Old Court Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

109 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
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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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
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).

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of THECPJ
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of tone77
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.

Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

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Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.