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 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 hanco005
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer of the month club selection for this month, 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear orange amber and produces a ¾ inch off white head, slowly fading away to produce thick lacing

S—bitter grapefruit and other citrus and floral are very strong, very fragrant,

T—hops and malts are balanced nicely, so nice that I can’t pick out any one distinctive flavor

M—light/medium bodied, sharp, good carbonation

D—glad I got to try this one. A nice pale ale, but nothing really stick outs to make you want to seek it out. That being said, the other 2 that I have will still be enjoyable.

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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 unknownlamer
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2005-08-09

Poured a clear copper color with a perfect sticky head. The smell is dominated by cascade hops as is the usual for an american pale ale. The taste is smooth with a good malt base and a clean cascade finish. The lace is sticky and stays on the glass the entire way down. It felt right in the mouth too. The taste is a little simple, but still good.

I could session (my sessions are looong ;-) ) this even though it wouldn't be my first choice. A solid pale ale from a solid brewery. It looks beautiful and tastes pretty good.

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

Nice picture of a deer on the label. Poured a medium copper color with nice off-white head. Smell is a mixture of hops and malt with neither predominant. Hops and malt also compete in the mouth to give a nice balance. Finish brings out more of the hops to give a nice ending. A good solid brew.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich coppery colour with a fairly nice just off white head. Aroma is oddly muted. A hint of sweetness and hops, but just a whiff. Taste is nice a nice bread crust maltyness at the front then enough hops to dry the beer out. Some orange citrus in the hops but not an abundance of it. Not over hopped, this is not for those seeking a hop blast. This is a more subtle beer more East Coast or English in style. Very nice mouthfeel. Maybe a bit thin, but nothing to take off for. Drinkability is high. This would and did make an excellent session beer. I think this one gets over looked in the Dominion line up. But then going against Tuppers and New River is a challenge

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber in color with a thin, filmy head. Lace would form, but slide down the edges of the glass and back into the beer. The aroma is a bouquet of hoppiness. The flavor is nicely balanced with the malts that end in a nice hop kick. Kind of a sourdough flavor to the beer. The mouthfeel is a couple notches below perfectly crisp, but not anything to really complain about. A pleasant and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Relatively clear, small head that dissipated but did not disappear. Hoppy nose that was pleasant and certainly added to the decent balanced hop/malt flavor. The mouthfeel was nothing special, not too thin. Finish could have been longer. This was a good pale ale. I will buy it for a sports night beer. Another easy drinker from Dominion.

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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 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 stirgy
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy orangey amber color with a thin foamy head. Sporadic carbonation. The aroma yields sweet fruity malts, little bits of pineapple, sweet orange, pine needles and mangos. The taste is full of flavorful tangy malt and bittersweet hops that emit a fruity spiciness. Nice fruit zest-iness comes through in the finish.
This is quite drinkable and seems to be blended perfectly. A bit of stale mustiness is evident, but overall, this is a pretty tasty and flavorful pale ale.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a very thin white head. Aroma is a touch nutty with roasted malt & pleasant hops. Crisp & floral hop flavors are balanced beautifully by sweet caramel malt. Medium bodied with a dry, bitter, & somewhat spicy finish. Very solid brew, but hard for me to order at the brewpub with New River & Tupper's on tap beside it.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew oozed out of the 12 ounce bottle a deep and rich brownish-orange colour, with a sticky yet ever bubbly head. The aroma was malty and hoppy at the same time. A strong, musty, herbal aroma whaffed from this brew, rather intriguing at that. The flavor was sweet, with notes of some sweetness in the background. A decent pale ale, although rather different than that of what I am accustomed to. Nevertheless, another solid brew from Dominion.

Zum wohl!

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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 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 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 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 Gasp100
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with brown and gold labe with deer and wheat stalks? The color was a clear dark amber with golden highlights. A very thick beige head lasted very long and ended with light lacing around the glass. A nice chocolate/nutty malt taste lightly scented with floral hops. A nice natural carbonation with a dry, slightly acidic aftertaste. Very clear, crisp finish which left a nice taste on the tongue. This one is very drinkable but just a little bit heavier than some of the other ales that I prefer. Overall, very nice.

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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 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 cretemixer
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper brown in color with a ivory colored head. It fades to a thin solid layer leaving a little spotty lace.
Earthy malts & floral hops on the nose. There is a bit of graininess too.
Refreshing full hop bitterness with a malty balance. The grainy aroma is no where to be found in the taste. Very smooth, full and pretty darn drinkable. Very refreshing. Thanks to PintOfAle for the sample.

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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 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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Photo of HopheadEd
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a little above average on this one. Nice example of the style, good color, nice hop aroma, crisp finish, a good Pale Ale. Drinkable, but nothing stands out, just standard across the line. Good session ale.

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Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very balanced Pale Ale. The hops do not dominate and are nicely complimented by the malt. There is a bread-like quality to this beer that is hard to explain. Somewhat nutty as well. Very drinkable.

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