Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale AleDominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale
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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 thatguy3579
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Hoescheg
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Arithmeticus
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber, good head, fine carbonation
S: floral bouquet at the crest of the hoppy spicing
T: very nice, balanced mix of hops (a forte of this beer, in case you hadn't guessed from the name); the one drawback was an ever-so-slight metallic aftertaste
M: smooth; neither thin nor thick
D: very nice--I wanted another one immediately

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Photo of tweeder263
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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 thain709
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Mountain

A - The body was a darker shade of aggressive pour produced a billowing, rocky, off white head...there were still mounds left by the end of the beer...nice lacing

S - A fresh and inviting hop nose with a light sweet malt presence

T - The flavor follows the nose...the hops play a big role for being a pale ale...they have a nice citrus flavor to them...the malts show up in the middle but don't last very long...they combine with the citrus fruit and become sweet...a quick drying pine bitterness ends the beer

M - Medium bodied...dry and crisp...the hop bite could have stuck around a little longer

D - A nice, hoppy pale ale...I could drink it if it was readily available to me but I have a few options that are a little better

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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 ralree
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep blood red color, a bit cloudy, great retention and lacing on the 2-finger head. Couldn't be better.

S: Delicious hop flavors and nice grainy malt, with a light fruit undertone. Not as sweet smelling and tangy as many APAs.

T: Very interesting super-hoppy taste with a nice strong barley kick. Definitely less fruity flavor than many APAs. Just enough fruit to keep things interesting. Malt is pretty toasty, almost burned a bit. Nice light aftertaste keeps you coming back for more. Bitterness sticks with you for a bit.

M: Lighter body than many APAs, super-dry for the style, carbonation is good, just slightly astringent.

D: Goes down rather well for the style. Not the best, but not bad either.

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Photo of nukem5
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice orange hue with light tan foamy head with quickly goes bye bye.

S: Hops X 4 inthis tasty brew

T: Hops ,hops , hops ,and more hops light malt with peppery notes.

M: A bit thin but overal a balance of flavors rinse the palate clean with a crisp finish.

D: was very tasty with some bass grilled with carmelized onions.

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Photo of rawthar
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

A- Nice deep almost clear ruby red body, a real thin layer of white fluff head that leaves a ring that sticks around for a little while.

S- After the weekend of super hoppy beers I've had, this aroma still stands up surprisingly well. Nice shot of high-nose lemony citrus hops, but not as intense as a Nugget Nectar or a Pliny. Still, what the smell might lack in intensity, it makes up for in balance, with a pleasant sweet backbone behind all that citrus.

T- Three phases to this flavor. A sharp citrus kick comes first, followed by the balancing malt, and finishing with a dry bitter. Again, after some of the world class hop beer I've recently had, this is a little less complex, but a very high quality for what could be an every day brew. Not much on the alcohol front, either, making this a real smooth drink.

M- Not its most impressive trait, actually evokes a macro in its carbonation level and texture.

D- Nothing offensive here, this could easily be an all nighter without putting you to bed early.

Nice solid brew, not a classic, but definitely above average.

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Photo of kegger22
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Dominion Pale Ale was a dark orange in color with a modest beige head that displayed little retention.

The aroma was a blend of citrus hops and malty sweetness.

The taste followed aroma's lead with citrus flavor on top of a sweet malt backbone and a slightly bitter after taste.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, a bit oily and sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability was good and I would have liked another. Not great, but a respectable example of the style.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hoppy pale ale. Maybe a touch too thin but a pleasing brew nevertheless.

Presentation: 12 oz screw cap bottle. Green glow label design with a logo of a buck's silhouette on top of a hoppy peak. Short description of the brew on the back label noting that this is the brew for hop lovers, broad intent and ingredients. Has a smudged and illegible bottling date, neither shows IBUs , or Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber/ruby pour with a generous frothy head, good retention and lacing. Pretty nice looker.

S - Gentle hoppy aroma, citrus with a very shy malt remembrance.

