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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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Photo of GlacierSapien
4.66/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

delicious, fruity, yeasty and full of flavor the perfect easy drinking beer...if it wasn't for the pricetag.
Still a damn good beer, the bourbon and belgian yeast harmonize wonderfully and the hops bring it home.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

semi-hazed auburn glow with a thin white head. nose is very interesting. Lots of classic belgian notes, bananas and clove, bit of spice and vanilla. Touch of oak but not getting any bourbon really.

You can taste a bit of the bourbon but damn this is an interesting beer.Strong barley malt presence up front with an faint oaky and vanilla flavor from the wood. Belgian yeast flavors quickly take over with a dried chalkyness and horse blanket like flavors. This then quickly rolls into an herbal hop bitterness. Very complex and layered beer. Very faint bourbon notes are present throughout as the beer warms but in no way are the forefront flavor of this beer allowing a lot of these other funky and complex flavors come forward. Extremely complex and layered with flavors that somehow roll into eachother extremely well despite how different they are. Super unique and unlike anything i've ever had. I love it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: large head with nice lacing and excellent retention on a cloudy golden amber body.

S: corriander, lots of mint, belgian yeast, sweet fruits, mostly banana. A very nice smelling beer.

T: sweet bourbon up front but not over done moving to a lightly tangy banana citrus and belgian yeast flavor.

M: very creamy body, moderate to high carbonation. coats the mouth.

Overall: A nicely comple and unique brew. This is a must try for the beer snob. The aroma differs greatly from the taste but compliants each other well.

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Photo of jazzbikerbrewer
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber, slightly hazy, with a thick, frothy head that doesn't hang around for long.
S: Yeasty, funky, sweet, with caramel apple notes, slightly hoppy.
T: Restrained hop bitterness up front, followed by toasty, caramel, and biscuit-like malty sweetness, with a yeasty, mildly alcoholic finish and good, winey acidity. Aftertaste is smooth and mildly fruity; almost cidery.
M: Medium carbonation, medium- to full-bodied.
O: Great example of an American Belgian Pale Ale: wtf is that, you say? More full-bodied, and a bit more complex, with added hop punch. Well-balanced and fun to drink. Should pair great with funky blue cheeses, spicy foods. Do a blind taste test with Flying Dog's Raging Bitch just for kicks.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

So good. Second of the night after a Not so Stoic during Ravens playoff run. Hope to enjoy more from BMB real soon.
1-18-16 - MLK Day. Caged and corked bottle with "drink me by Oct 2015" cork. Had this in my basement from a while back. So I was three months overdue. Poured into a tulip glass. Bourbon notes not too strong, so a very crushable ale. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a darker brown with a slight amber hue. Unfiltered. Full head initially does not retain much and little lacing.

S: Yeast, lemon, wheat, candi sugar aroma.

T: Great balance and complexity to this brew - slight sweetness up front, sour and malty flavor towards the back end. Whiskey barrel somewhat present.

M: Good creamy carbonation on the tongue.

O: Really good brew and impressive what has been done with the flavors yet remains a relatively low ABV.

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Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - Musty hops, vanilla, spicy yeast notes of coriander and light clove with a hint of pine hiding in the background.

T - Bready malt and a bit of dry toffee up front. some floral hop notes come out in the middle and there is a bit of spicy yeast in the finish and a touch of sweet whiskey like barrel character.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nicely done with a subdued but spicy yeast character and a really well played additional flavor from the barrel. not nearly as intense or crazy as the description on the bottle would imply, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
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 BeerDocT
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single at Ingles in Biltmore, NC which is right outside Asheville, NC. IMHO, the best place to buy beer in so-called "Beer City," because you get a great selection at the cheapest price. Only in Asheville could you find a beer like this at a grocery store!

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful caramel/amber color with a nice 1/2" frothy head. The head shrunk down to 1/4" and stayed around the entire session.

Smell 4.25: Wow! Amazing bouquet on this beer. Starts out with a simply fantastic blend of peppery, piney, citrusy hops all brought out and enhanced with a deep rosiny hint of oak and nice notes of vanilla and straw.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet with little in terms of real taste. This quickly fades to the middle where the palate receives a huge judo kick of piney hops, followed by a lovely taste of wood rosin, followed by a different hop flavor, this time citrus. Finish is slightly tangy with another hit of light, peppery hops and a big flavor of oak. Aftertaste is realitvely brief and, amazingly, is primarily focused on a deep maltiness that quickly fades.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Smooth, light and refreshing in the mouth.

