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Dominion Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Ale
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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This English style ale is malty with an assertive hop character. The result is a beautiful crystal clear amber color with a medium body.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-02-2001)
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Reviews by Druss157:
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Druss157, Nov 18, 2013
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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a thin head that doesnt leave much if any lacing,aroma of biscuity malt and some leafy hop.Nice subtle tasting beer with a firm malt backbone with a piney/leafy flavor predominenty in the finish,as the beer warms I taste a hint of brown sugar as well.Like some others I also get a British ale quality to this one,subtle but not lacking in flavor.Well done by OD.

oberon, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of Todd
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottling date stamped on the side.

Appearance: Crystal clear copper coloured thick looking brew with a very healthy white cream head that has great sticking and staying power.

Smell: Wonderful fruity, caramel malt and strong and complex hop aroma.

Taste: Full-bodied, very smooth and very creamy. Big dose of rich malt sweetness that contains biscuit, dry grain, light caramel, toasted malt, honey and touch of earth in the flavour. Goes crisp then smacks down the palate with a spicy/herbal-like floral hop bite ... and a gentle sting (boosted by the carbonation). Malt and hops are in balance. Ends with more biscuit flavours, some dryness and some grain tannins.

Notes: Ga'damn! A superb ale! You'll burp hops. English in style, but using German Kölsh fermentation and maturation methods. Its actual style is not listed anywhere, but I'd have to guess that this is close to an English Pale Ale. One of my new favourites. 4.7%abv.

Todd, Sep 02, 2001
Photo of RPMazzi
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

RPMazzi, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the newly-opened "Glory Days" grill (kid friendly...that's important).

Color is deep copper in color, with orangish-colored highlights at the edges. Thin layer of white head persists and leaves distinct rings of lace on the glass. Aromas are a heady mixture of fruity hops and malty sweetness. Flavor is more of the same. Wonderfully-balanced. The balacing act played by the sweetness from the malts and the dry bitterness from the hops never get out of whack. Up front sweetness tapers to dry bitterness and finishes with a dryness enhanced by the carbonation. On the creamy side of mouthfeel and stellar drinkability. I would love to try this as a casked offering to see how much better it would taste. Splendid as is, I can't believe I haven't tried this offering from Ol' Dom. My summer beer? Giddyup!

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of far333
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow color with an off-white head of tight foam that settles quickly.

Aroma of light sweet malt and buttery corn, but not much else.

Non complex flavor of light malt, biscuits and corn. Some grassy notes. Low to zero hop profile. Finishes a little peppery, a bit of lemon. I'm searching for other flavors.

Even mouthfeel, not too full, not too tingly.

Drinkable because it goes down easy and it's not offensive, but not complex at all, underwhelming, and not too inviting.

far333, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

amstokesdb9, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

briandaube, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ruby Tuesday's in Arlington, VA...

Bright copper color, darker tan head of small bubbles that cling to the side. Touch of hop to the nose, along with a slight cane sugar sweetness. Definite hop bite to initial flavor, more bitter than many English Pales. A touch of hot cinnamon spiceness. Could use a little more malt interest and balance and it leans toward over-carbonated. Feels a little too light-bodied. Finish is solid, no huge flavor fade. A little unidimensional.

ADR, Jul 28, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Caramel amber hue filtered nicely, big creamy mountainous off white head leaving sporadic chunks of lacing as it slowly dwindles. Aroma: Slight citrus fruit tone with sweet caramel highlights from the malt hop combo. I can only imagine this is what Bass ale originally smelled and tasted like. Wow, give these guys some credit excellent all around English style ale. Taste: Mildly bitter touch of grassy herbal tone with citrus hops as well. Great mix of subtly sweet malts some 2 row, caramel, and other combine to make one excellent malt profile. Mouthfeel: Medium to light body easy going carbonation very nice. Drinkability: Just try this brew, I had a very fresh sample and am thoroughly impressed by the depth of Old Dominion.

WVbeergeek, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Old Dominion location in the Dulles Airport in DC.

