Dominion Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 199
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of JISurfer
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The taste was a bit hoopy for me, but it wasn't too bad. The color was a cloudy redish color, with a very nice head. The had was one of the thickest I had seen from this style beer and it lasted for quite some time. The smell was of hops and citrus, but mostly hops. Even though I'm the exact opposite of a "hop head", I like this fairly balanced brew. (352 characters)

Photo of avylover
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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! (452 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Circle K (gas station on the corner of N. Glebe and Washington, Arlington, VA).

The head is a decent size, off-white and dense, giving thin sheets of lacing. The beer is clear, amber/gold and has tons of carbonation. The nose is faint, but there's a little fruitiness in there, some hops, maybe a little tea. There's some pepper in the fresh, sweetish front, but the fat middle is all buttery malt. Finish is quite hoppy dry with some nice grains. A little tobacco (Golding?). Very nice. (504 characters)

Photo of Riggo
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent English style pale ale from Old Dominion Brewing Co. in Ashburn, Virginia, right around the corner from me. Incidentally, I must thank my right honorable BA friend Jward who, on a recent visit from Worcester, Massachusetts, awoke me from my slumber regarding this fine ale. I had had this beer back in the summer when I moved here from New York but I hadn't really come back to it and appreciated it until he had a pint at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington. I've now seen the err of my ways.

This ale pours a beautiful golden amber color with a creamy and inviting off-white head which leaves a nice lacing on my glass. In the nose, notes of yeast, caramel malt, and piney hops. The taste is a wonderful balancing act of complexity and smooth quaffability. On palate entry, that wonderful creamy head dances on the tongue with an almost pilsner-like quality of biscuity, bready hops (perhaps attributable to an "American ale yeast in the German Kolsch style" according to the label), quickly followed by deeper notes of spicy hops, caramel malt, butterscotch, toffee, and earthy, nearly scotch-like (peat?) qualities. Crucially, though, this complexity comes together balanced and smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and nice body.

A gorgeous, comforting, and supremely quaffable ale and one of America's finest English-style pale ales. (1,344 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I owe a big thank you to Murph for this one and the trade. Dark golden in color with a small head that didn't seem to last. The smell is typical pale ale. The taste is light, smooth, malty with a nice touch of hops. Very bright in the mouth as it opens up in the end. The end is also where the hops come in to play. One of the more complex pale ales that I have had. Much more flavor is coming through as the temperature of the beer rises.

On a side note, the Dominion bottles seem to be a different shape then most long necks. The neck looks a bit longer. (560 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden copper color. Rich creamy beige head. Small hop bubbles break through. Smell is perfectly hop influenced. Not sure of the variety. Taste is rich and balanced. Definite sweet carmel malt undertone. Bready subtle, biscuit flavor. Very good. Nice crisp dry hopped finish. Creamy medium bodied, but very easy to drink. A new favorite. I paired it with a hearty roasted pork loin dinner, vegetables, and sweet potato. Finding this on tap, would be a real treat.
Cheers to Murph for the trade. (502 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear copper in hue. The well retained head slowly settles into a tight, lace leaving layer. Soft, floral noble hops, light caramel sweetness, and smooth, lightly toasted, biscuit like grain in aroma. Crisp, pronounced hop bitterness upfront cuts through the restrained caramel and biscuit malt presence. Hop flavor is slightly earthy and herbal. Medium bodied, w/ a well calculated attenuation that leaves a moderately dextrinous mouthfeel conducive to excellent drinkability. Finishes, dry, bready, w/ lingering hop bitterness. Dominion Ale is a refreshing, flavorful session pale-- tipped towards hop flavor and bitterness in overall character, but the mellow, pleasantly grainy malt profile provides an excellent foundation. Superbly drinkable. (748 characters)

Photo of DarthMalt
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like Homebrew (not counting the filtration)! Pretty spicy on the hops. Real foamy, too (pour gently). Easily-addictive quaff monster.

"Dat's a good homebrew!" (171 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (978 characters)

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Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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