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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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443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 22
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of m1ked


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Picked up a six pack (cans!) after visiting this nice, tucked away brewery. Was visiting the area for a wedding and lucked into this brewery!

A- Pours a crystal clear brassy copper with an impressive 1.5" off white cap that remained for quite some time, until it was replaced with a thick lacing on the edges.

S- Straight pine up in the nostrils, with a touch of old wet rag that I sometimes get with some IPA's. It does not dominate, just a tiny whiff.

T- Now the piney hops get you right up front, but they are quickly followed by a nice caramelly biscuit that seems to give it an unbalanced balance.

M- Medium bodies with a good crispness from the diligent fine carbonation- maybe a tad under carbonation, but that could be from my transportation.

D- I love opening up new doors...especially to breweries! Virginia is for lovers...beer lovers! I had several offerings from this brewery and enjoyed many of their beers, and really enjoyed a few. This Full Nelson was the only offering in cans so I grabbed it. If I saw it at my local bar I would surely order this easy drinking & tasty IPA, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a (not over the top) IPA coming in at 60 IBU's with good flavor.

09-07-2010 23:15:35 | More by m1ked
Photo of dball


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Hands down the best bottled beer out of Charlottesville. I've also enjoyed it on draft as well. This pale is true to it's name. It has a good hoppy flavor, flowery smell, nice dark golden color, and a great mouthfeel. It has a little higher price tag in the store than I'd like to see but it also never disappoints and you can get it at the brewery for $9. Very solid pale.

08-27-2010 23:15:16 | More by dball
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle says to enjoy by November 2010. I'm on it!

Nice copper color, very little head.

Smells bready with a hint of citrus. Not the most complex but nice.

Taste is nice balance of first citrusy (grapefruity) hops and slightly sweet malt.

This is very refreshing and relatively easy to drink. Wouldn't mind having this one again.

08-21-2010 21:03:12 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear medium orange color. About one finger of creamy off-white head. Average retetion but lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Very nice. Overall, very clean with a great usage of yeast. Grassy and citrusy hops. Some hints of orange and mango. Neutral malts with some toffee.

4.0 T: Overall pretty neutral, but also earthy and slightly grainy. Soft moderate hop bitterness with herbal and slightly citrusy flavor. Again, this is incredibly clean. Nothing mind blowing, but tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit creamier, but overall pretty good.

5.0 D: This is incredibly easy to drink. I could have tons of them with no qualms. Not stunning in terms of taste or mouthfeel, but good enough and so clean that it's impossible to hate.

08-06-2010 02:56:45 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of TMoney2591


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Served in a Blue Mountain shaker pint glass.

I hope a Half Nelson is in the offing... This one pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet toffee, hot buttery biscuits, and some nice florals. The taste holds notes of light caramel, greens, a fairly strong floral bitterness, and some pine needles. The body is on the border between heavy light and light medium, with a lightish-moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solidly decent brew, but not entirely impressive.

07-11-2010 04:09:18 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Right from the cask at Floyd's Fandango beer/wine fest, as advertised at their booth -- although they should have made a bigger deal of it, didn't seem like a ton of people knew. Thanks to the brewer (pretty sure the guy pouring this was the brewer himself) for his most generous servings!

Poured a slightly hazed peach-orange meets sunny golden color, and its super-white head left plenty of lace dots in its wake...although the head never totally went away.

Aroma is like sniffing a hop plug, just hugely fragrant and fresh...really nothing more to want. This was made with Columbus and Cascade hops, if memory serves...and they were bursting out of this aroma, big-time. Just enough malt backup to add some balance.

Flavor was as wonderful as the nose...a big, succulent, taste bud pleasing zing of citrus, pine and grassy/flowery hops...just a smidgen of a caramel/toffee malt base, almost English in character, although the super-fresh hops here can't be mistaken for anything but all-American.

A soft mouth, totally creamy, a wonderful glide over the tongue and down the throat. No surprise, considering how freshly-tapped this thing was.

I regret skipping over Blue Mountain beers in recent beer runs. Who knew? I'll be paying more attention to them from now on. Excellent.

