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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very good

499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 25
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 kylehay2004
3.48/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 oberon
3.03/5  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 TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +7.9%
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 RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Slatetank
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

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Rifugium
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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