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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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.95/5  rDev +26.2%

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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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.04/5  rDev -2.9%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.49/5  rDev -20.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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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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2.84/5  rDev -9.3%
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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India Pale Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 175 ratings
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