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Olde Richmond Beer Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by argock on 05-03-2007

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3.59
pDev:
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 69
Photo of oelergud
4.73/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear and dark copper body with a big tan head full range of bubbles, good retention and clumpy lace. Good carbonation.
Good caramel hoppy scent, some spice and rough pine sensation.
Pretty good balance. Caramel malts up front which is quickly followed by a sharp hoppy flavor. The aftertaste is a persistent and strong earthy hop rush.
Full body and good coating with a slightly dry finish.
Highly drinkable. This is a hoppy and delicious IPA.

-Oelergud

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Photo of Deuane
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 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 tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Durge
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 mikereaser
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear rust orange with 1/4 inch of foam that disappeared quickly

S - malt and citrus and pine hops, but nothing too overpowering

T - nicely balanced between malts and the citrus hops

M/D - in my opinion, not every IPA needs to be a hop bomb, this is just a nice pleasant easy drinking beer. Its nicely balanced and I'd gladly go back for more.

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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 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 csmiley
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks to be a cloudy gold color with maybe a hint of orange. Got about an inch of head. Retention was minimal. Lacing was moderate.

S - There is a citrus hop smell that really sticks out. The background is brought in a light sweet malt smell.

T - The citrus hops show up agian. There is also a bitterness that balances the hop sensation. The malt sweetness is more present in the flavor but there is another taste that I just can't put my finger on. Could be maple or caramel. Just too faint to pick out.

M - This is a medium bodied beer with decent carbonation.

D - I thought this one was a good IPA. Had a good amount of bitterness but didn't assault my tastebuds and give me the ol' "big hop mouth pucker". Very drinkable.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Mildly opaque golden orange, a thin head with little retention or lacing.

SMELL: A medium strength nose full of orange and floral hops.

TASTE: Bitter and dry to start with a late kick of citrus and mild pine before fading into a more bitter, grapefruit finish. Very tart and tasty overall.

MOUTHFEEL: Tingly, but somehow not bubbly. Easy to drink and very refreshing.

OVERALL: This is an easy beer to drink for someone new to the style, but maybe not the best choice for an IPA fan looking for something big and bold.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Prosit!!

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

1002

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Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good offering from Olde Richmond (which is in Hampton. Natch).

Pours coppery with a lively head and lots of carbonation. The smell is assertive, grainy with lots of floral hops. The flavor is sweet and malty, but with a healthy dose of piny bitterness and strong floral hops. The mouthfeel is thin and refreshing. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of dherling
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a crystal clearamber gold with off white musty head, decent lacing. The nose offers sour orange, white grapefruit pith, sour apples, yeast. The taste concured with the nose, a little on the sweeter side, not over-bearingly bitter. Tasted more like an APA than an IPA. Had a crisp mouthfeel with a slightly cloying finish. Very drinkable and enjoyalbe beer.

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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 CliffBrake
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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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.

cheers

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

Brewed under contract by the St. George Brewing Company - 22 oz. bottle with no freshness date releases a bright, crystal-clear, golden/amber beer with medium carbonation, and two inches of off-white head that leaves decent lacing. Earthy, soapy?, and perfumy hops in the aroma, with a light backing of sweet, dark malts. Tastes almost English, with fruity esters, earthy, green/citric, and perhaps noble hops, with hints of buttery, roasted/burnt malts. It has a medium, drying and numbing body, that has high carbonation which gradually evens out, and it imparts a medium to long finish. Not too bad, but a bit pricey for what it is to make it much of a quaffer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 JK4Stout
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Starr Hill Pint glass...Sorry, just had to shamelessly plug the brewery.

A: I think this beers look is a little above the norm for an IPA...I know they are "pale ales" but many brewers have wanted to get the hop flavor out SO much they have for gone the ammount of malt inside and this produces a very pale and shallow beer. Here we have something a bit darker and interesting.

S: Just what you would expect, that glorious bitterness we all love, and a sweet/peppery note.

T: I like to have my beer at different temperatures to see what flavors unlock as it warms. This one you should just drink cold. Doesn't get much better as time goes. It has a very nice flavor or citrus and malt, but it is definately best cold.

M: Carbonation wasn't bad, could have been a bit more. Is slightly heavy, but in a way that lets you know your drinking a big boy beer, so i thtink that is a good thing.

D: Oh yeah. This is not a high prced beer and is pretty well available in VA. I think it will be even better in warmer weather after a long day of hiking or biking. SOrry Lance Armstrong, but men with testicles just don't want a Michelobe.

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