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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.2%

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rich, red ale made in the American Pale Ale style, our Pale Ale has strong hop character, medium, dry finish and floral hop aroma.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-26-2002)
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Photo of Nate139


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Thin white head that dissipated quickly. Amber orange in color, slightly cloudy

S - Super hoppy and piney aroma, with slight citrus notes

T - Great hoppy bitterness and strong grapefruit flavor followed by a very subtle malty sweetness, leaves grapefruit after taste

M - Medium-light in body, very fine carbonation

O - In between a pale ale and an IPA. Great if you're looking for a hoppy beer but don't want the intensity of an IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 06:29:51 | More by Nate139
Photo of delta490


3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a deep copper amber. Creamy off white head. Slight retention and lacing

S- pine hops abound in the aroma

T- same as the aroma with a hint of malt in the way back

M- crisp hops finish but a thinner feel overall

O- a decent hoppy pale ale

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 19:08:17 | More by delta490
Photo of Altrurian

New York

3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has the look of a classic pub draw: dusky, translucent brown with an orange tinge, and a thin head that leaves a nice, smooth cling. The olfactory element is not particularly distinguished. The taste is similarly sudued, but pretty good: hoppier than typical airport fare (this at Firkin & Fox at IAD), satisfyingly bitter, with a hint of grapefruit on the back end. Texture is danged good--pretty creamy. The beer's taste improves with heightening temperature. Go for it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 17:51:18 | More by Altrurian
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Half pint at the Rake. Served in a small goblet. Amber colour, hazy, decent sized head, good lacing. Aroma was off fruit and malt. Tasted malt and cranberry, corky finish. Less hoppy than expected. Smooth, thick texture, low carbonation. Overall passable but more malt forward than expected from an APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 13:20:29 | More by jonb5
Photo of garuda


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper body, thin white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T/M - Hops up front, with resinous pine, slightly floral. Biscuit, bready caramel malt body stays light in body and carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, finishes crisp and clean. Very light and drinkable.

O - Maybe a little thin on feel and not a ton of complexity, but this is extremely drinkable and refreshing. I'd get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 12:31:46 | More by garuda
Photo of Flounder57


3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a hazy copper color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Some light grapefruit, fruitiness, bready, and caramel malts.

Taste: Same as above with more citrus, creaminess, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice APA from DE. Will have to look for more of this next time I am in the mid Atlantic area.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 02:26:23 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/21/12, poured into a pint glass. Maybe a bit cold, so made sure I reevluated near the end of the glass.

A - Poured a cloudy dark copper/reddish color, half a finger of head that quickly dissapates, good lacing.

A - Faint floral and grapefruit.

T - Hoppy but in no way overwhelming, bitter at the finish. Balanced. But also sort of a dull taste, maybe three months is too long for this beer before drinking.

MF - Bright start, smooth malty feel, refreshing.

O - Not entirely satisfying, as if something is missing.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 17:22:22 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of patpbr


3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- looks orange or a little red, a nice foamy head with lots of carbination rising.
S- hops and a hint of malt.
T- malty backbone, a little chocolate. Lots of hop flavors of citrus and pine.they blend thoughout the hop mountain.
M- medium body that has a bitter bite. A little to sweet.
O- solid pale ale, but not your run of the mill one. Try it when feeling adventurance.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 00:42:07 | More by patpbr
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa this past weekend, having never tried this before. APA's tend to be a dime a dozen with the odd exception of Delaware in this neck of the woods and of course, this was from our First State. I expected this be pretty run of the mill and that turned out to be the case. This wasn't too strong or hoppy like some other similar beers that I've enjoyed but it had all of the characteristics that one would expect from a beer like this, the most of which were subtle but present hoppiness from start to finish.

The pour to this was a dark apricot, bordering on rust, with quite a bit of sediment and cloudiness for an APA. The head was present, frothy, but not long lasting while the only lacing to be seen was after the first few sips. After that, all of it slowly slid down the sides of my pint glass. The characteristics of the hops leaned more towards an earthy side with some hints of mango and tropical fruits mixed in for good measure. Hardly any citrus except for some grapefruit in the aftertaste and very little burn to be felt. The mouthfeel was had some resin in it but not along the lines of SNPA and the finish was relatively crisp. A good amount of carbonation here but not a lot of bubbles to be seen by the naked eye.

