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Blues' Golden Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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28 Reviews

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 111
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
16 Mile Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-17-2010

Balanced layers of flavor. The crisp and clean finish of Blues’ Golden Ale makes it the perfect complement to any meal. 16 Mile names this golden ale for The Delaware Blues who fought in almost every battle of the Revolutionary War. Also pictured on our label, a monument in their honor is located Outside of Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware.
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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 111
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz aluminum bottle from Liquid Assets.

A: Another stunning head from 16 Mile. This one is white and fluffy, three plus fingers on pour. Mild lacing followed the decline of the head. The blonde ale portion of the package is hazy with a golden glow. Looks like a witbier.

S: The blonde ale has a restrained aroma, sweet grains and breads alongside earthy hops.

T: The blonde ale is grainy with a light flavor. Pale malts create a mild toasted flavor that remains light throughout the glass. Yeast adds a musty flavor, a fruity compliment to the malts, that dries the mouth out. Not much in the way of hops. The yeast and breads spend a while on each sip.

M: The mouthfeel borders on a Belgian pale ale, lots of fruity flavors hanging around within the malts.

D: Again, I'm a fan of the delivery vessel, a sturdy aluminum bottle. The blonde ale has a nice zing to it, a refreshing drink that goes down very easily.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #198
Served On: 07/23/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this one at the Rehoboth Ale House while on summer vacation at Dewey Beach. Paired nicely with the Station 86 burger.

Look: Was a darker clear gold color with a nice white cap of foam on top. Carbonation bubbles were not real plentiful. Lacing was also very light.

Smell: Aroma was of a biscuit sweetness, almost like a Maibock.

Taste: Sweet biscuit and a nice bold malts started things off. Then a slight hop bitterness hit just in time for a clean finish to cleanse the palate.

This beer definitely offered a heavier palate for a Golden Ale.

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Photo of LuthersMug
3.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served in a frosty goblet. Golden color with a creamy and frothy white head. Nice lacing throughout.

S - Not very strong, hints of yeasty, earthy flavors.

T - Good mellow flavor, wheat and apricots.

M - Malts were creamy. A very smooth and balanced beer.

O - I really enjoyed this one. A very solid plain beer. You could have a few of these.

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Photo of dhartogs
3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap, growler, and bottle.

If you are looking to turn your BMC friends to Craft Beer, this is where you start. Basically a full bodied full flavored Budweiser.

I was looking for a good substitute for my crab feasts, as nothing goes better than hot crabs and old bay than cheap American light beer. While this beer is not light, or cheap, it's still a nice golden ale and goes great in this situation. Of all the 16-Mile offerings this is the one I drink the least.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Randomly found a stash o' these guys at Norm's as I was about to leave. I'm always happy to find some new brews to sink my taste buds into. This one pours a hazy orange straw topped by a finger at best of white micro-foam. The nose is a bit faint, cmprising corn syrup, wheat, coriander, and what seems to be a touch of black pepper. The taste holds notes of wheat, citrus zest, coriander, pepper, cardamom, and a touch of flowery grapefruit hiding in the background. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather refreshing feel and finish. If this had some added banana and clove, I'd say it was a minor hefe. In any case, a very nice "Summer beer", one I'm glad I randomly stumbled upon. Plus, I am diggin' the rad aluminum bottle.

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Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Pours a clear, light gold with a fluffy white head. Lot of visible (and audible) carbonation. No real lacing left on the glass.
S - Sweet biscuit malt with some lemon rind, pepper, and a slightly sour "twang".
T - Subdued flavors of light malt, biscuits, lemon, pepper, coriander, and grass. Not bad, probably could session these for a bit on a hot day.
M - Light-bodied with crisp carbonation.
O - If you're looking for a crisp, quenching, sessionable hot-day beer, this would be perfect. Grab a few cans and go!

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The standard 16 mile brewery packaging: 651ml aluminum container shapped llike a tall bottle. Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a cloudy light orange/yellow color with 2 fingers worth of fluffy white head. Head retains decent but as it fades it leaves only a bit of leggy lacing about the glass.

