Dominion Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-02-2001

This English style ale is malty with an assertive hop character. The result is a beautiful crystal clear amber color with a medium body.
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Reviews by biteme398:
Photo of biteme398
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Todd
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Photo of far333
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of mempath
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Photo of Rootdog316
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of warchez
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of nickthetick
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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

Photo of avylover
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been trying alot of Dominion lately. They are local & fresh, fairly inexpensive. This one is just called "Ale", so i was'nt quite sure what to expect. It's a nice golden color with some fizzy carbonation and a decent white head, great lacing throughout my pint. Smells of some stong biscuity maltiness and a nice whiff of piney hops. Nice caramel maltiness in the taste with a decent hop bitterness. There is a slight alcohol warmth to the taste, which is odd, seeing as the ABV is fairly low. Nicely balanced ale. Really well crafted nice american session brew. Mouthfeel is very silky at first, then the carbonation jumps through to make this one drinkable ale. Dominion has yet to fail me with their standard offereings.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pint served at the Birchmere prior to and during the Wayne Newton show tonight. The ale was served cold in a tumbler.

Appearance: The ale has a nondescript amber red color with a nice thick head that laces well.

Smell: There is a slight bitter hop aroma but mostly just biscuity malt.

Taste: Again, the biscuity malts rule the day. They provide a grainy flavor that is accentuated by a lightly bitter hop body.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is relatively subdued, allowing for brief flourishes of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, darn near a session beer for a show.

Photo of Darkale
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge fan of Dominion and am glad they are relatively close by. Those looking for tasty, solid, satisfying and lower alcohol pale ales should definitely give Dominion Ale a try.

Appearance is lovely -- orange-red body, very clear, with a beautiful and bountiful white head, very tenacious and clingy for a pale ale. I love a head that sticks around, and this one certainly does.

Aroma is mostly sweet, with a hint of something hoppy.

Solid pale ale taste, a bit deeper and darker perhaps than the usual, good fruity character, nice hum of hops, good and raspy on the tongue, and very, very, very drinkable.

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Copper-amber hue with a one finger khaki head that slowly settles to a thin cap, with a good amount of lacing left behind.

Light biscuity hops, which is are slighty toasty and give off a little burnt caramel. Some light herbal hops are in the background.

The flavor matches the aroma pretty well. The grains are well toasted with a good amount of caramel and a little brown sugar. Full bodied.

A very well balanced Ale. Very enjoyable and sessionable. Recommended.

Photo of Murph
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden color with a creamy white head that refuses to die. Nice subtler hops tones and a smooth malt in the nose. Great english type hop content that seems to be almost perfectly balanced by the smooth malts in this brew. Extremely smooth on the tongue and exceptionally drinkable. Damn, I can't believe I have been living here for four years and just discovered this great brew. This is definitely going to become a regular in my fridge.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff. Looked like a nitro-pour English in the glass. Gorgeous foamy head that sat 3 inches high and didn't really detract from the carbonation. Light fruity hops and malt in the nose. Taste was first sweet caramel malt, fruity hops (more than expected--in a good way), and a nice touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Amazing. And very easy drinking.

Photo of PeatReek
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

In terms of appearance, this beer was pretty clear with a decent white head. Aroma-wise, it smelled like nice fresh beer but nothing shocking.

But the taste (and to a lesser extent, mouthfeel) is just amazing. This beer is actually very subtle; the amber/copper color is produced by a sublime blend of bready and faintly caramely malts which were perfectly balanced. And very, very full. Each sip of this beer is very complex and satisfying.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear amber-copper w/light beige head and light tracing.
S-Malt, roasted nuts, hops, barnyard earth (yes, slightly manurish, but in a fresh, delicious way).
T-Light-flavored manifestations of most of the aromas. Toasted malt and nut in midpalate. Finish is toasty, w/faint hops.
M-Lively and well-balanced.
D-Enjoyable and light...a good session beer.

2.42/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz to stange. Bottled 7/20/11. Sampled 11/13/11.

A: Three finger foamy/fluffy head - light khaki colored. Decent retention, with dimples forming on the cap and depositing sea foam lace as it recedes. The body is orange-amber with respectable clarity.

S: Leans toward malt dominant - toffee and caramel. Lightly toasted. Grassy hops. Neutral yeast.

T: Lackluster interpretation of an English Ale.

M: Medium body with a semi-thick creamy texture. Aptly carbonated.

O: This beer is a prime example of why many beer drinking Americans have a hard time appreciating English ales...More often than not, U.S. brewers do not represent the style well.

Photo of tattooedtolley
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber in color, white head left a lot of lacing.

Smell: Aroma consists mostly of malt but is complimented with a sublte hoppiness.

Taste: Tastes mostly of malt with enough of a hop bitterness to level it out. There is an off fruitiness to it, not sure if thats from the hops or malts but it is apparent throughout.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp from lots of carbonation, relatively small in body.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

Overall, not bad at all, I liked it for what it was. It says on the bottle it is an English Pale Ale, which it tastes like to me, rather than an APA. I think this could appeal to many macro beer drinkers and is not a surprise the OD has this as a flagship brew.

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Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.