Indian Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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:
#2,294
Reviews:
2,080
Ratings:
6,179
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
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Photo of SolarPower36
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Half-full
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 50 IBU, this pushes my comfort level...but I think this crafty combination of styles makes me comfortable. If you accept that Dogfish Head combines three styles, Indian Brown is unique... and pleasantly so.

It certainly Looks like a Brown (or a Scots ale). The Smell also could be either style... except even I detect the hops. Tastes cascade starting with the dark malts balanced by the hops sweetened by the brewers sugar and then, inexplicably, finishes dry. I only give a great crafter this many points for their hoppy beer.

This might be a good ale for hop-heads to appreciate sweet browns.

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Photo of Demi
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a growler via Jungle JIm's Eastgate in a snifter. This fine ale pours a rich
ruby tinged brown with a fantastic head of off white foam that settles to a
thick ring, thin light pool, and showcases some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of
light cocoa, subtle citrus notes of orange zest, light brown sugars, and light
piney hops. Flavors exceed the nose with caramel and brown sugar touched
with orange zest and light peach notes touched with bread crust and awash
in herbal and light pine tinged hop flavors that balance out the malty characteristic
of the ale. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light carbonation that is
perfect and quaffable for the style, and a lightly hop touched malt finish.

The best parts of two styles in one....NICE.

Cheers

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Photo of Euphoria69
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chiefz1
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of entenduintransit
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Curt3
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip

L: Dark mahogany brown pour. Clear... 1 finger of white head. Solid rim of lacing.

S: Roast grains and piney hops. Mild cocoa.

T/F: Sweet toasted malts... piney hops... bitterness from both the roast and the hops, balanced by sweet caramel, brown sugar, and cocoa. A bit of espresso mixed in. Light bodied. Well carbonated.. the finish is sweet and roasty.

O: A very solid dark IPA. Great flavors and combination of roast and hops. Drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RDW
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sable
4.99/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a decent head that dissipates very quickly. The color is very dark ... Coffee brown. The smell is very caramelly, with maybe a hint of maple. Tasting is where it really shows off ... Burnt sugar, caramel, molasses, more molasses, and a bit of dark chocolate. Should be cloyingly sweet, but it isn't. We're saved by the hops, this is an IPA after all, and that jolt of bitterness brings this into balance. I'm told that dry hopping means adding hops after the fermentation has completed to boost the hop flavor and aroma. It's works and it is brilliant!

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickS95
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trdtercel92
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of sethcroisant
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bdabeer
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Heftklammer
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

Photo of Afeo
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

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 6,179 ratings