Local Species | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jgreenearrow on 06-21-2012

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Ratings: 375 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Tony210
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden with minimal foamy head, slightly hazy. Big overripe peach aroma. Again, big peach flavor, has a nice sweetness to it, hops have faded. Carbonation enhances creamy mouthfeel. Cork from bottle says "Best By Nov 2015", so this is past its prime, but I like it. Overall an interesting beer. I did not notice and barrel presence, but the Belgian yeast does impart some esther flavors.

500 ml bottle, best by 11/2015
4 rating

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Photo of Riff
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden brown, color with a fluffy white head that fades and leaves some cling to the glass and lacing upon the top. Smell is bourbon, light fruit maybe apple or peach, yeast, spice. Taste starts with a slight tart note, bourbon, vanilla, spices, a little crisp apple. Finish is a light bourbon flavor. Medium light body, finish is fairly clean. Nice little beer, a little pricey for the flavor but interesting and different.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, very long-lasting head. Not much lacing, though.

S: A fair aroma of light fruit, oak, bourbon, and some yeast.

T: Tasted of a tinge of bourbon (not nearly enough), a bit of oak, some Belgian-style yeast, a few different fruits (apples, a little pear), and a light malt quality. The major problem with the flavor is that it's not aggressive enough with its ingredients; it needs to be pushed harder. Not terrible, but kind of wishy-washy.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an incredibly uneven beer with a few good characteristics that doesn't quite succeed. Could have been better.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a sample glass shared during a two man bottle share, so I got enough pours of this. The appearance was a decent looking deep orange color with a thin white head that dissipated within less than about thirty seconds. There was barely any lacing. The smell started with a decent Bourbon barrel aroma that quickly left within less than about thirty seconds. The light hoppiness has a nice light fruity (apple to peach-like, light cranberry). There’s a light settling Belgian spice of sorts, but I can’t quite right place the actual spice itself. The taste took the previously mentioned flavors and added a slight sour element that was good to me and wasn’t overbearing. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with not too much of sessionability about it as it just seemed like there was a just tad too much going on. Overall, decent Belgian Pale Strong ale that I may come back to.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgeBeerS
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit too sour for me.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml cork-and-cage bottle into a Belgian tulip glass after the bottle sat on the counter for a few minutes to warm just a tad. Pours a dark gold to light Amber color with little to no haziness. One inch head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing at all. Smell is small. So damp grassy aroma, maybe a sliiiiight touch of woody/oaky character, but not bourbon. Taste is pretty much the same. Damp leaves, a touch of Belgian yeast character, and just the slightest touch of bourbon, so little I probably wouldn't have noticed it, had the bottle not directly said it was aged. Feel is good, though, but not exciting. Medium body, slight warmth (not expected from just over 7% abv), and not too carbonated. Overall, pretty disappointed, but Blue Mountain (for me, at least) had been one disappointment after another. This is underwhelming with muddled flavors and nothing that sticks out in any good way. It won't be going down the drain, but it definitely won't be bought again.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a speiglau barrel aged glass.

Look is a light Amber with a thick frothy head.

Aroma is sweet biscuit malt with a distinct bourbon note.

Taste is a slight dry pale sour with a clear bourbon note at the end.

Much better than I expected. Balanced and complex.

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Photo of AMCimpi
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCPhD
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jackalope1977
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of vabeerguy
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bucknak3d
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Emersonio
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bomber bottle into a goblet. Appearance: Deep amber. On the clear side. sediment present. Thick off-white head to start. Reduces after settling. Aroma: Brett forward and oaky notes. Hints of tannic white grapes. Slight notes of citrus and bourbon. Taste: Big citrus (Lemon) and Brett flavors. Slight bourbon like warming. Aftertaste: Oak-like and bourbon notes follows the taste and lingers with some warmth. Overall: This was my first foray into Blue Mountain Brewery. I suspect I will return.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a golden orange color. a two finger white head. strong retention and leaving behind a frothy lacing. some slight haze making it opaque but a little bit of brightness.

Smell: oak and bourbon mixed with belgian yeast. citrus and coriander.

Taste: opens with belgian yeast, mainly coriander but some additional spiciness. transitions into some oak and really light bourbon. some hoppiness comes in ranging from herbal to citrusy.

Mouthfeel: fairly light but with a slickness due to the barrel aging. just off of refreshing. moderate bitterness.

Overall: not a bad beer but not quite the best. halfway between refreshing and complex and interesting. hops come off slightly stale but it doesn't take too much away from the taste.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked bottle poured into a stemmed glass.
Labeled as a Belgian Pale Ale, but this was a unique beer. Not too high on the bitterness, but not crazy malty either. Said it was also barrel aged, so an interesting beer, worth trying again to try and understand all the subtleties more.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
2.18/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to CJTman for this extra, which I’m hoping to change my impression of Blue Mountain from past encounters (kind of creepy white van kind of experiences, except in my mouth). 750ML corked & cage bottle split with my wife to open a family Friday evening.

Poured carefully to leave any potential bottom mush at peace, it’s masquerading as an IPA, clear, orange, frizzy. The nose brings light fruit with an undercurrent that’s both funky & medicinal. I don’t like where this is headed.

Local Species brings a whole flipper full of weird. The main component seems to be a damp grassiness/leaves that I’ve become intimately familiar with over the past two weeks. Soft hop gumming & a touch of banana in the middle, with a finish like bruised pears. Distant vanilla is the only hint this might have brushed past a barrel. Aftertaste is…not great. As it warms, it gets foul. A taster of this would have been plenty; I don’t feel compelled to go nurse what’s left out of the bottle.

Meh when cold, drops to displeasing as it warms. This brewery - it isn’t good. More than half of this bottle is going to end up in the drain. Not a good beer.

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