Monday, October 22, 2012

Davidson Brothers IPA

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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (743) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

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.
 Grade: 7/10