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Dominion Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | 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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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - looks a dark red almost brown with a white head that went quick

S - a hint of maltiness and some nuts and hops

T - malt sweetness with hints of nuts and nice taste of hops

M - refreshing hint of nuts and hops and not too much carbonation

D - very good beer for my taste refreshing and full bodied with nice voerall flavors of malt and hops

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2007 23:48:03 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an amber brown color with a nice white head that subsides. there is a thin veil of head that remains the whole beer
S: you really can pick up the hop and caramel notes in this beer. almost toasted or roasted caramel.
T: There is som ehop, some sweet roasted caramel, maybe some grain? caramel and hop with a slight bitterness are most evident.
M: Nice smooth slightly drying medium bodied character to it. very enjoyable
D: Very drinkable, very smooth and easy to enjoy

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 17:57:26 | More by Redwood21
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far333

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2007 01:53:46 | More by far333
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AltBock

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 05:18:55 | More by AltBock
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 02:15:40 | More by ZimZamZoom
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent caramel flavors, tasty pale malt fruitiness, a touch of toasted grain and a nicely balancing, slightly citrusy hop bitterness. The medium-full body complements the sharp carbonation tang very well.

Another truly solid, drinkable beer from Dominion. It’s got a great caramel flavor that is similar to, though not quite a tasty as what you’ll find in their Pale Ale (they’re both pale ales, by the way). Nonetheless, I could easily, and happily, go through a six-pack of this stuff in an evening.

Recommended…

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 23:54:11 | More by arguemaniac
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a transparent gold/orange hue with two fingers of foaming head dissipating at a fairly slow rate

S: A clean and burnt malt smell, kind of funky in a way, but interesting in the nose nonetheless. Bit of a hop presence in the background, not overpowering though, with a fruity element in there.

T: Has a very dry taste to it, big on the malt flavors, which are actually done quite well. Refreshing element to this beer makes the aftertaste enjoyable. A slight bit of bite, maybe due to a minor hop presence, but overall middle of the road.

M: Somewhat silky and bubbly texture, as the carbonation feels appropriate. Barely any slick hop feel, but definitely goes down smoothly with a certain dryness.

D: Very drinkable beer, but perhaps not an extremely memorable one. Regardless, it can go pound-for-pound with any straight-up "standard-style" English ale, as it maintains just enough complexity and characteristic that it stands out and holds it own. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 23:39:54 | More by CharlieMopps
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RedChrome

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker golden colorer beer. A half inch pure white head took a minute to settle down. A lot of carbonation bubbling towards the surface. Thick lacing in ribbons.

Malt in the nose has an incredibly sweet butter aroma. Hops aroma is very light and does nothing to help balance out the sweetness. Lacks any other aromas that can power through the butter scent.

Taste has every bit of buttery strength as the aroma. Unlike the scent there are other notable qualities. Barley is identifiable and brings an earthy quality. Very nice blend.

Thickness that hangs on the walls of the mouth with a light carbonation tingling on the tip of the tongue.

Nice beer. This one would be a great pairing for shepherd's pie. A worthy in the style by a non English brewer. Add it into a mixed sixer if you see it at your local store.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 01:44:22 | More by RedChrome
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twist off bottle, not a good start. I am weird that way.
Pour a nice polished copper color with a good head and carbonation. Bottled conditioned. Nice malt nose with minimal hop aroma
Flavor is nicely balanced between the malt and fairly strong hop flavor.
Minimal lacing and pretty good mouthfeel.
Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 22:14:48 | More by dmamiano
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dominion Ale - It says on the back that it's made in an English Pale Ale style.

Dominion Ale pours a rich copper with golden highlights. The carbonation is adequate and the head is frothy and large. Smell is very complex overall. Deep grainy husk notes, largely in part from the black malt. Small fruity aroma from the Kent Golding. Yet, the nose is largely dominated by an extremely strong malt presence. Strong and malty.

The taste is true to the style. Bringing forth a pale brilliance of complexity. Pale and caramel malt bring forth a solid backbone on this one. Grainy, caramel, biscuit, and husky notes upfront. Followed by a floral hop bitterness that provides wonderful balance. Finishes spicy with an outstanding receding malt residue. It does indeed stay true to it's roots as being an English Pale Ale. I love the malt balance in this beer. It would be quite sessionable.

This is an excellent rendition of the English Pale Ale. It offers a lot of flavor for 4.70%abv. It also brings in the Kolsch fermentation technique to deliver that crisp clear Kolsch taste. It's truly a unique beer, and one that I am glad to have tried. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 22:56:00 | More by HoustonTX
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argock

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz brown bottle
Appearance: nice copper-brown color, head foamy with some lacing
Smell: sweet and hoppy
Taste: hoppy with malt backing and a sweet finish
Mouthfeel: a very smooth beer with just the right dryness and bite
Drinkability: excellent beer that can be drunk in bunches due to its smooth feel and nice balance

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 04:39:37 | More by argock
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flexabull

California

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a gold color with a fleeting head, and quite noticeable carbonation.

Beer smells a bit like sun tea, with a slightly sweet roasted malt quality.

This one tastes a lot like it smells, a very distinct tea like quality. There is some sweet tangy malt flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is good on this one, fills your mouth quite well.

Not a bad beer, session worthy. A bit more like a British Pale to me.

Bottle sent by MuenchenerKindl.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 05:27:41 | More by flexabull
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

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

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 05:23:21 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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eballard

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 wasn’t sure about this beer from the smell but the taste is very refreshing. It’s a little sweet over all but it’s a nice English ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 03:46:19 | More by eballard
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a mug at 45 degrees; part of the summer seasonal case.

