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Blues' Golden Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
okay

105 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-17-2010)
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Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of BryanCarey
3.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Blues' Golden Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.