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
Ranking:
#2,379
Reviews:
2,086
Ratings:
6,193
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
367
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1,262
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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh, yeah! A nice warmer on a cool day on the patio at Pies and Pints Morgantown!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a dark clear ruby brown with an average head. The aroma features dark tones of hazelnut, chocolate, pine, orange peel, coffee, and greens. The flavor leans much more to the malt than the hops, with good medium chocolate, mild coffee, hazelnuts, almonds, and some orange peel, evoking a chocolate orange, and pine, with a really solid bitter core. THe mouthfeel is somewhat full with a light mildly carbonated finish. Overall this is really classy beer - unbalanced for the style, but iconically America in sensibility.

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

Dark beer, not completely black, but brown as it says.
Dark chocolate, burnt caramel, molasses, brown sugar.
Effervescent flow over the tongue fades to brown sugar fades to bitterness hint of the hops behind all this. Nice.

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximalC
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent tawny color with a handsome topping of khaki froth. Unremarkable aroma smells of straight caramel with some peanut brittle.

Balanced taste is delightfully nutty, with caramel and brown sugar adding complexity without dominating. Noble hops lend an even keel to tame the sweetness while remaining understated in their own right. Brown sugar comes through more on the back end with warming. A palpable stickiness lingers on the lips between sips. Medium body and fine, fulsome carbonation afford a vibrant, velvety mouthfeel that deftly cuts through the sweetness.

Overall, this is a robust, balanced brown ale with a great feel. One of the better Dogfish offerings, in my estimation.

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

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

Photo of Savan
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Indian Brown IPA poured a delectable hue of deep burgundy with thin lacing of almond coloured head :)
The aromas are subtle but, of coffee and almond cream. The over all taste is complexly neither malt forward not hop forward... its bitter then sweet then creamy, not quite a coffee taste but that is the closes thing that comes to mind. It feels as silk does in ones mouth leading to a overall refreshing beer!

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Photo of sparx1100
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours dark red when seen under an intense light. Thick head. Lots of roasty and burnt aromas and flavors. Intense bitterness. More and more maltiness comes forward as the beer warms. A bit cloying and not easy to drink but fairly complex.

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Photo of luke12345
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Wolverine3232
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cshaffer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hackattack
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW!!!! Okay, I confess I am a dark toasted malt fan in the highest order. But sometimes the darker brews such as the porters and the stouts are too bitter in taste. This one is well-hopped, yet it's actually lightly brown-sugary sweet. I would say this is world class brew. Another solid product from Dogfish Head!

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Photo of petrusek23
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cspinoso
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Everydayoff
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Translucent mahogany brown with an amber shade in color, it tops with a finger of frothy brown head that stands for a while before sinking to some bubble sheet atop and leaving some spotty and patchy lace on the glass-side.

Really nice aroma led by caramel, coffee, roasted, powdery, and toasted bread from malt as well as a sweet addition of brown sugar. Hop is herbal, fruity, and citrus.

The taste has a well-rounded balance between the two proportions of malt and hop. Malt provides its caramel, coffee, roasted, powder, and toasted bread as well as the addition of sweet brown sugar while hop lends its citrus and some herbal bitterness. The bitterness comes from both roasted malt and hop actually.

Medium body with quite smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation, the feeling is proper and crisp enough to carry all the things well. Finish is pretty dry.

Good Brown Ale with lots of typical caramel malt character and brown sugar in addition, hop also helps to bring some more depths.

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Photo of KnappStout
2.29/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel.

Appearance: Consistent cream colored head. Dark brown.

Nose: Vanilla sweetness, roast,

Taste: Dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla cream, Nice underlayer of grassy hops.

Mouth: Medium body and dryness.

Basically what it claims to be, a dark brown ale with hops. Balanced and wonderfully complex. A real original. Dogfish better keep it up.

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Photo of mitch3114
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vinylboy20
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Pours a deep dark brown. Aroma is pleasing, but not overbearing.
Malt & Carmel notes dominate.
Mouth feel was low point for me,
(Your results may differ) had a, dare I say "metallic" carbonation
like after taste. Dark, but not heavy. This is a "different, interesting"brew.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 6,193 ratings