Brown IPA?

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  1. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (629) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    So I was thinking about how much I love brown ales and IPAs and strangely, have never had a Brown IPA. In fact, I've never even seen one for purchase. Via a quick net search I found Terrapin Hop Karma, a Stone/Ninkasi collab, and some homebrew info. Does anybody have any other examples of a Brown IPA? Why is this style so non existant?
  2. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,112) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Not sure if Clown Shoes makes its way out there, but Brown Angel is deliciously hoppy brown.
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  3. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Aspirant (295) Nov 20, 2012 Virginia
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    DH Indian Brown Ale is a good one
  4. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    It's not called a brown IPA, but Russian Rivers Janet's Brown has a pretty big hop profile.
  5. bigedct

    bigedct Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2011 Connecticut

    Gone now, but the Stone collabo, More Brown than Black IPA was amazing.
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  6. Zaphog

    Zaphog Poo-Bah (2,238) Sep 23, 2011 Michigan
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    Dark Horse Tall, Dark and Crunchy's is amazing. Short's Bourbon Dirty Bird is damn good too. (Not that you'll be able to get them by you.)
  7. acevenom

    acevenom Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Louisiana

    You wouldn't be able to tell it now if you found a bottle somewhere, but beer TBA that was a collaboration with Stone, Bear Republic, and Fat Head's could have been called a Brown IPA.
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  8. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,148) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Oskar blues deuce. Get it? Deuce? Brown? Poop jokes never get old...

    Edit: it also managed a score of 98 in this months issue of beer magazine.
  9. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (629) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    Hmm no Clown Shoes in Missouri but they are distributed in Southern Illinois. Maybe I'll have to make a trip across the river soon...
  10. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (629) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    Hmm this one sounds tasty
  11. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Brown Angel from Clown Shoes is definitely a good brew. Also, Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot is a great hoppy brown.
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  12. gentlystewed

    gentlystewed Disciple (387) Dec 12, 2010 Georgia

    The DFS India Brown is great and I do like the Terrapin Hop Karma you mentioned.
  13. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,698) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    Sixpoint Brownstone kinda fits the bill. It reminded me more of an old IPA than a brown ale. I wasn't really crazy about it, but it wasn't bad.
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  14. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

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  15. mklisz

    mklisz Champion (849) Dec 31, 2010 New Hampshire
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    Smuttynose Durty fits the bill.
  16. JoEBoBpr

    JoEBoBpr Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2004 Missouri

    Schlafly has a pretty regular rotating brew (on tap only) called India Brown Ale. Very good hoppy brow ale.
  17. rlee1390

    rlee1390 Poo-Bah (2,165) Mar 6, 2010 Indiana
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    I loved HF George. While in Albany, NY CH Evan's Kick-Ass Brown was solid.
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  18. Onenote81

    Onenote81 Poo-Bah (1,897) May 27, 2008 North Carolina

    Terrapin's Hop Karma is one of my favorites. Highly recommend!
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  19. Naterobsnyk4

    Naterobsnyk4 Initiate (175) Jan 25, 2012 New York

    second that.
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  20. bramsdell

    bramsdell Aspirant (278) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    DFH Indian Brown Ale pretty much takes the cake. After that, Terrapin's is good, and I think that Boulder Beer Co's Flashback Ale is not just head and shoulders above the rest of their offerings, but a very good beer.
  21. straffordmilitia

    straffordmilitia Initiate (36) Apr 10, 2009 New York

    Smuttynose's short batch Durty was phenomenal. Imperial brown ale hopped extravagantly and dry hopped with simcoe. Great caramel notes that worked really well with the hop profile. Well worth checking out if you can do so....
  22. chocosushi

    chocosushi Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 Oklahoma

    DFH Indian Brown Ale takes the cake w/
    Clown Shoes Brown Angel as a close second.

    Cigar City Jose Marti is an "Indian Porter" but that might be too dark for ya.

    If yer into homebrewing I would brew up a batch for yerself, I actually just did
    a low gravity Brown IPA recently with pleasant results.
  23. berserk4886

    berserk4886 Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2007 Wisconsin

    Clicked on the thread to come in and say Brownstone. Personally, though, I had a much more pleasant experience with it than BB1313. Sweet, carmel flavors of a brown ale with a hop kick on the end.
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  24. abcramer

    abcramer Disciple (348) Feb 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Try Boulder Beer's Flashback India Brown Ale. IBUs around 65. Had some last week, and thought it was quite tasty!
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  25. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Has anyone made a Green or Blue IPA yet?
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  26. smitherz22

    smitherz22 Initiate (0) May 8, 2012 California

    Also known as the brown eye
  27. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,271) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Green? Well, even craft-oriented bars in the US "celebrate" St. Patrick's Day, so - probably.

    Blue would be nice for Fourth of July- since there's already Red and White IPA's- "Hey, bartenda, gimme 'nother of them..... whatcha call'em's - oh, yeah - a Red, White and Blue ⅓ & ⅓ & ⅓!"

    Back to the topic at hand...

    Well, back in the early '90's, there was:

  28. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,330) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    That one needed more 'India'!

    I would also think that, in the early days Pete's Wicked Ale would've qualified, or even Alimony Ale. The last time I had either, though, the hops seem to have diminished.
  29. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Stone/Bear Republic/FatHeads TBA (Texas Brown Ale) was a superb hoppy brown ale which did not garner as much credit as it deserved. Perhaps one of my all time favorite beer experiences.
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  30. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Someone should tell those one trick punks at The Alchemist to have a go. Lord knows it takes more than one good beer to be a respected brewery.
  31. bulldogbrewhaus

    bulldogbrewhaus Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012 Virginia

    Victory-Yakima Glory. A hoppy brew with a nice brown color and good malt balance. I think it was a special release though, not sure if there is any still available.
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  32. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    It sticks around on shelves well through spring, and IMO gets better with a little age on it.
  33. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,271) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Yakima Glory (née Yakima Twilight) is a yearly seasonal - not "special"- release: "Available on draft and in bottles November – February" according to Victory's webpage for it.
  34. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Disciple (367) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
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    Durty was friggin amazing. Perfect beer in my book.
  35. jageraholic

    jageraholic Devotee (411) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Not sure how widely distributed it got, but Smuttynose Durty was recently released and is a fantastic hoppy brown ale. My favorite before was the Stone collab More brown than Black IPA but Durty has won me over after trying it over the weekend.
  36. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) May 30, 2011 Alaska

    Try Evil Twin`s Hop Flood.
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  37. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Aspirant (292) Nov 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    Does anyone else really dislike the terms black/brown IPA etc.? Why does everything have to have IPA in the name nowadays? I love hoppy beers and IPAs are definitely my favorite style, but where's the creativity? Brown/black India Pale Ale doesn't even make any sense. It's nitpicky I guess but I find it kind of strange.
  38. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (356) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Boulder Beer Flashback.
  39. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) May 30, 2011 Alaska

    that`s what Iwas trying to think of earlier.
  40. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) May 30, 2011 Alaska

    Can`t believe I forgot MBC`s Lunch and new holland`s mad hatter.
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