As for the alcohol, that was spot-on. I could only feel a bit once I polished off the bottle and it never detracted from the taste at all. While there are better examples of this out there, this was a nicely crafted beer that stayed true to form and would be a good choice for someone unaccustomed to drinking something like this. Good from start to finish!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 08:31:35 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of Ryan011235


2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Booth's High & Dry Gin snifter on 2/9/13

Bottling Date: 12/04/12

Cloudy copper with orange highlights in the light. Away from the light it looks rusty. Fast rising head a notch above two fingers. The bubbles dissipate leaving ample lace and a foamy dome.

At first smell, my impression was that of caramel bread water. Once the head died away, the hops emerge a bit more: pine, orange pith, soap, hints of lemon/lime. Botanical, herbal notion. But there's still a strong caramel and bread presence.

The taste is pretty pedestrian; piney hops with intermittent citric zest, toasty bread and some caramel. Bitterness picked up midway through but mellowed a little over time.

Medium body with a resiny, gritty feel. Moderately low carbonation; rather smooth. I have no major gripes with the feel.

Overall impression; drinkable but ultimately forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 08:06:21 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of hosehead83


3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a nice two-inch dimpled cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hops, toasted malt
Taste-Up-front orange rind, citrus zest, hop oil, yellow grapefruit . Faint toasted caramel malt not quite enough to off set a puckering bitterness that left this brew too one-sided to be blalnced. Flavor is more rough-cut IPA than American Pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 19:25:02 | More by hosehead83
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Date: 12 January 2013...
Glassware: Yuengling pint...
Occasion: Playoff football--no Browns, but oh well...
Appearance: nice burnt orange, vibrantly bubbling body supporting a creamy single-finger, off-white head...
Aroma: soft, buttery nut scent; almost popcorn (corny?) overtones; hops are so subtle they are not noticeable...
Taste: almost balanced, with a slightly off-centered malt profile; not nutty, buttery, or descript...
Palate: medium-bodied, crunchy at the teeth; foamy...
Overall: Not really a "mountain" of hops, and unlike the label's boast, not really a declaration of hop love either...serviceable, but not neearly as appealing as other pales...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:18:35 | More by dacrza1
Photo of schoolboy


4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is new to me, but I have this and one other to try. This is a pretty dark color with some nice head. The aroma gives a little warning of the big taste that is to come, but not enough. The taste is American - over the top. It is very bitter and piney. It is a very dry and not in the slightest bit sweet taste. It is very off balance. This much hops could have covered a lot more malt or yeast taste - they could make the same beer much bigger. Yet it has a lot of character as it, it is unique.

The aftertaste is very bitter as well. I like it and would buy it again as an American novelty - an over the top ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 00:18:38 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Knapp85


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice golden color with a light hazy to it. The head was soapy and white in color with a moderate retention and lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a pretty good balance of lively hop aromas mixed with the malts. The taste is a little off to me at first, they mentioned using Nelson Sauvin in this brew which I've noticed that awkward flavor before in beers using that specific hop. Either way, after a few sip the beer started tasting better. It's a clean crisp tasting pale ale by the time you finish the glass. The mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and drinkable. Good carbonation and lighter bodied. Overall it's a pretty decent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 21:37:50 | More by Knapp85
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 6/6/2012. Pours hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, herbal, floral, caramel, mango, bread, toast, and light piney spiciness. Nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, herbal, caramel, bread, floral, pine, and light herbal spiciness. Fair amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, floral, bread, herbal, pine, caramel, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Nice complexity of hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance. Zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, lightly sticky, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. Very good flavor balance, and very smooth to drink. Very enjoyable offering; exceeded my expectations given the bottle dating.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 04:11:58 | More by superspak
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy dark copper to amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy but dense beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This beer has a malty smell than I expected for the style - primarily caramel and just a hint of toasted malts. Light amounts of citrus/orange rind and pine hop aromas as well.

T: The beer starts out with a light amount of caramel malt sweetness but the dominant flavor is from the hops - some earthy hops along with citrus/orange rind hop flavors. There are light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but a little bit too strong to be an easy drinker or sessionable beer. I wish this beer had a little less bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:17:10 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this ale. Very meaty with hop character. Not a hop bomb that just explodes in your mouth, but a full and earthy profile. It's easy to drink, even though it is quite hearty. I like these style interpretations that aren't obnoxious or overdone just to make a point.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 04:17:23 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Lawl3ss


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. twistoff longneck into a shaker pint. Bottling date 6.6.12.

