India Pale Ale | Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
174
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.25
pDev:
20%
 
 
Wants:
1
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34
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of smcolw
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
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 +9.8%
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 BeerOps
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Gavage
3.89/5  rDev +19.7%
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 +15.4%
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 jzeilinger
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
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 jdhilt
2.51/5  rDev -22.8%
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 WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of bylerteck
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
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 TheBeerdedCharmer
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Suds
3.67/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Griffith
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of MDDMD
2.71/5  rDev -16.6%
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 OWSLEY069
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
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 argock
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
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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India Pale Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
3.25 out of 5 based on 174 ratings.
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