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

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 5
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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cyrenaica
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

600ml bottle
5.6% ABV
I tried this beer on April 8, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent copper colour with a generous light brown head. The aroma was pine, citrus, and malt. Very much like an English bitter. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was malty, with grapefruity hoppish bitterness.

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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 TheSevenDuffs
2.69/5  rDev -27.9%
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 tbeckett
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 CAMRAhardliner
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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 zachariaIPA
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with an inch of thick creamy off-white head that leaves a massive web of lacing with each sip.

Lots of caramel malt, definitely more of an English IPA than an American (west-coast IPA). Now that I'm reading the little booklet that comes with the bottle, they indicate that this beer is "taking the malt and yeast profile of a traditional British-Style India Pale Ale and adding an American-Style citrus punch." Agreed.

Nice mouthfeel and carbonation. The malty sweetness balances out the hoppy bitterness.

Overall, a nice offering from Beau's.

Photo of crusian
1.84/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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 liamt07
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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 MeisterBurger
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bryehn
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled nine days ago. Very fresh.

Solid, gem-like amber color with a frothy tan head that settles as a foamy film and collar. Minimal lacing on my glass.

Surprisingly rich hop aroma with a solid grapefruit citrus note and a buttery caramel backing.

Toasted malt taste, almost a sour bitterness. Very creamy on the tongue despite a low carbonation. Citrus comes through again and so does an almost banana bread flavour.

Well-rounded, but maybe a bit too yeasty in the aftertaste.

Photo of biegaman
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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 ritzkiss
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of 604growler
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Tomato in Ottawa. Somebody has been paying attention to the west coast IPAs. This has a light citrus aroma, grapefruit but with a lemon-fresh accent. The bitterness is completely respectable for an IPA and takes it's time hitting the tongue. Nice and refreshing and puts Ontario on the map for IPAs

Photo of spree92
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a beer trade from ritzkiss. Batch 1239 packed on 03/11/11.

A- A one inch head topped the deep golden ale. Head has really good retention but it is not very sticky.

S- Have a tough time getting the aroma past the head. A lot of sweet malts, caramel and biscuits. Not what I was expecting here.
T- This us what I wanted. Malts dominate the forefront by are quickly supported by fresh, citrus hops. Bitterness is mixed oh so well for an almost perfectly balanced drink.

M- Bitterness is still lingering. Slowly transforms into a floral note.

O- The smell was a little troublesome in the beginning, but the taste is what I was looking for when I made this trade. Not one regret now for this.

Photo of MattyV
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colour, rocky white head leaves some sticky lacing behind.
Lots of caramel malt in the nose, with some citrus/earthy hop notes in the background.
Bready, biscuity malts and sharp piney citrus-rind bitterness dominate the taste. As has been mentioned by others, the hop aroma is a bit underwhelming.
Medium bodied, this is an altogether pleasant well-balanced IPA that packs a decent punch for the relatively low ABV. It's nothing like the west coast incarnations of the style, but still enjoyable for what it is.

Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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 kwjd
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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 shamus
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amount of head with a spectacular ruby/amber colour. Lot's of very fine carbonation. Wow this smells good. last week i had some ridiculously priced Danish beer. This is local and is sooo much better. Subtle woody, malty, fresh bread, with a bit of grape or cranberry. Not overpowering just there if you stop and let it linger. This tastes much like it smells but with a more bitter aftertaste. Still just perfect. It's such a pleasure to find a local beer of such exceptional quality.

Photo of eat
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kjyost
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on cask at Bar Volo, by far the best entrant in the IPA cask challenge.

Pours a hazy orange / yellow with a stellar head that laces like crazy. The nose of the IPA is dripping with american hops' citrus aromas. It smells delectable, and makes you want to drink it immediately. The beer is very heavy on the hop presence with great flavours of grapefruit and orange playing within a fairly bitter body. Mouthfeel is a little light and creamy for my tastes, but it is from a cask. I could suck these things back constantly...

Photo of pootz
3.97/5  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.

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