Indian Brown Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #36
Ranked #6,424
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Feb 12, 2022
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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3.74 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 12, 2022
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by eameslover from Michigan

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
3.75 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
4.37 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado on Mar 27, 2021
4 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina on Mar 20, 2021
3.59 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Mar 20, 2021
3.5 by Argento from Rhode Island on Mar 20, 2021
3.58 by carolinared from North Carolina on Mar 19, 2021
3.98 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela on Mar 04, 2021
5 by tp1962 from Illinois on Feb 15, 2021
4.15 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
3.68 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Nov 08, 2020
3.78 by generallee from Virginia on Sep 12, 2020
5 by JAWS from New York on Aug 26, 2020
4.37 by Yendor61 from Michigan on Mar 16, 2020
4 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 04, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Peach63 from New York

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
4.04 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Sep 21, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by spectru from Florida

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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3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by travolta from California

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

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
4.21 by Yendorwarrior from Michigan on Jun 24, 2019
3.93 by brandoneast from Texas on Jun 18, 2019
4.1 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jun 09, 2019
3.94 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2019
4 by Narkee from Australia on May 31, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by kjones6 from Virginia

Great beer. Nothing to complain about.

May 16, 2019
4.13 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 29, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
4.13 by chitownfanatic21 from Nebraska on Apr 12, 2019
3.75 by Amoeba from California on Apr 02, 2019
4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Mar 28, 2019
4.68 by foolishus from Iowa on Mar 16, 2019
3.61 by officerbill from New York on Mar 12, 2019
4.37 by Cnssps from New Jersey on Mar 09, 2019
4.3 by Fillman72jp from Pennsylvania on Mar 03, 2019
3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Feb 23, 2019
3.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Feb 17, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by deniro from New York

A hybrid of 2 of my favorite beers (IPA and Brown Ale) Also has a scotch ale in there as well, so I had to give it a try . I've heard amazing things about it. Head is a dark red color. Smell some chocolate and caramel and a little fruit as well. Taste definitely was good. Right off the bat you taste some cocoa, a little nutty, and some coffee hints. What shines through is you taste some hops, not West Coast IPA strength or even NE IPA strenght , but just enough to give this a little bite, more so than your typical brown ale. Mouthfeel is light, definitely tastes lighter than it's 7.2 ABV. It's definitely a solid beer, a little slightly overrated in my opinion but definitely solid. If you like Brown Ale's and IPA's it's a must try.

Feb 11, 2019
4.46 by SteamPilot from South Dakota on Feb 04, 2019
Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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