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Amber Sun Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Amber Sun AleAmber Sun Ale

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100 Ratings

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of dhartogs


4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep Amber color, a bit darker then the Old Court.

Smells sweet, malty, with a wee bit of hops, well balanced.

Feels nice on the mouth.

O: I've had this Growler, Bottle, and draft. It's very full bodied, high on flavor and pair great with steaks, cheese, chocolate or on it's own. Just a solid all around beer and part of my go to stash.

Serving type: growler

05-11-2011 16:01:31 | More by dhartogs
Photo of Stoneyrok

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aluminum bomber bottle poured into a globe new Belgium bottem inscribed glass. Excellent redish, clear, excellent head, looks great!

S = caramel, sweet, roasted malts, fresh and light smelling..

T = taste similar to nose, sweet, mildly malty, roasted malts, sweet caramel,

M = smoooth, caramel, nice carbonation, this beer grows on you quickly! Sweet, but not too sweet, just a great balance, low hops, but enough to balance the caramel, smooth, yet drinkable and enjoyable. This would make a great session beer and is a great beer for cross overs to crafts since it has high drinkability, flavor, and ease of a great crossover beer

D = yip, could drink just this beer for the night on the right night. This brewery needs to get out there, and perhaps get their signature IPA, porter,and stout, then I think they will have to hire some extra employees to get this rolling.

Will sample this tomorrow with a local brew pub in NC to see if we can get this down here in NC!

Thanks to Dhartogs, I am honored to have such a great brew. It seems like the target market for this is beginner craft brewers and most beer drinkers sick of domestics!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 07:31:48 | More by Stoneyrok
Photo of jmfc8237


4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a very cool looking aluminum bottle. Has a dark redish hue almost burgundy color. Little to no head but that was due to a bad pour by me.

Smells great.. Lovely malt aroma that really stands out. Biscuity as all get out. Not a lot of hop nose.

Very crisp mild chocolate and bright doughy taste. Great aftertase with a perfect hop aftertaste that leaves your pallet wanting more of this great beer!

Very light and fluffy mouthfeel that is refreshing yet complex in its body. I am pleasantly surprised by this local beer and I will be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 02:49:33 | More by jmfc8237
Photo of TMoney2591


4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

One Delaware brew in another's glass. It makes the experience seem a bit more...forbidden than elsewhen. The naughty brew pours a clear blood amber topped by over a finger of thick, creamy, beige foam. The nose comprises caramel, sharp maple syrup, and a healthy portion of citrus hops. The taste is an effective blend of caramel and citrus, both in equal quantities, buttressing one another. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light carbonation and a rather creamy feel. Overall, a surprisingly solid and tasty brew, that I could easily see pounding back in front of a fire. Get some!

Serving type: can

08-07-2010 18:06:19 | More by TMoney2591
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

06-02-2012 21:11:53 | More by briandaube
Photo of FenwaySquid


4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. aluminum bottle (different, but nice) poured into a mug.

Appeaance: Pours a deep dark ruby red color, beautiful.The head formed 1-2 fingers thick and had excellent retention.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and toasted malt.

Taste: Sweet caramel and dark fruit up front. The sweewtness really comes through in the middle. The finish is toasted malt, turning slightly bitter as it lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The carbonation balanced well.

Overall: Good stuff. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 09:25:08 | More by FenwaySquid
Photo of tugdriver7


4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 02:30:51 | More by tugdriver7
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4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to theCPJ for sending this out. Much appreciated.

Imperial Pint can poured into an Odell Imperial Pint glass.

A-- Poured an opaque dark golden brown color. No visible carbonation to this at all, very clear looking. Short lived light brown head. Just a touch over film. Just a tad bit of retention on swirling. A couple lines of lacing but not much else.

S-- Malt, malt and more malt. Roasted malts, Carmel malts, the list goes on. Carmel and a biscuit like smell in this.

T-- Very straightforward malt taste. A little sweet but a lot of malt to this.

