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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

Full Nelson Virginia Pale AleFull Nelson Virginia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

377 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%


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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SlingerBKLYN

New York

2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another example of American Craft Beer going over the top with the hops. I'm looking for a little more balance, nuance and subtlety. I am sure that some very fine malts and yeast are underneath all those hops but it's a shame that they can't be tasted. I hope that the current fascination with over hopped bees will wain.
IPA is BS! Put the craft back in craft brewing! Save the hops and boycott IPA.

Serving type: growler

09-02-2013 01:47:44 | More by SlingerBKLYN
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WMEugene

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler purchased from Blue Mountain. My favorite "flagship" Virginia beer.

A - Pours a clear copper/amber color with a nice white head and excellent lacing. A very attractive beer.

S - Citrusy hops with floral notes as well. Faint malt smells as well.

T - Upfront citrus and floral hops. Very fresh tasting with just a tinge of bitterness. Some caramel and other malt flavors are present to provide just the right balance. Delicious.

M - Medium bodied, you can feel a little bit of the oil from the hops. A nice, hoppy finish and well carbonated.

O - Full Nelson is definitely in the running for the title of the definitive Virginia beer. An excellent Pale Ale that will put most ordinary East Coast IPAs to shame, it's a unique and delicious flagship beer. If only it was more widely distributed in the NoVA/DC area, this would be my base, go-to beer for all occasions. Well worth your time and effort.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2011 00:12:31 | More by WMEugene
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engagechad

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a growler from the brewery. Served in a stein at home

Pours great with a fat head, smells okay. Citrus is there but there is a little solvent, very faint over all. Taste is just okay, kind of solventy with some bad burn on the back.

Overall this is an okay pale ale - not what I was expecting and a little disappointing.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2011 16:58:25 | More by engagechad
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 64oz growler (filled in-person at BMB) to nonic pint glass on 5/29/11
*From notes

A: Filtered golden sunset-amber. A careful pour yields a two finger white head and some serious lacing.

S: Extremely floral, though not juicy. Hearty and rich, with a good dose of barley.

T: Mellow and earthy. A muted bitterness adds a layer of nutty richness. The hop profile is complex, fresh and delicious.

M: Thick and rich. The carbonation is pitch perfect.

O: Blue Mountain's Full Nelson is unlike any other APA I've encountered. Because they grow their own hops, they are creating a beer that's entirely there own, and simply fantastic. The balance here demands respect, and I would go to great lengths to have this in my fridge 24/7.

This comes highly recommended, and without question this is worth seeking out. One of the best APA's in America.

Yet another masterpiece from the folks at Blue Mountain.

Serving type: growler

06-20-2011 23:37:22 | More by Rhettroactive
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2014 21:14:19 | More by cjgiant
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 02:24:33 | More by RandomExile
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RVigz

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 20:20:53 | More by RVigz
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zvir21

Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 17:54:21 | More by zvir21
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-21-2013 03:57:32 | More by maximum12
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delta490

Virginia

3.93/5  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

Serving type: can

12-16-2013 23:44:53 | More by delta490
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cyclonece09

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-20-2013 00:50:08 | More by cyclonece09
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Cyrion

Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 01:07:51 | More by Cyrion
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rpjordan

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber with a lasting creamy head, nice lacing
S: sweet malty aroma
T: caramelly malts, citrusy piney hops with medium bitterness and a slight grassy aftertaste
M: smooth, creamy medium-full with a long finish
O: would pair well with any red meat.

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

10-13-2013 18:08:37 | More by rpjordan
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12-oz can to tulip. "Had" rating of 4 earlier (on tap).

A: dark orange, copper body. the light tan head's huge w/ large, soapy bubbles. the head settles down quickly though, leaving minimal patchy lacing.

S: toast, orange, berry, a vigorous swirl really unleashes herbs and pine needles

T: very sweet, then very bitter.

M: dry finish. moderate carbonation.

Serving type: can

10-03-2013 23:21:58 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-medium amber color with a smallish off-white head and some lacing

S-malt, citrus, fruit, light pine

T-caramel malt, citrus, pine, fruity, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent pale ale, easy drinking, fruity like an English IPA

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 01:07:58 | More by MDDMD
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can shared with tb69, enjoyed chilled in atulip purchased at Brass Rail.

The color is deep amber with mild haze and thick cream cap with fine bead and confetti lace. The smell is fruity and floral with a nice mild citrus with an orange scent. The feel is moderately carbonated with mild sweetness and moderate bitterness yet is somewhat dry as it finishes.

