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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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very good

289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
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)
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Reviews by laituegonflable:
Photo of laituegonflable
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at a random Indian grocery/spice shop in the East Village. Muled back to Oz and shared.

Pours a deep red colour, a bit cloudy. Great off-white head that sinks a bit too quickly, but nice lace curtain left behind. Looks nice.

Smells a little funky at first, with a note of cheese even. Big cranberry tartness, with washed-rind, horse blanket and a savoury oak note that's also very prominent. Funky, oaky, not much else, but who'd want more?

Taste is more funk but also more malt. Quite a sweetness upfront with brown sugar and a touch of peanuts; develops bold, funky notes midway, with a touch of that washed-rind cheese, but then finish is all bourbon oak with vanilla and a touch of coconut. Could use a bit more on the Belgian front, as that bourbon really takes over midway. Not a bad thing, but I feel this beer would have had more to offer if not so oak-soaked.

Full, but rounded. A bit foamy in the mouth and a good finish. Wonderful.

Nice introduction to Virginian beer. Lots of character, but with a good, steady hand on the whacky factor. I feel like if this were even a couple of % ABV bigger it would be an absolute knock-out, as the main issue here is the oak is slightly too dominant. But if all Virginian brews are like this, I look forward to more.

laituegonflable, Aug 13, 2013
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
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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
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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 289 ratings.