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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

462 Ratings
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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 23
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2007)
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish copper color with top notch clarity for the style. This features one of the best heads I've ever seen on a pale ale - three fingers high, with an offwhite shade. The retention level and fluffy texture is quite excellent, and so is the lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Tons of bready, caramel malts, grapefruit, and floral notes on the aroma. This one really reeks of Centennial hops, even though this seems to be primarily a Cascade-hopped ale.

T: It's a rather typical pale ale, with citrusy, lemongrass hop flavors backing up a clean malt undercurrent. The malts also seem to develop a nutty, earthy tone after a while, balanced by the hops. No extreme flavors here, just a simple, easy to drink pale ale.

M: Very clean and dry on the finish and aftertaste. Has that crisp, refreshing texture that would make it great on a hot day, only with a body that could stand to be less flabby.

O: It is what it is - a well crafted, basic pale ale in a can. Really, it's just another SNPA clone, but that just means SNPA is such a great beer to ape. Damnit, I need to buy more canned craft beers ASAP!

ThisWangsChung, Dec 21, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After reading a few other reviews of this beer I went with an aggressive pour and it yielded a nice one finger craterous white head that left a full ring of soap scum behind as it settled into a froth mass atop a clear medium golden with a tinge of orange.Where the aromas shit after an aggressive pour and letting it sit you would think something would come out if there but nothing except for a trace of tasted grain,lighter mouthfeel but it went down very easy.Wow really nothing stands out on the palate mild toasty-grainy notes some residual sweetness a bit of leafy hop but pretty bland.Iam hoping this is a off and or old bottle label says best before April of 08 so Iam guessing its off or just not as good as others may think?

oberon, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Kappakoosh
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Kappakoosh, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

csmartin6, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

nstroup, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of HerbMeowing
3/5  rDev -20.8%

HerbMeowing, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle, courtesy of mntlover, pours a chill hazed, amber body with a tall offwhite head that lasts the session. Rings of sticky, frothy lace cling to the glass. A nice looker.

Aroma of floral, earthy, grassy hops, with a respectable measure of citrus and pine notes. Very inviting nose!

Creamy carbonation in the mouthfeel with a light medium body.

Taste has plenty of hops bitterness, but is not overdone. Some nice sweetish caramel balances well. Hops begin with an earthiness that morphs into citrusy grapefruit midway through. pine and grassy notes add a pleasant complexity. The hops mellow considerably by the finish, taking on a McIntosh apple character. Clean finish.

Highly drinkable. A bit different from most APA's, with its complex hop character. Very interesting.

merlin48, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, with a paper sticker on the bottom, telling me this is best by 4/01/13.

Pours typical amber, dull and murky, lite tan head, goes rapidly to a medium buble film, collar and thicker bands of lace.

Dull bready nose, with just a hint of hops.

Middle of the road APA. Hops muted, malts in control. Notes of caramel, honey, and then just some dusty hops in the finish. More of an English pale in style and attitude.

Nothing special going on here. Glad to give it a try, but I'm happy to have purchased just a single can.

Billolick, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of cbradio
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

cbradio, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of dankjohn
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

dankjohn, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of virinow
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

virinow, May 16, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Cynic-ale, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

rwilde, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of dmk91
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

dmk91, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of dwren89
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish gold with thin white head, great clarity

Aroma: beautiful American citrus hope aroma from the hops grown on Blue Mountains own hop farm, slight caramel and biscuity malt notes

Taste: Delightful balance of great citrus hop flavor, sturdy and flavorful malt, and lower bitterness than IPAs that doesn't demolish your palate. Easy drinking and full of flavor

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with drying finish, medium carbonation

Overall Impression: A great beer to bring to any cookout or outdoor event year round. Balanced and sessionable, Full Nelson packs a lot of flavor in a session strength beer.

dwren89, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

williamjbauer, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can served in a snifter. Dark, clear amber -- a bit darker than average for style -- with a near creamy bone colored head that has moderate retention and very good lacing. Fine spicy/floral aroma. More flavorful, including a tad more hoppy, than average, with a nice mix of fruity/herbal/grassy hops. Restrained bitterness until the mild-moderately bitter aftertaste. Nicely smooth feel, with medium body and near medium carbonation.

chinchill, May 04, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

SPRichard, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mtpHokie, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by Darren - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of mild pale malts with good amounts of leafy and slightly citrus hops. I'm not getting the usual grape/gooseberry aromas that I normally associate with this hop out of this one.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by good amounts of leafy, almost grassy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops sweeten a bit, allowing for more citrus flavors. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid APA however don't expect loads of the normal Nelson Sauvin hop aromas/flavors. Still, worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 29, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

acurtis, Jun 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

JMS1512, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ChadA83, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Munkaboo
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can picked up from a brewery, probably less than a week old.

Appearance: Dark orange / amber... looks like an IPA for sure

Smell: This is definitely the beer's weakest spot... smells very malty, which isnt a bad thing, but not something I'd expect given the taste... slight hop aroma, but mostly caramel/bready malt

Taste: Here's where it shines. Malty caramel/bread hits you, then the hops take on center stage. Oily/resiny hops with citrus and earth... damn this is freeeeshhh. Hops linger on after. Always a good sign when you burp and taste the hops! That's the sign of a damn good pale ale / fresh hop ale.

Mouthfeel: I for one like the oily/resiny mouthfeel. Easy drinker. Killed a 6er of this at Foxfield last year, so it's very drinkable.

Overall: One of my favorite APA's... it's almost an IPA-Lite.

Munkaboo, Mar 23, 2011
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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.