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Old Court Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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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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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

09-23-2013 12:51:19 | More by twenty5
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

09-08-2013 01:31:39 | More by bigeyedfish89
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pcsnyder

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.3%

08-15-2013 01:05:07 | More by pcsnyder
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Act25

New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 21:59:40 | More by Act25
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -12.8%

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

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

07-25-2013 17:48:47 | More by Fatdenny
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.3%

07-11-2013 23:32:58 | More by StaindProject86
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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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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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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +9%

06-03-2013 00:21:28 | More by Chugs13
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:48:31 | More by dbrauneis
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-29-2013 16:57:58 | More by InspectorBob
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

04-13-2013 10:55:14 | More by jduprey007
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 08:33:22 | More by Rifugium
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Daktah

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

04-03-2013 01:54:57 | More by Daktah
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surfrogue1

Maryland

2/5  rDev -41.9%

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

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +9%

03-23-2013 23:33:39 | More by dsshuck
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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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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

03-18-2013 21:35:12 | More by Larrydoherty
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ckollias

Maryland

4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 03:23:00 | More by ckollias
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Apathetiq

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.3%

03-09-2013 01:28:34 | More by Apathetiq
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 17:33:14 | More by Slatetank
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Pumpknrdge

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +9%

02-10-2013 04:08:04 | More by Pumpknrdge
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 14:04:30 | More by KTCamm
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AC-Mivsek

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a fairly thin white head.

S- Malts strike first, followed by caramel and toasted grains. Very earthy with no real hop presence.

T- Similar to the smell, but sweeter. Very malty and strong with the caramel.

M- Medium-light body with low carbonation.

O- Smooth and easy drinking, but it isn't anything too special. Seems more like a Scottish style or a brown ale rather than an APA due to the lack of hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 22:53:21 | More by AC-Mivsek
Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.