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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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498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 25
Gots: 32 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.48/5  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 -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jtd335
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +18.4%

Photo of KenC
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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 +5.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright light amber color with a good head that leaves solid streaks of lacing on the glass.

The aroma blends earthy hops and a malty cracker note. The taste with more crackery malts punctuated by earthy and floral hops, leading to a dry, spicy bitter finish.

Svelte body - just right for an APA - refreshing and light but very full flavored.

I think this is one of the tastiest, most balanced APA's I have tried. It shows the hops nicely, but not at the expense of the malty character. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of myatomicpolygon
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- pours a reddish copper with a delicate off white finger of head with bubbles of many different sizes…
Aroma- has a sturdy bready malt character with traces of caramel malts that are well balanced with mild touches of citrus and herb from the cascade hops…inviting yet subdued.
Taste- malty caramel on the front end…with a bitter finish with essence of herbs and citrus…
Mouthfeel- dry crisp refreshing…perfect for the style
Drinkability- very easy to drink…good session beer. 15 plato 60 IBU 5.9%
Overall- B. this is one to throw in the fridge for every day drinking and as an East Coast substitute for Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. Good for those just starting out with the hops…or for those moments when your craving a solid beer that does not break the bank…and it’s available in cans too.

Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.