Dominion Ale
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company

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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #44
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
83
Ranked #36,061
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.62%
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
200
From:
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
 
Delaware, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  9
SCORE
83
Good
Notes: This English style ale is malty with an assertive hop character. The result is a beautiful crystal clear amber color with a medium body.
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Reviews by beersis81:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Photo of fields336
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brown, auburn w 2 finger off white foamy head. The lacing is nice and the head stays around the sides of the glass for the duration

S: toffee, caramel, light grassy hops,fruity, bready malts, toast

T: nice hop bitterness, grassy, herbal, honey, slight citrus, cracker and bready malts mixed w caramel and toffee flavors. Real nice hop bitterness and flavor stays aroun

M: medium bodied, medium carbonation, nice feel

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Photo of Todd
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottling date stamped on the side.

Appearance: Crystal clear copper coloured thick looking brew with a very healthy white cream head that has great sticking and staying power.

Smell: Wonderful fruity, caramel malt and strong and complex hop aroma.

Taste: Full-bodied, very smooth and very creamy. Big dose of rich malt sweetness that contains biscuit, dry grain, light caramel, toasted malt, honey and touch of earth in the flavour. Goes crisp then smacks down the palate with a spicy/herbal-like floral hop bite ... and a gentle sting (boosted by the carbonation). Malt and hops are in balance. Ends with more biscuit flavours, some dryness and some grain tannins.

Notes: Ga'damn! A superb ale! You'll burp hops. English in style, but using German Kölsh fermentation and maturation methods. Its actual style is not listed anywhere, but I'd have to guess that this is close to an English Pale Ale. One of my new favourites. 4.7%abv.

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Photo of Murph
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden color with a creamy white head that refuses to die. Nice subtler hops tones and a smooth malt in the nose. Great english type hop content that seems to be almost perfectly balanced by the smooth malts in this brew. Extremely smooth on the tongue and exceptionally drinkable. Damn, I can't believe I have been living here for four years and just discovered this great brew. This is definitely going to become a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of marc77
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear copper in hue. The well retained head slowly settles into a tight, lace leaving layer. Soft, floral noble hops, light caramel sweetness, and smooth, lightly toasted, biscuit like grain in aroma. Crisp, pronounced hop bitterness upfront cuts through the restrained caramel and biscuit malt presence. Hop flavor is slightly earthy and herbal. Medium bodied, w/ a well calculated attenuation that leaves a moderately dextrinous mouthfeel conducive to excellent drinkability. Finishes, dry, bready, w/ lingering hop bitterness. Dominion Ale is a refreshing, flavorful session pale-- tipped towards hop flavor and bitterness in overall character, but the mellow, pleasantly grainy malt profile provides an excellent foundation. Superbly drinkable.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear darkish orange body, topped by two inches of tightly whipped dense white foam. Not awe inspiring but certaily inviting.

Nose is a pleasant mix of earthy hops, with just a bit of a general maltiness hovering around the edges. That's not specific, but it might be accurate.

A nice long malt foundation, not syrupy sweet, but with a nice bit of caramel and a speck of semi sweet chocolate. After a allowing the malt to sink in a bit across the tongue, earthy hops arrive to balance things off and provide a very lightly bitter finish, and a nice hop residual twang in the aftertaste.

Nice clean medium mouthfeel. A beer with could easily while away an afternoon or evening in a pub.

Not reinventing the wheel here, but this is a fine American example of an English Pale Ale. A good accessible flagship kind of beer for a quality brewery.

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Photo of doerickson
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a fine-bubbled white head that diminishes quickly. Lots of diacteyl in the nose, along with fruity aromas and sweet malt.

Flavor is better than expected; the diacteyl isn't nearly as dominant in the taste as it is in the nose. Toasted and caramel malt flavors are offset by a sort of nondescript hop bitterness that tends towards leafy. Toasted flavors linger slightly into the finish, which is abrupt and dry.

Nothing eye-popping, but you could down a few without thinking twice. A good local choice for me here in central VA.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a thin head that doesnt leave much if any lacing,aroma of biscuity malt and some leafy hop.Nice subtle tasting beer with a firm malt backbone with a piney/leafy flavor predominenty in the finish,as the beer warms I taste a hint of brown sugar as well.Like some others I also get a British ale quality to this one,subtle but not lacking in flavor.Well done by OD.

