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:
6,068
Reviews:
2,055
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
360
Gots:
1,198
For Trade:
7
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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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Photo of toti1972
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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