GP Brewing True North Lager

Reviewed by on May 17, 2016 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: GP Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Grande Prairie, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 17, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Lager

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

I guess it was only a matter of time before this nascent brewing concern successfully saturated Grande Prairie’s vast liquor landscape, and took to getting their wares out to the rest of the province.  Yeah, this resides in this particular guide, because apparently this is ‘The Official Beer of Winter’, or so proclaims the label.

This 355ml can pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with three zaftig fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some sparse island chain lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of grainy and crackery pale malt, some further untethered cereal notes, a twinge of musty lager yeast, subtle apple and pear fruit, and sort of surprising leafy, weedy, and somewhat grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, maybe a hint of corn-bred grainy astringency, still over-staying its normal bounds earthy yeast, a muddled pome fruitiness, ephemeral petrol essences, and more decent leafy, herbal, and dead grassy hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and sometimes sassy frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a sense of estery gasoline making a minor dent in the proceedings here. It finishes off-dry, the malt showing some balls beyond the truck kit variety, while the hops indicate that they are more of the punch out early if ya can sort.

Overall, a much headier and agreeable version of well, a generic lager than I was expecting – I’m not certain what the difference is between this and the Maddhatter’s Mercury, besides the ABV delta and contractual nature of the latter.  At any rate, if I were to want to go on a hockey-watching, get away from the in-laws bender in Grande Prairie, this wouldn’t be such a bad accompaniment and/or abettor, I gotta say, at any time of the year.

Brady White

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