Dogfish Head Indian Brown Dark IPA
DFH's beers are never really known to be shy on personality, and this year-round selection is no exception. A cross between a Scotch ale, IPA and American brown ale, this is assertively hoppy and malty all at once. The nose leads with forward scents of caramel, roasted nuts, chocolate-covered malted milk balls and brown sugar, underpinned by a seam of earthy, grassy hop. Accents of sweet smoke, wood spice and char lend additional depth to the bouquet. The mouthfeel is smooth, full and creamy, with sweet, malty notes of toffee, caramelized sugar, molasses and cocoa powder upfront, followed by piney hop flavors and lingering astringency that hang on through the dry finish. It's a complex and varied experience, but overall a well-rounded and balanced one.