Old Court Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Old Court AleOld Court Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

114 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
16 Mile Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Imstillthegman on 08-05-2009

An American ale that reserves its right to be different. A bit lighter in body, Old Court provides a citrusy hop aroma and caramel finish. 16 Mile names this ale for Sussex County’s original courthouse, which has been serving judicial needs since 1791. Today it stands on South Bedford Street just south of The Circle in historic Georgetown, Delaware.
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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 42
Photo of jmdrpi
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, no date.

dark copper in color, white head that hangs around. some caramel in the aroma, with some earthy hops as well, pleasant. Taste is just okay, a bit stale tasting. medium body.

Photo of jcliff7581
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok. Like IPA beer better.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. Retention is quite good, as is the texture. A consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Very much like an English-style pale ale or *shudder* an ESB. The healthy malt backbone comes through immediately, with notes of toffee, caramel, and earth. I do pick up some citrusy hops (and thanks to the English bend, some marmalade), but by no means are the hops the star of the show. (3)

Taste: Just like the nose suggested, the malts are the star of the show - it's closer to an amber ale than a pale ale. Actually, given how malty it is (and how much I like this style of malts), it's pulled off quite well: the caramel, toffee, and nutty flavors are nicely defined. But where are the hops? Aside from the most gentle kiss of citrus on the forefront, they're really not there. (3)

Mouthfeel: The big malt backbone means this isn't hugely drinkable. Having said that, they don't obstruct the mouthfeel as much as they could have, so I won't complain too much. It's just dry enough to feature respectable drinkability. (3)

Overall: I enjoyed this slightly more than I thought I would. It's a decent English-style pale ale. There's just nothing to remember it by. Come to think about it, I've all but forgotten about it already. (3)

3.04/5: It's better to be forgettable than be awful...right?

Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty deep copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some faint malts, not a lot going on. Taste is light, well balanced malts and hops, not overly flavorful but very easy drinking. Probably better suited for drinking on a hot summer day. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an amber color with a one finger of a white foamy head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a bready and caramel smell along with some other aromas toffee. Some light smells of roasted malt as well as a little bit of grassy hop are in the nose as well producing a rather balanced aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and bready taste with hints of caramel sweetness within. The caramel is light upfront, gaining intensity up through the middle of the taste. At that point the graininess begins getting stronger as well and some lighter fruit flavors of apple and pear coming to the tongue. Some lighter roasted flavors greet the tongue at the end and with a bit of toffee and a light grassy bite, end up leaving a rather moderately sweet, very lightly roasted, and grainy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are rather appropriate of the sweeter, bready and grainy flavors of the brew matching the tastes well and making for an easy drinking brew.

Overall – A fairly pleasant and easy drinking ale. Not outstanding but nice none the less.

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that died down a bit, leaving a thick collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and cracker malts are present in the nose along with some hints of butter.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has some added hints of fruity yeast. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty for an APA and doesn't have much in the way of hops in the smell or taste. It seems to resemble more of an English Pale Ale.

Photo of larryi86
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

A- A clear dark amber with a three finger off-white head.

S- Citrus, floral notes, some sweet malts, not very big.

T- Bigger than the nose, nice balance between hops and malts, sweet malts, citrus, nice floral notes, slightly bready, slightly watery.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, light to medium body.

O- Overall not bad, but doesn't wow me. I probably won't pick this up again because there are other local pale ales that I enjoy more.

Photo of dheacck11
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark, murky, muddy brown/amber. No head.

Nose is light a sweet. Little caramel. little malt. Little sweet corn.

Taste is a little flat. Little burst of sweet malt up front, followed by a very potent but muted dry and bitter hop. Tastes like hops with a blanket wrapped around them. Little bit of boozy aftertaste of scotch.

Feel is medium, slightly medium thin.

Adequate. Fine to try. Decent option in a pinch. Not a go to though. Just kinda average.

Photo of Act25
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a stemless wine glass before Fri dinner of fresh tomatoe sauce, this will go well with dinner!

A: Pours an interesting mostly clear amber to mahogany , darker than Long Trail Ale or an ALT Beer. Light carbonation. 1 finger foamy/sudsy beige head that reduces to a thin film, medium lacing.
So far looks better than Long Trail Ale.

S: Very laid back and lightweight aroma, want more. Malts with a hint of biscuit followed by subtle salt grassy hops. Beachy and industrial at the same time, just like Delaware.

