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Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Citrusy & piney-earthy hoppiness complemented by bready maltiness, fruity esters and caramel flavours.

60 IBU

Added by CanuckRover on 04-25-2009

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124
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3.79
pDev:
19.79%
 
 
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Photo of crusian
1.84/5  rDev -51.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.69/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 600ml bottle, poured into a nonic glass

Appearance - Pours an amber colour but with a tint of organge. Some decent lacing. The head leaves something to be desired and dissipates quickly,

Smell - Not a lot of fragrance to this one. What is there is very sweet, almost like honey. Certainly not the hop aroma that generally accompanies the style. Disappointing.

Taste - Very drinkable. Some spices. Having trouble discerning what they are tho. There is some hop bitterness coming through but it seems pretty underwhelming for the style. Taste may be more comparable to an APA. Maybe just me though.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body, with a crisp and satisfying finish.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
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 soup├žon 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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light dry floral hops with semi-sweet caramel malt notes. Taste is a mix between some light floral and somewhat dry hops notes with a semi-sweet caramel malt backbone. Body is a bit thin for style with good carbonation. Lacking some hops punch and body is a bit too thin for the style IMO but still enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of dipso123
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A) amber in color, decent head, floaty bits that looked more like trub than yeast

S) For an IPA "designed to appeal to hop heads" the aroma is tiny and what is there is rather malty and biscuity rather than hoppy

T) much more of a UK IPA than a WC IPA but with increased bitterness

M) more full than dry with a lingering bite

O) in the spectrum of beer as a whole I'd call this a 3.5 but in the spectrum of the IPA market it is well below that.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of korguy123
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle into tulip.
Fresh batch.

A- Copper pour with two finger white head. Great lacing.

S- Good solid pine and citrus hops. Slight biscuit aroma with a floral backing.

T- Citrus and pine with cracker finish. Very middle of the road, but good.

M- Light to medium bodied, slightly chewey with a bitter aftertaste.

O- Quite good, I'm really happy it's fresh.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out an almost golden orange colour, and sits atop it is a thick, white, fluffy head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Smells of the forest. Earthy, piney aroma, with some citrus and grassy hops as well. Tastes of dry crackers and hops. Some citrusy grapefruit as well. Mouthfeel is medilum bodied, medium carbonated, and a bit... oily. A very pleasant beer, and one I'll be having again. I love IPA's.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright medium amber with a small off-white head that leaves spots of lacing.

Light aroma of caramel punctuated with tangerine. Herbal hops with a good bitterness, particularly toward the finish. Caramel malt is prominent but finishes dry.

Medium body with good carbonation. As is typical of a lot of Canadian IPehs, this beer seems to feature the astringent bittering properties of the hops much more than the aromatics or other flavors.

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Photo of TerryW
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright apricot yellow with miles and miles of fine curtainy lace. A very good looking beer. Nose is grapefruit hoppy, but not overstated. A little drier than you might expect. Subdued malt really makes the hops work. Gently bitter throughout, lingering dry and bitter finish. Grapefruit and pine to taste. Just a hint of sweetness in there. A pretty good imbibe.

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Photo of mick303
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beaus bomber bottle into pint glass. Colour is an orangey coppery brown with a nice creamy head that has really great retention and lacing. Beer is unfiltered and cloudy.

S - fruity, a touch of grapefruit, pomegranate, pale bready malts, some light melon character to it. Definitely not a west coast citrus bomb, this is subtle, some pine, earthy and slightly herbal. Understated, with a fair bit of caramel maltiness, but interesting.

T - starts of with red fruits, cherry and apple, lemony, then more of a malt profile comes out, bready and toasty caramel. Its a bit sweet. Toffee and caramel, but some earthy hoppiness to balance it out. Finish is dry, hay note, and earthy.

M - moderate bodied, with an appropriate carbonation. A bit of a coating sweetness but it is a tasty session IPA, goes to a bit more bitter on finish. Easily drinkable with a moderately assertive palate.

Overall a decent and tasty, though not inspiring take. Certainly an approachable IPA that also has some flavour, the hops are restrained and earthy, some citrus to it. It does make for a decently rounded IPA, but Ontario has more exciting offerings in the style recently. One I would have again certainly, but not a must try I think, far from the promised hop bomb. Still overall enjoyable experience.

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Photo of eat
3.64/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Caudalie
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a riedel magnum red wine glass

A: Pours a deep amber color, with almost foam? Even pouring it violently, the beer shows no sign of carbonation! I was afraid it would be flat, but beer has a almost decent, low carbonation level.

