Olde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale Ale - Olde Richmond Beer Company
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3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
Lightly hazy apricot with just a smidgen of brick red. Batch No. 11 looks like a typical IPA that uses much more pale malt than caramel, right down to the attractive crown of pastel orange. The dense foam becomes a smooth-shouldered mesa as it deflates and is leaving a beautiful patchwork of fine lace in the bargain. In the end, the glass is almost completely coated.
The nose is decently hoppy without being decadently so. Although the citric fruitiness of American hops is dominant (especially orange zest), I wouldn't be surprised if some English variety is present as well. Fuggles or East Kent Goldings, something along those lines. The hoppiness has that mid-range thrum that tells me something other than C-hops is present. Ultimately, an appealing ripe cheese-like aroma comes to the fore.
More hops would be tremendous. Still, No. 11 is pretty good as is. It strikes me as an IPA that uses both Anglo and American hops, that is more bitter than the typical Brit version and less bitter than the typical American version. As suspected, I don't think there's much caramel malt present, although there is a butter rumminess than 100% pale malt isn't capable of producing. Maybe a pinch of Ringwood yeast? I doubt it.
The malt backbone is sturdy enough to handle the hops... which, again, aren't exactly tearin' up the joint. You have to like sweet IPAs, though, or this probably won't be your cup of tea. There's something a little 'off' in the flavor profile that I can't quite place. Something that's becoming a little more noticeable as the beer warms. The orange, grapefruit, peach and apricot fruit quartet doesn't sing like it should.
Given all the malt sugars, it isn't surprising that the mouthfeel favors lightly plush. It's at least medium for the style, but does tend to wander a bit on the back end. Not enough to knock back my 'first impression' score, however.
Batch No. 11 India Pale Ale does most things right. I respect the decision to go in a slightly different direction than the typical 'Cascade and cousins' IPA, but something is keeping this one from being memorable. Not bad, though. Not bad at all.
12-01-2007 17:05:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a thin ring of white bubbles on top.
Smell: Quite simply, an aroma smelling of orange oil soaked grains.
Taste: Bittersweet right from the start, the sweetish pale maltiness jutting up against the grassy, orangey hops and their medium bitterness. Finishes as bittersweet as it starts.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.
Drinkability: An acceptable India Pale Ale if a bit one-dimensional.
05-28-2008 20:27:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
Served in the trusty ol' Devil's Backbone willibecher.
Pullin' into the station, the Olde Richmond #11 pours a clear copper topped by about two fingers o' white froth. The nose comprises some orange peel, lemon zest, a touch o' florals, and a solid presence of sweet caramel. The caramel is indeed still there in the taste, but it is dwarfed by strong hoppy citrus notes. Unbalanced, yes, a bit, but too much so. The body is light enough to be called so, with a somewhat stinging moderate carbonation and a decently dry finish. Overall, a slightly unbalanced, but still pretty solid, IPA.
07-14-2010 03:24:22 | More by TMoney2591
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
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Picked up at a supermarket in Richmond, VA...
Appears a semi-transparent orange with a small white head. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of herbal tea, perfumey, earthy notes, floral, mild piney hops, along with some golden raisin, and caramel sweetness found to balance out the bitterness.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a midly sweet, gently hopped IPA that seems to be leaning more towards a British style IPA than the citrusy American bretheren.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, leaning towards the bitter but decently balanced.
10-26-2007 18:48:15 | More by weeare138
3.08/5 rDev -14.2%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.
S: A hoppy aroma, mixed with a certain skunky (at least it seemed this way to me) quality. Faint traces of citrus.
T: Mainly hops, a little bit of citrus and not much else. Way too bitter, with not enough sweetness to offset it. Does not win points for creativity.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: There was something very grating about this beer. It was too one-dimensional for its own good. Wouldn't seek it out again.
12-03-2009 16:00:49 | More by avalon07
2.6/5 rDev -27.6%
A - Darker brown than I was expecting, pretty golden. Decent sized head that left some nice lace.
S - Lightly hopped, odd kind of hops smell though I can't really put my finger on. Malt backbone, but not overpowering. Little bit of citrus.
T - Mostly malty, but light, like a good pislner. There are some faint hops in there, but it is kind of a bizzare hop profile, and not really in a good way. Also, this beer tastes a little sour, almost skunky, I do not like it.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, finishes rather clean. A bit overly carbonated.
D - Somthing this light should be fairly easy to get down, the bad taste makes it not so unfortunately.
