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
Ranking:
#2,183
Reviews:
2,075
Ratings:
6,155
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
365
Gots:
1,238
Trade:
7
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Photo of MJ64
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dctarga
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsmith313
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dokhollidai
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a surprise - not at all what i was expecting...

From the brewer I think is one of those that know how to put out an IPA, here's thing they advertise as a dark ale, really a brown ale, and has the muted flavor of an IPA. Speaking of muted - the only thing muted about this beer was it's smell. The scent was a muted blend of caramel and malts, with none of the hoppy background you would expect. The look is dark brown, decent head, and very, very good lacing. Mouthfeel was very full-bodied, definitely carbonated, but still a great smoothness across the tongue. The taste was distinctively malty right out of the bottle, but after it settled in the glass, the hoppy character made itself known and it was also distantly sweet. Overall, I found this to be definitely exceptional.

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Photo of trygelski1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LinksusMaximus
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lonewolfwmv
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of csnyder83
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of golf4collet
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BenHoppy
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't taste much like an IPA but had some hop bitterness in the mix. Came more off as a brown ale with some Belgian character of raisins and chocolate flavoring. Not a bad fall/winter beer. But did not feel or taste like an IPA, just a delicious brown beer.

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Photo of christimm
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavetotheB
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKbrew89
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Gorgeous dark brown with a tan head that lingers. Nose of coffee, roasted malt, and toffee. No hops but great start for an english style brown. Taste follows the nose until the finish. Malt, toffee, and some coffee make up the body before a bitter hopped finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation with a lingering bitterness.
The malt backbone was heavily handedly done on the front and the hops at the end were too strong so the beer was too sweet to start and too bitter on the end. It tried to be malty and hoppy simultaneously. For me, it didn't work as well as the beer's reputation lead me to believe it would and should.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nosho
1.8/5  rDev -56%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

sweet as candy. thin, wan, way too clear. poor choice of name, too. can't undrink it, unfortunately.

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Photo of Samputnam14
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hermit990
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 6,155 ratings
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