Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale | Tree Brewing

Thirsty Beaver Amber AleThirsty Beaver Amber Ale
BA SCORE
3.53/5
119 Ratings
Thirsty Beaver Amber AleThirsty Beaver Amber Ale
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
Ranking:
#38,471
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
119
pDev:
10.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3
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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

03/03/06- Had on tap at the Kelowna airport before our return flight.

Presentation- Via the tap into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Light amber colored pour, looks a bit watery. Nice inch thick head and leaves behind pretty nice streaky lace.

Smell- Typical amber scent. Medium malt with a touch of hops thrown in for good measure.

Taste- A tad thin, has a nice middle of the pack roasted malt flavor. The hops are lightly bitter, but do make themselves know right of the bat. All in all a good marriage,

Mouthfeel- Lighter carbonation, nice roasted malt aftertaste.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine amber ale here. I would pick up a pint to try it or a bottle if you see one. Possible decent session beer.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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 DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Derek
4.2/5  rDev +19%
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 biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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 BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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 wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of bark
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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 barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Viggo
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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 ZachT
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
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 thehyperduck
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
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 DIM
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
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 BigBry
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of yancot
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of byronic
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale from Tree Brewing
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