Indian Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
92
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6,080 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
Ratings:
6,080
Reviews:
2,060
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
361
Gots:
1,205
For Trade:
7
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Photo of Hackattack
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW!!!! Okay, I confess I am a dark toasted malt fan in the highest order. But sometimes the darker brews such as the porters and the stouts are too bitter in taste. This one is well-hopped, yet it's actually lightly brown-sugary sweet. I would say this is world class brew. Another solid product from Dogfish Head!

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Photo of petrusek23
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cspinoso
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Everydayoff
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Translucent mahogany brown with an amber shade in color, it tops with a finger of frothy brown head that stands for a while before sinking to some bubble sheet atop and leaving some spotty and patchy lace on the glass-side.

Really nice aroma led by caramel, coffee, roasted, powdery, and toasted bread from malt as well as a sweet addition of brown sugar. Hop is herbal, fruity, and citrus.

The taste has a well-rounded balance between the two proportions of malt and hop. Malt provides its caramel, coffee, roasted, powder, and toasted bread as well as the addition of sweet brown sugar while hop lends its citrus and some herbal bitterness. The bitterness comes from both roasted malt and hop actually.

Medium body with quite smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation, the feeling is proper and crisp enough to carry all the things well. Finish is pretty dry.

Good Brown Ale with lots of typical caramel malt character and brown sugar in addition, hop also helps to bring some more depths.

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Photo of KnappStout
2.29/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel.

Appearance: Consistent cream colored head. Dark brown.

Nose: Vanilla sweetness, roast,

Taste: Dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla cream, Nice underlayer of grassy hops.

Mouth: Medium body and dryness.

Basically what it claims to be, a dark brown ale with hops. Balanced and wonderfully complex. A real original. Dogfish better keep it up.

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Photo of mitch3114
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vinylboy20
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Pours a deep dark brown. Aroma is pleasing, but not overbearing.
Malt & Carmel notes dominate.
Mouth feel was low point for me,
(Your results may differ) had a, dare I say "metallic" carbonation
like after taste. Dark, but not heavy. This is a "different, interesting"brew.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cromine1987
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schematix
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a brown ale minus the IPA part.

OK only.

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Photo of golfrattt
2.26/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm puzzled by the ratings for this beer.

Personal tastes are imperial stouts, ales, almost all dark beers, so when i saw this was a dark ipa, i was eager to try this.

Bought a six-pack, opened the first bottle and was immediately disappointed. Dry, sour, a tad bitter. guess i'll just toss the other 5.....

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

Photo of Z_Anderson_0406
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Rpm0003
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Chasegator
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MMOSNN
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was a nice dark brown color with a decent one finger white foamy head that dissipates within about a minute and left some light semi - thick lacing in its wake. The smell was awesome as it had a super nice allocation of the Scottish peat - like smokey/roasty malts to the engraving bittersweet citrus hops to delightfully entice my nose to partake in more whiffs to get some light roasty caramel nuttiness about it. The taste replicates the smell pretty much exactly the same. On the palate, this one sits about a medium. The carbonation seems appropriately made for the style and shows a decent smoothness about it. Overall, what an absolutely amazing beer - three styles in one and we’ll done.

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 6,080 ratings.
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