Blue Mountain Long Winter’s Nap

This was a beer that the other half picked out when we went to Cranbury Buy Rite after it reopened. This was another one that was purchased because it had a cute bottle. Let’s see if that translates to a good beer.


ABV: 10%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One of the biggest beers we’ve ever brewed at Blue Mountain coming in at 10% alcohol by volume, and it’s also one of the lightest-colored! Brewed solely with Pilsner and Vienna malts, we used the same amount of barley it would take to make 2,000 gallons and packed it into just 1,000 gallons worth of the smoothest, fullest-bodied, strongest winter brew you’ve ever had. This lager defies most standard beer categorization (Germans would put it in the Doppelbock category) but we’re calling it a blonde Tripelbock. The name says it all…it won’t take many of these and a long winter’s nap will be all you’re capable of doing.”

Random: I could go for a nap right now. I’m exhausted.

When I went to pop the cork, it was insanely difficult to get out. After about 10 minutes of fussing with it, I finally popped it and noticed that this beer was best by July of 2014. There wasn’t any indication of when it was brewed, but I hoped that the high ABV kept this beer in good drinking condition. It poured with a three finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow-orange color with light carbonation visible and lots of sediment floating around. The nose was really sweet with honey and biscuit. The taste had notes of biscuit as well with light fruit (specifically apple and pear). The booze was way too apparent on this beer and however many years it was sitting on the shelf did not mellow it. Light, spicy hops came through too. I almost think that they changed this beer a bit in recent years because most people have enjoyed it and said that the booze was hidden. The body was medium thickness with light carbonation. It had a long sticky finish with honey and booze. This bottle was $12, which broke down to $.55 per ounce. No matter what the price was, I just couldn’t get into this beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Blue Mountain Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale

This brew first appeared on the New Jersey scene about a month ago. Most of the Blue Mountain beers came to New Jersey in bottles, but this is the first one that I had seen in cans. Plus, it was a pale ale, so I had to pick it up. Even more interesting, the other supervisor that I work with said that he picked it up at his liquor store and he really enjoyed it and I had to try it. Let’s see how this one went.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: I had to give the meow a bath today because he was so hot. He did not appreciate this.

This brew poured with a full two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear chestnut-brown with heavy carbonation. The nose was relatively mild. I got some light hop aroma and then some sweet malt. The taste started with some sweet nutty malt with some almonds thrown in as well. Grassy, mild hops came through right after as well. A bit of grapefruit and lemon came through as well. The hoppiness was there, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The malts really balanced this out as well. The body was medium thick and had generous carbonation. The finish was pretty long with nutty malt. This brew is really drinkable with lots of flavor and it comes in a can? I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Blue Mountain Evil 8 Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale

One thing that I learned about Virginia? People are insanely friendly. If you’ve ever been to Jersey or are from Jersey, people here on average are not all that friendly. If you go to a bar, someone may talk to you. If you go to a bar in Virginia, it’s weird if people don’t talk to you. Thus was the case of this beer. I was at the bar (which I’ll go into more detail with a later post) and the bartender had actually heard of my blog and recommended this local brew to me. Since Blue Mountain just started being distributed in New Jersey, I figured I would give this one a shot.

ABV: 7.7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A truly spiritual ale, Evil 8° will blur the lines of what you think you know about American beer. Brewed in the Belgian Abbey style using caramelized Biscuit malt, Goldings hops and a unique strain of brewers’ yeast.”

Random: It’s been a beautiful two days out here in Jersey. Since it’s basically rained for the past month, the sunshine is really nice to see.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head, which dissipated slowly and left little lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light brown color with little carbonation visible. The nose was light for the style. I got a bit of nuttiness and Belgian yeast with some raisins and other dark fruit. The taste was filled with raisins, dates, Belgian yeast and hazelnuts. After a few sips, some nutmeg and clove came through as well. The booze was not a factor in this one either. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with a pronounced date flavor. This wasn’t the best dubbel I’ve ever had, but the flavors are pretty good and it was pretty drinkable. It’s worth a shot if you see it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Blue Mountain Brewing Local Species

My sister and I went to this wine store in Marlboro that she really likes. They have a semi-decent beer selection, but nothing out of this world. I saw this bottle sitting there and I’d never heard of the brewery. Apparently it’s a brewery out of Virginia and I’m assuming that it’s a new beer to New Jersey. Other than that, I knew nothing about this before I threw the bottle into the car (well, not threw, nicely placed).

ABV: 6.6%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Different. Secret. Native. A creation of deep-drawn well water, special barley malts, American hops and Belgian yeast. Aged in charred American White Oak bourbon barrels. A beer as original and beautiful as our native Brookie.”

Random: Why does there need to be a show on television about “hogging?” Is that really necessary? I think not.

This one poured with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. Instead, it left a huge crown on top of the dark copper body that had moderate carbonation visible throughout. Nose was bourbon and vanilla. Nothing else that I could pick up. Taste was off…I got this big metallic taste up front. It was followed up by raisins, light Belgian yeast and an herbal note. The taste was flat out off putting. It didn’t help that it was followed up by an oily mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and unremarkable. This beer did nothing for me. It said on the bottle that it was experimental and barrel aged. It should have stayed that. Avoid this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0