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Responders Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Responders AleResponders Ale

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57 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
16 Mile Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Light on the palate and crisp from start to finish, Responders Ale demonstrates the fundamental importance of premium ingredients. Choice English barley, a touch of wheat and mild bittering provide the foundation for this light-bodied beer whose story is not light on fortitude. We honor and give thanks to our emergency responders. $3 from every case and $5 from every keg will be donated to the National Fallen Fire Fighers Foundation.

(Beer added by: THECPJ on 04-22-2011)
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Burkbom23:
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Burkbom23, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

csmartin6, Jul 22, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Crystal clear, pale golden, healthy looking head

SMELL: Delicate, soft, bready, clean, faintly floral

TASTE: Exceptionally smooth, wet, moderate sized body, crackers, faint peppery hop, balanced, biscuits, clean, dry finish

This beer is what it is and great at what it is as well. A lighter brew obviously the point, very drinkable with some minor intricacies to make it interesting enough to take another gulp.

Jason, Jul 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

briandaube, Jul 05, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into DFH footed pint glass; light translucent straw-gold color, lots of lively carbonation, and a moderate clear white head that fades quickly like soda into a slight ring of foam and some spotty foam on top.
Smells of buttery cracker malt, slight crisp hops.
Taste is light and crisp; buttery crackery malt, lightly spicy hops. Tiny bit of sweetness at the end. For such a light beer, it's not light on flavor.
Mouthfeel is thin and clean, but the carbonation creates a relatively full experience.
Overall, this is a tasty and quaffable beer that delivers lots of flavor with each sip while still being light and crisp.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

sandanders, Aug 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Trashcat, Nov 13, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear golden/yellow color with a one finger white head on top upon pouring. Decent retention leaving a thin cap on top. Lots of carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Light wheat, some grainy malt, and a slight sweetness.

T: Not a whole going on, some grainy malt, very very faint floral flavor and some corn flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Crisp.

O: Overall, rather boring. Could be fine for a really hot day in the summer, but plenty of other beers I would reach for instead.

mdaschaf, Apr 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

ejwright02, May 29, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden pour with a white foam,. Nice clarity and slight carbonation.

S - Smells a bit skunky, with notes of fresh bread and light grains.

T - Clean refreshing taste. Very crisp barley flavor.

M - This is clearly a sessionable beer and it does that extremely well. Did not feel watery despite the light body. This is a beer where you can appreicate a subtle style done correctly.

O - If I'm looking for a beer to have with a heavy meal this would be a decent choice. Nothing wrong with some of the less extreme styles.

socon67, Mar 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

bconsidine, May 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

sjones5045, Feb 08, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with several fingers of bright-white head. This maintains a foamy ½ finger or so, hanging swathes of frothy lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of fresh grass and lighter herbal flavors, with citrus tones (lemon is sticking out) and some underlying sweet biscuit notes.

That lemon character pick up in the taste, which is undercut by some light earthy notes and herbal tones. A gentle sweetness from the malts helps balance this and brings a bit of bready flavor to the profile as well. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a crisp carbonation on the tongue that then gets more slick and smooth feeling across the back that aids the drinkability of this.

I didn’t think this was so bad. Sure, it maybe isn’t the most flavorful American Blonde that I’ve ever had but the crisp and approachable body at least kept this decently quaffable. Plus it’s for a good cause!

Kegatron, Jul 12, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #203
Served On: 07/26/2012
Glassware: Sampling Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Sampled this brew at the 16 Mile brewery in Georgetown while vacationing in coastal Delaware.

Look: Lighter gold color with some haze. Head was a dense coating of white foam. Carbonation was typical to a Blonde. Probably is subjective to the tap setup.

Smell: Notes of biscuit and some slight grassy hops.

Taste: First was a very yeasty bread note with traces of fruity Belgian yeast notes. The hops seemed very light and grassy. Finish was fairly clean with notes of biscuit lingering.

This was a smooth and flavorful Blonde. It really is amazing how well-crafted this brewery's offering are for being so young.

CraftBeerTastic, Jul 26, 2012
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2.38/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear yellow/golden color with nice 1-2 inch white head.

S: There is a rather funky smell to this that overpowers a majority of what's going on in the beer. Deep under this you can slightly smell bits of wheat and a grainy scent.

T: Plain and very light. Not much happening here at all.

M: Very light, with lots of carbonation.

O: Boring, plain, and unmemorable! You could have fooled me in to thinking this was a domestic beer, and not a craft. No way on earth would I buy this again, and thankfully a portion of the money I spent on this goes to a good place.

Fadefury, May 27, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really need to stop buying Blonde Ales. Why for me I know check this site before purchase? Oh well, into a nonic pint glass it goes.

A very macro forming somewhat bleach white head, meringue and sudsy, perhaps two fingers and falling quite quickly. Very slow rising carbonation to a very pale amber body, just some hints of orange squeak out in appearance.

Nose is very grainy, and a little off putting. Some rest brings a little bit of malt sweetness though, and as it stands it actually comes off very toasty for a blonde. I'll go middle of the road for this one.

Woha! Hello AFTERTASTE. Huge baked tight white bread and toast on this on the finish. Mid palate hits with very little to be impressed with, but the palate feel is very coated and thick for a blonde without a syrup sweetness. Finish as mention is huge and toasty, practically ripping grain.

Ya know I am not much a fan of this style, but I am going to remember this beer cause I am really enjoying it. At 4.1, even sessionable, I am even more impressed. It's not perfect by any means, but I'll easily take it over many other beers.

smakawhat, Oct 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

GreesyFizeek, Jun 17, 2013
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3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts and fruity yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of bready and pale malts along with hints of fruity yeast. Faint hints of bitterness are noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't that bad or a beer for the style and seems to share some characteristics that one might expect to find in a kolsch and a cream ale.

metter98, Aug 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

dsshuck, Mar 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -38.1%

ShanePB, Aug 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

crowsnest, May 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

eschuler, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

bubseymour, Aug 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Drknight, Jun 15, 2013
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2.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at 16 Mile

Clear golden-yellow pour with a small white head; low retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet biscuity malts, light herbal hops. Similar taste, pale biscuity malts, quite sweet, herbal, floral, and a touch of citrus zest in there as well. Light body. Not entirely bad, but not really my thing. A little extra crisp bitterness to balance out the sweetness might make for an improvement here, but overall, it's really just a blonde ale.

Rifugium, Apr 03, 2013
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Responders Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.