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Brown Ale - Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2003)
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Reviews by OWSLEY069:
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1.95/5  rDev -46.6%

Pours a clean copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, s a faint sweet chocolate roast. In the taste, a faint and thin taste of a sweet chocolate roast. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry chocolate in the aftertaste. Does not not look brown, focused on chocolate, however faint and watery, eh!

08-23-2012 18:36:00 | More by OWSLEY069
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Photo of Tiernan


3.25/5  rDev -11%

08-19-2014 05:55:31 | More by Tiernan
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.06/5  rDev -16.2%

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a fairly clear brown almost deep red color. Decent looking off white head from the pour that holds a nice layer. Spotty lace.

Weak aroma. Fruity esters with almost a mineral lager thing going on. Don't really get any of that nutty malt I get in the taste.

The taste is mostly sweet nutty malt, some biscuit, with the same fruity and mineral esters found in the aroma. Hints of brown sugar. Actually not as terrible of a taste as the aroma suggested, still nothing to write home about.

Light bodied, bitey carbonation.

Good drinkability is really all this beer has going for it. Not something to seek out.

10-11-2013 20:48:41 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of dantsbeats

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-20-2012 23:21:24 | More by dantsbeats
Photo of scootny

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Lovely clear light chestnut ale with a light tan head. Not much lace but a thin covering stays on top. Nose is sweet with caramel and light toffee. A healthy English fruitiness from the yeast sits atop the aroma of warm bakery rolls and hearty breads. Mild earthiness from the hops mixes with a faint mineral edge. Taste is spot on for the style.Light in character, rich in flavor and complexity. Caramel,toffee, bread and light nuttiness. Hops are firm but not overdone and make for a clean dry finish. Classic mineral qualities along with an excellent yeast fruitiness makes this a true English style brew. Feel is light and crisp, with mild carbonation and weight. Low abv makes this a standout session ale. Superb drinkability and satisfaction make this one a real winner for fans of English ales. Drink cool not cold to enjoy the full flavor.

08-20-2014 01:25:07 | More by scootny
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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Light to medium brown and ambery, dark-orange when held to light. Clear with a storm of bubbles rising briskly to the fair-size, light-tan head. Good retention and okay lace.

S: Mostly nutty with bits of roast, caramel, & malty sweetness. Also a slight minerally edge. Just a soft touch of diacetyl. Some light esters & a soft leafy hop background note. And interesting, inviting, and reasonably expressive nose.

T: Quite a bit sweeter than the nose with a fair bit more caramel (just a touch buttery) & fruity esters (apples, pears, and a hint of light plums). Nice malts – nutty, softly roasty, with a bit of toasty grain to provide the base. Floral and leafy hops come through in the end and stay in the finish along with a lingering sweetness.

M: Just a hair over medium body with carbonation about even. Seems a touch bigger than the abv would imply. Stays quite sweet and a bit sticky for a smaller beer.

D: Quite nice. More Southern Brown in style than Northern. Less bitter, less nutty & roasty, more estery, sweeter, and with a lower abv. Well crafted with an interesting mix of flavors and aromas that work well together. Perhaps not the usual brown. But it is super drinkable and I like it.

12-18-2011 17:51:53 | More by SickGnar
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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

I had this beer in a pint glass poured at Caroline Street Bistro in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Poured a light brown/coppery color with a small white head, moderate carbonation with little to no lacing. Strong aroma of malt, caramel and toffee. Sweet maltly flavor up front which mellows out to a smooth, slightly hoppy finish that coats the mouth nicely. Goes down very easy. An solid example of an English Brown Ale.

04-29-2008 22:24:55 | More by scottg
Photo of TeddyStriker

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

05-09-2014 00:57:21 | More by TeddyStriker
Photo of edmiglia

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-12-2014 01:13:31 | More by edmiglia
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11%

03-08-2013 18:43:07 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of cestlavie

New York

3/5  rDev -17.8%

03-30-2012 03:45:14 | More by cestlavie
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a light brown, amber streaked hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft malts and a flowery hop.

The taste consisted of a light chocolate, a touch of smoke and a floral hop. A bit light flavorwise.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall an easy drinking light brown ale.

08-02-2010 15:26:38 | More by plaid75
Photo of BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -17.8%

06-15-2013 17:54:14 | More by BGsWo22
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-30-2013 02:01:35 | More by morrowd3
Photo of sachie23

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-30-2013 16:13:41 | More by sachie23
Photo of eporter66

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11%

I am so happy to have found the Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery. This was my first visit, and I fell in love with their Oatmeal Stout, but was a bit disappointed in this Brown Ale. It was decent, and I will try it again as I like the style, but I wonder if something might have been a bit off with this batch.