Overall 4.25: Excellent brew and a fabulous IPA. This beer makes use of many west coast US hops and a very assertive malt that forms the backbone of the IPA. The added flavors from the oak barrels push everything over the top into the "above outstanding" category. Well worth the purchase if you are lucky enough to find it.

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Photo of JKMas
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent beer overall. This is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale with a somewhat above average dose of hops. 'Local Species' is an apt name, as this is very much a marriage of styles and beermaking traditions that has produced a unique brew. Blue Mountain Barrel House is a brand new brewery, and for a new operation, this is impressive work.

It has noticeable spice and sweetness up front, but quickly gives way to more bitter hops on the finish. The bourbon barrel aging is more apparent in the aroma than in the flavor profile, but the faintest hints of vanilla and smoke add character. Carbonation was slightly aggressive, but that's a minor complaint for a thoroughly enjoyable beer. If you happen to live in VA, local Trader Joe's outlets have picked up a decent chunk of Blue Mountain's product line. I strongly suggest picking some up if you happen to be a local species yourself.

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Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy, gold, with 1/4 inch head and high carbonation. Taste is very interesting. There is a good deal of oak, plus fruitiness. I get cherries, plums, perhaps some apricot and slight bittering hops.. Very tasty combination. Happy I picked this up. One of the better offerings from the brewery so far.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, best before date of March, 2013, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a nice amber color, produces a big lively three-finger head, beige in color, has decent retention and leaves very nice lacing.

S- Belgian yeast, some spice and coriander, also a bit of caramel sweetness and vanilla.

T- Very complex flavor, a lot is going on here. Caramel and toffee sweetness is more noticeable than in the nose. Belgian yeast, spices and a bit of funk, as well as a hint of vanilla, oak and boozy sweetness. Finish is bitter with floral hops and a bit of spiciness.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation and smooth feel.

O- A very interesting beer, complex and fun to drink. The yeast, subtle hops, and barrel flavors work nicely together. Definitely give this a try if you come across it.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; best before June 2014 on the cork. Pours fairly hazy deep reddish orange color with a nice 2-3 finger foamy and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, grapefruit, apple, pear, floral, grass, pepper, light clove, light oak, wheat, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast and hop notes with slight barrel presence. Taste of lemon, orange zest, grapefruit, apple, pear, pepper, clove, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, pepper, clove, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of yeast and hop flavors; with a great balance of malt, hop, and spicy ester notes with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice balance and complexity if hop, yeast, and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Even though the stated barrel aging presence was minimal, it wasn’t really a determining factor for me with this style. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of EMV
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at HomeD pizza in State College, poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a deep hazy mahogany color. Minimal head and no significant lacing.

S: Fruits and oak. Pretty minimal bourbon which is possibly overpowered by the Belgian yeasts.

T/F: Malty and fruity, with notes of raisins, cherries, and blueberries. Rich Belgian yeast flavors add complexity and the oak is very subtle with faint vanilla. Not picking up a lot of the bourbon... especially for a barrel aged beer. I'm sure it's in there but it definitely takes a back seat to the fruits. Smooth and low carbonation.

O: A nice beer... and a little different from the 'bourbon barrel' aged boozefest that I was expecting. Still... I liked this beer and would like to have it again. Not easy to find in Pennsylvania.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a hazy golden brown coloring. It held a two finger head of eggshell bubbles. This retained nicely, leaving patterned lacing clinging around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave warmed, soured Brett, grapefruity hops, pale and wheaty malts, sweet and floral orange flesh nectars, light metallics, white sugar, coconut sweetness, and smooth, warming oak. Our first impression was that the flavoring was very floral, with a nice tart wildness to the yeast. The sip opened with pale and lightly caramel malts, soured oak bite, and floral hops. Moving to the peak was wild, soured yeast, plastic phenol bite to cut the malty sweetness, and an enhanced sweetness of strawberries. The end was awash with more of that soured yeast, citric rind bitterness, nickel metallics, and a final cleansing of pale malts. The aftertaste breathed of green grape dryness, metallic yeast, Bretty sourness, lemon flesh, and bittered citric hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was big froth and slurp to each sip, with a nice cream to the lip. Booze added dryness throughout the palate, with puckering astringent bite following a nice coating of biting metallic froth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the aroma. There was a hugely surprising Bretty sourness, adding the bite and tartness on par with some wilds. The flavor, however, continued this excitement only mildly. That sourness does work its way to the buds, but by the end it gets washed through a bit by pervasive malty background. This is a tasty beer and definitely worth a try…or two.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get this fun, sweet, tannic kind of aroma off of this with honey on the backdrop. It's floral, oaky, yeasty, and all around a very enticing aroma even though I think if I sniffed this for an extended period of time I would develop a headache.

