Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery
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4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
11-07-2012 00:42:16 | More by metter98
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours a clear copper color into the glass with a frothy two finger head. Sticky lacing sticks to the glass to the very end.
Smell on this leans a little more to the malt side than I expected. Wheat Thins, light floral note, bready, some orange peel.
Taste is a notch better than aroma. Hops assert themselves better with some piney notes in the taste that I didn't detect before. This is more of a balanced APA style though, not some West Coast hop bomb so don't be expecting it to be over the top with the hops.
I liked the mouthfeel on this. Real easy drinker that grew on me the more I drank. Carbonation was nice and smooth.
Overall a good solid APA. Nice to have a relatively local APA available in a can.
11-01-2012 21:40:45 | More by smokeypeat
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper in color with some faint garnet red highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.
S: The aroma of this beer is dominated by moderate amounts of hops - there is a grapefruit/citrus hop upfront with lighter notes of pine/resin and lychee/tropical.
T: The flavors of this beer starts out with a moderate body of pale malts and caramel sweetness followed by a lot of hops - grapefruit/citrus, lychee/tropical, and very light amounts of pine/resin. Moderate amounts of bitterness but it fades quickly.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: Enjoyable with good flavors and aromas with a nice combination of hops. Easy to drink.
10-18-2012 21:15:58 | More by dbrauneis
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
Thanks to unclejazz for this one!
A: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a large foamy head on top, off-white in color, probably 2 fingers in height. Decent head retention with rings of lacing forming all around the glass.
S: Some light caramel mixed with toast with some light grassy/earthy hops mixed in.
T: Nice combination of light caramel malt, bready and earthy hops, just like the aroma. There is piney finish on it which didn't show up in the aroma.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A solid pale ale, easy drinking, glad I have another one.
10-03-2012 00:20:24 | More by mdaschaf
3.08/5 rDev -18.9%
12 oz can. best before 12/12. i appreciate the
A: slightly hazed orange. thick slightly off-white head has good retention and great lacing.
S: a little buttery. toffee. herbal hop aromas interact and overpower the sweet buttery 'flaws', in my opinion.
T: a little bit of toffee flavor backed by some hop bitterness, but not much hop flavor. finish is sweet and buttery, similar to the nose, and lingers pretty long.
M: the bubbles are fine and they actually suite the brew quite well. medium bodied.
D: not sure what to feel about this. not a bad beer, but not an APA. much too much malt here for me to consider this hoppy. still drinkable, but like i said not what i was expecting.
09-20-2012 03:14:30 | More by Jimmys
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Found this on a lark, been a long time hope it delivers like I remember! Best by January 13th.
A real nice copper red and orange amber body. Boy that's a mouthful to describe, but there it is! Clear and almost shining, some very slow rising carbonation coming up from the bottom, much of it centered in the middle. Head is big and four fingers deep with lots of swiss cheese like character, sticks around a lot. Impressive and big.
Wonderful toasty aromas, and light malt with a grainy brown sugar sense. Real nice. Nothing hop forward. Bakery fresh and dense. Smells inviting.
Taste hits with the juice, and a great sweet bread like dough finish. Mixed nuts on the after taste, with a surprising hop forward front and juicy palate. Thick and wet if I could say (sound contradictory) but juicy body, with a lush malt coating, hints of umami fatness and malt sweetness abound, and great baked sweet bakery bread finish, and a spicy kind of kick in there too.
Yup it's a tasty beer just how I remembered it. Great pale ale.
09-18-2012 22:47:40 | More by smakawhat
Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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