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:
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Added by argock on 05-03-2007

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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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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.


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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...


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


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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Olde RIchmond Beer Company brew...

Batch No. 11 pours a clear golden amber...more on the golden side. Nice, thick white head. Good lacing. The lacing kinda reminds me of the veins in some granite or marble...I am in the process of re-doing my kitchen so you know where my head is at.

The aroma is a bit sweet for an IPA. There's some fruit, some of which is a bit sour. Hops are present in a grapefruit form.

The flavor is good, but not 4.0 good. A little sweet and light on the bitterness. Not really what I hoping for when I grabbed a bottle of IPA.

Good mouthfeel. Medium body with good carbonation. I gave it a 4.0 for drinkability, but in my mind it's an APA, not an IPA. I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again, but I would do so knowing what I was getting, not what the label says. BTW...the label is one of those nice screen printed paint jobs like Stone bottles. Very classy looking bottle.

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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 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 argock
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 16oz pint glass

A: Reddish-copper color with one-finger off-white head with minimal retention

S: Faint caramel and honey

T: Malty sweet with mild oily hop finish. Inobtrusive.

M: Very smooth with even carbonation.

D: A bit on the sweet side for even an American IPA but still delicious.

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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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