Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale AleDominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A rich, red ale made in the American Pale Ale style, our Pale Ale has strong hop character, medium, dry finish and floral hop aroma.

Added by stirgy on 10-26-2002

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Photo of mempath
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i assume this is for the new green labeled HOP MOUNTAIN though it would seem the "pale ale" is another Dominion brew...

anyways, looks great. deep amber/bright orange with excellent lacing and a head that remains and settles then fades nicely.

the nose is a little bit, no, alot of things...butteriness, the citrus punch...seems oily (and i like that)...but blended well. the malts seem to be hiding, but that's ok, too.

nothing held back in the taste. a nice bitter hoppy blast but the malt backbone as expected rather keeps things balanced (as opposed to toning anything down). quite similar to the SN Torpedo. at least this first taste. there is something oilier, more pungent, more flowery coming through. simply excellent. and unique enough.

good mouthfeel, carbonation a bit high on the finish, but that keeps it crisp and refreshing. as buttery/oily as it seems, it is actually thin. not a bad thing. keeps things from getting cloying.

if you like hops, it's a session brew for sure. like Torpedo.

i recommend trying one. would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Caramel/amber in color with a good sized, thick-looking white head that dissipates slowly and yields to a small but thick ring of lace.

Smell: Citric and flowery hops are prevalent, with a very pleasant toasty/caramel malt backbone. Extremely appetizing.

Taste: Begins citric and maybe a bit nutty, rounding out to a toasty flavor and finishing herbal and with some mild grapefruit and herbal notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with roudned carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is an excellent pale ale, providing both very enticing hop flavors and aromas, while still maintaining a good balance with the malts. It is also low enough in alcohol and light enough in body to make it a good beer for sessioning. Even though Old Dominion may be owned by a certain big beer company and despite the fact that they don't brew inside the Old Dominion itself anymore, they still turn out excellent beer. This pale ale is just shy of perfect.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.51/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As was the case with the other brew i had from this brewery, completely different label. So either mine are really old or really new. Don't matter much to this o'le boy though, i drink em as i get em.

This guy's a dark caramel colored brew, small white head doesnt really make much impression. As the back label suggests, this is a beer for hop lovers. At least according to the scent. Its nice, floral, bitter, sappy. Translates pretty well to the taste. A nice multi-hop blend that will keep you interested enough. Well blended malt front, and again, hops. I gotta say, i really like this brewery. Nice.

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Photo of interzen
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Spray tan orange - I mean very, very orange. Fairly fizzy right out of the gate, with a couple of fingers of off-white head that drop down to a foam cap eventually. Good bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Well, it's definitely got the hop smells - a big, heapin' pile of orange and lemon with a good bit of pine resin on top. If I was feeling uncharitible Id' say it had a bit of a disinfectant vibe to it, but I'm not so I won't. Has a very 'fresh' floral/resinous smell. I like.

Taste: Good, solid hop flavours with a hint of citrus and resin in the finish. No malt or yeast notes to speak of.

Feel: Nicely astringent - plenty of hops up front with a long, dry finish. Not excessively bitter - nicely balanced.

Overall: OK, so the name is a bit misleading but the fact remains that in this reviewer's opinion this isn't half bad as pale ales go. Not as hoppy as a typical IPA, this has more in common with the British pale ales that, being a Brit, I'm more familiar with. Definitely an interesting take on the style. Worth a punt.

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Photo of avylover
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is nice clean looking beer. It's a dark, deep golden color and quite clear with a small white head. The aroma is of floral hops, with a nice bready & suprisingly creamy maltiness backing it up. Taste starts of with a nice bready malt, then a crisp dose of piney & floral hops, with the the creamy malt sticking around just long enough. This is the definition of balance. Hops linger nicely in the mouthfeel, lending to a nice clean mouthfeel. Easy drinking, great session brew. A fine example of an APA.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi hazy tarnished amber with an off white head and lots of visible carbonation.

