Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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 oberon
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of sloejams
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
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...

Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of tweeder263
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of mempath
4.62/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Hop Mountain from Old Dominion is a GOOD pale ale. This pale ale is more English style leaning...but very tasty. The beer poured a nic clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a fine lace. The acent carries fresh hop with a slight citrus flare. The taste is a nicely balanced beer between sweet malt and bitter, with slight citrus, hop. The mouthfeel is between light and medoum body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid offering from old dominion....nice job!

Photo of bpfishback
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours with about an inch of head that fades quickly but leaves nice lacing. Light orange in color, slightly hazy. The hop aroma is a little muddled, the smell reminds me of adding hops to wort during the boil. As it warms it gets a little better, a sweet citrus hop smell comes through, maybe a little mint. The taste is sweet, then bitter, then sweet, then bitter. The bitterness is maybe a little harsh.Light body, fairly dry. Not a bad beer but it seems a little rough, it's a bit muddled and the flavors and smells are not very clean. I don't find it that drinkable due to this roughness.

Photo of warchez
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

AP: Deep copper to mahoganey, suprisingly darker than expected. Slightly hazy, sediment in bottle suggests bottle conditioned
Ar: Nice sweet malt at first, balances well with a citrus like hop finish in the nose.
T: Bitteness is apparent, strikes a great bite but not assertive at all, nice level. Malt backbone is caramel and raisin like. Citrus like hop character reinforces the malt tones. Great balance.
M: Almost chewy. Coats the palate and resides for some time. Maybe a bit too friendly this beer. Doesn't quite know when to quit.

Overall: A better than good beer. Certainly presents with great color and froathy head. Appearence alone sells this beer. If the mouth feel was a little more crisp, then it would be a sustainable session like beer. However it would be tough switching styles at a bar with this beer in your mouth still. That quality would probably pair it perfectly with mexican or spicy thai.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very average. I think my taste buds are going dead, as the last few pale ales and IPAs I've had have tasted very bland.

Pours a pleasant copper/orange with a massive head (pour this one slowly!). Good sweetness, like honey and grapefruit. Almost no hops up front, only the slightest amount on the back end. that was my major complaint here - it almost tasted like a wheat beer, as it was too mild. very light-bodied, but that makes it incredibly easy to drink. would definitely work well as a session beer (and, as another poster mentioned, would probably go pretty well with some hot wings).

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi hazy tarnished amber with an off white head and lots of visible carbonation.

Sweet caramel upfront with some toffee. This only lasts for a second though as hops attack your mouth almost immediately. A big piney hop bomb fills the mouth making for a nice dry and crisp finish. Touches of grapefruit and citrus along with some floral notes. Nothing out of the ordinary but quite the hop bomb for a smaller beer. Flavored more like an ipa. Quite delicious though for a sessionable beer. Huge flavor.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of avylover
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is nice clean looking beer. It's a dark, deep golden color and quite clear with a small white head. The aroma is of floral hops, with a nice bready & suprisingly creamy maltiness backing it up. Taste starts of with a nice bready malt, then a crisp dose of piney & floral hops, with the the creamy malt sticking around just long enough. This is the definition of balance. Hops linger nicely in the mouthfeel, lending to a nice clean mouthfeel. Easy drinking, great session brew. A fine example of an APA.

Photo of goldbot
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/10/10.

Brilliant, amber color with copper tones. Fizzy, off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some bubbles around the edge of the glass with slight lacing. A good amount of carbonation. Fruity hop aromas; juicy orange and grapefruit and a sweet cherry-like note as well; caramel lurks in the back, blending in well. Malty in the flavor; caramel and bread. Hops are still there though with a good citrus profile and some floral character. As it warms it gets a bit sweeter and some more hop flavors come through. Crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, medium bodied and very well balanced. Color me impressed. One of the better pale ales I've had in a while. Wish I had tried this one sooner.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear deep copper hue with a one finger sandstone head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing in its place.

Lots of caramel and brown sugar in the aroma with only a small amount of hops.

The grains are very toasted in the flavor, with a little bit of caramel and a rather strong coffee flavor. The hops come in toward the end adding a bit of an herbal flavor, and not too bitter, with maybe a little citrus. Full bodied with lower carbonation, giving it a bit of an oily feel.

This one's not too far from a low schilling Scottish Ale. It's got deep roasty coffee and caramel flavors with only a little bit of hop presence. Seems to be the big brother of Dominion Ale, although this one is less pale than that one. A different Pale Ale, and rather enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third bottle (of 4) in my Rack Pack. Poured Hazy orange into the glass with a massive foamy head that took quite awhile to drop and even then, left a decent foamy ring and lacing all the way down. Smell was piney hops and a bit of sweet malt. Taste was similar, but not as sweet as I had expected--quite refreshing, actually. Nice balanced flavor with a definite fruity/piney hops presence that really added complexity to the flavor. Nice, rich mouthfeel with a decent carbonation. An excellent beer. Not quite as drinkable as the "Ale," but the added hops really perk up the taste buds.

Photo of jonB
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a dissipating head. Very god malt profile with a mouthful of hops. Despite the strong presence of hops, there is a still a fair amount of alcohol in the finish. A solid pale ale, but is slightly below average for the style.

Photo of u2carew
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz longneck twist off. Picked up on a road trip to DC.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Quickly settles to a thin lacing on top and at the sides. Clear body, copper in color. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Floral hop notes. Some pine aroma in the mix.
T) Underlying sour, citrus notes up front then a move to a more balance profile with malty sweetness but it is short lived. Finishes with an almost astringent hop bite.
M) Creamy fizz. Medium body.
O) A very hoppy pale ale, almost too much so. Needs a bit more balance with the malts.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this at Old Dominion Brewery's Pub, so should really be as fresh as fresh can get. Served in a regular bar pint glass (typical slight funnel shape, not curved).

A = Nice reddish, clear amber color. Head disappointingly small with just a little lacing. I've had more from this on other occasions, so maybe it was just the pour from this bartender?

S = Smell is pleasant, but not as much flowery hops as one expects from a Pale Ale. Much better nose than a macro, but only average from a micro. Sorry didn't instill me with the need to spout any poetry on this one.

T = On the front of the tongue there is a mild taste of bitterness, but quickly disappearing into the flavors of a nice light malt until the aftertaste when you are left with some remembrance of the hops and that this was after all a micro brew Pale Ale. Again better than average, but not necessarily my first choice for an American pale ale.

M = The texture is very nice. Meaty for a lighter beer with good amount of carbonation without being overpowering.

D = While this beer didn't blow me away, it is eminently drinkable. Very smooth, tastes good, but not overpowerful. It could easily be served to a large number of people and consumed without complaint. All in all an above average beer but only slightly. Some of their other brews are better (or even frankly this one when I've had it on other occasions).

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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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