Beaver River I.P.Eh? - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
Single bottle from the old LCBO, packaged on Feb 15th. I vaguely remember having this on cask in Toronto, but I was in no condition to remember details, so it's great to see this again.
Poured into a nonic. Deep amber-copper, nice billowing head that settles to a sturdy thin layer, with frosty lacing. Fine lookin' brew.
Nose is a bit funky, but it's got a nice woodsy character to it, with fruit, cracker and citrus.
Nice earthy IPA, certainly more towards the English style, but I tend to like when the two styles of IPA are blended together into something new. The citrus tartness really gives this brew a lot of bite, but the malt profile allows Beaver River to be enjoyed - possibly even sessioned, given the lower ABV. Finish is pepper-citrus, long and lingering. Medium bodied, nice carbonation.
An enjoyable IPA, certainly worth purchasing. I know it's a seasonal, but I hope that they will bring this brew into regular rotation.
03-10-2012 21:22:36 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.83/5 rDev +2.7%
Appearance: beautiful amber with hint of a deeper red; produces a great head
Aroma: nothing too strong, get a sense of balanced hops and malts
Taste & Mouthfeel: very crisp, cutting flavour and mouthfeel; turns very hoppy quick and last long on the tongue; very clean taste and nice carbonation
Overall: a great IPA with a hoppiness that jumps out quick and sticks with you in a nice, refreshing way.
02-17-2012 00:41:15 | More by BGDrock
3.55/5 rDev -4.8%
Appears to be a new, but still old-looking label. I quite like the old-timey cap too, with "Oh Yeah" the last thing you see before cracking this 600ml bottle - how does it know how I feel right now? Thanks to tbeckett for getting this spring seasonal across the Canadian Shield to me.
Into my favourite American pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium brassy orange hue, with two solid fingers of dense, foamy, honeycombed ecru head, which leaves a nice array of Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. It smells strongly of bready biscuit malt, and soft floral citrus notes that fade quite quickly. The taste is buttered bread malt, and a re-enlivened bitterness, some decent herbal pine hops coming up for air. The carbonation is sprightly, but not invasive, the body medium weight, smooth amongst a nosy booze warming. It finishes with another shift in balance, this time back to a more even bready malt, and subdued grassy, woody bitter hoppiness.
Since the attached promo card beat me to it, I'll just paraphrase it - a traditional British-style IPA, with a (measured) American-style hop punch. That's pretty much it, and fairly enjoyable for the compromise.
06-29-2011 02:25:19 | More by biboergosum
3.73/5 rDev 0%
Enjoyed on cask at Bar Volo, with the owner. A very good cask, with some cloudy grapefruit and good head. Very lacey. Understated carbonation, good mouthfeel for a hoppy cask. Mild hop aromas, but the IBU is right there. Good drinkability. Had some later on tap, which came through with more mineral water. This review is the cask only.
Had it a year later on tap and big bitter, hits the style though would like better balance from complementary malts.
04-15-2010 12:02:57 | More by Sammy
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
Spring seasonal from Beau's brewery. Bomber dated April 24th (yesterday).
Pours a clear copper. Big, dense, creamy white head. Settles after a few sips to a nice film. Lacings are spotty but substantial.
American hops on the nose, focus on pine notes with an earthy malt aroma playing a part.
Up front it's all hops. Pine flavours hit the tongue hard and don't let up all that much. Orange zest plays a small role, but most of the sweetness comes from a sturdy english malt foundation. While it's cool, it's a hop show, but as it warms the malt really starts to come into its own and strong caramel flavours wrestle with the hops for dominance.
The body on this is fantastic. An incredibly smooth IPA with perfect carbonation.
Drinkable, but, for Ontario, this is some serious hopping.
A great beer, really hope this does well.
04-25-2009 21:36:48 | More by CanuckRover
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
A - clear copper with a tall soapy head that left random blobs along the glass as it receded
S - earthy, peppery, mild citrus, caramel, and a little grainy
T - interesting hop mix of herbal and earthy with a pleasant lemon juice citrus, light pepper, and slightly salty
M - lighter body, somewhat creamy, mild bitter with a citrus crispness, an easy drinker
O - solid all around, unassuming and flavourful, the more sips I have the more i like it, this could be easily sessioned
06-16-2012 02:22:08 | More by joemcgrath27
3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
On cask at Volo's Cask IPA Challenge. I was one of the first people to show up when they opened; I think this was most likely one of the very first pours from the cask. I'm not sure if that effects the appearance or taste, but I'd have to trust that Volo wouldn't be selling anything not worth drinking. Especially at those prices.