Deep amber, and mostly clear. No visible carbonation, but it boasts a glorious very light tan head that just sticks to the glass as it's consumed. Beautiful beer.

Lighter on the palate than expected with a healthy dose of bubbles. Flavors are interesting. Honey is predominant with light burnt caramel and subtle summer fruits. It finishes dry, and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blue Mountain Barrel House "Local Species"
25.4 oz. brown glass bottle, corked & caged. "Best By: NOV 2015"
$9.99 @ Cost Plus World Market, Arlington, VA

Appearance: Hazy amber body beneath a full head of creamy off-white that holds well and leaves some pretty nice solid sheets of lace around the glass.

Aroma: Oak, caramelish malt, non-descript spice. It's not particularly bright, but it's clean and welcoming.

Flavor: Oak, non-descript spice, brown sugar, light golden caramel, Bourbon, grass, mint, clove, apple, soft green banana. Delicately bitter, but dry in the finish with a swirl of spiciness that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very fine, median carbonation that gently bristles the tongue.

Overall: Not particularly Belgian, nor particularly Bourbon-barrel, it combines the two in a really nice way. It's relaxing, if that can be; perhaps because you're almost forced to treat it as a sipping beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz corked bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours reddish orange with a small white head. Smells of piney hops and some Belgian yeast. Tastes of Belgian yeast with some piney hops with a bit of barrel age aftertaste. Beer is slightly heavily carbonated but finishes nice for a medium body. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is aged in charred white oak bourbon barrels.

A: The beer pours a transparent amber with deep brown hues. A thick, fluffy off white head emphasizes the belgian influence in the appearance of this beer. Some lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet caramel and fruit dominate the nose of the beer. Plums, apricots, and raisins are present along with some herbal and spice notes. Some slight bourbon comes though in the nose.

T: This is a balanced beer. It carries some sweetness and fruit of a belgian, but some moderate hopping is present to add an american influence. The bourbon barrel aging is really apparent in the finish where the bourbon appears and lingers (especially as the beer warms). There is some slight alcohol burn.

M: This is a light bodied beer with good viscosity for the style. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall this is an excellent beer. It definitely drinks as a belgian pale, but the hopping adds a distinct american influence. The bourbon barrel aging adds an entirely new, intriguing dimension.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with thick head that dissipates to a nice cap. Aromas of banana, spice, and yeast. Yeasty flavor with sweet malt and spicy notes. Barrel-aging hardly noticable. Medium body with refreshing carbonation. An overall refreshing Belgian pale.

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Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like spicy Belgian yeast and fresh oak, with some salty and grassy hops and toasted coconut.
T: It tasted like toasted coconut and fresh oak and grassy and waxy hops, with some spicy Belgian yeast and a bit of citrus zest. It had a clean and sweet and tangy aftertaste.
M: It was light and oily with fine natural carbonation. Great slick body.
D: This was a really impressive brew, and a successful attempt at bourbon barrel aging a light Belgian ale. The coconut and woody aspects perfectly complemented the grassy and spicy character. The body was excellent also, with a smooth finish. Probably best fresh, but could maybe hold up for a few years. Recommended.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchase by @LaitueGonflable in NYC. Shared with me in Sydney.

Pours a pleasantly hazed amber red hue with a full and persistent head of off-white tending to pink. Lacing is intricate and excellent.Body is full but still pretty fluid. Quite minimal carbonation, despite the persistence and size of the head. Looks good.

Nose is rounded and hoppy. Plenty of fruit, but blended with a supple sweetness that gives off overripe plums and stonefruit with very little sharpness or acidity. Under this is a very pleasant woody note. Oak and earthiness. Slight rustic funk to it, but more of a suggestion of acidity without being actually acidic. The sweetness tempers everything in here, making it feel fresh and full throughout. Lovely stuff.

Taste is clean and bright, without perhaps the complexity that the nose suggested. Certainly the earthy, slightly woody tones come through, rustic and slightly bretty. But the sweetness, especially the stonefruit has been removed, leaving just the malt basis to hold up the rest of it. Faint earthy hop characters come through on the back giving a point of conclusion. It's pleasant.

