiness that comes through the sweetness of the brown sugar. Enjoy this one on those cool summer nights.

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Photo of Manthon
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Oh, yeah! A nice warmer on a cool day on the patio at Pies and Pints Morgantown!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a dark clear ruby brown with an average head. The aroma features dark tones of hazelnut, chocolate, pine, orange peel, coffee, and greens. The flavor leans much more to the malt than the hops, with good medium chocolate, mild coffee, hazelnuts, almonds, and some orange peel, evoking a chocolate orange, and pine, with a really solid bitter core. THe mouthfeel is somewhat full with a light mildly carbonated finish. Overall this is really classy beer - unbalanced for the style, but iconically America in sensibility.

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

Dark beer, not completely black, but brown as it says.
Dark chocolate, burnt caramel, molasses, brown sugar.
Effervescent flow over the tongue fades to brown sugar fades to bitterness hint of the hops behind all this. Nice.

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximalC
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent tawny color with a handsome topping of khaki froth. Unremarkable aroma smells of straight caramel with some peanut brittle.

Balanced taste is delightfully nutty, with caramel and brown sugar adding complexity without dominating. Noble hops lend an even keel to tame the sweetness while remaining understated in their own right. Brown sugar comes through more on the back end with warming. A palpable stickiness lingers on the lips between sips. Medium body and fine, fulsome carbonation afford a vibrant, velvety mouthfeel that deftly cuts through the sweetness.

Overall, this is a robust, balanced brown ale with a great feel. One of the better Dogfish offerings, in my estimation.

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

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

Photo of Savan
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Indian Brown IPA poured a delectable hue of deep burgundy with thin lacing of almond coloured head :)
The aromas are subtle but, of coffee and almond cream. The over all taste is complexly neither malt forward not hop forward... its bitter then sweet then creamy, not quite a coffee taste but that is the closes thing that comes to mind. It feels as silk does in ones mouth leading to a overall refreshing beer!

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Photo of sparx1100
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 6,110 ratings
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