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:
119
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can driven from Halifax last week, with no indication of brewing or canning date. It tastes fresh, but may have faded.

Pours a bright but dusty, dark amber with white head and impressive lacing. Has a muted aroma of roasted malts. I would have classified this as a simple amber rather than an "American" version, only because there is absolutely no indication of west coast hops, anywhere. Caramelized malt sweetness leads into an inoffensively dry finish. The lingering notes are very mild, neither sweet nor bitter.

Much nicer than any macro amber and probably an excellent transition beer for anyone just starting to experiment with flavour.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of joefinnigan15
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 500ml can, poured into glass. Red/brown. At least 2 finger head. Foam didn't settle for a while. 

Smell: some bitterness on the nose. 

Taste/feel: much less bitter than it smelled. Some sweetness. low carbonation, and some wateryness every once and a while. 

Overall: drinkable, pretty flavorful, might get it again.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of microwavabledish
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Converge
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - So I just pulled one of these out of the fridge and was greeted by an unopened, half-empty bottle... (HOW?!) Not a great start. After grabbing a FULL bottle of this ale, it pours a clean copper hue with a light tan head of frothy foam.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt with notes of toffee as well. Nice grassy hop presence. A bit of buttery biscuits and bread too. Quite nice.

T - Wow, talk about a let down. Starts off with the malty presence as expected, but immediately heads south, with a big adjunct grain flavor. Finish is cereal and corn, with a dash of grassy hops. The malt flavor never comes to fruition either. While this amber ale may not be generously hopped, I would have been happy with a nice malty ale as well, but this really isn't either. Disappointing.

M - Carbonation is a bit fizzy, and the body is quite light and watery. This doesn't do anything to help the already adjunct lager-esque flavor profile.

D - Overall, this amber ale was thoroughly disappointing. Just not enough flavor to be anything more than mediocre. This ale was no where near up to par with the Tree brews I've had in the past; I'll pass next time.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale from Tree Brewing
3.54 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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