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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 347
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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 EMV
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at HomeD pizza in State College, poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a deep hazy mahogany color. Minimal head and no significant lacing.

S: Fruits and oak. Pretty minimal bourbon which is possibly overpowered by the Belgian yeasts.

T/F: Malty and fruity, with notes of raisins, cherries, and blueberries. Rich Belgian yeast flavors add complexity and the oak is very subtle with faint vanilla. Not picking up a lot of the bourbon... especially for a barrel aged beer. I'm sure it's in there but it definitely takes a back seat to the fruits. Smooth and low carbonation.

O: A nice beer... and a little different from the 'bourbon barrel' aged boozefest that I was expecting. Still... I liked this beer and would like to have it again. Not easy to find in Pennsylvania. (792 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy, gold, with 1/4 inch head and high carbonation. Taste is very interesting. There is a good deal of oak, plus fruitiness. I get cherries, plums, perhaps some apricot and slight bittering hops.. Very tasty combination. Happy I picked this up. One of the better offerings from the brewery so far. (312 characters)

Photo of GlacierSapien
4.66/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

delicious, fruity, yeasty and full of flavor the perfect easy drinking beer...if it wasn't for the pricetag.
Still a damn good beer, the bourbon and belgian yeast harmonize wonderfully and the hops bring it home. (212 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blue Mountain Barrel House "Local Species"
25.4 oz. brown glass bottle, corked & caged. "Best By: NOV 2015"
$9.99 @ Cost Plus World Market, Arlington, VA

Appearance: Hazy amber body beneath a full head of creamy off-white that holds well and leaves some pretty nice solid sheets of lace around the glass.

Aroma: Oak, caramelish malt, non-descript spice. It's not particularly bright, but it's clean and welcoming.

Flavor: Oak, non-descript spice, brown sugar, light golden caramel, Bourbon, grass, mint, clove, apple, soft green banana. Delicately bitter, but dry in the finish with a swirl of spiciness that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very fine, median carbonation that gently bristles the tongue.

Overall: Not particularly Belgian, nor particularly Bourbon-barrel, it combines the two in a really nice way. It's relaxing, if that can be; perhaps because you're almost forced to treat it as a sipping beer. (930 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a solo cup.

A: Deep, hazy gold-copper with 1/2" white head that dissipates quickly. Retention is OK, not much lacing to speak of.

S: Banana, oak, some oily hoppage, slightly yeasty funk. Brown sugar & caramel.

T: Banana, oak. Raspberry, bourbon. Mild yeasty note here. Apple pie.

M: Moderate carb with a full bodied-maltiness. Very appropriate.

O: A bit too sweet for my taste, but pleasantly complex. (429 characters)

Photo of nitro0292
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Barely opaque bronze with hints of red. Half inch of tight foam from a gentle pour.
Few carbonation bubbles, especially for a bottle-conditioned Belgian-style.
Smell is slight hops, slight malt, mostly funky yeast; not unappealing, but not "I can't wait to taste" either.

Taste is very balanced and follows the smell, the malt and hops take a back seat to the yeast. Aside from the yeast, not a whole lot going on, but malt makes its presence felt a touch more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is typical of a dry American ale, no lingering presence after the swallow.

Worth trying. (599 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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 !! (479 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

L - This beer pours copper in color with amber highlights. It has a slight haze. The head in two inches tall and beige.

S - Initially this beer struck my as vinous with some esters reminiscent of Belgian yeast. As it warmed the aromas seemed to fade. I did get a little pear and alcohol.

T - At first it was bitter. Once it warmed up I tasted some spicy pear. I got fleeting hints of citrus. The finish was dry.

M - Medium and highly carbonated

O - The description on the bottle made this beer sound interesting which it was. However, I detected nothing from the bourbon barrel. I would have never guessed this beer was barrel aged. Nonetheless, it is a good beer. It comes across as a saison/BSPA hybrid. It is absolutely worth a try. (802 characters)

Photo of DaliQualiti
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

I get a ton of grapefruit in this brew - both smell and taste. It's like a full bodied, barrel-aged, hoppy hefeweizen. (If that makes any sense.)

Not bad, not great. Worth a shot and MAY get a second chance, but not anytime soon.

Local Species definitely has some strong qualities but it needs some fine tuning. Not sure what Blue Mountain is getting at with this one. (372 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, bright, amber-tinted copper coloring, with a filmy, clingy, surface coating of off-white head. Aromas of subtle caramel, charred wood characteristics, all spice, bubble gum, subtle hops bitterness, cloves, subtle toffee sweet, and Belgian spice and funk. Flavors are hops bitter forward, with hints of citrus and resin, followed by a subtle spice blend of clove, cardamom, all spice, and nutmeg, all on a caramel sweet backbone. The spice blend builds towards the end and into the aftertaste, along with a berry fruit and bubble gum Belgian funk blend. Light, crisp bodied, with a slick, crisp, spiced finish. Drinkable, tasty beer. (696 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dobra Zupas, Beckley

A- pours a clear golden orange color with a small creamy white head, good retention and lots of lace left behind

S- lots of citrus on the nose with some Belgian yeast, not really picking up any barrel

T- citrusy hop follows the nose with some earthy banana Belgian yeast, maybe picking up a trace of oak and vanilla but not really getting any bourbon

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel with a slight bite, finishing slightly crisp and foamy

O- nice citrusy notes made it very drinkable, but any bourbon barrel notes are hard to find (601 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Cork reads, "Best by June 2015".