Pours a clear amber color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with hints of toastiness. As the beer warms indistinct medium fruit aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors with hints of deeper caramel malts kick things off. Midway through the sip it sweetens a bit as good amounts of mild fruit flavors work their way into things. The flavors dry out a bit before a mildly bitter ending. As the beer warms hints of buttery diacetyl makes an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I found this to be a solid beer however it's missing a certain smoothness to make it a very good beer.

glid02, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of JGrummell
3/5  rDev -18.9%

JGrummell, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of mempath
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a bright apricot with my favorite flapjack batter head that laces thick like paper thin sour dough bread dabbed around the glass. beautiful to behold. good nose with some metallic (copper?) maltiness and hops. subtle. but earthy.

the taste...yes, yes, very english. and british...massive malt onlslaught, but the hops really balance it out, making this a respectable, top tier 'go-to' everyday sessionable brew. smooth but crisp mouthfeel are spot on. jolly good. tally ho.

mempath, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dominion Ale is English in style, while it's cousin - Dominion Pale Ale - is more American. It's clear copper body is topped by a frothy head of white foam that holds well and leaves some very nice rings of sticky lace. Its fresh and inviting nose displays a generous amount of caramel-laced, biscuity malt accented by lightly floral and grassy hops. The body is medium and its fine carbonation is crisp in the mouth. The flavor reflects exactly what the aroma suggests with a gently caramelish and biscuity malt that's accented by floral, leafy and slightly grassy hops backed by a solid bitterness. It's quite delicately balanced with a bitterness that allows the malt to come through but still restrains it. It never steps out of line, but doesn't back down either; and it finishes dry with a short-lingering note of caramelish malt and floral hop. Surprisingly, on the back label they compare this delicate beauty to some sulphur-ridden, hard-muscled swilll from Britain... and it's certainly not! It's crisp, clean, and vibrant with a beautifully floral hop aroma that's like a summer morning after the rain has fallen. Quite nice!

NeroFiddled, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich gold color to it and has a very malty taste. However, it almost seems like it is a little too carbonated, which is one thing I did not like. Just like it says on the back of the bottle, it tastes very similiar to Bass Ale. Probably one of the better beers to come out of my home state.

Rootdog316, Jul 03, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

WoodBrew, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice drinking English pale ale, but I think the yeast character overwhelms the flavor a bit much. There's a big, creamy element to it, almost like a lighter version of the Ringwood yeast (and sans the big D). It makes for a very smooth drink, but the taste, while nice, is a little simple.

tempest, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

cliff1066, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of warchez
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ap: Fine looking beer. perfect color, lighter ruby to deep copper, head retention, if improved would make this a perfect presentation.
Ar: Light, but fragrant hop smell. Mild citrus and light malt character
T: Great flavor, well balanced. Enough bitterness to enjoy and make it crisp. The malt is medium flavored, low caramel, but maintains good grainy,malty quality.
MF: mildly sticky on the tongue. Not a crisp clean finish. However, the lingering flavors are almost all hop which is great for the style:
D: Definately a solid utiliy Pale Ale. Good drinker, could pair with almost all your favorite foods.
Overall: This beer nearly has the full package. Great taste, not to strong flavors. Extremely well balanced. Not a bland representation of the style either. Solid.

warchez, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of zonker17
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

zonker17, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of nickthetick
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear orange-ish into a pilsner glass with a finger and a half of light khaki head that leaves moderate lacing.

S: beautiful dark and ripe oranges and a nice sweet caramel malt.

T: sweet oranges and nice caramel with a bit of pine hoppiness.

MF: sweet, thick, little carbonation.

O: ok, not great and defiantly not my favorite. A little too thick and too sweet.

nickthetick, Aug 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

leinie13, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dull brown color with good carbonation.

The smell is good, a little malt smell with a slight flowery aroma.

The taste is ok maybe better, A little bit of light malt and a light but pleasant flowery hops.

The mounthfeel is good medium body, good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, but an average craft beer, still better than the average macro. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of UfosBigRigsnBBQ
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

UfosBigRigsnBBQ, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of biteme398
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly dark color, some shades of orange in it, not too pale though. A good head that fades to a thin film. Smell is slightly acidic with hints of a pilsner actually. Like the bottle proclaims, the body is medium, not too chewy but just slightly watery. There is a good balance between the malt and hops. Definitely milder than many pale ales that border on IPA territory. Decent for a hot day or just to relax with. Not outstanding but cromulent nevertheless.

biteme398, Aug 09, 2012
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Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.