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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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very good

327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jgreenearrow on 06-21-2012

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Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Describes as "A Belgian inspired, barrel aged, American hopped experimental sort of ale"....?....Pours a light brown-amber color, cloudy with a decent head and pretty decent lacing. Aroma is of some oak and twangy malt sweetness. Taste has some oak in it, not much bourbon. Carbonation is average and taste is rather mild, with the oak being the predominant flavor. Not much going on with this beer, light, decent, balanced but not quite the mouthful of flavor I was expecting !!

Photo of KFBR392
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Reddish/peach color to this brew. Sticky lacing at random points on the sides of the glass. Average to above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: The front is a bright combination of sour funkiness and sweet bourbon. The belgian funkiness wins out over the bourbon but they make a very interesting front combining together. These tones fade off and nothing else really grabs the attention of the nose. Love the front, after that not much left.

Taste: The front is very light pears, straw, lemon, and oranges. The body has more nice tropical fruity accents. The finish is some of the sour tones found in the aroma. A touch of bourbon is felt on the finish and leaves a semi-dry feeling on the palate. A lot of watery tones and mediocrity here.

Mouthfeel: Very light, some yeast presence.

Overall: A lot of meh. It shows some promise of being a truly interesting brew but seems to fall off more then it should.

Photo of JMay419
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mkrass
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of st9647v3
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jadeal
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow. I guess this beer should NOT be stored for too long.

Unlike other reviewers, my bottle (750 mL corked bottle, only kept it for 1 month after buying) did not have a "best by" date anywhere on it.

That being said, I'm pretty sure it went well past it (maybe the store removed it, if possible?). As you'll see, my experiences with this beer do not match other reviewers.

A- Poured a hazy, light brown color. Absolutely no head. Absolutely no bubbles.

S- Strongly hoppy, vinegar, hint of apple, belgian yeast.

T- First sip, when still cold, remarkably watery. Very little flavor at all, just some sourness, almost like a white wine. As it warmed up, it became completely dominated by hops and alcohol, with maybe a hint of apple or other fruits. Absolutely no oak barrel or belgian flavors coming through. Pretty sour as well. Definitely tasted more like an 8 or 9% alcohol.

M- Like water.

O- Once it warmed up, actually tasted like a pretty nice IPA, and completely drinkable, but absolutely no belgian or oak flavors, as advertised. Since this differs from most other reviewers, I guess I got a bad bottle? If your bottle has a best-by date, take it seriously.

Photo of ajzy
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BFCarr
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of brotherloco
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of poiuytr
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of bigbutter
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml picked up in NC over Easter.

Enjoyed from an Orval glass, somewhere around 40-45 degrees.

Pours with a light, cream-colored head over a cloudy, dark amber body. Small amt of carbonation visible. Great lacing. Thinking this is incorrectly categorized as a BSPA.

Aromas are of lighter fruit. Citrus, green banana peel, and a little bit of yeast. No trace of charred oak barrel.

Very soft mouthfeel for a BSPA. Light spritz bite on the palate. Slightly tart. Some bitter quality from the hops. Flavors lead mostly with ginger, tree fruit - including lime, and navel oranges - and a touch of sourdough bread. The charred oak barrel quality only faintly appears in the finish as it warms, and only if you're looking for it.

Quite interesting, and pretty enjoyable & drinkable beer. IMHO, they should try putting this in 12oz bottles, and sell 6-ers. You could easily make your way thru a six-pack over a nice Spring/Summer evening.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is about two fingers high, pale orange in color, and rather bubbly like most Belgian-style ales. Retention is quite good, and the lacing left behind is thick, if inconsistent.

S: This is interesting, if slightly mild. Fruitiness is dominant - mostly apples and pears, with just a hint of something suggesting apricots. I think the fruit notes are a touch too sweet here, but they do smell good in the glass. There's a subtle background of piny, citrusy hops here: enough to get me excited, and not enough to throw the rest of the beer off. Oak and bourbon aromas are minimal at best.

T: It starts off fairly tart - not 'sour ale' tart, rather 'general fruitiness' tart. It's very orange-y, whatever the hell that means. It finishes with subtle vanilla, oak, banana, and bourbon flavors. Actually, the aftertaste has is very oak-forward, to the point of being slightly vegetal at times. I'm really struggling to find any hoppiness, which is forgivable given it's not the freshest bottle. Yeast stays in the background, and alcohol is nonexistent (expected given that it's only 6.6%). In short, not all of it works, but a lot of it works.

M: The feel is quite light, just as I hoped for. It also finishes with some tannic qualities, making it rather dry...and drinkable. It doesn't evaporate off of the tongue like, say, Duvel though. This is due to some lingering sweetness and low carbonation for a BPA.

O: Nothing amazing, just a really drinkable BPA with a mild bourbon/oak presence. I wouldn't buy it again due to the price, but I would drink it again with no problems.

Photo of obywan59
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DRouth
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear light garnet red in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast with some light peppery spiciness.

T: Light amount of bourbon flavors come out in the finish of the beer as it warms up. Upfront there is a high amount of pale malts with lots of Belgian yeast spiciness along with some hints of brett.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness.

O: I was really expecting more bourbon and barrel presence in the beer and it disappointed in that respect. Also, the beer has some interesting components but it just does not feel well integrated or successful when put together.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh sweet Jebus! Best before date of March 2013! I just missed it by a few days. Crikey.

Great looking beer. Nose is nice. I have high expectations based on as much. The flavor delivery is...odd. At first I thought the goal was a Flemish tone on things, but I question if this was intentional. Seems to be off, with an aftertaste that is...off putting. Although, it seems to get better as time goes on. But it took a lot of time. A lot. A for effort, C (at best) for execution.

Photo of xnicknj
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330mL bottle poured into tulip

Hazed copper color with a brighter golden hue. Crop of frothy white head dissolves pretty quickly, leaving a thin layering of film and a few spots of lacing.

Soft notions of hops in the nose, oak barrel and soft warmth. Yeasty funk, touches of spice and bready sweetness.

Peppery and slightly sweet with touches of fruit. Pears and apples, toasted oak, hints of bourbon and vanilla. Belgian yeast, soft hoppiness and buttery biscuits. Finishes a little bitter, sweet and warm.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a bit dry and sticky on the tongue. An interesting take on the style, although the barrel character was a bit more muted than I was expecting.

Photo of vande
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NHbeerguy
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveBlack
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Foamy, 1.5 finger off-white head that is fed constantly from the bottom of the glass, giving an almost infinite head. The beer itself is a cloudy, dark copper color.

S: Sweet caramel, yeast, and a biscuity smell. Not as much of the bourbon as I would have expected, though there is a slight woodiness to the aroma.

T: Not nearly the amount of sweetness that I expected from the aroma. Bready, a little oaky, and a slight hop bitterness on the finish. There is something a little metallic about it as well. Still not much in the way of bourbon.

M: Moderate body, decent amount of carbonation.

O: Honestly, the flavor seems a little... confused. It's not solidly Belgian-style, or a pale ale, or a bourbon barrel aged beer, which can be a good thing, when the flavors come together, but they really don't in this case. Still a good beer, but sometimes simpler is better.

Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.