Olde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale Ale - Olde Richmond Beer Company
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
From notes on 04/06/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.
A - Less than a half inch of off-white frothy head that doesn't stick around for long; Medium amber in color with a fairly cloudy appearance; Small amounts of lacing left behind
S - Smell is a bit muted, but I still get grassy and herbal hops; Equal presence of toasted biscuits, toffee, and grains as well
T - Lots of biscuits, toast, sweet caramel, and grains in the taste; Some grassy hops are detected, but the malts stand their ground and dominate the flavor; Decent shot of bitterness present in the taste that comes forward more than the grassy hop flavor; I taste a bit of metallic flavor and diacetyl as well - metallic character lingers in the underwhelming aftertaste, accompanied by some pepper and grass
M - Moderate carbonation with a bit of a sting; Medium bodied or just a shade above; Slick, semi-dry coat left within the mouth
O - This English IPA wasn't one to stand out from the crowd, and was a bit disappointing compared to other brews I've had within the style. It's not a bad brew, and far from the worst I've had, but also not a bomber that I'd seek out again.
07-13-2012 10:32:59 | More by TechTriumph
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
Hazy orange color with a one finger head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.
Aroma very restrained. But some caramel, biscuit and orange are detectable. Flavor is of earthy and orange/grapefruit hops on a dry caramel and biscuit malt base.
Medium body with just the right carbonation. Lingering bitter finish.
Overall, this is nothing to knock one's socks off, but it is a well made, balanced and tasty brew. I brought this back from VA two years in a row, and I would recommend it. Cheers!
04-16-2012 22:33:16 | More by CliffBrake
2.7/5 rDev -24.8%
A - Nice, cloudy amber color with an off-white one-finger head. Heavy lacing and good retention. 3.5
S - Hops, banana, apples, and a bit of an ester-y scent. Even though the smell itself is pleasant, it's also really faint and a bit underwhelming. 2.5
T - Bit of malty sweetness at first, which quickly dissolves into a very bitter, hoppy aftertaste. I found this enjoyable for the first half of the pint, but now I find the initial sweetness getting a bit more sickly as time goes on. 2.5
M - Smooth and light to medium-bodied. Not much carbonation but the hopnotes at the end give the tongue their own sensation. 3.0
O - The appearance and mouthfeel of this beer are good, but I'm not too sure about the smell or the taste, with the latter being my main concern. The initial sweetness is almost too much compared to the hopnotes at the end. Instead of balancing the beer throughout the entire experience, I think this beer skips the middle entirely and instead attempts to balance the taste by having a very strong (read: heavy-handed) beginning and finish. If there was something in the middle to better link and bond the initial malt flavors and hopnotes I'd be giving this beer a solid score. 3.0
11-26-2011 02:47:28 | More by rudolphjacksonm
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Golden brown with a frothy white head.
S: Grassy and earthy hops with a biscuity character.
T: Just like the smell. The hops are certainly there, but somewhat muted from what my expectations were. It was almost like an English style pale ale with more hops, but not too much. I'm not sure if this is a true IPA.
M: Fizzy and prickly yet smooth with good carbonation.
O: Above average, but nothing to write home about.
09-07-2011 00:59:15 | More by bundy462
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured about 45 degrees into a Stella stemglass.
Comes a hazy amber with an off white one finger head.
Smell is nothing but a thin pine and some malty sweetness.
The mouth is noticeably robust and round, neither of which was suggested by the smell. Pine resin and some dark sugars meld with an excellent amount of carbonation to make this not unique, but definitely pleasurable.
Overall, well-crafted and a steal at about 4USD per 650. Well balanced with a decent amount of body, if a little generic tasting. The amount of carbonation and resin makes this pair really pretty well with food, I think. Drink with sandwiches, maybe a pepper steak, or a spicy form of pizza.
08-30-2011 20:13:09 | More by Crossmd
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a golden orange color, minimal cap of head. Scent malt forward with light caramel and roasted nuts backed by earthy and grassy hops, faint bit of rye like spice. Taste is of dried malted grain, grassy hops and light rye like spice - earthy all around. Medium bodied, dry finish, mild carbonation. Very English like build to this IPA - grainy, grassy and earthy.
07-04-2011 17:48:50 | More by rfgetz
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
A - Crystal clear amber color with great lacing supplied by the well bodied and thick foam head.
