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Average: 3.61 | pDev: 11.91%

Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 108

Ranked #220 English Brown Ale and #39,673 overall.

ABV: 4.30% | Availability: Rotating

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Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
New York, United States

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 108
Photo of jjamadorphd
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A first offering from this Northeastern local brew...not bad at all...

The most appealing aspect of this beer is it's look. A very unique, copper-ish colored beer, unusual in my book for a brown ale. The least appealing aspect was it's odor - or lack thereof. Try as I did, it was completely bland on my nose. No hints of anything, which was surprising as it had a very robust and rich mouthfeel to go with a bold, crisp taste. On that alone it probably is one of my more favorite brown's, regardless of the score I end up giving it here. Overall, a solid beer with a great look and very good taste.

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Photo of JRed
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cola colored with off-white head. Aroma of cola, cocoa, earth, cinnamon. Tastes of cola, cocoa, cinnamon, hazelnut, light hop presence, earth, mild medicinal. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a glossy burnt amber almost close to a brown color. Sly transparency weaves about. Finger’s worth of white foamy head roamed here and there. Semi-sticky lacing, kinda messy. The aroma starts off with the normal qualities of an English Brown ale, sweet toffee rich to nutty character. The flavor leans sweet and smooth. More toffee than expected, but decent. Sly crisp sweet nutty to toffee aftertaste. Sweet wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fantastic sessionability about it. Carbonation seems to barely hit. Just really moves really nicely on my tongue. Overall, just a tad lighter in color than expected, but everything else is right on for the style.

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Photo of Amateurbrewmaster
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at a Texas Roadhouse
Appearance: Very dark brown. I would say almost to the porter color but it was a low light situation. Not much head, but that is probably on the bartender. I've had this in a bottle and was able to put a head on it
Smell: Strong sense of chocolate and nuttiness. Light coffee and roasty notes on the nose
Taste: roasted malts, caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Little bit of hop spice
Feel: Light carbonation, creamy, not too thick or too thin.
Overall: Delicious. And an accurate representation of a brown ale. Loved it.

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Photo of farrago
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Close to two fingers of tan foam, nicely even surface, dimples such as it sizzles off, retention is okay, the lacing is full before falling down the glass sides. Somewhat filmy brown to orange hued liquid, you can see a lot of bubbles break the surface, nothing special visually. The nose shows considerable malt, cocoa, nuts and caramel, as much minerals to rust as smoke, fig to plum fruit, pleasantly innocuous. Light to medium-bodied, medium grade carbonation. Here the metallic, earthy side comes out and nudges the sweetness to the side. This not to diminish the persistence of the caramel, cola bean, milk chocolate to danish flakes and candied nuts. Less fruit, raisin and fig but lacking in concentration. The mouth feel is smooth enough but it leaves you wishing the core flavors were more robust. And that it did not leave that metallic bitterness behind at the end.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Brakspear pint glass. It pours a nice cola color with one finger of fluffy, ecru-colored head and lacing with excellent retention. It smells of toast, nuts, coffee, and a whiff of caramel. It has a nice flavor of sweet, bready malt, caramel, and a hint of burnt coffee. It has no discernible hop presence and only a slight bitterness at the finish. The tastes blend nicely. This ale is smooth to drink, medium-bodied, pleasantly carbonated, and its ABV of 4.3% is barely noticeable. Overall, I wasn't expecting much but found this to be a pleasant Brown Ale

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Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with good clarity and proper hues. Thin head that fell fast. malty nose with a fruity backdrop. No hops. No diacetyl, nothing burnt or too roasted for malt. This is a mild brown. caramel. taste is good. Lighter nouthfeel with full flavors. Carbonation is moderate not biting and bitterness is low. Malt stays froward through the finish and lingers with a little nuttiness.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep brown with a tan head that trails the glass with a really nice retention. The smell was very earthy with nutty sweetness coming through. The taste was heavy but very delicious with sweet caramel flavors dominating. Really liked it overall for a brown ale.

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Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Lovely clear light chestnut ale with a light tan head. Not much lace but a thin covering stays on top. Nose is sweet with caramel and light toffee. A healthy English fruitiness from the yeast sits atop the aroma of warm bakery rolls and hearty breads. Mild earthiness from the hops mixes with a faint mineral edge. Taste is spot on for the style.Light in character, rich in flavor and complexity. Caramel,toffee, bread and light nuttiness. Hops are firm but not overdone and make for a clean dry finish. Classic mineral qualities along with an excellent yeast fruitiness makes this a true English style brew. Feel is light and crisp, with mild carbonation and weight. Low abv makes this a standout session ale. Superb drinkability and satisfaction make this one a real winner for fans of English ales. Drink cool not cold to enjoy the full flavor.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a fairly clear brown almost deep red color. Decent looking off white head from the pour that holds a nice layer. Spotty lace.

Weak aroma. Fruity esters with almost a mineral lager thing going on. Don't really get any of that nutty malt I get in the taste.

