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Brown Ale - Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
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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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!

OWSLEY069, Aug 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

dantsbeats, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of SickGnar
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

SickGnar, Dec 18, 2011
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foulhooked, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Kendo, Oct 21, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

smcolw, Oct 02, 2011
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.

airforbes1, Aug 09, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, light brown body, with a decent size head. Light lacing.

S: Mellow aroma of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, and a hint of nuts.

T: Upfront flavor are sweet caramel & chocolate malts. Hint of nuts and slight hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced, but a typical brown ale.

M: The same comment as I do with their other beers, tends to be slightly watery; moderate carbonation; medium body.

O: Low ABV makes this high drinkability. Flavor is good and it's not too heavy on the palate. I could definitely throw a few of these back. One of the nicer ones there at the bar.

BrewCrew2010, Apr 28, 2011
Brown Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.