India Pale Ale - Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: sponberg on 08-13-2002

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Photo of sponberg
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright amber with a decent, pretty persistent white head. It's a welcoming sight.

The nose is Cascade and Ringwood yeast - butter & citrus. The flavors start out with a nice balance of round malt, citrusy hop flavor, and a firm bitterness. Mid-sip the diacetyl comes in a bit strong, certainly stronger in the bottled version (made at Shipyard) than on tap at the brewery. The finish is like the nose, buttery and hoppy, with the bitterness tipping the arm-wrestling match in favor of the hops.

Good in the bottle, but at the brewery it's even better balanced and somewhat cleaner - one of many fine brews available there.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear . orangy color. not much head or lace. Resiny and piney hop notes. Light hop flowers and resin in the nose Nicely balanced with sweet malt. Very resiny hop finish and lingering hop noes. Definitly not mega hopped, but more of a subtle IPA style. I like it, its drinkable and smooth. Probably wouldnt do it if your looking for a real hoppy IPA.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before NOV 2013 notched.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, more orange. Thin white head fades to a ring. Mild lacing.

The nose is nothing special. More sweet malt than any kind of big hop a touch of buttery diacityl.

Grassy, lemon citrus balanced by a bit of sweet malt. Finishes with a bit of resiny bitterness. Nothing mind blowing, average.


This definatly drinks more like a pale ale rather than an IPA. Nothing special here. I wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +25.8%

A) 3.65 Lovely clear orangery amber with a clean off white head that rises up quite a bit. Pretty firm and it keeps the beer covered as I drink. Gentle carbonation rising up.

S) 3.75 A firm malt backbone that displays caramel and toffee as well as a warm dinner rolls. A lift edge of alcohol and hops that show earth and mild pine. There is a flow of butterscotch and tea leaf that mixes in the alcohol.

T) 3.75 Light malt core serves up toffee and quickly moves back to present a healthy melange of dry, astringent hops that leaves the mouth clean and mildly puckered. Butterscotch is the bridge from malt to hops and offers up yeast esters of light papaya. Toasted malt combines with the yeast to bring faint coconut before the leafy hop bouquet starts. It is quickly followed by a sharper, dry, and mildly abrasive hop oil presence that envelopes the finish and remains lightly lingering and coating my mouth.

M) 4.0 Light and supple on the tongue it is delightfully quaffable, Mild carbonation brings touches of cream and velvet. Quenching swallow makes me want more.

O) 4.0 I understand why this is rated so poorly as it is an English IPA categorized as an American. Seen in its proper light this is a delicious and flavorful beer with lots of charter and nuance. A great slaker of thirst and excellent version of the style. I for one will have another.

Photo of OatmattStout
3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice color and had a nice white head. The first thing I smelled was buttery notes then some floral notes. The hops in this one are subdued and could have passed as a Pale Ale. It was a good brew but I did detect a strong diacetyl presence which I think took away from the crispness of this IPA.

Photo of SickGnar
3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A medium golden that is just slightly amber. Clear with a big off-white head that turns just barely rocky as it settles. A few rising bubbles. Fair to good for retention and lace.

S: Frutiy in an estery, peachy manner. A hint of diacetyl. Rather faint, steely caramel & toasty grain malt notes. Slightest hint of sweetness. Hunting for hops does not turn up much. Perhaps a slight, faint herbal notes.

T: Sadly like the nose. Quite strong peachy, fruity esters. Slightly more than a background hint of diacetyl. Herbal and astringent hops that are not all that strong. Hops turn woody and earthy and resiny in the finish and finally take on some decent bitterness. Thin grainy malts provide what passes as a backbone with just a bit of toasty grain & hints of steely caramel and sweetness.

M: Slightly under medium body with average carbonation. Very few sugars or dextrins. Only mild hop tannins. End up drying, but malts didn’t but up hardly any fight. Quite attenuated & dry to start with. A tad thin for an IPA, but decent overall.

D: Sort of odd – particularly for an IPA. Light and thin for style. Oddly estery, astringent, and herbal. Mix of malts, hops, esters, & slight diacetyl is just kind of weird. Fair for washing down grub, but not at all great drinking.

Photo of cooter
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow/orange, not too visibly carbonated. Solid lacing and a stalwart 1/8inch head.

