Review – Dogfish Head India Brown Ale
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale review submitted by Evan Fritz
Appearance: This dark brown ale has several hints of red when held up to the light. In a single pour into a 16 ounce pint glass, the large bubbles easily produced about 2 inches of very lacy foam. Although it was quite dark in color, it was definitely not opaque but instead it was actually somewhat clear.
Aroma: I was surprised at the lack of aroma from this beer. Immediately upon opening I smelled what to me seemed like a slightly water-downed fruit punch with faint flowery hops.
Taste: What this beer lacked in aroma, it sure made up for in taste. This ale has a very clean, crisp taste and it did not taste like other high-alcohol brown ales. There was a brilliantly smooth brown-sugar aftertaste that left me thinking about chocolate chip cookies or caramel.
Mouth feel: Going down was easy for this beer as it was very drinkable. In fact, after writing this review I proceeded to kill off the remainder of the six pack while playing poker and watching boxing with friends. It felt like a smooth, sweet candy that just slid down the back of my throat. There did not seem to be much carbonation either. Whether or not that was a fluke, I do not know.
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I have bought in the past and will buy again this extremely drinkable and affordable ale. Well, at least it is affordable compared to some of DFH’s other styles, which can range upwards of 4-5 bucks per 12 ounce bottle. I like that I can drink a few of these beers without the feeling of fullness.