Monday, April 8, 2013

Davidson Brothers Brown Ale

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (848) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 8, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It had an expiration date of August 2013. It cost $2.40 ($0.20 per ounce).

Appearance: Pretty much the epitome of the color brown, though a lighter shade and fairly clear. Forms a small, off-white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves trace lacing.

Smell: Slightly odd, lager-like aroma, though a more common brown ale nuttiness can be detected as well.

Taste: The brown ale is such a common style and rarely exciting, I’m not sure why breweries (especially microbreweries) bother bottling these beers if they’re not going to have any unique features. That’s not to say Davidson Brothers Brown Ale is bad, it’s actually pretty decent. It’s just not particularly memorable or all that interesting. It’s a textbook brown ale, and an English style one at that. I appreciate it for its smallness, but simply being sessionable doesn’t make it great.

Mild nuttiness and a gentle toffee taste and sweetness open the palette. There’s a short, dry, almost salty-like bitterness at the tip of the swig, but it quickly recedes as a sweeter, caramel-like flavor takes over. It finishes clean, though there is a noticeable tangy taste on the backend. This bottle couldn’t be that old so I don’t know what accounts for it. Thankfully it’s easily overlooked, especially if you concentrate on the traditional core flavors which are at least satisfying.

Drinkability: This is what I would consider a true American session beer. At only 4.3% ABV it’s flavorful enough to drink over time without palate fatigue (or boredom), but light enough that it won’t overwhelm. The mouthfeel is medium, calm, and goes down smooth which makes it drinker-friendly and the mildness makes it ideal for less experienced drinkers. 
Grade: 6/10