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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | 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:
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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Reviews by Ryan011235:
Photo of Ryan011235
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Ryan011235, Feb 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

oberon, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of nstroup
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

nstroup, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

SmellsofMahagony, May 18, 2013
Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +9.6%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of jburchett
4/5  rDev +9.6%

jburchett, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +9.6%

jminch, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

amstokesdb9, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of tlacott1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

tlacott1, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

LXIXME, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev +9.6%

dcbeers, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  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.

Brenden, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of sloejams
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

sloejams, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -11%

mdaschaf, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of dacrza1
2.83/5  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...

dacrza1, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Griffith, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

asabreed, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of KenC
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

KenC, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  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.

Sammy, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of tweeder263
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

tweeder263, May 26, 2010
Photo of mempath
4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

mempath, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

WoodBrew, May 27, 2014
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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.