New River Pale Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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New River Pale AleNew River Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.52%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Now brewed at Lost Rhino

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-16-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 102507.

A: The ale is a crisp amber color, light enough to be translucent. The ale does the translucence angle quite nicely, a very pretty ale to look at. A three finger head blanketed the ale, leaving extensive lacing in its wake.

S: The aroma has lsot its hops, leaving only caramel malts to be detected and even they are showing a lot of age.

T: The nose was a little lackluster but the taste works. Caramel and butterscotch duel for attention, both grainy and full. Some citrus hops linger in the background but this is a nice malty pale ale.

M: A combination of caramel and butterscotch works where you think that it wouldn't. Even the dearth of hops is alright.

D: A very drinkable pale ale that isn't afraid to fire on the all-malt cylinders.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from chaz's mixed case. Thanks. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker glass, the ale appears a clear copper color with about a finger of quickly fading foam. Aromas and flavors are slightly fruity, a bit of floral hops, bitter, mild sweetness, caramel, a bit of citrus. About medium bodied and amply carbonated. Worth trying.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer chilled in a Boddington's pub glass.

A - A hazy light amber w/ slowly receding 1/2 inch ecru cap that smears that glass with great lace and visible carbontion is noted rising in columns to the surface

S - A very fruit hop nose w/ citrus and yeast esters that almost have an apple aroma. There is lots of light malt and slight tropical hints

M - The feel is fruity faintly tannic, mildly carbonated for the style w/ slight sweetness and a dry finish

T - An english yeast flavor with subtle dry malt flavors and a sweet citrus taste from amarillo and cascade hops as stated on the package. The malt is slightly toasted w/ a mild creamy sweetness and slightly woody crystal malt taste.

D - A very good pale, I found the hops and malt very tasty. I could see this as a go-to pale, very drinkable

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from dsigmon courtesy of the Ugly Ducking BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel & citrus, a decent floral hops bitterness and a hearty malt character. The hops flavor gets a little bit stronger as you continue to drink it, but not enough to dominate. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet. There's nothing outstanding but it's quite solid.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink a lot of as it's flavorful but doesn't try to knock you over.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an almost cloudy amber color with a huge head that retains so well I cannot tell if there is lacing

Smell: Somewhat citrusy, with an underpinning of toffee

Taste: Opens with an extremely well-balanced profile between the citrus and the caramel; the flavors heighten a bit after the swallow, but the balance remains its distinguishing characteristic

Mouthfeel: Just a bit too much carbonation, but otherwise medium bodied

Drinkability: I'll miss this fine pale ale - my last bottle and it's 9 months old but still drinking nicely

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Photo of Minkybut
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this new brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was not pale as I expected from the label but was a nice amber color with a nice blond head. The beer smelled hoppy so I was afrain I had a hop bomb. However that was not the case. the beer was a nice blend I thought of sweet and bitter. Very interesting brew. i will buy again.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An old standby here in SW VA that I heard was on it's way out. Figured I'd pick up what might be my last 6 pack of one of the best beers brewed in Virgina.

Big old pillowy white head that sticks in clumps and lingers awhile. Hazy straw-amber body.

Aroma is all kinds of hops, herbal, citrusy, earthy, floral. Also a lesser amount of crystal malts, caramel and toffee in the nose.

Piercing yet flavorful bitterness, yet balanced with lots of body. The Columbus, Amarillo, and Cascade all contribute noticeably; grassy citrus, herbal, and floral notes abound. Minerals and salt also prevalent on aftertaste. Could be a bit smoother, but still sits lightly and is very easy to drink (for hopheads). By all means, get some if you still can.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz received as an extra from dsigmon ... Thanks a bunch .. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger head takes a while to die back.. nice lacing.. slightly hazy coppery lite amber.

Toasted malts and citrus/floral hops play very nicely together... not alot of yeasty esters .. but a touch could easily be mistaken for the nice hop aromas.

Flavor is a very balanced bitter and pale malt in the front that quickly gives way to floral hop flavor with a nice rip of grapefruit. Medium body with lower than expected carbonation .. but that doesn't detract .. actually adds well to the drinkability .. I am only half way done and already want another.

