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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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477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 23
Gots: 29 | 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%

ROGUE16, Aug 05, 2013
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

lasznc, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Freeod, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of xylomaniac
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

xylomaniac, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

dsshuck, Jul 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

bmjivi221, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

barneysdad, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

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

grapefruit, lemon and bready malts.

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

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

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

justintcoons, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

jak, Jul 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

nofunyons, Jul 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Msh2960, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Bluescooter, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Jeeb, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of dwren89
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

dwren89, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

AngusOg, Jul 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

dweeuu, Jul 10, 2013
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

tabascosigned, Jun 29, 2013
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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
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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
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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
Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.