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Dominion Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Ale
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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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beersis81

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-27-2012 16:49:06 | More by beersis81
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 18:11:32 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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buffalobeerfan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-05-2012 21:50:20 | More by buffalobeerfan
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tankg

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-11-2012 22:47:32 | More by tankg
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -18.9%

02-07-2012 00:44:12 | More by LJWalker
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metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 03:51:49 | More by metter98
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everlong353

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-26-2012 19:29:12 | More by everlong353
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UfosBigRigsnBBQ

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

01-12-2012 15:49:21 | More by UfosBigRigsnBBQ
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.9%

01-01-2012 17:06:40 | More by AndrewMichael
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RPMazzi

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

12-23-2011 23:41:43 | More by RPMazzi
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chodinheaven

Maryland

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

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 05:10:22 | More by chodinheaven
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JimKal

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 01:02:26 | More by JimKal
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-04-2011 02:51:07 | More by bigred89
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-29-2011 04:22:25 | More by jenray
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

11-28-2011 23:00:52 | More by nmann08
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-27-2011 15:30:31 | More by Rochefort10nh
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sobeleg

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-17-2011 00:13:24 | More by sobeleg
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-15-2011 06:16:52 | More by ithinkimasofa
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:10:01 | More by Jimmys
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nickthetick

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 20:51:29 | More by nickthetick
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womencantsail

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 07:19:24 | More by womencantsail
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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

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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 12:49:31 | More by Jayli
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 15:19:37 | More by Arithmeticus
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smibroncos

New York

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 20:02:22 | More by smibroncos
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

Got a free 4oz sample at my local beer store. Worth the review.

A - Pours a nice amber yellow with very mild soapy head or lace.

S - Noting spectacular. I did get some hops and the malts did smell fairly sweet.

T - I was actually impressed by the taste since it came off rather sweet with the malts. Their really was no hop profile, mild at best but it seemed drinkable enough.

M - I expected it to be around 5 percent so 4.7 makes some pretty light to medium body beer.

D - I will probably pick up a bottle or two when my beer place gets a better selection for their mix and match for 10 dollar section. A pretty staple ale in the beer world

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 16:27:08 | More by DrDemento456
Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.