Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale | Tree Brewing

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Thirsty Beaver Amber AleThirsty Beaver Amber Ale

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Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

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

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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 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 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 chickenm
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL can poured into a pint glass. Clear copper color with a thin tan head. There is an aroma of bready malts and vegetables. The flavor is quite malty, with a slighty bitter finish. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. This is a decent, drinkable amber ale.

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


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 santa109
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 42 degrees. Received as part of CanBIF4 courtesy of seldomseen. Thanks!

A: Poured an orangey-golden with about half a finger of off-white head into a pint. A swirl brings back a thick layer of foam, nice.

S: Aromas are sweet, mostly consisting of malts, a bit of honey and some earthy smell I can put my finger on. There is also a cooked vegetable smell there which I though seemed a bit odd.

T: Mostly a biscuity malt character up front with mild sweetness. Then, a faint but balancing hop finish comes up without being bitter. Surprisingly better than I expected from the smell.

M: Medium-light body with a creamy feel. Carbonation is fairly mild and fits well with the creamy feel.

D: Goes down real easy due to its rather non-aggressive characteristics in the taste and smell departments. I wouldn't mind having 2 or 3 of those.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and it's goofy label. I came in not expecting much and I was left with a satisfying feeling and a glass that became empty too quickly.

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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 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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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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Photo of grub
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from presario as part of CanBIF3. thanks trevor!

12oz bottle.

pours crystal clear orangey amber colour with a big fluffy tan head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of clumpy lace.

aroma is pretty much a carbon copy of the cutthroat pale ale i had before it. solid malt base, but with a bit of vegetal dms. not quite as strong as in the cutthroat though, so a bit more palatable.

taste is good. lightly toasty. solid bread and biscuit malt. medium-low bitterness level. nice light earthy hop character.

mouthfeel is good. nice medium-light body. good medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced and enjoyable.

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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 vanrassel
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually partial to ambers, but this is one that I can see myself picking up from time to time.

It poured copper with a thick foamy head that left sheets of lace on the side of my pint glass. Pleasant biscuity malt dominated the aroma, though it turned a bit sour and yeasty as the beer warmed.

I was pleasantly surprised by a touch of bitter hops in the taste that I usually don't detect in a malty beer like this. Lightly roasted malt was the number one thing going on, though, and it was nice and creamy going down. Finish was clean and the hops crept back in again for a slightly bitter ending.

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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 Viggo
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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 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 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 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 GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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 elricorico
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a bottle of the "Thirsty Beaver" Amber ale. Pours a very orange colour with a thin cap of creamy off-white head. The cap fades even thinner, but doesn't seem to be going away.

The smell is of caramel, and that's really all I can pull out of it at first. With a little more patience I think there is a toasted bread smell in there, something I can't remember detecting in a beer before. Interesting, but not amazing.

The smell is a trick for this beer, as the taste is dominated by the hoppy finish. There is a mild sweet toffee to begin, but as the beer is swallowed, it fills the back of the mouth with clean hop bitterness. It may even be a bit soapy. The finish lingers, leaving the back end of the tongue tingling.

Mouthfeel has a tiny bit of stickyness to it, and a low to medium carbonation. It isn't bad, it is what I'd expect.

This beer is fairly drinkable, but I'd say that many other ambers go down easier.

I've had this beer with my wife's curry before, and it was perfect. Have it with some full-flavoured food and this beer is at its best.

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Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale from Tree Brewing
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