Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Full Nelson Virginia Pale AleFull Nelson Virginia Pale Ale
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Full Nelson Virginia Pale AleFull Nelson Virginia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
15 degrees Plato
60 IBUs

Added by Todd on 11-02-2007

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Malty, grapefruit, candy-floral, caramel goodness. Lacing on glass throughout the taste experience. On draft.

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4.96/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

That's a great beer. It's a little strange drinking a high hoped/60 ibus beer in a can.
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The beer was clear, obviously filtered. The beer was copper in appearance and seemed to be moderately carbonated. This beer was  obviously brewed with cascade hopes the aroma was prevalent. The beer was very smooth for how highly hoped it is, and being 5.9 ALC/VOL.  This beer is a great beer, I would buy it. I don't like the fact that pale ale's are all over the place with IBUs, you never know what you are buying, but this beer tells you on the can. Great beer, I give it an A.   

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Copper and transparent minus a touch of haze. A homogeneous, thick, white and fluffy head rests on top with a nice bit of retention.

SMELL: Pine and hops hit the nose immediately. A strong, traditional IPA smell. It smells rich and potent.

TASTE: Pine and caramel combine for a delicious sweetness at the front end. A well-balanced beer, the Full Nelson cedes its sweetness to the hops on the back end and allows them to close out the sip. An appetizingly bitter aftertaste leaves the palate wanting more. This is a downright delicious beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Lively and bubbly, but slightly mouth coating. For all the richness in nose and flavor, the Full Nelson is surprisingly light to drink.

OVERALL: When I arrived at the Blue Mountain Brewery this past fall I did not know what to expect, but I honestly did not expect a whole lot. I ended up being very impressed with the people, the food and most importantly, the beer there. The highlight for me, by far, was the Full Nelson. One of the better beers I ever tasted. After sampling the whole line up I had two pints of this and grabbed a sixer of cans on the way out. I knew it would keep very well, and two months later, this tastes just as good as it did on tap. If you find this stuff, pick it up. You'll be happy.

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler purchased from Blue Mountain. My favorite "flagship" Virginia beer.

A - Pours a clear copper/amber color with a nice white head and excellent lacing. A very attractive beer.

S - Citrusy hops with floral notes as well. Faint malt smells as well.

T - Upfront citrus and floral hops. Very fresh tasting with just a tinge of bitterness. Some caramel and other malt flavors are present to provide just the right balance. Delicious.

M - Medium bodied, you can feel a little bit of the oil from the hops. A nice, hoppy finish and well carbonated.

O - Full Nelson is definitely in the running for the title of the definitive Virginia beer. An excellent Pale Ale that will put most ordinary East Coast IPAs to shame, it's a unique and delicious flagship beer. If only it was more widely distributed in the NoVA/DC area, this would be my base, go-to beer for all occasions. Well worth your time and effort.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Doughy, Munich-like maltiness up front. Orange and lemon zest American hop aromas provide the supporting balance. Has the hallmark characteristics of an APA. Firm American hops with a solid malt base. Very enjoyable.

Appearance: Hazy amber colored pour with an off-white head. Leaves sticky lacing on the glass and retains well.

Flavor: Very similar to the aroma. Nice bready Munich base followed quickly by a firm citrus hop punch. Finish is bitter, clean, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency noted.

Overall impression: A classic example of an APA. This is tough to beat. I really enjoyed the assertive hoppiness and the malty balance. Very well done!

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4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here we have a new "Virginia Pale Ale." This is not your half-hopped pale ale. "Full Nelson" is fully hopped!

Pouring a bright, clear, coppery amber, this ale starts off with a good sized head but lacks retention. Nonetheless, the aroma is rich with Cascade hops and sweet malt.

Up front, the sweet maltiness bathes the palate while the aromatic hops immediately flood the nose with citrus and floral notes. The significant hop aroma soon gives way to a hop bitterness that is a little more assertive than your typical APA. The bitterness lingers after the swallow while the sweetness from the firm malt backbone plays on the top of the tongue.

Comparing this APA to another Virginia pale ale, New River Pale Ale, New River can boast more hop flavor and aroma--at least in its original recipe--but brewer, Taylor Smack, has crafted a wonderful brother beer to NRPA with "Full Nelson."

Judging by the events at Old Dominion Brewing Co. lately (contract brewers of NRPA), we Virginians should be grateful for Taylor Smack's newborn APA; after December 31, 2007, it may be in a class by itself!

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Photo of nandemo1
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear gold with a big frothy head, actually had to ease up on the pour to keep it in the glass. Very bubbly and lots of lacing.

Smells of woodsy hops and light citrus. Taste has a bold bitterness for an APA with a solid malt backbone. Very fresh hop flavor makes this a delicious brew.

Feel is light bodied but there is a resiny, oily feel that lingers.

A great brew from an up and coming brewery. Can't wait for their distribution to ramp up so it shows up beyond Charlottesville.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right from the cask at Floyd's Fandango beer/wine fest, as advertised at their booth -- although they should have made a bigger deal of it, didn't seem like a ton of people knew. Thanks to the brewer (pretty sure the guy pouring this was the brewer himself) for his most generous servings!

Poured a slightly hazed peach-orange meets sunny golden color, and its super-white head left plenty of lace dots in its wake...although the head never totally went away.

Aroma is like sniffing a hop plug, just hugely fragrant and fresh...really nothing more to want. This was made with Columbus and Cascade hops, if memory serves...and they were bursting out of this aroma, big-time. Just enough malt backup to add some balance.

Flavor was as wonderful as the nose...a big, succulent, taste bud pleasing zing of citrus, pine and grassy/flowery hops...just a smidgen of a caramel/toffee malt base, almost English in character, although the super-fresh hops here can't be mistaken for anything but all-American.

A soft mouth, totally creamy, a wonderful glide over the tongue and down the throat. No surprise, considering how freshly-tapped this thing was.

I regret skipping over Blue Mountain beers in recent beer runs. Who knew? I'll be paying more attention to them from now on. Excellent.

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