Dogfish Head “Indian Brown Ale” Review (#072)

Dogfish Head
“Indian Brown Ale”

Wilmington, Delaware

From The Brewery:

Forget about the car companies, this is the original hybrid, a cross between a Scotch Ale, an India Pale Ale, and an American Brown. Our Indian Brown Ale is well-hopped and malty at the same time (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 as our 60 Minute IPA and 90 Minute IPAs. This beer is brewed with Aromatic barley and organic brown sugar.

Availability: Year Round
ABV: 7.2%
IBUs: 50


Appearance: This is a brown, almost black, ale with hints of reddish brown shining through. I poured this beer into an imperial pint glass, giving it plenty of room to release at thick creamy head, which lasted all the way down.

Smell: Sweet smelling, but in a natural way, with a big dose of roast followed by hops; some burnt sugar and molasses along with some fruity yeast esters.

Taste:Starts off dark with roasted coffee, bakers chocolate and some caramels, followed by a big hop flavor, especially on the exhale. It leaves your mouth coated with a sweet roast candy flavor, along with floral hops. Very complex. As it warms, it smooths out more to show a bit more hop flavor to counter the earthy nuttiness of the brown ale, along with a bit more alcohol esters. Very enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: Creamy but still medium bodied.

Drinkability/Palitability: HIgh; a very balanced beer, that is quite potent.

Notes: This is one of my favorite beers and styles – and this was one of the first of its kind. I have enjoyed this one for many years and will continue to do so.


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