07-04-2010 21:51:31 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of tchenery


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Serving type: CAN

A: 4.5 - I love seeing craft beer in a can and NO I didn't pour it in a glass.

S: Nice and hoppy and tinny.

T: Delicious. I think it's a bit smoother coming from the can, maybe a bit creamier. It definitely fills you up with hop goodness and is pretty bitter but in a good way.

M: Great silky mouthfeel, doesn't knock you out but makes you want another. Excellent 6 pack beer.

Couldn't be better. I'm just glad it's in a can. Now you can take your delicious Virginia craft beer to the pool, park, boat, wherever they say you can't have bottles.

I think having a beer in a can that you're used to having in a bottle gives it a bit more character, at least emotionally. It's a different experience.

06-25-2010 04:29:18 | More by tchenery
Photo of oregonskibum


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

A: Color is an orange-amber. Pours with a 1 1/2 inch slighly off-white head. Fades slowly, leaving some splotchy lacing and heavy ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Leads off with a strong pale malt aroma that is on the bready side. Hops take a backseat, but there are some citrus and floral hops there.

T: Taste is similar to smell. Bready with some caramel sweetness. Some hop bitterness towards the end of the taste. Finishes quick with some faint bitter notes.

M: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. In style.

D: This beer isn't bad, but nothing that great either. It would make a good camping beer, but if given the choice, would still grab a Caldera Pale in can over this.

06-19-2010 19:57:14 | More by oregonskibum
Photo of Wasatch


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Thanks goes out to cyrusthepup for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some hop notes, and some citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, and a nice touch of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first brew from Blue Mountain, tasty.

05-25-2010 00:29:29 | More by Wasatch
Photo of AgentMunky


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a medium woody colour, high clarity, little head, nice lacing.

S: Wonderful! Heavy hops laced with citrus are complemented by sweet, almost fruity, malts.

T: Hm, not much going on here. A piney (piny?) flavour joins the maltiness. Interestingly, the hops are not nearly as prevalent as in the smell. The aftertaste is bitter and only mildly pleasant.

M: Pleasant, slightly dry and biscuity.

D: It's good, but not something I'd drink on a daily basis.

05-20-2010 01:13:45 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of mattcrill


4.7/5  rDev +23.7%

Aroma: Doughy, Munich-like maltiness up front. Orange and lemon zest American hop aromas provide the supporting balance. Has the hallmark characteristics of an APA. Firm American hops with a solid malt base. Very enjoyable.

Appearance: Hazy amber colored pour with an off-white head. Leaves sticky lacing on the glass and retains well.

Flavor: Very similar to the aroma. Nice bready Munich base followed quickly by a firm citrus hop punch. Finish is bitter, clean, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency noted.

Overall impression: A classic example of an APA. This is tough to beat. I really enjoyed the assertive hoppiness and the malty balance. Very well done!

05-16-2010 20:16:41 | More by mattcrill
Photo of glid02


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Can shared by Darren - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of mild pale malts with good amounts of leafy and slightly citrus hops. I'm not getting the usual grape/gooseberry aromas that I normally associate with this hop out of this one.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by good amounts of leafy, almost grassy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops sweeten a bit, allowing for more citrus flavors. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid APA however don't expect loads of the normal Nelson Sauvin hop aromas/flavors. Still, worth a shot.

03-28-2010 23:19:18 | More by glid02
Photo of Tucquan


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Had this on three occasions. Once on draft at the brewery on once at the Depot Grill in Lynchburg, VA on 2010-03-03 and again from the can on 2010-03-06. I'll focus on the drafts.

A - Clear, golden color with a 1 finger white head

S - Mild floral and citrus

T - Balance between the malt and hops is decent. Not a very pronounced malt flavor; mostly bread and caramel with some citrus. It's 60 IBUs. Doesn't come across as being very bitter.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

An enjoyable but not great American Pale Ale

03-10-2010 16:18:51 | More by Tucquan
Photo of sholland119


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

On tap at the brewpub, 2/3/10.

A-Pours a clear amber with a thin white head and some nice lacing.