Sweet caramel upfront with some toffee. This only lasts for a second though as hops attack your mouth almost immediately. A big piney hop bomb fills the mouth making for a nice dry and crisp finish. Touches of grapefruit and citrus along with some floral notes. Nothing out of the ordinary but quite the hop bomb for a smaller beer. Flavored more like an ipa. Quite delicious though for a sessionable beer. Huge flavor.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't seen the regular "pale ale" around lately and do not know if the "hop mountain" is just a new label, or a new beer recipe entirely... that said i am reviewing the hop mountain version

A: the head is pretty sticky though not immensely voluptuous. it has a way of staying around just enough to remind you its there and is going to make your glass look like you drank more than water. the dark amber brown rust color is also welcome as it is more robust looking than many apas.

S: this is not very strong but you get the point that this is a beer with hops in it, there is a mild almost toast like aroma but its softened significantly by the hops. this is a subtle yet balanced aroma.

T: kudos to the balance of this beer, it comes off clean, well balanced, and can easily become a staple easy drinking mildly hoppy beer in my line up. this is an APA and at times i think we forget that that's not SUPPOSED to be an ipa or iipa. the hops add just enough flavor and bitterness to yield a flavorful beer without that being the complete show. the malt comes in and balances the hops rather well creating a beer that while not genre shattering, might just be genre defining in its balance and simplicity. a def try and surprise from dominion

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice pour,a nice rich orange with a slightly orange tints creamy head,aroma is a little grassy and resiny from an abudance of hops.Taste a nice dry malt backbone with a healthy dose of citriusy hops coming thru through the finish a hint of caramel sweetness as well. I gave this higher marks than many of my fellow BA's a real nice brew.

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Photo of goldbot
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/10/10.

Brilliant, amber color with copper tones. Fizzy, off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some bubbles around the edge of the glass with slight lacing. A good amount of carbonation. Fruity hop aromas; juicy orange and grapefruit and a sweet cherry-like note as well; caramel lurks in the back, blending in well. Malty in the flavor; caramel and bread. Hops are still there though with a good citrus profile and some floral character. As it warms it gets a bit sweeter and some more hop flavors come through. Crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, medium bodied and very well balanced. Color me impressed. One of the better pale ales I've had in a while. Wish I had tried this one sooner.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the Old Dominion taphouse inside Dulles International Airport, on to the beer:

A half-inch of head rests on top this toasted orange beer. Webbed lacing adds a little extra texture to the appearance. The aroma is clean, hoppy, bringing pine, orange peel, a fruit salad, and toasted grain to the nose. Equally malty as hoppy, this pale ale hits the spot! The delightful maltiness of caramel makes a good backbone for orange, grapefruit, and cantaloupe flavors to hit. The beer is medium bodied, yet surprisingly rich in flavor. Hop Mountain gets an easy recommendation from this BA.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is new to me, but I have this and one other to try. This is a pretty dark color with some nice head. The aroma gives a little warning of the big taste that is to come, but not enough. The taste is American - over the top. It is very bitter and piney. It is a very dry and not in the slightest bit sweet taste. It is very off balance. This much hops could have covered a lot more malt or yeast taste - they could make the same beer much bigger. Yet it has a lot of character as it, it is unique.

The aftertaste is very bitter as well. I like it and would buy it again as an American novelty - an over the top ale.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep coppery-brown. Crystal clear with a lacy thin light tan head. Nice. Smell is surprisingly hoppy. Light grassy aromas underneath with light caramel aromas in there somewhere.

Quite a hoppy flavor for a regular pale ale. It's quite grassy and crisp. The darker malt would not lead you to believe that it would be this light-bodied. A nice light malt profile followed by an assertive hoppines. Quite refreshing with a bitter hoppy finish. A nice surprise, would not have expected this to be so complex or so tasty. Thanks to PintOfAle for the sample.

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Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy orange-brown hue with a thin, white, 2-finger head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace and leaves a nice trail all the way down the glass.

S: Decent hop aroma with a fruity ester background and slight pine scent. Very mild aroma – nothing overwhelming yet pleasant to the nose.

T: Slightly sweet and bitter flavor with a nice hop presence. Very smooth and great aftertaste.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid Pale ale. Very well balanced and went down way to easy.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a BOTMC. The pour is golden yellow, Big sticky white head, tons of lacing. The aroma is big pine, hints of citrus. The taste is more big sticky pine. The hop bite is balanced with just enough malt, lingering bitter finish. The body is medium, good carbonation, easy drinking. A very good APA, big taste, easy drinking.

