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: 535
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 26
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2007

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery. Review is from notes.

A: half finger head with mild lacing on a clean golden body.

S: caramel malts, light candied oranges, simple overall with additional tangerine notes and bitter presence.

T: flavor is basic, standard malt variety and non-descript hop mix. follows the aroma perfectly.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not very memorable. Hops are limited. One of the less impressive beers from this brewery.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and a thick coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweet caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel and malty sweetness but also has notes of citrus and pine resin hops, the latter of which contribute a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and both crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pale ale is very easy to drink but is packed with an interesting and balanced mix of flavors from the malts and hops.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a pint glass.

Pour brings a reddish-hued copper-colored brew with a very slight white head. Given that it's a full glass, I drank it down a bit and swirled. Not much head creation--just a few bubbles that didn't last for all that long. The nose was a bit plain with some moderate floral and herbal hops and a bit of bready malt beneath. The taste was interesting with a rather potent front-end bitterness without any real hop flavor or bitterness in the finish, though it was fairly dry. Feel consisted of a medium body with moderate levels of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing too special about it.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that drops a fair amount of lacing around the glass

Smell: Grainy and grassy, with a hint of citrus

Taste: Starts out with a caramel base that has some developing fruit flavor as well as some earthy hop elements; after the swallow, the grainy flavors explode on the tongue and overwhelm the fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit unbalanced to my palate, with a grainy flavor that lingers on the palate well after it has worn out its welcome

Photo of oberon
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
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?

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, shimmering orange body with a small, wipsy, white head.

Smell: Floral, leafy, even spicy hop character on a foundation of pale maltiness.

Taste: Sweet, candied pale malts initially. Overall, a tangy hop character, with a number of leaves, flowers, maybe a few drops of spiced lemon water pass by the palate. Medium-high bitterness that lingers beyond the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, flavorful APA.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Blue Mountain shaker pint glass.

I hope a Half Nelson is in the offing... This one pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet toffee, hot buttery biscuits, and some nice florals. The taste holds notes of light caramel, greens, a fairly strong floral bitterness, and some pine needles. The body is on the border between heavy light and light medium, with a lightish-moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solidly decent brew, but not entirely impressive.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to Deuane for hooking me up with a couple of these newly canned babies from Blue Mountain.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 big foamy fingers of eggshell white colored head. This sticks around with a big frothy look, that leaves some equally big sticky lacing back. The aroma is freshly floral and spicy in the nose, with a splash of bright citrus flavoring and some toasted malt character, which gives the bouquet a pleasant toasted graininess.

The taste is pretty hop forward, with a spicy bitterness which lays down a steady dryness. Bready pale malts and fresh green citrus hold up the hops, and offer some balancing sweetness. The lighter-medium bodied, with a pleasant mellow creaminess and a slick oiliness from the hops. Really nice balance here between the smoothness of the carbonation and crispness from the hop bitterness. Just the right amount of each in the feel.

VA is a state with a ton of scenic wonder, and it's great that a homestate brewery is now putting one of their staples in cans for use outdoors. Fresh, full flavored, and thrist quenching, this is a geat Pale.

Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for this one, yay craft beer cans!

Pours a frothy but thick and creamy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly with plenty of layered lacing, over hazy auburn tan orange beer.

Nose has some light amber malts, a little toasty reddish and sweet caramel candy malts, as well as light hops, earthy and fruity mostly, light candied citrus.

Taste brings sweeter malts, candy like caramel and toasty reddish almost amber malts, sweet and smooth, hint of a nutty toffee. Then hops, lighter side of the hop flavors but some bitterness, slight earthy grassy hops, little bit of candied citrus and some fruity flavors, and turns a bit to chewy hops. Finish is fairly bitter, more chewy earthy slightly grassy hops lingering, somewhat dry, but plenty of candy caramel malt flavors too.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of fluffy carbonation.

Overall meh, it has quite a bit of malts too malty overall IMO, hops are lighter in overall profile and mostly just bitterness comes through so it doesn't have a great hop profile either, and even the carbonation is a little too much I think. The balance is at least nice, but the sweetness and bitterness both seem to go a bit too far.

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

Interesting production. So we're using estate grown Cascade hops for this? Right on. Very clean ride on everything. The flavor profile is earthy above all else, but it stays that way throughout the whole ride. The beer takes its course but never wanders. Feel is smooth. Extremely drinkable. I can't say that flavor-wise this beer gives me something above all else. But I feel like it gives me a ride, via the brewer's vision, that gives me something above most others.

Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

BBD of 7/01/13

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing, above average head retention

S: Breadyness & a bit of grapefruit pith

T: Pineyness, breadyness & woody hops, plus orange rind up front. A touch of caramel, pears & pine as this warms, some woody hops as well, a bit of grapefruit as this warms. Finishes piney with, caramel & a touch of orange peel

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

An easy drinking & well-built APA. Easily one of the better beers I had over the 6 days I was in the DC area. This is very hop forward

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

Thanks to my friend Christian for bringing this and a few other Blue Mountain brews up my way.

A pretty standard pale ale here, not bad overall. Clear amber pour with a half-finger of fizzy white head that sank to a ringlet; minimal lacing. Aroma of toasted grains, caramel malts, grassy hops. No surprises. Basically the same on the palate, caramel malts, toasted grains, earthy and grassy hops, with a subtle touch of stone fruit. Light-medium body. Not the best of its class, but a pretty easy drinker overall.

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 chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale, bisquit, and carapils malt scent along with a pretty outstanding hop aroma as well. The taste is good also. It has a bitter hop flavor that blends well with the tastey malt bill. It has a complex array of malt flavors that make for a really balanced and well rounded palate. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good APA. It's malty as well as wonderfully bitter. Another fine beer from this oustanding brewery.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper in color with some faint garnet red highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is dominated by moderate amounts of hops - there is a grapefruit/citrus hop upfront with lighter notes of pine/resin and lychee/tropical.

T: The flavors of this beer starts out with a moderate body of pale malts and caramel sweetness followed by a lot of hops - grapefruit/citrus, lychee/tropical, and very light amounts of pine/resin. Moderate amounts of bitterness but it fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable with good flavors and aromas with a nice combination of hops. Easy to drink.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head that has some staying power. The beer is a nicely red tinged copper-amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit zest scented with pine oil, sweet caramelized malt, toasted grain and a caramelized biscuit malt character. The hop and malt aromatics are fairly balanced here, though the hop citrus is definitely playing the leading role.

A nice biting hop character up front is thick with grapefruit and lychee, while the finish gets herbal, with pine notes along for the ride and a biting, rough'ish bitterness that lingers on in the long finish. This has a medium-light body to it that is thickened by crystal malt character; this is not overly heavy though and is certainly a quaffable beer. The hop character is a bit more aggressive in the flavor than it was in the aroma. A touch of cracker like grain and pale-toasted malt character adds some light spicing towards the finish of each sip

This is a nicely hoppy pale ale, it has a bit more crystal malt character than I might prefer, but that is perfectly in line with many American versions of the style. This will certainly help those in need of a hop fix and I always enjoy tasty beer coming from a can.

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a thick fluffy head that lasts a while.

Smell: very soft caramel, mild pine, and soft floral bitterness are tough to pull from the glass.

Taste: bready malt, caramel, soft pine, green grapes, some hints of grapefruit, and a nice bitterness make up a nicely balanced pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, less so at the finish. Aftertaste is brief and leaves the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: decent quaffable ale here. Worth a try.

Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues its (seemingly) unstoppable march to # 400 with another gem. CAN you believe how many CANned beers are out there?

From the CAN: "Real Virginia Beer"; "Demand Fresh Beer: Check My Butt to Make Sure I'm Not Older Than I Look" (Note - No Stamp on bottom of CAN); "Mountain Water, Valley Hops. Drink the Good Stuff."; "Nelson County: Yeah, we've been called Virginia's Love Child and we're OK with that. Backwoods Botanical Experiments, Hillbilly Shine and Mountain Music ... not too bad livin' when you consider it. So put a little authentic Virginia Terroir in your mouth with a brew loaded with our farm-grown Cascade hops and deep-drawn Foothills water. Got a bite, y'all."; "Pack It In, Pack It Out."

Crack & Glug Time: Two fingers' worth of rocky light-tan head that seemed anxious to bubble away into some nice sticky lacing. Nose was at once piney and earthy, leading me to wonder if this may not have been wet-hopped. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. I am reasonably sure that this was not filtered, given the intensity of the nose. My mouth was beginning to water in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium with a very pine-like intensity on the tongue. Geez louise, this was simply an APA to these folks?!? I have had less hoppy IPAs on this journey! The CAN did mention 60 IBUs, but I am not really a stats guy. Finish started out by retaining its intensity, but it slowly gave 'way to a sweet caramel-malt on the extreme finish. Cooler? Heck, yes, if I CAN get some more! This might be worth an exploratory trip into Virginia to see what these boys are up to.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewdude1982 for sharing this one.

A - orange with a thin, white lacing

S - sweet bread, citrus, faintly herbal and spicy

T - bread, bitter, citrusy, piny, faintly spicy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is very easy to drink. For a pale ale it has a rather bold hop character. I could definitely sit down with six of these and enjoy a game. If I can find it again, I will definitely pick up more.

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.

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.

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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.