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Wednesday, September 7th 2011

Thirsty Beaver
(Tree Brewing Company)


You simply have to hand it to Tree Brewing for putting together label art that goes so well with the name Thirsty Beaver. It'd be hard to pass this up in the beer aisle. I know I couldn't, which is why I grabbed a few cans when I was at the BC Liquor Store in Vancouver, British Columbia not long ago. It truly is amazing how much great (canned) beer is available in BC. It's definitely the Colorado of Canada when it comes to canned craft beers!


From the Tree Brewing site:


"Our most popular beer! A smooth amber ale. Medium bodied and bursting with flavour, this beer is clean to the finish."


Here we go...


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.


Note - Thirsty Beaver was given it's name in 2005 after years of simply being called Amber Ale. The brewery itself opened its doors in it's doors in 1996. They're celebrating 15 years of brewing in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia this year. Cheers!

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Thirsty Beaver
Style: American Amber/Red Lager
Brewery: Tree Brewing Company
Kelowna, British Columbia  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: Maris Otter barley, Crystal malt
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: September 7th, 2011

Posted by Russ

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