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Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our most popular beer! A smooth amber ale. Medium bodied and bursting with flavour, this beer is clean to the finish.

Added by IronDjinn on 07-11-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
115
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
14.97%
 
 
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 115
Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is now called Thirsty Beaver with a stupid cartoon on the label. AArgh marketing . On to the beer. Mid gold with red overtones this looks nice in a pint glass. The nose is malty which goes with the smooth hit of malt in the first sip. A perfect counterpoint to the very hoppy Hophead. This is food friendly, easy drinking beer with a real deep finish. Along with Lighthouse amber this is BC's best representation of this style.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Undated 500 mL can poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: The pour well exceeds my unlofty (is that a word) expectations... Clear, red-orange-brown with a gorgeous white (with a touch of brownish hue) head that almost comes out of the glass. Laces well at first and the head retains well

S: Aromas are fairly one dimensional, with a sweet and somewhat bready caramel/toffee malt coming through. A bit of earthy hop is apparent too. Later some american hop aroma plays through ir a more assertive way.

T: Biscuity and bready malt comes through first with a bit of a weak and watery finish. I love the initial hit of flavour though, and wish it stayed. Some toffee is also apparent,though little hop flavour is apparent, much to my surprise.

M: Carbonation is a little weak (especially since I poured moderately, and received an aggressive head) leaving a mouthfeel thatis not strong enough for me to consider it cask-like. A little watery...

D: All things considered, I really enjoyed this beer. I have seen it many times and avoided it after seeing the reviews, picking up more anticipate beers in its stead... Sorry Tree! I will seek you (and perhaps your compatriots) out again...

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This delicious beer came at a sweet price and a free Tree Enviro-bag. Sweet deal!

A - A red caramel colour. Visibly carbonated pouring a nice thick thumb of head and leaving a considerable amount of lacing.

S - Very unique scent, a sweet bready malt with bitter citrus undertones. A bit of a butter scent on the the nose as well.

T - The sweet malts come off the very top, like a light butter toffee flavour, and it finishes with a bitter hop. Very nice balance.

M - Looks are deceiving. Although it appears to have a lot of carbonation, it is quite smooth on the palette. Not too light, but not too heavy.

D - Very drinkable. Perfect for someone who's looking for a bit more flavour in their beer, but isn't wanting something too heavy.

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Photo of crflamesfan
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice clear reddish golden colour. When poured into a glass very little head. Nice mild taste. Very little bitter taste and not much on the fruits. This beer is very much to my liking.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark amber with a great looking inch of head. Carbonation looks spot on and the appearance is clean and clear. This looks lovely and won't last long - I can already tell.

Aroma - biscuity malt, bread dough, caramel, brown sugar, burnt sugar, ice cream cones.

Taste - sweet and malty with a bit of toastiness, almost reminds me of a brown ale as its got a lot of character. So smooth and clean and quite thirst quenching at a very reasonable 5%. Love the malt profile of this beer, its sweet but not too sweet and brings about so much flavor. When beers taste like this I'm okay that there isn't a whole lot of hop presence. Great beer. Wish I had more.

Overall - it's no wonder this is their most popular beer. It's smooth, easy to drink and very tasty. Amber Ales tend to be the go to brew for many a beer drinker that has yet to really test their palate with something uber-hopped, barrel-aged or strong enough to be served in a snifter. Regardless of where you are with your beer drinking this is a beer you won't be sorry you tried. You may even try a few more...just to make sure. As amber ales go, this is better than most.

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Photo of OskarL
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a two finger off white head that has some retention and leaves some lacing.

Smell is biscuty malt, bread, toffee and little hops.

Tastes toffee, biscuty malt with hints of roasted malt with hoppy, grassy, lemon-like bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and lots of carbonation

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Photo of DIM
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was more coppery than amber. It poured with a thin, off-white head.

s: Nice lemony, citrus hops in the nose, plus a little caramel.

t: Crisply hoppy, tasting of earthy grapefruit along with some caramel notes.

m: Gentle, fizzy carbonation.

d: Surprisingly flavorful amber, very nice.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's time to test the waters of Tree Brewing again with this 500 ml tallboy. Bought in Vancouver last month, on to the beer:

Autumn orange in color, the head on top is thick with soapy texture and spotty lacing. There's fruity ester in the aroma. A little unfermented malt. Sweet bread.

Sweet like an oktoberfestbier. Come to think of it, it does taste like a clean oktoberfest. Sweet bready flavors all around the palate, a tiny kiss of the hops, notes of pumpkin (that sounds weird, doesn't it?). Light-medium bodied, carbonation doesn't get in the way, easy drinking...I approve.

