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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
79
okay

132 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: Imstillthegman on 08-05-2009

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.
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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 56
Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1KEVIN1
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAND_MINE
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JPB88
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chillin
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GFD400
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbarletto
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MartzMimic
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep copper from the bottle with a fast reducing white head. Caramel and bready aroma, but not terribly strong. Tastes of bread, caramel and toffee, with just a touch of bitterness. Medium mouth that's maybe even a bit creamy. This seems to be a decent, but unremarkable beer.

Photo of Barnsley
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopflyer
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No bottled on date I can find

Pours red, copper, brown mix with soapy half finger head. Good clarity.

Smells of caramel like malt. A bit of toffee.

Taste is very mild but a bit nutty and the caramel comes thru some. A little bit of sugary sweetness but hops and bitterness are almost non-existent up front. A little bit of bitterness does come thru later but sweet malt is highlighted here.

Feel is a bit light but wouldn't say it finishes dry. Carbonation is on the low side of medium. Could probably use some more.

Pretty pedestrian beer.

Photo of batt6343
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red color. The head is two fingers high and pale yellow in shade. With a fluffy texture and decent retention, it creates plenty of additional aesthetic appeal. Sticky rings of lacing stay on the glass. (4.25)

Smell: Oh wow, this is very fruity smelling. Tons of apricot, cherry, and peach come through, backed by some biscuit and toffee notes. It's not a bold or amazing aroma, but for what it's trying to accomplish, it works nicely. In fact, it's what I'd imagine a real ale from the UK to smell like. (3.5)

Taste: There's an opening one-two punch of stone fruits (yay!) and diacetyl (meh...) The latter surprised me, as the nose never indicated its presence. Ah well, it doesn't ruin this beer. The finish sees an upsurge of maltiness - think butterscotch, toffee, and caramel. I really enjoy the estery notes of this one, but it needs a bit more bigness and a bit less diacetyl to be truly killer. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Very light for an ESB...maybe too light? Nah, better to be light and dry than have a ton of lingering crystal malt flavor. Carbonation is on the low side, also style appropriate. (3.5)

Overall: 16 Mile is a brewery that I haven't been a fan of, so far. This, though (and Tiller Brown, to an extent - that'll come in a later review), works nicely. The British ale esters single-handedly redeem this one, and also make it the best ESB I've had that wasn't from Fuller's (bear in mind I'm thinking subjectively rather than objectively). It's also the first beer from these guys I'd consider buying again (3.5)

3.55/5: A solid example of a style I usually don't like

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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikestaf
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NoProblem
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lemmy187
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of John_Squires
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JNForsyth
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of thomas2357
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of racingkenny14
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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Amber Sun Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.