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 LarryKemp
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A very clear amber with a firm white long lasting head. A very nice looking beer.

A predominate butter aroma overpowered all other smells. I could make out slight hops in the background, but the more I sipped the more butter I got.

The taste was subtle hop bitterness. There was some malt but not really a lot of anything.

The mouthfeel was medium and the first couple sips had a buttery slickness. There was a bitter finish at the rear of the roof of the mouth that was close t o style but the rest was disappointing.

As I type this, all I can think of is popcorn. Sorry, but the butter is in my nose and on my tongue. There are two more beers from my BOM box. Hopefully the others are better. I could not recommend this beer except as an example of a bad Pale Ale.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Date: 12 January 2013...
Glassware: Yuengling pint...
Occasion: Playoff football--no Browns, but oh well...
Appearance: nice burnt orange, vibrantly bubbling body supporting a creamy single-finger, off-white head...
Aroma: soft, buttery nut scent; almost popcorn (corny?) overtones; hops are so subtle they are not noticeable...
Taste: almost balanced, with a slightly off-centered malt profile; not nutty, buttery, or descript...
Palate: medium-bodied, crunchy at the teeth; foamy...
Overall: Not really a "mountain" of hops, and unlike the label's boast, not really a declaration of hop love either...serviceable, but not neearly as appealing as other pales...

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Booth's High & Dry Gin snifter on 2/9/13

Bottling Date: 12/04/12

Cloudy copper with orange highlights in the light. Away from the light it looks rusty. Fast rising head a notch above two fingers. The bubbles dissipate leaving ample lace and a foamy dome.

At first smell, my impression was that of caramel bread water. Once the head died away, the hops emerge a bit more: pine, orange pith, soap, hints of lemon/lime. Botanical, herbal notion. But there's still a strong caramel and bread presence.

The taste is pretty pedestrian; piney hops with intermittent citric zest, toasty bread and some caramel. Bitterness picked up midway through but mellowed a little over time.

Medium body with a resiny, gritty feel. Moderately low carbonation; rather smooth. I have no major gripes with the feel.

Overall impression; drinkable but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice deep clear copper color and is topped by a two inch thick light tan head that is made up of largish sized bubbles. The aroma is buttery and slightly spicy from the hops that are used. Up front it is fairly clean tasting, the finish is mostly dominated by a butteryness that is most likely form diacetyl. This beer is fairly mild in the hop department.

This would be a pretty nice drinking pale ale if not for the diacetyl that comes to dominate this beer. The butter flavor is not out of control but it is just a bit too much for my liking. Though it is drinkable, and has a certain spiciness to it, which seems to be part of the hop character.

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Photo of alysmith4
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical, typical, typical. But good, good, good. A classic representation of an APA, with a fresher twist. I found this on tap at the Old Dominion Brewhouse here in town, and was glad that it did not disappoint. (It's worth mentioning that the hot wings I ordered to go with the brew were excellent.) I know this won't be the last time I visit the place, and I would order the same food and drink again.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber orange color with an off-white head that's rather miniscule. Spotty lacing. Nose is of caramel malts and some floral hop notes. Palate is more hoppy up front, but quickly turns malty in the mouth. A decently balanced beer. Carbonation is biting, and plays well with the medium/light mouthfeel. Finish is slightly hop bitter and on the dry side. Really a decent APA style beer. Not bad.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured hazy and particulate-filled auburn orange with a fluffy white head. The particles and haze knocks it down a point. Shame, since it does have very nice lacing with spiderwebs and chunks of lace all over the Duvel glass.

I get a nice grainy and lightly malty base with a touch of grassy and citrusy hops. Pine isn't as prevalent. A very, very odd aroma is detected as well... sourness? Is this infected? It wasn't overcarbonated so it wasn't soured in the bottle. There's definitely a mild lactic aroma going on here. I've consumed enough sours to know what they smell like. It's not prominent enough to really cause a disturbance and honestly, I kind of like it.

Very much like the aroma, but that strange sourness isn't in the flavor. Nice hop bite but everything kind of falls flat. Not offensive in any way, but simply boring. It starts off very nice but everything, especially the malt, falls off without a trace. Not a hint of anything except for a slightly herbal bitterness trailing off in the distance.

Light bodied, well carbonated. Not bad. Overall, a very boring, average beer. I'm not quite sure what's going on here. Maybe not much?

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Photo of patre_tim
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange with a slight tinge of haze, lots of carbonation and an orange tinged 5 fingers of head. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, orange, creamy like fresh buttered bread, citrus, light pine scented air.

T: Light citrus, orange, buttered bread, dough, medium bitterness on the end.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation.

O: Bottled May 20, 2014, bought in Virginia, drank in Pensacola July 29, 2014.

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Photo of flexabull
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber color, no head what so ever.

Aromas are toasty and sweet. A lot of malt showing on the nose.

Flavors are dusty, with some slighty sweet malt qualities.

Mouthfeel is pretty average on this one, this is a bit of bitterness on the finish that makes it slightly interesting.

All in all, this is a pretty average tasting beer. It's not bad, but not great... very ordinary.

Bottle courtesy of MuenchenerKindl.

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium amber and golden honey color that is clear and has webby lacing as the head discipates. Earthy hop aromas with mild evervescence and bready sweet caramel is Present. Grassy earthy hop character that is quite overbearing and drowns out the malt character for me. I realize the name and what they were doing here is probably spot on but it's just not having the wow factor I was expecting. Mild grapefruit appears as it warms along with alot of bitters.

