Blue Mountain Lights Out
Producer: Blue Mountain Brewery; Arrington, VA
Beer Name: Lights Out
Style: Old Ale
Price Range: $2 / bottle (12 oz)
Appearance: Dark brown, small foamy tan head, cloudy
Aroma: Dark fruit, fig, raisin, plum, sweet, light roastiness
Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a cloudy brown with a small, foamy, tan head. The aroma includes notes of dark fruits and is sweet with some light roastiness. I get possibly a little fig, raisin, and maybe some plum aromas but it’s mostly understated. There is some dark fruit in the taste, but it’s pretty light-bodied overall, with strong bitterness in the middle. The fruit blends in a weird way with the hops. The taste is pretty accurate for the style, although I’m not a huge fan of old ales in general. What is confusing me about this beer is the bottle’s claim of 60 IBUs, which would lend itself to be a hoppier beer, but I really don’t get much hop bitterness at all. The bitterness mostly comes from the malt and it’s not entirely pleasant. After the first sip, the bitterness fades a little and the contrasting flavors start to mesh. I think that the middle of this beer is “missing”. With all the boldness coming through in the aroma and beginning of the taste, it should pack a bigger punch, especially for 7%, but it ends up surprisingly light. This one is similar to Fireside Chat, but not quite as good.