Friday, March 16, 2018

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 10/18/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 21B Specialty IPA: Brown IPA

AROMA: Moderate brown malt with plenty of specialty character (nutty, toasty, chocolaty). Hops are medium at most with a floral/earthy character (should be much stronger). Clean fermentation. No alcohol presence. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful, clear ruby/brown hue (17-34 SRM). Moderate tan foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Quite malt-forward for an IPA. Assorted dark malts create for nutty, toasty and chocolaty flavors. Palette is a bit sweet, though there is enough hop bitterness to balance it out. Actual hop flavor is medium-low with a subtle floral note. Hops may have faded due to age of the bottle, but brew meets specs otherwise. Clean fermentation. No alcohol presence. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth texture, but not creamy. Drinks and feels like something more of a traditional standard strength than 7.2% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer demonstrates the versatility of the Brown IPA style quite well. Probably amazing when fresh. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

NOTE: See my 2011 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/02/dogfish-head-indian-brown-ale-chadz.html

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