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%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 371 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMay419
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vande
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of LAND_MINE
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brauseboof
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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.
Updates:
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 DrJay
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 DamienI
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rizzy17
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 JFear
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Fijimertz
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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 LeeEvolved
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of RavenForBeer
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of matt_duthie
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 MikeFerrari
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of drummerguy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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