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Dominion Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Ale
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194 Ratings

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of rarbring
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

A clear amber beer, off-white head with good lacing but small curtains.

Smelling of grass and nuts.

Brown bread, read apples, nettles and fresh grass.

Medium carbonation, fresh with a small body, a dry finish.

A nice English IPA from the new world, a tad spritzy but OK.

rarbring, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of beersis81
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

beersis81, Mar 27, 2012
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of buffalobeerfan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

buffalobeerfan, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of tankg
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

tankg, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -18.9%

LJWalker, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of toasted malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of toasted malts along with some notes of malty sweetness are present in the taste. There is a slight amount of bitterness and hints of spiciness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable. It would probably pair well with food because its flavors are not that strong.

metter98, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of everlong353
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

everlong353, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of UfosBigRigsnBBQ
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

UfosBigRigsnBBQ, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -18.9%

AndrewMichael, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of RPMazzi
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

RPMazzi, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Hazy deep amber in hue with a creamy white head on top that takes its time to dissapate down to a thin, patchy sheet. Some lacing. The aroma is a bit musty with a citrusy, bready malt backing. The hops are very lightly citrusy. Honestly, smells like a malt forward english style ale should smell.

The mustiness transfers to the taste pretty clearly in a bready malt form. The hops impart a fresher citrusy, herbal taste and dance around bitterness on the sides of the palate. A bit nutty as well. Maybe a tad of skunkweed. Lots of biscuity malt backbone in this one, making for a medium to full body. Creamy mouthfeel that coats the palate at first and is then washed away by the medium-high carbonation level, leading into a long, dry finish. A bit of a citrusy syrup in the lingering aftertaste. Definitely a clean example of the style and one that is actually pretty nice. It has an easy smoothness going for it that makes it pretty drinkable. Not my favorite style of beer, so I might not seek it out again, but wouldn't turn it down. It reminds me of a more flavorful Bass Pale Ale.

chodinheaven, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of JimKal
3.7/5  rDev 0%

Pours amber with a head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some lacing behind.

There is a definite aroma of malt. A very refreshing odor to the beer.

It begins with a very malt forward taste but finishes with a slightly bitter or sour taste. This isn't a bad taste and feels appropriate to the style.

I really enjoyed this beer and think it would pair well with a number of dishes that were not overly spiced.

If this were readily available locally I think I would keep a number of bottles around on a regular basis.

JimKal, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -18.9%

jenray, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of sobeleg
4/5  rDev +8.1%

sobeleg, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

A: a clear, bright reddish amber with vivacious carbonation. head is vigilant and leaves a nice lacing behind. as good as you are gonna get looks-wise.

S: aroma is toasty and grainy. reminds me of multi-grain bread lightly toasted. a mildly fruitiness mostly comprised of pear. okay complexity, but i wish there was a larger hop aroma...

T: a very very mild sweetness meets an army of earthy hop goodness. not spicy, but more a one-note english hop variety. finish is quite dry.

M: mild carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: this is a lighter EPA is my biggest complaint. too light. they need to bulk up the hops please.

Jimmys, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
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.

nickthetick, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Believe it was Dyan that sent me this one. Thanks.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a finger of creamy, tan head.

S: Smells slightly meaty, which is a bit off-putting. Under that, there's toasted bread and toffee. A hint of brown sugar and some floral and grassy hops.

T: A bit better on the palate. Brown sugar, toffee, and toasted bread makes up the bulk of the flavor. A light fruitiness, particularly orange peel. Very light metal notes on the back end.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: Not awful, but too many things wrong with this beer.

womencantsail, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Had this at Tidewater Landing in Reagan DCA Airport 5/20
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy amber color with a one finger of frothy khaki colored head. Head retains nicely and leaves sheets of frothy, sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grassy, sweet caramel and toasted notes.

T: Taste starts somewhat grainy before a light sweetness moves in. Lighter toasted notes with some mild biscuity flavoring fill out the middle. Finish has a wonderful grassy, earthy taste.

M: Lighter side of medium body, good moderate carbonation, crisp, clean feel.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This has to be one of the most drinkable English Pales that I've come across. I'd hit this one up again in a heart beat!

Jayli, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: copper orange, ok head; clear, moderate carb stream; good lacing
S: lemon, malt, but slight
T: richer, broader flavor than the average English pale ale (a genre I generally disfavor); semi-complex and good balance of hops against barley

Overall, a pretty good, solid, unspectacular (in a good sense) ale.

Arithmeticus, May 03, 2011
Photo of smibroncos
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

A. Poured a clear amber copper with a short one finger diminishing white head. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Malt, cereal, grass

T. Sweet maltiness, carmel, light brown sugar, some maple notes, then turns bitter and dry on the tongue.

M. Medium bodied slightly heavy on the carbonation, good duration

D. Overal a decent brew, nothing over the top but a decent brew.

smibroncos, Apr 07, 2011
Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.