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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Dark pale ale.
An American ale that reserves its right to be different. A bit lighter in body, Old Court provides a citrusy hop aroma and caramel finish. 16 Mile names this ale for Sussex County’s original courthouse, which has been serving judicial needs since 1791. Today it stands on South Bedford Street just south of The Circle in historic Georgetown, Delaware.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kramer (4993) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2010
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 that’s about it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slipstream (2026) - USA - OCT 23, 2010
This came in an aluminum bomber. Should I be saving these things? Maybe they could be used for homebrew. They could even be a collector’s item someday. My cousin collects old cans - has thousands of them - but I won’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2375) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2010
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 don’t need another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (4655) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heathen (1463) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
THOUGHTS: Barely a pale ale. Seemed a bit British. Not that close to style. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad beer, but it is nowhere near an American Pale Ale — 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, they’re 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 didn’t 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GMCC2181 (1504) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Bottle... Red in color, no head? Sweet bread, malty aroma. Taste is sugary sweet...apple cider, maybe some caramel. Pretty boring. Texture wise its oily...not flat but needs some carbonation. Overall considering I paid 6 bucks for this its pretty bad. Got to agree with bert on this one, Pale Ale??? Maybe an amber ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2488) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Pours damn near flat, thin whispy head,some large bubbles and some stringy lace just clinging for life. Bright amber almost brown color. Pale ale? Nose of caramel malts and not much else. Light bodied, lifeless. Medium sweet malts, caramelly, lightly bready, sorta nutty. Lightly sweet finish, nutty malty. Nice package, not so nice beer especially @ $6.50 a can bottle. You guys have any QC/RD? This is not a pale Ale. Gotta be a mistake. More of an Amber to me. Meh.

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