A: 4.25 Cloudy, honey-colored body with 1.5 fingers of nice, dense, off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: 3.75 Noble-type, grassy hops with lighter citrus notes. Touches of musty yeast. Bready malt. Hint of indistinct spice. Faint wood, oak.

T: 3.5 Dry, woody, earthy notes open with some hop-fueled bitterness. A brief swell of bourbon-type sweetness and malt. Returns to a medium hop bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: 4.25 Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Nice creamy texture.

O: 3.75 The hops and barrel-aged notes are there, but lack some cohesion. Feels like there is something missing in the middle to fill out the flavor profile.

Prost! (844 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber with a small white head. Aroma and taste is of biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, fruity with some mild citrus hops. A medium body with nice smooth texture and mild carbonation. Finish is a combination of biscuit malt and Belgian yeast, a bit of caramel and toffee notes, fruity with some mild citrus hops for balance. Overall a well balanced tasty and enjoyable brew. (383 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%

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. (187 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz corked bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours reddish orange with a small white head. Smells of piney hops and some Belgian yeast. Tastes of Belgian yeast with some piney hops with a bit of barrel age aftertaste. Beer is slightly heavily carbonated but finishes nice for a medium body. Overall a very good beer. (334 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of jodybrutal
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was inside a mystery box that I picked up at my local spot. Cork says best before July 2014. Poured into Brooklyn Brewery snifter that I picked up for a buck at the Goodwill store.

a - Very cloudy, dark, reddish copper color. Not much light getting through. Two fingers off white head with spotty lacing. Head dissipates quickly.

s - Earthy, funky, sour fruit scents. Vinegar. Belgian yeast. Slight bourbon scent. Smells more like a Saison than a strong pale ale.

t - There's a lot going on in here. Starts sweet. Definitely some light hoppiness balanced well with the yeast. Ends with a spicy, dry finish that warms with the bourbon.

m - Medium body. Light carbonation. Yeast comes through here. Bourbon lingers on the tongue. ABV feels like more than it's 6.6%, but still a very easy drinking beer.

o - Very enjoyable beer. There's a lot of different stuff going on. Honestly, I could have done without the whole bourbon barrel thing here. Overall, I did really like it. I would definitely have this again. (1,022 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,486 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served deep amber color with a one finger of white colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a candied sugar smell mixed with some other aromas of a bready smell. Mixed with these are some more yeasty aromas as well as some aromas of lighter fruits with apricot, pear, and peach all there. Overall it has a rather sweet but pleasant Belgian pale ale aroma.

Taste – The taste begins sweet with tons of Belgian candied sugar tastes and lots of lighter fruit flavors of peach, pear, and apricot. A bit of a bready taste is present from the start as well, with it losing ground as the taste advances on. The fruit and the sweet remain relatively constant throughout however, with the loss of breadiness leaving the beer a bit more on the sweet side in the end. Along with the loss of the bread, comes some lighter hop flavors of a grassy and herbal nature as well as some hints of spice, which when combined with the other flavors end up leaving a rather sweet and fruity Belgian pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of only 6.6% adv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the sweet flavors of the brew the thick body and lower carbonation really accentuated these flavors and made it a little cloying at times, but overall it was still alright as it never become too obnoxious.

Overall – A rather tasty and sweeter Belgian Pale ale. Quite nice overall and one I would certainly do again. (1,681 characters)

Photo of brewtus
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle poured into teku
A- cloudy caramel color with a quick two finger off white head
S- very earthy, dirty, vegetable, some belgian yeast, caramel, hints of dark fruit
T- plenty of earthy saison barnhouse flavors, dark fruit, a nice oak backbone, finishes with a grassy malt flavor, slight warm hop presence, dry
M- a decent amount of carbonation, dry throughout
O- what a weird ass beer. I like how unique it is but it's not something I'd buy regularly. There are a lot of unique and complex balances between a saison funk and barrel aged malty ale. The only beer I could ever relate to this would be fantôme noir but this is a lot better (less sweet, less fruity). This brew is labeled correctly --- experimental sort of ale--- yeah weird but entertaining for your taste buds and definitely worth trying at least once. (830 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of mhaugo
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 6.6% ABV.
Appearance: Mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Almost no head to speak of and a slight haze (3.5/5).
Aroma: Wood and booze. The beer was aged in charred American White Oak bourbon barrels, so that makes sense. These two smells are so dominate that little else is allowed to come through. Maybe a touch of piney hops, and a little bit of maple syrup, but I’m really hunting for them (3.75/5).
Taste: The oak comes through before anything else. This is followed up by a hint of Belgian yeast esters and a floral hop bitterness. As it warms the bourbon comes forward, and eventually overpowers everything else (3.75/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation. Also a touch of astringency from the oak, a bit of warmth from the bourbon (4/5).
Overall: Overall I’m happy with the beer, but I would have liked to have seen just a little more beer and a little less bourbon. This same beer, with the booze dialed back about 25%, would be absolutely amazing. As it stands, the branches can’t support all the decorations (3.75/5). (1,084 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged. This doesn't look, smell, nor taste like a Belgian strong pale ale. More a dubbel in my opinion.

A: dark amber with leaning towards brownish/red, clear, decent, broken thin head
S: malt, yeast, brett
T: malty with decent but balanced bitter hop finish, brett in finish
M: refreshing from brett, well-rounded
O: nice beer (339 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,643 characters)

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Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.