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Amber Sun Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Amber Sun AleAmber Sun Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
16 Mile Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Roasty finishing malts, balanced with just enough bitterness provides a traditional amber ale that is dark red to the eye, but not heavy on the palate. 16 Mile names this premium amber ale for the famous sunsets found at the Breakwater Lighthouse located off of Lewes Beach, Delaware.

(Beer added by: Imstillthegman on 08-05-2009)
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

651 ml aluminum vessel that for the sake of this review I will refer to as a can shaped bottle...which (per their website) primarily is what all 16 mile products come packaged in if not a keg or some other larger format.

Pours a very clear amber-red color with more than a finger of yellowish stained tan head. Head is mostly comprised of large bubbles and it receeds fairly fast as the bubbles crack. Leaves a spotty amount of lacing on the glassware. The nose of this beer is quite fruity with grain/malt filling out most of the fullness of the aroma and a bit of hops in the background. Taste is a blend of hop bitterness and toasty grain with a light body and prickly amount of carbination. Leaves a lingering taste of grain in the mouth. Throughout the tasting experience, there are times when a fruity and sweet taste is in the foreground, and other sips yield hop bitterness primarily in the front with malt filling out the rest of the profile. All in all it is a fine beverage with a warming alcohol presence if you let it come up to temperature. The only downfall to this beer is there seems to be a slight metallic twang left in your mouth.

02-04-2010 01:24:42 | More by stakem
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):

LOOK: Crystal-clear reddish-amber

SMELL: Toasted bread, dried fruit, broth, yeast, faintly buttery

TASTE: Rich malt, caramel, toasted pie crust, twang of overripened fruit, estery alcohol, woody hops, spicy bitterness, faint roasted grain, semidry finish, light aftertaste

Not overly exciting or sessionable, but it’s got flavor and balance. For those looking for a basic, stronger English-style Ale brewed stateside, it’s worth a try.

05-02-2012 10:28:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

10-28-2012 23:55:20 | More by TimoP
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briandaube

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

06-02-2012 21:11:53 | More by briandaube
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

01-04-2014 22:27:15 | More by acurtis
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kgammell1

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

07-21-2014 05:04:56 | More by kgammell1
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear red/brown color with a two finger tan foamy head. Foamier than most beers, very light foam though. Pretty good retention and decent lacing.

S: A good bit of caramel malt, some toasted bread, and a light citrus hop aroma. Not bad.

T: Not a ton going on, some sweet caramel, grains, and some fruit, mostly bruised apple and a little bit of plum.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: I don't mind beers in the style that are on the malty side, but this one has no sign of hops at all. The bottle is cool, but 16 Mile is moving to glass bottles soon. Too many good beers out there to buy this one consistently.

07-22-2011 18:21:47 | More by mdaschaf
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

glassware: Yuengling pint...occasion: preparing for the Shore...appearance: burnt orange/brown body that has an encouraging, thick off-white head that laces well-- pleasure to look at...aroma: light floral hops and some bready, roasted malts make for an intriguing balance of scents...palate: medium-bodied, soft and creamy delivery, with a brief finish--easy-drinking! taste: lightly bitter, almost as an afterthought, with much more stress on the toffee-like sweetness--refreshng!...overall: Shan’s Uncle Mark sent this to me particularly please by its sneaky-quick 6.1% ABV; he’s more of a pilsner drinker, so I can see why this caught his fancy; I may have to seek out more 16 Mile brews when heading to Baltimore.

08-19-2012 02:33:38 | More by dacrza1
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

While perusing the shelves at Total Wine & More in Claymont, Delaware an employee added a new beer to the shelves. I'd never seen 16 Mile so I thought I had to give it a try, and the bottles were still cold to boot! I grabbed two. Only later did I learn that they were $7.99 a piece :(

It poured a somewhat hazy, dark mahogany-brown body beneath a short but creamy head of off-white. Unfortunately, the head retention was quite limited, although there was some thin lacing.

The aroma displayed a deeply caramelish, biscuity, and almost roasty maltiness with a bit of fruitiness from both yeast and hops.

