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

as good as any brown ale could be, one of if not the very best ive had. maybe only behing their palo santo marron... pours nearly black, with just a low auburn glow when held to a light. 2 inch mocha head, epic lacing. smells burned, or on the brink of burned, with that same belgian candy sugar thing as the raison d'etra, but less pronounced. taste is more hoppy than the nose, in perfect harmony with the aroma. there is an alcohol warmth, but not flavor in this brew. mouthfeel is great too, moderately carbonated and full bodied without being filling. enjoyed it with some 85% cacoa dark chocolate... great flavor profile

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

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a dark mahogany with two fingers of creamy, off-white head. Great head retention and decent lacing.

Smell is sweet and malty. Chocolate notes with some hints of smoky peat and dark candied sugar. There was also an unexpected and well received punch of citrusy hops. Great smelling beer.

Taste is malty. Not too sweet though. The Dogfish description of a brown ale/IPA/scotch ale hybrid is apt. It's a really nice blend of malty sweetness and hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is middling. Sharp carbonation adds a creaminess to the beer. ABV is high for a brown ale, but particularly noticeable.

Overall, not a traditional American brown ale by definition, but when does Dogfish head stick to definition? Still, a very tasty pint. Proves that beer does not need to be exceedingly hoppy to be very flavorful.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH signature tulip.

Appearance: Indian Brown pours an almost black mahogany color with a few ruby highlights. A full tan head bubbles up initially into a sea foam froth consistency, but a small foamy film maintains for the entire glass. Specks of lace dot the glass.

Smell: There are a few different things going on in the nose. Sweet brown sugar and caramel malt notes are fairly sweet, roasted malt provides some cocoa flavors as well, and there are some bitter earthy notes to close it out.

Taste: The flavor also tilts toward the malty end of the spectrum. Some caramel sweetness mixed with toasted grains, some light cocoa, and a bit of peat start out. Although there is a sweetness present, it does not dominate. The flavor turns to a bit of burnt brown sugar, peat, cofffe, and some earthy notes in the middle. Toward the end, the earthy notes turn bitter and pick up a bit of citrus for some further bitterness.

Mouthfeel: For the style, this definitely has a nice, rich, full body. Creamy and smooth carbonation enhance the pleasant taste experience.

Overall: When I compare this to other American Brown Ales I have had in the past, a comparison is almost unfair. This is bigger, bolder, and more complex than what I have seen in the category.

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 6,087 ratings.
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