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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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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Ratings: 337 | Reviews: 145
Photo of JRed
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber with small white head, medicinal looks but not unattractive. Spicy aroma of hops and malt mingling. A robust taste: hoppy, spices, reminiscent of cinnamon appleskins. Light-medium in the body yet sits well enough on the palate and stomach. A distinct pale worth giving a shot to.

Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mid-copper color with some nice initial head and some decent lacing. Nice deep hop scent, nice and citrusy, with enough malt sweetness to keep it from being cloying. Very nice taste, a deep malty sweetness with a great American hop bitter ending that stays on the tongue. Slightly rough from the hops, but with a nice malt body.

Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Crazy Lil's in Baltimore.

Appearance: Lighter orange and brown color with a slightly fluffy head that slinks down toward the body and leaves some minor clumps on the glass.

Smell: Hop Mountain, eh? There are some hops here, but I guess I expected this to be an IPA and not a Pale. Lighter citrus and slight hop bitterness, a bit of breadiness. Balanced, but I was hoping for more.

Taste: Easy to drink, but I did expect more hops and more flavor overall, as everything's subdued. A bit of earthy hops and citrus and some bread dough, but again, this could be more interesting.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with decent carbonation, though it seems slightly watery.

Drinkability: I would have this again, but it's nothing I'd seek out. It's definitely easy drinking, however, if you're into that sort of Pale, and sometimes I certainly am.

Photo of dmamiano
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

what can you say about this one.
scores out average..not bad, not good.
seemed a bit dark for style, fairly dark copper almost brown.
nice mix of hops and malts in the nose and on the palate.
Earthy, medium mouthfeel.
Like I said, solid, bordering on the ordinary

Photo of Redwood21
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, though not exceptional.

Pours coppery and clear with a very short-lived head, which leaves mediocre lacing. The aroma is all flowery and citrusy hops, thought it has a slight thinness, perhaps a slight sour note as it warms. The flavor is flowery and a little sour, like an overripe flower. The bitterness is thin and accentuates the sour note. It's not unpleasant, but it is not a tongue grabber either. The mouthfeel is thin with a trace of carbonation.

Photo of mempath
4.62/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jnfs
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber in color, is clear, moderately carbonated and has a slight head. Aromas of citrus, pine lemons, and a slight sweetness that smells like plums are present. There is a medium amount of body coupled with a bit of bitterness, that is balanced quite nicely. The flavor lingers for a moment after you swallow, but that's a good thing as it tastes quite pleasant.

Photo of eljefe21
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red copper color. Pours to a tiny head that sticks around for a while. Some slight foamy lacing.

S: Mmmm, hops. Citrusy, piney hop smell from the moment you start pouring.

T: A battle of hops and malt that balances and works well. Hops hit the outer tongue while the malts settle nicely in the middle.

M: Sharp carbonation on the front and sides of the mouth. A nice drying, fading finish.

D: I was happily surprised by this one having been down on Dominion since they moved out of the Old Dominion. This solid, tasty and refreshing brew reminded me why I used to like Dominion so much.

Served: in a shaker pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 8/27/09

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle with the new "Hop Mountain" label from Norm's, Vienna, VA

a: deep amber colored beer with an average layer of khaki carbonation, good retention

s: pale malt backbone with ample reminders of the caramelized and toasted grain sugars indicated by the appearance, pine hop aroma in good balance with the malts

m: moderate level of carbonation and a medium body that goes down easy

t: pale and toasted caramel malt body - lots of toast, actually - with big grain flavors, a nice pine hop presence provides a flavorful balance and a pleasantly drying, lingering finish

d: just fine - could handle a few of these, a well balanced pale with a good malt presence, kinda rolled my eyes at the "hop mountain" label, but the hops are indeed on the assertive side and probably as big as they should be in this context

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear deep copper hue with a one finger sandstone head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing in its place.

Lots of caramel and brown sugar in the aroma with only a small amount of hops.

The grains are very toasted in the flavor, with a little bit of caramel and a rather strong coffee flavor. The hops come in toward the end adding a bit of an herbal flavor, and not too bitter, with maybe a little citrus. Full bodied with lower carbonation, giving it a bit of an oily feel.

This one's not too far from a low schilling Scottish Ale. It's got deep roasty coffee and caramel flavors with only a little bit of hop presence. Seems to be the big brother of Dominion Ale, although this one is less pale than that one. A different Pale Ale, and rather enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold, hazy orange with a two-finger head that left lace patches and stuck around on me. Sweet malts like caramel and roasted malts weigh in on the aroma, which contains a decent amount of hops. A maltier pale ale than most I've had recently, but still not only has a high drying feeling from the roasted malts, but maintains some thick and sweetness from sweet malts and there's a floral, citric fruit taste all over this beer b/c of the hops. A very sessionable pale ale I could have again.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A translucent bronze-orange color with a large, foamy and rocky off-white head with great retention and very nice lacing.

S: Toasty caramel malt and robust, sweet citric hops. Orange and some grapefruit. Also some substantial floral aroma, perhaps some faint pine as well.

T: Surprisingly hoppy - floral, some bitter citrus, and some faint pine. Toasted caramel malt, with some bready/yeasty undertones. Some fading, resiny bitterness into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Soft but noticeable carbonation. Some dry bite into the finish.

D: This is really well done. Like Dominion's Ale and Oak Barrel Stout, there's a lot here to like. Great for the price, and rather aggressive for an APA. Will definitely pick up in the future.

Photo of smanders
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear, dark copper color w/ a thin head. Lacing is minimal.

Smell - Nice hops (pine/citrus) with a note of raisins.

