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New River Pale Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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New River Pale AleNew River Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

125 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.52% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Now brewed at Lost Rhino
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(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 08-16-2001)
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Todd

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with bottling date. Brewed by Old Dominion for New River Brewing Co.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden amber in color with a huge pillowy white foam head, that lasts.

Smell: Spicy floral Cascade & Columbus hops tweak the nose and water the eyes. Seriously hopped.

Taste: Very smooth, with a full-bodied texture. Much of the malt is in the body, little real sweetness, but its there, thin and even. Hops flavours peak with an assertive tangy citrus rind bitterness (grapefruit-like), followed by a tight carbonated fizz and sharp salt flavours. Raw hop leaf and hop oil textures play on the tongue, along with light dry grain tannin flavours that carry through into the aftertaste -- which lasts forever with a lot of strong hop flavour residuals. As the beer warms, it gets sweet and fusel alcohol come forth.

Notes: The kettle hops are Amerillo Gold, Centennial and Cascade. These hops plus Columbus hops are used for dry hopping later in the fermenter.

Not a bad Pale Ale. Definitely geared towards hopheads. I like it a lot, but would have preferred a bit more balance with the sweetness and less aftertaste, initially. 5.6%abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 102507.

A: The ale is a crisp amber color, light enough to be translucent. The ale does the translucence angle quite nicely, a very pretty ale to look at. A three finger head blanketed the ale, leaving extensive lacing in its wake.

S: The aroma has lsot its hops, leaving only caramel malts to be detected and even they are showing a lot of age.

T: The nose was a little lackluster but the taste works. Caramel and butterscotch duel for attention, both grainy and full. Some citrus hops linger in the background but this is a nice malty pale ale.

M: A combination of caramel and butterscotch works where you think that it wouldn't. Even the dearth of hops is alright.

D: A very drinkable pale ale that isn't afraid to fire on the all-malt cylinders.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 02:30:39 | More by akorsak
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from chaz's mixed case. Thanks. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker glass, the ale appears a clear copper color with about a finger of quickly fading foam. Aromas and flavors are slightly fruity, a bit of floral hops, bitter, mild sweetness, caramel, a bit of citrus. About medium bodied and amply carbonated. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 04:16:07 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer chilled in a Boddington's pub glass.

A - A hazy light amber w/ slowly receding 1/2 inch ecru cap that smears that glass with great lace and visible carbontion is noted rising in columns to the surface

S - A very fruit hop nose w/ citrus and yeast esters that almost have an apple aroma. There is lots of light malt and slight tropical hints

M - The feel is fruity faintly tannic, mildly carbonated for the style w/ slight sweetness and a dry finish

T - An english yeast flavor with subtle dry malt flavors and a sweet citrus taste from amarillo and cascade hops as stated on the package. The malt is slightly toasted w/ a mild creamy sweetness and slightly woody crystal malt taste.

D - A very good pale, I found the hops and malt very tasty. I could see this as a go-to pale, very drinkable

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02-05-2009 16:36:39 | More by Slatetank
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Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from dsigmon courtesy of the Ugly Ducking BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel & citrus, a decent floral hops bitterness and a hearty malt character. The hops flavor gets a little bit stronger as you continue to drink it, but not enough to dominate. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet. There's nothing outstanding but it's quite solid.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink a lot of as it's flavorful but doesn't try to knock you over.

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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an almost cloudy amber color with a huge head that retains so well I cannot tell if there is lacing

Smell: Somewhat citrusy, with an underpinning of toffee

Taste: Opens with an extremely well-balanced profile between the citrus and the caramel; the flavors heighten a bit after the swallow, but the balance remains its distinguishing characteristic

Mouthfeel: Just a bit too much carbonation, but otherwise medium bodied

Drinkability: I'll miss this fine pale ale - my last bottle and it's 9 months old but still drinking nicely

Serving type: bottle

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Minkybut

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this new brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was not pale as I expected from the label but was a nice amber color with a nice blond head. The beer smelled hoppy so I was afrain I had a hop bomb. However that was not the case. the beer was a nice blend I thought of sweet and bitter. Very interesting brew. i will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

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boston2bburg

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An old standby here in SW VA that I heard was on it's way out. Figured I'd pick up what might be my last 6 pack of one of the best beers brewed in Virgina.

Big old pillowy white head that sticks in clumps and lingers awhile. Hazy straw-amber body.

Aroma is all kinds of hops, herbal, citrusy, earthy, floral. Also a lesser amount of crystal malts, caramel and toffee in the nose.

Piercing yet flavorful bitterness, yet balanced with lots of body. The Columbus, Amarillo, and Cascade all contribute noticeably; grassy citrus, herbal, and floral notes abound. Minerals and salt also prevalent on aftertaste. Could be a bit smoother, but still sits lightly and is very easy to drink (for hopheads). By all means, get some if you still can.

Serving type: bottle

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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz received as an extra from dsigmon ... Thanks a bunch .. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger head takes a while to die back.. nice lacing.. slightly hazy coppery lite amber.

