US Beer Review: Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Dogfish Head Indian Brown AleI don’t think I’ve ever opened a beer, taken the first sup and literally not been able to stop drinking because it’s THAT good. Introducing and welcoming the Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale with open arms.

OK, time to calm down and mention a few fun facts about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. It opened a brew-pub in Delaware in 1995, and was so creative and popular that one year later they were bottling and distributing its brews to other cities far and wide. Now it boasts a 100,000 square foot converted cannery as its brew HQ.  In other words, they are good at what they do.

If you want to learn more about the brewery I recommend reading Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione’s book on its establishment, Brewing up a Business.

Back to the brew. Did I mention it’s THAT good? It pours a gorgeous dark red brown with a dark cream head that does not vanish. Strangely it has absolutely no nose to speak of. So with added curiosity I took my first sup. In under a second my taste buds were walloped with huge flavour. Chocolate, coffee, caramel and floaty, distinctive hop top-notes. It is loaded with lingering maltiness too. The bonus is that it’s not overly carbonated. Very drinkable. Very smooth. And beware, at 7.2 % ABV it’s very seductive.

Verdict: I could have downed this delightful thing in five seconds.  The flavour is nothing short of awesome. It’s the best of three worlds: American Brown Ale, India Pale Ale and Scotch Ales. It’s genius. Newcastle Brown – eat your heart out!

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US Beer Review: Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale