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Old Court Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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103 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Hypersomnia, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

DrDietz, Sep 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Cook82, Sep 08, 2014
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3.04/5  rDev -11.6%

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?

ThisWangsChung, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

therubicon, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Dicers, Aug 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

BillRoth, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Crimsonfloods, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

paulish, Jul 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Zetcha7x, Jun 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Latarnik, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

wrightst, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Boone757, Apr 19, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

wwsfd, Apr 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Burkbom23, Mar 24, 2014
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Hopfensaft, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

TheMultiYeast, Feb 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

DersOne, Feb 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

gwiedman1, Feb 02, 2014
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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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3.58/5  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.

Darkmagus82, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Jason, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Bandi, Jan 05, 2014
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Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.