With Halloween in the rearview, I can resume drinking traditional beers and regain my appetite for pumpkin ales. That in mind, I thought long and hard when deciding what beer to follow up the strange and tasty Flat 12 Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale with. After passing over the many shelves at my local Kroger, my eyes locked on one that looked too weird to leave at the store: Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale.
The Dogfish Head brewing company started in Rehoboth, Delaware, and has been in the business since 1995. They have since outgrown their humble beginnings, and now do most of their brewing in Milton, Delaware. They haven’t forgotten their roots though, and continue to brew in Rehoboth, and have even started making various spirits there.
Dogfish Head brewing co. have nine year-round beers and dozens of season and occasional brews. For this round of Six-Pack Saturday, I have selected their Indian Pale Ale, which is marketed as a mix between Scotch Ale, India Pale Ale, and an American Brown Ale. The beer is a hefty 7.2% ABV.
With an IPA billed as one of the ales mixed in the Indian Brown Ale, I expected to taste an extreme amount of hops. Surprisingly, the hops are nowhere near as overpowering as I thought they would be, rather they give the beer a pleasant bite in the early stages. Following the hoppy undertone is a smooth malty flavor, akin to caramel or toffee. There is then a light metallic aftertaste which caps off the entire experience. The taste is great from start to finish.
As I mentioned before, the hops make a slight appearance here, so bitterness is to be expected. The bitterness quickly becomes a moot point, as it’s hardly noticeable and muted by the smoothness of the other ales present in this brew. The beer also appears to have very little added sugar, meaning the headache-factor on this beer is very low. Overall, it’s one smooth drinking beer.
I was a little unsure about the metallic aftertaste of this beer at first. However, any uncertainty was quickly dispelled after a few more sips of this beer, as I found myself loving the smoothness of the flavor and its malty thickness. Before I knew it, not only was I not bothered by the aftertaste – I loved it. This is a great beer, and one that stands just fine on its own, but also pairs very well with a juicy burger and some fries. I can’t recommend this one enough, and can see myself drinking it at social gatherings in the future. Do yourself a solid, and find this beer at your local store, ASAP!