Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale - Tree Brewing
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Reviews by Garin:
2/5 rDev -43.5%
Coppery brown, with suspended sediment throughout. A thin white head bubbles up, then almost immediately disappeared. After the previous disappointment with Tree's Kelowna, I carefully chose a new, perfectly clean and detergent-free glass. It ain't the glass at fault here.
Aromas are sparse and barely recognizable. After drinking half the pint, I'm starting to believe I can detect a hint of something malty. There is a suggestion of toastiness, and a vaguely corny sweetness in there somewhere too.
The "malt" tastes like an old homebrew made with stale DME -- and I've tasted many of those. Again with a bit of corny sweetness. Hops? Technically, I guess they're in here.
The body and mouthfeel are decent, at least.
This is a lame beer, and not worth it: not worth the calories, not worth money, not worth the bladder space that could be used by something tastier. First the Kelowna, and now this. What is going on, Tree? Seriously.
06-15-2010 03:12:41 | More by Garin
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.45/5 rDev -2.5%
500mL can poured into a pint glass. Clear copper color with a thin tan head. There is an aroma of bready malts and vegetables. The flavor is quite malty, with a slighty bitter finish. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. This is a decent, drinkable amber ale.
01-11-2010 03:11:15 | More by chickenm
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
355ml can. Damned fine form for stereotypically, yet still humorously skewering yer average craft brew fan in the Great White North, I suppose.
This beer pours a medium-pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, and loosely bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few sparse, elongated streaks of sudsy cloud lace around the glass as things sink duly south.
It smells of somewhat biscuity, lightly caramelized malt, a hint of acerbic lemon, and further grassy, leafy, and weedy hops. The taste is pretty much a veritably bang-on follow-through: moderately crisp, biscuity, but underwhelmingly caramelized malt, a bit of neutered orange citrus, and plain grassy, kind of woodsy, weedy hops.
The carbonation is on the moderately tame side, the body a barely medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the citrus-tinged, rather plain maltiness hanging on with both withered hands.
An adequately approachable amber ale, in a rather overcrowded market. I do like the citrus edge, but not enough to make this my go-to, if I even had one for the style.
11-05-2009 07:20:19 | More by biboergosum
3.68/5 rDev +4%
Pours dark red. Thin head settles quickly. Not much in the way of lacings.
Earthy aromas. Slightly sweet malt with just enough hops to bring it back down.
Malt backbone is pretty standard for a North American Red. Slightly sweet, with the hopping adding a bit more earthy depth.
Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. Too much carbonation takes away from whatever more interesting flavours are there.
This one is sort of in the Canadian Ale category, charting a course between the fruit & nut English offerings and hopped up American versions. It works well enough.
01-14-2012 01:06:58 | More by CanuckRover
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
A - mostly clear copper amber, short head settled to a thin covering
S - toasted grains, nutty, leafy hops and sunflower seeds
T - nutty and sweet caramel malt, light leafy hop note with a roasted nut flavour through the finish
M - lower carbonation, thin smooth and bready
D - a tasty malty and relatively light beer, nothing outstanding but definitely sessionable
12-20-2010 00:52:42 | More by joemcgrath27
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
I'm not usually partial to ambers, but this is one that I can see myself picking up from time to time.
It poured copper with a thick foamy head that left sheets of lace on the side of my pint glass. Pleasant biscuity malt dominated the aroma, though it turned a bit sour and yeasty as the beer warmed.
I was pleasantly surprised by a touch of bitter hops in the taste that I usually don't detect in a malty beer like this. Lightly roasted malt was the number one thing going on, though, and it was nice and creamy going down. Finish was clean and the hops crept back in again for a slightly bitter ending.
03-24-2007 22:45:42 | More by vanrassel
3.13/5 rDev -11.6%
Part of CanBIF6 from wordemupg, thanks!
I could see right away this one was not a good candidate for quality head production so I poured really hard. Only half a finger of light-beige head resulted, and even that quickly receded to whips across the surface and a ring around the glass. The body is translucent and dark-amber in colour. Nice colour, I suppose.
The smell off the head is mostly biscuity malt. After the head disappears it's hard to pull much off this one: toasty malt, sweet pineapple, corn. Some butter and caramel come out as it warms. Nothing special.
I have to admit I'm pretty disappointed here. I was expecting at least something decent from Tree; this is average at best. Light, watery malt meets up with only a trace of hops. There's a slight peppery aspect, mostly showing itself on the finish. Everything is so light. On a scale of 10, if this beer is a 1 in terms of intensity I feel like Tree could turn it up to 8 or 9 and maybe it would be worth drinking. No obvious flaws, just much too boring and watery.
It is medium bodied as stated on the can. The carbonation is too effervescent for this light brew.
I'm not generally a fan of amber ale and this example isn't about to convert me. Why does amber ale always taste like this? Maybe I just don't appreciate the style. Every amber I've tried has been completely uninteresting and this one is no exception. Sure, it's drinkable and would totally be sessionable if your thing is flavourless amber ale. The can boasts that Thirsty Beaver is, "bursting with flavour". I guess this can burst all of its flavour somewhere else, none of it ended up in my mouth. demcorhip, I agree with you: uninspired sums this one up.