S: Pretty hoppy, with cooked orange rind, notes of caramel and tea, spices.

T: Pretty nice, good bitterness, but not much aromatic hops. Lacks a bit of originality. It would be a pretty toned down american IPA, or a pretty toned up english IPA. Overall, good but not oustanding.

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Photo of biegaman
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

600 ml bottle served well chilled into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $4.35 CDN.

Appearance - Clear, honey brown and amber color. Dense frothy finger and a half of foam with good retention and leaves sticky, spidery lacing. A few stray bubbles float to the surface. Really enticing.

Smell- Some tropical fruit namely pineapple and other citrus aromas. Crisp pine aromas and light malty scents too. Pretty we'll balanced in the nose.

Taste- moderately bitter, with a dry earthy taste. The tropical fruits are there but more subdued but more lemon lime rather than pineapple and without the refreshing nature those fruits normally offer. Malts and booze are present but well- hidden.

Mouthfeel- smooth with a medium body and lowish carbonation.

Overall- a pretty tasty IPA but doesn't have much that separates itself from the pack. Nonetheless highly drinkable just other cheaper and slightly better options are available.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on cask at Bar Volo, with the owner. A very good cask, with some cloudy grapefruit and good head. Very lacey. Understated carbonation, good mouthfeel for a hoppy cask. Mild hop aromas, but the IBU is right there. Good drinkability. Had some later on tap, which came through with more mineral water. This review is the cask only.
Had it a year later on tap and big bitter, hits the style though would like better balance from complementary malts.

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Photo of kwjd
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very tasty! An older bottle, packaged March 3 2011, that has held up remarkably well.

Beautiful clear, orange-hued amber with decent head and carbonation level. Mouthfeel has an unexpected sharpness at the end. Aroma is primarily malt focused, although that may be a function of the bottle's age. However the taste is a magnificent hop blend that melds into a brilliantly bitter finish. A finish that lingers!

I don't remember being so impressed with earlier bottles, but I'm newly inspired and this is a beer I would definitely purchase again. Not to mention its genuinely clever name...

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear caramel-amber colour with quite a creamy and bubbly foam head. Commendable retention and sticky lacing.

S: Pine, caramel and cracker, citrus, and a pleasant damp mossy-earthy aroma (albeit slightly faint).

T: Cracker-like malt backbone with pine and grapefruit-like hops coming through to provide an overall balanced and mellow taste. Peppery spice also detectable. Noticing some pleasing floral elements as this warms up. Quite tasty.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. An appropriate oilyness with a finishing dry and bitterness.

D: A good, smooth, and well balanced IPA that is one of the more sessionable IPA's I've had in a while.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged March 10 2014. Beau's products have only recently become widely available in these parts, so this is one of the few remaining OCB IPAs that has successfully eluded my ticking efforts. Until now, anyway. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a lovely golden-amber colour with a bright, clear complexion. Seated atop the liquid is two fingers of frothy, billowing off-white head that gradually recedes into a soapy cap and collar. Great lacing - this IPA certainly looks the part, and the aroma is quite enticing, too. Lots of pine sap, grapefruit and some floral hop notes accompany some caramel and biscuity sweet malts.

Not a bad IPA at all, and balanced with a stronger malt profile than many beers in this style. Caramel and some bready, biscuity malts provide an undercurrent of sweetness, with the white grapefruit pith and pine notes of the hops demanding more of your attention toward the finish. A little buttery, with some marmalade vibes. It finishes bitter, but not overly so given the style, leaving a piney, earthy bitterness behind on the palate. Medium in body, with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation levels. At 5.6%, this is one of the more sessionable examples of the style I've had.

Final Grade: 3.77, a B+. Beau's Beaver River seems to have hit the market around the time that IPAs started to really gain traction in this province, with many other OCB competitors having been spawned in the past half-decade. Comparatively, this one falls somewhere in the middle. It's a balanced, relatively light example of the style that I am enjoying, but to be honest there is nothing creative or unique about it. Worth a shot if it's a fresh bottle like this one, but there may be better options at lower price points.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: beautiful amber with hint of a deeper red; produces a great head

Aroma: nothing too strong, get a sense of balanced hops and malts

Taste & Mouthfeel: very crisp, cutting flavour and mouthfeel; turns very hoppy quick and last long on the tongue; very clean taste and nice carbonation

Overall: a great IPA with a hoppiness that jumps out quick and sticks with you in a nice, refreshing way.

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Photo of MattyV
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Beaver River I.P.Eh? from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.
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