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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 350
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 24.87%
Wants: 8
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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Best by 3/2013.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, wood, and a slight bourbon aroma. Taste is much the same with a woody finish and a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: large head with nice lacing and excellent retention on a cloudy golden amber body.

S: corriander, lots of mint, belgian yeast, sweet fruits, mostly banana. A very nice smelling beer.

T: sweet bourbon up front but not over done moving to a lightly tangy banana citrus and belgian yeast flavor.

M: very creamy body, moderate to high carbonation. coats the mouth.

Overall: A nicely comple and unique brew. This is a must try for the beer snob. The aroma differs greatly from the taste but compliants each other well.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The overall taste is similar to the smell but the finish is a little more complex with hints of vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The bourbon barrel aging definitely makes this the finish of this beer a little more interesting but it seems that this could have been better integrated into the overall taste. You really need to warm this beer up in order to taste the bourbon.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A nice looker, with a frothy ecru head that sits and stays upons the cloudy amber liquid beneath; nice lacing pattern, too

Smell: An herbal blend with caramel tones; subtle wood and fruity elements

Taste: The malt bill is caramel forward, with stone fruit and herbal elements kicking in by mid-palate; earthy hop flavors add bitterness and the yeast character is really out there, bringing bread and a bit of chalky/limey tartness (a touch of Brett, perhaps); the finish is a bit on the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A lot of interesting things going on but I am not overly satisfied with the end result; the finish is a bit too sweet, given all the other things going on

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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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a half finger of off white head. A layer of head stays on top of the pour.

Smell: There is a strong herbal presence here. I'm getting sweet, slightly fruity malt with some alcohol. The fruit reminds me a little bit of apricots.

Taste: Fruity and herbal notes right off the bat. I'm getting some mild alcohol. There is a malt note in the background with some fruit and oak. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this had a nice blend of flavors, but the finial product was a bit strange as well. I'd have more.

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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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.62/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchase by @LaitueGonflable in NYC. Shared with me in Sydney.

Pours a pleasantly hazed amber red hue with a full and persistent head of off-white tending to pink. Lacing is intricate and excellent.Body is full but still pretty fluid. Quite minimal carbonation, despite the persistence and size of the head. Looks good.

Nose is rounded and hoppy. Plenty of fruit, but blended with a supple sweetness that gives off overripe plums and stonefruit with very little sharpness or acidity. Under this is a very pleasant woody note. Oak and earthiness. Slight rustic funk to it, but more of a suggestion of acidity without being actually acidic. The sweetness tempers everything in here, making it feel fresh and full throughout. Lovely stuff.

Taste is clean and bright, without perhaps the complexity that the nose suggested. Certainly the earthy, slightly woody tones come through, rustic and slightly bretty. But the sweetness, especially the stonefruit has been removed, leaving just the malt basis to hold up the rest of it. Faint earthy hop characters come through on the back giving a point of conclusion. It's pleasant.

Feel is smooth throughout and quite undercarbonated. In this beer, that's no bad thing.

Overall, this is a very pleasant, drinkable brew with a lot going for it. If I was a tad disappointed with the palate, it's just because the nose was so wonderful and promised so much. But it's still very good stuff: rounded, integrated, and complete.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Belgian inspired bal. aged, american hopped experimental ale.

A: When backlighted a caramel apple coloring that is filled with a dense, misty carbonation. Frothy tan head shows some resilience while leaving a single, thick, milky band for lace.

S: Aroma is fruity, apple-pear, spicy american hops upon first uncorking. Sweet caramelized fruit, golden raisins, melon, and white oak is clearly dominant with subtle charred hints.

T: Spicy hops, wine-oak alcohol, and pancakes. Green melon, fresh wet citrusy hops on the close. Sweet and fruity flavor, caramelized pear and apple closely resemble the nose. The fruit is fresh, wet, and juicy. The alcohol is toasted and with a charred barrel woodiness and oaky wine finish. Flowery hops, spicy citrus leaves a bit of dryn on the close out. Honey-fruit, semi-dry lemon-straw with a lovely leave of wine oak alcohol.

M: Mouthful was medium, small tingle of carbonation, spicy.

O: Overall sweetly toasted, light and freshly fruity makes this drink easier then it looks. Has a harmonous blend of belgian yeast, fresh wet fruitiness, and american spicy hops balanced nicely with subtle hints of charred oak woodiness. Everything is delicately balanced and fine tuned here, a dark looking heavy beer that really does drink much lighter then it looks. crisp and refreshing. very good try.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Duckworths. Orangy pour, thin layer if white. Laces just a tiny bit.

