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%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bucknak3d
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Emersonio
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -10.5%
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 AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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 +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
2.18/5  rDev -41.6%
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 Justinprintz
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zp6167a
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of julielynndubee
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of entenduintransit
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of EMV
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +10.7%
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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 brocktune
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GlacierSapien
4.66/5  rDev +24.9%
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 bmac093
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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 skaboom420
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spedprof
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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