Indian Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Ratings: 6,160 |  Reviews: 2,076
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown. Light hardly passes through. Almost porteresque.
Coffee cream head, decent lacing.

S: rich coffee aroma. toasted roasted grains. some floral hop notes, but very subdued on the nose.

T: Smokey. Charred grains. Smooth malts, sharp citrusy hop notes. Dried cherries. DELICIOUSSS. Sweet and malty, hoppy, but this is a world class smoked stout parading around as a brown ale.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation.

O: I love it. There is a lot to say about this brew, a lot of comparisons to make. You know when you're drinking it though. SO distinct.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown amber in color. Off white head that leaves no lacing.

Smell: malty. caramel. slightly burnt. hops in the back, pleasant. I'd prefer more hops to really be an "Indian Brown Ale" if that is meant to be similar to the IPA.

Taste: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet with some bitterness from both the burnt malt flavors and hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Good amount of carbonation, perhaps the perfect amount?

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. I'd like more hops to really be the epitome of the american brown ale imo. This is a must try for Brown Ale fans imo. Check it out!

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with a great looking light tan head. There is at least an inch of dense foam that eventually leaves a delicate lace. Beautiful!

Vanilla and caramel in the nose with just a hint of raisins.

Right of that bat I get plenty of caramelized sugars and as I drink more the caramelized sugars are more and more prominent. Nice roasted malts add to complexity and bits of currants blend beautifully. Medium bodied with a noble hop character. Plenty of unsweetened cocoa notes that linger on the palate.

The characters from the sugar take center stage. Dry in the finish with plenty of roasted notes throughout. This doesn't come off as a 7.2% American Brown and yet at the end you know it was bigger than average. Delicious!

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