Dominion Spring Brew 2005 | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Spring Brew 2005Dominion Spring Brew 2005

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Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by avylover on 02-16-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by avylover:
Photo of avylover
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

70 Ibus this time around. Seeing as this is the same beer every year now - perhaps it's time to conglomerate the reviews from '04 on, although evidently this is dry hopped. Appearance is stellar. Beautiful Golden crystal clear brew with a nice white head. Looks like a major refresher. Aroma is a sublime mix of grassy, almost sweet fruity hops, aromatic pilsner malt, all intertwined with a nice alcohol scent. The taste backs up the aroma. Very tasty up front, with a great sweet citus hop taste, giving way to a nice grainy maltiness, only to finish with a warming alcohol kick. Very clean mouthfeel, and dangerously drinkable. I've got two cases of this and it won't last long. This is at least on par if not better than last years spring brew. A favorite.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Innsbrook Capital Ale House for the (attempted) screening of "American Beer".

When I saw this on the (expansive) beer menu at CAH-I, I was damned excited to finally try this beer.

A: Color was a vibrant gold in color with a bit of honey highlights at the edges. Vast quantitites of miniscule bubbles surge upwards towards the finger-thick layer of foamy stark white head.

S: Aromas have a degree of "pilsner" to them, exactly what I expected. But there's also a whole lot of other yummy scents. Biscuity malt sweetness and fresh fruity hoppy notes detected. Very clean.

T: Shit-hot! This is one seriously stellar beer. It takes a clean-tasting pils and ratchets up the intensity by a factor of 10. Up front burst of Saaz and a sharp bitterness which is soon pushed aside by a layer of caramel sweetness and honey. Finish sees a dash of warmth to remind you that this weighs in at 8.5% ABV. Long-lasting bitterness at thend. Extremely clean and crisp finish.

M/D: Creamy yet sticky mouthfeel. Borders on full mouthfeel and this is not a bad thing. Simply stellar drinkability. So incredibly balanced, tasty, and refreshing. The first pint disappeared within minutes.

Notes: Iron Chef Morimoto's Impy Pils has been beaten soundly by the gang at Ol' Dom. A new standard for the beefy Double Pils and one that should be sought out!

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear golden color with a quickly disappearing, foamy, white head and no lace.
Aroma of fresh bread and strong but floral hop notes. Little bit of toffee detected as well.
Flavor has a really zingy citrus tang with lots of wheat bread and just a hint of caramel malt.
Mouthfeel is outstanding, really has that excellent mix of soft malt and bread tones and dry, lightly bittered hop notes.
Drinkability is really high. One is not enough, really addiciting as it goes down and leaves a great taste on the palate.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally managed to pick up a six pack of this with a bottling date of 2/24/05. Pours a clear gold with a white foamy head and some lacing as I drink. The aroma was pretty biscuity, with some mild floral and citrus hops. The taste is an upfront blast of hops followed by a taste of biscuity malts and more hops on the finish. Medium mouthfeel with a crisp and dry finish make this one easy beer to drink. This is definitely a session beer for me, I can throw down a six pack on a nice sunny day easily.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a white label and full color graphics. dominion's typical stag or buck logo in the center with a metalic gold look to the logo and the huge type: dominion spring brew. golden wheat around the logo. bottling date: feb 17, 2005. back label gives dominion's description of their spring brew, this year is dryhopped, an abv of 8.5%, and lists the ibu's at 70!

appearance: pours a lightly hazy bright golden yellow with bright yellow highlights in a weizen glass. (my only pilsner glass got broken). head is a fluffy 1 1/2 inch bright white with light yellow highlights. bubbles rise aggressively at first, but for some reason almost stop midway through the drink. lacing is nice.

smell: hops, hops and more hops. citrusy, floral and lightly spicy hop aromas. some grainy and light bready notes as well.

taste: nice spicey hops and very bready with a touch of honey flavor. spicy saaz mix nicely with the biscuity undertones. tons of bombarding hop flavors, but not as bitter as i was expecting. lemon citrus and lightly bitter in the finish and aftertaste. warming by the end.

mouthfeel: smooth but crisp light-medium body. actually thicker than i was expecting. light to medium carbonation and swallows pretty good for a pilsner.

drinkability: very drinkable. can't quite make this a session brew with the 8.5% abv, but alcohol isn't noticible except for the warming. so be careful with this one! nice aftertaste keeps you drinking, and the mysterious array of hop flavors makes you wanna be a detective. gone before i knew it.

overall: not many imperial pilsners out there as i've only had two others that i can remember. this is the best of 'em. i'm actually gonna let one of these sit 'till next spring to see how it changes. beautiful change of scenery from my usual ipa.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This gem was procured in Northern Virginia (thanks, Chris - my longest running friend) and hand-carried to Moscow (thanks, Steve - my new best friend!). I cracked the first of the six the night after the stuff arrived, and offered Globetrotterette a sip, fully expect her to say "ew, too bitter." What she actually did? Immediately took my pint and told me to drink her Kulmbacher. No ingredients information on the label, but a lot of crowing about how much hops are in here. My bottles sport a bottled on date of 3/3/05. I opened the one I'll review now on 5/24/05.

