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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale | Blue Mountain Brewery

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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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Reviews: 190 | Ratings: 589
Photo of bubbaoyster
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a typical American Pale Ale.

More grain flavor in the middle followed by a nice hop finish. Very little sweet characteristics. Much more body than I'm used to with this style of beer, but well balanced with the hops at the end.

A nice beer - reasonable ABV makes it good to have a few of these. Great with food.

Blue Mountain is growing their own hops ( Cascades ) in Va. Makes for a very fresh hop flavor - highly drinkable! Can't wait to try more Blue Mountain beers!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Mountaiin- Full Nelson

A- Clear golde copper with a big frothy head. Solid lacing down my tumbler glass.
S- A light touch of sweet caramel malt dominated by burning bitter hops.
T- Slight caramel malt is quickly overpowered by strong vanish like pine hops.
M- Bitter and oily. Strong tangy hops just dominate with a touch of sweet malt in the end.

Overall- A good mini hop bomb. Although mild and easily sessionable. I liked this 1.

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of dashirey.

A: The pale is a amber, a light brown that has touches of golden orange throughout. Just over a finger of head has laced at the top of the glass.

S: The aroma is citrus-infused, grapefruit and notes of pine. For an APA, this one comes across with all guns blazing.

T: The ale is strong, perhaps even a little too strong for a pale ale. Citrusy grapefruit grabs you initially, intense and biting. As the ale sits on the palate for a period, the caramel, grainy malt body emerges as a support system for the hops. The hops re-emerge at the end and leave a scalding, oily flavor to linger on the tongue.

M: The ale is full-bodied, lots of hops crammed into the bottle. For a pale ale, this one packs a wallop.

D: The alcohol is low but the flavors may scald your tastebuds. In terms of a sessionable pale ale this one works.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that drops a fair amount of lacing around the glass

Smell: Grainy and grassy, with a hint of citrus

Taste: Starts out with a caramel base that has some developing fruit flavor as well as some earthy hop elements; after the swallow, the grainy flavors explode on the tongue and overwhelm the fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit unbalanced to my palate, with a grainy flavor that lingers on the palate well after it has worn out its welcome

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Photo of oelergud
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Regular brown 12oz glass bottle, pry-off cap. Blue mountain on a black background with yellow and orange writing.
Hazy copper body with low carbonation and a creamy buttes head with large bubbles in the middle. Great retention and beautiful lace.
Sweet grassy hop scent, some mulch and mild pine.
Up front sweet malts quickly taken over by grassy then pine then resin hops. Very strong hop profile that seemlessly enters the aftertaste and stays with you for a while.
Medium to full body. Good coating and a very dry and harsh hop finish.
Great drinkability if you like unshakable, harsh, strong hops wrestling your tongue to the ground. Too strong in the hop department for an APA, but I wont let that substract significantly from the rating.


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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, shimmering orange body with a small, wipsy, white head.

Smell: Floral, leafy, even spicy hop character on a foundation of pale maltiness.

Taste: Sweet, candied pale malts initially. Overall, a tangy hop character, with a number of leaves, flowers, maybe a few drops of spiced lemon water pass by the palate. Medium-high bitterness that lingers beyond the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, flavorful APA.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that will make you do a double-take. It rocketed to my top 10 list on my first try.

The beer pours a beautiful copper color with moderate head. It dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing throughout the glass.

The aroma is slight but pleasant - grassy and sweet, like a fresh mowed field or a taste of buckwheat honey.

The flavor starts simple - sweet and grassy - but that initial taste is followed by a pungent hop bite that grabs the tongue and forces you to reevaluate that first impression. It's a complicated and delicious flavor with a surprisingly strong malt backbone considering the color. There are several layers of hop bitterness and flavor, so your whole mouth will be engaged throughout the sip.

