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Dacker Authentic Adirondack Ale - Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

Dacker Authentic Adirondack AleDacker Authentic Adirondack Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

27 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%


Brewed by:
Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerTruth on 01-28-2007)
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ThePortlander

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Bierkraft today with a pastrami sandwich (quite the combo). It's an orange/copper ale, with a dense, but quickly diminishing finger of white foam. The nose offered mainly caramel malt and some diacetyl, and the flavor is about the same but with some spicy/floral light hop bitterness.

Typical, but by no means bad–a standard scotch ale. No regrets here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 02:56:06 | More by ThePortlander
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum. In a word, too sweet. Peach coloured body, some head. Above average mouthfeel, drying finish. Some sugar, not very drinkable. The look is the best. Sweet aromas.Not a good representation of the style.Maybe with some ageing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 05:25:55 | More by Sammy
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plaid75

New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to dark copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured some sweet caramel, an herbal hop and some diacytl.

The taste consisted of an earthy malt with a moderate hop spice and diacytl.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a complex and spicy ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 15:23:07 | More by plaid75
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer (a recipe from a 4th generation Adirondacker, Duncan Kincaid) was a clear golden color with some tangerine highlights. The white head retained itself poorly and consequently left little lacing to speak of, just some spots occasionally. The aroma was of caramel malt, hints of sourness and nuts. The flavors were truly spot-on as described, a 'light Scotch Ale!' I tasted slightly toasted malt, pale malt, wood, nuts, a slight 'tang' I couldn't quite place (yeast selection?) and a tiny touch of smoke on the finish. Dry and unusual but in an interesting way. The body was medium, the carbonation a little too low and the mouthfeel also a little thin.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2010 15:09:11 | More by thekevlarkid
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almychristopher

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first in a line up on a sampler tray of six, this pale ale is a clear gold with a thin off white head that fades to lacing. The patchy lacing gives off a light aroma of crystal malts and floral hops, very nice... might have been a bit cold for the nose to really come through. the taste delivers on the malt end very well, there's a nice array of malt flavor and of course the sweetness... actually very sweet, but the other adirondack ales I had this weekend were pretty malty too. the mouthfeel was a little on the heavy side, but right off the tap, it was a very drinkable beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 18:01:59 | More by almychristopher
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale has become Davidson Brothers most popular at the brewpub and for good reason. Dacker pours a clear copper hue with thin khaki colored head that seems to die down soon after the pour. A somewhat caramel aroma with very subtle citrusy smell. A full bodied ale that is dominated by malt with very little hop character. Dacker is well balanced with rich and sweet malty flavors that makes it quite drinkable. Rick and John once again do a wonderful job with this Ale, keep it up guys!

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2007 22:35:56 | More by BeerTruth
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dogfishandi

New York

3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before JAN 2014 notched.

Pours a hazy deep orange color, a thin patchy layer of white to off white colored head, decent lacing. Lots of carbonation visible.

The aroma is almost entirely malty. Biscuit, bread.

Again, mostly malty, semi sweet, biscuity, bread crust, some caramel. Hints of fruit esters. Finishes with the slightest bit of hop bitterness, but the sweetness from the malt returns in the after taste.

Drinks crisp and refreshing. On the lighter side. Cleans the palate.

Average beer. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 22:02:23 | More by dogfishandi
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flagmantho

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a touch of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam which dissipated rather quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: malty aroma with plenty of sweet caramel and a touch of dry biscuit. Balanced more toward the sweetness, I think it works pretty well.

Taste: again, a good balance between sweet caramel and a drier biscuity, toasty quality. Hop character is minimal but there is a bit of bitterness at the end to help balance the sweetness. A subtle beer; pretty darn tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a big, mouth-filling creaminess. I quite like it.

Overall: a pretty drinkable beer for its above-average ABV, this is one of the rare brews with a biscuity character that I actually enjoy. It's a great example of the style; I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 00:21:59 | More by flagmantho
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musicforairports

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-growler from Westmere Beverage in Guilderland. I've had this one on-tap at the brewpub a bunch of times, too. I'm rating this as a Scotch ale, which is what the brewery considers it (a "light Schotch ale.).

