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Old Court Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Old Court AleOld Court Ale

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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4.3/5  rDev +24.6%

A: Dark amber, little head
S: Malty sweetness, a hint of carmel
T: Smooth, malty, tasty
M: easy

O: This to me is a go to summer beer when in DE, it's dark yet easy to drink, malty. Very rare to find a dark full flavored beer that is as drinkable as this one. I've had it out of the can, growler and on tap, all three are worth pursing. The end of the beer gets a little too sweet when very warm, best served a bit on the cold side.

05-11-2011 15:57:30 | More by dhartogs
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

06-02-2012 21:11:42 | More by briandaube
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

09-08-2013 01:31:39 | More by bigeyedfish89
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4.2/5  rDev +21.7%

I got this one at Total Wine & More in Fairfax, poured into a pint glass from a 1 pt 6 oz aluminium bottle.

First, I want to say that the aluminium bottle is an excellent thing. I look forward to using this to house some homebrew.

A: Darkish, copper pour. Two-finger head with a relatively heavy pour which fell rather quickly.

S: Sweet, malty, a little biscuit.

T: Absolutely no bitterness. Tiny bit of citrus, but mostly caramel malty. Nothing special, but very drinkable.

M: Light, but not American Adjunct light. Excellent Mouthfeel.

D: Exceptionally drinkable. Smooth, nothing bad anywhere down the line. No ABV listed, but I would guess between 4-4.5%, none of which comes through.

02-14-2011 01:53:24 | More by Kinanik
Photo of jmfc8237


4.08/5  rDev +18.3%

Purchased a growler from the brewery.

A- a dark amber to chestnut brown colour with a slight off white head about 1/2 in. high. Moderate retention and light lacing around the glass.

S- Smells very sweet with a nice strong english style yeast profile. has alot of malt backround and it seems this one will be big on taste.

T- It really has a nice meld of hops and biscuity malt taste. Well balanced and just enough alcohol to warm the back of your tongue. Sweet caramle and fruit in the front leeds way to a doughy malt finish that is very well rounded.

M/D- I really enjoyed this one alot. I like the silky mouthfeel, and nice carbonation. Deff. a session beer for most.

02-26-2010 20:50:17 | More by jmfc8237
Photo of woodychandler


4.05/5  rDev +17.4%

The CANQuest (TM) is indebted to both THECPJ and mdaschaf for this beer. The former sent this to me, gratis, and then his buddy CANtacted me about one of my Gots so it became a Beer It Forward. It looks like tonight is going to be an homage to The First State, albeit the only one without National parks, monuments, battlefields or historic sites. "Aw", shucks, from a recent Jeopardy! category.

Hey, for those that reviewed the serving style as "Bottle" vs. "CAN", I would beg to differ with you. The message is the medium and it is aluminum, which CANstitutes "CAN" in my book. I do not care what shape it may be formed into, if it is not made of glass, it is not a bottle. Hell, on this site, 5L kegs are CANsidered CANs. That's my p.o.v. and I am sticking to it until directed otherwise.

No Crack, just Glug from this bottle-shaped CAN, and color me impressed! A solid finger of tawny head with very good retention. Color was the shade of deep-copper that a sheet of it had the other day as I was walking past a construction site. I happened to remark on it and the crew member standing over it laughed and told me not to get any big ideas. Ha! Just because I look like a cross between a biker and a dope dealer/user does not mean that I am going to try and rip off a huge piece of metal. I was thinking more of the hair color of a former G/F, whose hair was so coarse that it was like CU wire. But, as usual, I digress ... Nose was both piney and malty and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were right there on the tongue, initially, slowly getting out of the way to give the malt a chance. Finish was dry with the hops reasserting themselves and lingering well after the finish. I CANnot tell you how much better this was as compared to their Blues' Golden Ale. Sure, two different beers, two different styles, but this was worth drinking a bomber's quantity (those CANs are 22 Fl. Ozs., son).

07-16-2011 00:51:44 | More by woodychandler
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-22-2011 16:45:54 | More by tugdriver7
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

03-08-2014 09:41:35 | More by Karibourgeois
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

01-19-2013 22:29:53 | More by MightiestBeard
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Have to thank theCPJ for sending this out to my part of the world. Much thanks. Imperial pint Poured into a SA perfect pint glass

A-- Really like the aluminum bottle. Very well done. Poured an opaque golden brown. Short lived sand colored head that went quickly to film. Just a little bit of retention with a few swirls. Lots of very small carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass.

S-- Lots of Carmel in the smell. Biscuit with spicy floral hops. Carmel really stands out well in this.

T-- Burnt carmel, sweet carmel. Good amount of malt to this and touches of hops. Seems like an ESB to me.

M-- Sweet with touches of bitterness. Front is sweet with the burnt carmel and back is floral bitter hops. Reminds me more of an ESB or a US take on it. Medium carbonation and medium feel to this.

D-- Totally a session beer, can have multiple of these easily. Well made beer and the presentation is done well.

01-26-2011 13:08:10 | More by mulder1010
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

03-17-2013 03:23:00 | More by ckollias
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

08-17-2014 14:52:52 | More by therubicon
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-25-2011 10:48:22 | More by RyanBeer13
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

08-15-2013 01:05:07 | More by pcsnyder
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

05-05-2014 03:01:04 | More by wrightst
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

07-11-2013 23:32:58 | More by StaindProject86
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-08-2011 03:32:17 | More by pwoody11
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

03-09-2013 01:28:34 | More by Apathetiq
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-20-2011 00:25:40 | More by rab53
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

On tap at Smiling Chameleon in Lewisburg, PA on 3/6/11.

A - Copper-colored liquid with dark amber highlights and half an inch of creamy beige foam that reduced to a patchy retention and deposited some spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma is quite malty with plenty of caramel, toffee and bready notes as well as toasted grains. Hop presence is mild at best, although some floral notes are apparent, as well as a hint of perfume.

T - Flavor is malt-forward with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness and just a subtle floral hop presence that provides mild bitterness. Finishes with a crusty bread character complemented by more sweet toffee notes. Simple but tasty.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and modest carbonation that provides a hint of bristle on the palate. Finish is sweet with mild hop bitterness on the tongue.

D - While I definitely don't get APA from this brew, this is a fine bitter or even ESB. Overall, Old Court Ale is a very British-style quaffer that would be nice on cask or even nitro.

03-16-2011 14:47:47 | More by ffejherb
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3.98/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

07-23-2012 17:58:04 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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3.95/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

08-14-2012 01:11:54 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.9/5  rDev +13%

Received all three of 16 Miles offerings for Christmas. Just getting around to reviewing the final bottle.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a dark copper color and rather translucent. One finger, foamy beige head upon the initial pour. Nice lacing left on the side of the glass.

A - A rather tangy, malty smell.

T - A nice tasting ale. Lots of malty goodness with a nice sweet background. Slighlt tangy on the end. The alcohol is barely noticeable. The ABV is not listed but this seems to me a beer you could easily spend a night drinking.

M - Good amount of carbonation gives a nice bite to eat sip.

O - Of all three of the 16 Miles brews, this is my favorite. I finished the 22oz. aluminum bottle rather quickly it was that good. Nice job on this one 16 Mile. Another hit from a Delaware brewery. Recommended.


04-03-2011 01:10:08 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-22-2012 17:20:25 | More by TimoP
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-14-2014 17:20:41 | More by Jason
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Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.