Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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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
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
12-14-2012 21:37:50 | More by Knapp85
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
10-26-2012 04:11:58 | More by superspak
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
09-28-2012 01:17:10 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
08-31-2012 04:17:23 | More by RblWthACoz
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
Chilled 12 oz. twistoff longneck into a shaker pint. Bottling date 6.6.12.
Look- Hazy light amber capped with three fingers of dense buttermilk head. Good retention, and I count no fewer than twelve distinct rings left on my glass.
Smell- Mild, flowery, light citrus and lychee. Second impression is similar, but sweeter.
Taste- Hop-forward on a light cracker malt backbone. Earthy, musky flavor mixes with resin and underripe mango. Pale molasses, perhaps, but it's pretty indistinct-light sweetness akin to watered-down fruit cocktail syrup takes the edge off the bitterness without masking it. Comes off as pretty mellow, nice.
Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, a bit prickly on the sip. Juicy on the swallow. good quench factor, moderately dry. An easy drinker.
Overall- A pleasant drinker, and a nice end-of-summer brew. Flavorful without being heavy or cloying. Worth trying.
08-25-2012 04:22:21 | More by Lawl3ss
Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.