T - Hoppy grapefruit profile, minimal notes of background malt, almost absent in presence, but tries to come forward without much success as the beer progresses.

M - Light body with good carbonation. Feels a bit thin, watery even, although manages to pick up a good crisp finish.

D - Nice drinkability. A bit off for a session beer but that might be the setting where it would shine the most.

Notes: Nice APA, a bit short on the hoppiness for my liking, at least the way it was presented, both in taste and nose, but a rich APA with a hoppy cut in any case.

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Photo of amccormi
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz Hop Mountain bottle into tulip pint glass. Pour generated about 1.5 inches slightly off white head, a bit frothy and creamy. Head disipated to about 1/8 inch leaving generous lacing on glass. Initial aroma was minimal, mostly floral hops. The color was a rich garnet amber, more like a red ale than a pale ale, but so the box says it is supposed to be, so good job...

The first sip gave only the slightest hint of malt that was overwhelmed with hop floral bitterness. Too cold. Mouthfeel is nice, not watery, appropriate carbonation.

Back again after a few minutes, the beer has warmed some, the 1/8 inch of head still remains and the malt flavors are coming through much better. Still a hop dominated beer, it finishes with a crisp dry bitterness.

Head remains to last sip.

I would say they made what they described, a drinkable red ale under american pale influence.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness-branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden brown color with lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the surface. It has a thin, foamy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Piney and grassy, definitely has some Cascade hops in there.

Taste: Very hoppy but well-balanced by malts. Starts sweet and finishes with a bitter kick. Leaves a refreshing piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied with a refreshing carbonation bite that complements the hoppy bitterness well.

Drinkability: A great pale ale. Old Dominion continues to impress me. It's a shame that they've moved out of the Old Dominion to Delaware but, luckily, it doesn't seem to have affected their beer. Pick this one up and give it a try.

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Photo of JRed
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber with small white head, medicinal looks but not unattractive. Spicy aroma of hops and malt mingling. A robust taste: hoppy, spices, reminiscent of cinnamon appleskins. Light-medium in the body yet sits well enough on the palate and stomach. A distinct pale worth giving a shot to.

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Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mid-copper color with some nice initial head and some decent lacing. Nice deep hop scent, nice and citrusy, with enough malt sweetness to keep it from being cloying. Very nice taste, a deep malty sweetness with a great American hop bitter ending that stays on the tongue. Slightly rough from the hops, but with a nice malt body.

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Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Crazy Lil's in Baltimore.

Appearance: Lighter orange and brown color with a slightly fluffy head that slinks down toward the body and leaves some minor clumps on the glass.

Smell: Hop Mountain, eh? There are some hops here, but I guess I expected this to be an IPA and not a Pale. Lighter citrus and slight hop bitterness, a bit of breadiness. Balanced, but I was hoping for more.

Taste: Easy to drink, but I did expect more hops and more flavor overall, as everything's subdued. A bit of earthy hops and citrus and some bread dough, but again, this could be more interesting.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with decent carbonation, though it seems slightly watery.

Drinkability: I would have this again, but it's nothing I'd seek out. It's definitely easy drinking, however, if you're into that sort of Pale, and sometimes I certainly am.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Redwood21
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't seen the regular "pale ale" around lately and do not know if the "hop mountain" is just a new label, or a new beer recipe entirely... that said i am reviewing the hop mountain version

A: the head is pretty sticky though not immensely voluptuous. it has a way of staying around just enough to remind you its there and is going to make your glass look like you drank more than water. the dark amber brown rust color is also welcome as it is more robust looking than many apas.

S: this is not very strong but you get the point that this is a beer with hops in it, there is a mild almost toast like aroma but its softened significantly by the hops. this is a subtle yet balanced aroma.

