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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Sammy, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

djrn2, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Thorpe429, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14%

acurtis, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14%

nmann08, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

metter98, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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

brentk56, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

kylehay2004, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

oberon, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

nickfl, Jul 27, 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
Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

oline73, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +19%

mendvicdog, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -20.6%

beernads, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

oriolesfan4, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

InspectorBob, May 16, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

wrightst, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
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 duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

duceswild, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

superspak, May 30, 2013
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Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.