Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dominion Hop Mountain

Lately I've been making a point to focus my beer purchases on readily available, year-round beers. Hop Mountain Pale Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company, in Dover, DE, is one of those "grocery store" beers that's found in many stores around here. As such, it's easy to overlook or take for granted. Indeed I've walked past it many times.

The beer pours a dark, copper-orange color. There's an attractive and thick off-white head that persists. The aroma is slightly sweet, with a hint of citrus. The flavor is initially bitter; think grapefruit rind, but that is offset and balanced by sweet malt. The finish is dry and the bitter citrus notes linger.

Apparently this beer replaces Dominion Pale Ale, brewed when Old Dominion was located in Virginia. Looking back through these Musings, I see that I reviewed Dominion Pale Ale a couple of years ago. And indeed, my notes are similar.

Dominion Hop Mountain is a standard Pale Ale that's a good choice for an "everyday beer." And there's no need to make a trip to a specialty store to find it.

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