Local Species | Blue Mountain Brewery

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BEER INFO

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:
371
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
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8
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42
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep golden body and a white head. Good retention with a couple of chunks of foam remaining on the surface.

Smell - Oaky and very yeasty. A little bit of vanilla. Not really appealing.

Taste - Dominated by oak and vanilla. Weird flavor. Yeasty and not very hoppy. Sweet malty finish.

Mouthfeel - Quite carbonated. Sprizty until the end. Sugary aftertaste.

Overall - Not sure what to make of this. Strange flavors that don't seem to work together.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh sweet Jebus! Best before date of March 2013! I just missed it by a few days. Crikey.

Great looking beer. Nose is nice. I have high expectations based on as much. The flavor delivery is...odd. At first I thought the goal was a Flemish tone on things, but I question if this was intentional. Seems to be off, with an aftertaste that is...off putting. Although, it seems to get better as time goes on. But it took a lot of time. A lot. A for effort, C (at best) for execution.

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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 VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BillRoth
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Belgian inspired bal. aged, american hopped experimental ale.

A: When backlighted a caramel apple coloring that is filled with a dense, misty carbonation. Frothy tan head shows some resilience while leaving a single, thick, milky band for lace.

S: Aroma is fruity, apple-pear, spicy american hops upon first uncorking. Sweet caramelized fruit, golden raisins, melon, and white oak is clearly dominant with subtle charred hints.

T: Spicy hops, wine-oak alcohol, and pancakes. Green melon, fresh wet citrusy hops on the close. Sweet and fruity flavor, caramelized pear and apple closely resemble the nose. The fruit is fresh, wet, and juicy. The alcohol is toasted and with a charred barrel woodiness and oaky wine finish. Flowery hops, spicy citrus leaves a bit of dryn on the close out. Honey-fruit, semi-dry lemon-straw with a lovely leave of wine oak alcohol.

M: Mouthful was medium, small tingle of carbonation, spicy.

O: Overall sweetly toasted, light and freshly fruity makes this drink easier then it looks. Has a harmonous blend of belgian yeast, fresh wet fruitiness, and american spicy hops balanced nicely with subtle hints of charred oak woodiness. Everything is delicately balanced and fine tuned here, a dark looking heavy beer that really does drink much lighter then it looks. crisp and refreshing. very good try.

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4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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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Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 371 ratings.
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