T: Caramel malts with a little brown sugar. A nice ale flavor arc. Just a little metallic, or oddness mars the dry, clean finish. Other wise, my mouth says - mmm would like another sip and this goes well with fresh tomato sauce dinner.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Healthy dryness in the finish.

O: A dark APA. Dry, But missing the sensations of a great one like Dales Pale Ale. Stick to a larger, flavor profile. But perfectly fine back up beer. Great choice with food.

Photo of wac9
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had a another apa so i tryed this one not as dark as i would think it would be a copper color , a smooth taste that doesnt really taste like anything you want to drink for a while but i do like ths beer its not hoppy not citrus just a another apa beer that you should try

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber to copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of reddish amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy/sudsy beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with a hint of biscuit malts over light to moderate aromas of herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of caramel malts with a light amount of brown sugar sweetness. There is a moderate amount of herbal hops with a light amount of earthy hops. There is a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this is one of the darkest APAs that I have ever come across but pretty enjoyable - a little dryer than I expected for an APA as well. Enjoyable but nothing out of this world.

Photo of Rifugium
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at 16 Mile

A "dark pale ale."

Darker amber-colored pour with a small off-white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, some citrusy hops. Taste of toasted bread, caramel malts, crisp citrusy hops coming in for a sense of balance. Nothing tremendous, but definitely a solid brew. Medium body, and drinkable enough.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle, this ale has a color that is copper/amber and a nose that combines scents of light citrus, bread, and a dash of chocolate. The off- white head of foam is slow to form, but it does hold together for a while after pouring.

Moving to the taste, 16 Mile Old Court Ale is lighter than most, with a mild flavor that offers tastes of bread, caramel malt, grains, toasted notes, light hop spice, and even a touch of raisin. The beer is a little sweeter than most beers of its style and the flavor returns to that of sweet, bready and caramel malts in the finish.

This is not a full- bodied brew by a longshot but I did appreciate it more as I consumed. At first, the body seemed too light to take the beer seriously, but it still has enough malty character- along with a small amount of hop character- to make it worthwhile. As I took more sips, I started to slowly catch on and my opinion of the beer slowly increased. I also realized that my first bottle was served much too cold- a few additional degrees made the flavors more pronounced.

This ale is certainly no classic, but it is a good, everyday type of ale that could be matched with many foods or occasions. It’s worth a try if you can find it.

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear amber hue with a two finger white head that slowly dissipates leaving a good trail and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet malty caramel aroma with decent hop background.

T: Great sweet malty and bitter hop mix. Smooth and finishes on the hoppy side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this pale ale. Smooth and great balance between the malt and hops.

Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I appreciate JC letting me have one of these, enjoyed chilled from a McDonalds glass.

The color is darker than most with a slight bronze shade with good clarity and thick cream cap with tight bead pattern. the smell is good with some subtle citrus hop elements and mild caramel tinges from the malt. The feel has a mild bitterness which is nice in contrast to the malt which comes off as slightly sweet with a mild hint of diacetyl smoothness in the finish with moderate carbonation and body.

The taste is good actually better than expected with more citrus hop characteristics than the nose let on with some mild malt toastiness adding to the sutbtle sweet nature but the beer is pretty well balanced which is important for this style. The overall take on this is it is a pretty solid example of the style, minor things I dislike but in general a drinkable pale with some nice flavor.

Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish brown, 1/4 inch white foam that persists. Light sweet caramel nose. Similar comments on the taste with a hint of hop at the finish that builds slowly. Heavier at the end. Bitter balances sweet well. Overall a good blend.

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a fairly thin white head.

S- Malts strike first, followed by caramel and toasted grains. Very earthy with no real hop presence.

T- Similar to the smell, but sweeter. Very malty and strong with the caramel.

M- Medium-light body with low carbonation.

O- Smooth and easy drinking, but it isn't anything too special. Seems more like a Scottish style or a brown ale rather than an APA due to the lack of hop presence.

Photo of deaconoflove
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with a very nice head. Looks good. Aroma has some malty, faint chocolatey sweetness and caramel. Tasting brought a hint of cherry and raisin I think. Finish is surprisingly tart. It fells substantial with good carbonation and why yes, I could drink more than one.

