Indian Brown Ale, an American Brown Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Indian Brown Ale is an American Brown Ale brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.


The ale pours a clear and dark brown that shows amber highlights when held to the light. It’s topped by a finger-thick cap of cream-colored foam that shows modest retention. Some sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass following the reduction.


The aroma wafts the nose with a scent of sweet and hoppy; backed by grain.

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The tasting begins with bready malt and some coffee roast. Sweet caramel holds down the middle and the finish is bittered with citrus and earthy hops.


Its feel is relatively smooth with a medium body and matching carbonation. Finishes with a mild astringency.


As described, the Indian Brown Ale is a hybrid of styles. Its hoppiness approaches that of an IPA, sweet malt like a Scotch Ale, and a roasted character akin to a Porter. And their combination is terrific.

More About the Indian Brown Ale

Check out this video from Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione as he discusses the hybrid qualities of the Indian Brown Ale.

The beer has since been renamed as Indian Brown Dark IPA.

Recommended Pairings

Dogfish Head recommends the following food pairings with their Indian Brown Ale: Asiago cheese, balsamic vinaigrette salads, smoked meats, duck confit, braised ribs, venison, prosciutto, and stews.

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