Dominion Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

137 Reviews

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

Had on-tap at China Buffet / Tokyo Sushi in Hyattsville, MD.

A: Served in a tall weissbier glass. Slightly darker, hazy yellow with about a finger of white head.

S: Decent amount of citrus, some floral notes. Nice and fresh.

T/M: Slightly sweet malt taste, floral and juicy with medium-to-strong carbonation. Ends with a nice, almost herbal hop bite.

D: Nice, drinkable pale ale. Reminds me of Oskar Blues' Dale's Pale Ale.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
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 boss302
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old dominion English style ale

A Red, clear, nice thick head that had good lacing and stayed to the end of the glass.

S Flowery citrus aroma. Smells like oranges.

T Malt dominates over hops.

M Medium body, good carbonation, thick feel.

D Quite good, similar in appearance to Sam Adams Boston, but not as crisp or hoppy.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Old Dominion location in the Dulles Airport in DC.

Pours a clear amber color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with hints of toastiness. As the beer warms indistinct medium fruit aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors with hints of deeper caramel malts kick things off. Midway through the sip it sweetens a bit as good amounts of mild fruit flavors work their way into things. The flavors dry out a bit before a mildly bitter ending. As the beer warms hints of buttery diacetyl makes an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I found this to be a solid beer however it's missing a certain smoothness to make it a very good beer.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a pale amber color. Has a large, foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves decent lacing. Really looks quite nice.

Smell: Has a light malty smell to it with hints of caramel and some faint citrus notes.

Taste: Starts off mildly bitter with fruity and slightly earthy hops. Develops a biscuity, malty flavor with hints of fruit and caramel. Finishes exceedingly dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a dry, perfectly carbonated finish. Perfect for the style.

Drinkability: An exceptional pale ale. Dominion is consistently one of my favorite nearby breweries and this beer illustrates why.

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Photo of mempath
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a bright apricot with my favorite flapjack batter head that laces thick like paper thin sour dough bread dabbed around the glass. beautiful to behold. good nose with some metallic (copper?) maltiness and hops. subtle. but earthy.

the taste...yes, yes, very english. and british...massive malt onlslaught, but the hops really balance it out, making this a respectable, top tier 'go-to' everyday sessionable brew. smooth but crisp mouthfeel are spot on. jolly good. tally ho.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled date 10/02/09... almost 6 months old. Purchased recently at an out of town bottle shop in Maryland.

Pours clear reddish orange with a half finger of foam that dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is subdued, a bit of malty sweetness, a faint fruitiness, and not much else.

First sip leaves an impression of biscuity malt, fairly dry and refreshing. Some crystal sweetness to it as well. There isn't much bitterness or hop flavor, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

All in all it is a pretty good beer. Solidly above average. Nothing particularly noteworthy, just well crafted and nicely balanced on the sweet/dry spectrum.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: tiny bubbles in an amber brown body; light ring of white foam;

s: wheat husk; light coffee; some toasted wheat cracker; light hoppiness in back; hay;

t: smooth; dry wheat; some hop bitterness; dry and mellow is how i would describe it; some light toffee;

m: smooth and sort of creamy-cloying with very light carb

d: very smooth an drinkable; a super mellow type beer that you could totally drink with some bangers and mash

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Photo of RJLarse
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife brought me a couple of bottles of Dominion Ale from a recent visit to the mid-Atlantic US. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color, clear with a slight chill haze. Bubbly off-white head dissipates quickly to a moderate ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell is a faint sweet and earthy aroma. Hints of wet hay.

Taste is decided ly malty up front, with sme caramel or toffee flavors. There is a mildly bitter hop and citrus presence that does not over power the malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Light and not cloying.

A drinkable, somewhat filling ale. Mild carbonation, and a medium body make it less than a thirst quencher. I liken this style to the American amber.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in the Old Dominion Pub in Hyattsville, MD.

Beer is amber / copper in color. Nice white head with small bubbles, carbonation is low. Lots of lacing on glass. Aroma is malty with some citrus hop character.

Beer is mildly bitter. Hop flavor is on the back end, mild mid-palate flavor. Beer is a little thin in body, drinkability high.

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

A - Pours a clear dark copper with a fluffy 2-finger white head that subsides after a couple of minutes into a white cap, leaves nice lacing.

S - Sweet and malty with hints of caramel. A bit biscuity with dark bread on the back.

T&M - Caramel malts right up front that are lightly sweet followed by a moderate hop bite. Nice hop flavor in there but aftertaste fades quickly. Very light in the body and the taste is just a bit too watered down to make this really amazing. Medium carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

D - Very sessionable. Could drink a few in a sitting. Very tasty but lacks the umph I'm looking for.

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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Copper-amber hue with a one finger khaki head that slowly settles to a thin cap, with a good amount of lacing left behind.

Light biscuity hops, which is are slighty toasty and give off a little burnt caramel. Some light herbal hops are in the background.

The flavor matches the aroma pretty well. The grains are well toasted with a good amount of caramel and a little brown sugar. Full bodied.

A very well balanced Ale. Very enjoyable and sessionable. Recommended.

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Photo of rye726
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copperish brown with a thin tan head. Nose has subtle hops over caramel malts. Tasty is also on the malty side, but well balanced by the mellow English hops. Nice fruity finish. Medium body a bit over carbonated. Good example of an English Pale.

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Photo of stonesean
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A nice copper color. Solid foamy head, does not stick around for long.

S- A lovely toasty malt aroma matches with some nice hop smells.

T- As a malt fan, I really love this beer. Some nice biscuity flavors without being overpowering, but has enough hop flavors and finish to keep this one from getting too sweet. A fantastic all arounder.

