Indian Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale
BA SCORE
86.9%
Liked This Beer
4.1 w/ 6,097 ratings
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:
#1,925
Reviews:
2,066
Ratings:
6,097
Liked:
5,299
Avg:
4.1/5
pDev:
10.73%
Alströms:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
361
Gots:
1,215
Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,097 |  Reviews: 2,066
Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MGibbons
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeanVonMorrison
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjgsilva
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyclonece09
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours copper brown with a fluffy off white head. Smells of nuts and citrus. Tastes of citrus hops with slight pine, and nut aftertaste. Beer is light bodied, not heavily carbonated, easy drinking. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LJSchoppert
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a stein
L: Very dark, almost but not quite opaque. Surprisingly resilient tan head
S: Chocolate and herb, with some noticeable alcohol
T: Prominent coffee notes, as is popular with this style. Thankfully, not too sweet
F: Actually a little thin, compared to the forceful flavors
O: A very good classic brown ale. Not as innovative as Dogfish bills it though

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Photo of ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HamdenHector
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear if held to a light; cola brown in color with ruby highlights; 1 finger khaki head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: sweet malt, vanilla; a hint of smoke, cinnamon, and nutmeg;

T: hoppy for a moment, then sweet malt; finish follows the nose; finish is a little harsh - like putting cinnamon directly on your tongue;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: complex, very interesting; not really my style, but that's my problem;

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Photo of BLZR
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JustinAbs
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City snifter.

Thin khaki head that dissipates quickly.Dark brown in color, with ruby out lacing.Moderate amount of fast paced carbonation.

On the nose I get dark malts,caramel,and brown sugar,with small hints of nuts,and piney hops.

On the palate I get malts,caramel,light roasted coffee,toffee,small hint of scotch (nothing offensive),and some sweet brown sugar,and nuts.Also a slight hint of earthy hop bitterness.

The body is medium,with a slightly carbonated mouth feel.The finish is medium dry.

Overall I would say this is a pretty good brown ale.I like the added hop characteristics.Good beer...flavorful,yet drinkable.

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Photo of Peyton5410
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisledTitan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of topofthehops
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As an inveterate hop head I've avoided this in the past, but the "dark IPA" descriptor sucked me in to ordering a pint (along with the fact that they had no big IPAs on tap).

It's pleasant but it ain't no IPA, not anywhere close. Tastes like a stout mixed with an ale. Minimal hops. If you're looking for hops, don't look here. I can absolutely understand the high ratings, but my palate has been corrupted by wonderful hops, so this just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BDabbler
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure why the reviews for this are so high. For a brown ale, and I love brown ales, this should not be rated so highly. It looks super dark brown, bubbly over carbonated head, smells great like coffee and caramel. The taste doesn't live up to the smell. The first few sips are bitter and you can taste the alcohol in it. As you continue to drink it, the bitterness settles down and it;s a bit more enjoyable. However, this is not up there with the likes of an Old Brown Dog. Some may call this complex, but I'd say it's a bit off the mark.

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Photo of lemmy187
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NMA
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of haines710
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My favorite winter beer. Finishing a six pack before spring. Poured into a pint glass. Dark color with a beautiful creamy head. Smell is smoky. Taste is warm and nutty. I usually pick up a six pack right before thanksgiving and drink through the winter. My favorite dogfish head beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with clear ruby edges and a light tan frothy half finger blanket leaving some wavy lace.

Smell is coffee, brown sugar, pine, cedar, toffee, toast, milk and something a little sticky and acidic like maple and wine barrel.

Taste is not quite as complex as the nose but still good, with creamy toffee, milk, sharp pine, tangy malt and caramel.

Frothy and full-bodied.

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86.9% out of 100 with 6,097 ratings
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