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold under a one finger white head that lingers well and leaves a bit of lacing. Marvellous pine and citrus notes fill the nose, enticing you to breathe deeply over and over again. The mouth is very well carbonated and just the slightest bit sticky - in a good way. The taste? My, my. Yup, there's lots of hops here, but they are smooth as silk, providing plenty of pine sap and grapefruit to a bit of sweet barley malt. A bit softer around the edges than many IPAs, it still packs a wallup of flavor that finishes strongly and tangy and leaving a wonderfully crisp aftertaste of pine needles straight off the Christmas tree. Lord, how I'd kill to have regular access to this stuff. Yum!

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very golden amber color. A foamy white head with very good retention. Plenty of raising carbonation in the pilsner glass. Beautiful.

Aroma: A heavy hop floral aroma, with citrusy, grassy notes. Biscuty malt as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Quite spicy and hoppy; hop flavors have slight citrus character. While this brew does have a notable grainy, bready maltiness, the hop bitterness really dominates this beer, especially in the very dry finish. A mild alcohol bite. Slightly oily mouthfeel, with above average carbonation

An unusually hoppy pilsner, but I guess that’s part of the reason it’s categorized as an American Double pilsner. Hoppier, even, than some of the IPA’s I’ve had. Ya, the maltiness is there, but it doesn’t stand a chance against the hoppy bitterness of this one. Still, a very enjoyable, solid brew. Might even be one of Dominion’s better beers. Recommended

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: The typical 12 oz brown bottle. 2/24/05 bottling date. The usual stoic, but well-done labeling—no fancy cartoon characters with these guys. Pours straw yellow with plenty of glass carbonation and a big bubbled head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring.

Smell: The aroma was muted, but hoppy with a tinge of grassiness mixed in with floral accents

Taste: Definitely not your father’s pilsner. This is a supped up version of the old German standby, you know the good stuff, not the macro-Euro trash. It has all the telltale background notes that one would expect, they just come in after an added oomph of hops that give a full frontal assault to your taste buds. I’m not sure if it is dry hopped or if they just added extra bang into one of the fermentations. Either way, it was decidedly different and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Very slick and fast, but with a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I originally was thinking that this would make an excellent session brew. That fell through when the hops dried up my tongue. Still quite drinkable, you’d just need some pints of water every now and then.

Overall: My very first foray into the style, though I’ve spent several years enjoying the wonderful brews of Old Dominion. I think I tried Rogue’s imperial a long time ago, but they probably use different yeast and hops. I think this would do very nicely with a dozen crabs and a warm day, though I’d have some serious cotton mouth.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the golden brew. Head lasts nicely, especially for the style, and lacing is impressive as well. Aroma is pale malt sweetness, spicy hops, and alcohol. Flavor starts with a quick hit of pale malt, swiftly overpowered by the spicy hops character, and at the close alcohol warming becomes apparent. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb. This is exactly what I expected for the style, and I'm glad I have a few more bottles floating around.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 version of their Spring Brew - An Imperial Pilsner.

Clear light golden color with a nice creamy white head, good carbonation, and nice lace. Nice prominent Saaz hop aroma ... a bit earthy, lemony, and grassy all at the same time. Maybe a bit hoppier in aroma than the 2004 version with a bit more fruit character too that rounds it out nicely. Flavor seems more balanced than last year with solid maltiness and fruitiness rounding out the bitterness. Mouthfeel is very close to full with nice creaminess and finishes lightly bitter.

Per Back Label:
- Noble Imperial Pilsner
- Sazz, Tettnang, and Spalt hops
- 40 lbs. of hops per 25 bbl's; First wort hopping & DRY HOPPING
- 70 IBU's

Bottled: 03/24/05
Tasted: 06/16/05

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.18/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance - golden orange with a little haze. Small non-descript head of little note. Nice lacing though.

Aroma - slight sour bread and sweet malt, rather vegetal.

Taste - malty and grainy, heavy vegetal flavors, corn or maybe lima beans. Reminds me a little of the Belzebuth with its grain dominance and prominent alcohol presence. Not nearly as sweet though. Peculiar but not in the best of ways. A pilsner amplified. Interesting components but overall I don't like it. Some roastiness on the aftertaste but not enough to alter my impression.

Mouthfeel - crisp, average weight. Middle of the road.