A - Amber/Brown, not much head, little retention or lacing

S - A bit of caramel and malt from the smell, not a strong aroma from this beer

T - I have to wonder if the tap needed cleaning as there was a bit of a sour taste. As the beer warmed, some flavor came out, but it did not seem to have enough malt behind it. There was a little bite as well to the beer

M - Decent carbonation, it seemed a bit light for me since it was listed as a medium bodied beer.

D - The Brown Ale had a good drinkable quality to it, and I am going to try it again, maybe just a batch that was a bit off. As it warmed, the flavors did come out more, I have to keep temperature in mind when drinking. Second half of the glass had more flavor.

11-28-2008 20:00:49 | More by eporter66
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

A very nice English Brown Ale by the Davidson Brothers...
The colour is of dark copper and the crown has an off white character and tight.
The body is a medium, crystal clear and an abundance of carbonation.
The nose is a mixture of cocoa, grass, chocolate and molasses.
The taste is fairly well balanced with the edge to the malts all the way through.
Also, this is a very smooth brew going down...my compliments.

12-31-2005 23:42:00 | More by Shiloh
Photo of dedrick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I originally went out to buy Dogfish Head's Brown Ale but because of their new TV fame there is a shortage, which is shitty. I really like Davidson's IPA so I decided to try the brown ale.

A- semi-clear, light brown. It pours with a huge head and disappears relatively fast. Seems to be quite watery.
S- Nice, sweet smell. Maybe some brown sugar or molasses.
T- The taste is good but kind of one dimensional, not very complex. No bitterness, quite sweet again with some brown sugar. Overall a nice brown ale taste.
M- Very watery and thin, which isn't all bad. It couldn't hurt to make it a bit more hearty.
D- Very.

01-22-2011 22:12:08 | More by dedrick
Photo of JohnNasso

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-21-2012 21:36:03 | More by JohnNasso
Photo of Marty42

New York

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%

One of my new favorite beers.
A. Light/golden brown
S. nuts, hazelnut, sweet malts
T. Just like it smells
M. More carbonated than ou average brown.
O. Not your typical viscous American brown, but lighter in body which make this beer extremely sessionable. The malt and nutty flavor make a perfect fall beer.

09-26-2013 23:08:52 | More by Marty42
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4.18/5  rDev +14.5%

I sampled this beer while visiting the pub for lunch with my wife. Served in a pint glass and cold the beer exudes a clear mahogany hue with creamy off white head of less than a cm. Aroma is mild grainy malt and caramel no real hop presence anywhere. First sip revealsan average body with very fine spacious carbonation. Flavor is fairly midl with grainy malt again and some caramel as well. Very easy to drink. No hint of abv which was 4.5% ish. I do get a hint of herbal hops on the finish. A nice example of an English Brown ale.

03-29-2008 04:33:41 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

Pours an off-white, three-fingered head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Deep, rich amber color. Malty nose. Starts with a light sweetness and finishes with just a hint of bitterness not quite as good as Shipyard's brown (they are the contract brewer). Was supposed to be drunk by April 04. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

12-02-2004 00:04:30 | More by jdhilt
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Dense two-finger head. The liquid is fully brown where light still passes. It appears to be very clear. The lace is a cross between spotty and ring.

Attractively sweet--lots of caramel. There's a light metallic aroma in the background. Nearly no hop smell.

The flavor profile matches the smell except the hop is more pronounced while the sweetness is much more muted. The body is thinner like the style suggests. It's a bit spritzier than most brown ales. I really like the British yeast used here--it gives some real authenticity to the taste.

10-02-2011 02:14:18 | More by smcolw
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a bronze color. A medium size head that produces some light lacing. The aroma is mellow as some floral and sweet tones are detectable. The flavor is simple, sweet malt balanced by some bitterness. Reminds me of Newcastle, but with a little more malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is slightly above average, as this was a very thin bodied beer but quite smooth. No lingering aftertaste. Extremely easy drinking as many of these can be quaffed if you are in the mood for a simple brown ale with decent flavor.

01-01-2004 19:28:29 | More by Gavage
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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

12 oz. twist off cap bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Beer is an amber/brown color. White creamy colored cap, couple finger length at first but goes away after a few minutes. It leaves a ring around the upper portion of the liquid, not much lacing. It's fairly lighter than I expected, but it shows the clarity of the beer, very clear.

Smell is pretty good. Big time malty. Tones of creamy caramel and toffee, with a hint of nuttyness. No detectable hop notes in the smell.

Taste is a slight step up. Much like the smell, it is very malty. Roasted pale caramelized malts is the dominant flavor. Good strong flavor notes of caramel, toffee, and a slight hing of unsweetened coco. Hops actually are slightly detectable in the flavor, some slight citrus zest, not strong, but noticeable as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part. Certainly full bodied, it really doesn't mess around. It has an incredibly creamy feel to it, with a very smooth carbonation level. Very drinkable, a good session beer, glad I got to try it.

04-23-2011 02:39:30 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Brown Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.