16 Mile Seed Free & Joy

It’s Friday, which for me means only one more day of work. I’ve been going in earlier for the past few days and been staying about twelve hours, so I can definitely use a little bit of rest this weekend. This beer was one that Val ordered and let me review.


ABV: 4.61%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by a star-studded show out in Vegas, this beer will leave you jaw-dropped. The base of this beer is a classic American session ale, also known as a blonde. Add See-Free & Joy to the very short list of watermelon brews on the market, and put it at the front of the line as it boasts 100% fresh ripe watermelon–no adjuncts. Sincerely refreshing, we hope you enjoy a few pints—but keep your wits about you!”

Random: I didn’t get to see any of the preseason Eagles game last night. I heard they looked good.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with light carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of wheat to it and watermelon extract that wasn’t as sweet as I was expecting. The taste was almost exactly the same as the nose. It was very light and refreshing with wheat and watermelon with a hint of peach as well. It had a moderately thick body with light carbonation. This was my biggest complaint with the beer. It needed some more carbonation. The finish was quick and fruity. This was pretty good, especially for the summer season. I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

16 Mile Responders Ale

This was the second brew that I had at Molly Maguire’s. Given the fact that a) I’ve really enjoyed 16 Mile beers and 2) this beer goes to support first responders, I knew I was getting a pint of this.


ABV: 4%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Light on the palate and crisp from start to finish, Responders Ale demonstrates the fundamental importance of premium ingredients. Choice English barley, a touch of wheat and mild bittering provide the foundation for this light-bodied beer whose story is not light on fortitude. We honor and give thanks to our emergency responders. $3 from every case and $5 from every keg will be donated to the National Fallen Fire Fighers Foundation.”

Random: I still have about 14 more reviews that are backlogged. I know what I’ll be doing for the rest of the day…

This one poured with a soft, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, light yellow color with low carbonation. The nose was really, really faint. I got flowers…maybe? I mean, I pretty much stuck my nose into the stuff and didn’t get a whole heck of a lot of anything. The taste was really light with lemon, lavender and flowers and a drop of bready malt at the end of the sip. Although the flavors were light, they were really nice. The body was pretty thin with heavy carbonation, which was to be expected for the style. The finish was quick with lemon. This was an easy drinker that I could see as a summer brew. I just wish there was a little more in the aroma department.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

16 Mile Inlet IPA

This was a review I did yesterday, but forgot to write up. As I’m attempting to write this up, my cat is using me as a jungle gym. It’s like, no matter what I’m doing, he insists on climbing on me so that my focus is on him and I start petting him. And usually I do. It does help that he’s cute. So, here’s the last of the 16 Mile brews that I picked up.

ABV: 6.1%

Style: English India Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aromatic hops accompanied by bold flavors of citrus; crisp and refreshing from start to finish. Connecting the Indian River Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian River Inlet provides fishermen and seafarers alike coastal and off-shore adventure. When stormy weather abounds, strong currents and large swells test the skills of local surfers.”

Random: I found my cat’s bunny ears for Easter. He was not thrilled wearing them.

This poured with a half a finger of tan head that lingered for awhile and left a lot of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, dark mahogany color with decent carbonation The nose was a bit of floral hops with a generous amount of malt. It really smelled like an English IPA. The taste was a bit different than the nose. It was a lot of floral and grapefruit notes. At the end of the sip, the malt came through, reminding me that this was an English IPA. The finish was very bitter, even more bitter than I’m used to for the style. The body was medium and a bit stick, coupled with less carbonation than expected. This was really good from an English IPA, but I think I liked it so much because it was so hop forward. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

16 Mile Old Court Ale

A quick review on Saturday night. I’m getting ready for dinner and I’ll be heading out later to meet up with Katie after work. I think we’re going to try a new place in Red Bank, so hopefully they’ll have some decent brews. This is another 16 Mile beer that I grabbed when I was in West Deptford. I first tried them when I was down in Delaware.

ABV: 6.1%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: I took the cat out on the leash for the first time this year. He seemed to really like it.

This brew poured with a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly, but left a half a finger on top of the body. The body was a clear, mahogany color with moderate visible carbonation on it. The nose had a bit of nuttiness and sweetness and another flavor that wasn’t really pleasant. The taste was a bit more pleasant. The flavor was a bit of a malt bomb. It had a lot of sweetness from the caramel malt and a bit of nuttiness. The only hop presence came at the end of the sip with some very mild bitterness. The finish was relatively quick. The body was medium with lower than expected carbonation. This was an alright beer, but nothing fantastic. For a pale ale, there weren’t enough hops to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

16 Mile Blues’ Golden Ale

The weekend is finally here! I went to dinner with Katie and my sister and had a blast. So, before I hit the hay, here’s from the newest six-pack…stuff I got at Joe Canal’s in West Deptford. It’s either brews I haven’t seen up North or have seen but couldn’t get in singles…onto the brew.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: And as I was reviewing the brew, the cat ate a stinkbug.

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.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

16 Mile Amber Sun Ale

Okay, it’s snowing in October. What the hell, Mother Nature? This is absolutely ridiculous. I passed two really bad accidents today and the snow wasn’t even sticking. I’m also brewing another batch of beer today to get through this insanity. Someone suggested that I call it October Blizzard. It’s a brown ale, so I’m not sure that it will work, but we’ll see. This beer is another local one that I picked up in Delaware that I can’t get in New Jersey. Let’s see how this goes.

ABV: 6.1%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “16 Mile Brewing Company is owned and operated by Chad Campbell and Brett McCrea, Delaware natives who understand that this area and its residents have a unique story to tell. 16 Mile salutes the rich history and heritage of Delaware. Look for familiar historical landmarks and Delaware culture on our bottles.”

Random: I’m almost done with Season 5 of Rescue Me…I’m sad that I’m not going to have it to watch anymore.

The brew poured with a one finger, off white head on top of a clear, chestnut body. It had lots of visible, active carbonation. The nose was a bit on the nutty side with a very minute hint of hops. The taste of the beer was not what I expected. It had a lot of carbonation with a thinner body. The taste had a bit of fruity sweetness to it with some nutty, caramel malts. It had a bit of a metallic flavor to it as well. The finish lingered for a bit with the sweetness that was apparent in the taste. For a person that doesn’t like ambers, this one was actually decent. Worth a try!

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0