Blues' Golden Ale | 16 Mile Brewing Company

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77
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129 Ratings
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Blues' Golden AleBlues' Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
16 Mile Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
16milebrewery.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

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.

Added by TMoney2591 on 07-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
16.72%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a small chalice: color is gold, head dissipates before it has chance to present, lots of clumpy yeast sediment.

Smell is sweet malt, toast, caramel, and a off yeast/fermentation flavor.

Flavor is sweet malt, lighter toast and caramel and an off flavor I can't figure out but detracts greatly from the beer.

Mouthfeel is sweet, moderate carbonation.

Overall, a bit disapointing based on some other 16 mile beers sampled, way too sweet and some notable off flavor that detracts.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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 woodychandler
3.14/5  rDev -2.8%
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 JerseyPaul
3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
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 dmorgan310
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Slatetank
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
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 KingAristocrat
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Received as part of a beer monthly club package pretty good tasting ale

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Photo of Griggsy
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SpectralAbyss
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
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 +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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Blues' Golden Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
3.23 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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