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:
#2,212
Reviews:
2,076
Ratings:
6,160
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
365
Gots:
1,241
Trade:
7
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of megaman85
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The name of this beer is definitely confusing, so let me get that out of the way first. Being called a "Dark IPA" I had no idea what to expect. I'm not sure there's a better name for it, but if your expecting a typical IPA you may not like this. Regardless, this beer is close to perfection for me! It comes across as a toned-down double IPA... like maybe the 90 minute's little brother, but maltier and heavier than the 60 minute. It has that hop bite and finish, but with the feel and taste of a strong brown ale. It also has some hints of dark fruit like what you'd find in an imperial stout. It's not overdone, and extremely well-balanced. I could easily knock out a few of these in one sitting. Great beer!

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Photo of Duncian
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeycibelli
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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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

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

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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

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

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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

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 6,160 ratings
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