Inlet IPA - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
16 Mile Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: THECPJ on 05-09-2011

Aromatic hops accompanied by bold flavors of citrus; crisp and refreshing from start to finish. Connecting the Indian River Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian River Inlet provides fishermen and seafarers alike coastal and off-shore adventure. When stormy weather abounds, strong currents and large swells test the skills of local surfers.
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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 24
Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear dark copper, with 2 fingers of rich off-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, leaving back lots of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells piney with plenty of floral and herbal accents poking through and an underlying mix of earthy green citrus and a light sweet toastiness from the malts that adds some twang to the nose.

The taste is fairly bitter with a deep pithiness and a rather prominent resinous to it. Leafy and herbal tones intertwine with the bitterness here, while the malts have more of a neutral sweetness to them and help push the hops forward. The finish has an earthy pithiness to it that really lingers for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, with a lively creaminess that fills out the corners of the mouth. There is a touch of warmth to this, while the overall feel here is maybe a little too carbonated at times.

This was a decent IPA, with a definitely focus on those American hops, which while pretty aggressive early on, definitely balanced out a bit more as this warmed up. I’d like to try this a little fresher, as I have a feeling that if given the chance, this one could grow on me.

Photo of Rifugium
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at 16 Mile

Clear, darker amber / copper pour with a lasting white ringlet that left a few strands of lacing on the glass. Nice hop profile in the nose, citrus, pine, backed with some toasted grains. A pretty basic IPA, not that that's a bad thing. Taste of citrus/pine/floral hops, crisp but mild, and a solid, grainy, pale malt base. Medium body and easily drinkable, even if not the greatest IPA around.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby/caramel color with an impressive two finger head on top, of white in color and rather fluffy. Decent retention, reducing to about 3/4 a finger within a few minutes, and maintaining that height for the rest of the time. Some sticky lacing is left behind.

S: Light bitterness from the hops, but not much in the way of citrus or pine, but you can tell that they are present, somewhat. There is a nice level of caramel and a slight bready malt aroma as well.

T: A bit of hops on the initial taste, some light citrus and grass and a bit of pine, but just as a complementary flavor. The back end malt takes over, mostly caramel and some sweet grainy malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Does not finish very bitter, but it is quite dry.

O: Probably the best regularly offered beer I have had from 16 mile thus far. Stays true to style with the hops not being over the top, but I do wish they were a bit more present.

Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler filled at Yorktown, Bev. in Yorktown, NY

Pours lightly hazed auburn amber, slight light tan head, that goes to a thin collar, and fine film and delicate webs of lace.

Sweet caramel nose, with a hint of minty hops in the rear.

Enjoyable, easy drinking and fresh tasting Brit style IPA, with more maple and caramel malts. Hops are more muted but pleasingly supplying the balance. Worth a try.

Photo of smakawhat
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice simple copper amber body, quite clear, with some slow rising carbonation. Head has a nice light off white and tan color, swiss cheese like and some good retention. Falls slowly. Looks like a nice amber.

Nose is really off. Mud, bile and vomit slightly, with a good touch of caramel and sweet malts. There's just this obvious hint of a slight off putting really bitter aroma that doesn't scream obvious hop vein. No herbality, tea, not even citrus\. Good sweet malt hiding in the background though.

Taste is rather surprising. I was expecting pain, luckily there is a good thick and solid backbone of malt and sweetness to bring the flavor forward. Unfortunatly the sweetness and hop angle on this is really missing. Sweet brown sugar, a bitter finish, with a real dry hop aroma that has no angle. Just dry and bitter finish, almost cotton mouth feeling.

This is not really getting it done to style for me. It has some good qualities, mostly the mouthfeel, but the palate doesn't deliver and it does not smell very good.

Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A growler filled at the brewery this afternoon.

A: The IPA is a more robust color, a darker caramel hue that is still translucent. A white head has left a film of lace behind.

S: Ample caramel and toffee, plenty of sweetness to go around. The hops that are there aren't that focused, just a wall of sharpness. I like the syrupy aromas through, very inviting even if they don't deliver the hops.

T: More bitterness, but not much, in the first sip. The leafy citrus flavors build, getting stronger as a sip is swallowed. Unfortunately they don't exceed the caramel and toffee malts. Late in each finish, the hops seem to find a second wind and last just a little while longer. Mid-sip, amongst all of the malts, more hoppiness emerges. The fact that the hops emerge in a syncopated manner is encouraging. With that in mind, the hoppiness that does emerge isn't focused, offering only a general citrus bite. Decent.

M: The mouthfeel brings the darker, sweeter malts and plenty of hop bitterness. Definitely a decent IPA, could use a little more pizzazz from the hops.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a deep copper color with a nice sized white head that exudes moderate retention and lace. Floral grassy and citrus hops are the first aromas to find their way into my nostrils. Hints of earthy minerals as well as some bready and toffee like malts round out the nose. Taste is more malt that hop. Lots of toffee and bready caramel with a fair amount of earthy herbal floral hop bite. Leaves a long lingering herbal earthy mineral flavor at the end of every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Decent beer, but not my favorite IPA by any stretch.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Beautiful frothy light sandstone colored head is firm and well lasting sitting atop a darken reddish-orange body. A light spacious slow rise of effervesce within while a milky coating of lace sticks to the glass walls.

