DiarmaidBHK (3675) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typical pale ale. Nice amount of hoppiness. Beautiful amber color. Nice head. Much superior on tap.
freekyp (1564) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Old Court evokes an older time and you can easily imagine this beer being sipped in an old colonial courthouse. Aroma opens the sinuses with bright lemon, pine and mouthwash. Pours light and clear chestnut with a one-finger rocky off-white head. Leaves a bit of lacing. Medium bodied, this beer sports a balanced profile with a bit of a metallic overtone (noble hops?). No citrus component. Reminds me of an altbier more than a pale ale. Tasty. Comes in an awesome 1 1/2 pint can shaped like a bottle !
BeerandBlues2 (10547) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with an average, frothy beige head, medium-short retention with fair to good lacing. Aroma is average malt (biscuit, cookie, straw), average hops (woody, earthy), and average esters (apple/pear). Flavor is average malt (biscuit, cookie, straw), average hops (woody, earthy), and average esters (apple/pear). Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, light creaminess with a dry finish. This beer seems rather similar to their Amber Ale, though less exciting. An extra bit of hops and less dark caramel malt would really help this ale.
kramer (5329) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz aluminum bottle. Pours a dark copper body with a small fizzy off-white head that fell to a thin film. The nose is quite sweet with a hefty dose of crystal malt and caramel. Minimal hops, smells more like instant iced tea than an APA. The flavor is fairly weak with a thinnish lightly crystal malt laced base. Just a light bitterness on the finish, and a bit husky. Medium bodied, a little too much residual sugar in there from the crystal malt. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Pretty weak effort. Cool packaging, but thatís about it.
Slipstream (2168) - USA - OCT 23, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This came in an aluminum bomber. Should I be saving these things? Maybe they could be used for homebrew. They could even be a collectorís item someday. My cousin collects old cans - has thousands of them - but I wonít get into that now. Dark pour. Light malty aroma. Old Court is a pretty sweet, bready, malty ale. The hops are fairly low key. There is a whiff of stale pipe smoke too - I agree with Dorwart, who says it reminds him of the inside of an old inn.
Dorwart (2413) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin white head of rather dense bubbles and decent carbonation. Aroma smells of an old inn. Well weathered old wood, some dusty malts and a hint of fruit. Color is a nice crimson brown. Very flavorful. Nice and malty like an old ale but with a decent amount of zippy and bitter hops. Some roastyness that blends well with this mild ale. A pretty good brew. Came in one of those cool 22 oz aluminum bottles.
Ughsmash (7283) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
651mL aluminum can. Poured translucent rosy amber with a creamy, easily-resuscitated beige head. The aroma picked up caramel, nutty notes, and a touch of molasses with a bit of candied appeal.. vanilla came through on the back.. light earthy and citrus hops around.. too much like candy for me, but it was by all means approachable. The flavor found candied caramel, fruity notes, and molasses at the core.. light, grainy citrus and lesser pine bitterness around.. overall skewed toward the sweet, almost buttery maltage. Light-medium bodied on the palate.. very scratchy and grainy, keeping it from feeling smooth.. balance was OK.. non-offensive, but I really donít need another.
radagast83 (5387) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 pint, 6 oz bottle. Poured a reddish color, virtually no head, fizzles away. Aroma is malts, bready. Flavor is sweet caramel, malts, initial taste is a bit bitter, but mellows as consumed. I was impressed with this one.
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery...all the beers I tried here were not bad, the problem is that they are just not world class. They are certainly brewing for a local audience and that is fine. This beer was again, just a good solid, easy drinking beer. Nothing off the rocker crazy.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Barely a pale ale. Seemed a bit British. Not that close to style. Donít get me wrong, itís not a bad beer, but it is nowhere near an American Pale Ale ó British, maybe. But I honestly think of it as being a not so hot version of their wonderful amber ale. They really need to show a little more diversity or get a better recipe for this one, at least. I really loved the amber and had high hopes for this one. Hopefully they right their ship soon, because with beers this far off style and of only decent quality, theyíre gonna disappoint a lot of people and make some not want to try their next offering. There were some funky yeast things going on too when it warmed up quite a bit. It didnít make it interesting. In this beer it was kind of off putting.
TECHNICAL: Aluminum bottle. Poured a medium to dark, flat, reddish amber with a small, very creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate to heavy toasted and caramel malts; lighter grain; hints of chocolate; earthy hops; and moderate earthy and funky yeast. The initial flavor was rather sweet, slightly acidic and ever so slightly sour; while the finish was very sweet and lightly to moderately bitter with a long duration. There was caramel malt, nutty malt, earthy hops, hints of citrus hops, metallic hops, a little sour funk hidden underneath everything. A bit musty, really. The light to medium body was a bit watery, but really quite oily and then dry with soft to nearly flat carbonation and a dry, metallic and lightly astringent finish.