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Old Court Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Old Court AleOld Court Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

104 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Imstillthegman on 08-05-2009)
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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 40 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by larryi86:
Photo of larryi86
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

larryi86, Dec 30, 2013
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mdaschaf for this extra in our recent trade. Poured from bottle into my dfh snifter. Pours a dark amber color, nice white head that quickly recedes, no lacing. Smell- a bit metallic, but I get some amber-type aromas, some sweetness, otherwise, not much here. taste- some banana, rich carbonation, some sweetness from the malt, barely any hop presence. Mouthfeel- the rich carbonation makes for a dry finish, which takes your mind off of the sweetness. drinkability- nothing too special here, but not bad.

lnashsig, May 21, 2011
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2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

mdaschaf, Jul 22, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz aluminum bottle into a pint glass. Until there is an "aluminum bottle" category under serving type, I'm reviewing this as a "can", since designating the type of material that the serving container is made out of is more important to me than its shape.

Pours a crystal clear dark copper, with 1-2 fingers of rich off-white head. This settles into a tight creamy finger that drenches the sides of the glass with a rich foamy cascade, leaving back of ton of sticky spotty lacing. The aroma smells leafy and spicy, with a touch of gentle grassiness weaving its way in. This sits on top of fruity citrus and some thick doughy sugars. Maybe a touch of butter is thrown in there as well.

Those hops are citric and grassy feeling in the taste, with a light green bitterness that is balanced by a toasted bready sweetness. The finish is dry and leafy with some lingering bitterness that sticks to the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that rides along rather easily in the mouth. This is fairly refreshing feeling overall here on the palate.

This was a decent APA for the most part but seemed to lack a little sizzle. They don't date these aluminum bottles, so I can say for sure if I had the freshest sample here, as this seemed like it maybe had a little age on it. I liked what I found here though for the most part.

Kegatron, Mar 25, 2011
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3.55/5  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.

KTCamm, Feb 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

tone77, Jan 29, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

akorsak, Aug 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

tugdriver7, Nov 22, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

CraftBeerTastic, Jul 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Spoppy, Jun 18, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Aluminum Can-bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Sent to me by THECPJ. Cheers Shane!

A - Pours a clear, dark copper with a 1-inch head of ivory foam that recedes slowly.
S - Sweet toasted caramel malt with a slightly earthy hop finish. Bit of a floral character in the hop profile, and perhaps some pineapple.
T - More sweet caramel malt with a slight roasted quality and a very light hop presence. Sweet is the main word, lotsa malt.
M - Medium-bodied with a fairly crisp mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.
O - Not bad, perhaps a bit sweet for my tastes. Still, crisp and sessionable.

jsanford, Apr 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

metter98, Jan 05, 2014
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Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.