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 pezoids on 10-26-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice foamy pour. Cloudy yellow qppearance. Hop aroma is citrus. Begins malty, then Bitter grapefruit taste kicks in. Other fruit lurking in background. Hard carbonation. Fresh and drinkable. Refreshes. Lace remains in glass. Thanks for sharing, Radek.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice golden color with a light hazy to it. The head was soapy and white in color with a moderate retention and lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a pretty good balance of lively hop aromas mixed with the malts. The taste is a little off to me at first, they mentioned using Nelson Sauvin in this brew which I've noticed that awkward flavor before in beers using that specific hop. Either way, after a few sip the beer started tasting better. It's a clean crisp tasting pale ale by the time you finish the glass. The mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and drinkable. Good carbonation and lighter bodied. Overall it's a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color. Faint floral hop aroma. Taste is light to medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Nice balance and pretty good flavor for a pale ale. Not the most exciting style but this is one of the more tastier pale ales out there. High drinkability and a great session beer, one of the better ones in the mixed sampler 12 pack.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a large-bubbled head that displays fair retention without much lacing

Smell: Caramel aroma with some piney hops

Taste: Starts with a caramel flavor that is quickly joined by some piney bitterness; after the swallow, a bit of citrus creeps in but the bitter elements remain piney

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Pleasant enough, with a tilt toward the hoppy amber ale rather than APA profile

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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 oline73
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the washington dulles taproom.

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber with a finger of off white head that fades to a small layer with mild lacing.

Smell: some malt but not sweet. Citrus peel hops as well.

Taste: more bitter than expected. Citrus peel hop bitterness with enough malt to play back up. Finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: not very pale. Nice flavor, would have another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours amber with a slight off white head. Not too much lacing. Mode brings some light malt and a good dose of pine and citrus hops. Good taste but it doesn't match the nose. Feel is good with a nice bitter touch. A bit ordinary but pretty good.

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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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 6/6/2012. Pours hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, herbal, floral, caramel, mango, bread, toast, and light piney spiciness. Nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, herbal, caramel, bread, floral, pine, and light herbal spiciness. Fair amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, floral, bread, herbal, pine, caramel, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Nice complexity of hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance. Zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, lightly sticky, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. Very good flavor balance, and very smooth to drink. Very enjoyable offering; exceeded my expectations given the bottle dating.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. A solid pale ale across the board.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy dark copper to amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy but dense beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This beer has a malty smell than I expected for the style - primarily caramel and just a hint of toasted malts. Light amounts of citrus/orange rind and pine hop aromas as well.

T: The beer starts out with a light amount of caramel malt sweetness but the dominant flavor is from the hops - some earthy hops along with citrus/orange rind hop flavors. There are light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but a little bit too strong to be an easy drinker or sessionable beer. I wish this beer had a little less bitterness.

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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 Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchases this bottle at outlet liquors in rehoboth beach, de -poured chilled from the 12oz into a 1/2 pint.

A - A light peach color w/ mild haze from hop resin and thick rocky 2 finger ecru cap comprised of small beads

S - A mild tangerine scent w/ slight fruity yeast ester that reminds me of apple skins w/ slight sweet malt scent rounding out the aroma

M - A mild astringent tinge up front w/ subtle acetaldehyde and moderate bitterness w/ malt sweetness that is subdued and alchol is low in the feel w/ gentle tangy acidic texture w/ mild semi-dry finish

T - The flavors of the pale are mildly bitter and have slight citrus w/ orange and lemon rind and berry but more pithy and grapefruit w/ a lime rind clean and acidic taste that almost borders on sourness. The astringent taste is high w/ gentle herbal note and mild malt tinge in the finish

D - A drinkable pale, I found it easy to quaff. It has a lot of hop flavor and I found it enjoyable, but there are others I would probably choose over this

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Photo of mdfb79
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Hopleaf tulip.

a - Pours a transparent bright orange color with one and a half fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, floral notes, pale malts, and fruity malts. Was surprised how much the citrus and tropical fruit came out, but it's very nice.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, pale malts, light tea, and floral notes. Some light bready and caramel malts as well. Light bitterness. Much less fruit and hops than the nose, and more malts. A bit of a step down.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink, but a touch undercarbonated.

o - Overall a pretty average APA. Liked the nose a lot but the taste was pretty average. Worth checking out once and would grab it again in a pinch.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mine is for the "Hop Mountain Pale Ale".

