We beer geeks often get gloriously entwined in the trailblazing new beer of the moment. Collaborations, one-off's, & the idiosyncratic liquids of our beloved brewers often keep our focus, and we blithely forget some of the classic beers that are the cornerstone of the Craft beer revolution. Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale, 7.2% ABV: One of the biggest arguments against browns is that they can be a bit humdrum. NOT the case here. Quite possibly one my favorite brown ales out there, and honestly, one that took me by surprise no less than two short weeks ago. Full of fabulous notes of brown sugar, toast, dark caramel, and chocolate, perfectly mingled with the proper dose of grassy, citrus hops, this beer achieves a expert balance between the singular magic traits of malts and hops.
Even if you think browns have had their day, do yourself a favor and find this on draft. You will be oh-so pleased and I feel sure a smile will ensue.