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The Great Outdoors - Brothers Craft Brewing

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Reviews: 14
Hads: 99
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 40.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Camjmorton on 06-07-2013

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2.41/5  rDev -27%
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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3.19/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly clear, and golden orange in color with a 2 finger white head that recedes quickly, leaving some nice thick, sticky lacing. Carbonation is evident.

Lemony in aroma with a bit of over ripe citrus, grassy hops and a bit of sweet malt.

Dry at first with moderately bitter hops. Citrus peel and tart lemon. A little sweet malt asserts itself after the swallow before the bitter tart finish.

Moderate in body with a quick bite of carbonation and slightly drying.

Bitterness is the major hop contribution here It could have had a stronger aromatic hop presence, yet, the beer has decent balance, and is easy drinking. Too high in ABV to be truly sessionable, but I could see myself enjoying this at a summer gathering in the great outdorrs.

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2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An okay beer from a VA brewery that's really, really great.

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The Great Outdoors from Brothers Craft Brewing
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