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Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date present.

A: Hazy burnt-orange with 1-finger thick off white with average retention. Several lines of lace form.

S: Surprisingly sweet and hoppy with an amberish caramel aroma topped by a floral, fruity citrus hops contribution.

T: The taste is a crisp meld of amber and APA with an earthy, toasted, but quite sweet caramel malt foundation finished with a fruity, citrus, and mildly floral hoppy punch that melts away and dominates the aftertaste.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with low carbonation and sticky overal feel.

D: An excellent APA from Dominion which hits the high quality bar this brewery seems to hit with regularity in their brews. THis one stands up to the best American APAs with a sweet but delicious take on the style.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this a Washington-Dulles while waiting for my flight.

Arrived a copper honey colored beneath a thin whitish head, that left a thin but decent lacing on itself.

A light bitter hops aroma leads into a very nice warming hops taste, i really liked the hops taste this beer has.

A light dry with a slight hop hint aftertaste.

I don't know if this beer is that good or if I've just been drinking some IPA's and pale ales, etc. with lower taste quality while I was in the DC area, but this was by far the best hops taste I've had in the last week while I was enjoying the area.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent orange-bronze with butternut edges and very little visible carbonation. The pale gold-pastel orange head is compact and firm with a sparsely bubbled, rumpled surface and doesn't look tacky enough to generate much lace. Wrong again: a decent amount is present as the beer falls with drinking.

A lovely American pale ale nose greets my nose as I stick it into the pint glass. Lightly toasted malt and semi-bright, citric hops comprise the aroma. To my unending delight, hops are more prominent. Brown sugar-crusted grapefruit rind is the star of the show, brought about by a combination of Williamette, Cascade and Tettnang. Inspired choices, I'd say.

Dominion Pale Ale is a tasty beer that cleaves closer to a highly-hopped red ale than it does to an APA (a fine line, I agree). The use of caramel and Munich malt makes all the difference and would have been a bone of contention for me if it wasn't for the somewhat generous hop load. The sweet, toasted, earthy (Munich) flavors of the malt shine through and give the flavor profile a groundedness that allows the hops to shine.

Although far from IPA territory, the hop load is still considerable. Just as in the nose, flavors of spicy, brown sugary white grapefruit and pine sap give light jabs to the taste buds. They don't really gain in intensity from start to finish, they just fade deliciously slowly. The finish is anything but clean (a good thing) and leaves my tongue with a thin coating of hop resins.

The mouthfeel, thanks to all that malt, is somewhere between medium and full for the style. Silky doesn't quite fit, but lightly sticky and lightly chewy do. The bubbles keep their heads down and out of the way, even as they keep things moving along behind the scenes.

Old Dominion continues to impress. This beer isn't as insanely delicious as New River Pale Ale, but that has everything to do with my preference for pale malted, more highly-hopped beer over caramel malted, less highly-hopped beer. That said, this is very good stuff. I'm disappointed that this is only a 12 ounce bottle and that I didn't buy more when I had the chance.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A translucent bronze-orange color with a large, foamy and rocky off-white head with great retention and very nice lacing.

S: Toasty caramel malt and robust, sweet citric hops. Orange and some grapefruit. Also some substantial floral aroma, perhaps some faint pine as well.

T: Surprisingly hoppy - floral, some bitter citrus, and some faint pine. Toasted caramel malt, with some bready/yeasty undertones. Some fading, resiny bitterness into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Soft but noticeable carbonation. Some dry bite into the finish.

D: This is really well done. Like Dominion's Ale and Oak Barrel Stout, there's a lot here to like. Great for the price, and rather aggressive for an APA. Will definitely pick up in the future.

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Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the March MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a dark orange, with a very solid white head that is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is malty and perfumed with citrus and floral hops. Taste is a wonderful blend of malts and floral hops. Mouthfeel is lively on the palate and the medium body is just right for the style. Drinkability is very good at 5.6 abv. This would make for a wonderful tailgating brew! This is right up there with a SNPA if not better!

