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Amber Sun Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Amber Sun AleAmber Sun Ale

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112 Ratings

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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 micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mgironta
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Photo of Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of whallgren
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of dacrza1
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of blange3
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -35%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of thain709
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Kranders
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of corylew
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Gushue3
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Amber Sun Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.