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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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 Tballz420


4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 04:38:50 | More by Tballz420
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 01:18:15 | More by bonkers
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly bright copper color with decent fine head and good lacing.

Light citrusy hop aroma blends with a bit of sweet bread.

Medium light body with a bit of sourness yielding to a slightly aggressive bitterness.

A bit flat mouthfeel. Overall, a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:04:41 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice golden orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, a nice citrus, earthy, and slightly floral aroma at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts followed by a much more prevalent but well balanced citrus, earthy, and floral hop flavors.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light to medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, nice balance of basic beer flavors with a lower abv. Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:09:55 | More by erosier
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 18:44:06 | More by goldbot
Photo of mattgreger


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a nice golden orange color with a bit of a haze. It had a nice thick 2 finger, off white head. This brew did not have a whole lot of lacing, but a bit of small beads that feel as you drank through the body of the beer.

This brew right of the nose has a bit of citrus aroma too it. I can smell a mild tangerine/orange aroma that feeds into what I can only tell is an apple like aroma. The finish of the aromas comes up and gets you, its a nice soft malt that rounds out all the full aroma.

The flavor on this brew is pretty good. As I have stated in the past, I haven't come by a Dominion brew that i didn't like. This brew is no different. The brew has a slight graininess. The flavor starts out with a bit of a bitter flavor that lends itself to the punch of citrus flavors, such as oranges, lempons, and maybe a touch of bitter berries. It then feeds in to a bit of a herbal hops flavor that gives this brew a nice punch and finishes with a bit of malt.

Mouthful on this brew is pretty good. Very simple brew, low ABV and decent flavors that make this brew go down smooth. The citrusy/acid like base on this brew give it a bit of a dry finish, but still good. Might be the only loosing points on this one.

This is a very drinkable brew. Its got a great hop flavor without being to overpowering. With a low ABV such as this, this brew would make a pretty good session brew. I know I could drink a few without a problem. Another great brew by Dominion

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:48:49 | More by mattgreger
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise!

Beautiful amber colour, subtle aroma and very nicely balanced taste - just the right combination of malts and hops with a flavourful bitter finish.

As the previous reviewer noted, the label design has changed since this thread was started. Regardless of how it looks, I would definitely seek this out again! Would love to try draught as well...

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 22:39:15 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of psuKinger


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, dated 9/08/10, poured into my Penn State shaker pint glass. My bottle label is different than that shown in the BA-bottle picture, but the only other Dominion beer listed here that has "Hop Mountain" in the name is a DIPA that has only one review. My bottle says "Pale Ale", not DIPA, and beers with one review are usually not widely available... so I'm guessing this is the right place for this review.

A: Very hazy orangish-brown with a thick bubbly white head on top. Very nice.

S: Malty-sweetness, typical of an east coast pale, is readily apparent, with a hint of hop citrus.

T: Tastes follows the nose, but I'm relieved to see that the hops are more present than I'd feared. Malty sweetness is present, but the hops are keeping it in check. A decent showing from an East Coast brewery, and I can't help but think that this guy might have been even better 2 months ago...

M: Thick in the mouth, it finishes a bit syrupy on the tongue and leaves a good hop-oil taste behind.

D: This beer was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it, and I found it to be very drinkable. I would seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:47:03 | More by psuKinger
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brew date: 6/19/2010

ruby red hue with one finger of semi-craggy off white head, pretty non pale for a pale ale, looks alot like Sierra celebration, the head settles in rather quickly, there is not much lacing to speak of... not bad, not good, sort of average plus.

initially strong hop aroma dissipates within a few minutes peeling back a layer into sweet caramel malt-itude, subtle honey notes and an almost "clean" like scent (like fresh soap, not soap perse, just the sensation), pretty nice.

taste etc...
drinks like the smell, a nice hop blast up front with plenty of sweet malt behind it, a bit thicker than standard run pales, this trends towards almost syrupy, this might be a bit much for sessions body wise but it is pretty tasty, the hops are not over the top and this is nicely balanced.

nice beer, nothing great but not your every day run of the mill APA.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 04:27:13 | More by Ego
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours amber with a slight off white head. Not too much lacing. Mode brings some light malt and a good dose of pine and citrus hops. Good taste but it doesn't match the nose. Feel is good with a nice bitter touch. A bit ordinary but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 22:25:21 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Showed a dark amber brown with frothy white head. Decent retention, not much lacing. Smell of bready malt and caramel, some light crisp earthy hop notes. Taste citrusy and floral hops up front, balanced by a good, full and sweet malt body with hop bitterness in the finish. Good pale ale, not particularly aggressive, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 03:13:27 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of Slatetank


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchases this bottle at outlet liquors in rehoboth beach, de -poured chilled from the 12oz into a 1/2 pint.

