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Blues' Golden Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
okay

98 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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mgladd32

Delaware

5/5  rDev +59.7%

12-06-2011 00:02:55 | More by mgladd32
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mptorpey

Delaware

3/5  rDev -4.2%

12-05-2011 02:46:32 | More by mptorpey
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RyanBeer13

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.2%

11-25-2011 10:48:43 | More by RyanBeer13
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4/5  rDev +27.8%

11-22-2011 16:46:33 | More by tugdriver7
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

11-20-2011 00:25:27 | More by rab53
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

10-14-2011 19:53:55 | More by devinoconnor
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

09-29-2011 00:26:37 | More by smakawhat
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

08-19-2011 22:41:22 | More by Gushue3
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.18/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

07-22-2011 19:27:14 | More by mdaschaf
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-15-2011 23:45:37 | More by woodychandler
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dhartogs

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

05-20-2011 18:55:26 | More by dhartogs
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.1/5  rDev -1%

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

05-18-2011 16:36:19 | More by THECPJ
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

05-12-2011 23:56:23 | More by jlindros
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deaconoflove

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

05-02-2011 22:24:28 | More by deaconoflove
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jsanford

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +13.4%

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!

04-13-2011 03:51:52 | More by jsanford
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LuthersMug

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +22.4%

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.

04-05-2011 15:16:17 | More by LuthersMug
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JerseyPaul

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

04-05-2011 00:21:17 | More by JerseyPaul
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

03-20-2011 14:38:41 | More by goblue3509
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BuxMontBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +5.4%

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!

03-05-2011 20:13:25 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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womencantsail

California

2.03/5  rDev -35.1%

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.

02-10-2011 01:55:44 | More by womencantsail
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +24%

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.

09-19-2010 20:19:58 | More by akorsak
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

09-11-2010 19:47:02 | More by stakem
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

07-17-2010 23:26:47 | More by TMoney2591
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Blues' Golden Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.