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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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86
very good

416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 22
Gots: 16 | 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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JMUbrewz

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-12-2013 16:04:09 | More by JMUbrewz
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obywan59

Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden-orange to red-orange in color. Quite pretty, and almost tropical in appearance. Color is midway between a pale ale and an amber ale. A 3-1/2 finger off-white head tops it off, and leaves plenty of lacing. Carbonation is very apparent.

Fruity on the nose. Mainly over-ripe citrus at the start, but then seems to become more lemony. A touch of roasted grain rounds it out.

Well-matched tart citrus, lightly sweet roast malt, and bitter hops Tartness predominates, but then fades in the end, leaving sweet and bitter mellowing out together.

Peppery carbonation with light syrup, light burn in the throat. Somewhat drying on the tongue.

This beer grew on me. I notched up the taste on the second bottle. Judging from this one offering, I'd say Blue Mountain is, in my experience, one of the top four breweries in Virginia, along with it's sister brewery Blue Mountain Barrel House, Parkway Brewing Co., and Williamsburg Alewerks While it's perhaps slightly heavier than most pale ales, it's still light enough, and has enough character to be a good choice for a late spring or summer sampling.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:46:43 | More by obywan59
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jpd026

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-11-2013 23:30:40 | More by jpd026
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium pumpkin orange with a pristine clarity, Dirty white foamy head is about 1.5 inches high and moderately lasting providing minimal window dressing. Light spacious rise of carbonation comes at a fairly quick pace.

S: Small citrusy toasted grain presence on the nose. A hint of dry flowery hops.

T: Dry citrus and dry lemon hops mixes with some sweet toasted grains for flavor upfront. Sweet piney-lemon hops come on strong for the finish.

M: Light bodied, very little carbonation detection with some toasted grain warmth on the inner cheeks. Bite of spicy hops and toasted grain with a dry hop warmth.

O: Overall some strong hop presence for a pale makes up for some other short comings, visually, and depth wise. Sweet, wet, toasty upfront follows through with a dry lingering citrus finish.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 00:51:34 | More by beerthulhu
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Jimbo4430

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

06-08-2013 23:24:05 | More by Jimbo4430
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Claytonbrewsby

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

06-08-2013 12:56:43 | More by Claytonbrewsby
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-07-2013 01:11:08 | More by ygtbsm94
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-05-2013 04:27:56 | More by FLBeerGuy
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Camjmorton

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on tap at Blue Mountain Brewery. It's darker than most pale ales that I have seen. Overall, it's a got a great hop flavor, balanced well with caramel malts. It is very easily drinkable, and one of my favorite beers from Virginia. Plus, a growler fill at the brewery for 7 or 8 dollars is a pretty solid deal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 16:42:12 | More by Camjmorton
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Mcooly

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-02-2013 14:58:59 | More by Mcooly
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trigger467

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-01-2013 22:19:29 | More by trigger467
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-30-2013 02:40:40 | More by Eriktheipaman
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zdeck37

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-29-2013 21:42:55 | More by zdeck37
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BertLoveIII

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

05-28-2013 15:14:41 | More by BertLoveIII
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GFish

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

05-25-2013 20:18:06 | More by GFish
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-23-2013 01:20:59 | More by mikeincharleston
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TimHitchings

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-20-2013 02:58:40 | More by TimHitchings
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-18-2013 21:57:22 | More by lupercmda
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mkirkland80

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-18-2013 02:22:35 | More by mkirkland80
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virinow

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-16-2013 20:17:09 | More by virinow
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ipas-for-life

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-14-2013 22:36:48 | More by ipas-for-life
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-14-2013 21:12:42 | More by ShemRahBoo
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baybassboy

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

05-14-2013 04:15:27 | More by baybassboy
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spitshaded

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-13-2013 04:10:44 | More by spitshaded
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gshackles

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-12-2013 18:52:47 | More by gshackles
Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.