Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale
Blue Mountain Brewery

Full Nelson Virginia Pale AleFull Nelson Virginia Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,300
Ranked #29,404
3.79 | pDev: 11.61%
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Full Nelson Virginia Pale AleFull Nelson Virginia Pale Ale
Notes: 15 degrees Plato
60 IBUs
Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 636 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DuaneL from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a full tasting, satisfying ale. Lots of hops, Not too bitter. Wish we could get this in the mid-Atlantic states, but I don't think they come up this far.

Sep 03, 2019
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djembeist from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a great, complex beer. It pours the color of a brand new penny with a thin white head. The smell is hoppy with grapefruit and bitter orange zest. The taste is bitter and grape-fruity at first, but this your mouth fills with a beautiful floral bouquet. The mouth feel is smooth but not rough, somewhere in between, like a REAL craft beer. This is great beer!

Jan 04, 2019
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SoccerSeuss from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into pint glass. Clear, dark honey in color with a nice two finger cream colored head. Citrus with notes of pine and floral on the nose. Taste followed smell, strong pine/lemon forward with a floral finish. Medium bodied with a bit of a crisp finish. A very nice pale ale.

As an aside ... good juju with this brew as I was drinking it on tap watching my squad win Lord Stanley's Cup

Jun 11, 2018
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Beejay from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange brown in color with a small white head.

S: Pine and grapefruit with a touch of orange zest.

T: Taste follows suite. Juicy orange with a touch of tropical and grapefruit lingering.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Overall, tasty. Easy going and tasty.

May 10, 2018
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Riff from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, amber color with a white head about two fingers thick, that clings to the glass nicely as it fades away. Smell is pine, citrus, and lemongrass. Taste is pine forward, lemon, subtle malt backbone, and a almost creamy finish. Body is medium, moderate carbonation. Overall it's a solid APA, leans towards sessionable.

Dec 05, 2017
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ramseye4 from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Pours a beautiful amber color with a large head and impressive laying down the glass. Aroma is primarily an appetizing hop aroma, which shines through to the taste. Hop forward for an APA, think along the lines of Sierra Nevada.

Overall a great beer for any occasion.

Oct 08, 2017
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CantDrinkEveryBeer from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive 12 ounce can, in a blue-green color scheme oddly reminiscent of Sprite, with a hop flower relaxing in a lawn chair. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Dark, rich, and cloudy sienna. Beautiful. Not a large head, about one and a half finger's worth that settle down to a pleasant ring of foam.

Smell: Strong smell of pinecone and lemongrass. Floral notes are present as well: redolent of a specific flower, though I can't quite pin down which. It's very pleasing, either way.

Taste: Immediate hops flavor, slightly spicy and suitably bitter, with lemon citrus and a certain creaminess in the finish. It's your standard APA, but executed quite well.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and tingling on the tongue, soft and creamy going down, this sips really well and feels wonderful.

Overall: A tasty and satisfying flagship, worth drinking if you want a nice, back to the basics APA.

Sep 01, 2017
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hipster2u from New Jersey

2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Non-descriptive its bland like anyone could have made it and isn't as good as Serria Nevada Pale Ale or my favorite Kane Sneak box. Do something with this beer make it unique by making it unfiltered, more hops like Carton Hop Pun. If your going to make craft beer don't make it worst then mass produced stuff.

Aug 23, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Revisited 3/27/18

A-Pours a nice darkened amber color
A-Aroma has piney and citrus hints
T-The taste follows the nose with subtle piney and citrus flavors
M-A light bodied beer with decent carbonation
O-A well done beer

Jul 09, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a slightly hazy orange with a somewhat pervasive red here and there. One finger white foamy head dissipated within about a minute. The smell was slightly earthy sweet with a slight pine to citrus back up here and there. The taste was mainly sweet but allowed a decent bitterness to balance. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there but was fairly subdued. Overall, I say this was a good American Pale ale worthy of having again.

Jul 04, 2017
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RAFH from Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had three 12 ounce pours from Bryce at Trump's Albemarle Estates in Charlottesville, Virginia. Extremely solid IPA especially with their Cheese Tray which contained BellaVitano Merlot and Espresso flavors. Am definitely coming back for more!!!

