This beer was a bit of a surprise when I first saw it on the shelves of the local beer store. The main reason for this was the fact that it was in aluminum bottles, 22 oz. aluminum bottles. I’ve seen plenty of breweries using cans as their container, but the only place I’ve seen the aluminum bottles is at a baseball game. I was intrigued, so I had to purchase their beer (I actually got a bottle of each of their three brews).
Blues’ Golden Ale is brewed by 16 Mile Brewing Company of Georgetown, DE. This beer pours a beautiful golden color and it is perfectly clear. It also has a two finger white head. One of the nice things about a 22 oz. bottle is that you can’t get all of it into a single pint glass, so you have a little nightcap in every bottle. The nose was pretty nice for a beer that looks like a more vibrant American Lager. There is a nice honey-like sweetness with a strong biscuit aroma mixed in. In addition to the malt odors, there is a really nice fruity aroma that ties everything together nicely.
The taste is light and crisp. The honey that is offered in the nose comes through in the taste and the bread/biscuit really gets kicked up a few notches. There is a light fruity flavor much like that in a lowly hopped Pale Ale.
I didn’t find this beer aggressive in any respect, but that’s not a bad thing. Blues’ Golden Ale is a enjoyable beer that is easy drinking but flavorful. I would highly suggest this beer for anyone on a warm day, and to a newcomer to craft beer.