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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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 lacqueredmouse


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
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 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
Photo of bmjivi221

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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


4/5  rDev +6.1%

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


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-17-2013 19:48:04 | More by JustinMatthew
Photo of Msh2960


4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-17-2013 19:41:11 | More by Msh2960
Photo of Oakenator


4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a darker brown with a slight amber hue. Unfiltered. Full head initially does not retain much and little lacing.

S: Yeast, lemon, wheat, candi sugar aroma.

T: Great balance and complexity to this brew - slight sweetness up front, sour and malty flavor towards the back end. Whiskey barrel somewhat present.

M: Good creamy carbonation on the tongue.

O: Really good brew and impressive what has been done with the flavors yet remains a relatively low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:56:52 | More by Oakenator
Photo of MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

07-15-2013 02:01:53 | More by MisledTitan
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 dweeuu


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-10-2013 00:40:04 | More by dweeuu
Photo of brendaniel


3/5  rDev -20.4%

07-07-2013 11:22:23 | More by brendaniel
Photo of IPAchris


3/5  rDev -20.4%

07-05-2013 13:53:37 | More by IPAchris
Photo of Syracuse12

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-30-2013 21:51:26 | More by Syracuse12
Photo of PaulsBrew


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

06-25-2013 23:57:58 | More by PaulsBrew
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml picked up in NC over Easter.

Enjoyed from an Orval glass, somewhere around 40-45 degrees.

Pours with a light, cream-colored head over a cloudy, dark amber body. Small amt of carbonation visible. Great lacing. Thinking this is incorrectly categorized as a BSPA.

Aromas are of lighter fruit. Citrus, green banana peel, and a little bit of yeast. No trace of charred oak barrel.

Very soft mouthfeel for a BSPA. Light spritz bite on the palate. Slightly tart. Some bitter quality from the hops. Flavors lead mostly with ginger, tree fruit - including lime, and navel oranges - and a touch of sourdough bread. The charred oak barrel quality only faintly appears in the finish as it warms, and only if you're looking for it.

Quite interesting, and pretty enjoyable & drinkable beer. IMHO, they should try putting this in 12oz bottles, and sell 6-ers. You could easily make your way thru a six-pack over a nice Spring/Summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 20:10:07 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of BeastLU


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-16-2013 00:21:25 | More by BeastLU
Photo of DeanMoriarty


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

06-13-2013 00:26:33 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of ROGUE16


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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


3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the cork: best by June 2014

Appearance: copper body; little cloudy; off-white two finger head; nice layers of lacing

Aroma: light bready, soft clove, and nothing else

Flavors: soft rye bread, spice, clove like on the back and aftertaste, I keep on sipping and expecting more and nothing, oh how I wanted the oak barrel to come through, uninspiring,

Mouthfeel: fine fizzy feel from the carbonation, light spice, empty on flavor for a barrel aged ale, short aftertaste

To the Point: plain old uninspiring, it was drinkable, I finished the whole bottle and the flavor nor the mouthfeel ever changed. I won’t buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 21:16:39 | More by hackmann
Photo of ajzy


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-01-2013 14:51:43 | More by ajzy
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with thick head that dissipates to a nice cap. Aromas of banana, spice, and yeast. Yeasty flavor with sweet malt and spicy notes. Barrel-aging hardly noticable. Medium body with refreshing carbonation. An overall refreshing Belgian pale.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 00:22:53 | More by JohnG190
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:14:45 | More by superspak
Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.