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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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very good

179 Reviews
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Reviews: 179
Hads: 558
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 26
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2007

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Reviews: 179 | Hads: 558
Photo of RVigz
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber with a good light one inch head.

Smell: A sweet hoppy smell.

Taste: Tasted like sweet/ever so slightly dried fruit with a medium hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a hint of bitterness to leave the palate wanting more.

Overall: A medium hoppy/sweet beer that has great drinkability and finishes smooth.

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Photo of zvir21
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer smelled like a run of the mill common wheat beer. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the combination of a smooth feel and bitter hopiness. I gave it to my fiance' who doesn't like beer but tries a lot of it and her first reaction was how smooth it was. It was very fizzy. When i opened the bottle it bubbled over. All in all a good bitter beer and I plan to have it again.

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Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to AtlCarl for carpet-bombing me into submission yet again with a box full of good-looking beer. This 12 oz. can looked lonely amongst all the bombers, so it's going to be put down right away. Best by 1/14.

Pour is standard orange pale, clear, filtered. Smells like beer. Really. There's nothing distinguishable from the Blatz my dad used to drink. Just beery.

Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale made me wince. The pale malts jar with a hoppiness that's bitter enough to be Alan Harper. There's some breadiness, bit of toast, little caramel, but what it comes down to is the firefight between malt & hop. They don't co-exist terribly well for some reason that's escaping my conscious mind.

Decent enough, but there's an element lacking that I can't quite put my middle finger on.

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Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Poured clear amber with a creamy white head. Moderate retention and a little lacing left

S- caramel malt and pine hops

T-has a really nice balance between the caramel malt and the hops' pine and citrus. Not overpowering in favor of either

M-has pleasing fullness with a little bite from the hops

O- an easy drinking full flavor pale ale. Could see this being a regular

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours reddish orange with a small white head. Smells of floral and citrus hops, nice aroma. Tastes of nice biting citrus hops with nice grain backbone. Beer is light bodied easy drinking goes down great. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Cyrion
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Best before 11/2013 and I'm drinking it in 11/2013. Shame on me.

Appearance: A cloudy amber, no coppery shine at all. Looks a bit over the hill, especially with there being a minimal white head that immediately disappears. My punishment for drinking this so late.

Aroma: Very nice hops taking strong command of the delicate sweet caramel that makes a cautious appearance. This is going to be good.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Bold pine hopes and very, very little malt. It's a drying bitterness and well suits the beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin, dry, almost spicy. Good pale ale for the autumn months.

Overall: As hop-forward as it is, even when drinking it in its "drink before" month, I would call this an IPA. With a name like "full nelson", you don't really expect this to be a shy and retiring beer, do you? Whatever it's called, it's a good hoppy beer in the dry and crisp tradition.

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Photo of rpjordan
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber with a lasting creamy head, nice lacing
S: sweet malty aroma
T: caramelly malts, citrusy piney hops with medium bitterness and a slight grassy aftertaste
M: smooth, creamy medium-full with a long finish
O: would pair well with any red meat.

Serving type: can

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12-oz can to tulip. "Had" rating of 4 earlier (on tap).

A: dark orange, copper body. the light tan head's huge w/ large, soapy bubbles. the head settles down quickly though, leaving minimal patchy lacing.

S: toast, orange, berry, a vigorous swirl really unleashes herbs and pine needles

T: very sweet, then very bitter.

M: dry finish. moderate carbonation.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-medium amber color with a smallish off-white head and some lacing

S-malt, citrus, fruit, light pine

T-caramel malt, citrus, pine, fruity, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent pale ale, easy drinking, fruity like an English IPA

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of arizcards
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had lunch today at the brewpub. $4.00 was the going rate for a pint. Reviewed from notes.

Beer was served golden orange with a decent head.

Nose is herbal and slightly toasty.

Taste is toasted grains that are overwhelmed by a resinous citrus hop.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with light carbonation that was refreshing.

Overall this drank more like an ipa than the apa style. Not that it is a bad thing but i was looking more for a bready balanced brew of an apa. Definitely worthwhile if you like a smaller ipa.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in my Harpoon IPA glass. Best by 10/2013 labelled on the bottom of the can. Pours a dull, coppery orange hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a fluffy, one inch, bright white head. Head eventually disperses into a soapy slick that coalesces around the edges. Thick swaths of lacing are evidence during the tasting. Nose is malty (some caramel notes), with some floral aromas, citrus and a trace of something metallic towards the back. Taste has a nice malt/hops balance. Metallic character in the nose is no longer present; however, there's a nice floral/piney bitterness overlaid on a toasted malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation that leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. All and all, a pretty decent APA. I tend to prefer a little less of a malt presence, but a pretty quaffable beer for the most part.

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Photo of SlingerBKLYN
2.52/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another example of American Craft Beer going over the top with the hops. I'm looking for a little more balance, nuance and subtlety. I am sure that some very fine malts and yeast are underneath all those hops but it's a shame that they can't be tasted. I hope that the current fascination with over hopped bees will wain.
IPA is BS! Put the craft back in craft brewing! Save the hops and boycott IPA.

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Photo of drink_
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From the land that the revolutionary war was fought on comes beer that delivers the best elements of a west coast pale ale and an english bitter/mild. Its got the hop character and more neutral yeast qualities of an american pale ale laid on top of a perfect balance of malt and bitterness like an english mild. Its not as dry as a west coast pale but not as caramel/crystal malty as a midwest pale. I get a little pale choclate malt and biscuit bready english malt. This is my standard go to beer.

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Photo of Hesperus
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color with very active carbonation, started with a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly, leaving behind a layer of foam. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Biscuit-like breadiness, grapefuit, and a little pine beneath everything else.

Taste: Sweet maltiness with a citrus hop back-up. A wisp of English-like fruitiness comes through as well.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated yet rich, medium-bodied overall.

Overall: One of my favorite pale ales. Malt takes center stage here, with standard hop flavors and aromas behind, which is a good thing in this case. This is immensely pleasant to look at; visually, it's as close to my ideal beer as I've seen.

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Photo of xylomaniac
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of dwren89
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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...

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Photo of irs
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.