Dominion Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

200 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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Photo of daliandragon
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the local Giant here in Arlington for Thanksgiving weedend with the future in-laws. This pours a clear bodied combination copper brown color with a thin ring of head. Nose is overwhelmngly sweet with hints of chocolate cocoa.

The taste is likewise sweet and very malty. Nutty, complex palate with a satisfying aftertaste and a late touch of hops. Improves as it warms but could still use more balance, it's a bit malty, even for an English version of the style. Texture is smooth and drinkable but does betray a touch of metallic tastes. This is a decent English pale but nothing special really stands out.

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Photo of Durge
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An orange-ish iced tea color brew with a thin white head and decent lacing. The aroma is a beautiful butterscotch malt and caramel experience, like candied hops. The taste holds that butterscotch caramel feel along with a yeasty wheat highlight throughout. Pretty thin bodied with tangy carbonation. There is a hint of some apple but all in all I would say this smells more inviting than it tastes. It is fairly unique though, worth a try for sure, but this not something I will commit to memory.

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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice drinking English pale ale, but I think the yeast character overwhelms the flavor a bit much. There's a big, creamy element to it, almost like a lighter version of the Ringwood yeast (and sans the big D). It makes for a very smooth drink, but the taste, while nice, is a little simple.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear amber color with about a finger of off-white foam. Smells of caramel malt with not much going on in the hop department. Tastes of sweet/sour malt, caramel and lightly bitter hops. Medium in both body and carbonation. Not a bad session offering from OD. Time will tell what becomes of this portfolio.

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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 cichief
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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 beerphan
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pint
printed on the label bottling date 121406

Pours an orange amber with a small quickly disappearing head, that leaves minimal lace. Carbonation appears light.

Nose: mostly caramel, some light grains

Very rich and malty, some caramel sweetness, and a light bittering.

Medium mouth with a dry feel.

A good drinking ale that i'd have no problem knocking down for a session.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a one finger off white head. Fluffy retention with sticky lacing. A tad buttery right from the start. Biscuit malts with a nice toasted grain background. Grassy and spicy hop aromas with a light floral presence.

Light and grassy with a bit of fruit hop flavors. Toasted grain and biscuit malts fend off the hops fairly well and play the leading role for the flavor profile makeup. Very slight caramel sweetness. Dryer finish with a bitter finish. Medium body brought on by the malt backbone and the sugars that weren't fully fermented out. Ok, but nothing that wowed me. It's a good session brew, but nothing more than that. There are others from OD I would pick before this one again.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - looks a dark red almost brown with a white head that went quick

S - a hint of maltiness and some nuts and hops

T - malt sweetness with hints of nuts and nice taste of hops

M - refreshing hint of nuts and hops and not too much carbonation

D - very good beer for my taste refreshing and full bodied with nice voerall flavors of malt and hops

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Photo of Redwood21
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an amber brown color with a nice white head that subsides. there is a thin veil of head that remains the whole beer
S: you really can pick up the hop and caramel notes in this beer. almost toasted or roasted caramel.
T: There is som ehop, some sweet roasted caramel, maybe some grain? caramel and hop with a slight bitterness are most evident.
M: Nice smooth slightly drying medium bodied character to it. very enjoyable
D: Very drinkable, very smooth and easy to enjoy

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Photo of far333
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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 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 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 arguemaniac
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent caramel flavors, tasty pale malt fruitiness, a touch of toasted grain and a nicely balancing, slightly citrusy hop bitterness. The medium-full body complements the sharp carbonation tang very well.

Another truly solid, drinkable beer from Dominion. It’s got a great caramel flavor that is similar to, though not quite a tasty as what you’ll find in their Pale Ale (they’re both pale ales, by the way). Nonetheless, I could easily, and happily, go through a six-pack of this stuff in an evening.


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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a transparent gold/orange hue with two fingers of foaming head dissipating at a fairly slow rate

S: A clean and burnt malt smell, kind of funky in a way, but interesting in the nose nonetheless. Bit of a hop presence in the background, not overpowering though, with a fruity element in there.

T: Has a very dry taste to it, big on the malt flavors, which are actually done quite well. Refreshing element to this beer makes the aftertaste enjoyable. A slight bit of bite, maybe due to a minor hop presence, but overall middle of the road.

M: Somewhat silky and bubbly texture, as the carbonation feels appropriate. Barely any slick hop feel, but definitely goes down smoothly with a certain dryness.

D: Very drinkable beer, but perhaps not an extremely memorable one. Regardless, it can go pound-for-pound with any straight-up "standard-style" English ale, as it maintains just enough complexity and characteristic that it stands out and holds it own. Not bad.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker golden colorer beer. A half inch pure white head took a minute to settle down. A lot of carbonation bubbling towards the surface. Thick lacing in ribbons.