S-Fresh grassy hops dominate the nose with a mild citrus behind, supported by a grainy malt backbone.

T-Excellent. Peppery and grassy hoppiness and a nice bready grainy malt flavor. This is more of a hop head's pale ale. Guilty as charged.

M-Medium bodied and a bit dry.

D-Really nice. Grabbed a six pack to go and would gladly have this one any time.


02-12-2010 17:02:57 | More by sholland119
Photo of Dogbrick


3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. This beer is a clear orange color with a compact off-white head that burns away slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is moderately bitter with hops backed up by caramel and earthy malt. Medium-bodied with a hoppy character. Notes of caramel and malt along with a bit of citrus too. The finish is hoppy and lingering. Decent all around.

10-31-2009 01:43:32 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Kegatron


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to Deuane for hooking me up with a couple of these newly canned babies from Blue Mountain.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 big foamy fingers of eggshell white colored head. This sticks around with a big frothy look, that leaves some equally big sticky lacing back. The aroma is freshly floral and spicy in the nose, with a splash of bright citrus flavoring and some toasted malt character, which gives the bouquet a pleasant toasted graininess.

The taste is pretty hop forward, with a spicy bitterness which lays down a steady dryness. Bready pale malts and fresh green citrus hold up the hops, and offer some balancing sweetness. The lighter-medium bodied, with a pleasant mellow creaminess and a slick oiliness from the hops. Really nice balance here between the smoothness of the carbonation and crispness from the hop bitterness. Just the right amount of each in the feel.

VA is a state with a ton of scenic wonder, and it's great that a homestate brewery is now putting one of their staples in cans for use outdoors. Fresh, full flavored, and thrist quenching, this is a geat Pale.

09-17-2009 12:15:07 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a thick fluffy head that lasts a while.

Smell: very soft caramel, mild pine, and soft floral bitterness are tough to pull from the glass.

Taste: bready malt, caramel, soft pine, green grapes, some hints of grapefruit, and a nice bitterness make up a nicely balanced pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, less so at the finish. Aftertaste is brief and leaves the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: decent quaffable ale here. Worth a try.

08-20-2009 15:06:34 | More by Gavage
Photo of Deuane


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

A 4 day old can hand delivered by Ray and Cornelia. Couldn't get much more fresh!

A-Golden copper with a thin off white head that reduce to a thin veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Herbal/floral hop pop up front with a nice backing of lightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt.

T-Biting herbal hops up front with a touch of citrus. This almost comes off as a fresh hopped brew. Nice, light backing malt that supports well but lets the hops be the star.

M-Medium-light bodies sharp and crisp. Good lingering hop bitterness.

D-About as fresh as fresh can be. A nice light, refreshing, hop forward brew. I like the fact they are growing and using their own hops, keeps things local and fresh. I also like the cans. A step I think more micros should take. A tasty, easy to drink APA.

08-18-2009 23:04:05 | More by Deuane
Photo of route66pubs


3.33/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours a dark golden color, with a few tiny little bubbles, and a white, very small head. Head has very little lacing on the glass.

Not much going on in this aroma ... very little discernible scent here.

Much like the aroma, not a whole lot there. A bit of bready maltiness at the front, with a well-balanced bit of hop at back.

Very crisp, rich, extraordinarily even and well-balanced brew.

Could easily keep enjoying this for quite a long time as there's so little to get in the way. Extremely well-balanced and crisp, a great summer pale to be sure.

08-15-2009 03:28:47 | More by route66pubs
Photo of CrellMoset


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Can picked up as part of a six-pack from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Enjoyed (for about 20 seconds, JUST so I could say I did it) out of the can (what?!), and then poured in to a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous orange body, precisely as it always pours out of the bottle or on tap or ... well, it looks the same, and it looks very nice. The one finger of sticky white head has great retention, leaves great lacing ... great start.

Aroma: A little maltier than I perhaps remember, with a solid amount of biscuity, caramel malt and a ton of spicy, minty, sprucey hops, the sharpness of which accentuate the dryness of the malt and the mineral-esque quality of the water here.