S: Fresh cut grass and oranges, dry caramelized bready-pine with a relatively low rate of aromatic sense. Low key, mundane, lacks enticement.

T: Flavor was bitter, dry pine, dry caramel with a bitterness of dried lemon peels. Mid-range level of dry hopping, lower end level of complexity. The bitterness is there, just not alot of flavor component. Some warming citrus flowers and dry bread crust, with a dry caramelized citrus twang on the swallow.

M: Malty medium heavy body, light range of carbonation presence, dry bready crust feel on the tongue.

O: Again, dry hopped, very linear flavor-wise, with a dry malting. Dry drinking, lacks excitment and range of clarity. B level of dry hop bitterness, C level of execution and delivery. Ok,

Photo of THECPJ
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes had on draft at the Pickled Pig.

Appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: grass, pine, hops, caramel, malts

taste: sticky hops that linger, very bitter and dry finish, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: an average IPA. Needs to be more balanced. Glad I got to try it. And also Happy the 16 mile is experimenting with different styles of beer.

Cheers,
the CPJ

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.36/5  rDev -31.2%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a finger high, with a shade that's slightly off-white. Retention is quite good, and a generous amount of lacing is left behind. (3.5)

Smell: It's designed to be an English-style IPA, so there won't be an explosion of citrus or tropical fruit here. That's fine. The problem is, the hops are far too mild even for their intent. Just hints of earth, tobacco, and *maybe* some marmalade if I concentrate. Instead, the malts take the show from here - unfortunately, they smell like the obstructive, too-much-caramel kind of malts rather than the gentle, balanced kind. Maybe it's not a fresh bottle? I don't know, but I do know I've smelled some older, ~3 month old bottles that have held up decently. This isn't one of those. (2.5)

Taste: It actually tastes like it has a lot of hops to it - unfortunately, it's mostly earthy, tobacco-laden hops. No citrus, apricot, or marmalade here. The maltiness remains a sweet and caramel-rich suggestion throughout. Acidic, tomato-esque flavors appear after a while. It's pretty straightforward, and not very enjoyable to be honest. (2.25)

Mouthfeel: Relatively full-bodied - its crisp bite is pretty much neutralized by the heavy, sweet aftertaste. Carbonation stays in the background. This is pretty much a chore to drink. (2.25)

Overall: I can't help but shake the fact this isn't a fresh bottle. Hey, without bottle dating, how can I tell? Shame the other two I had from this brewery weren't anything to write home about, either - hell, this might be even worse than the other two. Out of balance and riddled with off-flavors, why should I give this a second chance? (2.25)

2.36/5: More like India Fail Ale; 16 Mile, you're on notice

Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 12 oz bottle while in Cape May for vacation.
Pouring at cellar temp into a snifter.
THe beer pours a clear copper hue with minimal densely packed head of about .25 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer and wispy surface layer in a fairly short order.
Aroma is some caramel and toffee mixed cleanly with grassy hops. I also get a bit of general hop quality, I guess vegetal is a good descriptor. Aroma isnt overpowering but works for the style of beer.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. Texture is easy drinking and light but not watery, enhances the beer and its drinkability.
Flavor is briefly toffee but rolls to slightly bitey hops with some grassy characteristics. I end up with a fairly puckering bite on my palate after each sip. Dries out my mouth pretty evenly as well.
This beer is very drinkable and I dont get any hints of the booze.
Quite a nice straightforward IPA. I would buy it again if it was available in CT.

Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a traditional copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Some nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Slight citrus, bready, and caramel malts

Taste: All of the above with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy, and some lingering bitterness.

Overall: The bitterness is what I would expect out of an AIPA. I know the English version is supposed to be overly hopped, but not the lingering somewhat chalky taste in the back of the mouth is too much.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain tumbler pint glass.

A: Deep, golden and copper amber color with a frothy, three-finger head of off-white carbonation. The head persisted throughout the brew and carbonation was ample.

S: Floral, spicy and aromatic hops cut through some buttery, grainy and baked cereal malts.

T: Toasted, semi-sweet and buttery toffee malt notes hit up front with a juicy grip of fruity malts and herbal, grassy hops around mid-palate. The finish is balanced yet satisfyingly herbal and bittersweet with a matching aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied ale with enough carbonation and makt body to subdue the hearty hand of seemingly American hops.

O: A nice, balanced IPA with a flair for the American hops. I'm curious whether its the grain bill or hops that signify the English in this IPA, but regardless, it's good. Inlet IPA is a fine addition to the staple of more "sessionable" ales 16 Mile seems to pride itself on. I'm glad to see this 6.1% ABV IPA offered up to the "craft" crowd.

Photo of garuda
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness dating

A - Clear copper, thick white head that has good retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Heavy on the grassy and resinous pine hops. Caramel sweetness balances.

T - Follows the nose with a rich, caramel malt base. Hops are a bit one dimensional, grassy and pine.

