Dominion Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This English style ale is malty with an assertive hop character. The result is a beautiful crystal clear amber color with a medium body.

Added by kbub6f on 09-02-2001

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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of Twpsyn
2/5  rDev -45.8%

2.42/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz to stange. Bottled 7/20/11. Sampled 11/13/11.

A: Three finger foamy/fluffy head - light khaki colored. Decent retention, with dimples forming on the cap and depositing sea foam lace as it recedes. The body is orange-amber with respectable clarity.

S: Leans toward malt dominant - toffee and caramel. Lightly toasted. Grassy hops. Neutral yeast.

T: Lackluster interpretation of an English Ale.

M: Medium body with a semi-thick creamy texture. Aptly carbonated.

O: This beer is a prime example of why many beer drinking Americans have a hard time appreciating English ales...More often than not, U.S. brewers do not represent the style well.

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Photo of Druss157
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a trade.
Not a bad looking caramel/amber body, but for an English ale I expected it to be a bit richer. Same with the head since not hand pumped. Small, white and some retention.
Smell of slight malt and caramel. Not much else, could use some earthy hops or some more bitterness in the nose.
Taste follows. Is this an ale or a lager? Sweet as a lager. Some bitterness, definitely not an EPA.
Otherwise, not a bad brew. Tastey, just off style. Expected something different.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, copper body sporting a very thin white head.

Smell: Very basic grainy pale malt aroma and little else. Sheesh.

Taste: Some pale malts with a subtle sweetness and a hint of grain followed by a medium hop bitterness. That's it. So painfully average you can't help but feel a little sorry for it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbontion.

Drinkability: No. This beer shows the depth and charm of a homebrewer's first half-hearted attempt at the style, maybe a lil' less. Even if what you're looking for is a session-type beer, there are many far better choices out there.

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Photo of JGrummell
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of afksports
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Old Dominion Ale is the ultimate "meh" beer for me honestly. Pale ales whether English or American are just "meh". This is true to style so that's what it gets.

Amber body, minimal head, lacing that disappears mid-pint. Smells toasty, malted, sugar, and light bitter pine hops. Tastes that way too with the malts taking over in the middle an yielding to piney bitter by the end. This beer ia a drinker, not much else. A low alcohol volume matches the style and ensures that this one can stick around.

But it won't stand out.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of thatguy3579
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly murky light orange. Rich brown head, dissipates quickly. Some debris floating inside which makes my nervous. What are these clumps floating inside?

S: Not much scent. Some light maltiness.

T: Flavor is thin but interesting. Brown sugar and oranges. Some lingering bitterness. Frankly, I could use a little more in all dimensions.

M: Fairly thin bodied, and average carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer choice if you are looking to have a few. Personally I would prefer a more interesting beer.

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Photo of AltBock
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with just a nice and simple blue panel label with the Old Dominion symbol of a 6 point buck twisting his neck at an angle I didn't think was possible for a deer to do. This buck is looking over his neck of the woods for possible females, other bucks looking for a fight, and hunters. To the right of symbol is a clearly marked bottling date. Mine was bottled on August 9th, 2006. They have a rectangular back label that lists every ingredient, what medal it won back in the day, ABV%, and their web address. It was capped with a blue twist off cap. Poured into a Bell's Brewery American pint glass.

The beer poured a light murky brown color, but when held into the light, the beer is actually more of a orange/amber color. It had a thin head of small white bubbles that dissipated away after about a minute. It did however leave small trace of white bubbly lace and rings around the glass. It had a nice aroma of toasted black malts, hint a caramel here and there, dried grapefruit, and ended with a mildly spicy aroma of Pacific Northwest hops. Not much going on in the taste, but what was there was decent. The taste was that of toasted malts, dab of caramel, citrus fruits, and ended with a refreshing bitter taste. The variety of hops that Old Dominion used (it's on the back label), just came together to form that nice final taste of refreshing bitter hops. The mouthfeel was creamy, high on carbonation, and with an aftertaste of dry toasted hops. It was just a slightly above average Pale Ale that I guess I wouldn't mind drinking again. It's worth a shot if you can find a single or two of it.

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Photo of eballard
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a mellow brown. It has a medium head that settled into a nice lacing. The smell is musk and malt with hints of caramel. The taste is strong with caramel and sweet malt. Surprisingly good taste for what I was expecting. The feel is smooth and refreshing. I wasn’t sure about this beer from the smell but the taste is very refreshing. It’s a little sweet over all but it’s a nice English ale.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oa. bottle

Pours a clear amber with a creamy white head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Some caramel malt aroma and a dull hop scent. Smells bland.

Caramel malt upfront with a mild hop bite and a bland hop taste.

Creamy texture, good carbonation.

A very average APA. There's nothing especially bad about it, it's just quite bland.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. twisty into a tulip glass. Bought at a grocery store in 2/2007. Bottling date on bottle is 6/2006.

Amber in color with a little white head that does not stick around. Minimal lacing.

The aroma is thick and bready. Not much hops present there at all. A slight bitterness in the end.

The taste is malty with a mildly spicy and bitter hop finish. There is really no complexity to this ale at all.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and heavily carbonated. I would drink a couple of these if hanging with friends but I probably would not seek it out in the future.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with a smallish white head that issolves to a fine film and leaves just a touch of lacing. Doesn't look bad, but nothing particularly special about it either. Nose is nice. Sweet toffee malt - in that good English pale fashion. A nice mix of fruit, maybe raisins, as well. Flavor's similar, although not quite as strong as the nose. Grainy malt, light caramel. Body's okay, but this beer is too carbonated, and it masks the flavor. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not particularly great either. I could definitely throw back a few though, in support of a local brewer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling a bottle I picked up in Maryland. The brew is room temp and is poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear bronze with a fizzy off white head foaming up 1.5 cm and fading quickly to some bubble islands.
The aroma is toffee and bready yeast with just a hint of grassy and herbal hops. First sip reveals a lite body with fine fizzy carbonation. The texture is a little thin and watery.
Flavor starts with some sweet malty caramel and mixes with a bit of fruitiness as well. Finally an herbal hop finish follows with a lingering grainy character as well.
The beer is very easy to drink, but is not very interesting or complex, granted it is not unpleasant either. An average drinker IMO.

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Photo of biteme398
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly dark color, some shades of orange in it, not too pale though. A good head that fades to a thin film. Smell is slightly acidic with hints of a pilsner actually. Like the bottle proclaims, the body is medium, not too chewy but just slightly watery. There is a good balance between the malt and hops. Definitely milder than many pale ales that border on IPA territory. Decent for a hot day or just to relax with. Not outstanding but cromulent nevertheless.

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Photo of YankChef
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an american pint glass

Appearance: Medium amber with relatively high clarity even though it is a darker beer. Clingy white head that sticks to the top pretty well.

Aroma: Muggy aroma that is very, very faint almost like an old basement.

Taste: Slightly sweet, nutty flavors upfront, there is even a little bit of fruit going on in here that is kind of like apricot or peach. The beer finishes with a bit of a hop bite that is quick and soapy.

Overall: Not a bad beer, I would take it over bass. Good for a session for the low abv and its very drinkable, nothing to be savored at all. Step above the big boys I would say.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper colored body with some carbonation bubbles pooping up. Small white head that disappears almost instantly, leaving no lacing.

Just a little bit of a biscuitly and caramel in the aroma. Very mild smelling beer.

Lots of caramel and biscuity malt. A little bit of earthy hops. Finishes dry and a little bitter. Fairly creamy and medium bodied.

Average drinkability.

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Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 200 ratings