06-05-2010 05:16:29 | More by eat
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
This is a bottle of the "Thirsty Beaver" Amber ale. Pours a very orange colour with a thin cap of creamy off-white head. The cap fades even thinner, but doesn't seem to be going away.
The smell is of caramel, and that's really all I can pull out of it at first. With a little more patience I think there is a toasted bread smell in there, something I can't remember detecting in a beer before. Interesting, but not amazing.
The smell is a trick for this beer, as the taste is dominated by the hoppy finish. There is a mild sweet toffee to begin, but as the beer is swallowed, it fills the back of the mouth with clean hop bitterness. It may even be a bit soapy. The finish lingers, leaving the back end of the tongue tingling.
Mouthfeel has a tiny bit of stickyness to it, and a low to medium carbonation. It isn't bad, it is what I'd expect.
This beer is fairly drinkable, but I'd say that many other ambers go down easier.
I've had this beer with my wife's curry before, and it was perfect. Have it with some full-flavoured food and this beer is at its best.
08-09-2005 03:24:33 | More by elricorico
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
A- This beer is golden amber in color, is reasonably clear, and looks to have some moderately slow columns of bubbles rising to the top. Head retention isn't very good, starting out as a half inch of off white foam....quickly fizzles into a patchy layer over the liquid. The lacing holds up reasonably well, leaving small clumps of foam clinging to the glass.
S- There is a mostly dominant sweet yeasty/bread aroma going on here, with backnotes of golden (not true brown) sugar, toffee and/or caramel. The finish completely lacks any hop bitterness, but rather a buttery richness.
T- The flavors are more malty than anything and comes across as sweet but it's richer than the aromas let on. There is some butter toffee mixed in with some sweet biscuits. The finish does have some bittering hops present but the flavor is modest. Not a bad tasting beer overall.
M- This is definitely medium bodied and smooth, just as the label promises. The carbonation is fair and doesn't really hit the palate till the finish. The creamy nature of this beer, along with the flavors reminds me more of a dessert than anything else.
D- I think this brew is decent overall. The flavors aren't bad, it's creamy and it's different. I would drink this again, just not a ton of it however, as I find it filling. The alcohol is hidden well and it's perhaps a tad sweet. I say to give it a try at least.
09-04-2010 04:22:35 | More by ChrisCage
3.83/5 rDev +8.2%
This beer has a nice reddish amber colour (whoda thought?), and a thin layer of foamy head settles on top.
Some toasty malts come through in the nose alongside some sweetness.
The taste is quite good. It is rich and malty with some nice bitterness throughout. It starts slightly tart, and becomes sweet as the malt flavour develops. I'm left with some nice aromatic hops.
Overall, this is better than I expected. It would make a great session ale.
07-29-2011 01:11:13 | More by evlu1441
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
A: An orangish-golden pour, with an offwhite, almost dirty looking head.
S: A soft and sweet maltiness... almost a creamy malt quality. A bit of a corn scent. Kinda interesting
T: A similar corn-husk / creamed corn note in it. Otherwise malty and a slight honey hint.
M + D: A smooth, medium body. Soft, shimmering carbonation. A nice, clean finish... the mouthfeel is basically just as the brewer describes. An easy going amber, easy drinker, and good session brew.
07-23-2008 03:03:50 | More by Proteus93
3.05/5 rDev -13.8%
Picked up a 6 of this in Vancouver. Nice clear coppery colour, good carbonation, bubbley white head on the pour that recedes to a very thin cap, and then to a ring. Caramel malt and faint but sharp hops on the nose. Flavour is predominated by sweet caramel malt, herbal hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery although the carbonation adds a bit of body. A mediocre offering for the style.
07-11-2004 00:26:19 | More by IronDjinn
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
This is the official line: my review follows.
Dave Goekiert has travelled to Caledonian Brewery, in Edinburgh, to collaborate in re-creating this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. We consider this very apt, as beavers have recently been reintroduced to Scotland. This amber-coloured beer has a slightly sweet malt aroma, leading to a distinct malt character, with caramel and nut undertones in the flavour, resulting in a beer with a clean finish and bursting with flavour. Hops used: Cascade, Palisade, Perle.
Hand-pulled pint on 1st Nov 2012 in Montgomery's Tower, a Wetherspoons pub in Shrewsbury.
Amber body, clean and clear, a creamy head in colour and texture sat on top, staying for most of the tasting, UK pint sleeves are good at picking up lacing and this brew left some heavy lacing as the beer level fell.
The nose and taste were of malty molasses: caramel and some toffee esters too.
Earthy, woody feel to the body, although fairly sweetand malty initially, it calms down nicely and ends with a semi-bitter, dry aftertaste. Not bad at all, and at £1.49 a pint (with my 50p voucher), a real bargain.
11-02-2012 09:57:17 | More by BlackHaddock
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale. Pours a dark copper / bronze color, slightly of white foam, left just a bit of lacing. Toasted malt aroma mixed with a light flowery smell. No strong flavors, just more of what it smells like: toasted malt and caramel, with a touch of flowery sweetness. Clean and well balanced, no aftertaste. Easy to drink. Smooth companion to the hoppy Pale and IPA from Tree.
05-28-2005 18:30:43 | More by BigBry
Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale from Tree Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.