Beer: Indian Brown Ale
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Dark darky dark brown body with an inch of dense tan head.
Smell: This is one deep brew: overpowering coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. NOW TIME TO DRINK.
Flavor: Impossibly delicious dark chocolate and espresso flavors. There’s also a rich, decadent caramel that swirls in the middle. A bite from the hops comes through at the end.
Feel: Creamy, thin body with moderate carbonation.
Concluding Remark: The Indian Brown Ale is one of Dogfish Head’s longest continually produced beers–13 years and counting. After enjoying a pint of it, this comes as no surprise. This is one of those beers that you pick up when just want something good. It’s sweet, dark, bright, hoppy…and quite alcoholic (7.2%). What more could one want in a beer?
I was a little bit hazy on what constitutes an “Indian Brown Ale.” While I made the assumption that an Indian Brown Ale is a Brown Ale-IPA hybrid, the DFH website clarifies that it in fact a Scotch Ale-Brown Ale-IPA amalgam. Apparently, the Indian Brown Ale has to looks of a Brown Ale, the sweetness of a Scotch Ale, and the bitterness of an India Pale Ale. The result is the perfect offspring–eugenics at its best.