Aroma, citrus and a small amount of funk and yeasty esters. A little vanilla.

Taste, a good mix of yeasty spice, some herbal bitter hops and a mild malty caramel. Barrel adds some vanilla and a tinge if toasty wood.

In between light and mid somewhere. A nice level of carbonation, more than the appearance would lead. Pretty nice take on the style, with some uniqueness added.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at a random Indian grocery/spice shop in the East Village. Muled back to Oz and shared.

Pours a deep red colour, a bit cloudy. Great off-white head that sinks a bit too quickly, but nice lace curtain left behind. Looks nice.

Smells a little funky at first, with a note of cheese even. Big cranberry tartness, with washed-rind, horse blanket and a savoury oak note that's also very prominent. Funky, oaky, not much else, but who'd want more?

Taste is more funk but also more malt. Quite a sweetness upfront with brown sugar and a touch of peanuts; develops bold, funky notes midway, with a touch of that washed-rind cheese, but then finish is all bourbon oak with vanilla and a touch of coconut. Could use a bit more on the Belgian front, as that bourbon really takes over midway. Not a bad thing, but I feel this beer would have had more to offer if not so oak-soaked.

Full, but rounded. A bit foamy in the mouth and a good finish. Wonderful.

Nice introduction to Virginian beer. Lots of character, but with a good, steady hand on the whacky factor. I feel like if this were even a couple of % ABV bigger it would be an absolute knock-out, as the main issue here is the oak is slightly too dominant. But if all Virginian brews are like this, I look forward to more.

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Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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).

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Blue Mountain Brewery's Local Species about a month ago for $6.59 at Boyne Country Provisions. I've hear about this beer before and I wanted to try it, but I was pretty sure this brewery wasn't available in Michigan, so I was surprised when I saw a few bottles at Boyne Country Provisions, so I quickly grabbed a couple to try, so lets see how it goes. Best by June 2014. Poured from a cork and caged brown 12.7oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks pretty nice, I like the design and it has a little information about the name and the beer. It poured a nice caramel amber color that was pretty cloudy and took on a ruby hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and lets lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a candied sugar like aroma to it followed by loads of yeast, I get some Belgian yeast aromas that are a little spicy, but it seems like it's the funky yeast that shows up the most imparting a farm house ale like aroma that reminds me Brewery Vivants house yeast. Up next comes a big fruity aroma with pears and green apples sticking out the most with a slight bit of dark fruits in the background. Towards the end I get a woody aroma that must be from the the barrel and I also get a light citrus hop aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I liked the yeast profile and all those fruity aromas were pretty nice.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that still has a light candied sugar aspect to it followed by loads of yeast that are pretty much dominated by some funky yeast that has a Farmhouse Ale flavor to it and it's not very brett like. Up next comes the fruit with the green apples and pears showing up the most with a really light amount of dark fruits in the background along with a light woody flavor. On the finish comes the hops that have earthy and citrus hop flavors to it with a very light amount of medium bitterness and a very light amount of tartness that seems to be almost even and it had a funky yeast and fruity aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer, some of the aspects were a little lighter than others, but it still retained a decent amount of complexity.

M- Very smooth, clean, pretty crisp, fairly dry, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it doesn't really fit the style of a Belgian Strong Ale, but as far as funky Belgians go I think it's pretty on par and the yeast really does remind me of Brewery Vivants house yeast. The yeast did seem just a little overpowering and the barrel and hop aspects didn't show up as much as I thought they would, but I still really like liked the flavors and I thought it was enjoyable. This beer had good drinkability, it was very smooth, not filling, crisp and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, drinking the whole bottle is no problem and if I was really in the mood for a beer like this I could see myself drinking a couple bottles. What I liked the most about this beer how all the aspects were equally good and didn't really have a weak point. The only thing that I liked the least about this beer was how little the barrel and hops showed up, if they showed up a little more I think this would be a very good beer. I would buy this beer again, I have a bottle in the cellar and I might grab a couple more next time I'm at Boyne Country Provisions, it's a little pricey but I think it's worth it. I would recommend this to anyone who like the funkier Belgian ales. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it wasn't really what I expected, but I ended up enjoying it and I think the funkier yeast profile worked well with this beer. This made for a good first impression of Blue Mountain Brewery, I didn't see any of their other beer on the shelf and I don't know much about this brewery, but if I saw some of their other beers I'm pretty sure I would give them a try. Good job guys, I'm glad I took a chance on this beer and I think it really paid off. I'll be interested to see how this changes over time.

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Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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