The mouthfeel is strong, with a pleasant but challenging hop bite and a slight sting from the carbonation. It will keep your mouth busy the whole way down to your throat.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Transparent reddish brown coloration, attractive two tip head of froth, excellent retention, some spotty lacing.

S - Surprisingly malty and bitter aroma, I was expecting something piney, but this caught me off guard in a good way.

T - Bitter hop profile with a rich malty backbone, slightly bready and well balanced. I'm not sure what kind of hops are used, but they are really bitter and shine back through in the finish.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation, dry finish, crisp feel that suits this brew rather well.

D - Were the abv a bit lower I'd say this could be an excellent session brew. This tastes a lot like an ESB to me, but whatever it is I think I'll revisit soon. Might have to try some other brews from this local brewery.

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Photo of oberon
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After reading a few other reviews of this beer I went with an aggressive pour and it yielded a nice one finger craterous white head that left a full ring of soap scum behind as it settled into a froth mass atop a clear medium golden with a tinge of orange.Where the aromas shit after an aggressive pour and letting it sit you would think something would come out if there but nothing except for a trace of tasted grain,lighter mouthfeel but it went down very easy.Wow really nothing stands out on the palate mild toasty-grainy notes some residual sweetness a bit of leafy hop but pretty bland.Iam hoping this is a off and or old bottle label says best before April of 08 so Iam guessing its off or just not as good as others may think?

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently received a bottle of this product in a full bottle swap but had never heard of it or the brewery before that time. I had not seen it available during recent trips to the Mid-Atlantic area but, if I do come aross it, I'd definitely purchase a 6-pack.

The beer poured an orangy color, decent head and very nice piney aroma. Quite hoppy but well within what might be expected of a Pale Ale. No unpleasant aftertaste. Definitely a model of what I would consider to be a session-type beer despite its 5.9% ABV.

One further comment - I was impressed that this small brewer had an easily noticed and non-coded "best by" date on the label. Kudos to them for that.

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a decent tan head that slowly diminishes to a ring. Aroma is a mild burst of citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is citrus and pine hops up front and malts right behind for a decent balance. The beer is somewhat on the heavy side of medium, especially for the style, with a slight alcohol syrupiness. This one shows many characteristics of an average APA, just a bit heavier on the alcohol.

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Photo of esv
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz 60 IBUs 5.9% ABV. Purchased at the Brewery.

White head. Tight bubbles. Stood over 1/4" tall. A darker copper.

You could smell the pale malts. Light, grassy hop nose. Nothing "raw" in the nose. Slightly fruity.

Solidly bitter but not obscene. Strong hop flavor, even "raw" but within style guidelines. Beyond bitter grapefruit.

Medium mouthfeel. Somewhat dry.

It's nice. A nice example of an exuberant APA. I'd be delighted to find it in my glass again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale, bisquit, and carapils malt scent along with a pretty outstanding hop aroma as well. The taste is good also. It has a bitter hop flavor that blends well with the tastey malt bill. It has a complex array of malt flavors that make for a really balanced and well rounded palate. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good APA. It's malty as well as wonderfully bitter. Another fine beer from this oustanding brewery.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having this on tap recently, I had to take another go at it from the bottle to round out the full review... in each instance, it was a very similar experience, as far as my scribbled notes go. Thus, this could apply to both encounters:

A: Deep amber pour... head is on the short side, but long lasting - a light, almost sandy white. Lacing sticks the the glass all the way down.

S: Light, floral hops... could be a little more aromatic and crisp, but the aroma present is a nice one.

F: Round hop flavours... but very well-balanced all around. Citrus, herbal. Some sweetness in the body. One of the better local IPAs I've had the pleasure of tasting.

M: Beautiful... slippery, but not quite oily. Glides through the mouth, just shy of leaving behind a sticky residue, which makes for an overall smooth drink.

D: Nice attributes, it's definitely one to be followed up with more. With a start like this, Blue Mountain could make for one of the finer breweries on the East coast.

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Photo of biglickbrewer
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
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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