Williamsburg Pale Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 11-25-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A refreshing and enjoyable beer after a long day of walking around Colonial Williamsburg. I was pleasantly surprised to find such a quality beer available (in bottles and on-tap at a few of the restaurants)! Its slightly hazy copper-orange body is topped by a creamy ivory head that holds very well and leaves some really nice lace. The nose offers caramelish malt and bright floral, citrusy and piney hops. The body is medium; and it's crisp on the tongue with a very fine, median carbonation that becomes lightly creamy towards the end of the glass. Citrusy (lemon) hop dominate the flavor up-front before warming across the palate to reveal its carameilsh and biscuity malt. A bold bitterness leaves it quite dry with some short lingering malt and hops in the aftertaste. I'm not sure which beer this is, as it's most likely just a relabelling, but it's quite nice!

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Fireside Chophouse in Williamsburg, VA; served in an hourglass-shaped pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy, light colored amber. By the time it got to me there was about a finger of white head. Retention was decent; some lacing.

S - Very heavy on the grapefruit aromas with typical pine and some sweet biscuit notes from the malt.

T - Initially a very fruity (apples maybe?) taste followed by a smack of grapefruit and earthy flavors. Semi-sweet malt attempts to smooth things out somewhat but a growing bitterness takes hold and prevails long into the aftertaste.

M - Light bodied but sturdy with a fairly soft carbonation.

D - A good beer but not quite what I was expecting. It lacked the mild drinkability of a pale ale and instead bordered on IPA territory with it's amped-up hop presence and relatively high bitterness.

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Photo of Suds
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a light copper colored beer. A typical pale ale, it sports a white head, moderate carbonation, and nice clarity. the aroma is a slightly fruity, with a very distant scent of herbal hops. The malt character is present, pale, and muted, but still is the centerpin of the beer. Medium-light in body. The beer is refreshing and average.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a light copper color with slight white head that quickly fell to slight ring. Smell is a caramel with slight hop notes. The has a nice dry bite to it that is very refreshing on the tongue. Aftertaste is light hops with a finish dry bitterness. A nice reward for a hot afternoon in Williamsburg

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored body with a finger of white fully head with little retention, leaving just a bit of lacing.

Smell is pretty mild, mostly a caramel scent.

Taste is not bad at all. Up front caramel malt and then some bitter hops. A bready malt quality follows, finishing with some dry hops. Mouthfeel is a little oily and fairly well-carbonated.

A decent beer, rather drinkable.

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

I hesitated in buying a 6-pack of this ale as the bottle had no freshness dating. Since I had never come across any Williamsburg products before and I was in a solid Virginia beer store, I decided to give it a chance. Very glad I did. This is an overall solidly good pale ale - looks like one, tastes like one and refreshes like one. Hoppier than some pale ales I've had but, since IPA is my favorite style, that factor only increased the positive impression I had of the product. Since the bottled ale is contract brewed, I don't know how it would compare to the draft version but I'd sure give it a try if I ever came across a Williamsburg tap.

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Photo of Maestro
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a unique, flavorful pale ale. The beer pours a hazy, orange with a creamy off-white head. The nose is full of lemons and grass. The taste starts off with a big citrus kiss. Next comes the malty sweetness that is masked quite a bit by the bitterness. This beer has a consistent lemon taste throughout that seems to overpower the malts. Something about this beer is quite refreshing and alternative to the average pale ale. Not a bad choice for this locale.

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Williamsburg Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 7 ratings