This stuff was delivered to my table looking very unfiltered, with tons of sand-like sediment suspended throughout the beer. Opaque and pastel-straw coloured with a good cover of cream-white head. Retention could be better but it does leave some decent lacing. If you could ignore the extreme amount of sediment, this would look pretty alright. Way too much visible sediment.
Nice smell: light grapefruit rind, pineapple, caramel, a little bready. Good but could use more presence.
The taste is a little strange with lots of wheat character coming through and a hint of smoky roast. Bits of grapefruit rind (drying on the finish) and minerals. I'd say this is very much an English IPA, with even some ESB character to it. Not really watery but the flavour could definitely be intensified.
Silky, creamy body with almost no carbonation. Pretty nice, actually.
A bit strange but not too bad. The extreme amount of sediment was a little off-putting and I'm never the biggest fan of English-style IPAs. I'd definitely get this again if I found some bottles or a tap somewhere; I'd suspect that it would be quite different in other serving formats.
07-24-2010 04:33:21 | More by eat
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
Purchased at the LCBO 600ml bottle for $4.85. Served at 10deg C in a water glass.
A- Excellent! Opened very well and poured with a 1" head settling to a film within a minute.
S- Excellent! A true English IPA. Very good. Citrus and lemon hints. Corriander
T- Excellent! Very good. Enjoying this one a lot. Carbonation is excellent and the bitter bite on the tongue in place
M- Excellent and tart as expected from an IPA
O- Excellent! Put it in a can on the shelf for $2.50 and they will have a regular customer. Will buy again unless they raise the price
This wonderful Canadian IPA paired well with... Chicken parmesan. This wonderful IPA just cut through the cheese and tomato sauce like a Jewish mother through their children's self esteem.
04-05-2014 14:54:01 | More by DaveBar
3.33/5 rDev -10.7%
Bottle: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light dry floral hops with semi-sweet caramel malt notes. Taste is a mix between some light floral and somewhat dry hops notes with a semi-sweet caramel malt backbone. Body is a bit thin for style with good carbonation. Lacking some hops punch and body is a bit too thin for the style IMO but still enjoyable nonetheless.
03-26-2012 15:12:08 | More by Phyl21ca
2.7/5 rDev -27.6%
Tasting notes from 6/6/11. Bottled on date of 3/1/11
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.
A - Light amber colour; translucent, with one finger of foamy cream coloured head.
S - Some bitterness but very subdued for an IPA. Lots of bready malt notes come through that somewhat dominate the nose. I wouldn't guess that this was an IPA if the label didn't say so.
T - A good bitterness up front with some floral notes and some light citrus notes that come through after a while. A lot of grainy/bready malts with some sweet caramel. The bitterness returns in a dry finish. A decent IPA but nothing I would would ever buy again.
M - Medium body, chewy. Light carbonation.
06-09-2011 01:48:24 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
Tasted June 26th, 2009. Obtained from a CanBIF5 trade with Ralphus. Drank from the pint glass of the same brewery. Thanks Ralphus!
A: A little hazy. Pours as a nice looking beer with copper color. Head is huge and nice. Very creamy head. Very important :) the head sticks to the glass.
S: Smell is of piny hops with some floral notes. Not very strong smell more of a medium intensity. The last pour is more citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell however, stronger. More piny. I don't taste the floral hops, it is more piny hops.
M: The beer feels so good in the mouth. During and after... awesome.
D: Well so easy to drink. A very drinkable beer.
Great beer. I want more! Thanks Ralphus for making me discover this brewery.
(note: this one taste a little bit similar to La Ciboire from Archibald).
06-28-2009 14:39:02 | More by ZorPrime
3.33/5 rDev -10.7%
A) amber in color, decent head, floaty bits that looked more like trub than yeast
S) For an IPA "designed to appeal to hop heads" the aroma is tiny and what is there is rather malty and biscuity rather than hoppy
T) much more of a UK IPA than a WC IPA but with increased bitterness
M) more full than dry with a lingering bite
O) in the spectrum of beer as a whole I'd call this a 3.5 but in the spectrum of the IPA market it is well below that.
03-03-2013 23:22:37 | More by dipso123
3.88/5 rDev +4%
A bright amber gold with a huge, thick, sparkling, amberish head that starts at 2 inches and lasted to the bottom of the glass. Very good lacing with large bubbles.
I did not need to get close to immediately enjoy the aroma that is balanced with sweet biscuit malt and freshly cut hay hops smells.