M- A nice brisk feel with a smooth finish. Drinkable enough to be dangerous.

D- I tailgate at DC United matches whenever I get the chance, and this is my go-to beer whenever I'm home on the east coast. I could easily finish a case myself on gameday. Not super challenging, (we aren't talking Samichlaus here) but a rock solid beer for it's price, and better than 99% of whats out there on game day!

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Photo of magine
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a pilsner glass.

Pours a nutty dirty orange color, with a nich off white head and some lacing.

Brew smells of sweet caramel malts, some fruits and a bit of floral.

The brew tastes sweet initially and as you drink you can tast the caramel malts and some hops. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

The rew is very refreshing and drinkable - an excellent take on the style. Maybe could use a bit more wow factor in the hops department, but then again this style isnt about that I guess. Very good.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap to a bright amber red color with medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Nose was a muted citrus fuit with a very tingly mouthfeel and a pleasant well blended fruity malt/hop blend inthe taste. No real notice of alcohol present in either the nose or taste, which, at 4.7%, is not surprising. Rounds to a slightly bitter, dry finish.

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Photo of nickfl
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper colored body with good clarity. One finger of off-white foam that settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Toasty, bready malt with a hint of caramel. No hop aroma or yeast character.

T - Malty flavor with lots of toast and bread. A clean, lager like profile throughout the middle fades to a grainy finish with some slightly darker toasted notes.

M - Moderately thick, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Drinkable, but quite unremarkable overall. the aroma is very bland and while the malt character is nice, it is also pretty one dimensional. No serious flaws, but nothing to really like either.

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Photo of JamesS
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice mid-copper color with a bit of head, but no real lacing to speak of. Nice scent, but very weak; some mild bitter/hop characteristics, English from what I could tell. Nice taste, very simple and understated, but well balanced with a nice slight hop bite on the palate. Goes down well.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass, this one is fairly fresh.

A- Dominion ale is a slight amber/copper color with some orange hints here and there. A sturdy off white foamy head graces the top while not sticking to the glass for any lace. A nice looking pale ale.

S- This EPA is high on the toasty aroma with some caramel malt and toffee giving off a sweetness. A nice hop aroma from four varieties with some bitter smell.

T- Getting some bread and bisquit flavor overall but its not that bad. Grains are all throughout this EPA. Not much flavor from the hop bill except some grassy tastes and a tad bitter end, but it blends nice with the english malts. Some caramel and toffee with slight butterscotch.

M- A nice crisp blast up front followed by a smooth finish. This EPA is medium bodied with ample carb going for it. Glides down the mouth with not much getting in the way.

D- Sessionable and drinkable but may be tiresome after a few. Maybe a uber fresh bottle or off the tap may brighten my spirits. Either way this one was good for a go. I look forward to more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff. Looked like a nitro-pour English in the glass. Gorgeous foamy head that sat 3 inches high and didn't really detract from the carbonation. Light fruity hops and malt in the nose. Taste was first sweet caramel malt, fruity hops (more than expected--in a good way), and a nice touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Amazing. And very easy drinking.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
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 PatronWizard
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my buddy adamharbaugh who says to drink it whilst eating Dove dark chocolate for a chocolate chip pancake experience. Came in the '08 Halloween BIF. Uh, OK.

Nice hazy orange. Not much head. It must be married.

Malty bready malty says I. It seem exceptionally full bodied to me. Flavor is missing some hops though. Do they make beer light on hops?

With the Dove it taste like chocolate and beer. WTF? Halloween prank to make me look like an idiot? I don't need any help.

Overall: decent beer

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Guinness tulip pint glass

Appearance: Pouts a lovely clear amber color with a small head that dissipates very very quickly- at least I didn't have long to wait for my first sip!

Smell: All hops, really. A nutty smell with a touch of pine.

Taste: Nutty and somewhat bitter, with a buttery, toasty finish. Some sips later on had a hint of sweetness that is very pleasant. This is close to what my "perfect ale" would taste like.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with a good carbonation. Solid balance between the thickness of the beer and carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Most ales that are this hoppy may be good, but aren't necessarily refreshing. This beer is complex and refreshing. Whereas lagers are generally the "refresher beer" I could use this in that capacity as well. It is good for any situation and is one of my new favorites. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Offa
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is wonderful - a beautiful, solid, delicious, very English-tasting ale.

Copper-light amber, faintly hazy, it has a huge, pale tan head, steadily shrinking to a permanent, thiin foamy top and a hint of lace.

The aroma is earth, leafy, with caramel, fruit (fresh and caramelized), toast and some yeast. Overall, very English and very nice.

The taste is similar - a lot of leafiness, a little earthy, with a lot of fruit, caramelized toast and fruit, some citrus hints, and a faint mineral quality. Its strong maltiness is a little sweet, with the hops-spicey,leafy, a touch herbal, and a little citrusy - balancing it nicely to just dominate the finish and leave a nice clean, lingering, bittersweet aftertaste. The bitterness has a leafy and faintly raisiny spiciness. It is exceedingly drinkable, nicely complex, balanced, and interesting.

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

Appearance: Copper color, clear..good head with retention. Looks good.

Aroma: Malts, caramel and hops. Not too strong smelling, mostly subtle..but not in a bad way.

Taste: Caramel, malty, a little biscuity as well. There is also some sweetness to it. The hops finish off the taste with a slight bitterness. Very good

Mouthfeel: Body is light to medium and creamy. Goes down well..dry finish.

Drinkability: Low ABV, creamy and medium body, and a good taste. This is the best feature of this beer.

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Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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