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:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001

BEER STATS
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#4,194
Reviews:
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Ratings:
6,209
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great colour and lace and promising mollasses and alcohol aroma, but taste was initially sour and then more malty after inducing some spicy food. For the latter, its a quencher. Some burnt carmel, appropriate carbonation. Maybe it works on tap or another day, another meal.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a deep amber brown body.

S: toasted and chocolate malts. Hops are light and mostly earthy.

T: excellent toasted and chocolate malt base. Hops provide mostly earthy and light pine notes

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is a very nice brown. Easy to drink and very flavorful.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as good as any brown ale could be, one of if not the very best ive had. maybe only behing their palo santo marron... pours nearly black, with just a low auburn glow when held to a light. 2 inch mocha head, epic lacing. smells burned, or on the brink of burned, with that same belgian candy sugar thing as the raison d'etra, but less pronounced. taste is more hoppy than the nose, in perfect harmony with the aroma. there is an alcohol warmth, but not flavor in this brew. mouthfeel is great too, moderately carbonated and full bodied without being filling. enjoyed it with some 85% cacoa dark chocolate... great flavor profile

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and some slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and nuts, burnt brown sugar, and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make this one really easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been quite some time since I had one of these. The beer poured out as a brown color with a pretty good looking head on top. The smell of this beer has a good amount of citrusy hops on the nose, with a more subtle aroma of chocolate malt. The taste of this beer is very hoppy, It's along the lines of some Black IPA's that are available these days. The flavors are sweet and bitter all at the same time. Pretty interesting stuff really. The mouthfeel is average I think, the carbonation in good and it is a drinkable brew. Overall it's a nice choice if you're looking for something new to try. It's a pretty enjoyable beer all around.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber in color with a finger high creamy beige head that slowly diminishes into lacy patterns. A faint amount of rising bubbles are visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark roasted malts in the nose along with notes of caramel and some hints of brown sugar.
T: The taste is rather complex and has notes of brown sugar, caramel, nuts, roasted malts and toffee. A mild amount of bitterness is present from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate; there is a little bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the smell or taste of alcohol isn't perceptible. I definitely want to try this again because the combination of flavors is very unique.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Always saw this at the package store and never tried it so I finally did (not sure why it took me so long).

This is a fantastic beer. I always loved the flavor of brown ales but found them a little boring and too little CO2 action going on. DFH fixes that by hopping it up and making it more carbonated making for a delicious beer. I drank the whole glass in under 5 minutes, not even on purpose it just tastes too good to savor. I can't wait to drink the other 5.. three thumbs up.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish brown colour, with one finger of creamy beige head, which leaves a decent thin wall of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of roasted biscuit malt, and citrus, leafy, and earthy hops. The taste is more toasty biscuity, caramel malt, some bitter chocolate, and a nice generically bitter hop uppercut to unsuspecting expectations. The carbonation is moderate, the body full, smooth, and creamy, and just, well, swell. It finishes off-dry, the latent big malt giving a bit of breathing room to the bursting bitter leafy, mildly piney hops.

As I've intoned before, brown ale ain't my bag. However, when DFH does one up like this, I may very well have to change my tautology-oriented approach...

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings. Paired with cheese & crackers and pretzel rods.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of khaki colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention considering the 7.2% ABV. Colour is an extremely dark caramel-brown. Appealing for the style. Not particularly predictable, but not unique or special. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. Non-opaque.

Sm: Cream, nice caramelization (very Scotch ale-esque), dark malts, milk, a hint of roast, nuts, and some light toasted malt character. Resembles the crappy American Guinness from the nitro-can. In a way, that's a compliment. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Caramel, cream, milk, roasted barley, dark malts, pleasant almond and nuts notes, and light toasted character. It's surprisingly simple, but I do like it for what it is. A bit of a tea note rounds out the flavour profile. Hop character is a muted floral. Balanced, but underwhelming. Lacks the subtlety it needs to truly be great. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Too bitter on the climax.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally well. The creamy quality it has is nice, but needs to be upped. Nice thickness. Good carbonation.

Dr: A nice offering from Dogfish Head for what it is. I like the experimentation but it honestly feels pretty tame. I might try it on draught (or nitro), but I'm not horribly impressed - par for the course for Dogfish Head. Drinkable. Hides its ABV nicely.

C

Probably closest to a Scotch Ale in my book.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

High praise is had all around as Dogfish Head celebrates all of what's brown with a unique dry toasty beer with a heavy hop influence.

With an appearance that looks austerely like porter, the beer lands in that dark bark-brown realm with onyx-like refelection and firm head formation and retention. The medium sand-tan foam laces extremely well and forms the final impressions of a well made ale.

Heavy toast, roasted nuts, rich cold-press coffee, cocoa, and starchy malt begin the aromatic dialogue as the balance of pine, citrus, and grass emit in their hoppy form to counter the dry malt influence.

Burnt molasses, bold roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, walnuts and malted milkshakes start to form the taste just as the citrusy build up from hops begin. Soon, the sweetness is supplanted by dry bitterness both from char and hops and seem like saw dust, grapefruit, and burnt embers carry the beer into its semi-dry bitter finish.

Medium bodies, the beer's early creaminess is quickly shed and makes way for the lighter mid palate of toast, powder, hops to easily develop with an even fade into dryness, warmth, and quickly closing dark malts.

The American influence on this beer is undeniable- it's much more toasty (almost roasty), it's drier, and much more hoppy (American citrus hops)- all making it easily agreeable for a pairing of medium-well cheeseburgers with sharp cheddar!

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/15/2014. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toast, dark bread, molasses, light dark fruit, herbal, grass, light pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toast, dark bread, molasses, light dark fruit, herbal, grass, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, herbal, grass, light pine, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome hoppy brown ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, bubbly, tan, three-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy and of rich roasted malt. There were also spicy notes.

T - It tasted very hoppy. It was spicy with a bitter kick. The roasted malt flavor was smooth and sweet.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is probably the best American Brown Ale that I've ever had.

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 6,209 ratings