Beaver River I.P.Eh? - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 121
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CanuckRover on 04-25-2009

Citrusy & piney-earthy hoppiness complemented by bready maltiness, fruity esters and caramel flavours.

60 IBU
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Photo of Omnium
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > SA Sensory Pint

A - cloudy orange yello with a big two finger foamy off white head.
S - Bread, sweet caramel malt, big pine, some citrus peel, earthy hops.
T - Malt is on the sweeter side, but the hops do come out nicely, lots of pine dankness, a little herbal notes
M - A little chewy, but not thick
O - It leans on the verge of an english ipa, but still, this was pretty enjoyable (392 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright apricot yellow with miles and miles of fine curtainy lace. A very good looking beer. Nose is grapefruit hoppy, but not overstated. A little drier than you might expect. Subdued malt really makes the hops work. Gently bitter throughout, lingering dry and bitter finish. Grapefruit and pine to taste. Just a hint of sweetness in there. A pretty good imbibe. (362 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO in Waterloo at the beginning of August. Glad to see a few left on the shelf!

From a 600ml bottle into a snifter
Batch no. 3586
Bottled 14 April 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Hazy burnt orange with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap leaving lots of foamy lacing down the glass. Good thin wisp remains with lots of good lacing down the glass. Looks nice. A bit too foamy perhaps, but really good otherwise.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, lots of grapefruit and some pine aromas. Light lemon and orange peel on the nose as well. Aromatic and enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel, some bitter grapefruit and spicy hops at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of bitter grapefruit, some bitter lemon, piney bitterness and some light caramel sweetness as a base. Lots of bitterness but still plenty of hop flavors to make it interesting and enjoyable. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, plenty of weight for the style as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Great feel here.

OVERALL: Well done Beau’s! Really like the aroma and flavor profile on this one, and the heavier, fuller feel for the style is right up my alley. Lots going on here, and at 4 months old, which some people would scoff at, this proves that IPA’s can be outstanding much longer than people might think. A fantastic IPA from Ontario. Cheers! (1,527 characters)

Photo of Derek69
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (677 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (614 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

600 ml bottle served well chilled into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $4.35 CDN.

Appearance - Clear, honey brown and amber color. Dense frothy finger and a half of foam with good retention and leaves sticky, spidery lacing. A few stray bubbles float to the surface. Really enticing.

Smell- Some tropical fruit namely pineapple and other citrus aromas. Crisp pine aromas and light malty scents too. Pretty we'll balanced in the nose.

Taste- moderately bitter, with a dry earthy taste. The tropical fruits are there but more subdued but more lemon lime rather than pineapple and without the refreshing nature those fruits normally offer. Malts and booze are present but well- hidden.

Mouthfeel- smooth with a medium body and lowish carbonation.

Overall- a pretty tasty IPA but doesn't have much that separates itself from the pack. Nonetheless highly drinkable just other cheaper and slightly better options are available. (933 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Food Pairing

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.

Enjoy! (772 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beaus bomber bottle into pint glass. Colour is an orangey coppery brown with a nice creamy head that has really great retention and lacing. Beer is unfiltered and cloudy.

S - fruity, a touch of grapefruit, pomegranate, pale bready malts, some light melon character to it. Definitely not a west coast citrus bomb, this is subtle, some pine, earthy and slightly herbal. Understated, with a fair bit of caramel maltiness, but interesting.

T - starts of with red fruits, cherry and apple, lemony, then more of a malt profile comes out, bready and toasty caramel. Its a bit sweet. Toffee and caramel, but some earthy hoppiness to balance it out. Finish is dry, hay note, and earthy.

M - moderate bodied, with an appropriate carbonation. A bit of a coating sweetness but it is a tasty session IPA, goes to a bit more bitter on finish. Easily drinkable with a moderately assertive palate.