Taste - Hops up front but vanish quickly. Unfortunately not replaced by anything.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, bubbly, light.

Drinkability - Fair. I would prefer more hops from an APA and more balance. This is an average example of the style. At only $6.99/six pack, there's not much to complain about. Maybe my vote would have been higher if Dominion were still in Virginia...

Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third bottle (of 4) in my Rack Pack. Poured Hazy orange into the glass with a massive foamy head that took quite awhile to drop and even then, left a decent foamy ring and lacing all the way down. Smell was piney hops and a bit of sweet malt. Taste was similar, but not as sweet as I had expected--quite refreshing, actually. Nice balanced flavor with a definite fruity/piney hops presence that really added complexity to the flavor. Nice, rich mouthfeel with a decent carbonation. An excellent beer. Not quite as drinkable as the "Ale," but the added hops really perk up the taste buds.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. "Bottled on" date clearly printed on the label.

Pours a nice, clear, copper color with a full two fingers of cream-hued foam, settling slowly with good retention and wonderful lacing.

Nose is full of diacetyl, loaded with sweet malt, brown sugar, and butterscotch.

Body and mouthfeel are medium-full and properly carbonated. Flavors are, again, full of diacetyl: very buttery, with flavors of caramel, butterscotch, and brown sugar, with a mild middle of balancing bitter hops. Finish is mildly sweet and short.

Very drinkable and highly delicious, though the high levels of diacetyl apparent in both aroma and flavor force me to rate this a little lower than I would like, simply for style's sake. Still, the flavor and balance are both top notch, and this is a very sessionable brew.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to super BIFer adamharbaugh for the Dominion sampler. Time to get samplin'. Unfortunately for this beer, I've had a fairly wretched day, so this be the sacrificial lamb that begins my relaxing.

Sort of an orange caramel combo. Decent head, little retention.

Smell isn't too strong, but I get the malts over the hops. Slight smell of oranges.

I can taste the malts and feel the hops if that makes any sense. Makes sense to me so that's how I'm callin it. Taste good enough.

Not the best pale ever (think Stone) but worthy.

Overall: slurp, burp

Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - burnt orange brown clear color with a medium sized tan head that doesn't last long but leaves some decent lacing

s - malty with some citrus and hops. Not to strong and definitely not as much hops as I expected for a pale ale.

t - not much, just full on piney hops. A hint of caramel malt barely comes through and then immediately gets dominated.

m - light body

d - the taste was definitely a suprise after smelling the beer. There were not many hops to be found in the aroma but the taste was almost all hops. Not very balanced.

Photo of changeup45
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a trade. Copper color with a thin head and a little bit of lace. Aroma is rather mild with some malt and sweetness. Malty flavor gives way to a smooth hoppy finish. Nice blend of hops and malt. Finishes a little bitter. A pretty good Pale Ale.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice clear amber color with a nice head and nice lacing on the glass make this an attractive beer. The nose is light and floral, owing to the higher-than-expected hoppiness of this beer. The palate is lovely, bitter and reminiscent of flower petals, again from the floral hops. It feels refreshing, and is quite bitter on the finish. Overall, this is a nice brew, but it's more like an IPA in my opinion.

Photo of jdmorgan
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an amber brown, had a rather large head, and seemed over-carbonated. Maybe it was just the bottle. I didn't shake it. Anyhow...

The smell had aromas of hops and a bit of malt. The taste had an initial bitter hop bite, fading into tastes of pale malt and hop flavor. The aftertaste had both of the same. The carbonation was medium/high and the consistency was medium.

Overall, it was a decent beer. Not as good as other pale ales I've had, though. I'd drink it in place of any macro, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one. Worth a try, nonetheless.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this at Old Dominion Brewery's Pub, so should really be as fresh as fresh can get. Served in a regular bar pint glass (typical slight funnel shape, not curved).

A = Nice reddish, clear amber color. Head disappointingly small with just a little lacing. I've had more from this on other occasions, so maybe it was just the pour from this bartender?

S = Smell is pleasant, but not as much flowery hops as one expects from a Pale Ale. Much better nose than a macro, but only average from a micro. Sorry didn't instill me with the need to spout any poetry on this one.

T = On the front of the tongue there is a mild taste of bitterness, but quickly disappearing into the flavors of a nice light malt until the aftertaste when you are left with some remembrance of the hops and that this was after all a micro brew Pale Ale. Again better than average, but not necessarily my first choice for an American pale ale.

M = The texture is very nice. Meaty for a lighter beer with good amount of carbonation without being overpowering.

D = While this beer didn't blow me away, it is eminently drinkable. Very smooth, tastes good, but not overpowerful. It could easily be served to a large number of people and consumed without complaint. All in all an above average beer but only slightly. Some of their other brews are better (or even frankly this one when I've had it on other occasions).

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very average. I think my taste buds are going dead, as the last few pale ales and IPAs I've had have tasted very bland.

Pours a pleasant copper/orange with a massive head (pour this one slowly!). Good sweetness, like honey and grapefruit. Almost no hops up front, only the slightest amount on the back end. that was my major complaint here - it almost tasted like a wheat beer, as it was too mild. very light-bodied, but that makes it incredibly easy to drink. would definitely work well as a session beer (and, as another poster mentioned, would probably go pretty well with some hot wings).

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear deep amber color with about a finger of off-white head. Smells of piney hops and rich caramel malts. Tastes of bitter citrus such as grapefruit and lemon along with a nice sweetness from the malt. Medium in both body and mouthfeel. This pale ale goes down smooth and easy. It's a shame I only have this one bottle.

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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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