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Blue Reserve Hommelbier - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Reserve Hommelbier
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: arizcards on 09-20-2013

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Best by October 2015

I poured too hard and had to wait before filling my Duvel tulip, so I disturbed the yeast and got a translucent tropical golden orange in color with a 3 finger white head that turned chunky as it receded, and left thick patchy lacing. Scads of carbonation.

Belgian yeast and spice on the nose with green apple and pineapple. Ripe citrus that at times almost approaches the aroma of milk. Rather lemony with a bit of funk.

Moderate sweet malt at first swallow with lemon and bitter grapefruit peel following. A hints of tropical fruit, earthiness, and pine. Fairly tart in the end.

Crisp and somewhat numbing with a light syrupy/drying feel on the tongue and moderate warmth in the throat. Medium to medium full in body. Almost frothy at times.

I like some sweetness to my beer, and this doesn't disappoint, but overall the taste is a pleasing, tart/bitter. Well balanced and interesting. It has a little warmth, but still seems appropriate for a summer sampling.

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From a bottle, pours a clear golden yellow with very active carbonation.

Nose is earthy, citrus, sweet pineapple, green apple and a little funk. Flavor is citrus, apple, some cracker and caramel malts. Dough and lemon zest on the finish. Overall, this is ok, but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it.

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750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pineapple, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, pear, apple, black pepper, floral, grass, light pine, candi sugar, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus hops, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of pineapple, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, pear, apple, black pepper, floral, grass, pine, candi sugar, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spice/pine hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, pear, apple, black pepper, floral, grass, pine, candi sugar, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus hop, and pale malt sweetness; with a very crisp malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy Belgian pale ale. All around nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Poured from a 750 ml slender brown bottle into a Three Notch'd tulip. Best by Oct 2015 on cork. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear light-orange amber with a 1-finger off-white foamy head with good retention and sheets of lacing at the top of the glass, blobs as you move down.

S: The Belgian yeast character is moderate and even and well-done with pineapple, which blends well with the honeysuckle, grapefruit, and grassy-herbal hop notes. The malt components are not complex but crackery and lightly bready.

T: The overall flavor is pretty mellow with a nice crackery, lightly sweet malt character and an even Belgian yeast character with a good dose of phenolics. The hoppiness is grapefruit and pineapple with a floral, herbal, earthy character in the finish. It is a good Belgian IPA but misses on a wow factor.

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Beer poured a golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has some fruity esters and northwest u.s. hops.

Taste is classic belgian yeast esters, light fruits, some candi sugar, and floral and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with classic belgian yeast strain smoothness.

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Pours golden-orange with foamy head collecting at edges, leaving some lacing.

Nose has some light lemon fruit notes with a yeasty backbone. The taste follows suit, with a bit more earthiness than one might expect from the smell. Mid-taste has some dry pull and hint of wet clay before a more bitter, lightly pineapple-tinged (sometimes seeming more lemony on after the beer "breathed") ends the taste.

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Blue Reserve Hommelbier from Blue Mountain Brewery
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