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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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85
very good

248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
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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judocricket

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-27-2013 18:44:35 | More by judocricket
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-26-2013 21:32:15 | More by Mattyb79
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StoutSeth

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-24-2013 21:27:40 | More by StoutSeth
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

09-22-2013 00:18:03 | More by drtth
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-20-2013 16:04:12 | More by JohnK17
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Soto

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-06-2013 22:54:24 | More by Soto
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mrchrisray

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

09-05-2013 17:49:37 | More by mrchrisray
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:50:55 | More by StoutHunter
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 18:47:47 | More by beerthulhu
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MorganH

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-01-2013 01:38:25 | More by MorganH
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mozim

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-31-2013 03:56:08 | More by mozim
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themanilow

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-30-2013 14:40:04 | More by themanilow
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-25-2013 12:09:51 | More by jbaker67
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ncelauro

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-24-2013 16:02:49 | More by ncelauro
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HopAttack3

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-20-2013 23:49:53 | More by HopAttack3
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farrago

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a humongous three finger head of eggshell white to tan foam, dense with an undulating surface, excellent retention given how whipped up it is, the lacing is on the wispy side but sticks tenaciously. Translucently clear, like vellum, coppery base that turns equally brown and orange, very few bubbles to be seen. The nose has a fresh if not quite clean profile, stone, poor dirt, pepper and dried grapefruit pulps and grains, the hoppiness sneaks up on you then, wham!, the apple, pear, peach fruit is direct and underripe like you wish you left them on the counter for just another day or two, no meaningful trace of bourbon barrel aging. Medium-bodied, smooth with a pleasingly creamy texture, even the underlying sourness can’t interfere. That said, the cherry, apricot, red apple, pear, peach fruit sunny and tart in just the right way. There’s an earthy, leafy element but not thick enough to be like “sous bois” or deep forest in character. Mostly orange citrus with a hint of lemon. Clean yeastiness, some banana, spicy without any one spice leaping to the fore. Harmonized and very drinkable, probably one of those beers best not categorized, just enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:10:01 | More by farrago
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

08-16-2013 21:39:31 | More by nmann08
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laituegonflable

Australia

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
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 07:45:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/burnt orange with a nice 2 inch thick, frothy head, and tons of lacing.

Smell - Floral fruits, Belgium yeasts, sugars, spices, banana, grapes, plum, rasin. Bready and a little grassy with funk and sour notes.

Taste - First sip there is immediate traces of Belgium yeasts, sour fruits and a faint hint of oak. Spices add some clove and pepper notes. Has a farmhouse like funky note to it. I do get some warmth of alcohol near the finish.

Mouthfeel - The yeasts and sour fruits coat the tongue with some sour and sweetness. Palate gets more of the same with some spices and a hint of oaked flavor. The aftertaste is a little sour and bitter.

Overall - Interesting beer, Like a hybrid really, mix of Belgium pale, farmhouse and barrel aged pale ale. It gets better as it warms and more fruity notes come out. Good beer, wish the barrel oaked flavors were more present but overall was tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:50:14 | More by wvsabbath
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-27-2013 04:49:53 | More by bmjivi221
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brotherloco

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-25-2013 20:52:54 | More by brotherloco
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-18-2013 00:03:41 | More by Gregwa
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-17-2013 19:48:04 | More by JustinMatthew
Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.