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Olde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale AleOlde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale Ale
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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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56
Ratings:
69
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 69
Photo of phisig137
2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber pours a deep gold, light amber color, with a three finger head. Decent retention leaves behind some delicate lace.

Aroma is slightly sweet, with whiffs of raw grain, and honey. Piss poor hop presence.

Flavor is much the same. Fairly boring, one sided malt sweetness up front. Slight bitter finish, with no real distinct hop flavor at all. Pretty boring. Mouthfeel is smooth, with fine carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

Overall, a very unexciting beer. This would be a pretty bad pale ale, and is a sad excuse for an IPA. Luckily it was cheap, but despite it's price, I still won't be buying it again. I think Olde Richmond had better step up its recipes before they go the same direction that Mobjack did...

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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 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 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 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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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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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 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 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 beer2day
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a very thin head. Very faint lacing.

A very fruity nose with hints of berries and citrus. There's a nice hop bite here as well.

Fruitiness builds on the tongue and the hops finally kick in for a nondescript finish.

Ok, not something I would turn down again, but would not seek out.

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

A: From a moderate pour, a little less than a finger of head formed atop a ruby/amber beer, which was transparent. The minimal head produced some lacing.

S: Very subdued citrus hop scent, almost piney, but definitely not standing too far out. Other than that, not much in the nose. Some sweetness and grapefruit, but nothing outstanding.

T: Intros with a bit of pale malt flavor and a formidable but not overbearing hop presence. It's actually somewhat flavorful on the palate, washing away smoothly, and leaving some hop oil in its wake. Still, not a lot going on here.

M: A thick and creamy mouthfeel, which was not expected from the level of visible carbonation.

D: Definitely easy to drink, but not enough flavor complexity or standout characteristics to it, in my opinion. Mild, and maybe better as simply calling it a Pale Ale, but even then I feel it would need a little reworking in the taste department.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 RonfromJersey
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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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