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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 346
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 24 | 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 DoubleJ
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the Old Dominion taphouse inside Dulles International Airport, on to the beer:

A half-inch of head rests on top this toasted orange beer. Webbed lacing adds a little extra texture to the appearance. The aroma is clean, hoppy, bringing pine, orange peel, a fruit salad, and toasted grain to the nose. Equally malty as hoppy, this pale ale hits the spot! The delightful maltiness of caramel makes a good backbone for orange, grapefruit, and cantaloupe flavors to hit. The beer is medium bodied, yet surprisingly rich in flavor. Hop Mountain gets an easy recommendation from this BA. (591 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Dominion Hop Mountain.


Ahhhh yes...good ole... Old Dominion. Rarely lets me down no matter what I choose to buy from them, hence why they are either a star player in my mix a six, or the one beer I grab for filler expecting a gem. This one was the latter, and my night cap.

Look - Pours a moderately murky amber with a two and a half finger sticky off white head that forms a deep well rounded pit in the middle. Carbonation does not appear to be a member of this rodeo. So far the head is retaining quite well and I can already tell lacing shall hopefully be a spectacle. Lacing is very well retained but not as much as I had expected. 4.25.

Smell - A big dosage of grapefruit pith and raw juice up front, followed by a toasted maltiness that meets directly in the middle. 3.5.

Taste - Pretttyyyy much follows the nose. Grapefruit piths and raw grapefruit juice with a heavy dose of malt. Very juicy and more bitter than you would expect for the style. 3.5.

Feel - Well rounded body, which is moderate in size with a very low amount of carbonation and a high level of creamyness due to the well retained head. 3.5.

Overall - Well this is probably my least favorite thus far out of these guys. But, it is still a pretty solid Pale Ale as far as Pale Ales go. I'd have again for casual purposes, but there are other pale ales I'd pick up before it. 3.5.. (1,364 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a clear copper, almost amber with 1/2" white head that sits down immediately. Retention & lacing are both quite good.

S: (disclaimer- this bottle doesn't smell right, not the way I remember this brew smelling) I'm getting primarily malty aromas, none of the dank hashiness that this bottle usually delivers. It's not skunked but something is off.

T: Solid bitter hops up front, grassy & piney notes. Malty through the mid palate with an ever increasing bitterness to finish. Resinous linger left on the tongue.

M: Moderate to high carb & an oily malt body. Surprisingly dry & crisp finish.

O: When this brew is in peak form, it's really quite a nice, dank Pale. Unfortunately the bottle as reviewed was a bit lacking. (778 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,489 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Spray tan orange - I mean very, very orange. Fairly fizzy right out of the gate, with a couple of fingers of off-white head that drop down to a foam cap eventually. Good bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Well, it's definitely got the hop smells - a big, heapin' pile of orange and lemon with a good bit of pine resin on top. If I was feeling uncharitible Id' say it had a bit of a disinfectant vibe to it, but I'm not so I won't. Has a very 'fresh' floral/resinous smell. I like.

Taste: Good, solid hop flavours with a hint of citrus and resin in the finish. No malt or yeast notes to speak of.

Feel: Nicely astringent - plenty of hops up front with a long, dry finish. Not excessively bitter - nicely balanced.

Overall: OK, so the name is a bit misleading but the fact remains that in this reviewer's opinion this isn't half bad as pale ales go. Not as hoppy as a typical IPA, this has more in common with the British pale ales that, being a Brit, I'm more familiar with. Definitely an interesting take on the style. Worth a punt. (1,083 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Pretty desperate times as the Dulles Airport. Beer hard to find. Found this on tap and thought I'd give it a try. The head is thin....and now it's gone. Very cloudy orange color. The grapefruit taste does pop. Not overly hoppy - more malty and is a true ale. Not for the hopheads definitely. An ok beer. (311 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange with a slight tinge of haze, lots of carbonation and an orange tinged 5 fingers of head. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, orange, creamy like fresh buttered bread, citrus, light pine scented air.

T: Light citrus, orange, buttered bread, dough, medium bitterness on the end.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation.

O: Bottled May 20, 2014, bought in Virginia, drank in Pensacola July 29, 2014. (392 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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! (482 characters)

Photo of Nate139
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 (443 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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 (253 characters)

Photo of Altrurian
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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! (1,614 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
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... (662 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (270 characters)

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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.