A - A light peach color w/ mild haze from hop resin and thick rocky 2 finger ecru cap comprised of small beads

S - A mild tangerine scent w/ slight fruity yeast ester that reminds me of apple skins w/ slight sweet malt scent rounding out the aroma

M - A mild astringent tinge up front w/ subtle acetaldehyde and moderate bitterness w/ malt sweetness that is subdued and alchol is low in the feel w/ gentle tangy acidic texture w/ mild semi-dry finish

T - The flavors of the pale are mildly bitter and have slight citrus w/ orange and lemon rind and berry but more pithy and grapefruit w/ a lime rind clean and acidic taste that almost borders on sourness. The astringent taste is high w/ gentle herbal note and mild malt tinge in the finish

D - A drinkable pale, I found it easy to quaff. It has a lot of hop flavor and I found it enjoyable, but there are others I would probably choose over this

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 11:34:21 | More by Slatetank
Photo of DaveBlack


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice deep amber color. 1/2 inch of head which lingers for a while before disappearing.

S: Some nice pine and citrus. Doesn't smell very sweet. Nice and hoppy.

T: Quite good. Dry with loads of hops. Reminiscent of Hop Devil, if not so well balanced. Some grapefruit notes.

M: Lots of carbonation. Light but a little sticky feeling. It kind of coats the mouth and won't let go. I'm not sure what that's about...

D: A very good and drinkable beer, though I think that there are better hop-heavy pale ales out there. Worth a look for sure. I'd definitely buy it again, just maybe not any time soon

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 22:06:31 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of OneDropSoup


4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big up to bstaffor for including this in the Hoppy Summer to You BIF!

Poured into a shaker: Nice, translucent amber body, hazy, under a finger of off-white, spongey head (a good thing). Drops to a thin but solid coating, leaves lots o' lacing.

Smell is nice, cool, mild lemon, some leafiness or grassiness, iced tea, just the smallest hint of malt.

Huh, I wish I could put my finger on this taste: kind of citrusy, kind of tea-like, with a lightly bready, graininess to it. I really like it, but there's something I just can't name -- like bran flakes?

Medium-light bodied, very smooth, but chewy at the same time. Maybe it's just me thinking of that cereal characteristic, but I want to chew it as I swallow. Crazy.

This is really good stuff -- smooth, an easy drinker, & tasty with that je nais se quoi that makes it that much more intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 21:31:03 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of jonB

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a dissipating head. Very god malt profile with a mouthful of hops. Despite the strong presence of hops, there is a still a fair amount of alcohol in the finish. A solid pale ale, but is slightly below average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 23:15:11 | More by jonB
Photo of thatguy3579


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Amber in color, rich tan head, lots of lacing, average transparency.

S: Nice sweet roasted flavors mix well with grassy hops.

T: Lots of good hoppy bitterness for an APA. Hops are mostly grass and resin. These mix well with its subtle roasted malt sweetness. Finish is mild, but persistent.

M: Medium body, with medium to high carbonation which feels really nice.

D: Surprisingly flavorful - a real treat. Not, however, the most "drinkable" APA.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:59:46 | More by thatguy3579
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber color with a bubbly tan head.

S: Toffee, roasted grains and an earthy and citrus hop presence.

T: Roasted malt, toffee, caramel, green apple, citrus and spicy hops. Some bitter metallic taste to the finish.

M: Light to medium body with crisp bubbly carbonation.

