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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale AleDominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale
350 Ratings
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 OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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 harrymel
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
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 NickRivers
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A&S - Great hazy, deep carmel copper with a huge two-finger foamy egg shell head with lots of creamy lacing. The nose is mostly cirtus and floral hops with some wet grain.

T&M - Nice sweet front, with tons of grassy floral hops, some citrus peel, I feel the citrus is more from ingredients as oppose to the hops. See below for more. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a very refreshing, easy drinking, medium/light body.

O - Overall a nice brew except for one problem(Again see below).

This beer was given to me just a few days ago by a friend of a friend. It was from a Beer-Of-The-Month Club. I was very excited about this one after looking it up, so I cracked her open and was amazed by its amazing pour. I took a sip and my heart sank by a kinda "too" bitter, salty flavor on the back of the taste. It made sense that the beer was 2 months expired, however I continued to write my review. Being in California there's no way I'll get this again, and despite the saltiness I was still able to pick up some very pleasant bready, hoppy, carmel flavors. I will definitely go out of my to get this again and hopefully this time a ill get a fresh bottle. I also have a Oak Barrel Stout that's waiting for me as well. Check out this brewery and make some trades to get some, its well worth it. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
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 mooseisloose
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brew that arrived at my door courtesy of BOTMC, let's give it a whirl. The smell is of grapefruit and citruses. On the pour I get an apple cider brown with a micro bubble head with large bubbles spaced throughout and a foamy top. Head laces as it recedes. Taste has a nice friendly hop bite that is tarty but doesn't come through bitter until the finish, then lingers in the aftertaste. Good hop backbone. Taste is consistent throughout, not overly complex. Mouthfeel is silk smooth with carbonation just right. Nothing fancy but a good solid pale ale.

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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 greenmonstah
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Pint glass, bottled 2/22/2011

A - Pours a nice copper with two fingers of off white head that perfectly fill the pint glass. Nice big bubbles.

S - Some hop, but not quite a mountain. Some orangey citrus hop balanced with a bit of pine. A bit of a grass and some breadiness.

T - Nice hop bitterness, but not lots of hop flavor. Finish has a grain quality to it and maybe a little buttered bread. A bit disappointing following a great nose like this.

M - Slightly dry. Plenty of carbonation. A bit thin, with a light body.

O - Overall a fairly average pale ale, but with a great nose. Lots going on in the aroma that doesn't come to a head in the taste.

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Photo of smibroncos
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a hazy amber to apricot, with a short off white diminishing head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S. Pine, citrus, good hop aroma, hay

T. Starts sweet and malty but quickly leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue then finishes sweet again. Pinapple, apple, pears, citrus, and carmel.

M. Medium bodied, good carbonation. The duration is a little on the short side

D. Overall a really good brew, good balance carbonation aroma and flavor I will try this one again, cheers...

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Photo of bpfishback
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Tballz420
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
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 bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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 CliffBrake
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly bright copper color with decent fine head and good lacing.

Light citrusy hop aroma blends with a bit of sweet bread.

Medium light body with a bit of sourness yielding to a slightly aggressive bitterness.

A bit flat mouthfeel. Overall, a decent brew.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice golden orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, a nice citrus, earthy, and slightly floral aroma at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts followed by a much more prevalent but well balanced citrus, earthy, and floral hop flavors.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light to medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, nice balance of basic beer flavors with a lower abv. Very sessionable.

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Photo of goldbot
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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 mattgreger
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a nice golden orange color with a bit of a haze. It had a nice thick 2 finger, off white head. This brew did not have a whole lot of lacing, but a bit of small beads that feel as you drank through the body of the beer.

This brew right of the nose has a bit of citrus aroma too it. I can smell a mild tangerine/orange aroma that feeds into what I can only tell is an apple like aroma. The finish of the aromas comes up and gets you, its a nice soft malt that rounds out all the full aroma.

The flavor on this brew is pretty good. As I have stated in the past, I haven't come by a Dominion brew that i didn't like. This brew is no different. The brew has a slight graininess. The flavor starts out with a bit of a bitter flavor that lends itself to the punch of citrus flavors, such as oranges, lempons, and maybe a touch of bitter berries. It then feeds in to a bit of a herbal hops flavor that gives this brew a nice punch and finishes with a bit of malt.