Overall a decent and tasty, though not inspiring take. Certainly an approachable IPA that also has some flavour, the hops are restrained and earthy, some citrus to it. It does make for a decently rounded IPA, but Ontario has more exciting offerings in the style recently. One I would have again certainly, but not a must try I think, far from the promised hop bomb. Still overall enjoyable experience. (1,288 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged March 10 2014. Beau's products have only recently become widely available in these parts, so this is one of the few remaining OCB IPAs that has successfully eluded my ticking efforts. Until now, anyway. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a lovely golden-amber colour with a bright, clear complexion. Seated atop the liquid is two fingers of frothy, billowing off-white head that gradually recedes into a soapy cap and collar. Great lacing - this IPA certainly looks the part, and the aroma is quite enticing, too. Lots of pine sap, grapefruit and some floral hop notes accompany some caramel and biscuity sweet malts.

Not a bad IPA at all, and balanced with a stronger malt profile than many beers in this style. Caramel and some bready, biscuity malts provide an undercurrent of sweetness, with the white grapefruit pith and pine notes of the hops demanding more of your attention toward the finish. A little buttery, with some marmalade vibes. It finishes bitter, but not overly so given the style, leaving a piney, earthy bitterness behind on the palate. Medium in body, with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation levels. At 5.6%, this is one of the more sessionable examples of the style I've had.

Final Grade: 3.77, a B+. Beau's Beaver River seems to have hit the market around the time that IPAs started to really gain traction in this province, with many other OCB competitors having been spawned in the past half-decade. Comparatively, this one falls somewhere in the middle. It's a balanced, relatively light example of the style that I am enjoying, but to be honest there is nothing creative or unique about it. Worth a shot if it's a fresh bottle like this one, but there may be better options at lower price points. (1,795 characters)

Photo of ssmack
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (608 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 600ml bottle, poured into a nonic glass

Appearance - Pours an amber colour but with a tint of organge. Some decent lacing. The head leaves something to be desired and dissipates quickly,

Smell - Not a lot of fragrance to this one. What is there is very sweet, almost like honey. Certainly not the hop aroma that generally accompanies the style. Disappointing.

Taste - Very drinkable. Some spices. Having trouble discerning what they are tho. There is some hop bitterness coming through but it seems pretty underwhelming for the style. Taste may be more comparable to an APA. Maybe just me though.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body, with a crisp and satisfying finish. (698 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5.6%.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden orange with a 2cm frothy off-white head. Head reduced to a very long lasting cap. Good lacing.

S - Citrus, some grass, some earthiness, backed by caramel sweetness.

T - Mildly sweet caramel flavours, citrus, some spice, finish has a nice bitterness with a light but lasting aftertaste.

M - Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation, some resin like stickiness (probably from the dry hopping), drying finish.

O - Pretty good and well crafted as I'd expect from Beau's. It has a good amount of bitterness without being a hop bomb. Time to grab another one as this can be enjoyed repeatedly in a session. (685 characters)

Photo of dipso123
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (449 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (478 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright medium amber with a small off-white head that leaves spots of lacing.

Light aroma of caramel punctuated with tangerine. Herbal hops with a good bitterness, particularly toward the finish. Caramel malt is prominent but finishes dry.

Medium body with good carbonation. As is typical of a lot of Canadian IPehs, this beer seems to feature the astringent bittering properties of the hops much more than the aromatics or other flavors. (440 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another brew courtesy of peensteen, thanks for the hook-up!

A - Pours a crystal clear copper color with a reddish hue, two fingers of head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Musty citrus, wet cardboard, burnt sugar and toffee on the finish.

T - exactly as described, a mix between the musty English hop and a bold and bitter citrus hop lingers on the finish. The caramel backbone complements the hop profile. Scrumptious!

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet given the bitterness of the finish.

O - A solid IPA that delivers both the English and American hop notes. Full flavored, easy drinking and highly recommended to anyone who has access to it. (689 characters)

Photo of Intrinsic
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPEh? is a delightful little beer. Pours a beautiful copper colour with an off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The smell is quite sweet but no dry-hopping here - at least not that I can tell. A hint of grapefruit. But once you take a sip, it's no longer a hint. It smashes your tastebuds with citrus, almost no up-front malty sweetness (contrary to the smell), and VERY bitter. Hmmm... I think that's the description of the ideal American IPA. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Overall - wow. Good job Beau's! (504 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (442 characters)

Photo of Yeoman9459
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We were lucky enough to get this beer in my LCBO eventhough it isn't in Toronto or near Quebec. Comes in at 5.6% ABV for their 2012. Comes in a 600mL.

