Brown Ale - Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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BA SCORE
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2003

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by OWSLEY069:
Photo of OWSLEY069
1.96/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of dogfishandi
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Photo of SickGnar
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scottg
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of eporter66
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Shiloh
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dedrick
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Marty42
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells malty, some coco and malt. Poured a light oatmeal khaki colored head that left a little lace as it faded to a thick film. The beer is dark hazelnut in color with a bit of an amber hue. Coco malt flavor dominates with a little caramel and maybe a bit of hops in there. The flavor fades fast to a pretty clean aftertaste. The body is on the light side and the mouthfeel is pretty watery. A pretty bland beer, not something I would search out.

Photo of Suds
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this brew on-tap, along with a nice steak, in restaurant in Balston Spa, NY. It’s a deep, dark, murky brown color with a respectable cream-colored head. There is little lacing, but the beer is fairly attractive none-the-less. There’s a roasted malt aroma, along with a notable yeasty, bready smell. The first tastes are sweet and nutty, with considerable flavor. Not a bad brew for a cold January night. Light to medium in body, with low carbonation. The finish is smooth and somewhat hollow. A more generous dose of bittering hops might have done some good. Overall, though, it was an enjoyable, drinkable dinner companion.

Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish brown color with a thick off-white head. The scent is good. It has a nice balance of malts and hops. There are a few crystal malts in this one along with victory malts too add the nutty aroma and taste. The taste is good. It has a sweet malty taste which gives it the brown feel. It is creamy and smooth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied ale with a little too much carbonation. This is a decent brown ale; a real good drinker.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12ounce brown glass bottle. Labeled as per the BA Database avatar has a twist-off crown cap. The main label states a Best Before “nicked” Date of November 2003. No listed strength.

Appearance: Lovely thick light tan head easily forms and has excellent longevity throughout the drink. It slowly reduces in size but always offers a fantastic looking ‘creamy cap’ that lends this the classic a “just pulled from a Handpump English Brown Ale” look.

Nose: Plenty of Malts with a light balance of hops in the background. It has a fantastic deep nutty odor that is something of a cross between warming walnuts and roasted chestnuts

Taste: Malty start with some nuts and a light chocolate feel that is mildly sweet yet nutty at the same time. A lovely deep nuttiness runs through the body of this Brown, a really tasty offering. Caramel hints in the back end with a light astringent bitterness in the finish. Nothing complex, but it has a classic simplicity. This is a damn tasty Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel: Beautifully creamy, the plentiful carbonation lends a helping presence to the feel and the freshness of the Brown Ales above average but wholesome body. Has a soft feel that is malty and creamy with a nutty texture.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable, I love Brown Ales to begin with, and this is a thoroughly enjoyable offering that is damn drinkable. Wouldn’t mind a Six-Pack of these!

Overall: Reminded me very much of a freshly tapped, slightly over-carbonated English Brown Ale from the Cask. Highly enjoyable.

A Big Thanks to Sir McCall for this one!!!

Photo of jimbotrost
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

purchased 3/04 and sampled 8/04. The pour is of a ruby to brown hue with a full creamy off white to brown head. Nose shows it's age with overly sweet malt character, is lacking the hop balance. Flavor starts out sweet and stays there. Body is light and fizzy and finishes with a mid length return to malt. This would probably be a great beer fresh, but still a good beer

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep brown with a tan head that trails the glass with a really nice retention. The smell was very earthy with nutty sweetness coming through. The taste was heavy but very delicious with sweet caramel flavors dominating. Really liked it overall for a brown ale.

Photo of tylerbart86
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice, well balanced brew with nice brow color and good head with moderate lacing. Hoppy but not overwhelmingly hoppy, overall decent beer.

Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"There's too much salami in this sandwich and not enough cheese."

- Gary Davidson, circa 1988 (paraphrasing "Not Now John" by Pink Floyd)

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is clear amber-brown with a slightly reddish hue to it when backlit. Small light-beige head.

S: Nuttiness, brown bread and sweet malt - not terribly strong in the nose, but appropriate for the style.

T: Follows the nose, more or less: sweet malt (toffee, caramel) provides the bulk of the flavor. Touch of hazelnut. Finishes fairly dry and clean, with a wee bit of lingering sweetness.

M: A tad bit thin; call it light-bodied. Carbonation is a bit too active for my tastes, so I knocked it down a half-point here.

O: This is a good brown. It's going down fast and easy. A good Fall quaffer.

Note: BA review # 800.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light brown color with a nice finger of white foamy head. The retention was pretty good and it leaves behind some lacing left behind.

S - The aroma is not overly powerful, but there are some nice elements of the malt and a bit of caramel sweetness present.

T - The malts hit right away with a mix of a bit of nuts and a little bit of chocolate sweetness. This stays well balanced throughout the beer and then at the end there is some nice caramel taste that lingers afterwards.

M - Medium to medium-heavy bodied, with just enough carbonation, even a bit creamy. Really nice on the tongue, feels very crisp.

D - Very drinkable beer. The whole flavor of the beer is very well balanced all the way through and makes for a very excellent beer.

Photo of mentor
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Francisweizen for this one. Freshness date says Nov 2003...which is worrisome because I'm reviewing this in March 2005. Pours a clear copper red/brown with a single finger tan colored head. Smells sweet malty with chocolate, nuts, and also mildly of roasted grains. Tastes nice smooth creamy. Gentle nuts and an interesting chcolate that rises up later. A malt sweet persists throughout and is a little bit wet. The rising chocolate is like dry baker's chocolate and the sweet wet & chocolate dry play well together. I'm not finding much (if any) hop bitterness, but perhaps a hint of fuggles in the flavor. Well balanced, this is a nice offering. Medium mouthfeel and a very fine cabonation on the tongue. This beer disappeared quickly because it's a really pleasant one to consume.

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Brown Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
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