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Old Court Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 115
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
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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Photo of dhartogs
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (432 characters)

Photo of Kinanik
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (695 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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). (1,926 characters)

Photo of jmfc8237
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (674 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (912 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers! (838 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

*Poured chilled from an aluminum bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber to ruby color w/ a slight tannish lacy head on top that basically ends up a surface layer at best. Nothing else to note.

Sweet caramel malt aroma right away with a biscuity aroma coming behind it. Some earthy hops also found, but farily mild.

Sipping reveals a sweet caramel flavor with some roasty malt tones. A slight dirty hops flavor also comes through. The basis of this is a very malty ale of which style I am uncertain. It seems more like a scottish ale than a pale.

Feel is very good. Some carbonation balanced with a smooth drinking body.

Easy drinking brew that seems refreshing on a hot summers' eve. Solid brew. (709 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 651 ml aluminum can shaped like a tall bottle.

Pours a clear amber/red color with a finger of head slightly tanned and yellowish. Little bit of lace clings on to the glass with the head retaining fairly well. Initially it has a strikingly sweet aroma of malt and citrus hops that fades to a bit of grain and also a slight note of metallic twang. Taste is grainy with some caramel notes blended with a faint hop bitterness. As it warms, the alcohol comes through and there is a slight metallic twang in the finish that is somewhat masked by the hop bitterness. Moderate amount of carbination and a light feel this beer.

Overall it's not bad, I would definately drink it again. However, it reminds me more of an oktoberfest meets pale ale than just a pale ale which is what stopped me from scoring it higher. The color, taste and crispness will surely throw you off from thinking this is your normal APA. (918 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

More crafts need to come in these aluminum can-bottles. Just for variety's sake. This brew pours a clear orange garnet topped by a sparse layer of white bubbles. The nose comprises a healthy dose of flowery citrus backed-up by a nice contingent of mild caramel. The taste sees the roles reversed, the caramel slightly dominating the more flowery citrus hops. A hint of white chocolate pervades the aftertaste. The body is a straight medium, with a light active carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a decent sessionable brew; nothing special, but solid nonetheless, and rather drinkable. (640 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,416 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,357 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to THECPJ for this one.

Light fizzy head of 1 finger over mostly clear amber orange brown color

Nose has some light crystal malts, light reddish malts, light aged malts, light herbal hops and touch earthy, brown sugar

Taste semi sweet, syrupy, brown sugar, toasty malts, earthy and light herbal hops, light maple syrup, tobacco?, grainy malts, semi bitter, finishes a bit sweeter, syrupy and light hops lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad but not great, syrupy, herbal hops don't help, kinda meh. (533 characters)

Photo of dheacck11
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev +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. (275 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,036 characters)

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Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.