The aroma of this brew has a scent of fresh bready sweet grains upfront. A touch of herbal hops are noticed in the background. A slight indication of some fruity esters are present, very similar to orange rind and a very subtle spiciness.

This beer has a very light flavor profile. Upfront it tastes of fresh bready grains with a light indication of fruity/citrus hops. Also included in the taste of this brew is a mixture of light spice that come across like a orange rind meets cloves.

Overall this is a clean finishing and easily drinkable beer. At times it seems a bit watery but it is a light bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. No problems finishing the oversized offering but it isn't really something I would revisit again.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some floral notes. Taste is biscuits, malts, some floral hops, a mild sweetness, easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a plain tumbler pint glass at Port in Dewey Beach, Del.

A: Poured a clean, clear golden yellow color with a sudsy, two-finger head of white carbonation which left a little lacing on the glass and pulsed with a continuous stream of bubbles.

S: Lightly toasted, bready malts and an herbal, grassy hop aroma fill the nose.

T: Some nicely toasted, sweet grains hit the palate first, imparting a nice bready quality to the very clean palate of flavors. A little bit of veggie hits the palate in the form of fermented corn, but that quickly changes to a grassy, slightly bitter hop resin that pulls the brew into a clean and balanced finish.

M: Very light, clean and crisp with a semisweet and somewhat bitter hop resin that adds a slight complexity to the golden brew.

O: There aren't many frills to this blonde ale, and that's alright by me. Not the best brew you're likely to find on tap, but if it were between Blues' Golden Ale and any of the BMC set, I'd probably order it up. The 5.9% ABV fits in nicely for the style and one could easily whack a few back over a session with few complaints for what it is - a lightly flavored ale to be had en masse.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):

LOOK: Clear pale gold

SMELL: Dried grass, herbal hop, floral, golden raisins, ripe apples, bready

TASTE: Extremely smooth, light body, doughy biscuits, clean, grainy, balanced bitterness, faint lemon zest, apple skin, dry finish

Named after the Delaware Blues, a regiment that fought in most major battles of the Revolutionary War, this is a middle-of-the-road, easy-drinking brew. And that’s OK. Craft beer can sometimes be simple and solid at the same time. No frills. Balanced. Easy to knock back.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours golden clear, some white foam, active bubbles. Light citrus nose. Some beer-y smell. A little bright. Taste is light malt. Mild citrus embedded. Small bitter. Refreshingly good warmer weather beer. Simple but good.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle, this ale is golden/straw in color with a slight chill haze. The nose on this beer is interesting, with notes of spice, grassiness, honey, apple, and biscuits. There is a decent amount of white- colored foam at first, but it doesn’t last very long and it leaves no lacing.

As for the taste, this golden ale cleanliness and crispness that combines flavors of pale, toasted malt with some herbal character and even a small amount of vegetable coming through, mainly corn. There is some biscuit like flavor as well and the beer finishes with a slightly bitter/herbal sensation that gives way to the sweet taste of pale malt and honey in the aftertaste.

This golden ale isn’t anything amazing, but it is a respectable product for different reasons. Like other 16 Mile beers, it is a very good session beer and a good go- to beer when you want some craft brew but cannot make up your mind or want to select something agreeable to a large number of people. I also like this beer for its usefulness as an introductory beer for craft beer newbies. It has just enough flavor to win over the craft beer convert while still maintaining enough similarities with non- craft beer to offer a bridge from one realm to the next.

This is a good session beer and a good choice for everyday consumption or for drinking with many common foods. It is milder than some may prefer, but it does have some good qualities and it’s a good choice when you want something with a craft beer nature that doesn’t take the flavor and other factors too far.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle for Christmas. Just getting around to cracking it in March 2011. I visited the brewery back in July 2010 and sampled this, as well, on tap with my brother and nephew prior to a tour with the owners.

