Blues' Golden Ale | 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
16 Mile Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

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

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Slatetank
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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1/5  rDev -68.6%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear straw yellow color with intense, visible carbonation. The nose had some sweet toasted malts and possibly a bit of citrus, if you searched for it. Honestly, it smelled very similar to a macro. The taste started with a bit of toasted malts and some honey to it. There was also a bit of grain to it. The end of the sip had some subtle tartness to it. The body was on the medium side and the carbonation was as intense as it looked. The finish was relatively long with a bit of sweetness. Honestly, this would be a brew that I would hand someone as a substitute for a macro…to switch them over to the dark side. I wasn’t a huge fan of it on its own, but in the context that I just mentioned, it was alright…nothing great. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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1.25/5  rDev -60.7%

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3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #198
Served On: 07/23/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this one at the Rehoboth Ale House while on summer vacation at Dewey Beach. Paired nicely with the Station 86 burger.

Look: Was a darker clear gold color with a nice white cap of foam on top. Carbonation bubbles were not real plentiful. Lacing was also very light.

Smell: Aroma was of a biscuit sweetness, almost like a Maibock.

Taste: Sweet biscuit and a nice bold malts started things off. Then a slight hop bitterness hit just in time for a clean finish to cleanse the palate.

This beer definitely offered a heavier palate for a Golden Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a plain tumbler pint glass at Port in Dewey Beach, Del.

A: Poured a clean, clear golden yellow color with a sudsy, two-finger head of white carbonation which left a little lacing on the glass and pulsed with a continuous stream of bubbles.

S: Lightly toasted, bready malts and an herbal, grassy hop aroma fill the nose.

T: Some nicely toasted, sweet grains hit the palate first, imparting a nice bready quality to the very clean palate of flavors. A little bit of veggie hits the palate in the form of fermented corn, but that quickly changes to a grassy, slightly bitter hop resin that pulls the brew into a clean and balanced finish.

M: Very light, clean and crisp with a semisweet and somewhat bitter hop resin that adds a slight complexity to the golden brew.

O: There aren't many frills to this blonde ale, and that's alright by me. Not the best brew you're likely to find on tap, but if it were between Blues' Golden Ale and any of the BMC set, I'd probably order it up. The 5.9% ABV fits in nicely for the style and one could easily whack a few back over a session with few complaints for what it is - a lightly flavored ale to be had en masse.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Blues' Golden Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 130 ratings