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Brown Ale | Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2003

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Marty42
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer while visiting the pub for lunch with my wife. Served in a pint glass and cold the beer exudes a clear mahogany hue with creamy off white head of less than a cm. Aroma is mild grainy malt and caramel no real hop presence anywhere. First sip revealsan average body with very fine spacious carbonation. Flavor is fairly midl with grainy malt again and some caramel as well. Very easy to drink. No hint of abv which was 4.5% ish. I do get a hint of herbal hops on the finish. A nice example of an English Brown ale.

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Photo of ESPN_Woodsy
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12ounce brown glass bottle. Labeled as per the BA Database avatar has a twist-off crown cap. The main label states a Best Before “nicked” Date of November 2003. No listed strength.

Appearance: Lovely thick light tan head easily forms and has excellent longevity throughout the drink. It slowly reduces in size but always offers a fantastic looking ‘creamy cap’ that lends this the classic a “just pulled from a Handpump English Brown Ale” look.

Nose: Plenty of Malts with a light balance of hops in the background. It has a fantastic deep nutty odor that is something of a cross between warming walnuts and roasted chestnuts

Taste: Malty start with some nuts and a light chocolate feel that is mildly sweet yet nutty at the same time. A lovely deep nuttiness runs through the body of this Brown, a really tasty offering. Caramel hints in the back end with a light astringent bitterness in the finish. Nothing complex, but it has a classic simplicity. This is a damn tasty Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel: Beautifully creamy, the plentiful carbonation lends a helping presence to the feel and the freshness of the Brown Ales above average but wholesome body. Has a soft feel that is malty and creamy with a nutty texture.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable, I love Brown Ales to begin with, and this is a thoroughly enjoyable offering that is damn drinkable. Wouldn’t mind a Six-Pack of these!

Overall: Reminded me very much of a freshly tapped, slightly over-carbonated English Brown Ale from the Cask. Highly enjoyable.

A Big Thanks to Sir McCall for this one!!!

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4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
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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4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Francisweizen for this one. Freshness date says Nov 2003...which is worrisome because I'm reviewing this in March 2005. Pours a clear copper red/brown with a single finger tan colored head. Smells sweet malty with chocolate, nuts, and also mildly of roasted grains. Tastes nice smooth creamy. Gentle nuts and an interesting chcolate that rises up later. A malt sweet persists throughout and is a little bit wet. The rising chocolate is like dry baker's chocolate and the sweet wet & chocolate dry play well together. I'm not finding much (if any) hop bitterness, but perhaps a hint of fuggles in the flavor. Well balanced, this is a nice offering. Medium mouthfeel and a very fine cabonation on the tongue. This beer disappeared quickly because it's a really pleasant one to consume.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Shiloh
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice English Brown Ale by the Davidson Brothers...
The colour is of dark copper and the crown has an off white character and tight.
The body is a medium, crystal clear and an abundance of carbonation.
The nose is a mixture of cocoa, grass, chocolate and molasses.
The taste is fairly well balanced with the edge to the malts all the way through.
Also, this is a very smooth brew going down...my compliments.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish brown color with a thick off-white head. The scent is good. It has a nice balance of malts and hops. There are a few crystal malts in this one along with victory malts too add the nutty aroma and taste. The taste is good. It has a sweet malty taste which gives it the brown feel. It is creamy and smooth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied ale with a little too much carbonation. This is a decent brown ale; a real good drinker.

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Brown Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 107 ratings
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