Dark amber, small one-finger head that leaves not very much lacing. Beer is almost clear but a titch cloudy, and looks decently carbonated.

Smells like caramel, nut, other malts, lots of Scotch ale-like woody peat-moss aromas.

Tastes like the nose but a bit less robust. Not very sweet. Struck me as a bit hoppy for the style at first, but it goes away quickly. It's listed as an APA here, but it fits the brewery's description of a light Scotch ale.

Mouthfeel is pretty light for all the malt flavors. Relatively lively carbonation. Makes it easy to drink.

A good tasting Scotch ale that's light enough to be easier to drink, at least for me, than a lot of others, while still having a lot of the distinctive malt flavor a Scotch ale has.

Serving type: growler

04-16-2011 02:50:30 | More by musicforairports
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head reduces down to a thin ring around the glass leaving behind spots of lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is full of rich sweet caramel malts. There also some nice fruity esters and a touch of floral hops.

T - Starts off with some fruit flavors (apricot and touch of cherry). Some sweet caramel malts and just a touch of ho pin the background. Through the middle some deeper lightly toasted malt flavor comes through. The finish is a blend of some fruit esters and some sweet caramel malt that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp, though just a touch watery and oily. There is a hint of alcohol warming in the finish which is nice.

D - Very drinkable. Nice blend of fruit flavors and malt. Fairly well balanced. Goes down nice and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:28:52 | More by ngeunit1
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt scent along with some fruity yeast esters and light hop nose. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, pale and crystal malt flavor with loads of yeast esters in the finish. It has a light hop character, but only enough to balance the malt profile. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a pretty good APA. I think it's closer to an English pale though, especially with the Ringwood yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 00:32:06 | More by WesWes
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eporter66

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Beer pours an amber color, 1 finger foamy head that quickly dissolves away. When held up to the light it takes on a more golden color. Aroma has a strong malt presence, along with an interesting buttery scent, and the hops coming through in the background. Taste is fairly mellow, I expected more of a hop bite. A good mix of hops and malt. Still get a slight bitter flavor in the back of the mouth, and a slight sweetness to the malt. Average mouthfeel and well carbonated. Beer is very drinkable, not overwhelming and a decent ABV to boot.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 00:46:37 | More by eporter66
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dacker pours a clear copper color with a thin, wispy head: a reticent appearance. The aroma is predominantly pale malt, with a little caramel, biscuit, and toffee character. Hops are pretty restrained, but there's a little resiny hop goodness hidden deep in the smell. The taste is the real gem in this beer. It's forward, almost bold, in its malt flavor. There's quite a lot of fruit in the flavor as well. A little citrus and meaty stone fruit as well. Hops come out with a little more strength in the taste also. Together, the flavors are very well balanced, and the beer is a real pleasure to drink. Medium in body, this would be a fine session brew. Solidly good.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 01:19:34 | More by Suds
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this brew at room temperature pouted into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with a thin wispy surface layer of off white head.
Aroma is mild but some grainy cereal maltiness comes through and hints of light fruit and caramel as well. No real hop presence on the nose.
First sip reveals a fine fizzy carbonation and average body.
Flavor is mild sweet caramel and again grainy and husky malts that roll quickly to grassy and herbal hops that continue to the finish. I also get a little pine for good measure and this lingers a bit and dries out the finish.
An easily drinkable brew that is enjoyable and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 02:48:01 | More by sulldaddy
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williamherbert

New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent finger of head with a nice, clear, light orange color. Looks like a real English ALE.

Fruity, estery ale smell, with a biscuity malt; minor sharp malt bite. A very nice underbelly of bready yeast.

Real ale taste. Nice yeast, with flowery fruits and a hint of apricot. A really nice ale flavor. A hint of black licorice?

Nice thick and bubbly feel. Thick but not viscous. Dry. Excellent ale with exceptional fruity undertones. A very dynamic ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 03:03:41 | More by williamherbert
Dacker Authentic Adirondack Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.