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
Ranking:
#4,588
Reviews:
2,096
Ratings:
6,234
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
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Photo of BoodahMoogle
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reggie_Dunlop
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffrey_Moreland
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish red color with a little head. Smells hoppy with a little earthy hint. Mellow citrus. Tastes the same. Very good carbonation with hoppy citrusy bite. Not a harsh bite though. Mouthfeel is full with a little creaminess. Overall a good balance of ipa and ale.

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Photo of spiker97
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my friends, who wasn't a Dogfish fan but loves IPA's, said this was one of the best brews she has had in a good while. Since this is a hybrid brew, it's very accessible not only to IPA lovers but to people who like an ale as well. I have always liked the taste and feel of this brew, and it also makes a good holiday beer for this time of year as well as for warm weather - when you can find it. Definitely a keeper.

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Photo of Metalsnota
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkermitj
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes 7/24/12: Pours a very deep brown; garnet hues dance at the edges when held to the light. The pour produces 3 fingers of tan, variously bubbled frothy, lasting head that leaves beautiful webs and rings of lace. Aroma is dark bread, toast, dark fruits, brown sugar, dark cocoa with pine, burnt hints and smoke in a light floral and citrus hop background. Taste is brown sugar, raw, bitter chocolate and dark bread malt; not sweet, burnt, smokey and nicely bitter. Hoppy citrus, pine and herbal throughout the sip but intensifying from the middle through the peppery finish and intensely bittersweet aftertaste that rapidly fades to a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation; smooth and easy to drink. May be called a brown ale but this stuff is in a style of its own. 4 stars

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4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer, one of my all time favorites! Smooth going down, right mix of hop and malt.

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

Photo of timmy2b
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Vivs85
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uncleotis
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NedFredHead
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear ruby-brown. Smells malty with molasses in the background. Taste is malty, nutty, slighty sweet, with coffee notes at the front and hops near the end. A solid dark ale.

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Photo of spartan79
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Paoloboston
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Pours a one finger head. Color is a pomegranate wine. Lacing clings nicely.

S: Rich nutty malt. Chocolate is present. Some grassy hops. Luscious and warms the heart.

T: Dark roasted nuts and malt mixes with bitter herbal hops. Honestly tastes like an Porter mixed with an IPA.

O: My first sample from Dogfish Head and it's a hit. A big brew that delivers on the flavor and maintains balance with mastery. One of the better dark ales.

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

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Greener
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 6,234 ratings