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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 143
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 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.

superdedooperboy, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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

PatronWizard, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

argock, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

thirtysixbelow, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
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.

jushoppy2beer, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

jdmorgan, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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).

Traquairlover, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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).

Lnedrive14, Aug 27, 2007
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.

ClockworkOrange, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of warchez
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

AP: Deep copper to mahoganey, suprisingly darker than expected. Slightly hazy, sediment in bottle suggests bottle conditioned
Ar: Nice sweet malt at first, balances well with a citrus like hop finish in the nose.
T: Bitteness is apparent, strikes a great bite but not assertive at all, nice level. Malt backbone is caramel and raisin like. Citrus like hop character reinforces the malt tones. Great balance.
M: Almost chewy. Coats the palate and resides for some time. Maybe a bit too friendly this beer. Doesn't quite know when to quit.

Overall: A better than good beer. Certainly presents with great color and froathy head. Appearence alone sells this beer. If the mouth feel was a little more crisp, then it would be a sustainable session like beer. However it would be tough switching styles at a bar with this beer in your mouth still. That quality would probably pair it perfectly with mexican or spicy thai.

warchez, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a large-bubbled head that displays fair retention without much lacing

Smell: Caramel aroma with some piney hops

Taste: Starts with a caramel flavor that is quickly joined by some piney bitterness; after the swallow, a bit of citrus creeps in but the bitter elements remain piney

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Pleasant enough, with a tilt toward the hoppy amber ale rather than APA profile

brentk56, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of alysmith4
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical, typical, typical. But good, good, good. A classic representation of an APA, with a fresher twist. I found this on tap at the Old Dominion Brewhouse here in town, and was glad that it did not disappoint. (It's worth mentioning that the hot wings I ordered to go with the brew were excellent.) I know this won't be the last time I visit the place, and I would order the same food and drink again.

alysmith4, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of HoustonTX
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dirty copper body, with a fluffy halo of lace.

Smells of deep caramel malt and fruity esters from the yeast.

Taste is quite balanced and provides a large influx of delicious caramel to land on the palate. Citrusy hops meet midway to even out the small sweetness. Mouthfeel is perfect, and overall drinkability is dangerous.

This makes for a perfect sessioner, and all around solid Pale Ale.

HoustonTX, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of theformula
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright copper-red with a 2 finger head that retains fairly well. Great clarity.

S: Right up front with citrusy, piney hops/resin. Some caramel malts can be detected, but mostly floral esters and hops. Some biscuit in the background.

M: Light and very crisp, but just creamy enough to coat the tongue. Refreshing.

T: Balance is the beauty here. While the hops are more pronounced and showcase, the caramel malt profile kicks in for leverage well. Crisp, piney, note from hops with some citrus (lemon rind, grapefruit) thrown in obviously. The malts hold up well with biscuit and caramel flavors. Finishes dry and a little oily (thank-you hops), and a pleasant bitter bite that lingers. Mmm, great with basil and mozzarella pizza.

D: An above average PA and similar to SNPA, but adds an additional depth of caramel malt. It seems a little light in body and watered down slightly, but these are the only complaints. Snappy, crisp brew. Good job Dominion.

theformula, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brownish amber beer features a super delicious caramel malt profile, with a touch of toasted grain. A clean caramel, aroma also dominates the nose. The hops are fairly mild, but bitter enough to balance the subdued malt sweetness of the malt. Mellow grain in the finish.

I can’t get over how clean and delicous the caramel flavor is in this beer. I really though that Legend in Richmond, Va, was the only Virginia brewery that could pull of such a great caramel malt character, but Dominion’s Pale Ale here gives almost any of their beers a run for their money. It’s a bit of a shame too, I think this is one of Old Dominion’s most overlooked brews; I know I’ve passed it up many times opting instead to go for their Lager, Ale and one of their awesome seasonals.


arguemaniac, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a clear golden color with orange highlights and a quickly-dissipating, foamy white head. Good amount of carbonation.

S - Smells of biscuity malt with touches of caramel. A slight fruit background.

T - Good malty start, leaning slightly away from being overly-biscuity. Instead, the malt is met with fruity hops and the two flavors counter each other very nicely.

M - Light-medium body with a bubbly, crisp finish. Caramel hops on the aftertaste.

D - I'd keep a sixer in the fridge...I'd consider it to be a good "new-to-reviewing beer" because of the differing flavors complimenting each other nicely...you can really pick them out.

JohnnyM2002, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber color, no head what so ever.

Aromas are toasty and sweet. A lot of malt showing on the nose.

Flavors are dusty, with some slighty sweet malt qualities.

Mouthfeel is pretty average on this one, this is a bit of bitterness on the finish that makes it slightly interesting.

All in all, this is a pretty average tasting beer. It's not bad, but not great... very ordinary.

