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

Olde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale AleOlde Richmond Batch No. 11 India Pale Ale
69 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by argock on 05-03-2007

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 56
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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Photo of ElGeordie
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22Oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Nice copper colour with about 1/2" of white head which leaves lacing all the way down the glass.
Tastewise this is a very American IPA in that the flavour is predominantly hoppy with the malt very much in the background. Some citrussy notes are present but not too much, a very satisfying pint that feels good in the mouth.

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