The taste is very citrus in the hop profile with an element of sweet malt flavor balancing. The taste has a mild hop astringency but the flavor of slight pine and light toasted tinge toward the finish with very low alcohol in the taste. This is a very good pale, well worth having again, I would recommend this

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 04:43:53 | More by Slatetank
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arizcards

Arizona

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had lunch today at the brewpub. $4.00 was the going rate for a pint. Reviewed from notes.

Beer was served golden orange with a decent head.

Nose is herbal and slightly toasty.

Taste is toasted grains that are overwhelmed by a resinous citrus hop.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with light carbonation that was refreshing.

Overall this drank more like an ipa than the apa style. Not that it is a bad thing but i was looking more for a bready balanced brew of an apa. Definitely worthwhile if you like a smaller ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 20:43:01 | More by arizcards
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in my Harpoon IPA glass. Best by 10/2013 labelled on the bottom of the can. Pours a dull, coppery orange hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a fluffy, one inch, bright white head. Head eventually disperses into a soapy slick that coalesces around the edges. Thick swaths of lacing are evidence during the tasting. Nose is malty (some caramel notes), with some floral aromas, citrus and a trace of something metallic towards the back. Taste has a nice malt/hops balance. Metallic character in the nose is no longer present; however, there's a nice floral/piney bitterness overlaid on a toasted malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation that leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. All and all, a pretty decent APA. I tend to prefer a little less of a malt presence, but a pretty quaffable beer for the most part.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 19:46:19 | More by Jwale73
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drink_

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From the land that the revolutionary war was fought on comes beer that delivers the best elements of a west coast pale ale and an english bitter/mild. Its got the hop character and more neutral yeast qualities of an american pale ale laid on top of a perfect balance of malt and bitterness like an english mild. Its not as dry as a west coast pale but not as caramel/crystal malty as a midwest pale. I get a little pale choclate malt and biscuit bready english malt. This is my standard go to beer.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 23:38:21 | More by drink_
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Hesperus

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color with very active carbonation, started with a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly, leaving behind a layer of foam. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Biscuit-like breadiness, grapefuit, and a little pine beneath everything else.

Taste: Sweet maltiness with a citrus hop back-up. A wisp of English-like fruitiness comes through as well.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated yet rich, medium-bodied overall.

Overall: One of my favorite pale ales. Malt takes center stage here, with standard hop flavors and aromas behind, which is a good thing in this case. This is immensely pleasant to look at; visually, it's as close to my ideal beer as I've seen.

Serving type: can

08-07-2013 23:01:06 | More by Hesperus
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xylomaniac

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful deep brown golden color. Aroma is not at all overpowering slight hops citrus aroma. Flavor is not at all overpowering very nice crisp up front flavor. I would really enjoy this beer with a burger, fried fish, or pretty much anything. Though to find a beer which is awesome on its own however stands tall with just about any menu item you may choose.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 23:41:23 | More by xylomaniac
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Amber with 2 fingers of creamy, white head. Great retention and clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
grapefruit, lemon and bready malts.

Taste
Pink grapefruit, lemon wedges and florals heavily balanced with bready malts and hints of toffee. Finishes with pine and tangerine zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Overall
A decent blend of florals and citrus. Crisp and refreshing. The maltiness makes this a borderline Amber Ale.

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 19:42:23 | More by justintcoons
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dwren89

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First.. scroll down and read the review of this by irs. Nice info on the brew and a good review.
Poured from tap into pint at sharkeys in Radford VA. Copper color with ever so small head then lacing. Nice piney resinous hop aroma. Taste is piney hop with a hint of candi hop sweetness and a good malty backbone. Really flavorful pale ale and easy to drink. Worth a try for sure. Nice session brew..well bordering session limits...

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 22:23:43 | More by DrinkSlurm
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irs

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single can of this from Canal's after seeing it mentioned in Joshua Bernstein's Brewed Awakening (nice beach reading, btw, not too deep, just what you want to read when you don't care if you get interrupted by your kid the next minute, but still a nice distraction).
I like the idea of brewers getting closer to their ingredients -this was Bernstein's section on Breweries that grow their own hops. This is a nice, coppery colored PA with a good initial head that fades to nice lacing- though I'm no judge, I'm more impressed by nose, taste and mouthfeel. Nose I like; just like Bernstein says, nice specimen of cascade - at least as far as the nose. The taste was somewhat dissapointing to me as the hops just show up as bitter, not much more there, but its well balanced against the malt, so I'm just saying I've tasted better, but this is not negative, just not as good as the nose promised. Mouthfeel is fine, on par for an APA, fairly light, but enough hint of hop resins to remind that its not something else. Certainly worth considering if the price is competitive.

Serving type: can

06-27-2013 01:30:45 | More by irs
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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.