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orangish amber with a thin off-white head that soon becomes a thin patch and a ring around the side.

The smell is of toasted barley, fruity hops and a touch of caramel.

The fresh, fruity, mildly bitter hops immediately take center-stage. But, soon toasted grain and a caramelish maltiness support and inwrap them, creating a good balance for the style. The malt is controlling enough to keep this one from entering IPA-land, but doesn't take away from the grapefruit-like hop presence.

The feel is crisp with some mild chewiness. It's medium to full body. The good flavor, fullness, balance and steady carbonation make this very smooth. The flavors of the hops and malt hold on well.

Overall, it's a well-balanced, delicious brew with a wonderful, close to flawless, feel. A good example of the style and enjoyable. I wish this were available in my area.
Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this one!

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

Big up to bstaffor for including this in the Hoppy Summer to You BIF!

Poured into a shaker: Nice, translucent amber body, hazy, under a finger of off-white, spongey head (a good thing). Drops to a thin but solid coating, leaves lots o' lacing.

Smell is nice, cool, mild lemon, some leafiness or grassiness, iced tea, just the smallest hint of malt.

Huh, I wish I could put my finger on this taste: kind of citrusy, kind of tea-like, with a lightly bready, graininess to it. I really like it, but there's something I just can't name -- like bran flakes?

Medium-light bodied, very smooth, but chewy at the same time. Maybe it's just me thinking of that cereal characteristic, but I want to chew it as I swallow. Crazy.

This is really good stuff -- smooth, an easy drinker, & tasty with that je nais se quoi that makes it that much more intriguing.

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

An aggressively-hopped American-style pale ale, this brew pours a honey/copper color with creamy off-white head that hangs around for a while and leaves moderate lacing. The aroma is immediately of piney hops (specifically, pine sap) with leafy, minty notes. On palate, piney hops up front balanced with caramel/fruity malt. Midpalate, biscuity, cracker (almost pilsener-like) notes. Leafy, piney hops and mint return toward the end with a dry hop finish. A fresh-tasting beer for lovers of hops.

The pilsener (cracker) element is reminiscent of Dominion's Dominion Ale, though the big difference here is the heavy (though not too heavy) piney hop presence. Ultimately not as great or as interesting as Dominion Ale but another excellent take on the highly-hopped style of American pale ales.

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

A: dark amber, good head, fine carbonation
S: floral bouquet at the crest of the hoppy spicing
T: very nice, balanced mix of hops (a forte of this beer, in case you hadn't guessed from the name); the one drawback was an ever-so-slight metallic aftertaste
M: smooth; neither thin nor thick
D: very nice--I wanted another one immediately

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Photo of warchez
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

AP: Deep copper to mahoganey, suprisingly darker than expected. Slightly hazy, sediment in bottle suggests bottle conditioned
Ar: Nice sweet malt at first, balances well with a citrus like hop finish in the nose.
T: Bitteness is apparent, strikes a great bite but not assertive at all, nice level. Malt backbone is caramel and raisin like. Citrus like hop character reinforces the malt tones. Great balance.
M: Almost chewy. Coats the palate and resides for some time. Maybe a bit too friendly this beer. Doesn't quite know when to quit.

Overall: A better than good beer. Certainly presents with great color and froathy head. Appearence alone sells this beer. If the mouth feel was a little more crisp, then it would be a sustainable session like beer. However it would be tough switching styles at a bar with this beer in your mouth still. That quality would probably pair it perfectly with mexican or spicy thai.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brownish amber beer features a super delicious caramel malt profile, with a touch of toasted grain. A clean caramel, aroma also dominates the nose. The hops are fairly mild, but bitter enough to balance the subdued malt sweetness of the malt. Mellow grain in the finish.

I can’t get over how clean and delicous the caramel flavor is in this beer. I really though that Legend in Richmond, Va, was the only Virginia brewery that could pull of such a great caramel malt character, but Dominion’s Pale Ale here gives almost any of their beers a run for their money. It’s a bit of a shame too, I think this is one of Old Dominion’s most overlooked brews; I know I’ve passed it up many times opting instead to go for their Lager, Ale and one of their awesome seasonals.


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