Cheers, I've had nothing but good luck with previous Old Dominion brews and this is no exception ... I can't wait to try the Millenium... Thanks again Brock... Exceptional trader.

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Photo of rallison
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice looking reddish amber. Appearance is slightly hazy. 1/2 finger white head that mostly dies but leaves some nice lacing.

Smells of slightly juicy hops with touches of sweetness back there. Mellow, but nice for a lower ABV APA.

The taste is solid. Hops provide a slight juiciness with a respectable level of lingering bitterness. The malt profile is subdued, but adds a very nice caramel sweetness with some bready notes. Relatively fruity. Good all around balance. All the flavors here are both mellow but nicely defined.

Mouthfeel is well done. Medium carbonation lets this drink easily without obscuring the flavors.

Very good drinkability.

Recommended. A good, solid, sessionable APA.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, bottling date of 5/1/07 printed on the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured a hazy burnt orange color, lots of setiment floating inside amongst the carbonation bubbles rising. The head initially filled half the glass (slightly overcarbonated after sitting for so long) before settling into a nice and creamy 1 finger.

Aroma: Floral and piney hops.

Taste: It held up pretty well for sitting on a store shelf for all these months. Floral and spicy hops dominate throughout while the malts remain in the background. Nice balance. The finish is a conbination of the two, with the hops lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and smooth, almost creamy at times. The carbonation was rather lively and balanced out well.

Overall: I'm sorry to be seeing this one go. Word is the contract between New River and their current brewery will no be renewed. Okay, enough about that, how about the beer? The carbonation on the bottles I've got is so high that I could barely twist the cap off without using a bottle opener. If I see any I'll try and grab one or two that are more recent. Still, this is a nice American IPA for hopheads, and anyone else too. Get it while you can.

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Photo of pacothrash
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been saving a few of these since they might be gone for good. This one was a little past the date but still very nice. Poured a clear orangish amber color with a nice 1" head. The floral hops and orange and fruity aroma was very nice. I have enjoyed getting this beer on draft at Old Dominion for years and am sad that I will no longer be able to get this beer when I return to Northern VA.

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Photo of dickroop
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was hazy and light-honey colored, with a big 1+ finger head that had excellent retention, some lacing. A good start. The nose was very promising, a kind of earthy hoppiness that seemed to have some phenolic overtones, but good.

The taste come on with a quick hop ambush, little sweetness, a respectable mid-palate hop bouquet, and a fade to a gentle bitter finish. The hop flavor was perplexing and reminded me of traditional English hop varieties, but I couldn't call it floral, piney, citrus, or anything. Maybe a little earthy or nutty. But overall good.

Mouthfeel was bitey due to aggressive carbonation. It was interesting and OK. After that is was light-to-medium body and pretty good. Overall, drinkability was good. I'd go for more of this if I could get it. It's contract brewed by Old Dominion, and they have a slightly erratic reputation, but this offering had some authenticity if a lot of gas!

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Photo of Durge
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazey amber color brew with a nice white head and good lacing. The aroma is of floral hops but it is a bit too sweet and perfumey for my taste. The flavor follows suit with a very sweet rhubarb quality and citrus overtones. The hops keeps knocking but the perfumey domination is disconcerting. Kind of wierd unless maybe this bottle is just a bad one, or has sat for too long. The store owner told me it was probably the best of all his local micros so I assume he moves this a bit and it should be fresh. The carbonation was lively. It was refreshing. Tangy with noted alcohol presence in the finish but just too flowery for me to recommend this highly. Might be worth trying due to its unique qualities.

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in late July 07, Brewed 05-21-06, still held up well, made me wonder how good this is fresh???

Poured amber/peach tea colored with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Intense biscuitty malt & lemony hops

T: Biscuitty malt & citric hops up front. Hop tea with the emphasis on lemony hops follows as this warms. Finishes with earthy hops & dryness

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation & really nice balance

Drank great, maybe a tad too hoppy to session on all night, but worth a try

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Photo of claytri
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an old gold with a brilliant white head. The aroma was of floral hops and malt. The taste was of malt infused with floral hops. The feel was medium and dry. A very nice pale ale with plenty of floral hops and a good crisp finish. It would make a good session beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light resiny hop and a husky grain.

