Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev +27.4%
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.
09-19-2009 18:07:16 | More by mempath
4.55/5 rDev +24.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance: Caramel/amber in color with a good sized, thick-looking white head that dissipates slowly and yields to a small but thick ring of lace.
Smell: Citric and flowery hops are prevalent, with a very pleasant toasty/caramel malt backbone. Extremely appetizing.
Taste: Begins citric and maybe a bit nutty, rounding out to a toasty flavor and finishing herbal and with some mild grapefruit and herbal notes.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with roudned carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This is an excellent pale ale, providing both very enticing hop flavors and aromas, while still maintaining a good balance with the malts. It is also low enough in alcohol and light enough in body to make it a good beer for sessioning. Even though Old Dominion may be owned by a certain big beer company and despite the fact that they don't brew inside the Old Dominion itself anymore, they still turn out excellent beer. This pale ale is just shy of perfect.
04-18-2011 20:14:23 | More by Mosstrooper
4.5/5 rDev +23.3%
As was the case with the other brew i had from this brewery, completely different label. So either mine are really old or really new. Don't matter much to this o'le boy though, i drink em as i get em.
This guy's a dark caramel colored brew, small white head doesnt really make much impression. As the back label suggests, this is a beer for hop lovers. At least according to the scent. Its nice, floral, bitter, sappy. Translates pretty well to the taste. A nice multi-hop blend that will keep you interested enough. Well blended malt front, and again, hops. I gotta say, i really like this brewery. Nice.
03-30-2011 04:38:50 | More by Tballz420
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
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.
08-12-2003 00:26:08 | More by avylover
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
I haven't seen the regular "pale ale" around lately and do not know if the "hop mountain" is just a new label, or a new beer recipe entirely... that said i am reviewing the hop mountain version
A: the head is pretty sticky though not immensely voluptuous. it has a way of staying around just enough to remind you its there and is going to make your glass look like you drank more than water. the dark amber brown rust color is also welcome as it is more robust looking than many apas.
S: this is not very strong but you get the point that this is a beer with hops in it, there is a mild almost toast like aroma but its softened significantly by the hops. this is a subtle yet balanced aroma.
T: kudos to the balance of this beer, it comes off clean, well balanced, and can easily become a staple easy drinking mildly hoppy beer in my line up. this is an APA and at times i think we forget that that's not SUPPOSED to be an ipa or iipa. the hops add just enough flavor and bitterness to yield a flavorful beer without that being the complete show. the malt comes in and balances the hops rather well creating a beer that while not genre shattering, might just be genre defining in its balance and simplicity. a def try and surprise from dominion
10-27-2009 03:00:26 | More by Redwood21
4.3/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
04-03-2012 22:58:55 | More by jtierney89
4.25/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
03-16-2004 22:13:13 | More by oberon
4.24/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
01-19-2013 00:18:38 | More by schoolboy
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
07-26-2011 16:48:34 | More by LXIXME
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass
A: Pours a hazy orange-brown hue with a thin, white, 2-finger head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace and leaves a nice trail all the way down the glass.
S: Decent hop aroma with a fruity ester background and slight pine scent. Very mild aroma – nothing overwhelming yet pleasant to the nose.
T: Slightly sweet and bitter flavor with a nice hop presence. Very smooth and great aftertaste.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: Solid Pale ale. Very well balanced and went down way to easy.
02-12-2012 01:22:42 | More by ckollias
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
I got this as part of a BOTMC. The pour is golden yellow, Big sticky white head, tons of lacing. The aroma is big pine, hints of citrus. The taste is more big sticky pine. The hop bite is balanced with just enough malt, lingering bitter finish. The body is medium, good carbonation, easy drinking. A very good APA, big taste, easy drinking.
03-26-2011 01:18:15 | More by bonkers
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date present.
A: Hazy burnt-orange with 1-finger thick off white with average retention. Several lines of lace form.
S: Surprisingly sweet and hoppy with an amberish caramel aroma topped by a floral, fruity citrus hops contribution.
T: The taste is a crisp meld of amber and APA with an earthy, toasted, but quite sweet caramel malt foundation finished with a fruity, citrus, and mildly floral hoppy punch that melts away and dominates the aftertaste.
M: Medium-to-full bodied with low carbonation and sticky overal feel.
D: An excellent APA from Dominion which hits the high quality bar this brewery seems to hit with regularity in their brews. THis one stands up to the best American APAs with a sweet but delicious take on the style.
09-15-2008 01:35:34 | More by argock
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
01-29-2011 18:44:06 | More by goldbot
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
Pours a deep coppery-brown. Crystal clear with a lacy thin light tan head. Nice. Smell is surprisingly hoppy. Light grassy aromas underneath with light caramel aromas in there somewhere.
Quite a hoppy flavor for a regular pale ale. It's quite grassy and crisp. The darker malt would not lead you to believe that it would be this light-bodied. A nice light malt profile followed by an assertive hoppines. Quite refreshing with a bitter hoppy finish. A nice surprise, would not have expected this to be so complex or so tasty. Thanks to PintOfAle for the sample.
01-28-2004 20:20:21 | More by ViveLaChouffe
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
Transparent orange-bronze with butternut edges and very little visible carbonation. The pale gold-pastel orange head is compact and firm with a sparsely bubbled, rumpled surface and doesn't look tacky enough to generate much lace. Wrong again: a decent amount is present as the beer falls with drinking.
A lovely American pale ale nose greets my nose as I stick it into the pint glass. Lightly toasted malt and semi-bright, citric hops comprise the aroma. To my unending delight, hops are more prominent. Brown sugar-crusted grapefruit rind is the star of the show, brought about by a combination of Williamette, Cascade and Tettnang. Inspired choices, I'd say.
Dominion Pale Ale is a tasty beer that cleaves closer to a highly-hopped red ale than it does to an APA (a fine line, I agree). The use of caramel and Munich malt makes all the difference and would have been a bone of contention for me if it wasn't for the somewhat generous hop load. The sweet, toasted, earthy (Munich) flavors of the malt shine through and give the flavor profile a groundedness that allows the hops to shine.
Although far from IPA territory, the hop load is still considerable. Just as in the nose, flavors of spicy, brown sugary white grapefruit and pine sap give light jabs to the taste buds. They don't really gain in intensity from start to finish, they just fade deliciously slowly. The finish is anything but clean (a good thing) and leaves my tongue with a thin coating of hop resins.
The mouthfeel, thanks to all that malt, is somewhere between medium and full for the style. Silky doesn't quite fit, but lightly sticky and lightly chewy do. The bubbles keep their heads down and out of the way, even as they keep things moving along behind the scenes.
Old Dominion continues to impress. This beer isn't as insanely delicious as New River Pale Ale, but that has everything to do with my preference for pale malted, more highly-hopped beer over caramel malted, less highly-hopped beer. That said, this is very good stuff. I'm disappointed that this is only a 12 ounce bottle and that I didn't buy more when I had the chance.
01-03-2006 16:27:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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