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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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 171
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Davidson IPA was my least favorite of their beers I drank this weekend. It's more like a sweet American pale, not quite hoppy enough, and definitely not as dry as I like them to be. It looks fine, frothy but thin white head on a clean looking brassy golden beer with good carbonation. It smells more malt driven than the style really allows for, and the grassy vegetal hops lack balancing bitterness. The beer us fresh though, and not detectably flawed, I just think the recipe us overly safe and lack ambition and definition, but I still happily drank a number if these in one go. The sweetness gets a little filling, but the beer isn't bad, just forgettable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rich, dense head that leaves plenty of chunky, ring lace. The color is deep copper and clear.

More malty (crystal?) than I expected. The hop is nearly missing. There's also a very strange smell that I've never experienced before--reminds me of meat. Very odd.

Closer to an amber than an IPA. Malty up front (relatively dry). The swallow has some bitterness but not nearly enough for the style. The aftertaste fades quickly. Rich bodied with a solid dose of carbonation.

This isn't a bad beer, it is simply a poor IPA.

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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 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 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 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 jdhilt
2.51/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-fingered cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear deep amber color. Strong floral nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts and finishes hoppy with a bitter after taste no question this is an IPA. Best before date is Jun04 but it didn’t matter, the taste was intense. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Oliver’s Beverage Albany, NY.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - 3.5 - Pours a medium copper color with an evenly creamy with an 1/8 inch of foam and gentle bubbles.

S - Grainy, earthy aroma with light pine and citrus, has a slight bit of musty dankness.

T - Follows the nose with grainy, earthy dankness, toasted caramel malt up front which gradually migrates to a lemony, citrus grapefuit, and pine bite. Taste is unrefined, harsh, and too grainy like a macro beer.

M - Medium light body with a little watery character, coats the mouth with a grainy coating.

O - Glad I could try this one but it's grainy, harsh, and messy. I hate to be so down on this beer but I would be more than willing to try it again and revisit this review.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft, in a shaker pint glass

dark amber colored, white head. mild earthy hop aroma - wood, grass, herbal. not very bitter, or flavorful. definitely leans English, not American 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 OWSLEY069
2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish in color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus rind hops. In the taste, a small dryness of citrus hops, and quite watery. A small bite, but mainly smooth and a lighter to thin mouthfeel, with a small dry orange rind in the aftertaste. Decent nose, but quite thin and watery.

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Photo of MDDMD
2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-nice amber color with a white head and good lacing

S-malty, light citrus, hints of fruit

T-malt, slightly metallic taste, somewhat sweet and fruity, light hop presence with minimal bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation

O-not much to distinguish it from the mass produced beers

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Photo of argock
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a tall pilsner pokal at Reel Seafood (Albany, NY).

A: Very amber in color with short, 1/2-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention and a couple collars of lace down the glass.

S: Hopping is very subdued with some herbal, honeysuckle notes but mostly mid-range crystal malt sweetness

T: The flavor is also crystal-heavy, way to much so, even for an East Coast IPA. This beer reminds me more of an English IPA but without the esters - caramelly with moderate bitterness but a pretty muted hop presence, although some herbal and mild orange and grapefruit citrus comes through.

M: The feel is too heavy and lack the appropriate dryness of the style. Medium+ bodied with low-medium carbonation.

O: Not an undrinkable, terrible beer but really misses the mark for the American IPA style - not hoppy but only bitter, caramelly but in a heavy, near-cloying way, not dry and with more heft than it should have. I did not order a second one but went a different direction.

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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 Bierman9
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First visit to Davidsons, and first bier.... This IPA had a medium-to-slightly-dark golden color and was clear throughout. Head was white, creamy and fine, yet shrinks quickly, though nice lacing is displayed. The aroma well, is very mild. I had to dig a bit to get a whiff of hops, and nothing else. Body measured in at about medium, and it was fairly smooth on the palate. Taste wasn't that bad, yet did not have the amount of hops I typically expect from an AIPA.. Started with a hint of bready malt....then lapsed into a very smooth, mellow hop flavor. They did not jump out at you by any means; more like a British Mild, imho. Cheers!

overall: 3.55
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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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 ngeunit1
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber-golden color, with some fluffy white head (about a finger and a half) and okay retention, with some lacing left behind.

S - The aroma is full of hops with some slight citrus notes.

T - Starts off with some light malt taste, and this is joined by some light hop flavor, but it never gets very strong. The aftertaste is of the hops and is just slightly bitter.

M - Medium bodied and a nice tingle of carbonation keeps the beer smooth and crisp. Maybe a tiny bit watery.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are there, they just stay a bit subtle and are not overpowering. It is a crisp and refreshing drink, just could have used a bit more flavor overall.

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Photo of rorjets
2.49/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Davidson Brothers Brewing Company IPA. This is a new brewery for me, based out of Glens Falls, but this beer was contract brewed by Shipyard Brewing in Maine. Apparently they have a large brewpub in Glens Falls, so I'll have to check it out the next time I go up towards Lake George.

Anyway, this beer has a strong alcoholic smell upon opening it - almost like a barleywine beer might have. It pours very foamy straight up; I had to wait a few minutes for the head to settle before resuming. The first sip confirms the strong burn of alcohol (not listed on the bottle, but BA has it at only 5.90%) and lots of hops bitterness, but unfortunately not a lot more in terms of taste, other than a metallic finish that was not pleasant. Bottom line, there are a lot of other IPAs that are far better than this one. It cost me $10.99, as much as the Sculpin I bought at the same time, which is far superior.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the brewpub this beer was a golden-amber color. The thin, off-white head displayed weak retention and decent lacing at first but poor, thin streaks as it warmed. The aroma was light, floral hops, citrus hops and 'horse-blanket' mustiness. The flavors were nice, again I tasted the floral and citrus hops with some notes of bitter roots and pale malt. Acidic, crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel was smooth but slightly watery, the body medium and the carbonation light.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: pretty clear; amber in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, got a 1 finger egg shell head with good retention; minimal lacing;

S: first thing that hit me was an odd sour smell; there are some earthy hops behind that, but the sourness is tough to get past;

T: unfortunately, it follows the nose; the earthy hops are more prevalent in the finish, but it's not enough; low to moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not for me; the aroma is not enticing and the flavor doesn't improve things;

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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 dogfishandi
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before NOV 2013 notched.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, more orange. Thin white head fades to a ring. Mild lacing.

The nose is nothing special. More sweet malt than any kind of big hop a touch of buttery diacityl.

Grassy, lemon citrus balanced by a bit of sweet malt. Finishes with a bit of resiny bitterness. Nothing mind blowing, average.


This definatly drinks more like a pale ale rather than an IPA. Nothing special here. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at TJ Maxim's in Albany. Pours amber with white head and some carbonation. Body is full and crisp. Taste and aroma is of bready malt, buckwheat, earthy hops and some fruity esters. Finish is long and earthy. Nothing special IPA. I would not buy a six pack.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not really a huge fan of this one. Maybe I'm just not into the style anymore, but the past 5-6 IPAs I've had have been really dull. This one is mildly hoppy, with a nice spiciness to it, but lacks body and balance. Malts are pretty much non-existent. Carbonation is a little too high, and kills off any subtleties the beer may have.

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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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