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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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494 Ratings
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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 25
Gots: 30 | 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: 494 | Reviews: 165 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

thebouch01, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of dcbdc1
4/5  rDev +5.5%

dcbdc1, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of jtd335
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jtd335, Jul 07, 2012
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.

tobelerone, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of StuMo65
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

StuMo65, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of KenC
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

KenC, Jun 25, 2012
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

rudolphjacksonm, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 15, 2012
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.

bum732, Jun 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Everton, May 20, 2012
Photo of Mvacco
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Mvacco, May 06, 2012
Photo of Beerfoot20
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Beerfoot20, May 06, 2012
Photo of blackfoot86
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

blackfoot86, May 02, 2012
Photo of BleauxLeaux
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

BleauxLeaux, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Jadjunk, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Jendy
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Jendy, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of augie
4/5  rDev +5.5%

augie, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

CliffBrake, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

heelsn02, Feb 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

AndrewMichael, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of myatomicpolygon
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

myatomicpolygon, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Texasfan549, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

kjkinsey, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of chilly460
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear medium orange color with one finger of tightly bubbled off-white head. Average retention but quite a bit of lacing.

S: Grassy and citrusy hops. Some hints of orange and mango. Lighter malts with some toffee.

T: Very hop forward beer, lots of grassy hops intertwined with sweeter citrus type. Solid sweet malt backbone.

M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation.

O: Nice tasty beer for sure, although I really think it goes beyond Pale Ale and well into IPA territory for sure.

chilly460, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

axman, Dec 31, 2011
Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.