M - Medium body, finishes with some hop oils left behind and a good amount of bitterness.

O - Nice hop presence in this British IPA, just not complex enough to warrant a higher score. Drinking this kind of makes me wish I picked up the Torpedo sitting next to in the store.

Photo of goblue3509
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a half finger of sapy head which sticks around for a little bit before it recedes to skim. There is fingers of lace left around the glass. The aroma is of floral notes up front before a sweet toffee smell takes over and then a deep earthy aroma comes through at the end. The taste starts out a little weak up front before you get to a toffee sweetness and a slight floral hop. The middle brings a citrusy hop bite before just like the nose a bitter deeep earthy hop taste. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated. Overall it was a solid ipa, the look and aroma are the best players but the taste is decent. A good beer to try.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delightful British-style pale ale.

Beautiful amber colour, with decent head and lacing. Malt-heavy aroma with caramelized tones. The taste is flavourful and well balanced, caramelized malt sweetness with a very pleasant and lingering bitter finish...

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

This beer has a nice copper color body, with a small head to it. The aroma is dominant strong hops, I get a little grain also. The taste is upfront bitter hops. I get a little maltness on the middle of the tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a bitter after taste. Overall this is s good english ipa.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6pk while I was vacationing in Milton, DE. Milton is better known as the home of Dogfish Head but the 16 Mile Brewery is less than 10 miles away in Georgetown, DE. Wanted to support some local guys.

Enjoyed and reviewed in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Pours a deep golden cooper color, totally translucent. A foamy one and a half finger head on the initial pour fades to a whiteish skim. Good amount of sticky lacing.

S - A welcoming aroma of pine, citrus and hops with a touch of sweetness.

T - The initial sip greets you with a piney, citrusy taste with a decent touch of bitter hops. The background is made up by sweet, almost toffee-like, malts. A good balance overall. The alcohol does peak through as the beer warms but never overtakes the other flavors.

M - Medium consistency. Medium carbonation. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

O - I've had several of 16 Mile's offerings and by far this is my favorite. A good, well crafted beer that I'd recommend trying if you see it. As a side note, 16 Mile's brews are no longer shipped in the aluminum bottles that was sort of a neat concept. They are now bottled in your standard 12oz bottles with labeling.

Cheers!

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #190
Served On: 07/22/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Found this at Dewey Beach Liquors while visiting Coastal Delaware.

Look: It poured a dark bronze color, very clear and a thin film of patchy beige bubbles for a head. A consistent etching of lace formed on the sides of the glass. Very small carbonation bubbles slowly drifted upward.

Smell: The English style came through with notes of dried oak tree leaves coupled with some grassy hops and a slight hint of toffee.

Taste: Upfront was citrus that quickly gave way to some typical English maltiness in the middle. The finish offered a pleasant bitterness that seemed to reset the palate for the next sip. The aftertaste was a quick hint of booze and then just a lingering bitterness.

This was a very balanced IPA that seemed to showcase the classic English qualities. The bitterness quality was a little unexpected, but I think it reinforced the passion for hops that all American craft brewers seem to have.

Photo of dheacck11
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty copper/amber pour from the bottle. 1/2 finger of white head, lingering for a minute or so.

Nose is pretty malt and grain prominent.

Taste is similar to the nose. Pretty much grain and malt. Strong straw flavor. Just a bit of better hops to finish.

Feel is medium full.

Fairly average pale ale. Definitely more of the english style. Perhaps a little more complexity and a little less body.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get some sharp pine smells with mild citrus and caramel malts. The taste is very smooth and malty with caramel and toffee notes and ending with a citric piney finish. The bitterness evolves as the beer gets warmer and the more and more you drink it.

I would say this is definitely one of the better English IPA's I've had since they are mostly subtle in comparison to other IPA's I've had. The malt profile really makes this beer stand out as well as the piney hops giving it that extra kick.

16 mile seems to make some quality beer judging by this beer alone so that should say something about this one.

Photo of mgironta
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a half a finger of tan head that lingered for awhile and left a lot of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, dark mahogany color with decent carbonation The nose was a bit of floral hops with a generous amount of malt. It really smelled like an English IPA. The taste was a bit different than the nose. It was a lot of floral and grapefruit notes. At the end of the sip, the malt came through, reminding me that this was an English IPA. The finish was very bitter, even more bitter than I’m used to for the style. The body was medium and a bit stick, coupled with less carbonation than expected. This was really good from an English IPA, but I think I liked it so much because it was so hop forward. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A: clear deep Amber color with a creamy off-white head. Good head retention.

S: sweet and bready malt with a light tinge of bitter hops.

T: nice mildly sweet malt body, a little grainy, and lots of sharp hop bitterness. Very bitter and nothing else. Like bitter grapefruit extract.

M: creamy yet light body. Crisp. Very bitter.

O: decent offering. Won't be purchasing again tho.

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

A good English IPA. 12oz bottle not dated. Light copper color, modest brief white head, no lacing. Taste and smell are dry and bitter, a little toasty, and grassy hops. Good mouth-feel, bitter finish. My wife likes it too. Easy drinking. I would drink this again.

Inlet IPA from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.