I don’t have access to many of Dogfish Head‘s beers here locally, so when I do find them I make sure to get a bottle to try. I’m liking their beers quite a bit. One of the latest is Indian Brown Ale. Ordinarily, brown ales are a session beer, not too strong, and they can be tricky to get right. Dogfish Head’s comes in at 7.2% alcohol by volume—stronger than I would expect.
And I’ll spoil the surprise: This is simply one of the best brown ales I’ve ever had. They got it right in spades.
Appearance: Nice clear brown—ruby when held to the light. Head is thick and tan. Totally subjective, but it looks like what I’d expect a brown ale to look like.
Smell: Light chocolate-coffee-caramelized sugar, brown sugar. Roast grain.
Taste: Yum! Sweet roasty malt, licorice, caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee beans. Sweet. Hops are oily yet clean and complement the malt nicely.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and very drinkable… creamy thickness.
Overall: Simply unbelievably good. I will be going back for more.