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.

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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 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 Lawl3ss
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. twistoff longneck into a shaker pint. Bottling date 6.6.12.

Look- Hazy light amber capped with three fingers of dense buttermilk head. Good retention, and I count no fewer than twelve distinct rings left on my glass.

Smell- Mild, flowery, light citrus and lychee. Second impression is similar, but sweeter.

Taste- Hop-forward on a light cracker malt backbone. Earthy, musky flavor mixes with resin and underripe mango. Pale molasses, perhaps, but it's pretty indistinct-light sweetness akin to watered-down fruit cocktail syrup takes the edge off the bitterness without masking it. Comes off as pretty mellow, nice.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, a bit prickly on the sip. Juicy on the swallow. good quench factor, moderately dry. An easy drinker.

Overall- A pleasant drinker, and a nice end-of-summer brew. Flavorful without being heavy or cloying. Worth trying.

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Photo of mptorpey
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber brown with a small off white head that does not cling to the glass. no carbonation at all.

S: smooth dry hop with a slight sweentness.

T: Nice carmel hop, toffy taste with a slight bitterness in the end. the malt and hops are more upfrunt with the warmer temperture and cask conditioning.

M: Smooth warm full

O: A great cask beer that is easy to drink for the hop lovers.

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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 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 mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with a long lasting, white head. Aroma is of orange fruit, citrus hops and hints of caramel. Body is medium and tangy. Flavors are a lot of citrus hops, orange, some caramel and biscuit malt. Finish is long and hoppy. I liked that orange taste.

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

Bottled on date: 03/07/12
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: A rich copper with a touch of red and just a little cloudy. There was a light beige one-finger head that is uneven like rolling terrain. It left some lacing.

S: The aroma was grapefruit and citrus, and just a hint of caramel sweetness.

M: A medium body and very smooth.

T: A bitter grapefruit blast upfront, some floral flavor comes in just a little later. There is a mild malt backbone that is just enough to take the edge of the bitterness.

O: A very good bitter hop focus and a very bold grapefruit flavor with just enough malt backbone to keep the hops from going over the top. This beer really gets your attention. There is a solid bitterness but it is just short of biting. This beer balances right on the edge of going too far which makes it a very interesting brew.

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

Off tap this beer was a clear, amber color with two fingers of pale khaki-colored head. The retention of the fluffy cap was so-so but it did leave lacing in broken bands. The aroma was of grapefruit zest and distinctly floral hops. The flavors were similar to an American IPA but not quite as bold. Though the floral hops were still present I also tasted green grassy hops, some citrus zest which gave it a bit of a tang followed by the malt core that had notes of oiled leather and wood. The finish was quick and a bit twiggy/herbal from the hops. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation a bit too high/prickly.

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

A- Dark orange beer with a two finger off white head. This beer had quite a bit of sediment flowing throughout the glass, mixing in with the carbonation bubbles. Took a few minutes for the head to die down.

S- Citrus and floral hops with a sweet piney backbone. Really an enticing aroma.

T- grassy and hop filled. Getting some toasty citrus malt flavors. A touch bitter but it keeps your palate moist. Doesn't dry out the palate.

M- Medium body, crisp and pleasant.

O- A little more bitter than I would have expected. Definitely one of the more pungent Pale Ales. Good flavor but still up there in the hop range.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark golden amber color with a very small white head, but that has some major staying power. Smells of sweet malt and hops but not overpowering. Much of the same in the taste, nothing too overpowering. Seems to be a little over carbonated, but not too bad. Overall, a very average pale ale.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a name like Hop Mountain you would expect in IPA but it's just a hoppy pale ale. Will review as such.

A - Wow a twist off! Unexpected. Regardless it pours a hazy dark brown with a light ring of head. Almost like carbonated iced tea.

S - Sell is pretty floral and piney from the bottle neck in the glass I can smell citrus hops, slight herbal notes, and a bit of pale malts.

T - Taste is slightly bitter and a bit sweet and thankfully not dry and herbal like tea as other described. It actually taste pretty good not too hoppy or too much pale malts leaving gritty taste in the mouth. Smooth.

M - Light to medium, very easy to drink.

Overall it wasn't say the best pale ale I ever had but it was surprisingly better than most. Most certainly not "Hop Mountain" but still a great beer.

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

To memory, this is the darkest pale ale I've ever seen, a red-orange in color. The off-shite head settles to about half a finger and fades somewhat quickly but never completely. Spotty lacing is left in moderation.
In the aroma I find an interesting sweetness, grains character and yeast blend. Going underneath, there's an obvious caramel malt component balanced by citrus and floral hops notes.
When I take my first sip, it tastes like I just ate a piece of pumpernickel bread; it's uncanny, really. After it's sat for a few minutes, more comes out, but the bread-like malts presence is massive, underneath which are caramel and nutty flavors also derived from the malts and a healthy addition of citrus and floral hops with a little bit of pine character as well.
The mouthfeel is mostly crisp with some smoothness coming through in about a medium body, getting creamier as it warms. Something about it, though, seems a little shallow, like there's not much going on if not for the carbonation.
This is a very nice paleale and I'm glad I found this beer from a brewery I'd never heard of before.

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Photo of jamescain
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint at Dulles Airport

Appearance: Light brown with an off white head about a centimeter thick which lingers for a while and turns into a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: A hint of piney hops and citrus with caramel malt seeping through.

Taste: Slightly bitter but that is backed up by a nice malty back bone, with notes of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation with a full body feeling and a lingering bitter finish.

Overall: Better than I would have expected from an airport bar, where SA is usually the only craft.

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper gold with 1-finger medium cream head. Nice retention and rather thick belts of lace around the glass.

Very nice herbal citrus notes. A bit grassy, a touch of honey, and a nice citrus mix. Pleasant, without being aggressive.

Herbal notes carry over into the taste profile, again with touches of grass and light honey. Nice light syrupy hop finish, with mild bitters. Really easy to drink.

Feel is a bit thick for the style, but fits the taste very well.

Overall, one I would have again ... and will.

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Photo of u2carew
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz longneck twist off. Picked up on a road trip to DC.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Quickly settles to a thin lacing on top and at the sides. Clear body, copper in color. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Floral hop notes. Some pine aroma in the mix.
T) Underlying sour, citrus notes up front then a move to a more balance profile with malty sweetness but it is short lived. Finishes with an almost astringent hop bite.
M) Creamy fizz. Medium body.
O) A very hoppy pale ale, almost too much so. Needs a bit more balance with the malts.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy dark amber color with a big and fluffy off white sea-foam head on top. Really nice lacing around the glass. Awesome smells of citrus, pine, and floral hops, sharp and pungeunt to the nose unlike the soft hoppy smell I'm used to with other pale ales. A note of some dark malts is in the background as well.

Hops immediately hit your palate like a hammer, and then rescind slightly to make way for a slight citrus/fruity taste in the back that's almost sweet. The hops are citrus and piney and very present. More bitter than most pale ales and very close to the line of an IPA, which is fine with me, but may turn off some who were expecting a more traditional pale ale. My major criticism of this beer is actually in the mouthfeel. It somehow manages to have a full body, but its a little watery at the same time. Its so close to creamy that it almost gets there, but it doesn't quite match to the hoppy character of this one. Its not that detrimental to the whole experience though and I still consider this a good beer, and I would buy it again.

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