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Thursday, September 9th 2010

Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale
(Blue Mountain Brewery)

I recently paid a visit to Blue Mountain Brewery, had a great meal and picked up a six-pack of Full Nelson. Its the only beer they are currently canning and its brewed entirely with cascade hops grown on the premises. They had just harvested their hops a few weeks before I was there so I missed seeing an absolutely stunning little brewery look even better with all those hops.


From the Blue Mountain site:

"Bursting with local hop flavor, our flagship Virginia Pale Ale features our own farm-grown Cascade variety hops as one of the key ingredients. A strong malt backbone gives this ale a rich taste and vibrant copper color, while the generous addition of hops contribute a pronounced bitterness and floral, citrus aroma.."

Here we go...


Pour - deep golden to auburn in appearance with plenty of bubbling action and a half inch of wispy, white head.


Aroma - very citrusy, lemons and oranges, a little spicy, a little sweet and definitely a good deal of malt balancing things out. The aroma just sucks you into the glass.


Taste - orange peel, lemon zest, earthy, spicy, tangy and a little dry in the finish. Plenty of flavor and definitely some terroir, as they say, from those cascade hops growing in the mountains of Virginia. 


Overall - a gorgeous brew from a gorgeous brewery. Love the local element and all the flavor that is packed into this beer. Definitely worth the trip to the brewery to pick some cans up from the source!


Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I'd love to go back to this brewery and try some more of their beers on tap and time my visit for when they are harvesting all those hops!

Note - when I visited Blue Mountain Brewery they had a fresh hop pale ale on tap that had been brewed with their own cascade hops right after they had been picked. It was heavenly. You can learn more about their hop farm HERE.

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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Blue Mountain Brewery
Afton, Virginia  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Virginia-grown Cascade Hops
ABV: 5.9%
IBUs: 60
Date: September 9th, 2010

Posted by Russ

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Labels: Pale Ales