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Amber Sun Ale - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Amber Sun AleAmber Sun Ale

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103 Ratings

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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.

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.3%

05-09-2012 02:45:44 | More by blange3
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-02-2012 10:28:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-01-2012 23:58:54 | More by DrFunkenstein
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-30-2012 13:57:57 | More by tehchico
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-22-2012 21:07:43 | More by cjbeckman
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-09-2012 15:05:34 | More by DeezJutz
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New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

04-03-2012 10:14:59 | More by Mudawg
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-19-2011 19:38:53 | More by bigeyedfish89
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3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

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

12-11-2011 14:50:27 | More by thain709
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-10-2011 23:40:13 | More by Sterno
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-07-2011 12:56:26 | More by ROGUE16
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-25-2011 10:46:29 | More by RyanBeer13
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-20-2011 00:25:14 | More by rab53
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2.73/5  rDev -22%

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.

11-12-2011 01:20:21 | More by Kranders
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3.05/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

11-06-2011 03:02:40 | More by corylew
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2.95/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

10-27-2011 02:04:32 | More by Gushue3
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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

10-04-2011 00:22:33 | More by Knapp85
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3.2/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

09-07-2011 23:31:35 | More by Urbancaver
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3.38/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

08-17-2011 00:12:19 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.1/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

07-22-2011 18:21:47 | More by mdaschaf
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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.

06-25-2011 14:20:31 | More by tone77
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3.35/5  rDev -4.3%

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.


05-18-2011 16:34:49 | More by THECPJ
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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

05-15-2011 03:24:36 | More by jlindros
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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

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.

05-11-2011 16:01:31 | More by dhartogs
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3.93/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

05-11-2011 02:06:25 | More by nbeattie
Amber Sun Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.