I expected a reasonable, easy drinking beer from Tree Brewing, but what I got was a more FLAVORFUL, easy drinking beer. I also forgot how good a malty beer can be. This is my favorite of the three beers I've sampled from Tree.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Methodd
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:

Pours a shimmering deep amber with a 3 finger puffy cap that laces well on the glass.

Aroma is nice: lots of toasty maltiness, caramel sweetness bit of musty fruitiness from the yeas under a predominant citrus-floral hop aroma..I like malty beers so this aroma is ambrosia to me.

Moderate body with a good malt spine, chunky mouth feel with a malty-toffee-floral character.

Up front the lush caramelized malts predominate then the fruit-citrus and herbal bittering create some mild complexity, Finish is thick, malty and lightly bitter.

My favorite Tree brew.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thirsty Beaver is a fairly bright caramel brown tone that retains transparency even after the addition of some bottom-dwelling yeast. While streams of carbonation are visible, something clogs the bubbles up as no head forms; the beer could have used the foam to cover up the muddied, less-than-aesthetic colour that reflects off its bare surface.

Although flat at first, the aroma grew quite musty with warmth, developing a strong cellar character like that of a bière de garde. This impression is helped along by some impressively rich, sweet malt that has very perceivable notes of toffee, dried cherry, grapes and an earthy component compounded by the vague presence of spicy Noble hops.

Thirsty Beaver is my kind of amber ale: it is rich with malt and the hops were added later in the boil so that their flavour is appreciated, but not much of their bitterness. The lack of kettle hops preserves flavours of toffee and dried fruits and contributes a blend of peppery, steely and fruity notes without any lingering pungency or harsh weedy elements.

All that said, an extra handful of hop pellets wouldn't have thrown anything off; malt outnumbers hops by a considerable ratio. I also might dull the bubbles just a touch; not only does their fizziness detract from the flavour but, like an over-eager waiter, ushers it all away too quickly. I keep saying: 'Hey! I wasn't done with that!' I would have liked some aftertaste.

Thirsty Beaver should be taken more seriously than the cartoon beaver on its label might have you to believe; while it initially struck me as a commonplace, average amber ale - which by most accounts it is - I found some very interesting, albeit subtle, bière de garde-like characteristics that made this far more memorable than most in the style otherwise are.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich amber hue with no haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy tan foam with OK retention. I really like the color.

Smell: toasty and caramelly with a light hop element. Pretty low-key, but well-enough composed for an amber.

Taste: more caramelly than toasty; the element of biscuit is minimal which I like. A bit on the sweet side, but again that's a plus for me for amber ales. Not particularly hoppy, but I like this beer anyway -- it gives me caramel and without too much astringent biscuit.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a very well-integrated carbonation and a nice creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: I'm not always a fan of this style, but this beer suits my palate pretty well.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a bottle at one of the many Hudson's locations in Calgary. Poured into a pint glass. This brew is darkish cola brown with a reddish tint, including a decent quantity of light tan foam. The aroma needed some additional time to warm up before revealing its true capabilities and wasn't too bad at this point. Smells quite fruity, I get some red apple and fermented plum, along with the expected brown sugar and less expected faint molasses. The aroma is a nice balance of dark malt and fruit. Little in the way of hops on the nose. Quite a fizzy beer with a semi-chewy, almost buttery mouth feel. Tastes of brown bread, the aforementioned fruit, honey, caramel, faint molasses, brown spice, and black tea-like earthy hops, the latter figuring more prominently on the palate than the nose. Does not taste of west coast citrus or pine. Finish is semi-dry, with some nutty bitterness and a little booze that recalls rum extract. All in all, a tasty amber ale in a style space that can be awash with mediocrity.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely done amber from Tree that comes off as a bit more copper in colour than I had expect, but looks quite nice nonetheless. Smells a bit more like a pale ale than an amber; to me it just lacks that creamy edge and slight hop scent I've found in ambers before. Maltier in scent than taste.

Taste is a good balance of malt and hops. Toffee, hops, bread and malt are tastes that are dominant.

Smooth and enjoyable, this is yet another beer from Tree that I enjoy.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into pint glass 0ct9 2009

A clear copper with a nice one finger head that has decent retention but leaves little lace

S some caramel and mild hops and citrus

T as it smells but a little sweeter

M nice feel, creamy with good carbonation and a little bite

D I liked it, easy to drink and no real problems with this one

I see people buy this beer for no other reason then the name and the happy beaver on the can. However, after trying it I have many people return for the beer inside the can, so that says something

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