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Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale - Tree Brewing

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 112
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada | website

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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Photo of Garin
2/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

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Photo of oakbluff
2.62/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is actually a decent looking beer. Highlite of the beaver experience. Smell is sweet cooked vegetables. Taste- metallic with some cereal grains. Little hops to speak of. Mouthfeel isn't bad and its drinkable enough. Can't say its much of a step above a macro. I expected more out of Tree after having their tasty IPA. Better than a rickards red, but not by a lot.

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Photo of timdog44
2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BigBry for the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a rusty red colour with a big thick tanned head. Heads dissolves to a good lace. Appears quite hazy.

Aroma: Strong sweet malts with notes of pine, grass, florals and alcohol.

Taste: Very strong malt backbone, not very well balanced. Mild sweetness, very little bitterness in finish. Notes of florals, honey and a punch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Lots of body, very creamy and smooth.

Final Statement: I found this beer too malty. If offered drink up, but there are plenty of better amber ales out there.

EDIT: This review is unfair and biased... I'm a big hophead and often discriminate against maltier brews. Looking back, this beer is better than I claim.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of bryehn
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice looking copper-colored ale that seems almost thick ie. like mineral oil on the pour...not much head(too cold) but decent amount of lacing. Carmel malt aroma is very prevalent, with a touch of floral. Aforementioned carmel malt is bold at first with a small hop kick at the finish. Was a bit watery given how it poured.
Decent. I wouldn't turn down a freebie. ;)

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Photo of eat
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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...

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Photo of leaddog
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a clear light copper colour with a half finger width of white head.

Smell- Grains, bready, grassy, and a very liitle hint of caramel.

Taste- Grassy and grainy flavours are predominate followed by a touch of the sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Has a smoothness and refreshing quality to it.

Overall- A respectable amber ale by Tree. I was expecting a little more flavour to the body itself. Other than that, a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours an amber colour, as advertised, with a frothy, 1 1/2 finger off-white head that dissipates to a thin film and leaves a decent sticky lace.

S: nice pronounced northwest hops, quite nutty, and a nice malty sweetness as well.

T: slight hops up front that quickly reduce to a sweet nutty flavour in the middle, and finishes with a slight bitterness on the palate - it seems the balance might be off just a bit with this one, it seems to lose a bit of body through the sip.

M: light and slight cream, good carbonation, but goes down a tad too watery for my liking.

D: this is a decent amber. The smell is very nice, but I feel that the flavour and body don't quite live up to expectation. Still, it's easy to drink and would make a great session ale. I would buy it again, but not the best offering from this brewery.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Amber Ale pours nicely, with a good 5 or 6 cm of bone-white head. The head is meringue but not nearly long enough, and the lacing is chunky: the bubbles seem reluctant to stick to the glass. The liquid is a mixture of red and orange, perhaps some light brown near the edges. Very translucent. This is an average looking amber ale. The first aroma I smelt was hops, and this quite strong for a typical amber ale. Besides this there are some lightly toasted bread smells, some raisin pudding, caramel and butter, and, all in all, the aroma does not differ much from their All Natural Pale Ale, with the exception of a little more malt, and I do mean little. Definite fresh wood aromas. Taste too is a little woody, which might be expected from a brewery named Tree, with some more strong hops(for the style); the malt seems to be in the background throughout this entire beer. At first the buttery malt is there, but on the middle and finish, the dry and pine-like resins take over, leaving the mouth with only light malt and little body. The toasted malt does leave some saltiness, a little sweetness, and some sourish notes. If they would drop the hopping a tad, and concentrate on thickening the body, this would be quite a decent amber. The mouthfeel is far too thin for the style, and bitterness curbs my desire for many of these at a sitting. As a beer, this is not bad, but for the style, this is disappointing, not to mention overhopped.

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Photo of Converge
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - So I just pulled one of these out of the fridge and was greeted by an unopened, half-empty bottle... (HOW?!) Not a great start. After grabbing a FULL bottle of this ale, it pours a clean copper hue with a light tan head of frothy foam.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt with notes of toffee as well. Nice grassy hop presence. A bit of buttery biscuits and bread too. Quite nice.

T - Wow, talk about a let down. Starts off with the malty presence as expected, but immediately heads south, with a big adjunct grain flavor. Finish is cereal and corn, with a dash of grassy hops. The malt flavor never comes to fruition either. While this amber ale may not be generously hopped, I would have been happy with a nice malty ale as well, but this really isn't either. Disappointing.

M - Carbonation is a bit fizzy, and the body is quite light and watery. This doesn't do anything to help the already adjunct lager-esque flavor profile.

D - Overall, this amber ale was thoroughly disappointing. Just not enough flavor to be anything more than mediocre. This ale was no where near up to par with the Tree brews I've had in the past; I'll pass next time.

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Photo of joefinnigan15
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of elricorico
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can driven from Halifax last week, with no indication of brewing or canning date. It tastes fresh, but may have faded.

Pours a bright but dusty, dark amber with white head and impressive lacing. Has a muted aroma of roasted malts. I would have classified this as a simple amber rather than an "American" version, only because there is absolutely no indication of west coast hops, anywhere. Caramelized malt sweetness leads into an inoffensively dry finish. The lingering notes are very mild, neither sweet nor bitter.

Much nicer than any macro amber and probably an excellent transition beer for anyone just starting to experiment with flavour.

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Photo of chickenm
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in a Tree variety pack while back in BC for Xmas.

Pours a clear copper, orange hues, thick off white head, nice lacing, spirals, and good retention. Smell is sweet and malty, nice caramel, citrus, some floral, bit of yeast, unconventional amber ale but kind of interesting. Taste is toasty, biscuit, citrus, some yeast, a malty middle, nice floral hop kick in the finish, low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable, not great, but decent.

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Photo of bark
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is amber with a tint of red, the liquid is clear. The two finger head is airy and warm white. It sinks quickly leaving some lacing.

The smell is medium bitter with fresh notes of caramel and butterscotch. Hoppy flavours of bitter herbs and grass. It is quite dry.

The taste is quite light with a fine mix of grass/hay/flowers and sweet caramel/nuts. Clean fresh medium strong bitter notes. The aftertaste is short and sweet with notes of dried fruits, moss and beef stock.

The carbonation is fresh with small, short-lived bubbles. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A decent amber ale with an odd hint of moss in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into my sam adams glass that I recently acquired from my store. This is a pretty popular offering from Tree Brewing in my locale.

The beer is a brown colour with a tinge of red to it. The head is beige and stands about 3 cm. It takes a good deal of time to settle - good sign of things to come?

Aroma is rich in caramel malts with a touch of what almost reminds me of nutmeg. Seems pretty standard for an amber ale.

Very full bodied taste - not shy on the hops either, which is nice to see in such a beer. Still, the beer is noticeably malty, yet is not sweet. Really nice balance. Touch of booziness in the aftertaste.

Fine beer; standard stuff, but well done.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

One of my "go to" choices from Tree. Aside from the great name and packaging, this is a dependable Amber Ale. Nice copper color, malty nose, and a light mouthfeel. The toasted malt profile, with hints of brown sugar, give the Beav a very pleasant overall flavor.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale from Tree Brewing
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