Drinkability - if you dig this style then give it a shot. The beer comes across well-made, I just don't care for it.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle that worked its way from Ashburn, VA to Long Beach via San Diego. Back label has this Spring Brew Lager described as “…a Noble Imperial pilsner that is ferociously hopped”. 70 IBU’s and 8.5%. Bottling Date is 2/24/05.

Appearance: Milky golden body with a soft white head that rests comfortably at 1” thick throughout the drink (not that that was a long time) with the odd gentle swirl. Active levels of carbonation are witnessed during the odd gentle massage and capture the sliding lacing.

Nose: Sweaty sweet malts mingle with a deep dank hop aroma that reminded me of damp Hop Pockets I once got to smell at the Harvey’s Brewery post flooding. Freshly baked white bread cakes and a mild Bakers yeast aroma.

Taste: Sharp hops at the start, Saaz like with some lemon grassy traits. Rising earthy grainy malts fill the centre whilst the ending benefits form a bitter-sweet dry finish. Tangy lingering death has some pine oils and a little citric lemon & orange pith

Mouthfeel: Creamy prickly and smooth all at once. Brazen feel, the tingling hops create a sparkling essence which lends a bigger presence to this Imperial Pilsner than it perhaps deserves.

Drinkability: Off the scale……but 5 seems good.

Overall: Tastes like a very hoppy Pilsner, it still retains some crisp feel and the Drinkability is off the scale….boy it’s a damn good job I don’t have a Six Pack of this beauty.

Thanks to xlperro who passed this on from fellow BA ManekiNeko – Cheers to both for having the chance to try this one!

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Photo of shippos
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

solid white head on a deep golden yellow body. fresh hop aroma right out of the bottle with mouthwatering flowery and citrusy flavors. huge amount of hops in the taste, lots of flavor but not overly bitter at all, nicely balanced witha a smooth malt character.

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Photo of ejquin
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never really been a huge pilsner fan, but when BA ManekiNeko sent this as an extra in a trade, I was excited to give it a try.

App: Cloudy orange / gold with a sticky white head that sticks around and laces glass.

Smell: Very pilsner-y, but more extreme. Hops, with a bready yeast with a citrus twinge to it. Just the slightest amount of alcohol thrown into the mix.

Taste: Again, to me this said amped up pils. Nice and smooth with a good hop bitterness factor in there. Not overpowering but definitely up front. Citrusy with a bit of malt at the end with just the slightest amount of alochol warmth. A good dose of honey at the end as well. Dry on the ending.

Mouth: Nice and smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Drink: Very Good.

Overall this is one of the better pilsner derivatives I've had.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kev for sharing this! 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep gold color with two fingers of head that have decent retention. There is just a little bit of lacing. The smell is very earthy, and has a decent dose of hops. A nice pale malt background rounds everything out. The taste is malty at first, and a little bit bready, but then there's the grassy hop finish that takes over. It's mostly European hops too, since there isn't really any citrus flavors. Very clean. The mouthfeel is great for a pilsener, and the drinkability is fantastic for 8.5%. An awesome lager!

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Photo of cracgor
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Bottled Feb 17, 2005

Appearance: Golden, clear, bubbly Pilsner look. Almost rocky head. Increadible retention and lacing. The entire side of the glass is covered with the lacing...more like a sheet.

Smell: Saaz hops. Supposed to be hopped like crazy, and smells like it. Sweet, fruity fragrance. A little like apples.

Taste: Very bitter from the hops. Malts add a good touch of sweetness to make it perhaps the best tasting pilsner I have had thus far. Has a bit of a pine like flavor.

Moutfeel: Medium body. A little astringent. Carbonation is minimal in the mouth. A bit of warming from the alcohol.

Drinkability: I really wouldn't know this had 8.5% alcohol if it weren't for the label. For the style and the hops this is very drinkable, especially since I am not particularly fond of pilsners. I picked up a sixer of this on the recommendation of a BA--Thanks Tinus. The beer is very delicious and I'm going to enjoy the rest of the six-pack.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A double pils that I like. Nice. Probably because it doe not have that tin taste to it at all. Is that the saaz hops? I don't think so because I can pick them out in this beer and find myself really like them. The beer pours a very clear gold in color. Thin filmy head with lots of stringy lace. Nose is very mild and sweet. Some malts and hops, that's it. Taste is a lot of hops. Very odd for they style. Multiple types of hops too. Malts come through as fairly sweet. The predominant flavor is the saaz hop. Mouthfeel is crisp and has a slightly dry finish. Very drinkable, I do not even notice the alcohol. Flavor does not remain on the tongue inbetween sips so it is renewed with each tip o' the ol' pint.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a dimple glass. The color is a very nice golden with a thick foamy head with excellent retention. The smell is a nice strong citrusy hoppiness. The taste is dominated by the hops; there's a nice bitterness in the beer, but there's quite a good Saaz hopping in the beer (to the point it almost tastes like a C-hop) that sparkles very nicely, but yet lets the nice pilsner malt backing shine through and provide a balance to the beer, with the alcohol a nice little touch that (just barely) reminds you what you're drinking. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. As for drinkability, this is one that I could drink until I hit the floor, which sadly with this one would happen much too soon.

