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The Great Outdoors - Three Brothers Brewing

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Brothers Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Camjmorton on 06-07-2013)
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2.41/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

One of the worst excuses for a pale I've ever tried. Almost no nose to it at all, taste is even worse. Another example of overzealous amateur brewers with too much money or credit. I was pretty excited when they opened the brewery a block from my work, looks great from the outside. Too bad they don't put as much effort in their beer as they do their location. I really hope they learn how to make good beer at some point. If you're in the area I'd say take 81 South into Staunton and check out Red Beard Brewing in the Wharf. Not the best but very solid and I can honestly say it's worth the money and notable. I'd honestly recommend Queen City over 3 Bros.

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3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, bottled 7/21/14

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a small film on top, no lacing

S- fruity hop aroma with notes of apple & pear, doughy malt, with a hint of off-outing plastic

T- the plastic-like aroma converts to the taste, very similar to what I picked up in their Hoptimization. Beyond that, traces of fruity and floral hop kick in before big doughy malt flavor take over with some grainy notes eventually leading to a dry malty finish

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a lively foamy mouthfeel and a dry crisp finish

O- the flavors just didn't mesh with this one and were somewhat off-puting

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is malty, some sweetness. Taste is on the malty side, bready, light citrus, a tad sweet, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and although not as hoppy for the style as expected, it is an enjoyable beer.

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3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a small snifter glass at Churchkey, Thanks Ed!

No head formed at all, an almost urine yellow but gets a little bit more peach orange color to it for the body. Not sure what to think of that.

Good nose. Some large tropical fruity hop notes, but not much else. Inviting and pleasant. One character not so good, the other pretty solid not sure where this is going.

Palate hits with a slightly wet mouthfeel. Muddy and a bit earthy, and very barley dry grain tasting, with some light toasty notes on the aftertaste. Good hoppy finish with tropical and perhaps some grapefruit. Everything seems to be competing with each other here flavor wise.

Overall there's a smorgasborg of flavor here, but it sorts of a mess and comes off as kind of odd, but it's drinkable and not half bad.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Great Outdoors is 3 Brothers Pale Ale. I've had it twice, both times at the taphouse in downtown Harrisonburg. I can't say I was impressed either time.

It looks pretty good, pouring a nice, light, golden color. I couldn't really smell much of anything other than maybe stale bread. No hops in the nose? Okay maybe they'll come through in the flavor? Nope, the flavor is pretty much the same as the nose. It's bland with a biscuity flavor and the tiniest hint of hops. I've never had a pale ale with such little hop profile. My buddy ordered one too and after one sip said "it's a little watery but not bad."

All I can really say is , ADD MORE HOPS. A lot more!

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "Join The Bortherhood!"; "A Virginia Pale Ale"; "Ah, The Great Outdoors! A crisp, clean, and refreshing hybrid pale ale made right here in Virginia. The perfect companion for your next adventure in the great outdoors!"; "Three Brothers Brewing is located in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia: The heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Come see us sometime!"; "Keep 'em cold/Drink 'em in a glass".

There are those beers that just seem to want to do their own thing and this was one of them! I had barely begun the pour when it just began foaming up like nobody's business, forcing me to back off and wait. It quickly settled into just a finger of fluffy, bone-white head with decent retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grapefruit citrusiness. Mouthfeel was unexpectedly full and creamy! The taste was definitely of grapefruit/citrus hops, but I don't get the hybridization. It could have been just about any other APA. Finish was semi-dry, but I just as not feeling this beer. It was pretty middle-of-the road.

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The Great Outdoors from Three Brothers Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.