Taste: See above. The citrus is more accentuated here than in the nose, mellow and well-blended. The bitterness is more faded here than I would have hoped or imagined - maybe a can byproduct? I always look for can byproducts. Anyways, the remainder is piney hops, faint herbalness, biscuity caramel malts, and that pure good ol' fashioned Virginia well water.

Mouthfeel: Soft, medium bodied, nearly creamy given how well-integrated the carbonation is, accentuated by the gentle prickle of the bitterness.

Drinkability: Out of cans!? How can you not like the drinkability of this one? True to their rural, environmentally-friendly, grow-your-own-hops mentality, the can thing is another carbon-friendly love-your-local-brewery thing that Blue Mountain is doing right. Kudos to them for branching out just a little farther, and keep it up. I'll be supporting them.

08-11-2009 00:15:15 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of hooliganlife


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

pours right copper with little to no head and very light retention and lacing.

light floral, citrus, and biscuit malts. very faint.

light and crisp with light bitterness. light malts hidden behind a mainly hop defined ale.

light carbonation with bite, but a little too much bite. fairly full bodied

this is a good pale ale, very hop orientated. light and clean, very easy

08-10-2009 12:10:49 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of Durge


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Yet another imported treasure auspices of the Ohoove library of brewskies, this one poured a medium dark iced tea color with a decent off-white head that leaves a nice coating of lace. The aroma brings a pleasant peachy caramel sweet pine, a bit different and pleasing. The flavor brings out a crisp grassy light pine hop with a sort of watermelon overtone. Generally tart with ash tray malt, in a tingly thinnish feeling brew. Drinkable but not highly desirable. An OK pale, that's about it. Too bad it doesn't taste like it smells.

08-04-2009 04:32:50 | More by Durge
Photo of jackorain


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into my Troegs Shaker pint glass.

Nice coppery amber color, crystal clear and topped with a billowy off-white head. The head stayed around for a decent amount of time before falling to a billowy, bumpy coat. After the hea fell it left a nice sticky near fully coating lace.

Smells of caramel, dried fruit like apricot and peach. Green hops comes in the middle to end.

Big green hops hit right up front. This is followed by caramel and some sweetness. The bitterness form the ops takes over middle to end and carries right through to long lingering bitter finish. This is quite bitter for a pale.

Creamy and medium body. Nice tight carbonation.

Overall, this is quite a nice beer that I could have a few of.

Thanks For Reading

06-30-2009 23:41:17 | More by jackorain
Photo of Risser09


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - enjoy by 10/2009

Appearance: Pours a copper/garnet color, transparent in nature, with a 1" tall ivory head. It shows good retention and leaves plenty of foamy lace behind.

Smell: Fresh hop aroma of lemon and grapefruit. It is so citrusy, but also full of sweet smelling pale malt. Swirling creates an earthiness.

Taste: Bitter start that is actually quite vegetal. Earthy, piney, and grassy flavored hops. The malt flavor itself is rather hidden, as the bitterness really takes this beer over. Very long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, earthy, and pretty dry. Medium body, lingering bitterness, and some alcohol. Plenty of frothy carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, solid IPA, but not one of the best. This just isn't the particular type of hop flavor that I'm into. Worth a try.

06-12-2009 12:35:26 | More by Risser09
Photo of merlin48


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Twelve ounce bottle, courtesy of mntlover, pours a chill hazed, amber body with a tall offwhite head that lasts the session. Rings of sticky, frothy lace cling to the glass. A nice looker.

Aroma of floral, earthy, grassy hops, with a respectable measure of citrus and pine notes. Very inviting nose!

Creamy carbonation in the mouthfeel with a light medium body.

Taste has plenty of hops bitterness, but is not overdone. Some nice sweetish caramel balances well. Hops begin with an earthiness that morphs into citrusy grapefruit midway through. pine and grassy notes add a pleasant complexity. The hops mellow considerably by the finish, taking on a McIntosh apple character. Clean finish.

Highly drinkable. A bit different from most APA's, with its complex hop character. Very interesting.

06-07-2009 01:55:59 | More by merlin48
Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.