FYI - The beer is bottled in an "Aluminum Bottle". Very neat concept, although its been done before but I'm not sure in a 22oz size. The bottle did a rather good job of keeping the remaining beer cool throughout the sampling since I finished the entire 22oz in one sitting.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a translucent, golden honey color. A one finger, foamy but not creamy head upon pouring. The head quickly fades to a thin film on top of the beer. Little to no lacing on the side of the glass.

S - The smell does not offer much in the aroma department. Slightly sour smell with a hint of sweetness.

T - A tangy, slightly sour taste with a strong malt presence. Not much hops present. A slight caramel sweetness is also present. With an unknown ABV, hard to say say if the alcohol is well hidden but it isn't very noticeable regardless. Not bad tasting but not fantastic.

M - A rather high amount of carbonation. A rather thin beer. A sour taste lasts after drinking.

D - I think this is an OK beer that you could probabaly drink all night if you were really into it. It's just not my style so I probably won't seek it out again.

Overall: I really like the attitude of the two owners I met on my tour of the 16 Mile Brewery. I liked their Amber Sun but this brew just doesn't hit the mark for me.


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Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to THECPJ for my first 16 mile brew.

Really interesting bottle, aluminum? It's more like a can shaped like a bottle, weird. ANyways, it pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, no real lacing, over crystal clear tan caramel water colored beer.

Nose has some lager like aromas, with a light sweet malt and touch of fruity yeast, crisp smelling, some sweet toasty malts, but pretty light, touch straw.

Taste again lager like, some light sweeter toasty malts, light lager yeast, slight aluminum like metallic flavor, light DME taste, touch of a mild grassy hop flavor and bit of bitterness, a bit juicy, crisp and refreshing though. Finishes fairly clean and crisp, a slight sticky feel, light lingering lager flavors too.

Mouth is lighter bodied with lower carbonation (less than I expected at least).

Overall not bad for a hot summer day, but not great, a bit sticky, some flavors that aren't the best, but a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am appreciative to JC for sharing this with me, a 12oz brown bottle into a dfh shaped pint.

A brilliant tarnished golden with great clarity and visible carbonation streaming up from the etching on the bottom of the glass to a thick foam of two fingers of snowy white. The retention is good as it laces the glass with a small bead pattern. The smell is okay, more or less what you would expect from a blonde perhaps with slight sweet malt and light corn pop type aromas with practically no hops and light yeast fruitiness. The feel is just ok as it seems to have a slick light diacetyl edge to the mildly dry body with moderate carbonation and mellow sweetness, generally clean, but pretty one dimensional.

The flavor is not bad, there is a light malt flavor up front which is augmented by the corn type adjunct taste which adds to the sweetness and there is a yeast taste which adds a golden apple flavor with mild diacetyl rounding out the smooth creamy flavor in the back end with hardly any hops, but semi dry finishing. Overall a decent beer in general but nothing I would want to have again, since it is just ordinary and pretty average tasting for this style.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a light golden color with a foamy, two finger head on top that dissipated rather quickly. No lacing really, a few wisps here and there, but nothing substantial or long lasting.

S: Lightly toast malt, some grain, a bit of sweetness, and some very light citrus fruit aromas. Overall, rather light though.

T: Similar to the aroma, the flavor profile is on the light side. Bready/grainy malt upfront with some lemon/citrus and grass from the hops in the midpalate. A bit of spice near the finish, which is slightly dry.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation, but rather crisp and pretty refreshing.

O: Not bad for a hot day, like today (102 as I write this), but not my favorite as it seems a bit watered down.

