Old Court Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Old Court AleOld Court Ale

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 8.31%
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 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 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 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 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 Rifugium
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at 16 Mile

A "dark pale ale."

Darker amber-colored pour with a small off-white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, some citrusy hops. Taste of toasted bread, caramel malts, crisp citrusy hops coming in for a sense of balance. Nothing tremendous, but definitely a solid brew. Medium body, and drinkable enough. (352 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 mdaschaf
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (789 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 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 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 tone77
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark amber brown with a 1 finger head

smell: malts, caramel,

taste: malts, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: definitely not a pale ale probably more like a brown. intereresting and glad I got to try it

Cheers,
The cpj (282 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 jmdrpi
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, no date.

dark copper in color, white head that hangs around. some caramel in the aroma, with some earthy hops as well, pleasant. Taste is just okay, a bit stale tasting. medium body. (207 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 tgbljb
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%

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? (1,436 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 jsanford
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (590 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 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 Spider889
2.72/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (830 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 BeerCon5
1.8/5  rDev -48.4%
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. (341 characters)

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