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Old Court Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

102 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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 Larrydoherty
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Larrydoherty, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of ckollias
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.

ckollias, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Apathetiq
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Apathetiq, Mar 09, 2013
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.

Slatetank, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Pumpknrdge
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Pumpknrdge, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
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.

KTCamm, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of AC-Mivsek
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.

AC-Mivsek, Jan 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

En29356, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of EGolfer4
3.75/5  rDev +9%

EGolfer4, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of MightiestBeard
4/5  rDev +16.3%

MightiestBeard, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Gonzoillini, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of DJB2231
3.75/5  rDev +9%

DJB2231, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of flyersfan900
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

flyersfan900, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of deaconoflove
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

deaconoflove, Oct 20, 2012
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2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

mgironta, Sep 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

rydev24, Sep 04, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 14, 2012
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1.78/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

BeerCon5, Aug 06, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

CraftBeerTastic, Jul 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

TimoP, Jul 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

larybrew, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

bonkers, May 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

cjbeckman, Apr 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

DeezJutz, Apr 09, 2012
Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.