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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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462 Ratings
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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 23
Gots: 25 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

dweeuu, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

millerbuffoon, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

DrinkSlurm, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Steve_Oldrati, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of tabascosigned
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

tabascosigned, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

JMS1512, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of irs
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

irs, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Chugs13, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle obtained from the brewpub for me by coworker. Thanks Steve!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear coppery brew. Head recedes to an uneven layer of bubbles, with leggy lacing. Aroma is sedate and balanced.

Taste starts sweet, orange citrus in the middle, with surprisingly robust bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice brew from a place I had not heard of before, yet heard about from two people in the last two weeks.

ppoitras, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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

russpowell, Jun 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Timmy13T, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Novabrewer, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

mactrail, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: bready, fruity, caramel malts.

Taste: Pretty much along the same lines as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: More along the lines of the English pale ale, but still a decent beer.

Flounder57, Jun 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

acurtis, Jun 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

MrBoh, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

e30todamax, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of 5thOhio
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown-amber with a slight head that reduces to a skim of foam. Aroma has a quick rush of fresh hops, and then dissipates like the head.

Mouthfeel is solid & rich with nice crisp carbonation.

This is one of an increasing number of pale ales that comes across as more of an IPA---not that there's anything wrong with that. Taste is strikingly malty for an APA, with a deep musky flavor. Strong hops bite follows, mostly piney and resinous. The heavy malt and hop combination pairs well with the mouthfeel. Hops linger quite a bit after a sip, aided by the malt base for emphasis.

Overall a strong APA whose rich appearance is a pretty good predictor of its taste. Bet this is a treat fresh on tap.

5thOhio, Jun 18, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a caramel colored body beneath the foamy, off white head which slowly dissolves to leave a scattered lacing around the glass.

Aromas of woody and herbal hops float from the glass. A seemingly fairly generous malt backbone seems to be present as well perhaps a bit toasted or biscuity.

Flavors are similar to the nose with more woody and herbal hops, perhaps a touch spicy, and more toasted malt. Ther is also a very faint malt sweetness, and perhaps a touch f straw or wheat. As it warms ther is a touch of sweet fruit as well.

Medium in body with medium carbonation, and a nice hop biting finish that is still refreshing.

A fairly nice American Pale Ale. A unique hop profile versus some of its counterparts but one can clearly see what the brewer was aiming for.

CHADMC3, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

dwoolley1, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

PaulsBrew, Jun 14, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of obywan59
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

obywan59, Jun 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jpd026, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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.

beerthulhu, Jun 11, 2013
Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.