T: kudos to the balance of this beer, it comes off clean, well balanced, and can easily become a staple easy drinking mildly hoppy beer in my line up. this is an APA and at times i think we forget that that's not SUPPOSED to be an ipa or iipa. the hops add just enough flavor and bitterness to yield a flavorful beer without that being the complete show. the malt comes in and balances the hops rather well creating a beer that while not genre shattering, might just be genre defining in its balance and simplicity. a def try and surprise from dominion

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, though not exceptional.

Pours coppery and clear with a very short-lived head, which leaves mediocre lacing. The aroma is all flowery and citrusy hops, thought it has a slight thinness, perhaps a slight sour note as it warms. The flavor is flowery and a little sour, like an overripe flower. The bitterness is thin and accentuates the sour note. It's not unpleasant, but it is not a tongue grabber either. The mouthfeel is thin with a trace of carbonation.

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Photo of mempath
4.62/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i assume this is for the new green labeled HOP MOUNTAIN though it would seem the "pale ale" is another Dominion brew...

anyways, looks great. deep amber/bright orange with excellent lacing and a head that remains and settles then fades nicely.

the nose is a little bit, no, alot of things...butteriness, the citrus punch...seems oily (and i like that)...but blended well. the malts seem to be hiding, but that's ok, too.

nothing held back in the taste. a nice bitter hoppy blast but the malt backbone as expected rather keeps things balanced (as opposed to toning anything down). quite similar to the SN Torpedo. at least this first taste. there is something oilier, more pungent, more flowery coming through. simply excellent. and unique enough.

good mouthfeel, carbonation a bit high on the finish, but that keeps it crisp and refreshing. as buttery/oily as it seems, it is actually thin. not a bad thing. keeps things from getting cloying.

if you like hops, it's a session brew for sure. like Torpedo.

i recommend trying one. would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of jnfs
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber in color, is clear, moderately carbonated and has a slight head. Aromas of citrus, pine lemons, and a slight sweetness that smells like plums are present. There is a medium amount of body coupled with a bit of bitterness, that is balanced quite nicely. The flavor lingers for a moment after you swallow, but that's a good thing as it tastes quite pleasant.

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Photo of eljefe21
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red copper color. Pours to a tiny head that sticks around for a while. Some slight foamy lacing.

S: Mmmm, hops. Citrusy, piney hop smell from the moment you start pouring.

T: A battle of hops and malt that balances and works well. Hops hit the outer tongue while the malts settle nicely in the middle.

M: Sharp carbonation on the front and sides of the mouth. A nice drying, fading finish.

D: I was happily surprised by this one having been down on Dominion since they moved out of the Old Dominion. This solid, tasty and refreshing brew reminded me why I used to like Dominion so much.

Served: in a shaker pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 8/27/09

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle with the new "Hop Mountain" label from Norm's, Vienna, VA

a: deep amber colored beer with an average layer of khaki carbonation, good retention

s: pale malt backbone with ample reminders of the caramelized and toasted grain sugars indicated by the appearance, pine hop aroma in good balance with the malts

m: moderate level of carbonation and a medium body that goes down easy

t: pale and toasted caramel malt body - lots of toast, actually - with big grain flavors, a nice pine hop presence provides a flavorful balance and a pleasantly drying, lingering finish

d: just fine - could handle a few of these, a well balanced pale with a good malt presence, kinda rolled my eyes at the "hop mountain" label, but the hops are indeed on the assertive side and probably as big as they should be in this context

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear deep copper hue with a one finger sandstone head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing in its place.

Lots of caramel and brown sugar in the aroma with only a small amount of hops.

The grains are very toasted in the flavor, with a little bit of caramel and a rather strong coffee flavor. The hops come in toward the end adding a bit of an herbal flavor, and not too bitter, with maybe a little citrus. Full bodied with lower carbonation, giving it a bit of an oily feel.

This one's not too far from a low schilling Scottish Ale. It's got deep roasty coffee and caramel flavors with only a little bit of hop presence. Seems to be the big brother of Dominion Ale, although this one is less pale than that one. A different Pale Ale, and rather enjoyable. Recommended.

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Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 351 ratings