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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

505 Ratings
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 27
Gots: 35 | 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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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Mojo
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Farts
2.36/5  rDev -37.7%
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 Ardeer
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NYGPhan
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -5%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.24/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.59/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.