Appearance - copper pour, nice two finger head that turns into a nice small layer ontop of the beer. Looks like a nice easy drinking ipa. Filtered, little carbonation. Good looking bottle as well, enjoy their caps, "This Machine Kills Imports".

Smell - citrus and pine mostly.

Taste - right upfront its nice and fruity and ends piney.

Mouthfeel - Feels extremely nice, could easily crush a couple of these in a sitting. The bitterness starts off big and dies down pretty fast but leaves your mouth dry enough to need more of it.

Overall - it is an amazingly sessionable beer. I recommend this beer to people who are seasoned ipa drinkers as well as people who are looking to get in to the craft ipa scene because it gives you a taste of piney, fruity, american and english ipa's. (936 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle into tulip.
Fresh batch.

A- Copper pour with two finger white head. Great lacing.

S- Good solid pine and citrus hops. Slight biscuit aroma with a floral backing.

T- Citrus and pine with cracker finish. Very middle of the road, but good.

M- Light to medium bodied, slightly chewey with a bitter aftertaste.

O- Quite good, I'm really happy it's fresh. (367 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out an almost golden orange colour, and sits atop it is a thick, white, fluffy head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Smells of the forest. Earthy, piney aroma, with some citrus and grassy hops as well. Tastes of dry crackers and hops. Some citrusy grapefruit as well. Mouthfeel is medilum bodied, medium carbonated, and a bit... oily. A very pleasant beer, and one I'll be having again. I love IPA's. (426 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (942 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear caramel-amber colour with quite a creamy and bubbly foam head. Commendable retention and sticky lacing.

S: Pine, caramel and cracker, citrus, and a pleasant damp mossy-earthy aroma (albeit slightly faint).

T: Cracker-like malt backbone with pine and grapefruit-like hops coming through to provide an overall balanced and mellow taste. Peppery spice also detectable. Noticing some pleasing floral elements as this warms up. Quite tasty.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. An appropriate oilyness with a finishing dry and bitterness.

D: A good, smooth, and well balanced IPA that is one of the more sessionable IPA's I've had in a while. (667 characters)

Photo of Groulxsome
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip from a bottle dated February 22.

A (3.5): Copper with some orange hues, a big loose head with very big bubbles. The head quickly dissipated with some light lacing. It's handsome, but a little too brief.

S (4): Smells pretty good! I get some of that citrus and the sweet, graham cracker smelling malt. The malt seems to be a major player here, over the hops. From the smell, it's more English style.

T (4.5): Wow! Not what I was expecting. None of the big up-front aroma hop character of West Coast-IPA's. Comes on with a little citrus (like a splash of sour lemon), followed by a really robust biscuit malt flavour, it then descends into a rich deep, earthy, bitter. Just when you're acclimatizing to that bitter it gets more bitter with piny-resiny, almost coppery, tongue-coating bitterness. Again, I'm saying a really assertively bittered English.

M (4.5): Medium and creamy with a pretty assertive carbonation. It's only 5.6% but there is a little tinge of heat from the alcohol, which, as I always say, pairs well with a deep wrap-around-your-tongue bitter.

O (4): The beer says (on its tag that I'm only now looking at) that it is "designed to appeal to hop heads." They say they've combined the malt and yeast profile of an English style and added an American-Style "citrus punch." If I were going to slot it into a style it'd be more English than American, but maybe that's how I'd like a "Canadian IPA" to taste… (1,441 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/copper color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down very slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrus, pine and grapefruit with a strong malt profile giving it some nice caramelly notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, i'm getting that grapefruit and pine taste from the hops but it also has alot of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel and it leaves a nice lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Good I.P.A. but the hops were a little too drowned out by the malts for my liking. (700 characters)

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Beaver River I.P.Eh? from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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