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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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very good

255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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 PEIhop


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-09-2013 01:09:16 | More by PEIhop
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:43:40 | More by xnicknj
Photo of tobelerone


4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-01-2013 14:53:35 | More by tobelerone
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

01-24-2014 16:09:48 | More by liamt07
Photo of ShanePB


4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-19-2013 14:22:21 | More by ShanePB
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:36:56 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-21-2014 22:48:39 | More by iL0VEbeer
Photo of wrightst


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-14-2014 02:54:30 | More by wrightst
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-07-2013 14:48:11 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of laituegonflable


3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 05:00:58 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of Boone757


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-15-2014 00:20:55 | More by Boone757
Photo of DrBier


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-13-2014 19:50:08 | More by DrBier
Photo of mhaugo


3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 07:05:27 | More by mhaugo
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

07-05-2013 13:53:37 | More by IPAchris
Photo of Pencible


4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 20:58:33 | More by Pencible
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-28-2014 01:54:44 | More by AngusOg
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-09-2014 13:40:30 | More by Griffith
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3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2014 02:39:20 | More by Darkmagus82
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-18-2013 07:12:38 | More by ShemRahBoo
Photo of harrymel


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by June, 2014

It's a toasted golden with a solid sheet of yellowed cream. Smells of light belgian yeast, apple meat, some bretty character, caramel malts and some dried cut grass. Flavor is malty, biscuits, some oak, smoke, golden raisin, seltzer, a little bitterness and some metal on the finish. Body is medium with a fine, silky carb and a near bone dry finish. I was skeptical of this beer, but was surprised to find the belgian yeast wasn't too overpowering, while the oak was a nice second fiddle with this beer. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 05:45:35 | More by harrymel
Photo of argock


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 02:15:51 | More by argock
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3.78/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 00:33:30 | More by Bung
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-21-2012 21:58:24 | More by Hanzo
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-12-2014 22:04:55 | More by petermethot
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by May 2013 (printed on the cork)

Even though Blue Mountain is in my state and is basically a weekend getaway for BAs in the area, this is only my second brew by them.

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped-glass.

A: Looks like a word-class amber ale: Copper in color, cloudy, and with a nice off-white head that head very fickle bubbles.

S: Very fresh, almost with a hint of sourness, and low on the hop food chain. After sniffing, drinking, sniffing, drinking over time, I got a good bit of the barrel-aging... much more so than I got on the taste.

T: Right away, this tasted like something Brooklyn would make: Crisp in nature (even on their high octane stuff), bright and a bit yeasty on the end, with no trace of oak to my palate whatsoever. Very, very tasty. I'm thinking the mere restain of the hop component was the barrel's real contribution.

M: Bubbly and spritzy, with some nice lacing left on the glass. Not hop bitterness. As a matter of fact, "citrus" is not a word in the Local Species category.

O: Even though I still think $10.99 is still a bit higher than I think this beer ought to be, especially considering it's a local one, this was quite tasty and even better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 03:40:06 | More by Chaney
Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.