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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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83
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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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Photo of patpbr
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

patpbr, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

JerzDevl2000, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

rorjets, Feb 10, 2013
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
Photo of Rupert50
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Rupert50, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of thegerm87
3/5  rDev -17.8%

thegerm87, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

hosehead83, Jan 28, 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 Envelopes
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Envelopes, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

schoolboy, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of e30todamax
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

e30todamax, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of cjbeckman
3/5  rDev -17.8%

cjbeckman, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

cliff1066, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of keywestgourmet
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

keywestgourmet, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Knapp85, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

mdagnew, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of dunix
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

dunix, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Molson2000, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of geoffgd
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

geoffgd, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

superspak, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of WoodburyMN
4/5  rDev +9.6%

WoodburyMN, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Navalartichoke
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Navalartichoke, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Honeycutt
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Honeycutt, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of jakea
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jakea, Sep 23, 2012
Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.