Jun 27, 2017
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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark amber, aroma is pine-heavy, a bit of hoppiness. Taste is pine-hops-and a slight malt. It is good, but not up there with alot of tastier IPA's.

Apr 23, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tight bubbled, cream color head over standard orange/auburn cloudy body. Nose is fresh citrus and herbal hops against a mellow malt base. Spotty lace now decorates my rim.

Taste is still balanced but a little more hop forward. The flavor is high but the bitterness is still mild. A quaffable, easy going brew. Given the name, I expected something more aggressive, but that's okay.

Oct 07, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Part of a flight of 10 at the brewery. Pours a nice gold color, with a thin white head. Initial impression is floral, grapefruit, and resinous hops, with a noticeable but subdued malt presence. Mouthfeel is medium and quite smooth - about right. Medium carbonation. Finish is not as clean as I'd like in an APA.

Sep 26, 2016
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stucat from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My wonderful daughter brought this back to Illinois from a recent trip to Richmond VA. This is a very well done classic Pale Ale. No surprises here but no disappointment either. It pours a beautiful golden hue, a bit cloudy but pretty. Soft but ample head with some nice lacing. The fragrance is a bit sour . Very nice flavor with a grapefruit hop taste up front and a mellow malty back end. This would be a go to Pale Ale for me if it was available here in Northern Illinois.

Jun 23, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, deep gold in color, with one inch head. Taste is straw, pale malt, and grapefruity hops. Sweet start with bitter aftertaste. Above average pale ale. I might get this one again.

Jun 04, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a glass, best by date on can bottom 19 Sept 16, so I got this one in time (20 May 16). Amber beer, ample carbonation with a cream head, a finger or more formed easily. Nice floral and resiny hops nose, maybe a bit of citrus fruit as well. Nicely balanced hops emerge from the firm malt background, a rather pure tasting pale ale profile, and quite enjoyable. Not too bitter or unbalanced, as it should not be. Malt tastes emerge more as beer is consumed (and presumably with a little warming), but hops continue to dominate. Mouthfeel also balanced, a little creamy and sudsy in the middle, fades gently in the finish. A great go-to pale ale.

May 20, 2016
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sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3/21/16 Capital Ale VA

Pours copper with nice head and retention.

Smell is ok. Nothing really pops out too much. Sort of a small floral hop think going.

Taste is good. Just hopped enough and maybe a little bolder than most standard pale ales. It's fairly smooth but tends to build with a bit of a resin taste

Overall pretty decent and easy to drink.

Mar 21, 2016
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88caprice from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: Another win for the APA. I'm not a hop head or an IPA fanatic, but I enjoyed this. Fairly high hop bitterness at 60 IBUs, but pleasant and enjoyable.

Look: Hazy honey amber color with a one finger head. Good bubble retention across the top.
Smell: Wonderful floral, piney, grapefruity aroma. Very uplifting and fresh.
Taste: Hop bitterness, grapefruit, some floral notes. The hop bitterness is moderately high, but never unpleasant or harsh. Finishes with a hint of a malty backbone, but some piney bitterness lingers.
Feel: Medium body. Sparkly and biting.

Mar 15, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, best by date on bottom, can't read full date, March something (it's February)

dark golden color, clear, white head that fades. earthy, grassy, slightly pine hop aroma. taste is well balanced with some biscuit malt flavor. medium bodied.

Feb 12, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I Like the Full Nelson.....its a nice slightly bitter pale ale.....very easy to drink. It pours a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is slightly bitter with hints of pine and citrus. The taste is decently balanced but leans toward bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall....very good.

Jan 01, 2016
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MinnBrewer from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great flavor...I love the choice of hops. Could be just a little more crisp. A little heavy on caramel (I prefer the use of a malty rather than sweet grain...like Vienna).

Dec 30, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cask offering at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont. Sharp, grapefruit hops, creamy, slick copper body. Soft hoppy nose, big Centennial hops in the taste. Lingering citrus finish.

Nov 18, 2015
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vabeerguy from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a nonic pint glass. Color is a cloudy orange. Head fades quickly. Taste is a mildly hoppy which lingers between tastes. This is another fine beer produced by the Blue Mountain Brewery.

Oct 25, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Grille District inside Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, VA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities that are slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: on tap.

Sep 11, 2015
Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 636 ratings