Indian Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale
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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:
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

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Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a glass, no freshness date could be found. Appears a very pretty deep reddish/brown with a fairly active tan head that went away within minutes (bad pour on my part?). Smells of roasted malt. Taste is a vaguely fruity sweetness followed by the coffee like malt with some prominent hops
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Good beer but not my favorite. The dark sweetness and and smokiness make me think of what a Belgian Stout would taste like, albeit a well hopped one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear deep brown with a dense head with lacing that sticks everywhere.

S: Smells of chocolate with some espresso notes, caramel malt, caramelized sugar, slight spicy hops and a subtle touch of alcohol. A very enticing aroma.

T: Mocha up front with caramelized sugar, vanilla, and slight hop bitterness in the back which helps balance. The malt flavors are exceptionally well balanced and blend together exceptionally well. The alcohol is also very well hidden.

M: Medium body, velvety smooth, goes down so easy.

Overall: Complex, creative, and delicious.

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On tap poured into pint glass. Deep brown color, with single finger of head.
Malty aroma, slightly sweet caramel.
Same flavor...sweet malty caramel, with a bit of hops and bitter finish. Nice balance, with great overall flavor and drinkability. Its smooth but packs a punch!
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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 6,193 ratings