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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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Reviews: 175
Hads: 547
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 26
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2007

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Reviews: 175 | Hads: 547
Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear orange glow with big bright white sticky head. Interesting sweet and fruity nose. Caramel, some pine and tropical fruit. Lots of malty caramel sugar up front followed by bright fruitiness and moderate bitterness to balance. Bitterness is a nice contras to the bright sweetness. Slick mouth feel, hop resin, dull carbonation medium to full bodied. A super complex and pretty good pale ale but at the price of $12.99 a 6? You can find better pales. (460 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can served in a snifter. Dark, clear amber -- a bit darker than average for style -- with a near creamy bone colored head that has moderate retention and very good lacing. Fine spicy/floral aroma. More flavorful, including a tad more hoppy, than average, with a nice mix of fruity/herbal/grassy hops. Restrained bitterness until the mild-moderately bitter aftertaste. Nicely smooth feel, with medium body and near medium carbonation. (439 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for this one, yay craft beer cans!

Pours a frothy but thick and creamy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly with plenty of layered lacing, over hazy auburn tan orange beer.

Nose has some light amber malts, a little toasty reddish and sweet caramel candy malts, as well as light hops, earthy and fruity mostly, light candied citrus.

Taste brings sweeter malts, candy like caramel and toasty reddish almost amber malts, sweet and smooth, hint of a nutty toffee. Then hops, lighter side of the hop flavors but some bitterness, slight earthy grassy hops, little bit of candied citrus and some fruity flavors, and turns a bit to chewy hops. Finish is fairly bitter, more chewy earthy slightly grassy hops lingering, somewhat dry, but plenty of candy caramel malt flavors too.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of fluffy carbonation.

Overall meh, it has quite a bit of malts too malty overall IMO, hops are lighter in overall profile and mostly just bitterness comes through so it doesn't have a great hop profile either, and even the carbonation is a little too much I think. The balance is at least nice, but the sweetness and bitterness both seem to go a bit too far. (1,183 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice rich malty pale ale. Pours an amber orange color, fairly clear with a big frothy white head. Good retention and some lacing.

Smell is a bit mild, mostly sweet malts.

Taste starts off mild, sweet, malty and with a little metallic taste. After a sip or two the rich malt flavor takes over and the beer appears more rich. A little piney hops at the end.

Mouthfeel seems a bit weak at first taste, after that it is crisp and rich enough.

A pretty good Pale Ale. I would drink this one again. Cans is a good idea. This one would be fine as a six pack in the great outdoors. (577 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice deep brownish-orange color. Full head that lingers around fairly well and leaves a little lacing on the wall of the glass. Aroma is a bit hoppy for a pale ale but good - pilsner and pine. Flavor is nicely balanced and refreshing - hop pop to start and then a nice fade to malts and a bit of pilsner on the end. (323 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Christian for bringing this and a few other Blue Mountain brews up my way.

A pretty standard pale ale here, not bad overall. Clear amber pour with a half-finger of fizzy white head that sank to a ringlet; minimal lacing. Aroma of toasted grains, caramel malts, grassy hops. No surprises. Basically the same on the palate, caramel malts, toasted grains, earthy and grassy hops, with a subtle touch of stone fruit. Light-medium body. Not the best of its class, but a pretty easy drinker overall. (514 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Capital Ale House in Fredricksburg. From notes.

A - Poured gold to dark gold but might have seemed darker b/c of the lighting. Mild carbonation coming up to the one finger white soapy head. Good sticky lace and a ahalf finger of retention. Good lookin' pale.

S - Floral and citrussy. Very smooth, bright, and enticing hop aroma.

T - Nice light malty sweetness and lot's of floral notes and grapefruit. Straightforward but pleasant.

M - Nice fairly strong bitterness and lingering grapefruit pith flavour. Nice mild carbonation and a medium body. Seems about right.

O/D - Nice pale ale. Seemed more like an IPA though. I'll rate it very slightly lower for seeming a little to extreme for a pale ale. Regardless, it was very tasty and worth a try. Well crafted. (783 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks for sharing Jason!

Orange-amber hued with good head and head retention. Candied citrus, sweet malts, generally fruity but not dominantly hoppy. The hop character appears only in the citrus notes but that's not too out of line for an APA I suppose. Bitter at the end with a dry finish. Nice. (298 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting production. So we're using estate grown Cascade hops for this? Right on. Very clean ride on everything. The flavor profile is earthy above all else, but it stays that way throughout the whole ride. The beer takes its course but never wanders. Feel is smooth. Extremely drinkable. I can't say that flavor-wise this beer gives me something above all else. But I feel like it gives me a ride, via the brewer's vision, that gives me something above most others. (469 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark clear amber, head is off white and decent but not huge.

Smells of piney hops, hints of orange and grapefruit citrus, some vanilla/oak maltiness. Also smells a little smoky?

