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

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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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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 69
Photo of TechTriumph
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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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Photo of Crossmd
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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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 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 legalpete19340
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of younger35
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of brew3crew
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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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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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 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 ramseye4
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn Brewery glass

Definitely not your typical American IPA. A strong, almost fruity smell emits from the glass, not smelling of the usual hoppy madness that most American IPAs emit. Instead of the overwhelming hop bitterness, a floral and slightly citrusy flavor first washes over the palette. As the smooth, full flavor rolls over the tongue, a high amount of carbonation is brought to the forefront of the taste, and as the beer washes down the hop bitterness finally emerges, creating a smooth, clean finish.

Definitely worth a taste for the price, it is definitely a departure from the typical American IPA. The departure is refreshing though, and the hoppy finish makes it an immensely satisfying beer. Extreme hopheads should turn their gaze towards beers more in tune towards the Stone line of IPAs or Dogfish head, but this beer would definitely satisfy a drinker with an open mind and eager palette.

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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 Mosstrooper
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours hazy golden-orange in color with an almost non-existent white head that is gone fast and leaves nothing more than slight foam floating on the beer.

Smell: Fruity and tropical hop notes, with a slight sweet buttery aroma.

Taste: Begins bitter with fruity hop notes, finishing with a fairly pronounced bitterness that rounds out into a buttery malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with slightly sharp carbonation and a sticky finish that dries out after a few seconds.

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but a fairly ho-hum one. This beer lacks a lot of depth and lacks any formidable flavor or even aroma that most IPAs have to offer. Worth a try, but this is one that I am not necessarily sad to not see at my regular NYC beer stores.

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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 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 tchenery
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer appears golden in color with consistent lacing head. I really can't smell anything coming from the beer.

The taste is a bit dry with a hint of raisins and a heavy malt backbone. The hops are there for bittering alone and are fairly indistinguishable to me. I see this as a nice surprise though. So many IPA's these days just load on the Cascades and call it quits. This beer is interesting. After reading the background on the bottle, it does remind me of an 'older' style beer that may have been brewed in 1781. It has an overall earthy taste.

I like it.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz from adamharbaugh. Awesome, dude! Into Portsmouth tulip.

A- Amazing... nice honey brown color with a 3-finger head that's eggshell white and oh-so-creamy. Really digging this... as it settles the craters and valleys come out. Nice lacing, head settles to 1cm and just won't quit.

S- Soapy hops, citric twang and a strong pale malt.

T- Soapy hops come into play. I swear I've never come across soapy hops until the last week or so... is it my tongue or the beer? Either way, not what I care for. Good orange rind bitterness, nice malt... just lacking that 'oomph' I look for in an IPA.

M- Astringent... not too off-putting, but not what I'd dial in.

D- Easy enough, but not a beer I'd seek out. Good enough, but with so many IPAs on the market I'd be hard-pressed to buy this one.

Still, thanks to adamharbaugh for the chance!

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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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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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