A - An interesting amber-golden color with a 2-inch foamy head. More on the deeper amber color than anything...it actually seemed to get darker the more I poured in.

S - Unfortunately, after the impressive color, the aroma was less than I had hoped. Smells of grassy/wheat hops, but little else to back it up. No real citrus or floral backdrop.

T - Malt is the predominant flavor upon the first sip...there's no real hop action until it's already settled and the aftertaste of grassy goodness pops back up. While the initial sweet kick was a nice touch, it's lack of complexity was disappointing...I'd expect a little something from a brewery that nailed the APA with the New River Pale Ale.

M - Medium-bodied that goes down very smooth...finishes clean and more on the light side.

D - In regards to how easy this beer is to consume, it would do the trick on most seasonal occasions (I'd see myself drinking one on the hottest day or the coolest), but I guess I was disappointed after New River. It wouldn't be my first choice, but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 01:25:06 | More by JohnnyM2002
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ghostmech007

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a Pilsner. 4.7%ABV. With date on side.

Clear light brown and thickly creamy head that gives the glass a huge bear hug. Stayed troughout my whole glass.

Awesome fruits punch the nose, with caramel notes and lots of different hops.

Full body right away. Smooth and creamy and the malts hit with the caramel and malty notes. Earthy flavors too, maybe honey or syrup. The carbonation really keeps this one together leading you through the flavors. Everytime it goes crisp a new flavor is unlocked. Spices and hops really bite but are balanced with the rest of the flavors. Ends with a great grain notes, there not burnt or dry. Great taste.

A great brew from a great brewery. I hope they invent more great ones like this.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 15:35:22 | More by ghostmech007
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another single bottle I got and poured into a tall glass. I thought it had a good smell, however, my girlfriend thought it smelled like pizza. This was a limbo beer, not good yet not bad. Dominon Ale was pretty much smack dab in the middle. Because of this, there really isn't that much to say. Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 01:43:27 | More by treehugger02010
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tattooedtolley

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 18:18:32 | More by tattooedtolley
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid all-around pale ale--only negative was that it was perhaps a bit too carbonated. Poured a clear and light pale brown in color with nary a head. Probably a result of the pour. Nose was hardly noticeable, just a bit of malt. Flavor was heavier ont he malts with just a slight bite of hoppy bitterness. Just slightly underbalanced and needed a tad more hops to find a true equilibrium. Medium mouthfeel that was just a bit oily.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2006 17:25:35 | More by MuddyFeet
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2006 02:38:03 | More by akorsak
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warchez

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 22:17:26 | More by warchez
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unblemished coppery orange with brighter orange juicy edges. A good looking crown of golden ecru foam sits perched atop the beer and looks as though it has enough creamy density to hang around for a spell. Nothing more than dribs and drabs of watery lace keep me from loving the appearance. [Note: a large crusty sheet covers the glass opposite once the beer has fallen with drinking].

The nose is an odd one given the style (this is actually an English Pale Ale, not an American one). I love the aroma of butter toffee, butterscotch, golden brown sugar, etc. so I'm not too disappointed in the nose. I would have thought, given the hop bill (Perle, Willamette, Mt. Hood and East Kent Goldings), that some degree of fruit, spicy hoppiness would be making its way out of the glass.

Not too many pale ales use both caramel and black malt and not too many pale ales are this malt-dominant or this hop-deficient. The thing that keeps me from slamming Dominion Ale mercilessly is that it actually tastes okay if one ignores style completely. In fact, it tastes most like a bastardized Scottish Ale. Or, alternatively, a diacetyl-soaked, underhopped English pale.

The same aromas that were present in the nose have made their way to the palate: butter, toffee, brown sugar, et al. It sounds as though those flavors would make for a sweet beer, but it really isn't that sweet. The hops, while not providing much of any flavor, do contribute a meager amount of bitterness that is especially noticed on the finish.

There isn't anything wrong with the body/mouthfeel. It's 'ale medium' with a mild amount of slickness on the back end. Even though the sound of escaping carbonation was satisfyingly loud on crown cracking, the beer feels a tad underbubbled in the mouth. It's well within my comfort zone though, so no harm, no foul.

I love Old Dominion Beer; only the Oktoberfest failed to impress the hell out me. Well, it now has company because Dominion Ale, while far from a mess, doesn't really know what style it wants to be and is all over the map as a result. My advice is to stick with the outstanding year-rounders (New River Pale Ale, Oak Barrel Stout) and the phenomenal seasonals (Winter Brew, Spring Brew) and give this one a respectful pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 13:57:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Foggy Bottom Brewpub in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (at 9 AM). Pours clear reddish-amber with a compact beige head with good staying power. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma consists of roasted malt and nuts. Medium-bodied with a steady sweetness throughout. Malt, caramel and mild hops flavors are all present. The finish is roasty and sweet with a nutty finish. Not something I would go out of my way for but it was a sight for sore eyes after a bad night/morning of delayed flights and itinerary changes.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2006 19:29:06 | More by Dogbrick
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 02:36:45 | More by sulldaddy
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 0z brown bottle, bottling date of 7/21/05 stamped on the label, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear amber color. The head was small and faded quickly. Mildly disappointing, to be honest.

Aroma: Caramel malts and some floral hops. Excellent, no dissapointment there.

Taste: Even better! Caramel malts up front with the hops coming in somewhere in the middle. The beer is very subtle yet complex. The finish is floral hops, I had trouble not drinking all of it quickly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. The carbonation was in excellent balance.

Overall: I bought this as part of a mixed sixer, and I'm going back for more. I recommend everyone else do the same.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 00:29:39 | More by FenwaySquid
Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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