Amber Sun Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Amber Sun AleAmber Sun Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 134
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of MartzMimic
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
3.31/5  rDev -6%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (1,644 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an deep amber color with a one finger off white colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a moderate level of streaky on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer lighter overall with some aromas of toasted malt and a little bit of caramel sweetness. Along with these smells are some light earthy and grassy smells with just a hint of biscuit mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and toasted malt flavor with a lighter level of caramel sweetness. As the taste advances so too does the caramel increase in intensity, but it does so only temporarily, with it again fading a bit as the flavor advances more toward the finish of the taste. Once the caramel starts to dwindle some hop flavors of a more earthy and grassy nature come to the tongue. These remain relatively light overall, and when mixed with the bit of caramel sweetness and the rather toasted malt flavors of the brew, end up leaving a rather clean and crisp lightly roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both suit the flavor profile rather well, making for a very easy drinking brew that is rather refreshing overall, but yet still adequately stacked in flavor.

Overall – A rather easy drinking beer. Although a little light in the bitter department for a esb and in many ways more amber ale in nature in my opinion, it is decently flavorful and easy drinking none the less. (1,593 characters)

Photo of kcrosson492
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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. (359 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD.

The beer appears amber to copper colored with an inch of creamy white head. A thick sheet of lacing lines the walls of the glass. The aroma offers sweet malt, biscuits, fruit bread. Slightly sweet and malt forward. Light in body and smooth on the palate with a mild hop bite in the finish. This was OK. (348 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (753 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 Mile - solid brews that focus on alt, english and brown style ales so far in my experience. Willing to take chances. A solid player at reasonable prices. Attention restaurant owners, esp in mid atlantic, - it's got great LOCAL pub ales, great food ales.

Poured from glass bottle into .5 L Cylinder to complement pasta and salmon w fresh from garden tomatoes. (Great food match)

A: Crystal-clear red-amber. Nice color, head, carbonation. No lacing.

S: Toasted bread, dried fruit, yeast. Much better than say - Newcastle. Vert pleasing brown ale aroma.

T: Agree with what ABro wrote " broth, yeast, faintly buttery". Also malt, caramel, woody, spice, only a very little hops, semidry finish, light finish.

F: full bodied. A real English style. Old fashioned. weighty without being too heavy.

Great flavor and balance. It's a stronger English Ale style, which is great now and then. I'd take it over New Castle or Smithwicks 1000x. (941 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (363 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with an off-white, fluffy head. Aroma is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and herbal hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is caramel malt, bread crust, herbal and earthy hops, ripe fruit. Finish is long and hoppy. Very nice session brew. (264 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance wise, pretty boring. Color is ruby amber and flat . Very little head, white and unresponsive. Aroma is light and mostly of malts. Taste finds a mostly malt based ale with little in way of hop flavor and bitterness. I don’t think I would prefer another one. (269 characters)

Photo of mgironta
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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! (585 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-09-15 in Columbia, PA

A - Beautiful, clear amber-ruby with a 1-finger tan head that fades in half quickly and leaves mild lacing.

S - Sweet cherries, touch of brown bread and hop floral. Pleasant but not very strong.

T - Slightly rotten cherries, sour bread, somewhat harsh/medicinal hop-tang with a decent amount of bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial but dries nicely.

O - It's drinkable. There's enough flavor here but it fails to excite. (485 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (722 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (497 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a clear, copper colored body...two finger of white, creamy head formed and stayed around for the entire beer...full, chunky lacing was left behind

S - Caramel jumps out first...it's followed by notes of apples and pears...faint citrus hops are in the background

T - There is a caramel sweetness at first sip...the caramel actually sticks around for awhile, but it never gets in the way or becomes cloying...the fruity flavors come back with apples leading the way...this beer is lightly hopped, as I can't detect much bitterness...or maybe it's the fact there is some watery aspects to the beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth with decent carbonation, yet creamy, yet watery...what a conundrum...leaves a nice caramel sweetness

O - This was my first go with 16 Mile and needless to say, I wasn't impressed...I love the aluminum bottle and I will give these guys another try (888 characters)

Photo of Kranders
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think this may be the last beer from my trip to Deleware that I still have, but I finally opened the Amber Sun Ale that I got form 16 Mile brewery. I have to say, this one wasn't as good as I remember. It was nice when I tried it in the brewery, but opening it up at home I'd say it came out too sweet and too malty. Still, not bad overall, but just a bit too sweet without anything to balance it on the other side in my opinion. (431 characters)

Photo of corylew
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear dark brown with a fluffy white head that hangs around for a minute or two.

Smells like esters and CO2 with some malt. No hops.

Tastes sweet. Slightly malty with an aftertaste of sweet piney hops. Nothing really distinguishable in this beer from other ambers besides that though.

Mouthfeel is about right. Carbonation is spot on. Leaves some sweet malt behind and that lingering hop flavor is okay as well.

Yeah I don't see anything here that I would call special. I also don't see anything that is flawed in this beer, but with there being so many incredible ambers on the market, I probably wouldn't select this one again unless my other options were crap. (674 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Really small head that does not stay around at all. Body is an amber red and clear.

S- Sweet malts and a caramel come through. nice scent.

T- Theres a sweetness upfront that has a hint of fruitiness. Really not too much going on in the taste and is kind of blah. light caramel toward the end and the finish leaves nothing to linger.

M- About a medium mouthfeel that feels pretty nice but theres almost no carbonation.

O- not too impressed with this beer. (464 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was on tap at the Irish Eyes Pub in Rehoboth Beach, Since I never had it before or even heard of it I figured I'd try it. The beer poured out with a reddish color to it with a thin tan colored head on top. The head didn't last very long and left no lacing either. The smell of this beer is malty and a little grainy. The taste a little bland, there really isn't too much excitement here really. The mouthfeel is average, it's a little watery and doesn't really good to much for me. Overall it's an average ale. (520 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown. Pretty appearance. Smells malty and sweet. The smells is probably the best part of this beer. Tastes boring. Malty... A bit thin. The mouthfeel is okay. Nothing special . Overall the beer isn't bad but isn't great. Finished the glass no problem but wouldn't order it again. (296 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22-ounce aluminum bottle into a plain tumbler pint glass.

A: Medium, reddish copper color with fierce carbonation building to a two-finger head of dense, creamy, off-white foam which retains nicely and leaves a bit of sticky lace.

S: Sweet, roasted caramel malts, a bit of toffee and smoked peat, but also a hint of bubble solution or sidewalk chalk; hard to place it.

T: Smooth, creamy, bitter roasted malts with a hint of metallic, watery grains that interrupts an otherwise semisweet and fruity malt palate. Very low bitterness with a dose of smoky, sticky malt sweetness and herbal, mineral water and hop taste in the finish.

M: Medium-full bodied with a hint of creaminess. Very smooth throughout but a bit of a harsh, metallic feel before the finish.

O: Not a bad red, but certainly one that isn't without its flaws. Hovering around 6% ABV, it's on par with the plethora of other red ales and even has as good of a look and mouthfeel as most. A bit overly carbonated and maybe a bit metallic, but not all that bad of a red ale. (1,052 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (662 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (316 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange red with a 1 finger head

smell: mostly malts, with little hops

taste: caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this category has a very broad range from hoppy red's to very malty reds. this one leans towards the more malty side.

Cheers,
The CPJ (324 characters)

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