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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Full Nelson Virginia Pale AleFull Nelson Virginia Pale Ale

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85
very good

522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 27
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2007

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Ratings: 522 | Reviews: 173
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not that bad, not that good. Middle of the road leaning towards good.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a deep orange. Lacing is left behind on the glass. Solid looking pale ale.
SMELL: Hoppy, leafy aroma with some citrus notes.
TASTE: Citrusy hops , honey, bread, fair bitterness. Just a touch of melon.
FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Fairly crisp and refreshing with lingering hop notes.
OVERALL: A nice sessionable pale ale. Easy drinking. Had it in the can and poured into a glass.

Photo of fishguyac
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I am sure it is good for it's style, just not a big hop fan.

Photo of ordybill
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.
Aroma- has a nice malt smell
Appearance- golden amber

Photo of BuccoFan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while in central VA over the weekend, at a restaurant with a poor draft menu, so I thought I'd give it a try. Pretty pleasantly surprised. Color was a sort of golden-ish copper. Quarter inch head that laced very well. Tasty flavor with a solid body feel that didn't lose anything in the finish. As I said, pleasantly surprised. Would definitely order again.

Photo of danmouer
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm tasting this one from a can that is two days past its "best by" date. The pour produces a moderately full head of foam that fairly quickly subsides to a nice wreath with a lacey surface and well decorated sides to my goblet. The beer is perfectly clear, medium amber in color, and absolutely appropriate for an ENGLISH pale ale.

The aroma is primarily malty. Very lovely aromas of vanilla sugar cookies and caramel. I have had this beer often and, when it is fresh, there is no question that the hops are aromatic American types. i think the brewery actually uses estate grown Cascades. But in this example, there are no hints of pineapple or tangerines. The hope contribution to the aroma is slight, but clearly earthy. There is a very subtle note of oxidation, as well, although I don't find it detrimental in this case.

The flavor is wonderful. i think too many hopheads have reviewed this lovely ale. It is very much like a fine English strong ale or ESB. The body is medium full, rich, creamy. The hop bitterness is spicy, bracing and palate cleansing. Slightly more bitter than I personally prefer, but very appropriate for a big, rich, classical ale.

Mouthfeel is, as I have hinted, medium-full, creamy, rich, beautifully balanced. The finish is dry, long, slightly too bitter for my liking, but otherwise fantastic.

I really appreciate that Blue Mountain is making a very nice example of a classic Burton-style strong ale. Keep in mind that "strong" is a relative term. This is a fine English bitter pumped up to the "export" or ESB level in alcohol and hoppiness. Well done, Blue Mountain. Even this "past date" aluminum can is a very fine brew.

Photo of Dr_Farts
2.35/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The only real shining feature of this beer is the body, between med to full, nice round mouthfeel. If only the other features were as good. Bland and forgetful.

Photo of qchic
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yes, found some fresh Full Nelson (which has been an issue in the past). It's a good VA pale ale with a nice citrus-pine hop/sweet caramel malt balance. Drinkable--wouldn't mind a touch more carbonation, but finishes pleasantly dry and bitter. Almost powdery. Interesting enough to keep me coming back.

Photo of Highlander15401
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Malty, grapefruit, candy-floral, caramel goodness. Lacing on glass throughout the taste experience. On draft.

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Golden amber, cloudy, its a gusher with 5 fingers of off white head, great retention and some random chunky lacing. A little visible carbonation.


S: Malt, caramel, grapefruit, candy, floral, daisies. Light red chilly heat.


T: Sweet with floral quality, daisies, honey, light dull hopping on the end A little grapefruit candy.


M: Medium slightly syrupy body, little light bubbled carbonation.


O: Well done. Bought in Asheville, NC, drank in Kunming China Sept 8th, 2014. I really am enjoying this kind of APA on a hot Mid Autumn Festival’s night. Full moon, hot weather, family holiday. Especially nice with the weather.

Photo of beerdedking
4/5  rDev +5.5%

From variety case, best buy dated 9/14

This was a pretty good pale ale. Nice and orangey/citrusy with a full mouthfeel. The finish was a bit
lacking, but overall drinkable/serviceable and would have again. Decent APA...

Photo of T-34-85
4/5  rDev +5.5%

This is a very nice pale ale, referred to as a "strong pale ale" by the brewery. It has a very assertive hop aroma on the nose, and a solid, well propotioned malt bill to balance out the beer.

I would definitely have this beer again, and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys a nice hop-forward beer. Enjoy.

Photo of slusk
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice clear copper with a thin but persistent off white head.

A: floral citrusy hops I the forefront with a nice caramel and toffee backbone, toasty malt compliment.

T: Nice floral citrus hop with a bit of pine and grapefruit. Some lemon zest and a bit of orange malt accentuate a nice biscuit, caramel and toffee base. Bright, clean flavors in this well balanced brew. Bread crust undertones. Bitterness is moderate and lingers a bit in a semi dry finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with little to no astringency noticed.

