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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:
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: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Neck stamped BOTTLED ON 07/28/11101.

Appearance - Dark ruby brown body. Light brown head with decent stick and great retention.

Smell - Coffee. Soy sauce. Both prominent.

Taste - Bitter hop up front followed by roasty, creamed coffee and caramel. A bit sour.

Mouthfeel - Light and clean body. Slightly solvent and a touch astringent.

Overall Drinkability - A little too solvent/astringent at first. After a couple of beers though, those factors stopped playing a factor and later actually became a good point for the beer. Hops are suprising and unexpected at first, but become a bit more enjoyable when you find the balance of this offcentered beer. After initially rating this beer, I had a few more bottles from the 6pack and it started to grow on me so I bumped up the mouthfeel and overall by half a point each. I much prefer drinking it from the bottle than pouring it into a glass. For some reason it just works out better that way with this particular beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Extremely dark brown with an off white head. The head head retention and lazing is amazing.

S- Very rich roasted malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate and sugar.

T- Very well balanced, this beer has a lot going on. Sweet upfront followed by light roasted malt in the middle which leads into a mild bittersweet hop finish.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable, I think I found my new favorite American Brown Ale.

This beer definitely surprised me. I've only had DFH IPAs so I wasn't sure how their take on a brown ale was going to be. This is definitely delicious.

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Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 6,140 ratings
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