Photo of mgironta
2.46/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured with a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly, but left a half a finger on top of the body. The body was a clear, mahogany color with moderate visible carbonation on it. The nose had a bit of nuttiness and sweetness and another flavor that wasn’t really pleasant. The taste was a bit more pleasant. The flavor was a bit of a malt bomb. It had a lot of sweetness from the caramel malt and a bit of nuttiness. The only hop presence came at the end of the sip with some very mild bitterness. The finish was relatively quick. The body was medium with lower than expected carbonation. This was an alright beer, but nothing fantastic. For a pale ale, there weren’t enough hops to it.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing imperial pint glass.

A: Poured a reddish, honey brown amber color with a one-finger head of creamy, beige foam that dissipated fairly quickly and left some weak, soapy lacing. Carbonation is steady and the brew is quite clean looking.

S: Nutty, sweet and roasted caramel and oatmeal malts spring forward with some mild fruity and herbal notes.

T: Sweet and grainy up front with a freshly sparged, roasted malt flavor to it. Hints of toffee and roasted caramel come to the foreground as subtle fruity notes work their way into the slightly spicy and bitter finish. The aftertaste carries a little nuttiness and cooked, bittersweet malt flavor with it.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy mouthfeel with a slightly sharp and grainy feeling before the onset of mild hop resins and that base malt finish.

O: A slightly roasty, malt-forward yet balanced APA with a little extra bang for the buck at 6.1% ABV. I like the American brown ale flavors that tease out a bit but wish the hops were a little more aggressive for this APA. Smooth and pleasing, I'd hazard to say this is the most palatable 16 Mile brew available year-round.

Photo of BeerCon5
1.8/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a clear golden color without any head at all.

The scent was very skunky with a little hint of citrus.

The taste was similar, skunky, even less citrus presence, no hop presence, very watery.

Light bodied, thin and watery, low carbonation.

Unfortunately there isn't anything good I can say about this beer. Avoid this at all costs.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #195
Served On: 07/23/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.1%
Date/ Code: -

Found this at Dewey Beach Liquors while visiting Coastal Delaware on summer vacation.

Look: The beer poured a rich deep copper. Very clear with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles racing upward. Head was a 1-finger layer of off-white foam. Some random spots of lacing appeared now and then.

Smell: Earthy sweetness with a touch of hops making for a very nice balanced aroma.

Taste: First was a caramel followed by a nice hop bitterness. Then a sweetness hit the sides of the tongue while an earthy spice followed up for the finish. Aftertaste was more bitterness.

This was a great Pale Ale with a slightly higher ABV than most, but would be expected with the increased complexity and heavier character of the brew.

Photo of tgbljb
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy deep amber color from the can.

Smell is somewhat sweet, and not altogether pleasant.

Taste has a lot of malt in it, with virtually no hop flavor able to detected.

Average in the mouth, nothing special.

Altogether I was dissapointed with this beer. I would never revisit it. It just did nothing for me.

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery's tasting room. Sorry Delaware Republicans, I'm just here for the beer. Described as a dark pale ale. Damned dark for an APA.

A: The ale looks like a brown ale, darker caramel in color. A thin white head, no lacing through, comes with the pour.

S: Darker caramel malts add the darkness to the ale. Underneath that, lighter biscuits and a moderate hop presence. Not a hopbomb though.

T: More caramel, the darker flavors providing a tangible sweetness. The ale is well-carbonated, plenty of bubble scrubbing my palate clean. That adds a fizzy bite, sharp but not unwelcome. The hoppiness of the ale is evident, a citrus flavor amongst the caramel. The darker malts add depth, the hops add life.

M: The mouthfeel surprised me, bigger both in terms of hops and malts, than I was expecting. The caramel is strong, a pleasant punctuation on the ale.

O: I went through the glass in a rather fast manner, so they must be doing something right.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Poured a deep brown color with a very foamy tan colored head, about three fingers in height. Pretty good retention with some spotty, but thick lacing left behind.

S: Overly malty, lots of caramel and toffee, but the most prominent aroma is nutty. No hop presence at all.

T: Similar to the aroma, very malty with caramel and toffee, which do give it a bit of sweetness. The nut flavor shows up, but it is not as strong as the aroma led on.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation for style. Sweet finish.

O: Hard to believe this is an APA, but according to both BA and the 16 mile website it is. With that in mind, this beer failed for me. There is no hop presence whatsoever, and while the flavors were not bad, they are not what I expect at all out of an APA.

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Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.