Local Species | Blue Mountain Brewery

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jgreenearrow on 06-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
370
Reviews:
85
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.8%
 
 
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8
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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12.7oz bottle with cork poured into a Chimay chalice glass.

AP: thin 1/4" head that dissipated fairly quick, dark golden amber colour.

AR: first whiff is Bourbon and vanilla, which gives me a good vibe. Caramel, candi sugar/fruits, raisin and fig.

T: First sip I get slapped on the tongue by an off metallic taste. Wait a bit then take a second sip and it's still there but not as strong. This isn't at all like the aroma suggested. White raisin, caramel and Belgian yeast are the other players I discern. The Bourbon and vanilla are MIA in the taste. I am pretty much disappointed by the taste.

M: slick and oily texture on the tongue, more thin than creamy.

OV: On the whole, disappointed with this brew. That off metallic flavour is stronger than the rest and I thought there weren't enough other flavours that could have been here that were missing. I wouldn't buy this one again, sorry to say.

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Photo of hackmann
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the cork: best by June 2014

Appearance: copper body; little cloudy; off-white two finger head; nice layers of lacing

Aroma: light bready, soft clove, and nothing else

Flavors: soft rye bread, spice, clove like on the back and aftertaste, I keep on sipping and expecting more and nothing, oh how I wanted the oak barrel to come through, uninspiring,

Mouthfeel: fine fizzy feel from the carbonation, light spice, empty on flavor for a barrel aged ale, short aftertaste

To the Point: plain old uninspiring, it was drinkable, I finished the whole bottle and the flavor nor the mouthfeel ever changed. I won’t buy again.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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 deonreds
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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 KFBR392
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Reddish/peach color to this brew. Sticky lacing at random points on the sides of the glass. Average to above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: The front is a bright combination of sour funkiness and sweet bourbon. The belgian funkiness wins out over the bourbon but they make a very interesting front combining together. These tones fade off and nothing else really grabs the attention of the nose. Love the front, after that not much left.

Taste: The front is very light pears, straw, lemon, and oranges. The body has more nice tropical fruity accents. The finish is some of the sour tones found in the aroma. A touch of bourbon is felt on the finish and leaves a semi-dry feeling on the palate. A lot of watery tones and mediocrity here.

Mouthfeel: Very light, some yeast presence.

Overall: A lot of meh. It shows some promise of being a truly interesting brew but seems to fall off more then it should.

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Photo of JMay419
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mkrass
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of st9647v3
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jadeal
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow. I guess this beer should NOT be stored for too long.

Unlike other reviewers, my bottle (750 mL corked bottle, only kept it for 1 month after buying) did not have a "best by" date anywhere on it.

That being said, I'm pretty sure it went well past it (maybe the store removed it, if possible?). As you'll see, my experiences with this beer do not match other reviewers.

A- Poured a hazy, light brown color. Absolutely no head. Absolutely no bubbles.

S- Strongly hoppy, vinegar, hint of apple, belgian yeast.

T- First sip, when still cold, remarkably watery. Very little flavor at all, just some sourness, almost like a white wine. As it warmed up, it became completely dominated by hops and alcohol, with maybe a hint of apple or other fruits. Absolutely no oak barrel or belgian flavors coming through. Pretty sour as well. Definitely tasted more like an 8 or 9% alcohol.

M- Like water.

O- Once it warmed up, actually tasted like a pretty nice IPA, and completely drinkable, but absolutely no belgian or oak flavors, as advertised. Since this differs from most other reviewers, I guess I got a bad bottle? If your bottle has a best-by date, take it seriously.

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Photo of ajzy
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of BFCarr
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of brotherloco
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of poiuytr
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of bigbutter
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml picked up in NC over Easter.

Enjoyed from an Orval glass, somewhere around 40-45 degrees.

Pours with a light, cream-colored head over a cloudy, dark amber body. Small amt of carbonation visible. Great lacing. Thinking this is incorrectly categorized as a BSPA.

Aromas are of lighter fruit. Citrus, green banana peel, and a little bit of yeast. No trace of charred oak barrel.

Very soft mouthfeel for a BSPA. Light spritz bite on the palate. Slightly tart. Some bitter quality from the hops. Flavors lead mostly with ginger, tree fruit - including lime, and navel oranges - and a touch of sourdough bread. The charred oak barrel quality only faintly appears in the finish as it warms, and only if you're looking for it.

Quite interesting, and pretty enjoyable & drinkable beer. IMHO, they should try putting this in 12oz bottles, and sell 6-ers. You could easily make your way thru a six-pack over a nice Spring/Summer evening.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is about two fingers high, pale orange in color, and rather bubbly like most Belgian-style ales. Retention is quite good, and the lacing left behind is thick, if inconsistent.

S: This is interesting, if slightly mild. Fruitiness is dominant - mostly apples and pears, with just a hint of something suggesting apricots. I think the fruit notes are a touch too sweet here, but they do smell good in the glass. There's a subtle background of piny, citrusy hops here: enough to get me excited, and not enough to throw the rest of the beer off. Oak and bourbon aromas are minimal at best.

T: It starts off fairly tart - not 'sour ale' tart, rather 'general fruitiness' tart. It's very orange-y, whatever the hell that means. It finishes with subtle vanilla, oak, banana, and bourbon flavors. Actually, the aftertaste has is very oak-forward, to the point of being slightly vegetal at times. I'm really struggling to find any hoppiness, which is forgivable given it's not the freshest bottle. Yeast stays in the background, and alcohol is nonexistent (expected given that it's only 6.6%). In short, not all of it works, but a lot of it works.

M: The feel is quite light, just as I hoped for. It also finishes with some tannic qualities, making it rather dry...and drinkable. It doesn't evaporate off of the tongue like, say, Duvel though. This is due to some lingering sweetness and low carbonation for a BPA.

O: Nothing amazing, just a really drinkable BPA with a mild bourbon/oak presence. I wouldn't buy it again due to the price, but I would drink it again with no problems.

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Photo of obywan59
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coppery color, almost clear, with a 3 1/2 finger pale tan head and lacing. A tower of bubbles rises from the middle of my Ommegang glass.

Smells lightly sweet and fruity with spicy yeast, overripe citrus, and some light mustiness.

The taste was lightly tart at first, with some moderating sweetness, but an overying musty bitterness detracted from the flavor. Someone earlier mentioned "chalky".

A well-rounded mouthfeel with a light prickle of carbonation, a pleasant stickiness, and the burn of alcohol in the throat.

This beer is much better as it warms. I tested it at 57.7 degrees, near the bottom of my last glass, and it still had some of the musty bitterness I described before. If I tried this again I would try it at room temperature, as the last few swallows definitely tasted the best. Overall though, Blue Mountain Barrel House has the best Virginia beers I've tasted yet.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 370 ratings.
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