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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by sponberg on 08-13-2002

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Photo of Beerbeerbeerdiddlybeer
1.12/5  rDev -66%
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.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
1.9/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow I am not even going to begin to break this down. This beer is just flat out terrible. It smells like a loaf of bread soaking in a very bad pitcher of beer. Flavor is sour with a hint of bitterness but just plain bad..The only thing I can say for Davidson Brothers at this point was this beer was not bottled by you it was bottled by shipyard brewing and hopefully they trashed it not you. I do not reccomend this beer to anyone, besides people who like budweiser because it might be slightly better than that.


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Photo of Marty42
2.07/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

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Photo of tconlon69
2.12/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Very little carbonation in this beer, litterly no head at all. Color is medium to dark caramel. Not much of an aroma from this beer. Smell sweet malt. It is a chewy feel and not a single hop aroma. This has no IPA characteristict that I am aware of. This is more like a home brew pale ale batch. Not impressed.

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Photo of rorjets
2.49/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Davidson Brothers Brewing Company IPA. This is a new brewery for me, based out of Glens Falls, but this beer was contract brewed by Shipyard Brewing in Maine. Apparently they have a large brewpub in Glens Falls, so I'll have to check it out the next time I go up towards Lake George.

Anyway, this beer has a strong alcoholic smell upon opening it - almost like a barleywine beer might have. It pours very foamy straight up; I had to wait a few minutes for the head to settle before resuming. The first sip confirms the strong burn of alcohol (not listed on the bottle, but BA has it at only 5.90%) and lots of hops bitterness, but unfortunately not a lot more in terms of taste, other than a metallic finish that was not pleasant. Bottom line, there are a lot of other IPAs that are far better than this one. It cost me $10.99, as much as the Sculpin I bought at the same time, which is far superior.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.51/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - 3.5 - Pours a medium copper color with an evenly creamy with an 1/8 inch of foam and gentle bubbles.

S - Grainy, earthy aroma with light pine and citrus, has a slight bit of musty dankness.

T - Follows the nose with grainy, earthy dankness, toasted caramel malt up front which gradually migrates to a lemony, citrus grapefuit, and pine bite. Taste is unrefined, harsh, and too grainy like a macro beer.

M - Medium light body with a little watery character, coats the mouth with a grainy coating.

O - Glad I could try this one but it's grainy, harsh, and messy. I hate to be so down on this beer but I would be more than willing to try it again and revisit this review.

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Photo of MDDMD
2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-nice amber color with a white head and good lacing

S-malty, light citrus, hints of fruit

T-malt, slightly metallic taste, somewhat sweet and fruity, light hop presence with minimal bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation

O-not much to distinguish it from the mass produced beers

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Photo of shabbtastic
2.74/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a twist off (WHY) bottle (first warning)

A - Poured beautiful into a pilsner glass with a nice white whipped head that held up pretty good. Orange / copper in color.

S - Not too much on the hops - very disappointing since it's an IPA, more sweet and citrus dominate.

T - Sweet and anything but "Pale" if ya know what I mean.

M - Full bodied feel on the tongue. I mean, it was after all a decent craft.

D - Okay I guess. I have a hard time agreeing that this is an IPA. If you wanted an IPA you couldn't drink more than one. But if you’re clueless to what an IPA should taste like than drink away. Just not a winner for my IPA palette.

I'm sure if I took the drive up to Glens Falls and had it at the restaurant it would be better.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: pretty clear; amber in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, got a 1 finger egg shell head with good retention; minimal lacing;

S: first thing that hit me was an odd sour smell; there are some earthy hops behind that, but the sourness is tough to get past;

T: unfortunately, it follows the nose; the earthy hops are more prevalent in the finish, but it's not enough; low to moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not for me; the aroma is not enticing and the flavor doesn't improve things;

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Photo of UnionMade
2.97/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not really a huge fan of this one. Maybe I'm just not into the style anymore, but the past 5-6 IPAs I've had have been really dull. This one is mildly hoppy, with a nice spiciness to it, but lacks body and balance. Malts are pretty much non-existent. Carbonation is a little too high, and kills off any subtleties the beer may have.

