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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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very good

276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
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 obywan59:
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3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

Pours a nice coppery color, almost clear, with a 3 1/2 finger pale tan head and lacing. A tower of bubbles rises from the middle of my Ommegang glass.

Smells lightly sweet and fruity with spicy yeast, overripe citrus, and some light mustiness.

The taste was lightly tart at first, with some moderating sweetness, but an overying musty bitterness detracted from the flavor. Someone earlier mentioned "chalky".

A well-rounded mouthfeel with a light prickle of carbonation, a pleasant stickiness, and the burn of alcohol in the throat.

This beer is much better as it warms. I tested it at 57.7 degrees, near the bottom of my last glass, and it still had some of the musty bitterness I described before. If I tried this again I would try it at room temperature, as the last few swallows definitely tasted the best. Overall though, Blue Mountain Barrel House has the best Virginia beers I've tasted yet.

obywan59, Jan 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%

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 -1.1%

Bitzer, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

reitzbrewing, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

mkrass, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mrw1zard, Jul 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Mantooth, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

dmk91, Nov 07, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -26.1%

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 -20.8%

HopAttack3, Aug 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

acurtis, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of tastybeer
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%

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 -7.7%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

BrittQ, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Sammy, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

whatname, Mar 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

hyoung41, Jun 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

avisong, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

HuntDaddy540, May 27, 2014
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2.65/5  rDev -30.1%

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 +12.1%

sjones5045, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

tanner1980, Aug 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Johwlin, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

beerFool28607, Nov 04, 2012
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Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
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