The taste is mostly sweet nutty malt, some biscuit, with the same fruity and mineral esters found in the aroma. Hints of brown sugar. Actually not as terrible of a taste as the aroma suggested, still nothing to write home about.

Light bodied, bitey carbonation.

Good drinkability is really all this beer has going for it. Not something to seek out.

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Photo of Marty42
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my new favorite beers.
A. Light/golden brown
S. nuts, hazelnut, sweet malts
T. Just like it smells
M. More carbonated than ou average brown.
O. Not your typical viscous American brown, but lighter in body which make this beer extremely sessionable. The malt and nutty flavor make a perfect fall beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is crisp and drinkable, but not overall all that well brewed. It's watery, with weak malt flavors poking up, and no real hop character at all. Davidson Brothers is a mediocre brewery, and this is an easy example of why.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
1.96/5  rDev -45.7%
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!

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Photo of SickGnar
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist off cap bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Beer is an amber/brown color. White creamy colored cap, couple finger length at first but goes away after a few minutes. It leaves a ring around the upper portion of the liquid, not much lacing. It's fairly lighter than I expected, but it shows the clarity of the beer, very clear.

Smell is pretty good. Big time malty. Tones of creamy caramel and toffee, with a hint of nuttyness. No detectable hop notes in the smell.

Taste is a slight step up. Much like the smell, it is very malty. Roasted pale caramelized malts is the dominant flavor. Good strong flavor notes of caramel, toffee, and a slight hing of unsweetened coco. Hops actually are slightly detectable in the flavor, some slight citrus zest, not strong, but noticeable as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part. Certainly full bodied, it really doesn't mess around. It has an incredibly creamy feel to it, with a very smooth carbonation level. Very drinkable, a good session beer, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of dedrick
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I originally went out to buy Dogfish Head's Brown Ale but because of their new TV fame there is a shortage, which is shitty. I really like Davidson's IPA so I decided to try the brown ale.

A- semi-clear, light brown. It pours with a huge head and disappears relatively fast. Seems to be quite watery.
S- Nice, sweet smell. Maybe some brown sugar or molasses.
T- The taste is good but kind of one dimensional, not very complex. No bitterness, quite sweet again with some brown sugar. Overall a nice brown ale taste.
M- Very watery and thin, which isn't all bad. It couldn't hurt to make it a bit more hearty.
D- Very.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light brown color with a nice finger of white foamy head. The retention was pretty good and it leaves behind some lacing left behind.

S - The aroma is not overly powerful, but there are some nice elements of the malt and a bit of caramel sweetness present.

T - The malts hit right away with a mix of a bit of nuts and a little bit of chocolate sweetness. This stays well balanced throughout the beer and then at the end there is some nice caramel taste that lingers afterwards.

M - Medium to medium-heavy bodied, with just enough carbonation, even a bit creamy. Really nice on the tongue, feels very crisp.

D - Very drinkable beer. The whole flavor of the beer is very well balanced all the way through and makes for a very excellent beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown, amber streaked hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft malts and a flowery hop.

The taste consisted of a light chocolate, a touch of smoke and a floral hop. A bit light flavorwise.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall an easy drinking light brown ale.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a clear, orange-copper color with one finger of beige head. The retention was ok as a collar and the lacing average. The aroma was barely discernable; hints of toasted malt were all I could get. The flavors were toasty and malty but light overall. I tasted toasted malt and a nice note of lingering nuts but the bitterness provided by the hops was not properly counter balanced by the malt (some sweet malt would have helped a lot, in my opinion). The body was medium/light, the carbonation light and the mouthfeel smooth. Could be easily drank with most foods but the flavors fell rather flat for a stand-alone brew.

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Photo of eporter66
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am so happy to have found the Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery. This was my first visit, and I fell in love with their Oatmeal Stout, but was a bit disappointed in this Brown Ale. It was decent, and I will try it again as I like the style, but I wonder if something might have been a bit off with this batch.

A - Amber/Brown, not much head, little retention or lacing

S - A bit of caramel and malt from the smell, not a strong aroma from this beer

T - I have to wonder if the tap needed cleaning as there was a bit of a sour taste. As the beer warmed, some flavor came out, but it did not seem to have enough malt behind it. There was a little bite as well to the beer

M - Decent carbonation, it seemed a bit light for me since it was listed as a medium bodied beer.

D - The Brown Ale had a good drinkable quality to it, and I am going to try it again, maybe just a batch that was a bit off. As it warmed, the flavors did come out more, I have to keep temperature in mind when drinking. Second half of the glass had more flavor.

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Photo of scottg
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a pint glass poured at Caroline Street Bistro in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Poured a light brown/coppery color with a small white head, moderate carbonation with little to no lacing. Strong aroma of malt, caramel and toffee. Sweet maltly flavor up front which mellows out to a smooth, slightly hoppy finish that coats the mouth nicely. Goes down very easy. An solid example of an English Brown Ale.

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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 108 ratings