Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
7.2% ABV, 50 IBUs
Rehoboth Beach, DE
"I like that you still get that bold, bitter IPA characteristics coming through, but it also has a nice chocolatey-ness to it in the malt. It's an easy-drinking beer. Can't go wrong with anything from Dogfish." -- Jules Bouchard, Euclid Hall, Denver, CO
"Being a true IPA advocate, I started getting a little worried when I witnessed the boom of variations. Regardless, pushing my purist, 'get off my lawn' ideologies to the side, I happened to enjoy some really good ones. Indian Style Brown isn't my favorite style -- most brown ales are typically too light in the pants in my opinion, and then hopped up on top of that? Yuck. Fortunately, Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale does a Barnum & Bailey balancing act of the hops, malt, and body with their version, and set the bar for others." -- Ale Sharpton, beer blogger
"My love affair with Dogfish Head is no secret and, surprisingly enough, it all began with their Indian Brown Ale in the summer of '07. Nutty and chocolatey, with just the right hint of caramel -- this is no ordinary brown ale. Rigorously hopped like the rest of its IPAs, DFH Indian Brown Ale is the OG brown ale-IPA hybrid. It's the standard all others should hold themselves up to." -- Ashley Routson, The Beer Wench
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Durty
8.4% ABV, 97 IBUs
"It has a great hop profile and also a great malt backbone. It's a bit piney, but still holds the citrusy fruit together. A great beer to find your way to loving hops." -- Richie Saunders, Shmaltz Brewing Co., Clifton Park, NY
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