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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jgreenearrow on 06-21-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by AleWatcher:
Photo of AleWatcher
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cork and caged 750 ml bottle courtesy of the magnanimous johnqvegas. Thanks D!

dark orangey amber colored body with a rocky three fingered lemon-meringue-pie-colored head. Great retention, huge thick sheets of lacing. The color is a bit dark for my eye, but it still looks pretty nice.

Smells-- bisctuiy, brady, and a little sugar cookie-y from the malts.... The hops come through as slightly citrus and spicy. Not very bitter at all. Pretty dry finish with a touch of lingering earthy, almost oaky) character.

Feels pretty well-carbonated.... Lots of bubbles... But it works here.

Overall--- this is a self-proclaimed "experimental beer," so it is hard to put a real label to it. There was a lot of different things that went into this beer, but the end result is that it feels like all of those things weren't necessary. The final beer comes out just a bit muddled in terms of the overall profile-- like it's hard to see the trees from the woods to really experience what each aspect brings to the table.
Certainly not unpleasant.... but also not overly impressive.
This is one of those beers that is fun to try, but not one I'd want to buy again.

AleWatcher, Oct 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sticks and Stones.Poured into a stemmed glass a slight hazed deep auburn color with a fluffy white head that lasted for quite awhile.Carmael and dark fruit stood out most in the nose with mild phenols and vanilla detected as well.Somewaht sweet upfront with caramel and vanilla flavors with lighter than expected spiced phenols coming into play with a decent drying toasted oak flavors lingering in the finish.The barrel doesn't play a huge role in this either does the phenols,maybe a slightly tame version of the style,still not bad.

oberon, Apr 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Bitzer, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

reitzbrewing, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

mkrass, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

mrw1zard, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Mantooth, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of dmk91
4/5  rDev +5.8%

dmk91, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%

large shared bottle.
Hazy reddish-amber with a good head.
Smells like a sour. The taste follow to some extent. Odd, barrel-aged wild ale. Neither especially challenging nor appealing.

chinchill, Sep 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

HopAttack3, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14%

acurtis, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of tastybeer
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A rather nice looking beer in general. Big fluffy head, reddish copper color, and mostly clear. Good retention and fun shifting lace.

S: Smell is surprisingly subtle. A lot of bright fruitiness, flowers, and spice over a pile of smooth caramel-bread malt. Orange and lemon peel with complimentary pepper an other spices.

T: Syrupy malt, grassy hops, fruit and spice. Interesting flavors. Not really any bourbon barrel but vanilla is apparent.

M: Dry and chalky yet wet and syrupy.

O: Interesting beer. It seems like an unplanned beer. That is a beer that came out differently than expected but you still like it. It pretty good but seems unrefined.

tastybeer, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of BrittQ
4/5  rDev +5.8%

BrittQ, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Sammy, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +5.8%

whatname, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of hyoung41
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

hyoung41, Jun 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

avisong, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

HuntDaddy540, May 27, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep golden body and a white head. Good retention with a couple of chunks of foam remaining on the surface.

Smell - Oaky and very yeasty. A little bit of vanilla. Not really appealing.

Taste - Dominated by oak and vanilla. Weird flavor. Yeasty and not very hoppy. Sweet malty finish.

Mouthfeel - Quite carbonated. Sprizty until the end. Sugary aftertaste.

Overall - Not sure what to make of this. Strange flavors that don't seem to work together.

Alieniloquium, Jul 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

sjones5045, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

tanner1980, Aug 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Johwlin, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

beerFool28607, Nov 04, 2012
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Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.