O: A very nice and well balanced beer. Good complexity with a nice discernible hop and malt flavor. Clean flavors with a tiny bit of an English flare... but still shines as an APA. I'd buy this again.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toasted bread, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toasted bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, balance, and robustness of juicy citrus hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. All around good balance and complexity of juicy citrus hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The best thing about this beer is the appearance. It has a nice crystal clear deeper amber color with a nice beige head to match. Light carbonation.
The aroma was light and lean.
The taste is good but also lean with hardly any flavor.
Needs some work in my opinion.

Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours an orangeish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt with a moderate hop presence and a bit of booze on the back end.

T- Bready malt that's slightly sweet with a nice hop balance. Bitterness is there and lingers a bit but isn't quite strong enough to necessarily cross over into IPA territory. Drinkable and flavorful enough to keep me sipping.

M- A bit dry from the hops and also quite viscous. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the full side.

O- I wasn't expecting too much from this but it's pretty tasty.

Photo of Omnium
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Very clear deep rich gold color with one finger of foamy white head, little lacing.
S - Big caramel malt, a little citrus, some floral notes, a hint of toasted or nutty kinda malt too.
T - Big mix of malt, some really off nutty and bitter flavor, earthy hops, a little citrus zest.
M - Chewy and really hangs on to your palate.
O - Just ok, kinda really odd in some places, malt its a bit over-the-top

Photo of cjgiant
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly reddish-brown-orange with decent sustaining head. I must admit to just getting over a cold, so smell was difficult; my girlfriend noted "bitter smells".

The taste grabs you right up front with an almost puckering bitterness. Grassy, earthy, and a bit lemony, and drying in nature. Underneath is a caramel or brown sugar maltiness, but it is overshadowed by the hops. The strength of the hops bitterness makes this seem more on the IPA side, while the earthy feel of the whole beer does try to fit into what I think of for APAs.

If you are looking for something akin to a palate-wrecker, this might work. The beer is a little one-dimensional, however.

Photo of RandomExile
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pure translucent light amber; no head at this establishment; quickly fading cascading lacing
S: piney, musty
T: per the scent, pine and must.
M: dry, a bit of alcoholic bite, standard for an American IPA
O: A low-complexity IPA in disguise. By random chance, it's a perfect choice paired with a lamb stew, but is likely just average on its own compared to other IPAs.

20oz / Pint Glass / VGP, MD

Photo of RVigz
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber with a good light one inch head.

Smell: A sweet hoppy smell.

Taste: Tasted like sweet/ever so slightly dried fruit with a medium hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a hint of bitterness to leave the palate wanting more.

Overall: A medium hoppy/sweet beer that has great drinkability and finishes smooth.

Photo of zvir21
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer smelled like a run of the mill common wheat beer. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the combination of a smooth feel and bitter hopiness. I gave it to my fiance' who doesn't like beer but tries a lot of it and her first reaction was how smooth it was. It was very fizzy. When i opened the bottle it bubbled over. All in all a good bitter beer and I plan to have it again.

Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to AtlCarl for carpet-bombing me into submission yet again with a box full of good-looking beer. This 12 oz. can looked lonely amongst all the bombers, so it's going to be put down right away. Best by 1/14.

Pour is standard orange pale, clear, filtered. Smells like beer. Really. There's nothing distinguishable from the Blatz my dad used to drink. Just beery.

Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale made me wince. The pale malts jar with a hoppiness that's bitter enough to be Alan Harper. There's some breadiness, bit of toast, little caramel, but what it comes down to is the firefight between malt & hop. They don't co-exist terribly well for some reason that's escaping my conscious mind.

Decent enough, but there's an element lacking that I can't quite put my middle finger on.

Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Poured clear amber with a creamy white head. Moderate retention and a little lacing left

S- caramel malt and pine hops

T-has a really nice balance between the caramel malt and the hops' pine and citrus. Not overpowering in favor of either

M-has pleasing fullness with a little bite from the hops

O- an easy drinking full flavor pale ale. Could see this being a regular

Photo of cyclonece09
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours reddish orange with a small white head. Smells of floral and citrus hops, nice aroma. Tastes of nice biting citrus hops with nice grain backbone. Beer is light bodied easy drinking goes down great. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of Cyrion
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Best before 11/2013 and I'm drinking it in 11/2013. Shame on me.

Appearance: A cloudy amber, no coppery shine at all. Looks a bit over the hill, especially with there being a minimal white head that immediately disappears. My punishment for drinking this so late.

Aroma: Very nice hops taking strong command of the delicate sweet caramel that makes a cautious appearance. This is going to be good.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Bold pine hopes and very, very little malt. It's a drying bitterness and well suits the beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin, dry, almost spicy. Good pale ale for the autumn months.

Overall: As hop-forward as it is, even when drinking it in its "drink before" month, I would call this an IPA. With a name like "full nelson", you don't really expect this to be a shy and retiring beer, do you? Whatever it's called, it's a good hoppy beer in the dry and crisp tradition.

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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.