India Pale Ale | Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by sponberg on 08-13-2002

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 171
Photo of zinklesmesh
4.54/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious beer. Toasty, biscuity malts, and just the right amount of hop balance (in the traditional English style, rather than being a hop bomb). I'm guessing people not liking this picked it up not knowing it was an English IPA. It's very similar to Samuel Smith's India Ale, which is also excellent.

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Photo of TomIPA
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is really an English IPA. It has the hoppiness of an IPA without a bitter aftertaste. One of the Davidson Brothers actually sat with us at TGIFridays and explained the beer to us. It's my favorite beer. Unfortunately, Fridays replaced IPA with Davidson's Brown on tap. They had to put Sam Adam Rebel IPA on tap due to a national agreement. I still get Davidson's in the bottle at the local supermarket.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%

A) 3.65 Lovely clear orangery amber with a clean off white head that rises up quite a bit. Pretty firm and it keeps the beer covered as I drink. Gentle carbonation rising up.

S) 3.75 A firm malt backbone that displays caramel and toffee as well as a warm dinner rolls. A lift edge of alcohol and hops that show earth and mild pine. There is a flow of butterscotch and tea leaf that mixes in the alcohol.

T) 3.75 Light malt core serves up toffee and quickly moves back to present a healthy melange of dry, astringent hops that leaves the mouth clean and mildly puckered. Butterscotch is the bridge from malt to hops and offers up yeast esters of light papaya. Toasted malt combines with the yeast to bring faint coconut before the leafy hop bouquet starts. It is quickly followed by a sharper, dry, and mildly abrasive hop oil presence that envelopes the finish and remains lightly lingering and coating my mouth.

M) 4.0 Light and supple on the tongue it is delightfully quaffable, Mild carbonation brings touches of cream and velvet. Quenching swallow makes me want more.

O) 4.0 I understand why this is rated so poorly as it is an English IPA categorized as an American. Seen in its proper light this is a delicious and flavorful beer with lots of charter and nuance. A great slaker of thirst and excellent version of the style. I for one will have another.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.89/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of goz
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of sponberg
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright amber with a decent, pretty persistent white head. It's a welcoming sight.

The nose is Cascade and Ringwood yeast - butter & citrus. The flavors start out with a nice balance of round malt, citrusy hop flavor, and a firm bitterness. Mid-sip the diacetyl comes in a bit strong, certainly stronger in the bottled version (made at Shipyard) than on tap at the brewery. The finish is like the nose, buttery and hoppy, with the bitterness tipping the arm-wrestling match in favor of the hops.

Good in the bottle, but at the brewery it's even better balanced and somewhat cleaner - one of many fine brews available there.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.67/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice golden color with a small white head that fades to lacing. the aroma emits a definite floral citrus blend that is a little subtle compared to the malt... not to say that there's an overpowering aroma. the taste follows with a bit more of the malt at the start and a sort of dry floral finish in the end. the medium body wasn't bad for the co2 pressure at the tap. at a listed abv of 5.9% it's not exactly a session beer, but I could drink more than one.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at the brewpub into an Imperial pint glass. Clear, straw-brown with a 2-finger head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is musty, sweet, and mild. Notes of bread and oatmeal waft up.

Taste is more alligned with an English IPA. A slight hop character is mainly there to finish this beer off. Mostly flavors of bright malts, sediment, and a musky cellar taste show through. perhaps a line cleaning is in order? some bitter notes on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is not as creamy as other D Bros brews, but its still there. Smooth in the mouth with a nice robust finish.

Drinkability is fairly high. This beer is good enough to want more, but not so flavorful as to knock you out.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel-copper coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white surface head. Slow, steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout. Aromas of tangy caramel backbone and floral hops highlights. Very tangy sweet nose. Flavors are roasted, with a rich caramel and nut backbone supporting a peppery spiced and floral hops presence. Very dry hop characteristics on this brew. Slightly resiny aftertaste, with pepper and bitterness overtaking any of the sweetness from the palate. Very concise, clean finish. This one hits me more like an English IPA than American, but either way it's well balanced and very sessionable, for an IPA.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a nice amber color with less than half a finger of off-white head. Nice carbonation.

S - A bit of hop with large bready malt undertones. A bit sweet.

T - Bitter hop of front smoothes out into a sweet malt emphasis. Finishes hugely bready. Very much like an English IPA.

M - Light body with great carbonation. Finish dries it off a bit.

D - Not exceptional, but drinkable and easy to session. Taste could use more hop but I like the finish and feel.

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Photo of eporter66
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap into pint glass at Davidson Brothers Restaurant

A - Golden/Orange color, with 1 finger head and decent lacing

S - No strong aroma, hops and a bit of citrus

T - A hint of malt, with some hops bitterness at the finish.

M - Average mouthfeel and tingly carbonation

D - This beer does go down nice and smooth, not the strongest hop presence for an IPA, but a good drinking beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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