Mouthful on this brew is pretty good. Very simple brew, low ABV and decent flavors that make this brew go down smooth. The citrusy/acid like base on this brew give it a bit of a dry finish, but still good. Might be the only loosing points on this one.

This is a very drinkable brew. Its got a great hop flavor without being to overpowering. With a low ABV such as this, this brew would make a pretty good session brew. I know I could drink a few without a problem. Another great brew by Dominion

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise!

Beautiful amber colour, subtle aroma and very nicely balanced taste - just the right combination of malts and hops with a flavourful bitter finish.

As the previous reviewer noted, the label design has changed since this thread was started. Regardless of how it looks, I would definitely seek this out again! Would love to try draught as well...

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Photo of psuKinger
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, dated 9/08/10, poured into my Penn State shaker pint glass. My bottle label is different than that shown in the BA-bottle picture, but the only other Dominion beer listed here that has "Hop Mountain" in the name is a DIPA that has only one review. My bottle says "Pale Ale", not DIPA, and beers with one review are usually not widely available... so I'm guessing this is the right place for this review.

A: Very hazy orangish-brown with a thick bubbly white head on top. Very nice.

S: Malty-sweetness, typical of an east coast pale, is readily apparent, with a hint of hop citrus.

T: Tastes follows the nose, but I'm relieved to see that the hops are more present than I'd feared. Malty sweetness is present, but the hops are keeping it in check. A decent showing from an East Coast brewery, and I can't help but think that this guy might have been even better 2 months ago...

M: Thick in the mouth, it finishes a bit syrupy on the tongue and leaves a good hop-oil taste behind.

D: This beer was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it, and I found it to be very drinkable. I would seek this out again.

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Photo of Ego
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brew date: 6/19/2010

ruby red hue with one finger of semi-craggy off white head, pretty non pale for a pale ale, looks alot like Sierra celebration, the head settles in rather quickly, there is not much lacing to speak of... not bad, not good, sort of average plus.

initially strong hop aroma dissipates within a few minutes peeling back a layer into sweet caramel malt-itude, subtle honey notes and an almost "clean" like scent (like fresh soap, not soap perse, just the sensation), pretty nice.

taste etc...
drinks like the smell, a nice hop blast up front with plenty of sweet malt behind it, a bit thicker than standard run pales, this trends towards almost syrupy, this might be a bit much for sessions body wise but it is pretty tasty, the hops are not over the top and this is nicely balanced.

nice beer, nothing great but not your every day run of the mill APA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 stingrayvr6
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Showed a dark amber brown with frothy white head. Decent retention, not much lacing. Smell of bready malt and caramel, some light crisp earthy hop notes. Taste citrusy and floral hops up front, balanced by a good, full and sweet malt body with hop bitterness in the finish. Good pale ale, not particularly aggressive, very drinkable.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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 DaveBlack
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice deep amber color. 1/2 inch of head which lingers for a while before disappearing.

S: Some nice pine and citrus. Doesn't smell very sweet. Nice and hoppy.

T: Quite good. Dry with loads of hops. Reminiscent of Hop Devil, if not so well balanced. Some grapefruit notes.

M: Lots of carbonation. Light but a little sticky feeling. It kind of coats the mouth and won't let go. I'm not sure what that's about...

D: A very good and drinkable beer, though I think that there are better hop-heavy pale ales out there. Worth a look for sure. I'd definitely buy it again, just maybe not any time soon

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 jonB
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a dissipating head. Very god malt profile with a mouthful of hops. Despite the strong presence of hops, there is a still a fair amount of alcohol in the finish. A solid pale ale, but is slightly below average for the style.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Amber in color, rich tan head, lots of lacing, average transparency.

S: Nice sweet roasted flavors mix well with grassy hops.

T: Lots of good hoppy bitterness for an APA. Hops are mostly grass and resin. These mix well with its subtle roasted malt sweetness. Finish is mild, but persistent.

M: Medium body, with medium to high carbonation which feels really nice.

D: Surprisingly flavorful - a real treat. Not, however, the most "drinkable" APA.

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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 350 ratings
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