GPA (German Pale Ale)
3 Nations Brewing Co.

GPA (German Pale Ale)GPA (German Pale Ale)
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Style:
German Altbier
Ranked #34
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,180
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
77
From:
3 Nations Brewing Co.
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  21
SCORE
85
Very Good
GPA (German Pale Ale)GPA (German Pale Ale)
Notes: A German style pale ale debatably does not exist in the craft beer industry. Until now. 3 Nations’ German Pale Ale (GPA) is our experiment turned calling card. We couldn’t be more proud of the way this beer’s enormous citrus, passion fruit, and lemony like aromas blend with a bitterness that gives it a recognizable finish. Plus, the well-rounded malt profile balances out the American hops. That’s right, we used American hops to brew this cross of a German Alt/Koelsch. It’s not blasphemy. Just a revised version of a traditional style, with a little greatness mixed in.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 77
Photo of puck1225
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

Nice amber color with a good foamy white head and lacing. Citrus smell and taste. A little buttery and fruity. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of H-TownMcBuck
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received on draft. Amber and orange clear color. Minimal head and patchy lacing. Smell of bread and citrus. Taste is malty and citrusy with bitter finish. Really a nice beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a light Amber color with a large white head. The aroma is a ton of citrus. The taste is citrus with a hop finish.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy orange-brown in color, with a massive, coarse off-white head, with superb retention. Coarse, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Citric hops, dominate the aroma with grapefruit, dominating. The grapefruit notes are more like juice than rind, and there is some sweet orange rind as well. There is a faint musky, catty hop aroma as well.

Taste: The taste begins with rather prominent citric hops, which present much more tartness than bitterness. Caramel malt follows on, though, this presents as dark bread and over-caramelized sugar. Throughout the taste, the hops dominate. Finishes with quite lingering, mild herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Very soft and quite full, with some slight stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Seems a bit hoppy for an Altbier, but well-done, nonetheless. I would certainly enjoy this again.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can with a shrink-wrapped label, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of razordm
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice ale; not overly hoppy and very crisp/clean feel. First beer from this brewery that I have experienced. Definite citrus/grapefruit overtones and something I will come back to in the future.

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Photo of txmilligan
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this beer, and it's from a local brewery that I was unfamiliar with. Bought it in the can. Poured into a nonic pint, and was rewarded with a great head on top of a beautifully cloudy bronze beer. Great aroma full of citrus and bitters. The taste and feel do not measure up to the aesthetics. Good flavor, but not very bold, very little lingering taste, and very thin feel. This is not a bad beer, it's just not great, either.

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Photo of tprinzing
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I happened upon this one completely by accident. It was being served on tap from a keg when we were at the Georgetown Red Poppy Festival. I enjoyed it so much I tried a can of it again later with the same appreciation.

From the can it poured with a three finger head. It has a somewhat orange color and leaves a scant amount of lacing. The taste is a pretty substantial hoppy citrus taste, which I really liked. I don't know what about it is german, but it is a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Pondicheri (Houston, TX), served in a shaker pint. Almost clear copper with a modest head of off white bubbles and sparse lacing. Plenty of cereal grains, earthy minerals and grassy, leafy hops. Citrus rind bitterness. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Interesting malt and hop character without the assertiveness of an IPA.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess the best way to describe this would be as a hoppy altbier. The aroma was all barley and grains, the taste was light-malt forward with a hoppy bitterness as a compliment. I didn't like how bitter and dried out this left my palate. For that reason I don't think I would drink this again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Lone Star in Carrollton.

A mostly clear amber with a couple of floaties, this beer is capped with a thin, off-white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing. The nose is interesting. If this really is an altbier, it doesn't have the malt depth that the style calls for, with a mild toffee/ burnt sugar character, minimal complex sugars and a mild hop character, a blend of a leafy, herbal and grassy aromas. Faint mineral character is present as well.

The palate opens moderately bitter, crisp and clean with a a blend of twigs, earth and a little dried herb blend. This is followed by a blend of burnt sugar, a little toffee, just a touch of whole wheat bread and a little honey. The mineral character appears on the finish, blending well with the hop bitterness that lingers. Light in body, moderately carbonated and with a pleasant mineral character, this beer is solid.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Came in the Texas Craft Brew box, mix of Tx breweries.

Appearance: Listed as an Alt, which should be brown, but this seems to be making its own rules on style. This edges into amber, mostly golden, with a thin white head, considerable chill haze.

Aroma: My, grapefruit? Hint of skunk, maybe more catty,, lots of hop aroma with some citric and tropical fruit. As it warms, more of a catty hop which I typically don't care for but works here.

Taste: Nothing here says "German" to me. No earthy or noble hop flavors, just juicy citric hops, balanced nicely with a mildly caramel malt base. Pretty clean, hoppy without being overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with a light chew, medium low carbonation, slick texture.

Overall: Very enjoyable! My first taste of 3 Nations, I'll be looking for more!

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Photo of Gevetyn
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So... this beer caught me off guard, because I didn't know what to expect. I was really surprised to see how the hop profile evolves across the entire pallet while the mouthfeel is slightly complex.

Pours amber, with medium head retention, and good lacing. Very floral on the nose, but slight pine notes at the mid pallet. Slight citrus on the finish, and the exhale is superb. This one has a permanent place in my beer fridge.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber color with off-white head. Citrus fruits, lemon zest, and hay on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with some grassy fruit.

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Photo of RobTheKnob
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a first offering from a very new brewery, I was skeptical of GPA, so I only bought a single.

Boy, was I surprised! From the moment I popped the can, I knew this was going to be a unique experience. 3 Nations' website description of GPA could not be closer to the truth. If anything, their description sells it short by not better highlighting the body and subtle crispness to the finish on this brew. It was a truly enjoyable hybrid that I will definitely be getting more of.

From the 3 Nations website:

"A German style pale ale debatably does not exist in the craft beer industry. Until now. 3 Nations’ German Pale Ale (GPA) is our experiment turned calling card. We couldn’t be more proud of the way this beer’s enormous citrus, passion fruit, and lemony like aromas blend with a bitterness that gives it a recognizable finish. Plus, the well-rounded malt profile balances out the American hops. That’s right, we used American hops to brew this cross of a German Alt/Koelsch. It’s not blasphemy. Just a revised version of a traditional style, with a little greatness mixed in."

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GPA (German Pale Ale) from 3 Nations Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 77 ratings