Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale | Tree Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada
treebeer.com

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
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 54
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 cbnz
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of byronic
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Edgerrin32
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale from Tree Brewing
3.54 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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