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Amber Sun Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 138
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 22.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | 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 metter98
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev +22.1%
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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

Tall boy can, shaped like a bottle, and the cap is pretty hard to get off cause the bottle opener gets stuck on the can, nice idea but needs improvement. Can thanks to THECPJ.

Pours a large 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, bubbly and fluffy, sticky lacing, clear darker amber maroon brown color, a bit too dark for an amber.

Nose light creamy toasted malts, reddish malts, light hops, touch of syrupy malt, crystal almost bready malts.

Taste toasty reddish malts, but of syrupy malts, semi sweet, bit of earthy hops, little grassy and touch herbal, finishes a bit drier, light juicy, crisp, lingering toasty reddish malts.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied decent carb.

Overall decent, nothing special, lots of reddish toasty malts, touch syrupy, hops are a but too light imo

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Photo of Slatetank
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was given the remainder of my wife's pint (1/2) to finish, so I will give my thoughts: served chilled in a pint.

A Dark Ruby w/ no head, translucent and no lace is apparent.

S - Mild malt aromas, slight nutty nose w/ light caramel esters.

M - The body is light w/ medium carbonation, mild sweetness and gent nutty texture the finish is clean overall.

T - A gentle malt flavor w/ subtle sweet caramel flavor, and tinges of toast w/ a light hop to offset the semi-sweet flavors. The beers is mild flavor-wise and finishes balanced for what it is.

D - I consider this a mediocre beer, a general amber flavor(not my fave). The appeal is not there for me and could go either way, but I give it an above average rating since I could not find any major flaws, it is well brewed, just nothing too exciting.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hey, for those that reviewed the serving style as "Bottle" vs. "CAN", I would beg to differ with you. The message is the medium and it is aluminum, which CANstitutes "CAN" in my book. I do not care what shape it may be formed into, if it is not made of glass, it is not a bottle. Hell, on this site, 5L kegs are CANsidered CANs. That's my p.o.v. and I am sticking to it until directed otherwise. Diatribe aside, this marks # 398 as I inch closer to another CANQuest (TM) milestone. I had gotten a BeerMail from a father and son who scored some of this for me, but we could not seem to cross paths until last Saturday at TJ's. Many thanks!

No Crack, but plenty of Glug! A thin, wispy head with low retention was produced and I immediately missed a regular CAN. Nose was very sweet with caramel malt, almost toffee-like in its intensity. Color was a very hazy reddish-amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a really intense caramel sweetness initially followed by a quick wash of citrus hops and then the return of the caramel malt. Finish was equally sweet and while I CANnot dun it for the style, it was really rich for my taste.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of thain709
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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

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Amber Sun Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.