Nose is a good deal off from smoking, chili, and a cold...but it smells like light hops, crisp and with a small measure of florality. Is florality a word? It smells a bit like flowers.

Flavor is passable--reminds me of a regular, rather than India, Pale Ale. Marginal hop bite, moderate-to-low hop dryness, and not floral or fruity much atall. Very smooth and possesses a significant texture, creamy but carbonated--perhaps the strongest aspect of the brew.

Slight tang in the aftertaste. There's the tiniest most incredibly small hint of a touch of a whisper of graininess in the mouthfeel...but as I said, excellent body and texture. Lacking in hops and interesting flavor. Highly drinkable due to unassuming character combined with luscious tactile sensations.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good looking beer, reddish gold, with light carbonation and a rapidly dying head. Smells like a Scotch ale, somewhat fruity with just a smidge of malts under it. Malts and hops make an appearance on the toungue in near equal proportions, with malts winning in the end. Fruity, with a smokey, wooden flavor. Interesting. Smooth, and fairly light bodied. It has a pleasant flavor overall, but a slightly unfinished feel lessens the drinking total for the afternoon. Bet it is good on tap, perhaps a little fresher than my well travel bottle.

Photo of edmiglia
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like how Davidson's does an ipa

Photo of goz
3.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/coppery color, nice size off-white head that slowly diminishes, leaves good lacing. Buttery ringwood yeasty aromas are dominant, but fairly well backed by a nice piney, citrus hop aroma. Flavor has a lot of butterscotch, ends with a strong hop bitterness. Medium body, mild carbonation. Very similar to the Shipyard Fuggles IPA (Davidson's bottles are contract brewed at Shipyard), but with more PNW hop character than the more British character of the Shipyard.

Photo of eporter66
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap into pint glass at Davidson Brothers Restaurant

A - Golden/Orange color, with 1 finger head and decent lacing

S - No strong aroma, hops and a bit of citrus

T - A hint of malt, with some hops bitterness at the finish.

M - Average mouthfeel and tingly carbonation

D - This beer does go down nice and smooth, not the strongest hop presence for an IPA, but a good drinking beer.

Photo of Shiloh
3.88/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up in my travels thru Vermont and very glad I did.
A very deep amber and clear. The carbonation is light and the body is almost full. The nose is quiet leaving only a sence of citrus.
The taste is very nice and a little unusual as it seems to be hop, hop malt blend, hop. Nothing overpowering yet very pleasant.
This brew could be used as step 1 in the introduction into the glorious world of the IPA.
As I finish this brew, I am pleased to see a nice mountainous glass cling to remind me of the fine ale I have just consumed.

Photo of TangTKE402
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at the brewpub into an Imperial pint glass. Clear, straw-brown with a 2-finger head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is musty, sweet, and mild. Notes of bread and oatmeal waft up.

Taste is more alligned with an English IPA. A slight hop character is mainly there to finish this beer off. Mostly flavors of bright malts, sediment, and a musky cellar taste show through. perhaps a line cleaning is in order? some bitter notes on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is not as creamy as other D Bros brews, but its still there. Smooth in the mouth with a nice robust finish.

Drinkability is fairly high. This beer is good enough to want more, but not so flavorful as to knock you out.

Photo of Beerbeerbeerdiddlybeer
1.12/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The color is the only redeeming quality: copper with a 2 finger head. The good news stops there. This beer is limp: watery texture with no body. As an "IPA" this is offensive; as just an ale, could almost be tolerable except it smells like the sticky floor of a dive bar: stale and pungent. The fact that they charge $10 a 6 pack is outrageous.
This tastes like a Budweiser attempt at and ipa.
Tips: add more hops, more body and do something about the smell. Or stop calling it and ipa. Remember we taste with our nose first and foremost.

Photo of Marty42
2.07/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Their English brown is amazing so I decided to t this one too.
Poured from a bottle that was packaged by shipyard brewery several hundred miles away.
The nose struck me as borderline sour, a bit off and there was an ingredient in there that I couldn't quite put my hand on.
Nothing special here. No over the top hops, no floral bouquet. Nothing special really. This might be an entry level IPA for th casual beer drinker.

Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at TJ Maxim's in Albany. Pours amber with white head and some carbonation. Body is full and crisp. Taste and aroma is of bready malt, buckwheat, earthy hops and some fruity esters. Finish is long and earthy. Nothing special IPA. I would not buy a six pack.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this brew on the way to the Adirondacks for a vacation. gotta fuel up for snowshoeing!!
Pouring at room temp into a pint glass the beer pours a brihgt clear chestnut color with fluffy oatmeal colored 1/4 inch head foaming up. Aroma is not very robust but I get some grassy and herbal hop notes with just a hint of grainy malt too.
First sip reveals an average to lite body with very fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is a hint of grainy malt and caramel that rolls to an herbal and slightly bitter hop finish that is similar to tea leaves. An easy drinking brew that I suspect is English influenced not US.

Photo of jdhilt
2.51/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-fingered cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear deep amber color. Strong floral nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts and finishes hoppy with a bitter after taste no question this is an IPA. Best before date is Jun04 but it didn’t matter, the taste was intense. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Oliver’s Beverage Albany, NY.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish in color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus rind hops. In the taste, a small dryness of citrus hops, and quite watery. A small bite, but mainly smooth and a lighter to thin mouthfeel, with a small dry orange rind in the aftertaste. Decent nose, but quite thin and watery.

Photo of smcolw
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rich, dense head that leaves plenty of chunky, ring lace. The color is deep copper and clear.

More malty (crystal?) than I expected. The hop is nearly missing. There's also a very strange smell that I've never experienced before--reminds me of meat. Very odd.

Closer to an amber than an IPA. Malty up front (relatively dry). The swallow has some bitterness but not nearly enough for the style. The aftertaste fades quickly. Rich bodied with a solid dose of carbonation.

This isn't a bad beer, it is simply a poor IPA.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel-copper coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white surface head. Slow, steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout. Aromas of tangy caramel backbone and floral hops highlights. Very tangy sweet nose. Flavors are roasted, with a rich caramel and nut backbone supporting a peppery spiced and floral hops presence. Very dry hop characteristics on this brew. Slightly resiny aftertaste, with pepper and bitterness overtaking any of the sweetness from the palate. Very concise, clean finish. This one hits me more like an English IPA than American, but either way it's well balanced and very sessionable, for an IPA.

Photo of Gavage
3.89/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color with a thin head. The head receded quickly to a spotty residue on the surface of the beer. The aroma was nice as floral tones were predominant, and some orange was also detected.

The flavor is nice and balanced between the bitterness and sweetness of the malt. Not overly hoppy like some other IPAs. Some honey tones were also detected. The bitterness rides the tongue for a short time after swallowing. This is a light to medium bodied brew, but was a little flat as the carbonation seemed non-existant.

Photo of stegmakk
3.09/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light orange copper with little head that went away quick, no lacing
Aroma was a mild sweet malt and citrus hops
Taste was a nice mix of citrus hops and sweet malt, but not enough hop flavor for an IPA.
mouthfeel was average.
Drinkability not bad...had a decent taste but not what i want in an IPA...I'd have a few of these if i was near the brewery...

Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have a very subjective feeling for this beer, it seems a little different every time I have it. Don't know if that means my tastes have changed or I get a different batch every time. Either way, here's my last go-round...

The look is a bright sunny light orange. Hazy, but bright. Lots of carbonation. A big two-finger head. Really nice to look at.

The smell is a light-smelling IPA aroma. The (ringwood?) yeast gives a pleasant bready smell with a hint of mild apple -- a good thing here. Hops smell mild and sweet, very nice. Not an overhopped American IPA smell. Nice yeast/hop balance.

The taste has a nice yeast presence with mild sweet apple. Hops are a bitter contrast and come in the second wave. Not so much balanced as much as it alternates from sweet to bitter and back again. Mild and more English than American. A very minor bite -- just a nibble -- at the end.

The feel is outstanding. Try because of the heavy yeast. Has a minor film, but otherwise really nice and smooth. Outstanding on the palate. It's a very good and drinkable IPA with a good sweet/bitter balance. Mild and highly drinkable.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a big froathy, light tan colored head, that left a decent amount of lace as it faded. Interesting aroma, not quite what I expect from an IPA with its mix of floral hops and peach. Clear, orangy-amber colored beer with fine bubbles rising to the surface. Big malt component in the flavor, the hops aren't very bitter and barely beat out the malt, there seems to be some Ringwood butterscotchy flavor in there, but I don't know if they use that strain of yeast. Good solid body, the flavor sticks to the tongue for a second and then follows the beer down the throat.

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India Pale Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
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