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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: 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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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

MikeConklin, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of seanbren
3.75/5  rDev +9%

seanbren, Mar 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

MalReever, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev +16.3%

pwoody11, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of tgbljb
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured a cloudy deep amber color from the can.

Smell is somewhat sweet, and not altogether pleasant.

Taste has a lot of malt in it, with virtually no hop flavor able to detected.

Average in the mouth, nothing special.

Altogether I was dissapointed with this beer. I would never revisit it. It just did nothing for me.

tgbljb, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of RyanBeer13
4/5  rDev +16.3%

RyanBeer13, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

tugdriver7, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +16.3%

rab53, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

akorsak, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

mdaschaf, Jul 22, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +17.7%

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).

woodychandler, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

jlindros, May 31, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -21.5%

Thanks to mdaschaf for this. I've never heard of these guys before.

Interesting, albeit odd, aluminum bottle, 651ml. What?! The bottle art/graphic looks nice, but there was no indication of what the beer actually was. I was thinking it was maybe an old ale or something. Too bad...

Looks really nice, super clear, near ruby colored. A tall white head, good retention, and nice lacing. Just not quite appropriate in color for an American Pale.

Smells pretty weak. Grainy malts and earthy hops.

The flavor had me guessing this was an English Pale Ale, which it fits rather well. As an American Pale this just doesn't add up for me. Too much malt and no true hop flavor, only a mild bitterness. Lots of doughoness as well.

Pretty smooth with very soft carbonation. Overall not bad, but I felt rather disappointed with this beer.

Spider889, May 25, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks to mdaschaf for this extra in our recent trade. Poured from bottle into my dfh snifter. Pours a dark amber color, nice white head that quickly recedes, no lacing. Smell- a bit metallic, but I get some amber-type aromas, some sweetness, otherwise, not much here. taste- some banana, rich carbonation, some sweetness from the malt, barely any hop presence. Mouthfeel- the rich carbonation makes for a dry finish, which takes your mind off of the sweetness. drinkability- nothing too special here, but not bad.

lnashsig, May 21, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

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

THECPJ, May 18, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +25%

A: Dark amber, little head
S: Malty sweetness, a hint of carmel
T: Smooth, malty, tasty
M: easy

O: This to me is a go to summer beer when in DE, it's dark yet easy to drink, malty. Very rare to find a dark full flavored beer that is as drinkable as this one. I've had it out of the can, growler and on tap, all three are worth pursing. The end of the beer gets a little too sweet when very warm, best served a bit on the cold side.

dhartogs, May 11, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

22oz Aluminum Can-bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Sent to me by THECPJ. Cheers Shane!

A - Pours a clear, dark copper with a 1-inch head of ivory foam that recedes slowly.
S - Sweet toasted caramel malt with a slightly earthy hop finish. Bit of a floral character in the hop profile, and perhaps some pineapple.
T - More sweet caramel malt with a slight roasted quality and a very light hop presence. Sweet is the main word, lotsa malt.
M - Medium-bodied with a fairly crisp mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.
O - Not bad, perhaps a bit sweet for my tastes. Still, crisp and sessionable.

jsanford, Apr 13, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +13.4%

Received all three of 16 Miles offerings for Christmas. Just getting around to reviewing the final bottle.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a dark copper color and rather translucent. One finger, foamy beige head upon the initial pour. Nice lacing left on the side of the glass.

A - A rather tangy, malty smell.

T - A nice tasting ale. Lots of malty goodness with a nice sweet background. Slighlt tangy on the end. The alcohol is barely noticeable. The ABV is not listed but this seems to me a beer you could easily spend a night drinking.

M - Good amount of carbonation gives a nice bite to eat sip.

O - Of all three of the 16 Miles brews, this is my favorite. I finished the 22oz. aluminum bottle rather quickly it was that good. Nice job on this one 16 Mile. Another hit from a Delaware brewery. Recommended.

Cheers!

BuxMontBeerLover, Apr 03, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

Kegatron, Mar 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

On tap at Smiling Chameleon in Lewisburg, PA on 3/6/11.