The taste was subtle as well and consisted of a sweet orange, some pepper and a clean malt. There was a candy corn type aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side with a clean, dry finish.

Overall a tasty and highly drinkable APA. Could use some more body however.

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Photo of giblet
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

me likes me likes. this is a pretty darn good Pale. decent color with nice head. the smell is hoppy and that makes me hoppy! since Pale is my favorite this one is very pleasing. good taste nice hops there too. could be a lil bit more balanced but it was good.

if you are a lover of Pales this is a very good choice!

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New River poured a light amber color, and it was not perfectly transparent.

The beer had a hoppy floral smell, which was a little louder than average.

Its initial taste was similar to the smell, which is what should be expected from a pale ale. The surprise was the sweetness of the after taste. This gave the beer a multiple dimension, which is pretty neat.

The mouthfeel had a good bit of body, with a kick from the hops.

New River, was a pretty easy beer to drink. Overall, I felt is was a good pale ale. The taste was excellent and well worth the a try.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a hazy deep orange with a light tan head. Nice and soapy look with an attractive retention and solid lace. Smells well malted with some nice crisp clarity. Bready, toffee and caramel malts perhaps. Hops are light and add balance. Taste is inviting. Flavors are well rounded between malts, hop flavor, and bitterness. Mouthfeel is softly gritty and body is a good medium. Very drinkable and perhaps very sessionable.

Certainly worth my while.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear golden amber with a thick, but not persistent, head. Aroma is pleasantly malty but not strong or complex. Flavor is malty, with some nice hop bitterness; I could not detect any other hints or tones. Though not complex or outstanding, it is smooth and rather drinkable. A good party beer.

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Photo of Duster72
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured a hazy orange with two finger head. Aroma is faint citrus and floral hops with floral dominating. Taste is herbal, earthy hops and citrus hops that dominate and overwhelm the malts. Pretty harsh for an APA. Although the beer is not bad, I found the aggressive hops to be too much and much too harsh for the style. Way too bitter to be considered highly drinkable IMO.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazed amber with mutted orange hues. Fluffy white head pours two fingers thick. Decent retention. Sticky lacing stays for the entire sample.

S: Citrus juices. Pine sap. Floral hops. Caramel malts. Grass.

T: Flavors of grapefruit and a hint of tangerine are followed by an assertive bitterness from citric and pine hops. Clean, balancing caramel malts are followed by a fresh bread taste and a wet grass flavor.

M: Smooth. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A clean and refreshing Pale Ale. There is enough of a hop presence to quench the quick hop fix. Recommended.

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Photo of guinnessfan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from the pottery in Williamsburg, VA.

A: Nice hazed golden-copper pour, with an orange hue. Two finger head, receding to a nice ring with decent lacing.

S: Nice, sweet, floral mix of hops and malt. A nice balance.

T: Similar to smell, nicely balanced, with a slight hoppy edge. Sweet initally, with a bitter end.

M: High carbonation prickle, good body. Creamy and smooth.

D: Very smooth for a beer with such flavor. Easy to session at 5.5 ABV. Good beer. I would have never known it was affiliated with AB.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle did not pour with much head at all, and im not sure why, but thats what happened, nice amber clear color though
some faint citrus hop aroma
a little bitter with some citrus hops. a good clean beer
This is about as local as it gets for me and its a good beer to boot. There is a sad story about the creator, it was somewhat contract brewed by dominion. its a good beer and i enjoy it. it may not be the best pale ale, but its very good

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Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a golden to copper color. One finger, foamy head sitting on top. Retention was good, as was lacing that remained.

Smell: Initially it has an earthy and citrusy smell. Mostly orange and a bit of pineapple. Smells a bit grassy. Hop scents are very nice.

Taste: This is a good beer. Citrus tastes are nicely blended. Not overwhelming. Very nice bitter hop bite to it. It's a bit grassy and dry. There is a nice malty taste that balances it out a bit. But, it's pretty bitter. Very good pale ale.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and very easy to drink. I could session this beer easily. I have no idea what the abv is, but it's just right for this beer. Overall, very good pale ale. If you see it around, definitely check it out.

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New River Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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