Old Court AleJanuary 1, 2012 Georgetown, DE
16 Mile Brewing Co.
Available: DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA
Old Court Ale is a pale ale with amber malt added to create a dark pale ale style, with hops and malt balanced to create a nice, bold sessionable brew. 16 Mile uses all English malts to pay homage to our passion for English-style ales, but with an American twist to make them our own.
Original gravity: 1057
This is a beer that commemorates events in the back end of the 18th century. It’s a pale bronze color with a dense head of foam, followed by sultana and raisin fruit on the nose with a “malt loaf” grain character and peppery hop notes. Bitter hops kick in in the mouth with rich, burnt fruit and chewy malt. The finish is dry with a creamy malt character balanced by peppery hops and ripe fruit.
- Roger Protz
Bright amber with solid golden foam, this beer shows a curious lack of fruit in the aroma, given that it’s an ale. The faint note of oranges seems hop-derived. The palate is very straightforward—moderate sweetness, a slight tang of caramel, linear moderate hopping, a lingering bitter finish. It’s pleasant enough, but unassertive, and I can’t help feeling that there’s something missing in the center. Let it warm up a little and it will show you a bit more, an earthiness that will work nicely with fish ‘n’ chips.
- Garrett Oliver
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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