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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

477 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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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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Ratings: 477 | Reviews: 165 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

hilgart1, Jan 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

thegerm87, Jan 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

jadams11, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

THECPJ, Jan 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

BlueRidgeBeerHound, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jorrx003, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

roywilliams, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

csmartin6, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mabmab67, Dec 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

rvajohn, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish copper color with top notch clarity for the style. This features one of the best heads I've ever seen on a pale ale - three fingers high, with an offwhite shade. The retention level and fluffy texture is quite excellent, and so is the lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Tons of bready, caramel malts, grapefruit, and floral notes on the aroma. This one really reeks of Centennial hops, even though this seems to be primarily a Cascade-hopped ale.

T: It's a rather typical pale ale, with citrusy, lemongrass hop flavors backing up a clean malt undercurrent. The malts also seem to develop a nutty, earthy tone after a while, balanced by the hops. No extreme flavors here, just a simple, easy to drink pale ale.

M: Very clean and dry on the finish and aftertaste. Has that crisp, refreshing texture that would make it great on a hot day, only with a body that could stand to be less flabby.

O: It is what it is - a well crafted, basic pale ale in a can. Really, it's just another SNPA clone, but that just means SNPA is such a great beer to ape. Damnit, I need to buy more canned craft beers ASAP!

ThisWangsChung, Dec 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

chippo33, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

bubseymour, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

mrterdferguson, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Huffs
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack of cans and found this to be an excellent choice. Poured with a nice, frothy head. Good clarity with red/orange hue. Great hop malt balance with a nice hop finish. enjoyed this beer completely and hop to find other brews from this maker.

Huffs, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewdude1982 for sharing this one.

A - orange with a thin, white lacing

S - sweet bread, citrus, faintly herbal and spicy

T - bread, bitter, citrusy, piny, faintly spicy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is very easy to drink. For a pale ale it has a rather bold hop character. I could definitely sit down with six of these and enjoy a game. If I can find it again, I will definitely pick up more.

tdm168, Dec 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Yesdog, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

TheRuss9585, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz can poured into a snifter.

It pours a dark orange and has good clarity. It smells amazingly malty with a little hops as well. It tastes really malty and then a great hop finish. The body is what I would call medium and has decent carbonation. I could drink this all day. I would recommend it if you are in va and can pick it up.

brewdude1982, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

tdmccarthy, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

GinDC, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, with a paper sticker on the bottom, telling me this is best by 4/01/13.

Pours typical amber, dull and murky, lite tan head, goes rapidly to a medium buble film, collar and thicker bands of lace.

Dull bready nose, with just a hint of hops.

Middle of the road APA. Hops muted, malts in control. Notes of caramel, honey, and then just some dusty hops in the finish. More of an English pale in style and attitude.

Nothing special going on here. Glad to give it a try, but I'm happy to have purchased just a single can.

Billolick, Nov 27, 2012
Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.