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Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of John
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sparkling clear amber color. Thin tan layer of foam rests atop. Buttery yeast (Ringwood - it's contract brewed by Shipyard) and lightly toasted grain greet the nose. More yeasty buttery and musty flavors. Some caramel malt is underlying. Hops are detected toward the middle but the yeast reappears at the finish. A rather thin, weak IPA. This seems to be a lighter version of the Shipyard IPA. Not bad for a session pale. Not something I necessarily want again, bit I'm stuck with a sixer. Beer trade!

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Photo of stegmakk
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
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...

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Photo of Stimack
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew pours to a lighter amber color and is crystal clear with a smallish white head that broke down rapidly. The aromas of this brew are of citrus, grass and pine. This taste was hoppy but not like I expected from an IPA, a little to mild. Also experienced malty flavors throughout but they were the strongest at the front and the aftertaste with a citrusy fruit highlight. Not a bad brew, just not sure it is what I am looking for in a IPA.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My folks brought a sixer of this stuff home for me from vacation. Time to give it a go.

12 ounce bottle with "Best Enjoyed Before" date of 12/07 notched. Should be nice and fresh. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Reddish/copper colored brew that's nearly transparent. Nearly two fingers of white head shrinks a bit but leaves a nice capper behind.

S - Interestingly enough hops are basically nonexistent on the nose. A fairly pleasant sugary malt smell. The aroma itself is rather weak and subdued though.

T - A caramelly/sugary malt bitterness that is quite subdued. Small hop twang in the finish. I have to agree with it tasting like a mild or even an English bitter.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Not bad as a nice subdued ale to drink. Not really an IPA in taste though. Thus I feel drinkability suffers a bit because it doesn't give you want you want from an IPA.

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Photo of argock
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a tall pilsner pokal at Reel Seafood (Albany, NY).

A: Very amber in color with short, 1/2-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention and a couple collars of lace down the glass.

S: Hopping is very subdued with some herbal, honeysuckle notes but mostly mid-range crystal malt sweetness

T: The flavor is also crystal-heavy, way to much so, even for an East Coast IPA. This beer reminds me more of an English IPA but without the esters - caramelly with moderate bitterness but a pretty muted hop presence, although some herbal and mild orange and grapefruit citrus comes through.

M: The feel is too heavy and lack the appropriate dryness of the style. Medium+ bodied with low-medium carbonation.

O: Not an undrinkable, terrible beer but really misses the mark for the American IPA style - not hoppy but only bitter, caramelly but in a heavy, near-cloying way, not dry and with more heft than it should have. I did not order a second one but went a different direction.

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Photo of smcolw
3.16/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden amber body with a small, dense frothy head.

S: Mild hop aroma with notes of citrus. Kind of weak.

T: A simple IPA flavor. Upfront is bitter & mild citrus hops, followed by sweet bready malts. Finishes slighty dry and bitter.

M: Medium body, fizzy carbonation, crisp texture.

O: Not the best example of an IPA, but for those who are want to get into hoppy beers, this may be a good starter. Hops are very faint, but it's easy to drink. I, personally, wouldn't go out of my way to drink more of it. Very forgettable.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a nice golden amber color with ample head with lingering lacing

S: Sweet scent with nice citrus notes and very light scent of hops that is almost not noticeable

T: Not the strongest hop taste for an IPA but does have a nice bitterness note that stays on the back of the tongue

M: Nice smooth mouth feel with slight carbonation tingle

D: Very smooth drinking brew that really refreshes the pallet

Overall im a huge Davidson Brothers fan (being that theyre local) and I do thoroughly enjoy their IPA. I do feel that it is lacking in some hop character as far as representing the style is concerned but all the same I enjoy it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Davidson IPA was my least favorite of their beers I drank this weekend. It's more like a sweet American pale, not quite hoppy enough, and definitely not as dry as I like them to be. It looks fine, frothy but thin white head on a clean looking brassy golden beer with good carbonation. It smells more malt driven than the style really allows for, and the grassy vegetal hops lack balancing bitterness. The beer us fresh though, and not detectably flawed, I just think the recipe us overly safe and lack ambition and definition, but I still happily drank a number if these in one go. The sweetness gets a little filling, but the beer isn't bad, just forgettable.

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Photo of cooter
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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India Pale Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
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