Three Beavers Imperial Red Ale | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

Three Beavers Imperial Red AleThree Beavers Imperial Red Ale
33 Ratings
Three Beavers Imperial Red AleThree Beavers Imperial Red Ale

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong, malty red ale with an aromatic Cascade hop nose, red ales are becoming increasingly popular in the brewing community, as they can show off the complex malt profile of beer. It is brewed with a selection of roast barley, hops, yeast and fresh Canadian water.

45 IBU

Added by lumikuuro on 01-04-2010

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Photo of EskimoDave
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of lumikuuro
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Howe Sound Brewpub, January 2010.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, opaque, with moderate slightly off white head leaving some lace.

Aroma: Malty sweet, fruity, winter spices.

Taste: Malty sweet with winter spices, especially clove and nutmeg coming through. Slightly fruity, some alcohol warmth, vinous. No real hop presence. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, silky.

Drinkability: Unsure of the abv, but definitely strong. However, there is enough flavour to only allow some strength to come through as a warmth. Very moreish.

Another superb beer from Howe Sound.

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Photo of Chadzo69
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of BDTyre
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, strong red ale. A little dark; very coppery with a creamy, off-white head. Rich malty smell and a good dose of hops. Big flavour on this; well balanced hop character. The imperial character is really subtle, it almost creeps up on you. Alcohol is well hidden and this is a real pleasure to drink. An imperial session beer? Perhaps.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent beer from these guys that really shows off the malt profile of a beefed up red ale. Huge mouthfeel that is also very drinkable this beer is not very hoppy but instead lets the malt take centre stage. The alcohol is not really apparent making it easy to drink a few pints

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Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of urbantornado
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a dark cloudy ruddy brown with a thick, but short-lived dark tan head. The head is pretty sticky, though, and leaves some decent lacing. The aroma is very malty, with dark caramel and sweet dark fruits. The taste matches closely, with some biscuit notes and a little hops bite on the finish. It had a nice thicker feeling on the palate and slight crispness. Reminds me very much of English ales.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Howe Sound Brewing ' 3 Beavers Imperial Red Ale' @ 7.5% , served from a 1L pot-stopper bottle purchased for $9.50

A-pour is a hazy dark amber with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the stein

S-malty ,

T-crisp and smooth tasting at first , followed by an impressive kick , ah Imperial

MF-mild medium carbonation , full bodied

Ov-GOLD - marketing campaign , SILVER - taste , BRONZE - yes I'd buy again

prost LampertLand

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into a large glass stein, formed a 1 1/2" reddish tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Dense head recedes very slowly, with chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet and floral.

Taste is sweet upfront, fruity in the center, balancing bitter to the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is way easy. Well put together brew, abv well hidden.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a one finger head of a copper like body with minimal head and lace. Aroma is mixed and balance of sweet malts and earthy hops, and I find that the light body replicates the aroma with a more sweet edge than most in a red ale but the hops are still there. Really simple, probably not a red ale for most as it's not overly sweet at all but definitely not as hoppy either. Just kind of falls in the middle with a mix of sweet and minor hops and a tiny, dry finish that is fine. I really enjoyed drinking this beer alot.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1L bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a a slightly reddish muddy brown, fairly cloudy, with a big dark beige head. Slow but steady carbonation keeps a ring of fine head around the glass after the bulk of the middle fades out. Smell is caramelly and sweet with a nice load of hops, floral and fruit, but that caramelly sweet maltiness keeps coming through.

Taste is unfortunately not up to par with the smell. Surprisingly mild, medium bitter aftertaste that makes me think of soap and grapefruit rind, more of a plain bready maltiness than the caramelly sweet that I was anticipating from the smell.

Mouthfeel is thin but filmy and clingy. Overall, this is pretty good, but I was hoping for more from the smell.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red amber. Thin head dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma of strong malt, light hops and Belgian spicing. Some alcohol in aroma. Dry and sweet malt up front, light fruits and hops in the finish. Understated, but well made with a moderate body. A different take on a red ale; not as hoppy as many American ones. Could use a bit more carbonation. Nicely done.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose caramel, toffee, molasses. Taste toffee, caramel, hoppiness, nice clean dry finish.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quite possibly the reddish red ale I've ever had. Four fingers of level oatmeal colored dense foam. Nice drippy lacing. And a terrific resealable quart plus bottle.

Deep aroma of fresh bread and cookies, with a bit of candy sweetness.

Big deep sweetness, good depth, not pixie-stickish. Fruits and nuts follow. Hop snap at the swallow. Sweet finish.

Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Solid and smooth.

A big and tasty malty imperial red. Give it a try.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of liquorpig
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Camjmorton
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of zduerr
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Three Beavers Imperial Red Ale from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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