D: This is an average Pale Ale that can be refreshing but not one to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 19:28:15 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of Hoescheg


3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a "pale ale" this is a very dark brew. I would call it a brown or amber. Head is creamy and full looking. The smell is ok, has some floral hoppy smell, but not very strong. It tastes pretty hoppy, there is no in your face bitterness, and it has a good amount of maltyness that tends to make it feel like a heavier beer. Leaves kind of an unpleasant woody after taste in my mouth. Overall its way to dark and malty to be called a pale ale, and needs more hops to live up to the description. Would not buy again, but would drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 22:41:26 | More by Hoescheg
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber, good head, fine carbonation
S: floral bouquet at the crest of the hoppy spicing
T: very nice, balanced mix of hops (a forte of this beer, in case you hadn't guessed from the name); the one drawback was an ever-so-slight metallic aftertaste
M: smooth; neither thin nor thick
D: very nice--I wanted another one immediately

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 23:22:27 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of tweeder263


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 01:08:49 | More by tweeder263
Photo of thain709


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Mountain

A - The body was a darker shade of amber...my aggressive pour produced a billowing, rocky, off white head...there were still mounds left by the end of the beer...nice lacing

S - A fresh and inviting hop nose with a light sweet malt presence

T - The flavor follows the nose...the hops play a big role for being a pale ale...they have a nice citrus flavor to them...the malts show up in the middle but don't last very long...they combine with the citrus fruit and become sweet...a quick drying pine bitterness ends the beer

M - Medium bodied...dry and crisp...the hop bite could have stuck around a little longer

D - A nice, hoppy pale ale...I could drink it if it was readily available to me but I have a few options that are a little better

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 11:57:37 | More by thain709
Photo of woodychandler


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mine is for the "Hop Mountain Pale Ale".

My pour created a finger of thick, foamy ecru head with decent retention. Nose had a definite biscuity-malt scent underlain by a grassy hoppiness. This was more of an English Pale Ale than an American one. Color was an orangish amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full with a definite grassy hop taste on the tongue. Finish had a pleasant caramel malt sweetness that was suddenly offset at the extreme end by a return of the initial bitterness. Not bad, but not a great American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 04:37:53 | More by woodychandler
Photo of ralree


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep blood red color, a bit cloudy, great retention and lacing on the 2-finger head. Couldn't be better.

S: Delicious hop flavors and nice grainy malt, with a light fruit undertone. Not as sweet smelling and tangy as many APAs.

T: Very interesting super-hoppy taste with a nice strong barley kick. Definitely less fruity flavor than many APAs. Just enough fruit to keep things interesting. Malt is pretty toasty, almost burned a bit. Nice light aftertaste keeps you coming back for more. Bitterness sticks with you for a bit.

M: Lighter body than many APAs, super-dry for the style, carbonation is good, just slightly astringent.

D: Goes down rather well for the style. Not the best, but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 01:50:27 | More by ralree
Photo of nukem5


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice orange hue with light tan foamy head with quickly goes bye bye.

S: Hops X 4 inthis tasty brew

T: Hops ,hops , hops ,and more hops light malt with peppery notes.

M: A bit thin but overal a balance of flavors rinse the palate clean with a crisp finish.

D: was very tasty with some bass grilled with carmelized onions.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 22:19:15 | More by nukem5
Photo of rawthar


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

A- Nice deep almost clear ruby red body, a real thin layer of white fluff head that leaves a ring that sticks around for a little while.

S- After the weekend of super hoppy beers I've had, this aroma still stands up surprisingly well. Nice shot of high-nose lemony citrus hops, but not as intense as a Nugget Nectar or a Pliny. Still, what the smell might lack in intensity, it makes up for in balance, with a pleasant sweet backbone behind all that citrus.

T- Three phases to this flavor. A sharp citrus kick comes first, followed by the balancing malt, and finishing with a dry bitter. Again, after some of the world class hop beer I've recently had, this is a little less complex, but a very high quality for what could be an every day brew. Not much on the alcohol front, either, making this a real smooth drink.

M- Not its most impressive trait, actually evokes a macro in its carbonation level and texture.

D- Nothing offensive here, this could easily be an all nighter without putting you to bed early.

Nice solid brew, not a classic, but definitely above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 01:19:29 | More by rawthar
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