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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale AleDominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 347
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 3
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 10-26-2002

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.
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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber, good head, fine carbonation
S: floral bouquet at the crest of the hoppy spicing
T: very nice, balanced mix of hops (a forte of this beer, in case you hadn't guessed from the name); the one drawback was an ever-so-slight metallic aftertaste
M: smooth; neither thin nor thick
D: very nice--I wanted another one immediately

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice pour,a nice rich orange with a slightly orange tints creamy head,aroma is a little grassy and resiny from an abudance of hops.Taste a nice dry malt backbone with a healthy dose of citriusy hops coming thru through the finish a hint of caramel sweetness as well. I gave this higher marks than many of my fellow BA's a real nice brew.

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Photo of nstroup
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jburchett
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2015. Picked up a while back from Hopology in Nottingham. The label mentions that this beer is hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Cascade and Crystal.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep, hazy marmalade-amber hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of intense hops with hints of pine, weed, mild grapefruit, citrus, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Pretty good.

T: Tastes of robust aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pungent pine resin, dank weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A twinge of cardboard in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a muscular hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Some mild hop oil action on the palate. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, harsh stewed leaves, caramel malt and subtle yeast.

O: A decent pale ale (in fact, surprisingly hoppy relative to it's description). Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are seriously pine-laden and bitter. Sweet malt and yeast underpin the hop character. Body is OK. I suspect that this bottle is not as fresh as it could be, but it goes down easily enough. Worth sampling if you chance across it.

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Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears copper hazed amber with a an off white bubbly cream colored head initially very massive only to dwindle down to a collar of lace that leaves specks sporatically with each sip. Aroma has a bready malt characteristic with nut tones sweet cereal brown sugar notes and some floral hops to round out this pale ale. Flavor is a bit tame compared to aroma bittering hops however are more dominant than I expected. Side kick flavors are those bready cereal malts with a nut tone with a sweet edge to it. Mouthfeel is a light to medium body with some nice natural carbonation carrying all of this beers tame but well balanced flavors. Drinkability of this brew I would keep to a couple seems halfway through the beer I am getting a little gasy with hop belches, probably a great beer to have on tap at Old Dominion to try but not one I will revisit time and time again.

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Photo of tlacott1
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this a Washington-Dulles while waiting for my flight.

Arrived a copper honey colored beneath a thin whitish head, that left a thin but decent lacing on itself.

A light bitter hops aroma leads into a very nice warming hops taste, i really liked the hops taste this beer has.

A light dry with a slight hop hint aftertaste.

I don't know if this beer is that good or if I've just been drinking some IPA's and pale ales, etc. with lower taste quality while I was in the DC area, but this was by far the best hops taste I've had in the last week while I was enjoying the area.

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Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To memory, this is the darkest pale ale I've ever seen, a red-orange in color. The off-shite head settles to about half a finger and fades somewhat quickly but never completely. Spotty lacing is left in moderation.
In the aroma I find an interesting sweetness, grains character and yeast blend. Going underneath, there's an obvious caramel malt component balanced by citrus and floral hops notes.
When I take my first sip, it tastes like I just ate a piece of pumpernickel bread; it's uncanny, really. After it's sat for a few minutes, more comes out, but the bread-like malts presence is massive, underneath which are caramel and nutty flavors also derived from the malts and a healthy addition of citrus and floral hops with a little bit of pine character as well.
The mouthfeel is mostly crisp with some smoothness coming through in about a medium body, getting creamier as it warms. Something about it, though, seems a little shallow, like there's not much going on if not for the carbonation.
This is a very nice paleale and I'm glad I found this beer from a brewery I'd never heard of before.

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Photo of sloejams
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

came as part of March 06 BeerMonthClub

It pours a light amber color, perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Citrus dominates the nose: grapefruit and lemon. Some roasted malts and caramel in there and a slight grassiness. The taste starts with the malts and the sweetness with a slight hop bitter finish. The wheat grassiness kind of lingers a bit long, but it's not terribly distracting. It's not a bad beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of dacrza1
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
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...

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Crazy Lil's in Baltimore.

Appearance: Lighter orange and brown color with a slightly fluffy head that slinks down toward the body and leaves some minor clumps on the glass.

Smell: Hop Mountain, eh? There are some hops here, but I guess I expected this to be an IPA and not a Pale. Lighter citrus and slight hop bitterness, a bit of breadiness. Balanced, but I was hoping for more.

Taste: Easy to drink, but I did expect more hops and more flavor overall, as everything's subdued. A bit of earthy hops and citrus and some bread dough, but again, this could be more interesting.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with decent carbonation, though it seems slightly watery.

Drinkability: I would have this again, but it's nothing I'd seek out. It's definitely easy drinking, however, if you're into that sort of Pale, and sometimes I certainly am.

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Photo of KenC
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice foamy pour. Cloudy yellow qppearance. Hop aroma is citrus. Begins malty, then Bitter grapefruit taste kicks in. Other fruit lurking in background. Hard carbonation. Fresh and drinkable. Refreshes. Lace remains in glass. Thanks for sharing, Radek.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear amber beer , highly carbonated , with a 2 finger head. Surprisingly clear for an ale.Smells moderately of earthy hops. Amazingly light on flavor. Of course its leaning toward the hops, but not much malt flavro is apparent. Slightly tart taste that lingers a bit . Mouthfeel is just ok. Drinkability is average.

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Photo of mempath
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i assume this is for the new green labeled HOP MOUNTAIN though it would seem the "pale ale" is another Dominion brew...

anyways, looks great. deep amber/bright orange with excellent lacing and a head that remains and settles then fades nicely.

the nose is a little bit, no, alot of things...butteriness, the citrus punch...seems oily (and i like that)...but blended well. the malts seem to be hiding, but that's ok, too.

nothing held back in the taste. a nice bitter hoppy blast but the malt backbone as expected rather keeps things balanced (as opposed to toning anything down). quite similar to the SN Torpedo. at least this first taste. there is something oilier, more pungent, more flowery coming through. simply excellent. and unique enough.

good mouthfeel, carbonation a bit high on the finish, but that keeps it crisp and refreshing. as buttery/oily as it seems, it is actually thin. not a bad thing. keeps things from getting cloying.

if you like hops, it's a session brew for sure. like Torpedo.

i recommend trying one. would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its slightly hazy copper-orange body is topped by a creamy ivory head that holds very well and leaves some really nice lace. The nose offers caramelish malt and bright floral, citrusy and piney hops. The body is medium; and it's crisp on the tongue with a very fine, median carbonation that becomes lightly creamy towards the end of the glass. Citrusy (lemon) hop dominate the flavor up-front before warming across the palate to reveal its carameilsh and biscuity malt. A bold bitterness leaves it quite dry with some short lingering malt and hops in the aftertaste. A solid pale ale across the board.

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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.