Malt in the nose has an incredibly sweet butter aroma. Hops aroma is very light and does nothing to help balance out the sweetness. Lacks any other aromas that can power through the butter scent.

Taste has every bit of buttery strength as the aroma. Unlike the scent there are other notable qualities. Barley is identifiable and brings an earthy quality. Very nice blend.

Thickness that hangs on the walls of the mouth with a light carbonation tingling on the tip of the tongue.

Nice beer. This one would be a great pairing for shepherd's pie. A worthy in the style by a non English brewer. Add it into a mixed sixer if you see it at your local store.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twist off bottle, not a good start. I am weird that way.
Pour a nice polished copper color with a good head and carbonation. Bottled conditioned. Nice malt nose with minimal hop aroma
Flavor is nicely balanced between the malt and fairly strong hop flavor.
Minimal lacing and pretty good mouthfeel.
Very good beer.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dominion Ale - It says on the back that it's made in an English Pale Ale style.

Dominion Ale pours a rich copper with golden highlights. The carbonation is adequate and the head is frothy and large. Smell is very complex overall. Deep grainy husk notes, largely in part from the black malt. Small fruity aroma from the Kent Golding. Yet, the nose is largely dominated by an extremely strong malt presence. Strong and malty.

The taste is true to the style. Bringing forth a pale brilliance of complexity. Pale and caramel malt bring forth a solid backbone on this one. Grainy, caramel, biscuit, and husky notes upfront. Followed by a floral hop bitterness that provides wonderful balance. Finishes spicy with an outstanding receding malt residue. It does indeed stay true to it's roots as being an English Pale Ale. I love the malt balance in this beer. It would be quite sessionable.

This is an excellent rendition of the English Pale Ale. It offers a lot of flavor for 4.70%abv. It also brings in the Kolsch fermentation technique to deliver that crisp clear Kolsch taste. It's truly a unique beer, and one that I am glad to have tried. Recommended.

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz brown bottle
Appearance: nice copper-brown color, head foamy with some lacing
Smell: sweet and hoppy
Taste: hoppy with malt backing and a sweet finish
Mouthfeel: a very smooth beer with just the right dryness and bite
Drinkability: excellent beer that can be drunk in bunches due to its smooth feel and nice balance

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Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a gold color with a fleeting head, and quite noticeable carbonation.

Beer smells a bit like sun tea, with a slightly sweet roasted malt quality.

This one tastes a lot like it smells, a very distinct tea like quality. There is some sweet tangy malt flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is good on this one, fills your mouth quite well.

Not a bad beer, session worthy. A bit more like a British Pale to me.

Bottle sent by MuenchenerKindl.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dull brown color with good carbonation.

The smell is good, a little malt smell with a slight flowery aroma.

The taste is ok maybe better, A little bit of light malt and a light but pleasant flowery hops.

The mounthfeel is good medium body, good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, but an average craft beer, still better than the average macro. MK

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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 JohnnyM2002
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a mug at 45 degrees; part of the summer seasonal case.

A - An interesting amber-golden color with a 2-inch foamy head. More on the deeper amber color than actually seemed to get darker the more I poured in.

S - Unfortunately, after the impressive color, the aroma was less than I had hoped. Smells of grassy/wheat hops, but little else to back it up. No real citrus or floral backdrop.

T - Malt is the predominant flavor upon the first sip...there's no real hop action until it's already settled and the aftertaste of grassy goodness pops back up. While the initial sweet kick was a nice touch, it's lack of complexity was disappointing...I'd expect a little something from a brewery that nailed the APA with the New River Pale Ale.

M - Medium-bodied that goes down very smooth...finishes clean and more on the light side.

D - In regards to how easy this beer is to consume, it would do the trick on most seasonal occasions (I'd see myself drinking one on the hottest day or the coolest), but I guess I was disappointed after New River. It wouldn't be my first choice, but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of ghostmech007
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a Pilsner. 4.7%ABV. With date on side.

Clear light brown and thickly creamy head that gives the glass a huge bear hug. Stayed troughout my whole glass.

Awesome fruits punch the nose, with caramel notes and lots of different hops.

Full body right away. Smooth and creamy and the malts hit with the caramel and malty notes. Earthy flavors too, maybe honey or syrup. The carbonation really keeps this one together leading you through the flavors. Everytime it goes crisp a new flavor is unlocked. Spices and hops really bite but are balanced with the rest of the flavors. Ends with a great grain notes, there not burnt or dry. Great taste.

A great brew from a great brewery. I hope they invent more great ones like this.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another single bottle I got and poured into a tall glass. I thought it had a good smell, however, my girlfriend thought it smelled like pizza. This was a limbo beer, not good yet not bad. Dominon Ale was pretty much smack dab in the middle. Because of this, there really isn't that much to say. Don't drink and review.

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