Beaver River I.P.Eh? - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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1.83/5 rDev -50.9%
Bottle from awesome grilfriend from a crappy LCBO in Toronto. man I wish they had better bottle stores up there.
Batch 1800 5-1-11 bottle date, so fresh! yay!
from the card on the bottle:
"Inspired by the Beaver River, which connects Ottawa to many communities to the east, this IPA is designed to appeal to hop heads. Taking the malt and yeast profile of a traditional British-Style India Pale Ale and adding an American Style citrus punch, our Beaver River is both assertive and drinkable. Beaver River is organic, unfiltered and has been dry-hopped in our conditioning tanks to amplify the Pacific Gem hop aroma."
Love the name. partly why I had her pick it up. Pours a nice golden amber with about a finger of head. lacing sticks nicely as the head fades, but it seems to fade really quickly... lending me to think it is like soda carbonation.
Very bubblegum on the nose... a bit of grapefruit, but overpowering on the bubblegum. Smells just like a a french IPA here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/19143/68137.
taste is really bitter, this is by no means an american IPA. No floral notes, no american hop presence whatsoever. It is hoppy, but it is more a british style IPA. (this made me go get the card) Think british style that leaves a bitter aftertaste that coats the tongue. A little bubblegum, but not as much as the nose presents, thankfully.
I am going to have to review this to style... what they were trying for... this is a decent british style IPA. Dont get me wrong. But the fact that they were going for an American style, this is an utter failure.
05-21-2011 18:13:41 | More by crusian
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
2.93/5 rDev -21.4%
I had a couple of growlers of this in 2010, and a ceramic swing top bottle in 2009.
I loved them both.
Both times it was a dialed back west coast American IPA. Not a powerhouse of a hop bomb by any means, but a respectable, highly drinkable IPA with little to complain about. I gave it an A-.
As I said, it WAS a dialed back west coast American IPA. Because this 2011 version is a completely different beer, and no where near as good as it once was--I'm surprised more people haven't noticed.
Review of the brown bottled 2011 version sold at the LCBO:
Pours a very dark orangey amber topped by a tall bubbly head. Laces well.
The tag on the label promises to have a "Pacific Gem hop aroma" but the aroma is mostly caramel and toffee with barely a trace of a scintilla of a soupçon of lemony citrus.
The tag also claims to offer "an American style citrus punch" but all I get is toasty caramel washed away by a soapy, ashen bitterness with a light dollop of butter. A little orange pithy and dry.
It reminds me a lot of Dead Elephant and Duggan's #9 in taste, in being completely off the mark for calling itself an IPA, and for not being my thing.
I'm all for tweaking recipes if it makes them better, but when a beer is this different and that much worse I think it's misleading to keep the name.
04-29-2011 01:20:46 | More by MeisterBurger
3/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
05-03-2013 03:12:20 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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
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
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
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
Beaver River I.P.Eh? from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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