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Photo of bpfishback
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours with about an inch of head that fades quickly but leaves nice lacing. Light orange in color, slightly hazy. The hop aroma is a little muddled, the smell reminds me of adding hops to wort during the boil. As it warms it gets a little better, a sweet citrus hop smell comes through, maybe a little mint. The taste is sweet, then bitter, then sweet, then bitter. The bitterness is maybe a little harsh.Light body, fairly dry. Not a bad beer but it seems a little rough, it's a bit muddled and the flavors and smells are not very clean. I don't find it that drinkable due to this roughness.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry pine hops. In the taste, dry pine hops, and ends with a bit of orange citrus. A dry pine hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, gritty pine hop in the aftertaste. Gritty, and hops a mess in this one. About average and decent.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - burnt orange brown clear color with a medium sized tan head that doesn't last long but leaves some decent lacing

s - malty with some citrus and hops. Not to strong and definitely not as much hops as I expected for a pale ale.

t - not much, just full on piney hops. A hint of caramel malt barely comes through and then immediately gets dominated.

m - light body

d - the taste was definitely a suprise after smelling the beer. There were not many hops to be found in the aroma but the taste was almost all hops. Not very balanced.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber color with a bubbly tan head.

S: Toffee, roasted grains and an earthy and citrus hop presence.

T: Roasted malt, toffee, caramel, green apple, citrus and spicy hops. Some bitter metallic taste to the finish.

M: Light to medium body with crisp bubbly carbonation.

D: This is an average Pale Ale that can be refreshing but not one to rave about.

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Photo of harrymel
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at old dom's in the Dulles airport. Reviewed via iPhone.

A: copper and hazy. No head. Spotty lacing. Almost has a wheat appearance. Low marks.

S: nice and hoppy. Centennials and cascades I would guess. Above average. Hint of metallics.

T: nice and bitter up front. Good citrus character. Nice malts are a hint sour - reminds me of mirror pond at times. Again, a hint of metal.

M: medium body with lively carb. Dry finish.

O: decent pale. Would drink again. Would not seek out.

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Photo of Gavage
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours an orange amber color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and an earthy hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, moderate grapefruit citrus, a bit of orange, and a general earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Slightly dry at thie finish.

Overall: a very mild pale ale that doesn't overly excite the taste buds. One will do in a session.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

what can you say about this one.
scores out average..not bad, not good.
seemed a bit dark for style, fairly dark copper almost brown.
nice mix of hops and malts in the nose and on the palate.
Earthy, medium mouthfeel.
Like I said, solid, bordering on the ordinary

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Pretty desperate times as the Dulles Airport. Beer hard to find. Found this on tap and thought I'd give it a try. The head is thin....and now it's gone. Very cloudy orange color. The grapefruit taste does pop. Not overly hoppy - more malty and is a true ale. Not for the hopheads definitely. An ok beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: hazy amber that is slightly brownish. off-white head has good retention as well as lacing.

S: floral citrus is not overly intense, but definitely present. hard to find some malt, but the hop presence is pleasant.

T: similar to the nose, a moderate floral american hop presence. a little bit of chewy malt. bitter and dry finish.

M: moderate carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: an O.K. beer, but there are much better APA's coming out of the states that are widely available. pass.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a nice two-inch dimpled cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hops, toasted malt
Taste-Up-front orange rind, citrus zest, hop oil, yellow grapefruit . Faint toasted caramel malt not quite enough to off set a puckering bitterness that left this brew too one-sided to be blalnced. Flavor is more rough-cut IPA than American Pale ale.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear amber beer , highly carbonated , with a 2 finger head. Surprisingly clear for an ale.Smells moderately of earthy hops. Amazingly light on flavor. Of course its leaning toward the hops, but not much malt flavro is apparent. Slightly tart taste that lingers a bit . Mouthfeel is just ok. Drinkability is average.

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Photo of smanders
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear, dark copper color w/ a thin head. Lacing is minimal.

Smell - Nice hops (pine/citrus) with a note of raisins.

Taste - Hops up front but vanish quickly. Unfortunately not replaced by anything.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, bubbly, light.

Drinkability - Fair. I would prefer more hops from an APA and more balance. This is an average example of the style. At only $6.99/six pack, there's not much to complain about. Maybe my vote would have been higher if Dominion were still in Virginia...

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Photo of Hoescheg
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a "pale ale" this is a very dark brew. I would call it a brown or amber. Head is creamy and full looking. The smell is ok, has some floral hoppy smell, but not very strong. It tastes pretty hoppy, there is no in your face bitterness, and it has a good amount of maltyness that tends to make it feel like a heavier beer. Leaves kind of an unpleasant woody after taste in my mouth. Overall its way to dark and malty to be called a pale ale, and needs more hops to live up to the description. Would not buy again, but would drink.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice clear amber color with a nice head and nice lacing on the glass make this an attractive beer. The nose is light and floral, owing to the higher-than-expected hoppiness of this beer. The palate is lovely, bitter and reminiscent of flower petals, again from the floral hops. It feels refreshing, and is quite bitter on the finish. Overall, this is a nice brew, but it's more like an IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of changeup45
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a trade. Copper color with a thin head and a little bit of lace. Aroma is rather mild with some malt and sweetness. Malty flavor gives way to a smooth hoppy finish. Nice blend of hops and malt. Finishes a little bitter. A pretty good Pale Ale.

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