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Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale - Tree Brewing

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 07-11-2004

Our most popular beer! A smooth amber ale. Medium bodied and bursting with flavour, this beer is clean to the finish.
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by canadianbarman:
Photo of canadianbarman
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Came in a regular brown bottle, 341 ml. It also came in a vareity pack with other Tree Brewing Company beers.
-Poured a clear, almost shiny golden copper in color. Nice head but it didn't last too long. Minor lacing.
-Smell was a touch sweet, like carmely with some hops coming through.

This beer had a very good taste to it and was even impressive, not what I expected from a gimmicky beer at all. I would drink it again and probably will. Thx.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of vanrassel
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of eat
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of elricorico
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Garin
2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of evlu1441
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BigBry
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at a London TBS; best before Oct. 21 2014. This is the last bottle (served slightly chilled), as I let a friend drink the remainder of this sixer a few days ago.

Pours a clear copper-amber colour, topped with one finger of frothy, relatively short-lived off-white head. It soon dissipates, leaving behind a soapy film, narrow collar and a ring of lace. The aroma is definitely on the saccharine side, with bready malts, caramelized sugar and ripe plum being the dominant facets. A little grassy, but the malt bill steals the show here for sure.

The flavour is of toasted grains, caramel, and doughy bread initially, with some vaguely nutty notes to complement. Mildly grassy toward the finish, with an earthy feel to the hop bitterness that completes the profile. Malt sweetness carries into the aftertaste. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation and a surprisingly smooth, satisfying feel on the palate. This is a well-balanced amber that would be easy to drink in large quantities.

Final Grade: 3.65, a B grade. Tree's Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale isn't quite a stand-out, but it's still a respectable malt-forward session amber in its own right. This is not complex or extreme enough to turn off the craft beer uninitiated, but remains a balanced, well-brewed beer that is easy to appreciate. A worthy effort, and a quality amber that I'll probably return to again at some point.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - copper colour with a 1/4-inch white foam head that eventually settles to uneven surface bubbles of various size. Some dry lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - fresh toffee with a soft barley foundation. Gentle roasted malt, very subtle in its presence.

Taste - very well-rounded taste profile with some sweetness up front, giving way to a creamy, dreamy, smooth malt flavour. A little fruitiness in the finish, just slightly waxy throughout.

Mouthfeel - smooth and not too carbonated, balanced nicely. There's a little waxiness that I could do without.

Drinkability - this would rank high on the drinkability scoreboard. This is not a boring beer. It has enough of what you want, and barely anything that you don't want.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber brown appearance with thick head. Has a bitter caramel smell with strong hint of malt.

Taste is grassy, very thick and sweet like toffee. Has a hint of fruit. Body is moderate and creamy with decent carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and almost spicy.

Overall this beer has character, a bit complex to drink all night, but worth trying.

Photo of grub
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from presario as part of CanBIF3. thanks trevor!

12oz bottle.

pours crystal clear orangey amber colour with a big fluffy tan head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of clumpy lace.

aroma is pretty much a carbon copy of the cutthroat pale ale i had before it. solid malt base, but with a bit of vegetal dms. not quite as strong as in the cutthroat though, so a bit more palatable.

taste is good. lightly toasty. solid bread and biscuit malt. medium-low bitterness level. nice light earthy hop character.

mouthfeel is good. nice medium-light body. good medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced and enjoyable.

Photo of bryehn
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, rusty amber colour with a small white head that gets retained as a collar without leaving much lace behind.

Sweet, syrupy and malty aroma with a strong caramel tone and pronounced vegetal character. Also has hints of chocolate, allspice and wet grass.

The taste has a deep, roasted malt flavour with a nice fruit tone behind it. Solid bitterness balanced by a syrupy sweetness. Vegetal character returns in the finish, along with a peppery note

Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Yeast and bread-like character on the tongue. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter with a lingering roasted malt flavour and a hint of diacetyl.

Decent amber ale, but something about the vegetal quality puts me off a bit and it’s a bit too much sweet caramel for my taste overall. Has paired best in my experience with sandwiches and salty snacks.

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A well-crafted, eclectic brew. It's like an Alt beer married to an English bitter... not what you'd expect in an American Amber.

A: Bronze with a white head, ring of retention, great lace.

S: Floral and steelie, grassy hops, hint of citrus rind, earthy (almost sulfury) mineral, sponge toffee,

T: Surprisingly hop-forward, plenty of grassy, floral, peppery & steelie hops, earthy-orange, sponge toffee, biscuity malt, solid bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp, dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of timdog44
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks great. Some red and amber tones with a great looking foamy head.

Smell was slightly bready, with some caramel and maybe even some honey.

At this point my hopes were up, but the taste was below average. the taste that was there was perhaps sweet and slightly floral - but was very weak. to me it tasted watered down and boring. almost as if i was drinking a lite beer . barely any after taste at all

decent mouthfeel - easily drinkable but wouldnt want to.

Photo of demcorhip
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice enough looking amber ale. Decent enough head, but not much for retention. Thanks to Stagger for CanBif'ing this my way.

A nice enough malt nose, some toasted biscuit with hints of butter and toffee. Hops are grassy and a little floral and somewhat boring, certainly not able to compete for my interest with the Sadies playing background.

No surprises on the taste, much like the nose. And also somewhat astringent and husky, a characteristic that was also obvious in their Cutthroat PA. Decent enough, but perhaps a little too safe and uninspired. Or maybe im just jonesing for some green cone action...

As an american styled fest beer this is pretty good. As an american amber ale im wondering where the american hops are. A good, solid ale with a nice toasted malt character. Id just like a whack of hops, or a little something to make me say wow...

Photo of Methodd
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goofy friggin’ name…
Appearance: Amber/Copper with lots of frothy off-white head. Good head retention with some webbed lacing.

Smell: Toffe, bready malts, biscuit, fruits and mild hops.

Taste: Sweet toffee. The malts from the smell come out here except lightly roasted. Hints of honey and mildly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this amber. It’s very refreshing and seems to go well with lots of different kinds of food. This may not be an exceptional beer but it’s a very solid choice.

Photo of joefinnigan15
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 500ml can, poured into glass. Red/brown. At least 2 finger head. Foam didn't settle for a while. 

Smell: some bitterness on the nose. 

Taste/feel: much less bitter than it smelled. Some sweetness. low carbonation, and some wateryness every once and a while. 

Overall: drinkable, pretty flavorful, might get it again.

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Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale from Tree Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.