Taste has that same slightly smoky oak character, decent pine-oriented hops, faint hints of citrus. Pretty decent, might be a few weeks/months last freshness.

Mouthfeel is great, lots of carbonation, very refreshing and drinkable.

6.3/10 (427 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer comes to me from the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 z. can. Has a dark caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of hops, a hint of malts. Taste is hops, pine, a touch of citrus, a bit of malts as well, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality brew. (310 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, reddish golden brown with two finger head that died quick and left lace down the glass on top of a of citrusy hopped and mild sweet malt aroma. Taste is more of the same as there is balance and it goes down easy, but I must say the sharp citric hops slightly overpower the bready and sweet malts for a dryer beer with a crisp finish. A good beer, nothing spectacular to write home about, but I enjoyed it and would have another if offered. (455 characters)

Photo of VTFriar
2.16/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Niceburnt orangewith hint of amber color.
Overwhelming malt aroma - like sticking my noose into a bag of dry malt.
Light hop aroma - faint.
Light/Medium body - finishing rather watery...Not a full mouthfeel
Feel bad, but overly sweet / heavily malty beer that I was going to pour out. (284 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A- Clear pale amber colored body with a bubbly bone white head.

S- I really don't smell much of anything, maybe some sweet malt and a dash of citrus, but not much.

T- A little more hop flavor comes through in the taste. Mostly sweet caramel malt, with a dash of piney hops at the end. Still nothing much going on though.

M- Medium-carbonation and medium bodied. Very drinkable.

O- Really lacking aroma and flavor. Almost tastes like it is an old pale ale, but the freshness sticker on the bottom says otherwise. (515 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear burnt orange color. The orange-tinted head is initially tall and very densely frothy. Retention is sturdy, and a good deal of lacing sticks to the glass in rings and tendrils.

S: A full malt aroma, with prominent caramel notes. Standard American hop nose: big citrus, with some herbal and pine notes. Some fruity esters and floral background character.

T: Well-rounded maltiness up front. Some sweetness and caramel flavor gives a light chewiness. Hop bitterness adds a gradually-building firm bite. Hop flavors are citric (orange and grapefruit), herbal, and floral. There are a fair amount of fruity esters that add some nice density of flavor. It's not a "clean" pale ale, but a little roughness around the edges works well here.

M: Somewhat full-bodied. Carbonation is fairly active. A lightly chewy initial mouthfeel fades into a drying hop bite.

O: This is a nice, textbook American pale ale. A moderately flavored malt bill along with a healthy dose of C-hops and a touch of yeasty fruitiness makes for an enjoyable beer. (1,060 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tall tulip

A: Pours a dark amber/brown with three fingers of very dense white foam. Thie retention is remarkable. This is quite dark for an APA.

S: Oddly, this beer starts of with candied apricots, toffee, and caramel. The hops are in the background, but come in with a touch of citrus.

T: The malts are still taking center stage here. Bready malts are quite strong here with a nice amount of toffee to add some sweetness. Hop bitterness balances the beer. There isn't a whole lot of hop flavor here, a bit of pine.

M: On the thick side with medium carbonation.

O: The malt profile is odd for the style but very nice. I really enjoyed the breadiness and sweetness. Hop bitterness is there, but there isn't much hop aroma or flavor. (752 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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! (1,157 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of brewdude1982
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold under a beautifully thick, mousse-like head. The aroma is quite floral and soft...very dry, grassy, and a little toasty. Tasty, balanced flavor. Cascade hops, floral notes, mild pine, apricot, and sweet, biscuity malts. Nothing really special, but perfectly enjoyable overall. Medium bodied and drying. Pretty good. (326 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a very transparent toffee to copper with a 1.5 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could so I'm rounding down a bit.

Smell: Bread, biscuit, and toffee in the malt profile. Floral, herbal, and citrus (orange and grapefruit) hop notes.

Taste: Same as the nose but a bit disjointed.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel that teeters on the edge of crisp.

Overall: This beer looks and feels nice but the smell and flavor profile are lackluster at best. (631 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and a thick coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweet caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel and malty sweetness but also has notes of citrus and pine resin hops, the latter of which contribute a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and both crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pale ale is very easy to drink but is packed with an interesting and balanced mix of flavors from the malts and hops. (793 characters)

Photo of smokeypeat
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color into the glass with a frothy two finger head. Sticky lacing sticks to the glass to the very end.

Smell on this leans a little more to the malt side than I expected. Wheat Thins, light floral note, bready, some orange peel.

Taste is a notch better than aroma. Hops assert themselves better with some piney notes in the taste that I didn't detect before. This is more of a balanced APA style though, not some West Coast hop bomb so don't be expecting it to be over the top with the hops.

I liked the mouthfeel on this. Real easy drinker that grew on me the more I drank. Carbonation was nice and smooth.

Overall a good solid APA. Nice to have a relatively local APA available in a can. (716 characters)

Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.