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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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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 22
Gots: 22 | 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 mactrail:
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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Clear, perfect amber color in the tulip. Modest but persistent foam with some lacing along the glass. Pleasantly spritzy on the tongue. Flowery aroma with that Cascades scent.

Quite resiny and earthy right off the bat. Some malty sweetness with more of the classic browned biscuit taste. A little murky and vegetal with a touch of lemon-lime. A little of the nutty bitter taste. Lots of hops and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Nothing special about this, but it is well made with great creamy carbonation and a nice robust, beery sensation. Quite drinkable.

From the 12 oz can purchased at Whole Foods in DC.

06-22-2013 06:35:16 | More by mactrail
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%

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?

03-21-2008 22:29:24 | More by oberon
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-01-2013 15:32:23 | More by csmartin6
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-22-2014 03:48:32 | More by nstroup
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

08-29-2014 02:18:12 | More by HerbMeowing
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

06-07-2009 01:55:59 | More by merlin48
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

11-27-2012 02:08:22 | More by Billolick
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-29-2014 01:38:02 | More by cbradio
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-17-2013 04:37:28 | More by dankjohn
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-16-2013 20:17:09 | More by virinow
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-10-2013 23:00:28 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-10-2014 00:16:22 | More by rwilde
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-07-2013 19:31:17 | More by dmk91
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4.01/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

07-13-2013 14:01:50 | More by dwren89
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-11-2013 16:07:52 | More by williamjbauer
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South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

05-04-2013 00:09:39 | More by chinchill
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-11-2012 16:11:22 | More by SPRichard
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-17-2012 22:05:44 | More by stereosforgeeks
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-01-2013 03:01:38 | More by mtpHokie
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

03-28-2010 23:19:18 | More by glid02
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-20-2013 23:00:15 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

06-27-2013 18:31:44 | More by JMS1512
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-01-2013 03:00:07 | More by ChadA83
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4.18/5  rDev +10%

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.

03-23-2011 02:15:21 | More by Munkaboo
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Thanks to unclejazz for this one!

A: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a large foamy head on top, off-white in color, probably 2 fingers in height. Decent head retention with rings of lacing forming all around the glass.

S: Some light caramel mixed with toast with some light grassy/earthy hops mixed in.

T: Nice combination of light caramel malt, bready and earthy hops, just like the aroma. There is piney finish on it which didn't show up in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A solid pale ale, easy drinking, glad I have another one.

10-03-2012 00:20:24 | More by mdaschaf
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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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