Dominion Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 137 | Display Reviews Only:
2.4/5 rDev -35.1%
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.
03-18-2012 18:11:32 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
2.78/5 rDev -24.9%
From a trade.
Not a bad looking caramel/amber body, but for an English ale I expected it to be a bit richer. Same with the head since not hand pumped. Small, white and some retention.
Smell of slight malt and caramel. Not much else, could use some earthy hops or some more bitterness in the nose.
Taste follows. Is this an ale or a lager? Sweet as a lager. Some bitterness, definitely not an EPA.
Otherwise, not a bad brew. Tastey, just off style. Expected something different.
05-06-2007 03:37:57 | More by Mebuzzard
2.9/5 rDev -21.6%
Appearance: Clear, copper body sporting a very thin white head.
Smell: Very basic grainy pale malt aroma and little else. Sheesh.
Taste: Some pale malts with a subtle sweetness and a hint of grain followed by a medium hop bitterness. That's it. So painfully average you can't help but feel a little sorry for it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbontion.
Drinkability: No. This beer shows the depth and charm of a homebrewer's first half-hearted attempt at the style, maybe a lil' less. Even if what you're looking for is a session-type beer, there are many far better choices out there.
04-21-2008 19:11:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.03/5 rDev -18.1%
Old Dominion Ale is the ultimate "meh" beer for me honestly. Pale ales whether English or American are just "meh". This is true to style so that's what it gets.
Amber body, minimal head, lacing that disappears mid-pint. Smells toasty, malted, sugar, and light bitter pine hops. Tastes that way too with the malts taking over in the middle an yielding to piney bitter by the end. This beer ia a drinker, not much else. A low alcohol volume matches the style and ensures that this one can stick around.
But it won't stand out.
01-13-2011 22:35:28 | More by afksports
3.03/5 rDev -18.1%
12 oz. bottle with just a nice and simple blue panel label with the Old Dominion symbol of a 6 point buck twisting his neck at an angle I didn't think was possible for a deer to do. This buck is looking over his neck of the woods for possible females, other bucks looking for a fight, and hunters. To the right of symbol is a clearly marked bottling date. Mine was bottled on August 9th, 2006. They have a rectangular back label that lists every ingredient, what medal it won back in the day, ABV%, and their web address. It was capped with a blue twist off cap. Poured into a Bell's Brewery American pint glass.
The beer poured a light murky brown color, but when held into the light, the beer is actually more of a orange/amber color. It had a thin head of small white bubbles that dissipated away after about a minute. It did however leave small trace of white bubbly lace and rings around the glass. It had a nice aroma of toasted black malts, hint a caramel here and there, dried grapefruit, and ended with a mildly spicy aroma of Pacific Northwest hops. Not much going on in the taste, but what was there was decent. The taste was that of toasted malts, dab of caramel, citrus fruits, and ended with a refreshing bitter taste. The variety of hops that Old Dominion used (it's on the back label), just came together to form that nice final taste of refreshing bitter hops. The mouthfeel was creamy, high on carbonation, and with an aftertaste of dry toasted hops. It was just a slightly above average Pale Ale that I guess I wouldn't mind drinking again. It's worth a shot if you can find a single or two of it.
03-15-2007 05:18:55 | More by AltBock
3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
A: Fairly murky light orange. Rich brown head, dissipates quickly. Some debris floating inside which makes my nervous. What are these clumps floating inside?
S: Not much scent. Some light maltiness.
T: Flavor is thin but interesting. Brown sugar and oranges. Some lingering bitterness. Frankly, I could use a little more in all dimensions.
M: Fairly thin bodied, and average carbonation.
D: Not a bad beer choice if you are looking to have a few. Personally I would prefer a more interesting beer.
08-16-2010 21:58:15 | More by thatguy3579
3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
Hazy, luminous orange color, big, bubbling white head.
Sweet and fruity aroma, and a tiny bit tart, I like it, though, I like it!
Taste: nice, smooth, and nothing...I'm immediately thinking "British ESB", but there's nothing of interest at all going on here.
You can drink them, sure, and there's a nice little taste, but I must emphasize "little" here. Yeah, it goes down easy, and there's nothing to distract you from the darts, mate. My turn? Oi!
07-09-2003 21:23:39 | More by feloniousmonk
3.1/5 rDev -16.2%
Pours a clear amber with a creamy white head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.
Some caramel malt aroma and a dull hop scent. Smells bland.
Caramel malt upfront with a mild hop bite and a bland hop taste.
Creamy texture, good carbonation.
A very average APA. There's nothing especially bad about it, it's just quite bland.
04-29-2006 01:17:04 | More by MaltyGoodness
3.13/5 rDev -15.4%
Poured a 12 oz. twisty into a tulip glass. Bought at a grocery store in 2/2007. Bottling date on bottle is 6/2006.
Amber in color with a little white head that does not stick around. Minimal lacing.
The aroma is thick and bready. Not much hops present there at all. A slight bitterness in the end.
The taste is malty with a mildly spicy and bitter hop finish. There is really no complexity to this ale at all.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and heavily carbonated. I would drink a couple of these if hanging with friends but I probably would not seek it out in the future.
02-27-2007 02:15:40 | More by ZimZamZoom
3.13/5 rDev -15.4%
This beer pours a mellow brown. It has a medium head that settled into a nice lacing. The smell is musk and malt with hints of caramel. The taste is strong with caramel and sweet malt. Surprisingly good taste for what I was expecting. The feel is smooth and refreshing. I wasnt sure about this beer from the smell but the taste is very refreshing. Its a little sweet over all but its a nice English ale.
10-24-2006 03:46:19 | More by eballard
District of Columbia
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
Pours a nice copper color with a smallish white head that issolves to a fine film and leaves just a touch of lacing. Doesn't look bad, but nothing particularly special about it either. Nose is nice. Sweet toffee malt - in that good English pale fashion. A nice mix of fruit, maybe raisins, as well. Flavor's similar, although not quite as strong as the nose. Grainy malt, light caramel. Body's okay, but this beer is too carbonated, and it masks the flavor. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not particularly great either. I could definitely throw back a few though, in support of a local brewer.
12-09-2008 22:43:32 | More by soupyman10
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
I am sampling a bottle I picked up in Maryland. The brew is room temp and is poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear bronze with a fizzy off white head foaming up 1.5 cm and fading quickly to some bubble islands.
The aroma is toffee and bready yeast with just a hint of grassy and herbal hops. First sip reveals a lite body with fine fizzy carbonation. The texture is a little thin and watery.
Flavor starts with some sweet malty caramel and mixes with a bit of fruitiness as well. Finally an herbal hop finish follows with a lingering grainy character as well.
The beer is very easy to drink, but is not very interesting or complex, granted it is not unpleasant either. An average drinker IMO.
06-07-2006 02:36:45 | More by sulldaddy
3.2/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
08-13-2011 20:51:29 | More by nickthetick
3.2/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
08-09-2012 21:51:26 | More by biteme398
3.25/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
03-18-2007 01:53:46 | More by far333
Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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