06-17-2010 20:38:30 | More by AgentZero
4.15/5 rDev +15.6%
The color of this brew is a clear gold-orange with a big thick white head and great lace. It offers a nice caramel herbal/pine hops smell, very tempting. This is a full bodied IPA with plenty of pine hops and some alcohol presence. It has a decent malt background and is well carbonated. It's a plenty drinkable ale and one I recommend for a try.
05-04-2008 03:51:26 | More by Durge
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
brewed by St. George Brewing, not a contract brew as far as I know, but more of a marketing thing
a: pours a 1 finger off-white head, quick recession leaves a decent layer for awhile, the beer is a bright copper in color
s: leafy pale malts dominate, interesting overripe apple-honey sweetness, sugar crusted apple cobbler, hops on the light side (for the style at least) and more earthy, dried pine tea than the fresh green stuff
m: carbonation rides the light-medium border, medium body
t: malts dominate at the start and through the middle, more apple and pale malt sugars from the nose, hops a touch pulpy with flavors of earthy dry pine, a moderate bitterness comes out at the back to clean things up a bit, not bad, malt a little too unchecked for the style (coming from somebody who loves a malty IPA)
interesting changes between the cold and warm ranges of temperature, more balanced when cold, but more complex after warming awhile
d: meh, pretty easy
overall: a decent beer with some interesting flavors, worth a shot though I may or may not be inclined to purchase again...but I will certainly give their other beers a shot
bomber picked up at The Caboose, Ashland to scope out for some trades/bifs coming up
08-23-2008 03:07:09 | More by blackie
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
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
Another gem provided by Metalmonk. Thanks my friend!
A: Pours a beautiful golden hue with a nice 1/2 finger cream colored head. Head dies to a solid ring with an island. Tons of thick sheet lace noted.
S: Wonderful aroma. Tons of sweet malt. Fresh summer fruit and yeast. Light hints of citrus and cotton candy. Very unique for an IPA, almost smells like a Belgian brew.
T: Sweet buttery flavors with hints of toffee. Citurs cuts through in the middle and hangs around. The finish is both sweet and slightly bitter with hints of yeast.
M: Nice carbonation with medium body.
D: Very strange beer but in such a good way. It is not your typical IPA and if you were a style nazi you would have a field day with this one. Luckily I am not. I love what they have done here. Very unique beer that is ultra enjoyable.
10-23-2008 00:48:37 | More by tpd975
3.05/5 rDev -15%
Reviewed on 06/04/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. The beer pours a clear burnt orange. The aroma is very malty with raisiny notes. The flavor is sweet initially (maybe some watermelon?) and very malty. Somewhat bland and the palate is on the harsh side. Meh.
07-11-2009 15:29:38 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5 rDev +10%
This poured a clear copper with off-white head. It smelled like grassy and lemon and copper hops, with caramel malt and some bready yeast. It tasted like bitter pine and grassy hops with pepper and sweet honey and caramel. The sweet maltiness became more amplified as it warmed. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a clean and bitter IPA with pretty good flavor and decent body. It was easy enough to drink, but there was nothing too distinct or special. Nice to try once, but that's about it.
05-28-2009 19:59:34 | More by Pencible
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber. Label data indicates this is an attempt at replicating a Revolutionary War era Richmond brew... No freshness info located....
Pours a rich, clear, deep golden color. Head is thin, white and wispy, leaving good lace but remaining quite thin atop the nectar. Nose has some toastiness, combined with hoppiness which is fruity yet not citrussy. Perhaps leaning more towards apricot than grapefruit. Still good, though not overly pronounced. Body is medium and solid, and 11 has a fairly smooth feel on the tongue.
Flavor has a light smidgen of sweetness, with some toasty malt along with a suggestion of caramel, tough ever so slight. Hoppiness presents itself well, though does not try to steal the show. It is, like the aroma, fruity though more sweetish, apricot-like, as opposed to tried and true citrus. Hops are also a tad earthy, and stick well in the mouth. A tasty, middle-of-the-road IPA. Not too floral and herbal, like some Brit versions, or too puckery like some US West-coast variations. Number 11 is stuck in the middle, and is a tasty offering. Is this what they drank back in the late 1700's? Lucky colonialists!! Thanks to "Bro" Artied2, who brought this back from his latest DC trip for me...
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4
07-30-2007 22:58:42 | More by Bierman9
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
22 ounce bottle found at the enigmatic Pappy's Beer Store near Ewing,Virginia. Pours a hazy orange amber body with a two finger beige head that has good retention and scatters some sticky patch lace.
Aroma has soft fruit tones of ripe pears, apricots, and pink grapefruit, accented by buttery caramel and some herbal and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is creamy, with medium body and carbonation.
