Indian Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Indian Brown AleIndian Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,056
Reviews:
2,053
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
357
Gots:
1,188
For Trade:
7
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Photo of know8677
4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Holderness
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a big, boisterous, three finger light tan head that highlights the beer's heavy carbonation. The head sticks around, and is of an on-tap quality. Smells of malts, burnt sugar, cardamom, and floral hops. The taste -- while similar to the aromas -- mostly accentuates the malts, making for a wholesome drink that focuses predominantly on breadiness/nutiness, with a slight spiciness. Reminds me a lot of Shed Mountain Ale, but less rustic.

83/100

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Photo of JLK7299
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcole524
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matcris
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown and clear with lots of bubbles rising, ruby up to the light. Finger+ of tan creamy head that stays and leaves a nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar, chocolate, a little earthy, and dark bread crust. Flavor....first thing that comes to mind is...Coca-Cola! Dark toasted bread, and chocolate. Feel is a little sticky, full carbonation, medium full body, and drier on the finish. Never had a brown ale that reminded me of Coke right off the bat. Very good stuff.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Poured dark brown with a ruby tinge and had a light tan head. No lacing.
S - Malty and somewhat roasty but a real good mix.
T - Nice roasty back-taste to it.
F - Slight bite on the roof of my mouth. Dry after taste. Beer got smoother as it warmed.
O - Really good beer. Tasty.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown in color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: light citrus and some malty tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, toffee, a hint of lemon zest, some earthiness, and moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness from start to finish.

Overall: another enjoyable DFH beer I have had numerous times over the years.

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Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MGibbons
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeanVonMorrison
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjgsilva
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyclonece09
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours copper brown with a fluffy off white head. Smells of nuts and citrus. Tastes of citrus hops with slight pine, and nut aftertaste. Beer is light bodied, not heavily carbonated, easy drinking. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LJSchoppert
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a stein
L: Very dark, almost but not quite opaque. Surprisingly resilient tan head
S: Chocolate and herb, with some noticeable alcohol
T: Prominent coffee notes, as is popular with this style. Thankfully, not too sweet
F: Actually a little thin, compared to the forceful flavors
O: A very good classic brown ale. Not as innovative as Dogfish bills it though

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Photo of ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HamdenHector
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear if held to a light; cola brown in color with ruby highlights; 1 finger khaki head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: sweet malt, vanilla; a hint of smoke, cinnamon, and nutmeg;

T: hoppy for a moment, then sweet malt; finish follows the nose; finish is a little harsh - like putting cinnamon directly on your tongue;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: complex, very interesting; not really my style, but that's my problem;

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Photo of BLZR
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JustinAbs
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City snifter.

Thin khaki head that dissipates quickly.Dark brown in color, with ruby out lacing.Moderate amount of fast paced carbonation.

On the nose I get dark malts,caramel,and brown sugar,with small hints of nuts,and piney hops.

On the palate I get malts,caramel,light roasted coffee,toffee,small hint of scotch (nothing offensive),and some sweet brown sugar,and nuts.Also a slight hint of earthy hop bitterness.

The body is medium,with a slightly carbonated mouth feel.The finish is medium dry.

Overall I would say this is a pretty good brown ale.I like the added hop characteristics.Good beer...flavorful,yet drinkable.

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Photo of Peyton5410
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisledTitan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 6,056 ratings.
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