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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
79
okay

95 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
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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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

1.78/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 18:51:23 | More by BeerCon5
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surfrogue1

Maryland

2/5  rDev -41.9%

03-25-2013 02:46:13 | More by surfrogue1
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Hopfensaft

Delaware

2/5  rDev -41.9%

03-16-2014 14:52:54 | More by Hopfensaft
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wwsfd

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

04-01-2014 02:45:46 | More by wwsfd
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mgironta

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 22:49:55 | More by mgironta
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Spoppy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

06-18-2013 11:50:42 | More by Spoppy
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MalReever

Delaware

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

01-23-2012 12:42:31 | More by MalReever
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Spider889

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to mdaschaf for this. I've never heard of these guys before.

Interesting, albeit odd, aluminum bottle, 651ml. What?! The bottle art/graphic looks nice, but there was no indication of what the beer actually was. I was thinking it was maybe an old ale or something. Too bad...

Looks really nice, super clear, near ruby colored. A tall white head, good retention, and nice lacing. Just not quite appropriate in color for an American Pale.

Smells pretty weak. Grainy malts and earthy hops.

The flavor had me guessing this was an English Pale Ale, which it fits rather well. As an American Pale this just doesn't add up for me. Too much malt and no true hop flavor, only a mild bitterness. Lots of doughoness as well.

Pretty smooth with very soft carbonation. Overall not bad, but I felt rather disappointed with this beer.

Serving type: can

05-25-2011 05:28:38 | More by Spider889
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En29356

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

01-21-2013 00:45:29 | More by En29356
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

05-23-2014 21:39:36 | More by Latarnik
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mdaschaf

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 18:46:45 | More by mdaschaf
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-26-2011 20:07:36 | More by tgbljb
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JohnGoodwin3

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

11-13-2013 00:52:13 | More by JohnGoodwin3
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -12.8%

08-08-2013 22:19:59 | More by ROGUE16
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

09-23-2013 12:51:19 | More by twenty5
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DersOne

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -12.8%

02-23-2014 06:19:04 | More by DersOne
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DeezJutz

Maryland

3/5  rDev -12.8%

04-09-2012 15:05:06 | More by DeezJutz
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cjbeckman

Delaware

3/5  rDev -12.8%

04-22-2012 21:08:51 | More by cjbeckman
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Yorktoberfest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

09-27-2013 21:25:59 | More by Yorktoberfest
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-28-2013 05:32:52 | More by jenray
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

02-25-2014 03:28:46 | More by TheMultiYeast
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larybrew

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -12.8%

06-20-2012 22:46:19 | More by larybrew
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wac9

Pennsylvania

3.01/5  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

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 01:46:18 | More by wac9
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IceTrey9785

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle in a mix-six-pack at work...

A: Poured the ale into a British pub glass. Really nice cherry-wood color, great off white head, with good lacing. Looks like a malty beer to me!

S: Freshly baked bread, hint of caramel and brown sugar. Hazelnuts and a bit of baked fig come through as the beer comes to temperature.

T&M: Really upfront malt character. It is nutty, caramelized hazelnuts come to mind. A bit of citrus, but very, very faint. The mid-palate even has a bit of an edge that is similar to a sharp cheddar cheese. Very creamy and smooth, great texture. The finish is excellent with a wonderful peanut brittle flavor.

I like this beer, but it really isn't anything special. For a good pub ale -- sure, but for a beer that really knocked my socks off, I don't think so. A bit of hop bitterness is needed to give some trace of acidity and balance the sweet yeasty overtones. A beer I would drink if offered, but probably not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 22:01:42 | More by IceTrey9785
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:52:40 | More by BryanCarey
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Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.