The flavor followed true to the aroma, and there was just an edge of roastiness to the maltiness, and a good dose of citrusy hops. The flavors worked well together, and it was nicely balanced by a stiff bitterness beneath. It finished dry with some of the roastiness lingering dryly as the citrusy notes evaporated.

Overall it's a pleasant enough, tasty beer. And with its roasted edge and citrusy notes it's slightly different. That combination has obviously been done before, but at least it's got something going on beyond a standaard amber ale. It initially kind of leans towards a kind of porter-amber hybrid while cold (because the roastiness stands out more), and then it's more like a kind of a Scottish ale with a bit of an American hop bent as it warms.

Additionally, the packaging is very attractive. The brushed aluminum bottle is nice. Oddly enough, however, I should note that although I bought my bottles in Delaware, DE is not listed as a state that requires a bottle deposit. There's Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Michigan - but no home state of Delaware. Odd.

09-13-2009 00:10:37 | More by NeroFiddled
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

09-08-2013 19:05:24 | More by Hessian257
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LukeD23

Delaware

2.17/5  rDev -37.8%

I am always for trying out a new microbrewery. This one though did not impress me. For the first beer to come out of the brewery it seemed extremely sterol. The bottle looks way to much like a bud product. The liquid inside the bottle was looking much the same. Crystal clear, true amber color with dark candi sugar in the nose but lacking hop presence. Flavor was quick and a let down, mild maltyness, little hop flavor. Mouthfeel was watery. For $6 a 22oz bottle I can think of a few hundred beers Id rather have. Im a bit sad as its a new brewery right down the road from me, I would love to have some more good beer around.

08-28-2009 02:22:22 | More by LukeD23
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

22 oz aluminum bottle into a pint glass. Until there is an "aluminum bottle" category under serving type, I'm reviewing this as a "can", since designating the type of material that the serving container is made out of is more important to me than its shape.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with 1 1/2 fingers of smooth off-white head. Thin layer of froth skims the surface, leaving some solid patchy swathes of lacing back. The aroma takes a bit to get going, but once this warms up, I'm treated to a deeply smokey tang from sweet caramel and roasted malt character. Hops add some floral spice and a good measure of citrus to boot, further adding to the tanginess of this.

The taste matches the aroma, being sweet with caramel and citrus, which then mixes with a BIG toasted malt presence. Spicy bitterness shores up the back, adding a zippy drying finish to this. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a bubblier creamy feel to it. It's actually a touch light in spots, considering the surprising fullness of the flavors, but this is pretty darn drinkable stuff.

Solid little Amber Ale here from this new-kid-on-the-block brewery down in DE. My only beef is with the price point of these bottles, which can be found from anywhere in the $5-7 range. That's right, $5-7 for a bottle of AMBER ALE! I'm sorry but if I'm seeing a 22 oz bottle of Stone Ruination sitting next to this in the cooler, at a CHEAPER PRICE (which I did!), then there is something seriously wrong here. I wish these guys the best of luck, but $7 for a sixer of this is more in line with my thinking.

09-15-2009 16:48:44 | More by Kegatron
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Bouder32

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

10-04-2013 13:16:24 | More by Bouder32
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks again to woodychandler for his constant contributions of new beers. Poured from a 22oz. aluminum can shaped as a bottle. Has a dark brown/amberish color with a small head. Smell is on the malty side. Taste is also of malts, a slight hop presence. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

06-25-2011 14:20:31 | More by tone77
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a dark reddish amber with a quickly fading medium beige head. Both taste and aroma has some toasted caramel malt, barley with some mild bitter hops for balance. A medium bodied brew with mild carbonation on the palate. Finishes with some toasted caramel malt and mild hops bitterness. Flavor could have been a bit stronger but overall an good drinking brew.

07-10-2013 19:24:19 | More by Samp01
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

A 22 oz. aluminum bottle from Liquid Assets in Seaford, DE. Halftime of a disappointing Ravens game.

A: The bottle offers up a sizeable head, over three fingers on first pour. No lacing followed the slow dissolution of the off-white head. The amber ale underneath is caramel and ruddy, a reddish brown hue that is transparent.

S: Aroma-wise, the amber is a little light. Caramel malts along with a mild hoppiness linger around. The toasted aspects stand out.

