Old Nick Pale Ale | Richbrau Brewing Company

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Old Nick Pale AleOld Nick Pale Ale
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Old Nick Pale AleOld Nick Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Richbrau Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 07-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Lnedrive14:
Photo of Lnedrive14
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber purchased at Total Wine and Beer:

Pours a medium brown, looking much more like a light brown ale, rather than a Pale ale. Really unpleasant taste - overhopped (in a bad way) up front and medicinal in the finish. it is a rather harsh, biting taste. very light in the mouth and not very drinkable.

i always try and drink local when i come home, but my first experience thus far with richbrau is not that strong, unfortunately.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Richbrau brewpub.

Poured a clear amber color. Thick and creamy head did a nice job of lacing the glass. Tough to pick anything out in the flavor department. Slightly sweet smell. Not agressively hopped. Flavor also was slightly sweet, with a slightly bitter flavor. Mouthfeel was average, with a crisp, dry finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Not too appealing in the flavor department, as something in the flavor just didn't sit well with me.

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Photo of granola82
2.51/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bought at the brewpub in Richmond.

A: The beer poured hazy golden amber with an off white head with a touch of lace.

S: The aroma was not really what I expected. It was very fruity and yeast-like. Very little malt or hops coming through.

T: The flavor was mostly fruity with a touch of malt. I didn't pick up on any hops or any sense of bitterness.

M: Medium with an okay level of carbonation.

D: I don't think I could put many of these away...mostly due my issues with the smell.

I had this on tap and liked it so I thought I would bring one home. I might try it again at the brewpub but I'll probably avoid the bottled version.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dirty, hazy yellow, lots of bubbles, nice head that dissipates slowly, and some decent lacing.

Smell: Banana, butterscotch, and fruit. Some husk-like graininess and some yeast and sweet malt. Not much hops in the nose, which I didn't expect.

Taste: Malt upfront initially, with some banana and fruit at the forefront of that. Hop bitterness comes soon after, though it's more bitter than floral, which I personally like. Some hop bitterness lingers on the tongue, along with some banana and fruit. It's an odd balance that I think works quite well. Not your average pale ale, and it's not trying to be something it's not. Very solid overall.

Mouthfeel: Kind of a thin body, but the carbonation is very well done, which is a little bit less than moderate, providing a kind of creamy mouthfeel. A small carbonation burst happens right before the swallow.

Drinkability: I'd surely pick this up again. Like I said, it seems Richbrau wants to make quality brews that don't try to break boundaries, and if you're making good brews like this, quality-wise and being highly quaffable, that's more than good enough for me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its clear amber body rests beneath a creamy white head that drops to a wide collar and whispy surface covering (dirty glass perhaps?). The nose is fruity/citrusy, floral and grassy over a caramelish malt. Its medium bodied with a fine, median carbonation that lends a light caress to the tongue before warming across the palate to fade away smooth. The flavor delivers a well-balanced, grainy and caramelish malt that's backed by a firm bitterness and accented with subtle notes of hop flavor. It finishes dry with some residual maltiness that quickly fades away. A solid, straight-forward pale ale that offers a good drinkability.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.79/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewpub in mid-August, Old Nick cmae out a clear slightly caramel gold under a 1/2 finger white head with great retention and beautiful lace. The mild malt and spice nose should be stronger. The mouth is fairly thick with mild carbonation. There are lots of hops here, crisp and spicey. Perhaps a bit raw, without malt balance. The bitter is espresso sharp, with a touch of pine. Overall a good effort, at least for those less interested in the malt of life.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I'm down here in Richmond (or right outside of it anyway in Chester) and I walk into a local supermarket and was pleasntly surprised to see that they carry not only legend (I'm lucky to find that stuff anywhere up in Fairfax) but also a few Richmond beers I've never seen before, hell I'd never even heard of Richbrau. So I snatched up a three-pack sampler of bombers, and so far, I'm fairly impressed. Besides being a touch unrefined with a slight lack of balance, this one has planty of great, fresh flavor. The malt character features a delicious, sweet graininess with bright fruit note as well. The sharp, but far from overbearing hop spice has a nice grapefruit quality with a hint of pine.

Like I said, a little more refinement could have made this one better, but it was pretty good anyway. I happily finsihed the bomber in no time at all.


