Brown Ale - Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2003)
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1.95/5  rDev -46.3%
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!

Photo of jimbotrost
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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 dogfishandi
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
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 thekevlarkid
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a clear, orange-copper color with one finger of beige head. The retention was ok as a collar and the lacing average. The aroma was barely discernable; hints of toasted malt were all I could get. The flavors were toasty and malty but light overall. I tasted toasted malt and a nice note of lingering nuts but the bitterness provided by the hops was not properly counter balanced by the malt (some sweet malt would have helped a lot, in my opinion). The body was medium/light, the carbonation light and the mouthfeel smooth. Could be easily drank with most foods but the flavors fell rather flat for a stand-alone brew.

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of eporter66
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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 JohnNasso
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of airforbes1
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lives up to the billing by pouring a brown color. Maybe some orange hues in there. The head retreats until it's just a thin layer. There's some grassiness in the smell.

As I take a sip, I get a STRONG nutty taste. Most brown ales I've tasted have had hints of nuts, but this beer almost tastes like an Italian soda with hazelnut flavoring. I'm simultaneously drinking this with a Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, which ironically has much less of a nutty taste. The difference between the two beers is stark. The Davidson Brothers Brown ale goes a bit too far for me. The mouthfeel is solid -- not too heavy, not too light.

This is a beer I think I'd like a lot more if I was more of a nut person. Enjoyable, but I'll probably be selecting other brown ales out of personal preference going forward.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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%
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 Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Brown Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.