My pour created a finger of thick, foamy ecru head with decent retention. Nose had a definite biscuity-malt scent underlain by a grassy hoppiness. This was more of an English Pale Ale than an American one. Color was an orangish amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full with a definite grassy hop taste on the tongue. Finish had a pleasant caramel malt sweetness that was suddenly offset at the extreme end by a return of the initial bitterness. Not bad, but not a great American Pale Ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears copper hazed amber with a an off white bubbly cream colored head initially very massive only to dwindle down to a collar of lace that leaves specks sporatically with each sip. Aroma has a bready malt characteristic with nut tones sweet cereal brown sugar notes and some floral hops to round out this pale ale. Flavor is a bit tame compared to aroma bittering hops however are more dominant than I expected. Side kick flavors are those bready cereal malts with a nut tone with a sweet edge to it. Mouthfeel is a light to medium body with some nice natural carbonation carrying all of this beers tame but well balanced flavors. Drinkability of this brew I would keep to a couple seems halfway through the beer I am getting a little gasy with hop belches, probably a great beer to have on tap at Old Dominion to try but not one I will revisit time and time again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this ale. Very meaty with hop character. Not a hop bomb that just explodes in your mouth, but a full and earthy profile. It's easy to drink, even though it is quite hearty. I like these style interpretations that aren't obnoxious or overdone just to make a point.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Hop Mountain from Old Dominion is a GOOD pale ale. This pale ale is more English style leaning...but very tasty. The beer poured a nic clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a fine lace. The acent carries fresh hop with a slight citrus flare. The taste is a nicely balanced beer between sweet malt and bitter, with slight citrus, hop. The mouthfeel is between light and medoum body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid offering from old dominion....nice job!

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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 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 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 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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold, hazy orange with a two-finger head that left lace patches and stuck around on me. Sweet malts like caramel and roasted malts weigh in on the aroma, which contains a decent amount of hops. A maltier pale ale than most I've had recently, but still not only has a high drying feeling from the roasted malts, but maintains some thick and sweetness from sweet malts and there's a floral, citric fruit taste all over this beer b/c of the hops. A very sessionable pale ale I could have again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cardinal red when backlighted with a medium steady show of effervesce. 1 finger high parchment colored head shows an average stay of retention but leaves a generally good coverage rate on both the surface and vessel walls thereafter.

S: The nose reveals piney and grapefruit moments along with some thyme that adds a spicy woodsy touch. Moderate level of aroma.

T: The flavor is spicy with again piney and grapefruit hops dominating but seem a bit thin in complexity. Quick bursts of lemony grapefruit and peppery hints but wimpers on the finish with a quick decline in strength and interest. A supposedly good malt support (per label) appears a bit light to me on the finish. Sour citrus and flowery hops are a bit coarse and bitter but not particularly tasty nor smooth in flavor regards.

M: Medium bodied lightly carbonated with citrusy flower hops coating the tongue ever so lightly. Some dry toasted grains, lacks a crispness again just average.

O: The hops build slowly on this one taking time to warm up, but still lacks complexity. The malt support is a bit less then advertised. Ok but not my ideal summer time quencher, lacks a good carbonation bite, and overall wont put you in a rush to seek it out.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper with a nice lasting beige head. Prominent hop aroma but not overpowering (more bitter aroma though than flowery). Flowery hop flavor at first but finishes very bitter and dry. Decent balance but more on the hoppy side. Lighter side of Medium in terms of body.

Bottled: 8/19/02 Tasted: 11/12/02

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