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 nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours lighter golden amber with a nice creamy white head. The recedes to a ring of bubbles and leaves some lacing.

S- Smells really clean, caramel malts, a dash of hops and bready.

T- Mild bready malt flavour at first, hops in the middle, fading to some floral and grassy hop aftertastes.

M- Light in body and good carbonation.

D- Easy to drink just not my cup of tea here. Not bad but not super either.

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

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a tulip glass. the body was a clear and bright copper color. the head left thin lacing until almost the very end.
s - caramel and biscuity malts with a slight hop undertone.
t - caramel, baked bread and spicy hops.
m - very smooth and slick.
d - very drinkable. this is a nicely done session and i could drink several in a sitting.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice clear copper color, with a creamy white head.

S: Very fruity, suggesting pear, with hints of hops and caramel.

T: Rich malt flavor, with a big load of fruity sweetness. Honey is prevalent, with hints of caramel, and a slightly earthy note. The hops show up noticeably and are spicy and somewhat herbal. Slight bitterness and more fruit flavors at the finish offer a really nice balance.

M: Quite full, but very smooth and creamy. Carbonation is relatively subdued, but gives a nice tickle at the finish.

D: I'm really surprised at how damn tasty this one is. The flavor is impressively complex, with really nice fruit flavors balanced near-perfectly by the ever-present hops. This is really good.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.22/5  rDev -13%
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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Photo of YankChef
3.22/5  rDev -13%
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 pinotboy007
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brownish gold color wth a modest, khaki-colored cap and a touch of lacing.

S - Hops, raisins, malt.

T - Nice, with a bit of mocha, tasty hops, raisins, and touch of leather, too.

M - Carbonation is present but not overdone; a touch of creaminess that provides balance.

D - This was a good after work pint of ale that I recommend.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Amber beer with a small tan head. Minimal lacing with a nice film on top of the beer.

Aroma was filled with caramel malts and hoppy goodness. As and English pale ale, this seemed wuite hoppy, which I liked. Earthy hoppiness with some chocolate in the background. Very earthy and soily.

Good flavors as well. Very well balnced with slight hops, biscuity breadiness, and the slightest bit of dark fruit. A nice hop bite hits the tongue at the end. Very nice.

This was a great beer. This is only my second from the Brewery but I am beginning to enjoy their stuff. This was no letdown, for sure.

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Photo of kevinglin
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had some time to kill at Dulles Airport, so dipped into the Old Dominion at gate B19. Poured clear golden with a one-finger nearly white head. Left lacing, but was gone before the end of the pint.

Fresh, hoppy, citrus aroma up front, but not overpowering. Taste has a pronounced bitterness and some toasty malt in the background. Good balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good - medium body but lively on the tongue, does not finish sweet, and the hop bite in the aftertaste has you reaching for another sip.

Overall, very nice pale ale. I had some time to kill and this brew fit the bill very well. I'd grab another while waiting for flights in the future.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
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 Pencible
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting a little more from Dominion's title brand of ale, but instead it was rather boring. There was nothing wrong with it, really. It just didn't have much to it. Average appearance, average smell, average taste, average mouthfeel. It was easily drinkable, but what's the point?

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear amber-copper w/light beige head and light tracing.
S-Malt, roasted nuts, hops, barnyard earth (yes, slightly manurish, but in a fresh, delicious way).
T-Light-flavored manifestations of most of the aromas. Toasted malt and nut in midpalate. Finish is toasty, w/faint hops.
M-Lively and well-balanced.
D-Enjoyable and light...a good session beer.

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Photo of jdmorgan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured an amber brown and had a medium head.

Let's see... the first aromas were of malt and a bit of hops. I detected a bit of nuttiness and a slightly sweet aroma as well. The taste had a full body with a simultaneously present hop profile. This finished with a biscuity malt aftertaste with a little bit of nut flavor as well. The carbonation was medium and the consistency was medium.

It was an all-around decent ale, and I couldn't complain. Nothing struck me as out of the ordinary though. Definately preferable to macros. Worth a try!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -0.3%
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%
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 -4.6%
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 -24.9%
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 -4.6%
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 beerphan
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -12.7%
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 +4.9%
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 +7.3%
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 -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 AltBock
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
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 -15.4%
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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Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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