Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery
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4.25/5 rDev +12.7%
A - Pours with two fingers of off white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.
S - Musty hops, vanilla, spicy yeast notes of coriander and light clove with a hint of pine hiding in the background.
T - Bready malt and a bit of dry toffee up front. some floral hop notes come out in the middle and there is a bit of spicy yeast in the finish and a touch of sweet whiskey like barrel character.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - Very nicely done with a subdued but spicy yeast character and a really well played additional flavor from the barrel. not nearly as intense or crazy as the description on the bottle would imply, but very good nonetheless.
07-27-2012 00:54:05 | More by nickfl
4.21/5 rDev +11.7%
Picked up a single at Ingles in Biltmore, NC which is right outside Asheville, NC. IMHO, the best place to buy beer in so-called "Beer City," because you get a great selection at the cheapest price. Only in Asheville could you find a beer like this at a grocery store!
Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful caramel/amber color with a nice 1/2" frothy head. The head shrunk down to 1/4" and stayed around the entire session.
Smell 4.25: Wow! Amazing bouquet on this beer. Starts out with a simply fantastic blend of peppery, piney, citrusy hops all brought out and enhanced with a deep rosiny hint of oak and nice notes of vanilla and straw.
Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet with little in terms of real taste. This quickly fades to the middle where the palate receives a huge judo kick of piney hops, followed by a lovely taste of wood rosin, followed by a different hop flavor, this time citrus. Finish is slightly tangy with another hit of light, peppery hops and a big flavor of oak. Aftertaste is realitvely brief and, amazingly, is primarily focused on a deep maltiness that quickly fades.
Mouthfeel 4.0: Smooth, light and refreshing in the mouth.
Overall 4.25: Excellent brew and a fabulous IPA. This beer makes use of many west coast US hops and a very assertive malt that forms the backbone of the IPA. The added flavors from the oak barrels push everything over the top into the "above outstanding" category. Well worth the purchase if you are lucky enough to find it.
03-17-2014 04:59:35 | More by BeerDocT
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
Excellent beer overall. This is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale with a somewhat above average dose of hops. 'Local Species' is an apt name, as this is very much a marriage of styles and beermaking traditions that has produced a unique brew. Blue Mountain Barrel House is a brand new brewery, and for a new operation, this is impressive work.
It has noticeable spice and sweetness up front, but quickly gives way to more bitter hops on the finish. The bourbon barrel aging is more apparent in the aroma than in the flavor profile, but the faintest hints of vanilla and smoke add character. Carbonation was slightly aggressive, but that's a minor complaint for a thoroughly enjoyable beer. If you happen to live in VA, local Trader Joe's outlets have picked up a decent chunk of Blue Mountain's product line. I strongly suggest picking some up if you happen to be a local species yourself.
07-10-2012 23:41:48 | More by JKMas
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
750 ml bottle, best before date of March, 2013, poured into a tulip glass.
A- Pours a nice amber color, produces a big lively three-finger head, beige in color, has decent retention and leaves very nice lacing.
S- Belgian yeast, some spice and coriander, also a bit of caramel sweetness and vanilla.
T- Very complex flavor, a lot is going on here. Caramel and toffee sweetness is more noticeable than in the nose. Belgian yeast, spices and a bit of funk, as well as a hint of vanilla, oak and boozy sweetness. Finish is bitter with floral hops and a bit of spiciness.
M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation and smooth feel.
O- A very interesting beer, complex and fun to drink. The yeast, subtle hops, and barrel flavors work nicely together. Definitely give this a try if you come across it.
09-23-2012 09:41:51 | More by WillCarrera
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; best before June 2014 on the cork. Pours fairly hazy deep reddish orange color with a nice 2-3 finger foamy and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, grapefruit, apple, pear, floral, grass, pepper, light clove, light oak, wheat, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast and hop notes with slight barrel presence. Taste of lemon, orange zest, grapefruit, apple, pear, pepper, clove, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, pepper, clove, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of yeast and hop flavors; with a great balance of malt, hop, and spicy ester notes with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice balance and complexity if hop, yeast, and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Even though the stated barrel aging presence was minimal, it wasn’t really a determining factor for me with this style. A very enjoyable offering.
05-30-2013 04:14:45 | More by superspak
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a hazy golden brown coloring. It held a two finger head of eggshell bubbles. This retained nicely, leaving patterned lacing clinging around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave warmed, soured Brett, grapefruity hops, pale and wheaty malts, sweet and floral orange flesh nectars, light metallics, white sugar, coconut sweetness, and smooth, warming oak. Our first impression was that the flavoring was very floral, with a nice tart wildness to the yeast. The sip opened with pale and lightly caramel malts, soured oak bite, and floral hops. Moving to the peak was wild, soured yeast, plastic phenol bite to cut the malty sweetness, and an enhanced sweetness of strawberries. The end was awash with more of that soured yeast, citric rind bitterness, nickel metallics, and a final cleansing of pale malts. The aftertaste breathed of green grape dryness, metallic yeast, Bretty sourness, lemon flesh, and bittered citric hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was big froth and slurp to each sip, with a nice cream to the lip. Booze added dryness throughout the palate, with puckering astringent bite following a nice coating of biting metallic froth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the aroma. There was a hugely surprising Bretty sourness, adding the bite and tartness on par with some wilds. The flavor, however, continued this excitement only mildly. That sourness does work its way to the buds, but by the end it gets washed through a bit by pervasive malty background. This is a tasty beer and definitely worth a try…or two.
01-10-2013 02:13:30 | More by TheBrewo
4.06/5 rDev +7.7%
A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like spicy Belgian yeast and fresh oak, with some salty and grassy hops and toasted coconut.
T: It tasted like toasted coconut and fresh oak and grassy and waxy hops, with some spicy Belgian yeast and a bit of citrus zest. It had a clean and sweet and tangy aftertaste.
M: It was light and oily with fine natural carbonation. Great slick body.
D: This was a really impressive brew, and a successful attempt at bourbon barrel aging a light Belgian ale. The coconut and woody aspects perfectly complemented the grassy and spicy character. The body was excellent also, with a smooth finish. Probably best fresh, but could maybe hold up for a few years. Recommended.
02-24-2013 20:58:33 | More by Pencible
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
I get this fun, sweet, tannic kind of aroma off of this with honey on the backdrop. It's floral, oaky, yeasty, and all around a very enticing aroma even though I think if I sniffed this for an extended period of time I would develop a headache.
Deep amber, and mostly clear. No visible carbonation, but it boasts a glorious very light tan head that just sticks to the glass as it's consumed. Beautiful beer.
Lighter on the palate than expected with a healthy dose of bubbles. Flavors are interesting. Honey is predominant with light burnt caramel and subtle summer fruits. It finishes dry, and leaves me wanting more.
11-10-2012 00:57:39 | More by tlazaroff
Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
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