S - Rather fresh earthy hops was about all I could get out of the nose. Very refreshingly clean, but not much else.
T - Same earthy hops in the taste followed by sweet malts. Good, or just about the right amount of bitterness finished this up.
M - Full bodied and moderately carbonated. Fairly sweet yet bitter aftertaste.
O - Very refreshing, clean and easy drinking. Great beer!
06-06-2011 16:20:30 | More by gopens44
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
A: Came to me looking a clear gold color with a single finger of head.
S: The first thing I notice is caramel and malt, then some grassy hop notes in come into play.
T: The taste is very much like the scent: malt forward and grassy earthy hops in the back. Lots of light rye bread flavor with a little caramel and biscuit. Lightly hoppy.
M: Thin with carbonation
O: A strange AIPA as its very malt forward. I dont knock it for that but nothing really stuck out to me here as phenomenal.
04-13-2011 22:01:48 | More by legalpete19340
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
pretty wild to me that there are 52 reviews of this beer but only 3 of the beer on tap. From the reviews it sounds like quality control on the bottling operation or maybe just freshness in distro make this a bad bottle to try. The tap? Pretty tasty.
Tangelic and hazy, low carbonation at the cafe watching VCU pour it on in the first half against a befuddled Bill Self and his vaunted Kansas squad. Some sweet malt and caramel like the taste of victory becomes and a bitterness that Bill and his ilk could share in without even tasting. Citrus and floral, a bit earthy as well. A pretty fine IPA, not really outstanding but one of the better ones to be found in the Richmond area in the limited time I've spent there.
03-30-2011 18:41:34 | More by dragonWhale
3.23/5 rDev -10%
Received this brew from adamharbaugh in a recent trade. Haven't heard of Olde Richmond brewing so this will definitely be new to me. Drank from my Surlyfest mug.
Appearance- Pours a fairly dark hazy reddish orange with a nice half finger bright white creamy head. A beautiful cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with thick rich lacing everywhere.
Smell- Very light candy like hoppiness in the nose right from the start. It's earthy and has that sort of cotton candy or licorice like smell. A touch of caramel from the malt is also present and maybe a touch of toast. It's slightly oxidized as well. I've smelled this type of nose before and usually it leads to not my favorite type of IPA.
Taste- Surprisingly sweet as a strong caramel body really dominates right from the start. A sugary sort of licorice hoppiness is more than present in the taste but the malt definitely dominates. Slightly oxidized with a sort of light bitterness that is able to overcome the sweetness in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Nice full body with a nice zippy carbonation and an almost silky smooth feel. Nice feel.
Drinkability- Not terrible but it's FAR too sweet for my liking. It's just slightly oxidized and not really all that IPA like. I'd almost classify it as a "hoppy" under attenuated Amber. The whole 22oz was hard to finish but it's far from terrible, just not in my flavor profile. Thanks much Adam!
03-14-2011 00:58:49 | More by younger35
3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
A-transparent amber with white head that quickly disapares
S-little bit of hops but strong malt. Could be well past its prime
T-alot like the smell. Little bit of hops. Can't quite pick out muchelse
M-medium bodied and smooth
D-very drinkable and wish I could try it fresh
03-10-2011 01:38:31 | More by brew3crew
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
Pours a golden orange with tons of white frothy head. Smells malty and a bit off. Sme slight hop presence but doesn't smell like an ipa. Tastes sweet and not very hoppy. Lots of malts but the hops are fairly nonexistent. Ice mouthfeel that is okay. Fairly drinkable. Overall disappointing
03-10-2011 01:12:02 | More by Urbancaver
3.1/5 rDev -13.6%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours a murky medium orange color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves no lacing on the glass.
s - Smells of fruity malts, very light citrus hops, and maybe some bready malt. Not a lot going on and very light on all fronts.
t - Tastes of light fruity malts, bready malts, citrus hops, wheat, and grain. Very heavy on the bready malts and again, pretty plain here. Tiniest bit of bitterness, but not very much at all.
m - Medium body and high carbonation. A little too carbonated, otherwise the mouthfeel would be great.
d - Overall, I thought this was an average IPA. There is nothing offensive about it, but there is nothing in the smell or taste that stands out above average. Wouldn't seek out again.
02-10-2011 23:04:38 | More by mdfb79
Olde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale Ale from Olde Richmond Beer Company
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