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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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very good

290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
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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bigbutter, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.29/5  rDev -13%
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.

BeerImmediately, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Oct 18, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

obywan59, Jan 01, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Apr 03, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

xnicknj, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL corked brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by March 2013 printed on the cork. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber with solid 1-2 finger frothy off-white with good retention and lots of dots of lace.

S: The aroma is complex with light vanilla, oak, coconut, and pineapple initially with a bready and light caramelly maltiness.

T: The flavor doesn't quite seal the deal and falls a little bit flat with the complexity of the composition seemingly holding this beer back. The barrel qualities are right up front and provide some interesting vanilla, oak, and coconut notes, but they are fleeting and the maltiness hits with a thud as it tastes muddled with some burnt sugar and caramel flavors. The hopping doesn't support the malt and provides a dank quality. The Belgian yeast never gets much chance to cut through the multitude of ingredients.

M: The feel of this beer is quite good with active but even carbonation, medium body, and a creamy texture.

O: I love Blue Mountain's beers, but I was somewhat disappointed with Local Species. It seems like a malt-forward beer should carry some distinctive malt flavor -- instead the barrel characteristics are the most interesting, and the maltiness is dulled. I would not go back to this one. I am going to hang onto the other bottle I bought to see if there is some other flavor development.

argock, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.