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Local Species | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Local SpeciesLocal Species

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jgreenearrow on 06-21-2012

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Photo of Beejay
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: light apricot in color, very little head on top, what's there is white.

S: hoppy, with a touch of licorice. Touches if citrus, and a bit of a chalky note.

T: definitely a but odd, there is a hoppy flavor, a well a hints of vanilla and caramel. But there is almost a chalky minty flavor that I'm not digging. Weird, but not so weird that i want to stop drinking, need to figure this one out.

m: medium in body, carbonation is medium, slightly dry mouthfeel.

O: overall a weird amalgamation of flavors that is interesting, but nit necessarily delicious...

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked all four Blue Mountain Brewery beers I tried at Grape and Gourmet's beer tasting. Local Species is kind of an odd Belgian Pale Ale, but a really tasty beer.

Pours a murky amber color with a big delicately bubbly white head. Head retention is very good. A much more solid head than many Belgian beers. Minimal lacing on my Chimay goblet as I would expect.

Smell is fairly mild, a little maltiness and Belgian yeast.

The primary flavor element is the bourbon barrel flavoring. There is a strong vanilla presence as well. The Belgian yeast takes a back seat to the bourbon barrel flavors. There is some sweetness and a good hint of mild hoppiness as well. Definitely an American take on this style. It is a very tasty beer though.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The bourbon barrel flavor is not overdone and the complexity---sweetness, hoppiness and bourbon barrel is nice on the tongue.

THis is a winner.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: large head with nice lacing and excellent retention on a cloudy golden amber body.

S: corriander, lots of mint, belgian yeast, sweet fruits, mostly banana. A very nice smelling beer.

T: sweet bourbon up front but not over done moving to a lightly tangy banana citrus and belgian yeast flavor.

M: very creamy body, moderate to high carbonation. coats the mouth.

Overall: A nicely comple and unique brew. This is a must try for the beer snob. The aroma differs greatly from the taste but compliants each other well.

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Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - Musty hops, vanilla, spicy yeast notes of coriander and light clove with a hint of pine hiding in the background.

T - Bready malt and a bit of dry toffee up front. some floral hop notes come out in the middle and there is a bit of spicy yeast in the finish and a touch of sweet whiskey like barrel character.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nicely done with a subdued but spicy yeast character and a really well played additional flavor from the barrel. not nearly as intense or crazy as the description on the bottle would imply, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL corked brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by March 2013 printed on the cork. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber with solid 1-2 finger frothy off-white with good retention and lots of dots of lace.

S: The aroma is complex with light vanilla, oak, coconut, and pineapple initially with a bready and light caramelly maltiness.

T: The flavor doesn't quite seal the deal and falls a little bit flat with the complexity of the composition seemingly holding this beer back. The barrel qualities are right up front and provide some interesting vanilla, oak, and coconut notes, but they are fleeting and the maltiness hits with a thud as it tastes muddled with some burnt sugar and caramel flavors. The hopping doesn't support the malt and provides a dank quality. The Belgian yeast never gets much chance to cut through the multitude of ingredients.

M: The feel of this beer is quite good with active but even carbonation, medium body, and a creamy texture.

O: I love Blue Mountain's beers, but I was somewhat disappointed with Local Species. It seems like a malt-forward beer should carry some distinctive malt flavor -- instead the barrel characteristics are the most interesting, and the maltiness is dulled. I would not go back to this one. I am going to hang onto the other bottle I bought to see if there is some other flavor development.

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Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a slightly hazy copper with three fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: lots of sweet fruit aromas up front with candy sugar, cinnamon and other spices. Vanilla and oak also come through.

T: spices, candy suvar,and sweet fruits come through here as well. There is also an astringent,chemical-like flavor present. The finish has some slight oak and vanilla notes.

M: medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little undercarbonated.

O: a solid beer overall, thougb the chemical-like flavor is a bit off-putting.

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Photo of JKMas
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent beer overall. This is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale with a somewhat above average dose of hops. 'Local Species' is an apt name, as this is very much a marriage of styles and beermaking traditions that has produced a unique brew. Blue Mountain Barrel House is a brand new brewery, and for a new operation, this is impressive work.

It has noticeable spice and sweetness up front, but quickly gives way to more bitter hops on the finish. The bourbon barrel aging is more apparent in the aroma than in the flavor profile, but the faintest hints of vanilla and smoke add character. Carbonation was slightly aggressive, but that's a minor complaint for a thoroughly enjoyable beer. If you happen to live in VA, local Trader Joe's outlets have picked up a decent chunk of Blue Mountain's product line. I strongly suggest picking some up if you happen to be a local species yourself.

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Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to like this beer as it is from a local brewery, but it has a strange aftertaste that I don't really like. I like Belgian beers and I like IPA's, but not this particular species. It says it is barrel aged and I usually like barrell-aged beer, but it almost has a chalky aftertaste.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is aged in charred white oak bourbon barrels.

A: The beer pours a transparent amber with deep brown hues. A thick, fluffy off white head emphasizes the belgian influence in the appearance of this beer. Some lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet caramel and fruit dominate the nose of the beer. Plums, apricots, and raisins are present along with some herbal and spice notes. Some slight bourbon comes though in the nose.

T: This is a balanced beer. It carries some sweetness and fruit of a belgian, but some moderate hopping is present to add an american influence. The bourbon barrel aging is really apparent in the finish where the bourbon appears and lingers (especially as the beer warms). There is some slight alcohol burn.

M: This is a light bodied beer with good viscosity for the style. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall this is an excellent beer. It definitely drinks as a belgian pale, but the hopping adds a distinct american influence. The bourbon barrel aging adds an entirely new, intriguing dimension.

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