A - Copper-colored liquid with dark amber highlights and half an inch of creamy beige foam that reduced to a patchy retention and deposited some spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma is quite malty with plenty of caramel, toffee and bready notes as well as toasted grains. Hop presence is mild at best, although some floral notes are apparent, as well as a hint of perfume.

T - Flavor is malt-forward with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness and just a subtle floral hop presence that provides mild bitterness. Finishes with a crusty bread character complemented by more sweet toffee notes. Simple but tasty.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and modest carbonation that provides a hint of bristle on the palate. Finish is sweet with mild hop bitterness on the tongue.

D - While I definitely don't get APA from this brew, this is a fine bitter or even ESB. Overall, Old Court Ale is a very British-style quaffer that would be nice on cask or even nitro.

ffejherb, Mar 16, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -9%

I got a bottle in a mix-six-pack at work...

A: Poured the ale into a British pub glass. Really nice cherry-wood color, great off white head, with good lacing. Looks like a malty beer to me!

S: Freshly baked bread, hint of caramel and brown sugar. Hazelnuts and a bit of baked fig come through as the beer comes to temperature.

T&M: Really upfront malt character. It is nutty, caramelized hazelnuts come to mind. A bit of citrus, but very, very faint. The mid-palate even has a bit of an edge that is similar to a sharp cheddar cheese. Very creamy and smooth, great texture. The finish is excellent with a wonderful peanut brittle flavor.

I like this beer, but it really isn't anything special. For a good pub ale -- sure, but for a beer that really knocked my socks off, I don't think so. A bit of hop bitterness is needed to give some trace of acidity and balance the sweet yeasty overtones. A beer I would drink if offered, but probably not buy again.

IceTrey9785, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Kinanik
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%

I got this one at Total Wine & More in Fairfax, poured into a pint glass from a 1 pt 6 oz aluminium bottle.

First, I want to say that the aluminium bottle is an excellent thing. I look forward to using this to house some homebrew.

A: Darkish, copper pour. Two-finger head with a relatively heavy pour which fell rather quickly.

S: Sweet, malty, a little biscuit.

T: Absolutely no bitterness. Tiny bit of citrus, but mostly caramel malty. Nothing special, but very drinkable.

M: Light, but not American Adjunct light. Excellent Mouthfeel.

D: Exceptionally drinkable. Smooth, nothing bad anywhere down the line. No ABV listed, but I would guess between 4-4.5%, none of which comes through.

Kinanik, Feb 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Have to thank theCPJ for sending this out to my part of the world. Much thanks. Imperial pint Poured into a SA perfect pint glass

A-- Really like the aluminum bottle. Very well done. Poured an opaque golden brown. Short lived sand colored head that went quickly to film. Just a little bit of retention with a few swirls. Lots of very small carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass.

S-- Lots of Carmel in the smell. Biscuit with spicy floral hops. Carmel really stands out well in this.

T-- Burnt carmel, sweet carmel. Good amount of malt to this and touches of hops. Seems like an ESB to me.

M-- Sweet with touches of bitterness. Front is sweet with the burnt carmel and back is floral bitter hops. Reminds me more of an ESB or a US take on it. Medium carbonation and medium feel to this.

D-- Totally a session beer, can have multiple of these easily. Well made beer and the presentation is done well.

mulder1010, Jan 26, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

TMoney2591, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Fish113d
3.68/5  rDev +7%

*Poured chilled from an aluminum bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber to ruby color w/ a slight tannish lacy head on top that basically ends up a surface layer at best. Nothing else to note.

Sweet caramel malt aroma right away with a biscuity aroma coming behind it. Some earthy hops also found, but farily mild.

Sipping reveals a sweet caramel flavor with some roasty malt tones. A slight dirty hops flavor also comes through. The basis of this is a very malty ale of which style I am uncertain. It seems more like a scottish ale than a pale.

Feel is very good. Some carbonation balanced with a smooth drinking body.

Easy drinking brew that seems refreshing on a hot summers' eve. Solid brew.

Fish113d, Jul 30, 2010
Old Court Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.