Olde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale Ale | Olde Richmond Beer Company

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Olde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale AleOlde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Olde Richmond Beer Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by argock on 05-03-2007

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by rudolphjacksonm:
Photo of rudolphjacksonm
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gottajiboo2
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My friend picked up a bottle of this for me when he was visiting relatives in Richmond.

A steady pour from a 22oz bomber produced a slightly hazy, golden amber glass full. The foamy head hung around for a minute or so then slowly shrank to a thin sheet of icing.

I really sensed a fruity, fresh vegetation smell coming from this one. I couldn't put my finger on it, but sorta smelled like a sliced unripened tomato and maybe a little herby. (not in a bad way though)

A slightly sticky maltyness followed by a rush of bitter orange peel that lingered on my cheeks and back of my throat .

Mouth feel was slightly syrupy, but still smooth. As far as drink ability goes, it was a good beer, but I wouldn't buy a case of it. I would definitely try it down the road again.


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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter pale yellow color, nice soapy white head, which doesn't leave as much lacing as I thought it would. Nice carbonation floating from the bottom to the top.

Smell: Malt sweetness and some hop citrus along with some pine. Fairly strong, but not as balanced as I'd like.

Taste: Again there's a lot of malt sweetness, but it's oddly balanced with the hops, lending to a bit of skewed flavor, though I'm not sure exactly how to describe it. Fairly average still. Decent but not very complex and not a long finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied but it feels full and achieves a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but just an average one. I could drink a 6-pack probably, and enjoyed the bottle, but there are others I would rather drink over this.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ebby82
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copperish haze into a pint glass from a bomber. The smell is dominantly fruity hops. The taste is a bitter hoppish bomb up front, with a smoky, malty aftertaste which is quite enjoyable.

Although it's under the label of Olde Richmond, St. George actually makes and bottles it. I like St. George's own IPA better, but certainly this is a quality IPA, and it has a unique flavor profile.

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Photo of tanner1980
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a pint glass the liquid is a fresh looking orangish yellow with very good carbonation. The head is almost 2 full fingers, off white and leave lots of lace, the retention is good as well.

The smell is plenty hoppy with a faint sweet lightly toasted malt underneath.

The taste follows but is really very good, very fresh hops and the malt is very good to boot. This is the type of brew you just want to take big swallows of. The hops and malt are in very nice harmony.

The mouthfeel is average for the style, yet not sticky at all. better then medium body and he carbonation is just right.

The drinkability is very good. I great brrew to be sure.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber poured into pint glasses.

A = Clear amber, small white head of foam and small bubbles with good retnetion, heavy lacing on glass, lots of small carbonation bubbles.

S = Lots of fresh grain malt smells for an IPA sugesting good balance, only problem is it also eans the hops are not as aromtaic as I would like. Hops aromes are citrus rinds more than pine.

T = Sweet and tart citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon combine with some bread dough grain tastes. Medium biter finish.

M = Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, great foamy carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = This is a pleasant well balanced IPA. Definitely would recommend it.

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Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a copperish golden color with a nice big creamy cream colored head that lasts and leaves lots of lace behind good looking brew.

Aroma is caramel malts with light citrus notes showing thru. Aroma is light overall in the nose department certainly for an IPA.

Taste is decent caramel malts peek out a little, from hops that are citrusy lemon and orange mingled. The hops impart a decent amount of bitterness that leaves some grapefruit rind and some grass behind on tongue. Pretty average IPA would be better is nose was more dominating.

Mouthfeel is medium decent amount of CO2 kicking up the bitterness a touch.

Drinkability is ok again pretty average, worth a try but not good enough to be included in my regular rotation of IPA's.

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Photo of bundy462
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

Pours a clear copper color into my pint glass. Head is white, 1.5 fingers high. Moderate retention, slight-to-moderate lacing.

Aroma is of citrussy and somewhat piney hops. Taste is much the same - grapefruit, pine, black pepper. A run-of-the mill IPA - not the greatest, but not too bad either. Decently drinkable, if you can get it locally for cheap.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from The St George Brewery. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Light golden coloration which fades up to a deep amber. Decent amount of froth that settled to a clumpy sheet of icebergs. Lacing was fantastic.

S - Very sweet citrus aroma, hops are present, and a slight bit of pine.

T - Well balanced, sweet malty backbone, nice, mellow hop bitterness. Very tasty. Definitely an American style, but not along the lines of the west coast renditions. Finish is sweet and citrusy.

M - Nice oily and slightly creamy medium body. Great carbonation level.

D - Very good, I'll be seeking this one out again. I'll be stopping back by the brewery when the Spring Lager comes out, when I do I shall also stock up on some of these bombers. Recommended!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Olde RIchmond Beer Company brew...

Batch No. 11 pours a clear golden amber...more on the golden side. Nice, thick white head. Good lacing. The lacing kinda reminds me of the veins in some granite or marble...I am in the process of re-doing my kitchen so you know where my head is at.

The aroma is a bit sweet for an IPA. There's some fruit, some of which is a bit sour. Hops are present in a grapefruit form.

The flavor is good, but not 4.0 good. A little sweet and light on the bitterness. Not really what I hoping for when I grabbed a bottle of IPA.

Good mouthfeel. Medium body with good carbonation. I gave it a 4.0 for drinkability, but in my mind it's an APA, not an IPA. I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again, but I would do so knowing what I was getting, not what the label says. BTW...the label is one of those nice screen printed paint jobs like Stone bottles. Very classy looking bottle.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Olde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale Ale from Olde Richmond Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 69 ratings