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ruby Tuesday's in Arlington, VA...

Bright copper color, darker tan head of small bubbles that cling to the side. Touch of hop to the nose, along with a slight cane sugar sweetness. Definite hop bite to initial flavor, more bitter than many English Pales. A touch of hot cinnamon spiceness. Could use a little more malt interest and balance and it leans toward over-carbonated. Feels a little too light-bodied. Finish is solid, no huge flavor fade. A little unidimensional.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent looking pale ale of English style. Taste is malty with a nice pleasing soft bitterness to balance. Good session.

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Photo of StevieW
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden copper color. Rich creamy beige head. Small hop bubbles break through. Smell is perfectly hop influenced. Not sure of the variety. Taste is rich and balanced. Definite sweet carmel malt undertone. Bready subtle, biscuit flavor. Very good. Nice crisp dry hopped finish. Creamy medium bodied, but very easy to drink. A new favorite. I paired it with a hearty roasted pork loin dinner, vegetables, and sweet potato. Finding this on tap, would be a real treat.
Cheers to Murph for the trade.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like Homebrew (not counting the filtration)! Pretty spicy on the hops. Real foamy, too (pour gently). Easily-addictive quaff monster.

"Dat's a good homebrew!"

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I owe a big thank you to Murph for this one and the trade. Dark golden in color with a small head that didn't seem to last. The smell is typical pale ale. The taste is light, smooth, malty with a nice touch of hops. Very bright in the mouth as it opens up in the end. The end is also where the hops come in to play. One of the more complex pale ales that I have had. Much more flavor is coming through as the temperature of the beer rises.

On a side note, the Dominion bottles seem to be a different shape then most long necks. The neck looks a bit longer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Foggy Bottom Brewpub in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (at 9 AM). Pours clear reddish-amber with a compact beige head with good staying power. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma consists of roasted malt and nuts. Medium-bodied with a steady sweetness throughout. Malt, caramel and mild hops flavors are all present. The finish is roasty and sweet with a nutty finish. Not something I would go out of my way for but it was a sight for sore eyes after a bad night/morning of delayed flights and itinerary changes.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dominion Ale is English in style, while it's cousin - Dominion Pale Ale - is more American. It's clear copper body is topped by a frothy head of white foam that holds well and leaves some very nice rings of sticky lace. Its fresh and inviting nose displays a generous amount of caramel-laced, biscuity malt accented by lightly floral and grassy hops. The body is medium and its fine carbonation is crisp in the mouth. The flavor reflects exactly what the aroma suggests with a gently caramelish and biscuity malt that's accented by floral, leafy and slightly grassy hops backed by a solid bitterness. It's quite delicately balanced with a bitterness that allows the malt to come through but still restrains it. It never steps out of line, but doesn't back down either; and it finishes dry with a short-lingering note of caramelish malt and floral hop. Surprisingly, on the back label they compare this delicate beauty to some sulphur-ridden, hard-muscled swilll from Britain... and it's certainly not! It's crisp, clean, and vibrant with a beautifully floral hop aroma that's like a summer morning after the rain has fallen. Quite nice!

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Photo of Riggo
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent English style pale ale from Old Dominion Brewing Co. in Ashburn, Virginia, right around the corner from me. Incidentally, I must thank my right honorable BA friend Jward who, on a recent visit from Worcester, Massachusetts, awoke me from my slumber regarding this fine ale. I had had this beer back in the summer when I moved here from New York but I hadn't really come back to it and appreciated it until he had a pint at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington. I've now seen the err of my ways.

This ale pours a beautiful golden amber color with a creamy and inviting off-white head which leaves a nice lacing on my glass. In the nose, notes of yeast, caramel malt, and piney hops. The taste is a wonderful balancing act of complexity and smooth quaffability. On palate entry, that wonderful creamy head dances on the tongue with an almost pilsner-like quality of biscuity, bready hops (perhaps attributable to an "American ale yeast in the German Kolsch style" according to the label), quickly followed by deeper notes of spicy hops, caramel malt, butterscotch, toffee, and earthy, nearly scotch-like (peat?) qualities. Crucially, though, this complexity comes together balanced and smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and nice body.

