Indian Brown Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #31
Ranked #6,532
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Mar 23, 2023
Aug 07, 2001
Notes: 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
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Rated: 3.75 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 4.79 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 19, 2022
Rated: 3.74 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by eameslover from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
First time I had ever seen this style...Really good! No joke, I could taste a stout, an IPA (not a lot but some distinctive hops) and a good brown ale. Mostly the first and last but it wasn't entirely one if the aforementioned styles. I really enjoyed it
Apr 28, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Mar 27, 2021
Rated: 4 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 3.59 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Argento from Rhode Island

Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 3.58 by carolinared from North Carolina

Mar 19, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela

Mar 04, 2021
Rated: 5 by tp1962 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by GaryM6 from New York

Jan 28, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by Soneast from Wisconsin

Nov 08, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by generallee from Virginia

Sep 12, 2020
Rated: 5 by JAWS from New York

Aug 26, 2020
Rated: 4.37 by Yendor61 from Michigan

Mar 16, 2020
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours copper with a 1/2 inch creamy, tan head. Thick lacing, both lasting right to the end. Heavy carbonation.

Aroma is nutty, malty, slight brown sugar.

Tastes of nuts, brown sugar, roast malts, caramel malts, and coffee. Moderate bitterness.

Full bodied, creamy, fizzy mouthfeel.

A nice brown IPA. Great color and carbonation.
Oct 11, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Sep 21, 2019
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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very dark brown, translucent, not hazy at all, frothy light tan head, good retention, lacy; The aroma is slightly tangy with a hint of sweetness; Rich full bodied smooth flavor, slightly sweet; Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost thick, moderately carbonated; Tasty, pleasant, a good beer off the beaten path.

The label says Indian Brown Dark IPA, but it really doesn't taste like an IPA.
Aug 17, 2019
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Reviewed by travolta from California

3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Very very dark brown, but ruby red up to the light. Off-white to cola head with a bit of spotted lacing and average retention.

Nose: Nutty, coffee and toffee. Lightly roasted coffee beans, brown sugar and some chocolate at the end.

Taste: Creamy but a little bit dry upfront. Not as malty as I assumed it would be. It is slightly dry and a bit like sucking on a lightly toasted coffee bean. Astringent throughout. I get an unpleasant bitterness from the hops. So much so that I switched glasses halfway through to make sure it wasn't my glass. My eyes and my nose wanted this to taste a certain way, but my mouth said otherwise. Mouthfeel is nice, but a tad watery.

Notes: I was excited for this one as Dogfish usually hits it out of the park (in my opinion). I think the hops being added to what should be a bit maltier brew throws this one off. It's a great idea, but doesn't know what it wants to be.
Aug 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Pours a lovely mahogany/ruby-brown color with a finger-thick tan head with decent retention and lacing. Glows faintly when held to the light.

Nutty notes are upfront in the aroma, along with coffee, toffee, molasses, caramel, hazelnuts, barley, roasted grains, brown sugar, toast, and chocolate. Complex dark aromas and sweet notes.

Dark cocoa, roasted nuts, barley, pine, and brown sugar are upfront on the palette. The rest of the notes follow. Medium-light body feel.
Jul 31, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by Yendorwarrior from Michigan

Jun 24, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by brandoneast from Texas

Jun 18, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jun 09, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by Narkee from Australia

May 31, 2019
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Rated by kjones6 from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Great beer. Nothing to complain about.
May 16, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 29, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Brown hue.

Off-white head; frothy lace.

Nice coffee nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Creamy coffee & hazelnut flavor.

A delicious, flavorful brown ale.
Apr 22, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Amoeba from California

Apr 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 28, 2019
Rated: 4.68 by foolishus from Iowa

Mar 16, 2019
Rated: 3.61 by officerbill from New York

Mar 12, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by Cnssps from New Jersey

Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by Fillman72jp from Pennsylvania

Mar 03, 2019
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