Hop Mountain Pale AleMay 1, 2010 Dover, DE
Old Dominion Brewing Co.
Available: MD, DE, DC, VA & PA
Hop Mountain Pale Ale is a rich, red ale made in American Pale Ale style. It is brewed with four different styles of American hops and dry hopped with two of those. The brew won the United States Beer Tasting Championship, “Grand Champion” award in 2008.
Original gravity: 1063
Cute name appeals to the hopheads among us. The nose (herbal and intense) and palate (malty and balanced) don’t disappoint. Dense tan head contrasts a bright deep golden robe with ruby highlights. The full-finish is without bitterness making this a fine beer for food. The hoppy aroma and malty palate were perfect with a homemade vegetable soup of celery, onion, leeks, potatoes, mushrooms, tomato, spinach, red pepper, chili and leek, all seasoned with chopped artisan soprassata.
- Charles Finkel
Sunset hue of orange and amber infused with what may be hopped haze. Welcome aroma of sweet malt and sweet-floral hops. Very inviting. Flavor balance is smooth and a noble choice for compelled hop heads. Drinkable and balanced—yes it is. Nice malt foundation endorsing my particular inclinations for balanced hoppy pale ale. Creative and terrific hop flavors are convincing and multi-dimensional.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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