Another fantastic beer from Dominion, a super double pilsner with a very strong lovely Saaz flavor but yet somehow manages to be balanced. I'm definitely glad to get my hands on this one, though it's a disappointment that I can't find this one around here. A very close 2nd in the style to Morimoto.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally opened a bottle. The Pilsner pours a gorgeous clear gold with a skyline of bubble columns rising from the depths of the footed pils glass. 1.5 inch white head, with lacing as it dissipates. For all of the marketing text on the label, I was expecting a little more floral or hop in the nose, still the brew smelled inviting and the alcohol content is well-hidden. Taste is crispy and dry with hoppy accents, just a wonderfil pils flavor. Dry throughout, yet the flavors and carbonation kept the mouthfeel from ever getting too thin.

This would seem to be the quintessential session pils, but it is too big for that, dammit. Perfect with the pork-based chili my Czech-Irish bride made last night. Now, if only the Reds could have beaten the Cardinals the evening would have been perfect.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured a deep straw color with a light coat of head over top with nice sticky lace as it receded. Nose was full of spicey and floral noble hop with a light graineyness, but not in a harsh way. Flavor was faintly grainy, with a solid spicey noble hop over a lightly sweet maltyness from the pilsner malt. Very tasty brew. Feel was moderate with a solid light carbonation. Right where I expected it. Overall, a good brew. Flavor and feel really hit the spot. A beer I would have liked more of!

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Photo of TinusTime
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Same as last years, but evidently they remembered to dry hop this years.

Pours a slightly burnished golden colour with a nice 2 finger white head that laces well.

Aroma is bready with some sweet citrus rind aroma. Taste has a bit of grainy huskyness at first then it finishes with a blast of sweet yet drying hops. This is a must for hop heads. The dry hopping gives it that extra bit that was missing from last years great version. Mouthfeel is full for a pilsner, the hops add a bit of stickiness to the mouthfeel which is nice. Drinkability.. Please sir may I have another. This is dangerous drinkable. This is the best brew Dominion has put out in my opinion. I wish they would make it all year round, but then again maybe some of the magic would wear offf.. Nahhhh.

This sets the bar for the Double or Imperial Pilsner set.

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Photo of Wonka
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Fluid Ounces
bottling date: 2/24/05
70 IBU

Appearance – 1.5-inch thick white frothy head; clear golden body; lace is reasonable

Smell – grainy; spicy; hoppy; good energy

Taste – grains abound with a great, nicely attenuated Saaz hop zing from the dry hopping that’s more pine than grapefruit; pleasant smooth sugary sweetness helps the overall presentation; the pine and a touch of alcohol pool together with a bit of spice in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel – moderate feel with smooth and a bit crisp carbonation and some dryness at the close

Drinkability – the dryness pulls back consumption a bit but the taste and feel keep the ball rolling

Overall the hoppy twist and strength of the pilsener combination is a good move. The dryness between sips sets back the overall presentation. The time sitting back and reflecting between sips or simply awaiting the next sip with less contemplation makes a big mark. In the end, its a good spring pilsener that's a level below Troegs Sunshine Pils, regardless of the cross-category comparison.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Dithyramb.

Pours an almost florescent golden color with a small but well formed white cap. Head doesn't last long but the collar is kind of nice.
Smell is strong spicy hops, some floral hop character as well. Definitely some malty sweetness in there as well.
Noble hops kind of dominate the flavor, but there is a definite crispness to this one that is balanced out very well by the slight malty sweetness in the back.
Mouthfeel is good, perhaps a bit too carbonated, but I can live with it.
Overall, a good beer, not something that I get to try every day.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, translucent, dark-straw, borderline orange, with some head that disapates too quickly. Deep hop aroma mixed with nice, slightly spicey, citrus after-tones.

Taste is rather refershing, for an imperial. Definate hop bitterness, but it mixes with the citrus flavor and malt undertones rather well. Combine this with the chewy, yet mild mouth feel, and you got yourself one interesting brew. Zesty, yet sweet. Light, yet definately solid.

While some what contradictory in the taste this brew represents, it make for a facinating sample, and a definately great session brew!

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Photo of nvsblman
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellowish color and crystal clear. About half a finger of head. Citrusy and grassy aroma with a bit of lemon zest. Nice bitterness in the flavor, and just a bit of spicyness. Very refreshing, crisp and clean. This one would be great in the summer heat! Nothing too spectacular, but a very solid beer.

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Dominion Spring Brew 2005 from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 29 ratings