Feel is smooth throughout and quite undercarbonated. In this beer, that's no bad thing.

Overall, this is a very pleasant, drinkable brew with a lot going for it. If I was a tad disappointed with the palate, it's just because the nose was so wonderful and promised so much. But it's still very good stuff: rounded, integrated, and complete.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Blue Mountain Brewery's Local Species about a month ago for $6.59 at Boyne Country Provisions. I've hear about this beer before and I wanted to try it, but I was pretty sure this brewery wasn't available in Michigan, so I was surprised when I saw a few bottles at Boyne Country Provisions, so I quickly grabbed a couple to try, so lets see how it goes. Best by June 2014. Poured from a cork and caged brown 12.7oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks pretty nice, I like the design and it has a little information about the name and the beer. It poured a nice caramel amber color that was pretty cloudy and took on a ruby hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and lets lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a candied sugar like aroma to it followed by loads of yeast, I get some Belgian yeast aromas that are a little spicy, but it seems like it's the funky yeast that shows up the most imparting a farm house ale like aroma that reminds me Brewery Vivants house yeast. Up next comes a big fruity aroma with pears and green apples sticking out the most with a slight bit of dark fruits in the background. Towards the end I get a woody aroma that must be from the the barrel and I also get a light citrus hop aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I liked the yeast profile and all those fruity aromas were pretty nice.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that still has a light candied sugar aspect to it followed by loads of yeast that are pretty much dominated by some funky yeast that has a Farmhouse Ale flavor to it and it's not very brett like. Up next comes the fruit with the green apples and pears showing up the most with a really light amount of dark fruits in the background along with a light woody flavor. On the finish comes the hops that have earthy and citrus hop flavors to it with a very light amount of medium bitterness and a very light amount of tartness that seems to be almost even and it had a funky yeast and fruity aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer, some of the aspects were a little lighter than others, but it still retained a decent amount of complexity.

M- Very smooth, clean, pretty crisp, fairly dry, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it doesn't really fit the style of a Belgian Strong Ale, but as far as funky Belgians go I think it's pretty on par and the yeast really does remind me of Brewery Vivants house yeast. The yeast did seem just a little overpowering and the barrel and hop aspects didn't show up as much as I thought they would, but I still really like liked the flavors and I thought it was enjoyable. This beer had good drinkability, it was very smooth, not filling, crisp and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, drinking the whole bottle is no problem and if I was really in the mood for a beer like this I could see myself drinking a couple bottles. What I liked the most about this beer how all the aspects were equally good and didn't really have a weak point. The only thing that I liked the least about this beer was how little the barrel and hops showed up, if they showed up a little more I think this would be a very good beer. I would buy this beer again, I have a bottle in the cellar and I might grab a couple more next time I'm at Boyne Country Provisions, it's a little pricey but I think it's worth it. I would recommend this to anyone who like the funkier Belgian ales. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it wasn't really what I expected, but I ended up enjoying it and I think the funkier yeast profile worked well with this beer. This made for a good first impression of Blue Mountain Brewery, I didn't see any of their other beer on the shelf and I don't know much about this brewery, but if I saw some of their other beers I'm pretty sure I would give them a try. Good job guys, I'm glad I took a chance on this beer and I think it really paid off. I'll be interested to see how this changes over time.

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Photo of Emersonio
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Chaney
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by May 2013 (printed on the cork)

Even though Blue Mountain is in my state and is basically a weekend getaway for BAs in the area, this is only my second brew by them.

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped-glass.

A: Looks like a word-class amber ale: Copper in color, cloudy, and with a nice off-white head that head very fickle bubbles.

S: Very fresh, almost with a hint of sourness, and low on the hop food chain. After sniffing, drinking, sniffing, drinking over time, I got a good bit of the barrel-aging... much more so than I got on the taste.

T: Right away, this tasted like something Brooklyn would make: Crisp in nature (even on their high octane stuff), bright and a bit yeasty on the end, with no trace of oak to my palate whatsoever. Very, very tasty. I'm thinking the mere restain of the hop component was the barrel's real contribution.

M: Bubbly and spritzy, with some nice lacing left on the glass. Not hop bitterness. As a matter of fact, "citrus" is not a word in the Local Species category.

O: Even though I still think $10.99 is still a bit higher than I think this beer ought to be, especially considering it's a local one, this was quite tasty and even better than I expected.

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Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
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