Toasted malts and citrus/floral hops play very nicely together... not alot of yeasty esters .. but a touch could easily be mistaken for the nice hop aromas.

Flavor is a very balanced bitter and pale malt in the front that quickly gives way to floral hop flavor with a nice rip of grapefruit. Medium body with lower than expected carbonation .. but that doesn't detract .. actually adds well to the drinkability .. I am only half way done and already want another.

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rallison

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice looking reddish amber. Appearance is slightly hazy. 1/2 finger white head that mostly dies but leaves some nice lacing.

Smells of slightly juicy hops with touches of sweetness back there. Mellow, but nice for a lower ABV APA.

The taste is solid. Hops provide a slight juiciness with a respectable level of lingering bitterness. The malt profile is subdued, but adds a very nice caramel sweetness with some bready notes. Relatively fruity. Good all around balance. All the flavors here are both mellow but nicely defined.

Mouthfeel is well done. Medium carbonation lets this drink easily without obscuring the flavors.

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Serving type: bottle

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FenwaySquid

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, bottling date of 5/1/07 printed on the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured a hazy burnt orange color, lots of setiment floating inside amongst the carbonation bubbles rising. The head initially filled half the glass (slightly overcarbonated after sitting for so long) before settling into a nice and creamy 1 finger.

Aroma: Floral and piney hops.

Taste: It held up pretty well for sitting on a store shelf for all these months. Floral and spicy hops dominate throughout while the malts remain in the background. Nice balance. The finish is a conbination of the two, with the hops lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and smooth, almost creamy at times. The carbonation was rather lively and balanced out well.

Overall: I'm sorry to be seeing this one go. Word is the contract between New River and their current brewery will no be renewed. Okay, enough about that, how about the beer? The carbonation on the bottles I've got is so high that I could barely twist the cap off without using a bottle opener. If I see any I'll try and grab one or two that are more recent. Still, this is a nice American IPA for hopheads, and anyone else too. Get it while you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 00:21:21 | More by FenwaySquid
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pacothrash

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been saving a few of these since they might be gone for good. This one was a little past the date but still very nice. Poured a clear orangish amber color with a nice 1" head. The floral hops and orange and fruity aroma was very nice. I have enjoyed getting this beer on draft at Old Dominion for years and am sad that I will no longer be able to get this beer when I return to Northern VA.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 14:37:26 | More by pacothrash
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dickroop

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was hazy and light-honey colored, with a big 1+ finger head that had excellent retention, some lacing. A good start. The nose was very promising, a kind of earthy hoppiness that seemed to have some phenolic overtones, but good.

The taste come on with a quick hop ambush, little sweetness, a respectable mid-palate hop bouquet, and a fade to a gentle bitter finish. The hop flavor was perplexing and reminded me of traditional English hop varieties, but I couldn't call it floral, piney, citrus, or anything. Maybe a little earthy or nutty. But overall good.

Mouthfeel was bitey due to aggressive carbonation. It was interesting and OK. After that is was light-to-medium body and pretty good. Overall, drinkability was good. I'd go for more of this if I could get it. It's contract brewed by Old Dominion, and they have a slightly erratic reputation, but this offering had some authenticity if a lot of gas!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 20:36:14 | More by dickroop
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Durge

Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazey amber color brew with a nice white head and good lacing. The aroma is of floral hops but it is a bit too sweet and perfumey for my taste. The flavor follows suit with a very sweet rhubarb quality and citrus overtones. The hops keeps knocking but the perfumey domination is disconcerting. Kind of wierd unless maybe this bottle is just a bad one, or has sat for too long. The store owner told me it was probably the best of all his local micros so I assume he moves this a bit and it should be fresh. The carbonation was lively. It was refreshing. Tangy with noted alcohol presence in the finish but just too flowery for me to recommend this highly. Might be worth trying due to its unique qualities.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 03:46:55 | More by Durge
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in late July 07, Brewed 05-21-06, still held up well, made me wonder how good this is fresh???

Poured amber/peach tea colored with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Intense biscuitty malt & lemony hops

T: Biscuitty malt & citric hops up front. Hop tea with the emphasis on lemony hops follows as this warms. Finishes with earthy hops & dryness

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation & really nice balance

Drank great, maybe a tad too hoppy to session on all night, but worth a try

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 21:37:29 | More by russpowell
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claytri

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an old gold with a brilliant white head. The aroma was of floral hops and malt. The taste was of malt infused with floral hops. The feel was medium and dry. A very nice pale ale with plenty of floral hops and a good crisp finish. It would make a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 01:13:32 | More by claytri
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plaid75

New York

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light resiny hop and a husky grain.

The taste was subtle as well and consisted of a sweet orange, some pepper and a clean malt. There was a candy corn type aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side with a clean, dry finish.

Overall a tasty and highly drinkable APA. Could use some more body however.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 02:37:08 | More by plaid75
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New River Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.