And the hits just keep on coming
Posted on 5/23/2012 at 1:48 PM EST (367 days ago)
3 Member Ratings | Great Overall | 8/10 Appearance | 8/10 Aroma | 9/10 Mouthfeel | 8/10 Flavor
A while back I wrote a review about Old Dominion Brewing Company's Oak Barrel Stout where I gave it the highest of high marks, and told of how it instantly made its way onto my all time favorite beers list. What I didn't write about was how I became obsessed with finding out if they were just a one hit wonder, of if they really knew what they were doing when it came to beer. I'll spare you the details, but trust me when I say things got a little bit out of hand. However I am pleased to inform you that with a little bit of BrewChief magic, yours truly was able to get his hands on a couple more of their offerings, and thanks to their Hop Mountain Pale Ale, they are two for two in my book.
In the glass, Hop Mountain takes on an amber coloration that has a bit of a copper tint to it, and two fingers worth of somewhat rocky and cream colored head forms from a standard pour. It only takes a moment or two for some very pungent and earthy hops aromas to reach out of the glass and grab you by the nostrils. Pine resin seems to dominate the initial waves, but with some warming time, notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange rind start to come through as well. If you dig a little deeper, some hints of pepper can be found laying directly on top of a sturdy and somewhat sweet caramel malt base.
When you go in for the first taste, you quickly notice how closely the flavor train follows the nose, and trust me when I say that this is a very good thing. Strong pine grabs you right off the bat and slaps your tongue around a little, and then the fruity flavors of grapefruit and pineapple seem to introduce themselves as a reward for your initial patience. The malty layer awaiting you at the end is not as sweet as the nose let on, but it still has a rich caramel aspect to it, as well as a bit of a toasted taste. Something that cannot go without mention is how well balanced things seem to be. The bitter is there, and so is the sweet, but at no time do either of them get out of control or become too overpowering. The body and carbonation level both fall into the range of medium, which is pretty standard for the style. The mouthfeel is just the slightest bit sticky, and the only real aftertaste is a light pine and grapefruit mixture.
It really excites me to be able to report that Hop Mountain Pale Ale is another great offering from Old Dominion Brewing Company. As far as the American Pale Ale style goes, it is a great example of how things should be done. All levels of drinkers could really get some enjoyment out of it, either as a bridge beer for those still new to the game, or as an awesome session brew for those well versed in the better beer world. So hats off to Old Dominion Brewing. For the second time you guys have went above and beyond, and I can't wait to work myself through the rest of your product line. Cheers!
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Posted on 5/24/2012 at 6:49 AM EST
You already had my interest peaked when you sang such high praises for the Oak Barrel Stout, considering you are the resident go-to stout "expert" here. Now you're telling me that the Hop Mountain Pale Ale is also a winner? Seems as though I need to find myself an offering or two from Old Dominion and get them in my fridge as soon as possible.