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Dominion Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
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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Darkale

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 21:06:54 | More by Darkale
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 23:12:46 | More by oberon
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear honey colored liquid topped by a medium-sized slightly offwhite head. Head retains just a film and a ring after a few minutes. Scant amounts of lacing was left, just one ring and some specks.

Smell: Bready malts subtly integrated with some British and American hops, yet there's a weird Germanic touch to it. It's a melting pot!

Taste: Mild bready malt flavor at first, lightly sweet. Bitter American hops in the middle, fading to some Germanesque grassy hop aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, nice and light in body.

Drinkability: A great session pale ale in largely an English vein. Not aggressive like most Americanized versions.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 03:15:54 | More by ManekiNeko
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Jables

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper coloured with white head.

Smells sweet with a distinctly floral hop aroma.

Medium body, with enough carbonation to be noticeable and enought sweet malts to satisfy. Hops balance and flavor but by no means overwhelm.

Very drinkable and highly recommended for its taste:price ratio. very cheap, great price, equals an everyday drinking beer. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 06:17:26 | More by Jables
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 22:55:01 | More by NeroFiddled
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philipt

North Carolina

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

Wow..this is a really good beer. Not to mention cheap for the qualtiy.

Pours amber-red in color with an average sized cream head. The aroma is quite balanced between malt and hops. There is a particularly nice hop/fresh pine smell. Again, the taste is awesome. I didn't expect this good of a beer. Very pale ale-like or IPA-ish, but more malt and a heavy hop character. Just an all round good session ale.

Vriginian beer at it's finest.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 23:10:48 | More by philipt
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 23:41:58 | More by JISurfer
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avylover

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 00:32:04 | More by avylover
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 21:23:39 | More by feloniousmonk
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kbub6f

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 07:26:27 | More by kbub6f
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Riggo

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 14:42:19 | More by Riggo
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 16:40:36 | More by CharlesRiver
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StevieW

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2002 17:35:53 | More by StevieW
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marc77

California

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 15:30:53 | More by marc77
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DarthMalt

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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!"

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 13:57:18 | More by DarthMalt
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2002 11:40:48 | More by ADR
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Murph

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2002 12:56:46 | More by Murph
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Todd

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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