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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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 +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 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 SportsandJorts
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
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 -5.9%
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 maximum12
2.18/5  rDev -41.4%
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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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 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 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 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 MUTINY
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a solo cup.

A: Deep, hazy gold-copper with 1/2" white head that dissipates quickly. Retention is OK, not much lacing to speak of.

S: Banana, oak, some oily hoppage, slightly yeasty funk. Brown sugar & caramel.

T: Banana, oak. Raspberry, bourbon. Mild yeasty note here. Apple pie.

M: Moderate carb with a full bodied-maltiness. Very appropriate.

O: A bit too sweet for my taste, but pleasantly complex.

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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 nitro0292
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Barely opaque bronze with hints of red. Half inch of tight foam from a gentle pour.
Few carbonation bubbles, especially for a bottle-conditioned Belgian-style.
Smell is slight hops, slight malt, mostly funky yeast; not unappealing, but not "I can't wait to taste" either.

Taste is very balanced and follows the smell, the malt and hops take a back seat to the yeast. Aside from the yeast, not a whole lot going on, but malt makes its presence felt a touch more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is typical of a dry American ale, no lingering presence after the swallow.

Worth trying.

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Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Describes as "A Belgian inspired, barrel aged, American hopped experimental sort of ale"....?....Pours a light brown-amber color, cloudy with a decent head and pretty decent lacing. Aroma is of some oak and twangy malt sweetness. Taste has some oak in it, not much bourbon. Carbonation is average and taste is rather mild, with the oak being the predominant flavor. Not much going on with this beer, light, decent, balanced but not quite the mouthful of flavor I was expecting !!

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Photo of buschbeer
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

L - This beer pours copper in color with amber highlights. It has a slight haze. The head in two inches tall and beige.

S - Initially this beer struck my as vinous with some esters reminiscent of Belgian yeast. As it warmed the aromas seemed to fade. I did get a little pear and alcohol.

T - At first it was bitter. Once it warmed up I tasted some spicy pear. I got fleeting hints of citrus. The finish was dry.

M - Medium and highly carbonated

O - The description on the bottle made this beer sound interesting which it was. However, I detected nothing from the bourbon barrel. I would have never guessed this beer was barrel aged. Nonetheless, it is a good beer. It comes across as a saison/BSPA hybrid. It is absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of DaliQualiti
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

I get a ton of grapefruit in this brew - both smell and taste. It's like a full bodied, barrel-aged, hoppy hefeweizen. (If that makes any sense.)

Not bad, not great. Worth a shot and MAY get a second chance, but not anytime soon.

Local Species definitely has some strong qualities but it needs some fine tuning. Not sure what Blue Mountain is getting at with this one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, bright, amber-tinted copper coloring, with a filmy, clingy, surface coating of off-white head. Aromas of subtle caramel, charred wood characteristics, all spice, bubble gum, subtle hops bitterness, cloves, subtle toffee sweet, and Belgian spice and funk. Flavors are hops bitter forward, with hints of citrus and resin, followed by a subtle spice blend of clove, cardamom, all spice, and nutmeg, all on a caramel sweet backbone. The spice blend builds towards the end and into the aftertaste, along with a berry fruit and bubble gum Belgian funk blend. Light, crisp bodied, with a slick, crisp, spiced finish. Drinkable, tasty beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dobra Zupas, Beckley

A- pours a clear golden orange color with a small creamy white head, good retention and lots of lace left behind

S- lots of citrus on the nose with some Belgian yeast, not really picking up any barrel

T- citrusy hop follows the nose with some earthy banana Belgian yeast, maybe picking up a trace of oak and vanilla but not really getting any bourbon

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel with a slight bite, finishing slightly crisp and foamy

O- nice citrusy notes made it very drinkable, but any bourbon barrel notes are hard to find

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Photo of fourstringer
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Cork reads, "Best by June 2015".

A: 4.25 Cloudy, honey-colored body with 1.5 fingers of nice, dense, off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: 3.75 Noble-type, grassy hops with lighter citrus notes. Touches of musty yeast. Bready malt. Hint of indistinct spice. Faint wood, oak.

T: 3.5 Dry, woody, earthy notes open with some hop-fueled bitterness. A brief swell of bourbon-type sweetness and malt. Returns to a medium hop bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: 4.25 Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Nice creamy texture.

O: 3.75 The hops and barrel-aged notes are there, but lack some cohesion. Feels like there is something missing in the middle to fill out the flavor profile.


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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber with a small white head. Aroma and taste is of biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, fruity with some mild citrus hops. A medium body with nice smooth texture and mild carbonation. Finish is a combination of biscuit malt and Belgian yeast, a bit of caramel and toffee notes, fruity with some mild citrus hops for balance. Overall a well balanced tasty and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%

large shared bottle.
Hazy reddish-amber with a good head.
Smells like a sour. The taste follow to some extent. Odd, barrel-aged wild ale. Neither especially challenging nor appealing.

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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 oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sticks and Stones.Poured into a stemmed glass a slight hazed deep auburn color with a fluffy white head that lasted for quite awhile.Carmael and dark fruit stood out most in the nose with mild phenols and vanilla detected as well.Somewaht sweet upfront with caramel and vanilla flavors with lighter than expected spiced phenols coming into play with a decent drying toasted oak flavors lingering in the finish.The barrel doesn't play a huge role in this either does the phenols,maybe a slightly tame version of the style,still not bad.

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Photo of jodybrutal
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was inside a mystery box that I picked up at my local spot. Cork says best before July 2014. Poured into Brooklyn Brewery snifter that I picked up for a buck at the Goodwill store.

a - Very cloudy, dark, reddish copper color. Not much light getting through. Two fingers off white head with spotty lacing. Head dissipates quickly.

s - Earthy, funky, sour fruit scents. Vinegar. Belgian yeast. Slight bourbon scent. Smells more like a Saison than a strong pale ale.

t - There's a lot going on in here. Starts sweet. Definitely some light hoppiness balanced well with the yeast. Ends with a spicy, dry finish that warms with the bourbon.

m - Medium body. Light carbonation. Yeast comes through here. Bourbon lingers on the tongue. ABV feels like more than it's 6.6%, but still a very easy drinking beer.

o - Very enjoyable beer. There's a lot of different stuff going on. Honestly, I could have done without the whole bourbon barrel thing here. Overall, I did really like it. I would definitely have this again.

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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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