M-- Very good carbonation. Lower medium carbonation but a higher than medium feel. A little bit of a roasted Carmel taste mixed with some orange. Slight bit of hops in the taste but not a lot of them in this. Very Carmel dominant.

D-- Session beer!! Very good beer. If you like Carmel this is very good. Very much a malt bomb with flashes of hops to provide background. More of a classic red ale than the one's being made with a lot more hops in it now. One of the styles in Australia brewers can not do here that well and nice to have every so often. One of the better bottle presentations I have seen with this brewery.

Serving type: can

01-29-2011 13:19:42 | More by mulder1010
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4/5  rDev +14%

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

4/5  rDev +14%

11-17-2012 17:17:17 | More by richbrew
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4/5  rDev +14%

12-10-2011 23:40:13 | More by Sterno
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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

12-19-2011 19:38:53 | More by bigeyedfish89
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4/5  rDev +14%

11-25-2011 10:46:29 | More by RyanBeer13
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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

04-20-2013 18:52:06 | More by jniagar1
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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From one of the newer breweries here in DE. For such a small state there is no shortage of good craft breweries. Its kind of funny to see who chose bottle and who chose can as this beer comes in a nice looking hard aluminum bottle. Similar to the bottle I've seen BMC's use at the local bars around here.

Beer poured a dark brown with a red tint to it. Not much head, and what was there didn't hang around long.

Aroma is mostly malty along with dark fruits and caramel.

Taste is somewhat similar with sweet toasted malts up front. A light hop flavor lingers around in the backfield. Biscuit and caramel round it out.

This was a good beer. I would definitely try it again along with seeking out other 16 mile beers.

Serving type: can

04-16-2010 00:17:55 | More by pwoody11
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14%

05-09-2012 02:45:44 | More by blange3
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4/5  rDev +14%

11-20-2011 00:25:14 | More by rab53
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4/5  rDev +14%

08-25-2012 19:54:59 | More by whallgren
Photo of dhamalian


3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, deep orange-red. An intial thick head that later dissipates.

S: Malty sweetness is dominant. Floral hops, although distant, is present.

T: Bitter-sweet. Very slight roastiness. Buttery. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Very well balanced and quite delicious.

M: Surprisingly full bodied, perhaps even a little creamy.

D: It's refreshing. The sweetness is not overpowering so it is quite drinkable. I only had one so I can't really be sure.

A lovely beer. From what I hear, the brewers are very nice and will let you taste their beer from the fermenter. I wish this nearly two month old microbrewery the best of luck.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 16:39:13 | More by dhamalian
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 00:10:37 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Kegatron


3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2009 16:48:44 | More by Kegatron
Photo of nbeattie


3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a bottle, but it's aluminum, so is it sort of a can?

Poured into a pint glass. Poured a deep copper, almost red. Solid creamy head that help up. Nice lacing.

Nose was mellow, sweet with some spice.

Taste is sweet malt up from with some spice and a mellow hop finish. Leaves a nice subtle spice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp up front, smooth after with a bit of creaminess. Leaves a litte bitterness on the tongue.

Overall I think it's a great amber. It's hearty ehough to cross into red range as well. Very tasty. I would have it again for sure.

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 02:06:25 | More by nbeattie
Photo of deaconoflove


3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up two bottles at Woodside Liquors south of Dover while visiting my brand-new grandson.
Ap. I love the aluminum bottle, beautiful. It pours a very dark coppery amber. The beer was cold from the fridge and had no head whatsoever. The second half pour produced a nice head.
Sm. Not a real strong smell, but I noticed mostly sweet caramel with a faint lemon that got stronger as the beer warmed up.
Ta. The caramel was foremost, but I also thought of coffee, candy, butterscotch?, but it was not an overly sweet taste. A nice bitterness in the finish with lingering caramel.
Very pleasant.
Mf. Decent carbonation, filling, with a nice thickness.
Dr. I like this beer and could easily drink a couple of these, except for the price. Six dollars per 22oz. bottle is out of my range for common beer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 00:12:47 | More by deaconoflove
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Amber Sun Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.