Bottle courtesy of MuenchenerKindl.

flexabull, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of sloejams
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

came as part of March 06 BeerMonthClub

It pours a light amber color, perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Citrus dominates the nose: grapefruit and lemon. Some roasted malts and caramel in there and a slight grassiness. The taste starts with the malts and the sweetness with a slight hop bitter finish. The wheat grassiness kind of lingers a bit long, but it's not terribly distracting. It's not a bad beer.

sloejams, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orangish amber with a thin off-white head that soon becomes a thin patch and a ring around the side.

The smell is of toasted barley, fruity hops and a touch of caramel.

The fresh, fruity, mildly bitter hops immediately take center-stage. But, soon toasted grain and a caramelish maltiness support and inwrap them, creating a good balance for the style. The malt is controlling enough to keep this one from entering IPA-land, but doesn't take away from the grapefruit-like hop presence.

The feel is crisp with some mild chewiness. It's medium to full body. The good flavor, fullness, balance and steady carbonation make this very smooth. The flavors of the hops and malt hold on well.

Overall, it's a well-balanced, delicious brew with a wonderful, close to flawless, feel. A good example of the style and enjoyable. I wish this were available in my area.
Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this one!

jwc215, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of horndecker
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dull copper color, foamy off-white head with a little length to it, some lace and then....A piney hop aroma, substantial sweet caramel malt, slightly citric. The taste is hop hit and sturdy malt behind, nice herbal bitter finish. Nicely put together, medium bodied and crisp. The hops don't overwhelm the other flavors, there's plenty of malt, and the ending bites a little to get you ready for the next sip. Pretty nice, nothing extraordinary, but very drinkable.

horndecker, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber orange color with an off-white head that's rather miniscule. Spotty lacing. Nose is of caramel malts and some floral hop notes. Palate is more hoppy up front, but quickly turns malty in the mouth. A decently balanced beer. Carbonation is biting, and plays well with the medium/light mouthfeel. Finish is slightly hop bitter and on the dry side. Really a decent APA style beer. Not bad.

beerphilosopher, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the March MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a dark orange, with a very solid white head that is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is malty and perfumed with citrus and floral hops. Taste is a wonderful blend of malts and floral hops. Mouthfeel is lively on the palate and the medium body is just right for the style. Drinkability is very good at 5.6 abv. This would make for a wonderful tailgating brew! This is right up there with a SNPA if not better!

arizcards, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer of the month club selection for this month, 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear orange amber and produces a ¾ inch off white head, slowly fading away to produce thick lacing

S—bitter grapefruit and other citrus and floral are very strong, very fragrant,

T—hops and malts are balanced nicely, so nice that I can’t pick out any one distinctive flavor

M—light/medium bodied, sharp, good carbonation

D—glad I got to try this one. A nice pale ale, but nothing really stick outs to make you want to seek it out. That being said, the other 2 that I have will still be enjoyable.

hanco005, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent orange-bronze with butternut edges and very little visible carbonation. The pale gold-pastel orange head is compact and firm with a sparsely bubbled, rumpled surface and doesn't look tacky enough to generate much lace. Wrong again: a decent amount is present as the beer falls with drinking.

A lovely American pale ale nose greets my nose as I stick it into the pint glass. Lightly toasted malt and semi-bright, citric hops comprise the aroma. To my unending delight, hops are more prominent. Brown sugar-crusted grapefruit rind is the star of the show, brought about by a combination of Williamette, Cascade and Tettnang. Inspired choices, I'd say.

Dominion Pale Ale is a tasty beer that cleaves closer to a highly-hopped red ale than it does to an APA (a fine line, I agree). The use of caramel and Munich malt makes all the difference and would have been a bone of contention for me if it wasn't for the somewhat generous hop load. The sweet, toasted, earthy (Munich) flavors of the malt shine through and give the flavor profile a groundedness that allows the hops to shine.

Although far from IPA territory, the hop load is still considerable. Just as in the nose, flavors of spicy, brown sugary white grapefruit and pine sap give light jabs to the taste buds. They don't really gain in intensity from start to finish, they just fade deliciously slowly. The finish is anything but clean (a good thing) and leaves my tongue with a thin coating of hop resins.

The mouthfeel, thanks to all that malt, is somewhere between medium and full for the style. Silky doesn't quite fit, but lightly sticky and lightly chewy do. The bubbles keep their heads down and out of the way, even as they keep things moving along behind the scenes.

Old Dominion continues to impress. This beer isn't as insanely delicious as New River Pale Ale, but that has everything to do with my preference for pale malted, more highly-hopped beer over caramel malted, less highly-hopped beer. That said, this is very good stuff. I'm disappointed that this is only a 12 ounce bottle and that I didn't buy more when I had the chance.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 03, 2006
Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.