ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 9, 2006
First off i want to say this was WAY better than i expected. bottle, pours dark dark brown with a creamy light brown head. didn’t notice much of an aroma, but what i did notice was very nice; sweet and malty with a bit of molasas. flavor was top notch; roasted malts, brown sugar, molasas, with hints of mocha and bitter chocolate. nice slightly hoppy finnish. mouth feel was Super creamy, goes down so smooth. reminds me of Shipyard Longfellow ale, but with a higher abv. tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Bottle. Brown with a red tint when held up to the light. Medium sized head which shrinks to just a coating quickly. Sweet chocolate aroma with hints of coffee. Very smooth flavor. DFH is more known for their hoppier beers but do a swell job on this brown ale. Only negative is the slightly alcoholic taste. A good brown ale. Slightly below the Rogue Hazelnut Brown. kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Nose: very malty, almost smells like dark toast
Appearance: Dark brown with a reddish glow, no head.
Taste: Malty with a strong alcohol bite, mabye a bit too strong for a 7.2% beer. I can taste only a very weak hop aftertaste. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours brown with an off white head. Nutty, sweet, and moderately hoppy aroma. Flavor was interesting. Roasted malt, nuts, and raisens offset by piney bitter hops. Finish is crisp and bitter. This beer could use a little more balance...sweetness maybe. This sample struggles for identity in my opinion. I am not sure if I would revisit. On tap maybe. webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Being a fan of brown ales, this one lef tme pretty flat on first impression out of a sampler set at DFH Alehouse in Gaithersburg, MD (2/4/2006). Nice bouquet, but the taste was overly malty for what I wanted, although when pared witht he food (Jambalya) it wasn’t too bad. I would have hoped for something better, but it was 5th int he five beers sampled that evening (minus the desert Worldwide Stout - 2002). Very red, would have expected something tending towards more brown given the ingredients and name.
Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2006
12 oz bottle, bottled on 9-26-05.alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Clear iced coffee brown, with a 2" reddish tan head
Aroma is light, malty, toasty,coffee,caramel.
Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, watered down coffee.
long coffee like finish. nice
This is amighty big beer for being a brown. Admirably, Dogfish makes this so smooth, you wouldn’t know it. Lovely aroma, toasty with hints of chicory. Pours a dark dark mahogany with a nice cream head. Taste is roasty with more of that chicory. Finish is smooth, body is bigger than most browns. I enjoyed this brown from DFH, they dont disappoint. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2006 Pours midnight brown w/ medium semi creamy froth. Aroma is malty w/ slight brown sugar. Medium to full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Flavors are fruity w/ a malty backbone. Cocoa, brown sugar, roasted coffee bean, slight leather. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is long with a mellow asprin bitterng. Overall: It’s a well balanced, complex, strong ale that amazingly asprins up on the finish w/ no hop presence before hand. Highly recommended. PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - JAN 30, 2006
Nice aroma, malty. The color is a nice transparent dark brown with a thick, long-lived beige head. The flavor is nutty with hints of mocha. It’s very smooth and the mouthfeel is clean. Overall another solid beer from DFH. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
This is a very interesting beer, in the fact that stylistically is a cross between a Scottish ale, and an IPA. This beer has great malt character, and sweetness, from the use of caramelized brown sugar, that is balanced to some degree, with vibrant hop character. At 7.2% abv, it is a great sipping brew, and one I enjoyed while watching the ball game at the bar. Available in 6 packs that retail for $7, this is a year round brew, and one that doesn’t get the attention other DFH beers gets, but one that I think should get more.
Indian Brown Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep chestnut color, with a thick and creamy tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting, with lots of good sweet, malty, and nutty aroma paired with some citrus/piney hop aroma. The palate is very firm, with lots of good sweet malty, nutty, and caramel flavors, that is full on the tongue. Indian Brown Ale finishes with more good sweet and nutty malt up front, then ends with just enough citrus/piney hop bitterness to take the cloying edge off this beer.
I really enjoyed this one. You really get lots of sweet malt character in this beer, and the hop character while very apparent, is there to cut the sweet malt character of this beer. I won’t say it balances, as this beer is more malty than hoppy, but make no mistake, you can smell and taste hops in this beer as well. I like the fact that you get lots of malt and lots of hops in this beer, and it is a great beer to sit and relax with.