The Great Outdoors | Brothers Craft Brewing

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The Great OutdoorsThe Great Outdoors

Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 116
Photo of vabeerguy
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into an IPA glass. Pale golden color. Poured with a nice head and some lacing. I had this in a bottle awhile back and did not care for it. However, for what reason I can not fathom, the taste seemed much better when it was on draft. Not my favorite pale ale but given its low ABV I would probably buy it again.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank from bottle & glass 5 Apr 2016, bottled 2? Feb 2016 (numeral obscured).

Dark lemon (a light tan tinge) with a pale head that didn't linger long. Smell was more impressive than the taste. Nothing unpleasant, with a decent hoppy top that subsided nicely, but nothing overwhelming in any category.

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Photo of Yeah_IPA
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass. Overall a solid session ale. Nice pale gold color and
refreshing mouth feel.

Has this fresh, bready taste to it. A pleasant beer for easy drinking.

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Photo of obywan59
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of Treyliff
3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -9.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a standard drinking glass.

Yellow-gold with 2 fingers of billowy head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Pear, apple, and honey.

Honey, pear, and apple. Not too much beyond that...

Medium-light bodied and smooth with a light bitterness.

Doesn't really have the American Pale Ale vibe.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.89/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Tick.

The beer is golden and clear with a soapy white head. The aroma offers biscuit, cereal, grain, corn, mild hops. It almost smells like a pilsner. Nothing off or harsh in the flavor per se, but pretty boring on the palate. Medium to light in body. Lacking hop assertiveness. Cereal and corn finish. Eh...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an attractive golden color. The head is about a finger high, with a white shade. Retention-wise, it's a bit disappointing. A modicum of lacing is left on the glass.

S: The hop notes are rather muted, at best. Maybe there are twinges of black pepper and undefined grapefruit. It's barely under 2 months old, yet it smells like its fallen off somewhat hard. There are some decent, white bread-like malts. Aromatically disappointing, all told.

T: There's an initial flavor of pine, black pepper, and *maybe* a touch of grapefruit. Still, this isn't very citrusy or fruity at all. There's more hop bitterness than flavor, too. Crackery malts and a touch of diacetyl finish it off. Honestly, the maltiness is spot on - it's just too timidly hopped (and frankly, a bore).

M: Really damn light, really damn crisp, and really damn drinkable. I'd say this is the beer's trump card. It's not completely bone dry, though I don't mind too badly. Carbonation is medium.

O: Eh. It's a decent enough blonde ale, but it's also incredibly unexciting. Not much more to talk about this one - which kind of says it all, really.

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Photo of DIM
2.67/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: Dull, hazy, muddy straw color with sediment; poured with a small, short lived head.

s: Hard to pick much out, some biscuity malts and a trace of medicinal hops.

t: Same as the smelk for the most part. Nothing off, just not much to find. Mineral-y biscuits and just a tickle of bland bitterness.

m: Wet and fizzy.

o: Lackluster and bland.

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Photo of argock
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Sunshine-amber with a short cap of off-white head with a thin line of lacing around the top of the glass.

S: Bready, biscuit aroma with a light floral, citrus hops aroma. A little light in aroma volume but hits all the right notes as far as balanced hops and malt components. No yeast character.

T: A very clean, refreshing flavor which tends a little more towards malt but has enough interesting hops notes to carry it through. I actually liked the lower hop profile, although it has a nice orange and grapefruit citrus and floral hops quality. The malt backbone is a nice blend of cracker, bready, and biscuit flavors, a little toasty with a good dose of melanoidins. A really balanced APA with a super dry finish. No yeast or alcohol components to speak of. A really nice beer as long as you aren't hung up on the malt carrying the beer a little more than the hops in this case.

M: Body is light-medium with medium carbonation and a nice dry finish that keeps you coming back. Infinitely drinkable

O: I was really impressed with this beer -- extremely drinkable but fits in the dry, balanced APA category rather than in the hoppy, trying to be just short of an IPA type of pale ale. I might not like this every time I have it, but it really matched well with the vegan burger with mushrooms and provolone I had with it.

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Photo of popery
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright orange-ish, brown-ish golden color. A bit cloudy. Small white head. Nice, fresh aroma. It's mild but good. Light tropical fruit, floral and bright citrus hop notes. Gentle sugary malt in the background. Taste is similar. Mild but bright hoppiness with some simple malt in the background. Light mouthfeel. Easy to drink. It's just a nice, drinkable APA. With more hop aroma, it would stand out and make me want more. As is, it's a nice enough beer, rather refreshing, but I wouldn't seek it out. Still, no real complaints.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of Stokes_
2.41/5  rDev -27.2%
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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Photo of JMUbrewz
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Photo of Camjmorton
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Great Outdoors is listed as a "Virginia Pale Ale" by the Three Brothers. It is a very refreshing pale ale, and would be great to have while spending some time outdoors in the hot sun. It pours as a crisp, golden color. Unfortunately, I would say that this pale lacks characteristic. While it is refreshing, it seems as though I couldn't pick out any real flavorful notes except for a very light biscuit taste, if I had to say something.

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The Great Outdoors from Brothers Craft Brewing
3.31 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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