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Photo of JerseyPaul
3.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, golden straw color with a lot of carbonation; thin, white head dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing

Smell: Slightly sweet biscuits; not much else

Taste: Faint notes of sweet caramel malt; no hops or alcohol aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body; smooth & crisp; highly carbonated

Drinkability: Goes down easy; can drink a lot of these if you want

Overall, Blues' Golden Ale is decent at best. It looked real inviting once poured into my pint glass, but that was the highlight of the review. It's worth a try, but I wouldn't highly recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.14/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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, resulting in a thick, foamy finger of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a beautiful deep-golden yellow with NE-quality clarity that would have made both Croesus and King Midas proud. Nose was lightly malty, but apart from that, it was kind of pedestrian. Mouthfeel was medium with an unusual slightly tart cereal taste on the tongue. I agree with one of the earlier reviewers who said that this might be a good gateway craft beer for the BMC drinker in your life. It is pretty innocuous. Finish was slightly tart/bitter, not off-putting, but unusual and not really something I would want to take up space in my cooler.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 gold, with a couple fingers of fluffy bright-white head. This settles down into a rich ½ finger, leaving back sudsy lacing that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and citric, which sits up against an underlying mix of sweet bready grains and some softer fruitiness that picks ups steam as this warms. There is a touch of minerals and maybe a bit of sulfur that I’m picking up here as well but it isn’t too intrusive on the nose.

The taste pretty much mirrors the nose, with a tight and crisp feeling citric bite that spreads a leafy and spicy feeling bitterness out into the mouth. This is balanced by sweet doughy grains and softer fruit, which like the nose, has a fairly strong presence here. The finish is dry and citric, with a gentle lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate amount of sharpness on the tongue but then gets more smooth and creamy feeling as this spreads out into the edges of the palate. I’m enjoying the feel on this.

Not bad. The combination of malt and fruit maybe came on a little too strong with the sweetness but there was enough of a citric bite to this to keep things lively and crisp. This is pretty on par with the other offerings that I’ve had from these guys. Decent but nothing overly special.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: malts, with little citrus,

taste: malty, caramel, citrus

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: refreshing summer beer. just nothing to exciting.


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Photo of larryi86
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head that disappears quickly

S- Sweet toasted malts, light citrus, not too much happening here

T- Not as sweet as a I thought it would be, up front is mainly malts and a grain like flavor, but the finish has a nice hint of tartness that is making me bump this up to a 3 for taste.

M- Smooth, lighter body, but not watery.

O- Not bad, but I probably would not pick this up again. I could see non-craft drinkers enjoying this and it being a gateway beer into craft.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bullet like can bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very pale amber body is presented and the off white head disappears quite quickly from a very soapy appearance. Slightly cloudy but mostly kind of lifeless.

Nose is a sweet kind of berry sort of pleasant. Sugary candy cherry smelling which seems kind of odd. Enjoyable but not much else here. Sort of strange nose on this beer.

Wet candied cherry in the palate, some hints of butter on a taste from an aggressive pour, real odd. Texture is a mix of not too watery but also some cream. Some sort of mild mouthwash teeth coating effect too.

Overall it is quite unique but extraordinarily weird?! This is not what I expected at all (malt hops hello?) It is almost very non "beer" like in a sense. This is almost like drinking penny candy which if I was eight years old I would probably really love. However, at this age that I am now, bubblegum beer really does nothing for me.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear honey yellow like color with a soapy one finger head and minimal lace. The aroma has a sour adjunct like smell to it, its faint but average for style. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with a slight hop bite at the very end but an average taste. The mouthfeel is overly carbonated and bitey. Overall the drinkablility is okay but not something you would want more than a couple of.

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Photo of deaconoflove
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Pale gold with a quick off white head.
Sm. some malts first, faint caramel, maybe grass and corn.
Ta. Tastes like beer, kind of murky, with a grainy sweet finish. Very little bitterness.
Mf. Medium to thin, lingers well.
Dr. Sure, but there's a lack of interest.
Love the aluminum bottles, or bottle shaped aluminum cans.

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Photo of devinoconnor
2.76/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Was excited to try another somewhat "local" brew other than Dogfish Head.

Pours a golden, bright orange color with a little head. Smell is sour, sweet, and tangy. This is closer to a golden lager than anything that even remotely resembles an ale. Little hops, too much malt/barley... sweet, sour, rather gross.

And for the $8 draft, more than let down.

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Blues' Golden Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.