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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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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 69
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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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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