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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
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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harrymel

Washington

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
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dweeuu

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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

Pennsylvania

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
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BeastLU

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Michigan

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
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-01-2013 14:51:43 | More by ajzy
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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
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superspak

Michigan

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
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zdeck37

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

05-29-2013 21:42:16 | More by zdeck37
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domnalbrecc

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

05-29-2013 09:55:22 | More by domnalbrecc
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stortore

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-26-2013 04:22:50 | More by stortore
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-18-2013 21:58:46 | More by lupercmda
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GinsuDave

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

05-18-2013 01:07:35 | More by GinsuDave
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-16-2013 21:27:40 | More by InspectorBob
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-15-2013 02:21:42 | More by FUwolfpacker
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thetachibro

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

05-12-2013 00:57:19 | More by thetachibro
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schaffer9252

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-04-2013 14:32:15 | More by schaffer9252
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civicm87

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-01-2013 23:06:38 | More by civicm87
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Chaney

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
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