Taste has a herbal and grassy hop bitterness that is balanced by sweet buttery toffee and caramel, and just a hint of chocolate malt. Apricot and pink grapefruit fruitiness add a nice touch. Finishes clean and even.
Not your standard American IPA, but very tasty and highly drinkable.
09-05-2010 20:44:06 | More by merlin48
4.4/5 rDev +22.6%
On tap at Capital Ale House, Fredericksburg, VA
A-Golden copper with a thin off-white head that left light, web like lace.
S-Strong citrus hops and an underlying sweet caramel malt aroma. This one is all about the hops though!
T-Citrus hop pop riding on top of a pleasantly sweet malt bill. Very similar to one of my favorites Troegs Nugget Nectar.
M-Medium bodied quite crisp with long lingering bitterness.
D-Really nice, lots of flavour. I have to admit I wasn't expecting much from this one and was VERY surprised at how hop forward and FRESH it was. I am sure having it on tap was a huge plus. Nice stuff, would search this one out again.
09-14-2009 11:11:27 | More by Deuane
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Served on-tap in a 16oz pint glass
A: Reddish-copper color with one-finger off-white head with minimal retention
S: Faint caramel and honey
T: Malty sweet with mild oily hop finish. Inobtrusive.
M: Very smooth with even carbonation.
D: A bit on the sweet side for even an American IPA but still delicious.
05-03-2007 05:17:20 | More by argock
4.28/5 rDev +19.2%
Pours a lovely sunset copper-orange color, with a bone-white, super-foamy head that's not all that thick but sticks around a long time. Leaves a whole lotta lace too.
Aroma is far from typical for an IPA: immediately after the pour the head brings up fruity, flowery and perfume-y scents, but then a boatload of butterscotch and toffee take over. Definitely not a hops-centric aroma, surprisingly enough. Yeast seems to impart some unusual notes, and though I like what I'm smelling, I'm unclear how to rate it, considering the style. I appreciate iconoclastic brewers and the blurring of styles, so I'm going to rate it on the higher end, style be damned.
So the flavor unveils some hops, but they're not quite as front and center as your typical IPA. Buttery slick texture plays along well with the candy-like butter flavor. It's like a butterscotch candy with a smidgen of hops and alcohol warmth tossed in for the adults. It borders on decadent, in terms of it's candy-ness. Yet it's also not cloyingly sweet. The sweet malty center in this very interesting IPA dances around with the hops, and you get a good balance of sweet malts and grassy bitterness in the finish. The texture mingles well with the flavor, suitably syrupy and buttery with just enough carbonation to make you feel it.
The back of the bottle notes they were attempting to replicate "some of the very special brews created by the early Virginia brewers," so style-nazis should probably cut them a little slack, as things were probably quite different in the early 19th century, IPA-wise. At first I was stumped...but it totally grew on me as I continued to pour and sip and sip and pour. Hurray for bombers!
10-15-2008 21:43:49 | More by Metalmonk
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Hazy but still translucent orange body, lively carbonation streams, topped by three fingers of highly whipped white froth.
Aroma is heavy on the pine, with citrus notes at the edges. Not a very strong aroma however.
Smooth malty beginning, though it flows more than builds a foundation. Juicy and fruity. Bitter, but not an overly agressive bite to it.
Smooth,light-to-light-medium mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.
Definitely worth a try if visiting Richmond.
03-29-2008 05:48:47 | More by RonfromJersey
4.13/5 rDev +15%
Thanks to my buddy chaz over on realbeer for this bottle. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic pint glass. This ale appears a clear rich apricot color with about an inch of pillowy, lingering off white foam. The head leaves a sticky lace on the inside of my glass with each sip. A really nice looking pour. Nose and flavor are of citrus such as lemon, tangerine, and grapefruits, nicely toasted and caramelized grains and malt, somewhat floral/perfumed. Somewhere between medium and full bodied and amply carbonated. This one went down nice, my bomber was belly up in no time.
05-22-2009 03:22:10 | More by ClockworkOrange
4/5 rDev +11.4%
22oz bomber into nonic.
Hazy honey amber hue with a thick and pillowy off white two finger head that slowly settles to a bubbly cap with solid lacing on the glass.
Light and crisp malt aromas with a spicy and piney hop aroma.
The malts have a bready base, but they don't show up as much. Most of the flavor comes from the spicy and citrus hop flavor. Full bodied with slightly lower carbonation. The finish is the lingering hops.
This is another solid AIPA. Nothing original but it's hard to fault it for that considering it's a tasty beer that's hard to set down. Not sure about the %ABV but it doesn't seem too strong. Recommended.
04-27-2008 02:09:43 | More by BeerSox
Olde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale Ale from Olde Richmond Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.