India Pale Ale - Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 149
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 18.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | 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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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 149
Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of shabbtastic
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
3.11/5  rDev -6%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of cooter
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear coppery filtered amber with pillow antique white 1/2" head cap that leaves a few drips of lace.

Blended citrous and grassy notes.

First swigs: Balanced woody cedar malts and lemony orange wedge. Sweet cake like and smooth perfectly balanced. Short aftertaste.

Easily drinkable.

Last swigs: Locally enjoyed at the time of my travel from Glens Falls to Corinth NY. Cedary pine English hops. (414 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first thing that I noticed about this brew was the appealing hop aroma. The aroma isn’t overpowering (like a giant hop-monster), but is floral, fresh, and very well framed with a malt smell. There’s also a distinctive musty smell that also fits the beer very well. I found it all to be notably enticing. The appearance isn’t particularly extraordinary: a transparent copper color with a slight white head. Medium body, and the taste has just a touch of malt sweetness, distant butterscotch, and a respectable hop bitterness. I’d certainly have another one of these. (573 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
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.
Recomended. (561 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.51/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12ounce brown glass bottle with a twist off crown cap. The Main label has a generic presentation similar to that of the Brown Ale and resembles the BA avatar. Has the letters “IPA” in a red band, with the words “India Pale Ale” underneath. The main label has a Best Before “nicked” Date of June 2004. No listed strength.

Appearance: Superb presentation. Extremely lucid copper amber body with some streamers looks right at home underneath a perfect 1” thick creamy carpet of head. Nicely conditioned but below average carbonation leaves no lacing at all.

Nose: Has a nice fruity nose that is a little demure but deeply inhaled it reveals a sweet malt base with some hops that exhibit a nice grapefruit aroma. Caramel aromas mingle with some grape skins, citric peel and a smidgeon of yeast.

Taste: On the face of it, this drinks like more of a Bitter Pale Ale, but that’s not a complaint. Yet, as you concentrate hard on this IPA, it reveals many facets that are easily overlooked. Malty body with a nice yeast feel that builds in the middle with a light butterscotch hint. There is a nice hoppy alcohol punch in the back end but this is preceded with a spicy feel from the hops and a nice fruity middle that has welts of grapefruit with a sharp lemon bitterness. Nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a pretty average feel given the dissemination of the flavors. Has a Cask feel, maybe it’s the yeast that is used that lends me to think that.

Drinkability: Nicely drinkable but the yeasty feel does tend to detract from the quaffability after a while. Nice bitter finish helps to make this attractive enough to make me want another one though!

As a West Coast lad I’m used to a bit more oomph in my IPA’s these days, so I have to balance my hop encrusted expectations here and not get led away by the hoppier versions when reviewing this. But that is not a criticism of this IPA, in fact coming from England, this is more of what I am really used to. An enjoyable IPA that probably has a little more British character (rather than American), and that’s not a bad thing.

Cheers to McCall for shipping this rather English Bitter Pale Ale cum IPA Westward. Many Thanks Sir! (2,230 characters)

Photo of Stimack
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
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... (365 characters)

Photo of OatmattStout
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy dark honey color with a thick frothy cream-colored head and thick draping lace. The smell was a crisp citruisy smell, with hints of grass, ginger, and pine, with a hop background. The flavor was very thick with hops and a malty front, and a citruis hint again, and it mellowed into an aftertaste of subtle malts under a peak of hops. Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing, with a good carbonation. Not too alcoholic, very drinkable. (454 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA poured a light copper with a very thin white head that receded quickly but was constantly supplemented by numerous bubbles rising to the top. The hops smell was there, but it was offset by signifcant malty sweetness, suggesting more of a British IPA tendency (not surprising because this ale is contracted out to be brewed by Shipyard).

The mouthfeel and the taste, however, were distinctly not British. The carbonation was potent, and there was little of the chewy, buttery texture I might have expected. Instead this ale was thin, refreshingly thin, and the taste was a balance of light floral hops and sweet malts. Very little bitterness, even in the aftertaste. A good, solid IPA. (697 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly lighter amber than your average IPA, with a standard head. As you drink, it leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma is sweet, with layers of pear juice, and a suprisingly muted hop level.

Taste is more of the same sweetened pears, and, hey, there are the hops, delicious, but very muted...almost a hoppy pale ale, than what an IPA has become thought to be in the US (this is not a knock, at all, but the hop level seems just north of what you'd find in a Harpoon IPA these days).

This being said, it's an enjoyable hop level, mellow, and traditional. Good to know that people still believe that you can make an IPA that doesn't taste like you're chewing on pure hop leaves.

Reviewing this in the middle of an Ithaca winter isn't the best situation, as mouthfeel is very light for an IPA, and the body suggests that one could session this one very well. This would be great for the first barbeque of the year, very much a spring beer.

I think this is what you grab for if you want to convert that "lite" beer drinker, not too hoppy, not too heavy, a different, but refreshing and enjoyable take on the style. (1,132 characters)

Photo of John
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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! (501 characters)

Photo of goz
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
2.97/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light golden color with a nice white lace head. The nose is of butterscotch and ringwood yeast. Where is the hop aroma? I smell what I think are English noble hops. It's a good finish, but comes up short in my book. This style calls for more hopping in not only bittering, but flavor and aroma as well. The taste is good. This beer is a more than adaquate golden ale, but not a very convincing IPA. The mouthfeel is average. The beer is plenty drinkable. I would think that the abv is around 5% or slightly under. It feels weak. Overall, a good drinking beer. "Great taste, less filling," no wait that's something else. entirely. I love to see these brewpubs making their beers available to consumers other than the regular pub crawlers. (754 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First visit to Davidsons, and first bier.... This IPA had a medium-to-slightly-dark golden color and was clear throughout. Head was white, creamy and fine, yet shrinks quickly, though nice lacing is displayed. The aroma is....is.... well, is very mild. I had to dig a bit to get a whiff of hops, and nothing else. Body measured in at about medium, and it was fairly smooth on the palate. Taste wasn't that bad, yet did not have the amount of hops I typically expect from an AIPA.. Started with a hint of bready malt....then lapsed into a very smooth, mellow hop flavor. They did not jump out at you by any means; more like a British Mild, imho. Cheers!

overall: 3.55
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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India Pale Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.