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Old Court Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Old Court AleOld Court Ale

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102 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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 stooge
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

stooge, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of larryi86
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

larryi86, Dec 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

JohnGoodwin3, Nov 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

paresis, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of dheacck11
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%

Pour is a dark, murky, muddy brown/amber. No head.

Nose is light a sweet. Little caramel. little malt. Little sweet corn.

Taste is a little flat. Little burst of sweet malt up front, followed by a very potent but muted dry and bitter hop. Tastes like hops with a blanket wrapped around them. Little bit of boozy aftertaste of scotch.

Feel is medium, slightly medium thin.

Adequate. Fine to try. Decent option in a pinch. Not a go to though. Just kinda average.

dheacck11, Oct 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Yorktoberfest, Sep 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

twenty5, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

bigeyedfish89, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

pcsnyder, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Act25
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

Act25, Aug 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

ROGUE16, Aug 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Fatdenny, Jul 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

StaindProject86, Jul 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Spoppy, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of wac9
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%

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

wac9, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

dbrauneis, Jun 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

InspectorBob, May 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

jduprey007, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Rifugium, Apr 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Daktah, Apr 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

surfrogue1, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

dsshuck, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

BryanCarey, Mar 19, 2013
Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.