A gorgeous, comforting, and supremely quaffable ale and one of America's finest English-style pale ales.

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Photo of stirgy
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was slightly cloudy and an orangey gold color. Small white head. The aroma has a semi-pungent and sour graininess and dare I say, a “meatiness” about it. The taste is bittersweet and fruity, with a grapefruit rind bitter quality coming through. Also, detected some sweet apricot nectar, cherries and oranges. A lingering pungent bitterness is left on the tongue. Overall, although a bit muddled in taste, this is quite drinkable and a nice pale ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Caramel amber hue filtered nicely, big creamy mountainous off white head leaving sporadic chunks of lacing as it slowly dwindles. Aroma: Slight citrus fruit tone with sweet caramel highlights from the malt hop combo. I can only imagine this is what Bass ale originally smelled and tasted like. Wow, give these guys some credit excellent all around English style ale. Taste: Mildly bitter touch of grassy herbal tone with citrus hops as well. Great mix of subtly sweet malts some 2 row, caramel, and other combine to make one excellent malt profile. Mouthfeel: Medium to light body easy going carbonation very nice. Drinkability: Just try this brew, I had a very fresh sample and am thoroughly impressed by the depth of Old Dominion.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, luminous orange color, big, bubbling white head.
Sweet and fruity aroma, and a tiny bit tart, I like it, though, I like it!
Taste: nice, smooth, and nothing...I'm immediately thinking "British ESB", but there's nothing of interest at all going on here.
You can drink them, sure, and there's a nice little taste, but I must emphasize "little" here. Yeah, it goes down easy, and there's nothing to distract you from the darts, mate. My turn? Oi!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the newly-opened "Glory Days" grill (kid friendly...that's important).

Color is deep copper in color, with orangish-colored highlights at the edges. Thin layer of white head persists and leaves distinct rings of lace on the glass. Aromas are a heady mixture of fruity hops and malty sweetness. Flavor is more of the same. Wonderfully-balanced. The balacing act played by the sweetness from the malts and the dry bitterness from the hops never get out of whack. Up front sweetness tapers to dry bitterness and finishes with a dryness enhanced by the carbonation. On the creamy side of mouthfeel and stellar drinkability. I would love to try this as a casked offering to see how much better it would taste. Splendid as is, I can't believe I haven't tried this offering from Ol' Dom. My summer beer? Giddyup!

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Photo of far333
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow color with an off-white head of tight foam that settles quickly.

Aroma of light sweet malt and buttery corn, but not much else.

Non complex flavor of light malt, biscuits and corn. Some grassy notes. Low to zero hop profile. Finishes a little peppery, a bit of lemon. I'm searching for other flavors.

Even mouthfeel, not too full, not too tingly.

Drinkable because it goes down easy and it's not offensive, but not complex at all, underwhelming, and not too inviting.

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Photo of rabidawg
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice pour, with a copper body and creamy white head. Appears more carbonated than average.

Smell: Mostly sweet crystal malt mixed with grassy, floral hops. Doesn't smell like an APA, as this definitely has British leanings.

Taste: Slightly watery in the mouth, but not as carbonated as it appeared. Good malt backbone with the hops hitting after the swallow. Semi-dry finish, and quite sessionable.

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Photo of cichief
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a six-pack bottled on 030207.

A- Very nice amber color, with a nice light brown head.

S- Subtle hops and slight fresh bread scent.

T- Very nice, not too hoppy, balanced, like the style calls for.

M- Nice and smooth, not overly carbonated.

D- Very drinkable, a great beer for everyday.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The taste was a bit hoopy for me, but it wasn't too bad. The color was a cloudy redish color, with a very nice head. The had was one of the thickest I had seen from this style beer and it lasted for quite some time. The smell was of hops and citrus, but mostly hops. Even though I'm the exact opposite of a "hop head", I like this fairly balanced brew.

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Photo of philipt
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow..this is a really good beer. Not to mention cheap for the qualtiy.

Pours amber-red in color with an average sized cream head. The aroma is quite balanced between malt and hops. There is a particularly nice hop/fresh pine smell. Again, the taste is awesome. I didn't expect this good of a beer. Very pale ale-like or IPA-ish, but more malt and a heavy hop character. Just an all round good session ale.

Vriginian beer at it's finest.

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Dominion Ale from Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 200 ratings