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

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Citrusy & piney-earthy hoppiness complemented by bready maltiness, fruity esters and caramel flavours.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: CanuckRover on 04-25-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Right off the bat Beaver River had three things going for it - it's organic, unfiltered and dry-hopped - and now that I've seen it, I'll add a fourth to that list: good looks. The beer's toasty, deep golden-amber tone, and the chill haze that accompanies it, indicate to me that this should be a confident, uncompromising kind of IPA.

... smells like I may have jumped the gun a little. Confident and uncompromising? That's a bit of a stretch. This bouquet would be perfectly acceptable if you're accustomed to milder, more malt-forward English IPA offerings. But if your ears (err, nose?) perked up when the brewery said this was "designed to appeal to hop heads" be ready for a letdown.

Or, perhaps what I should say is, don't come expecting that bill of goods you're sold on the tag. By any standard, or at least British standards, Beaver River IPEh? is, however, a perfectly quaffable ale. And though it may not be exactly as I imagined it might, it still has a firm and flavourful taste, lead by a buttery, biscuity maltiness that has sweet toffee undertones. Hard water minerals also lend a lot of (British) character.

Despite virtually no hop aroma and only a cursory note of them in the finish, this beer certainly isn't suffering from any shortage of bitterness. It's as if the kettle hop additions went according to plan but then someone dropped the ball in the later finishing and dry-hopping stages. This nippy bitterness seems maladjusted to a beer that is otherwise quite mild and agreeable. Lucky for a fruity, caramelly sweet aftertaste.

Now I know how the dog feels when we tell her we're taking her to the park but are really driving her to the vet instead. Beaver River IPEh? is a fine and perfectly enjoyable ale, but any promises of "Pacific gem hop aroma" or "American-style citrus punch" are misleading as this beer breaks, if not the letter of the American IPA law, certainly the spirit of it.

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

Not sure why my review was removed, here it goes again. On tap at Volo.

Pours a clear coppery gold, thick white head forms, drops to a nice layer, some lace spots stick, looks good. Smell is nice, floral, light grapefruit and citrus hoppiness, touch of pine, malty middle, some caramel and biscuity sweetness, good hop presence. Taste is similar, grapefruit and a touch of pine up front, juicy, floral, lightly fruity, caramel, biscuit, nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easy drinking IPA, not bad at all.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600ml bottle poured into tulip May,16,2011 batch 1290

A clear copper without many visible bubbles but somehow produces a massive 3 finger cream colored foam that slowly falls to a thick 1/2inch film that leaves a partial ring of lace with every sip

S lemon rind, very faint pine with some spicy and herbal hops, a little sweet malts and toffee

T much more caramel malt then I expected but there's just enough hops to form a balance, quite the mix of hops I get some earthy, herbal, floral and a little citrus, interesting indeed but I wouldn't say its a "hop bomb" but it dose work well for it

O yet again I wanted to drop a 4.25 once or twice so slightly higher grade here, well rounded with no flaws and very easy to drink

Would make a great session IPA with only 5.6%alc I could drink this all day and still walk straight, thanks liamt07 for knocking another want of my list

Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

600ml Bottle

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.

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

A - Pours a gold/copper sorta colour with minimal carbonation. Bright. Three finger fluffy white head. Good half finger retention and some nice lacing.

S - Grapefruit and pine are both very strong with some caramel in the back.

T - Lot's of pine with fruitiness up front. Less caramel and some butteryness.

M - Slightly bitter in the finish with a light to medium body and mild carbonation.

O/D - Good IPA. What I expected from Beau's. A solid IPA that's highly drinkable.

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of bobsy
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint at Volo. Poured a nice clean copper colour with a finger of white head, and had great retention and some lace. Nice C-hop aroma mingling with a bit of pine and a strong malty backbone. Exceptional balance in the flavour - great citrus, tangerine notes, mixing with some pine, and supported by a lightly sweet malty background. Bitterness is decent, and seems to have been gradually ramped up over time, though may still fall a little short of its counterparts to the south of the border. Medium-light refreshing body with medium carbonation seems to suit both the flavours and the sunny weather well.

I liked this one a lot. Its hardly going to rape your tongue with bitterness, but it shows an expert balance that a lot of more extreme brews sadly lack. I could drink this all day long, which is a testament to the brewer's skill. Nice job guys!

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kwjd
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just came to the LCBO in Toronto. I love the Beau's 600mL bottles, so picked up several without having tried this before. Pours a copper-orange colour with thick white head. Nice enough head retention, with some lacing around the glass. Smells of resiny piney hops, with some earthiness. Malt seems to be fairly bready. This is more bitter than it is hoppy, I wish it had more hop flavour, but it there. Medium bodied mouthfeel. We have a lack of IPA's in Ontario, so I'm glad to be able to buy this.

Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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!

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Slightly hazy copper/amber colour, one finger thick white head with some lacing. Smell is of creamy malt, citrus, biscuit, caramel like light sweetness and some earthy notes. Taste is a good malt, citrus, bitter but not super hoppy, dry finish and an earthy malt typical of most Beau's stuff. Mouthfeel is a touch creamy, smooth and has a good medium weight. Solid IPA, very approachable and is an IPA that will please both the beer geek and casual beer drinker

Photo of cfalovo97
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Photo of patre_tim
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of pootz
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Mondial:

Tapped a copper gold with a decent cap, good lacing, small bubbled natural carbonation.

Aroma is boiler plate UK-styled IPA: Toffee, toast, piney-citus hops some fruit and floral tones.

Medium body, soft on the palate. Nice toast-caramel malts ride just below the resinous piney bittering, wet clean bitter finish.

A decent interpretation of the UK style.

Photo of SebD
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me of Scotch Irish Sgt Major's IPA at its prime.

Pours a light copper color with a frothy, everalsting head. The aroma is of resinous hops and butterscotch yeast esters. Toasty, caramel malts also show prominently. The taste is very hop forward with a wonderful hop bitterness that takes centre stage and dominates throughout. The very capable malt profile adds plently of doughy, sweet balance. English ale yeast also adds quite a bit of complexity. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a luxurious, ample stream of tiny carbonation bubbles. The finish is very bitter and long lasting.

This is a tremendously enjoyable IPA. Great balance and an excellent hop bitterness.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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