Every American brewer is making an IPA these days and while I love the
style I’ll admit a lot of these beers are quite similar. Davidson
Brothers IPA is a bit different for a change as it’s actually an
English-style IPA so it’s very malt-forward and sweet while still
delivering the strong bitterness you except in an IPA.
Appearance: Dark copper color with significant haze. Forms an average
size, white, foamy head which dissipates surprisingly quickly and
doesn’t leave much lacing.
Smell: Surprisingly mild nose with mild scents of toast and toffee.
Taste: Sweetness (and malts in general) is not something you tend to
associate with an IPA, but that’s what makes Davidson Brothers IPA so
unique. The first thing you notice about it is the surprisingly malty
component. Strong toffee flavor permeates the palate along with a drop
of honey and perhaps some caramel. There’s a dank resin bitterness that
balances out the sweetness quite well. A hint of pine needles and some
general earth characteristics give it a bit of a rustic quality.
At the pinnacle of the swig there’s a significant hop bite followed by
residual dryness. The finish is the best part with additional toffee
sweetness and a slight buttery taste followed by dry, but easily
tolerable, aftertaste. While not the most delicious or complex beer in
the world, it’s definitely a nice change of pace. This might actually be
more properly categorized as an amber ale, but let’s not split hairs.
Drinkability: While certainly bitter, Davidson Brothers IPA is not a
challenge to drink by any means. The mouthfeel is medium with
carbonation to match. It goes down smoothly and the aftertaste is rather
clean for the style. I was surprised to see that it’s only 5.9% ABV as
it seems to drink like a bigger beer than that.