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Old Court Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Old Court AleOld Court Ale

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99 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
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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Photo of Slatetank


3.68/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

02-14-2013 17:33:14 | More by Slatetank
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

01-22-2013 22:53:21 | More by AC-Mivsek
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

01-21-2013 00:45:29 | More by En29356
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-20-2013 02:28:57 | More by EGolfer4
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

01-19-2013 22:29:53 | More by MightiestBeard
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-13-2013 03:30:16 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-02-2012 21:49:20 | More by DJB2231
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

11-25-2012 00:28:47 | More by flyersfan900
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3.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Medium amber with a very nice head. Looks good. Aroma has some malty, faint chocolatey sweetness and caramel. Tasting brought a hint of cherry and raisin I think. Finish is surprisingly tart. It fells substantial with good carbonation and why yes, I could drink more than one.

10-20-2012 01:05:59 | More by deaconoflove
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New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -28.1%

This brew poured with a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly, but left a half a finger on top of the body. The body was a clear, mahogany color with moderate visible carbonation on it. The nose had a bit of nuttiness and sweetness and another flavor that wasn’t really pleasant. The taste was a bit more pleasant. The flavor was a bit of a malt bomb. It had a lot of sweetness from the caramel malt and a bit of nuttiness. The only hop presence came at the end of the sip with some very mild bitterness. The finish was relatively quick. The body was medium with lower than expected carbonation. This was an alright beer, but nothing fantastic. For a pale ale, there weren’t enough hops to it.

09-16-2012 22:49:55 | More by mgironta
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

09-04-2012 20:31:11 | More by rydev24
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3.95/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

08-14-2012 01:11:54 | More by Gambrinus1184
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1.78/5  rDev -48.4%

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.

08-06-2012 18:51:23 | More by BeerCon5
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3.98/5  rDev +15.4%

Ba Review #195
Served On: 07/23/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.1%
Date/ Code: -

Found this at Dewey Beach Liquors while visiting Coastal Delaware on summer vacation.

Look: The beer poured a rich deep copper. Very clear with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles racing upward. Head was a 1-finger layer of off-white foam. Some random spots of lacing appeared now and then.

Smell: Earthy sweetness with a touch of hops making for a very nice balanced aroma.

Taste: First was a caramel followed by a nice hop bitterness. Then a sweetness hit the sides of the tongue while an earthy spice followed up for the finish. Aftertaste was more bitterness.

This was a great Pale Ale with a slightly higher ABV than most, but would be expected with the increased complexity and heavier character of the brew.

07-23-2012 17:58:04 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-22-2012 17:20:25 | More by TimoP
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3/5  rDev -13%

06-20-2012 22:46:19 | More by larybrew
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

06-02-2012 21:11:42 | More by briandaube
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-13-2012 01:43:10 | More by bonkers
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3/5  rDev -13%

04-22-2012 21:08:51 | More by cjbeckman
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3/5  rDev -13%

04-09-2012 15:05:06 | More by DeezJutz
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

04-09-2012 01:35:19 | More by MikeConklin
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-29-2012 13:37:38 | More by seanbren
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

01-23-2012 12:42:31 | More by MalReever
Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.