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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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506 Ratings
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 27
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2007

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Jimmys
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brian15
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bigbutter
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tanner1980
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of KalH
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery. Review is from notes.

A: half finger head with mild lacing on a clean golden body.

S: caramel malts, light candied oranges, simple overall with additional tangerine notes and bitter presence.

T: flavor is basic, standard malt variety and non-descript hop mix. follows the aroma perfectly.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not very memorable. Hops are limited. One of the less impressive beers from this brewery.

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of thebouch01
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dcbdc1
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jtd335
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden/orange beer with excellent clarity and a finger of white head. Good retention and lacing, nice overall appearance. Aroma of citrusy, floral, and earthy hops and crackery malt.

Nicely balanced flavor; again with citrus, grassy, and earthy hop notes and crackery, slightly bready malt. Modest sweetness with emerging bitterness that lingers nicely in the aftertaste. Dries up pretty well in the finish.

Medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit smooth and creamy. A nicely made contemporary pale ale; good but not exceptional.

Photo of StuMo65
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of KenC
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brewpub on 6/23/12.

A - Copper color with a light white head. Lots of lacing that sticks even after I've drained the glass. 4.5

S - Very hoppy with a tinge of floral aroma and malt. 4.0

T - Well-balanced hop and malt flavor at the front; continues to a more floral hop flavor than malt at the end (though it is still very well balanced). 4.0

M - Medium bodied with a little carbonation. Gives a nice tingle across the middle of the tongue but doesn't affect the overall flavor. 4.0

O - This was a pretty darn good beer. I wasn't crazy about the flavor but that may have been a matter of personal taste rather than how Full Nelson compares to other beers of the same style. I think it's a great example of an American Pale Ale and I'm proud of another Virginia brewery stepping up and asserting itself out there! 4.5

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3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can opened on 6.12.12.

A - Pours a brownish-orange with a fluffy light tan head. Good retention as the head lingers.

S - Citrus, sweet pine.

T - Like the nose, sweeter citrus and a touch of sweet malts.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Sweet and subtle citrus with a touch of malts.

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: An almost clean grapefruit and candy hoppiness, fresh hop resin, some caramel malt.

L: Crystal clear amber, white creamy head that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.

T: Big hoppy wave of cascade up front with an accompanying caramel malt. Medium citrus like bitterness with a touch of raw spiciness. Finishes with a long hop derived malt flavor. Fairly dry finish following a fairly sweet opening. Slight tobacco as it warms.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

A great, classic pale ale. A little on the sweet side, but enough attenuation to finish dry. Great hop character throughout.

Photo of Everton
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Mvacco
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of blackfoot86
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.