Indian Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale

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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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It is a dark brown ale, that pour with little foam which is of a light brown hue.

S: The smell makes you want to drink it immediately. Smells of a coffee mocha mix, leaving your mouth watering.

T: The taste is similar to the smell: a hoppy mocha coffee. It starts off hoppy like an IPA and finishes smooth like a brown all, great combination.

M: Starts off fairly bitter like most IPAs but leaves the mouth with a smooth refreshing feeling, leaving the mouth craving for more

Overall, one of my favorite beers to drink. It is a combination of two amazing styles of beer and the combination is perfectly done. It is the one beer I pick up every time I go to my local beverage center.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: ?

Not really sure when or where I first had this, but being a staple of the area, I've had it several times in bottles and on tap.

Pours dark brown, rusty around the edges, with a tan head of varying size. Roasty aroma with touches of chocolate and caramel; some earthy hops come through as well. Taste follows the smell, imbued with flavors of caramel, malt, chocolate, a little bit of coffee bitterness, brown sugar, mild notes of dark fruits and earthy hops. Pretty nice. Medium-bodied and a bit chewy, and quite nice overall, and I'm not big on brown ales.

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 6,171 ratings