Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Full Nelson Virginia Pale AleFull Nelson Virginia Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
bluemountainbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
598
Reviews:
192
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
91
For Trade:
0
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Photo of DuffDaddy
1.75/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Twelve ounce bottle at Uncle Ronnie's house while there for Donna's funeral. Not such a great pale ale - tried it just because it was a local beer in the fridge.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Highline RxR, on to the beer:

Half an inch of head forms top this light glowing orange liquid. Good spotty lacing adds a little texture to the appearance of the beer. The beer has a clean, crisp aroma. Sweet grapefruit and cantaloupe come to mind, and they make me want to take a drink right away. My curiosity was rewarded; I get a powerful hit of hops, a light maltiness which makes a small, but meaningful difference in this beer. The beer has a pleasing bitterness. Piney, honeydew, kiss of honey all makes marks here. Although this pale ale is light/medium bodied, Full Nelson is not afraid to show its strength in flavor.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle a nice IPA pour is yellow in color with a white head smell of pine and hops taste is the same but slight enough flavor to be tastey but still drinkable a solid ipa

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don’t recall having tried anything from this brewery, but I was glad to give their Pale Ale a try. It has 5.9% ABV.

Look-It poured a slightly hazy golden amber with a honey tinge characteristic. The head was diminished even after a vigorous pour. I anticipated a noticeable sugar content in this one, but was hoping that it wasn’t going to be syrupy.

Smell-It smelled of leafy hops with citrus. I also get caramel and vanilla.

Taste-It tastes more bitter than one would expect from a wimpy ass pale ale with hardly any alcohol in it. It was a pleasant surprise that went well with the ample malts that were honey, caramel, and toasted grain. The hops had a citrus taste like lemon and orange peel. I also get a note of fresh autumn leaves which is appropriate, because those light orange hues were reflected in the appearance of this beer.

Mouthfeel-It is medium-bodied and crisp. It is sweet and only slightly differentiated as if the malts and hops aren’t integrated properly together. At least it isn’t syrupy, however, but it tasted more like a weak IPA than a true pale ale. See my review on Flying Dog’s Pale Ale to see why I consistently have yet to taste a pale ale worthy of the name.

Overall-It is a nice beer and is tasty, but isn’t stellar. It didn’t fully own the pale ale variety name, but I would try this one again maybe once or twice.

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Photo of Quafftastic
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BM have dailed it in, good solid pale

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Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, caramel gold color with a fluffy, low profile, white head that settles out into a thin surface coat with decent cling along the glass. Aromas of resinous pine pitch, tangy and tart grapefruit, subtle caramel sweetness, grassy notes, and subtle lemon zest. Flavors are roasted and richly sweet forward, with caramel out in front, followed closely by more vegetal and bitter notes of grass and pine tassel. Citrus highlights of grapefruit and orange, with subtle pepper spice and floral notes, too. Very balanced and dynamic palate on a full, smooth body with a dry undertone. The aftertaste is grassy and piney, lingering on through the smooth, dry, crisp finish. This is a really good, solid, balanced beer.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesGrove
2.67/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of brocktune
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of willic
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great Virginia hoppy ale! Very nice in every aspect, this beer can hold it's own in the world of aggressive hops. Very well balanced, at first you notice the cascade, then other hop characters, then again in the finish, you taste taste the cascade. I really like this beer!

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of druid22
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bit more hoppy than some American pales , crisp and light. I will have another.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gairball
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 5/15. Pours a hazy medium amber (copper). Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Quite nice nose of citrus hops with a subtle pine hop background over a subtle caramel.

Almost light medium body with a texture that is somewhat smooth. Superbly carbonated with a nice effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, a bit complex and very well balanced. It begins with cascade hops (a blended citrus and pine flavor with a hint of spice). In the middle a balancing sweetness emerges against a mild bitterness with a slant towards grapefruit. The finish is a lingering rind like mild bitterness.

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Photo of gopens44
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hopley
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 598 ratings.
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