There is lots of hops in the taste. Bitter taste of hay and grass. The taste is consistent with the aroma. A long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium, slightly oily feel.
This is a solid American IPA but it needs more complexity in the hops and a stronger maltiness in the taste to take it to the next level.
07-26-2013 01:20:07 | More by ssmack
4.29/5 rDev +15%
A very good IPA, 60 IBU so it isn't nearly as hoppy as something like Boneshaker. Poured very nicely into the glass, lots of foamy head, very nice lacing down the glass.
Right away in the aroma you can tell its an IPA, hops and citrus hit you immediately.
The bitterness is quite wonderful and a bit addicting. A 5.6% ABV makes it perfect for
a spring or summer day without making you tipsy. Sessionable for someone more adventurous.
The cloudy golden colour is quite inviting, the aftertaste sticks with you, but leaves you wanting more.
This is a very good, proper IPA, much more adventurous than other mass market vesions,
but not quite to the other end of the spectrum.
06-05-2014 01:10:31 | More by Derek69
3.2/5 rDev -14.2%
600ml glass bottle from the LCBO, new review for the new release (did one on a growler last year). Packaged 03/23/11, Batch 1273.
Pours a burnished orange, couple fingers of head, good retention, lovely lace.
Nose is... where are the hops? Loads of caramel, hint of butter, toffee and perhaps the faintest citrus but the hops are nowhere to be found - not very IPA like.
Lots of caramel malt sweetness, toffee/popcorn butter, moderate citrus rind bitterness with a long finish, hint of lemon and pine, a bit pithy - the bitterness is there but very little aroma and flavor hops. Great carb, slick oily mouthfeel with pleasing bitter finish. Packs in the bitterness for the ABV.
Not the beer I had last year, a major disappointment.
04-14-2011 03:09:30 | More by ritzkiss
4.2/5 rDev +12.6%
A: Copper with a slight cloudiness, 3 fingers of slightly beige creamy white head with large and small bubbles as well as chunks of lacing. Little fine bubbled carbonation.
S: Pine, citrus, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, papaya, onion, a little dankness.
T: Lots of up front bitterness, orange, mango, pine, light sweetness, onion, dankness, but mostly bitterness that is like cayenne pepper without the heat. Well balanced, solid beer.
M: Syrupy resinous body, little to no carbonation.
O: Well crafted, so proud of this Canadian IPA. Balanced, got all the hops and malt, not overly sweet. Very enjoyable.
04-30-2014 01:04:12 | More by patre_tim
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
Poured in a riedel magnum red wine glass
A: Pours a deep amber color, with almost foam? Even pouring it violently, the beer shows no sign of carbonation! I was afraid it would be flat, but beer has a almost decent, low carbonation level.
S: Pretty hoppy, with cooked orange rind, notes of caramel and tea, spices.
T: Pretty nice, good bitterness, but not much aromatic hops. Lacks a bit of originality. It would be a pretty toned down american IPA, or a pretty toned up english IPA. Overall, good but not oustanding.
03-02-2012 00:01:02 | More by Caudalie
3.3/5 rDev -11.5%
Appearance - Clear orange colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, caramel
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a sweet flavour consisting of malts, caramel, and some hops. There is a bit of grapefruit and also some of the barnyard/hay/straw flavour that can be found in Beau's Lugtread lager. It finishes with a very dry hoppy aftertaste. (almost woody)
Overall - The beer had lots of promise when I first smelled it, but when I had my first sip I encountered too much of that barnyard flavour. It's a fairly decent beer, I am just not a fan of the farm taste. After having some of the amazing west coast IPA's, I wouldn't buy this beer again.
03-31-2011 18:19:45 | More by spinrsx
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Bottle from the LCBO, Batch 1239. Bottled March 11, 2011, into a ballooned tulip.
Pours a copper amber, with a fluffy white head; 3+ fingers. Medium sized bubbles, sticky lace and a whole bunch of chunky retention. Looks absolutely delicious. Nose has the hops, orange and some floral notes. Hint of pine and some earthy qualities, along with a touch of bread. An interesting grain/spicy quality comes out as it warms. Taste is bitter upfront, grassy, earthy and with some citrus again, maybe a hint of lemon. Bitterness prevails in the finish. Body is about medium, but gets a bit watery in the feel at times. Medium high carbonation. An interesting 'organic' take on the style, but not a pure 'American IPA' in my eyes. Interesting and something I'd revisit regularly.
05-05-2011 17:23:17 | More by liamt07
Beaver River I.P.Eh? from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.