Look- Hazy light amber capped with three fingers of dense buttermilk head. Good retention, and I count no fewer than twelve distinct rings left on my glass.

Smell- Mild, flowery, light citrus and lychee. Second impression is similar, but sweeter.

Taste- Hop-forward on a light cracker malt backbone. Earthy, musky flavor mixes with resin and underripe mango. Pale molasses, perhaps, but it's pretty indistinct-light sweetness akin to watered-down fruit cocktail syrup takes the edge off the bitterness without masking it. Comes off as pretty mellow, nice.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, a bit prickly on the sip. Juicy on the swallow. good quench factor, moderately dry. An easy drinker.

Overall- A pleasant drinker, and a nice end-of-summer brew. Flavorful without being heavy or cloying. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 04:22:21 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of mptorpey


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber brown with a small off white head that does not cling to the glass. no carbonation at all.

S: smooth dry hop with a slight sweentness.

T: Nice carmel hop, toffy taste with a slight bitterness in the end. the malt and hops are more upfrunt with the warmer temperture and cask conditioning.

M: Smooth warm full

O: A great cask beer that is easy to drink for the hop lovers.

Serving type: cask

07-16-2012 03:49:00 | More by mptorpey
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours an orange amber color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and an earthy hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, moderate grapefruit citrus, a bit of orange, and a general earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Slightly dry at thie finish.

Overall: a very mild pale ale that doesn't overly excite the taste buds. One will do in a session.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 01:01:04 | More by Gavage
Photo of oline73


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the washington dulles taproom.

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber with a finger of off white head that fades to a small layer with mild lacing.

Smell: some malt but not sweet. Citrus peel hops as well.

Taste: more bitter than expected. Citrus peel hop bitterness with enough malt to play back up. Finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: not very pale. Nice flavor, would have another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 23:52:00 | More by oline73
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with a long lasting, white head. Aroma is of orange fruit, citrus hops and hints of caramel. Body is medium and tangy. Flavors are a lot of citrus hops, orange, some caramel and biscuit malt. Finish is long and hoppy. I liked that orange taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 14:46:52 | More by mikeg67
Photo of Beer_Runner

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: 03/07/12
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: A rich copper with a touch of red and just a little cloudy. There was a light beige one-finger head that is uneven like rolling terrain. It left some lacing.

S: The aroma was grapefruit and citrus, and just a hint of caramel sweetness.

M: A medium body and very smooth.

T: A bitter grapefruit blast upfront, some floral flavor comes in just a little later. There is a mild malt backbone that is just enough to take the edge of the bitterness.

O: A very good bitter hop focus and a very bold grapefruit flavor with just enough malt backbone to keep the hops from going over the top. This beer really gets your attention. There is a solid bitterness but it is just short of biting. This beer balances right on the edge of going too far which makes it a very interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 23:28:19 | More by Beer_Runner
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cardinal red when backlighted with a medium steady show of effervesce. 1 finger high parchment colored head shows an average stay of retention but leaves a generally good coverage rate on both the surface and vessel walls thereafter.

S: The nose reveals piney and grapefruit moments along with some thyme that adds a spicy woodsy touch. Moderate level of aroma.

T: The flavor is spicy with again piney and grapefruit hops dominating but seem a bit thin in complexity. Quick bursts of lemony grapefruit and peppery hints but wimpers on the finish with a quick decline in strength and interest. A supposedly good malt support (per label) appears a bit light to me on the finish. Sour citrus and flowery hops are a bit coarse and bitter but not particularly tasty nor smooth in flavor regards.

M: Medium bodied lightly carbonated with citrusy flower hops coating the tongue ever so lightly. Some dry toasted grains, lacks a crispness again just average.

O: The hops build slowly on this one taking time to warm up, but still lacks complexity. The malt support is a bit less then advertised. Ok but not my ideal summer time quencher, lacks a good carbonation bite, and overall wont put you in a rush to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 01:02:35 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of marlinsfan4


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color. Faint floral hop aroma. Taste is light to medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Nice balance and pretty good flavor for a pale ale. Not the most exciting style but this is one of the more tastier pale ales out there. High drinkability and a great session beer, one of the better ones in the mixed sampler 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:49:55 | More by marlinsfan4
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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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