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Photo of jwc215
2.21/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from Virginia for me:22 oz. bottle:Pours copper/amber with an off-white head that thins to a cover that becomes a ring.The smell is of sweet fruitiness - seems like some fruity esters got a bit out of control here. Some sour, some caramel. Something off about it.The taste is like a home-brew gone a bit off. Caramel with some fruity juice - tough to put a finger on what fruitiness exactly - just general fruitiness. Grainy and caramelish, but in a restrained way. A touch of alcohol comes through despite fairly modest abv. Thin finish.There is a raw harshness to it (though not from bitterness,and despite some buttery diacetyl), with a rather unpleasant aftertaste. Fruity in an odd way. I thought about drainpour, but it's not quite that bad.Interesting name for an APA - as it shares it with a classic English barleywine (from Young's).Whatever...not a fan of this one.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at richbrau bc itself

A: no head but a few wisps of foam on top and an amber body

S honey, grain, sweet for a pale; feel something darker like brown sugar

T served very cold. Light hoppiness decent bitterness, with some toffee backbone, an ok beer. Sort of in between a us and uk pale,

M light carb, a little syrupy thick for my tastes

D: ok. I wouldn't go out of way to try it.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a great golden brown with a small head, and decent lacing. The aroma was mostly malt which surprised me. The hop presence was minimal and even the maltiness wasn't very heavey. Overall not much in the nose. The taste was also rather malty but without much hope presence and once agian, what was there didn't have much complexity.
The mouthfeel was interesting; buttery and malty and ratehr good. Left a good coating taste in my mouth and on the tongue.
Overall rather drinkable but not what I would call a great representation of the style.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.97/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of sampler tray at the brewpub. Served as moderate amber color with slight white head. Smell is hoppy with herbal undertones. Taste follows through with the hoppiness and has a nice bitter background. Mouthfeel is dry and enjoyable. A very nice refeshing beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Not a bad looker with a cloudy light amber body, a decent head and good lacing

Smell: A little touch of hoppiness on the nose

Taste: Some decent fruitiness but a poor, medicinal finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The terrible finish destroys any promise this beer may have

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Photo of zymurgy4all
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color, and has a wonderful lasting head with great lacing. It didn't have much aroma that identifies a particular hop. The flavor presents some hop flavoring, but not over the top as in other pale ales. The aftertaste kicks a little with some bitterness. Seems like they used too many hops in the early part of the boil, since there seems to be a slight lack of flavor. There isn't much detectable in the malt, so the bittering hops define the beer overall.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.61/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured crystal clear golden amber with an off white head that was frothy and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and slightly fruity with a molasses aroma present.

The flavor was buttery (diacetyl) with some chocolate malt and a bittering that just did not fit in with the beer. The flavors were sort of a harsh dark grain bitterness mixed with toffee and don't play well together.

The finish was dry with a harsh lingering bitterness that is not well done. The body was medium.

22 ounce bottle purchase for $3.19 at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond. I paid too much...I'd try it fresh at the brewery to be sure, but my suggestion is to skip this beer...

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Photo of pentathlete
3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the pint glass a hazy dark orange. Fine 3/4 inch head with sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is dominated by butterscotch. Taste is light butterscotch with a rising hoppiness, nothing overpowering. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Easy to consume, nothing special, but certainly not bad. I prefer others, but I wouldn't refuse this beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Richbrau bier...quite good! Poured a medium golden color, topped by a thin, fine head, leaving some nice lace in the glass. Nose was biscuity with some mild hop aromas lingering around. Good mouthfeel; quite smooth down the hatch. A big, biscuity malt start, kind of chewy; makes a smooth transition to a mild, easy-drinking hop finish. Could see this being a real nice session-bier!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of boxofepilepsy
2.26/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Richbrau's bomber into a standard pint glass. Amber/orange color with quickly disappearing head.

Fruit smell dominates along with a fair amount of hops.

A bit grainy. Bland up front with less fruit than expected, finishing in excessive, chemical-ish hop bitterness. Carbonation is about average and body is a little light. Strong taste of a regrettable drinking experience.

Although the beer sits pretty lightly, the lack of balance makes more than one a bit much.

(UPDATE: word of a bad batch makes it entirely possible this was an anomaly.)

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Old Nick Pale Ale from Richbrau Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 17 ratings