T: Plenty of caramel and bread to start things off. The malt profile stakes its mark early with both caramel and toast. The flavors aren't cloying, just solid. A faint kiss of citrus hops follows on the heels of the malts, quickly retreating. The maltiness is the highlight, returning for the finish and lasting a while.

M: The mouthfeel is bready, nearly chewy but not quite. The syrupy caramel flavors are worth the price of admission.

D: I like the container. Oh yeah, and the product within the container too. A soothing amber ale - no frills and nothing fancy, just a good tasting ale.

09-19-2010 19:15:24 | More by akorsak
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +20.9%

Brought from Delaware by "J." (Thanks!) Comes in a 22 oz aluminum "bottle." Pours into the glass a slightly hazy, deep amber to orange, topped by a nice tan foam head that laces nicely till the end. Biscuity malt with a subtle hint of fruity hops in the nose. Initial taste is all malt with a touch of hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Something special about this stuff. It tastes "rich" but is medium bodied with a soft carbonation and extremely refreshing. As the beer warms, it presents a bit more sweetness and a Scottish ale-like flavor. Very nice. I'd like to try this on tap. A bit pricey in the tall container, but worth trying.

08-19-2009 02:30:51 | More by tugdriver7
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +6%

"651 ml" aluminum bottle that's really more like a can with a bottle top. I'll consider this a can. I poured it into a Nonic. No date or info on it. [The bottle has a really kick ass design though]

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this cool bottle/can!

A - The dark beer pours a hazy brown, dirty copper-amber color with a low tan head despite a vigorous pour. Low retention as it went down to a loose layer right away.

S - Toasty amber malts with a dark fruity sweetness comes up right away. A floral hop aroma finishes the aroma with just a light hint of pine. Everything kind of gets muddled together.

T - The Amber Sun has a strong toasted amber malt to the flavor with a toffee hint and a light sweetness. The hops clean the flavor up at the end with a floral - maybe noble - aspect to them.

M - The heavy malt use in this beer gives it a medium-full body with a really toasted and dry finish. Smooth and almost creamy, it's not flavor but has a low - not noticeable - carbonation level to it.

D - Due to it's thicker body it can't fall into the session category for me but it is a good, solid beer though. One bottle of this is enough for me.

10-19-2009 02:36:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Mudawg

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

04-03-2012 10:14:59 | More by Mudawg
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olinwp

Delaware

4/5  rDev +14.6%

07-06-2014 17:03:49 | More by olinwp
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jsanford

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

22oz Aluminum Can-bottle poured into a Weizen Glass after a hard day of yard work. Sent to me by THECPJ. Cheers Shane!

A - Pours a dark caramel color with a thick head of off-white foam that dissipates slowly, leaving very little lacing.
S - Sweet toasted caramel malt with a subdued, slightly bitter hop finish. Sweet is the main word here, lots of malt.
T - Pretty spot-on with the nose, the lightly toasted caramel malt again dominates, with just the slightest taste of bitter hops in the finish. Fairly crisp and clean, though, a pretty drinkable beer.
M - Medium-bodied, with a fairly full mouth-feel and lowish carbonation.
O - This was a pleasant surprise, as I had no idea this brewery even existed, let alone what the beers were like. A very nice, sessionable Amber Ale with a neat presentation.

04-10-2011 22:05:48 | More by jsanford
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-17-2012 17:17:17 | More by richbrew
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

A: The beer is clear garnet red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy yeast are present in the nose along with hints of toasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts along with notes of caramel malts and earthy yeast, the latter of which lingers through the finish. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer seems rather malty, there's enough bitterness to balance things off and keep this very drinkable.

08-14-2013 01:01:08 | More by metter98
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kcrosson492

Virginia

3.01/5  rDev -13.8%

Since my girlfriend grew up in Georgetown I always grab a case of 16 Mile when I'm here. It is a pretty good beer.

A-The bottle is okay but could have a little more character.

S-The smell is malty and roasted.

T-The taste is okay but gets better over time.

M-A little weak but goes down smooth.

O-It is an okay beer overall. It is nothing to brag about.

03-12-2014 01:07:20 | More by kcrosson492
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Sterno

Delaware

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-10-2011 23:40:13 | More by Sterno
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Amber Sun Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.