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Blues' Golden Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
okay

103 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.79%
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 Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Kegatron, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of MalReever
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

MalReever, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

bigeyedfish89, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of larryi86
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

larryi86, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -4.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of mgladd32
5/5  rDev +59.2%

mgladd32, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of mptorpey
3/5  rDev -4.5%

mptorpey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of RyanBeer13
3/5  rDev -4.5%

RyanBeer13, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +27.4%

tugdriver7, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

rab53, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
2.73/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

devinoconnor, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

smakawhat, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
2.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly hazy light golden color with a tiny head that goes away rather quickly. Really no lacing is left over and retention is minimal

S- Sweetness in the nose but not much more than that. Tough to pull flavors to describe.

T- very subtle sweetness upfront that becomes more prominent toward the middle. Lighter malt and sweet green grapes maybe come through. Somewhat bland.

M- lighter mouthfeel with medium to medium heavier carbonation.

O- Not too impressed with this beer, partly because I dont drink much of this style and partly because this style isnt too interesting.

Gushue3, Aug 19, 2011
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.

mdaschaf, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of dhartogs
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

dhartogs, May 20, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, May 18, 2011
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.

jlindros, May 13, 2011
Photo of deaconoflove
2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

deaconoflove, May 02, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

jsanford, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of LuthersMug
3.83/5  rDev +22%
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.

LuthersMug, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of JerseyPaul
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

JerseyPaul, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

goblue3509, Mar 20, 2011
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!

BuxMontBeerLover, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.03/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for sharing this bottle, Bobby.

A: The pour is nearly perfect in it's translucence. Golden in color with a high level of carbonation and a short lived white head.

S: Smells just awful. Body odor, wet dog, and rotten corn pretty much sum up the "bouquet". A bit of overly sweet sugar/corn syrup to it and maybe some grass.

T: Big time corn aroma along with grassy hops. There's a lot of sweet corn syrup and sugar, and a tinge of sourness to this beer. It's just bad in almost every way.

M: The body is quite light with a high level of carbonation.

D: No thanks, Delaware.

womencantsail, Feb 10, 2011
Blues' Golden Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.