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Inlet IPA - 16 Mile Brewing Company

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: THECPJ on 05-09-2011)
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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Kegatron, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Rifugium, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +9%

mendvicdog, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

wrightst, May 05, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Billolick, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

akorsak, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

mdaschaf, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

smakawhat, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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,

beerthulhu, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

johnnnniee, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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

THECPJ, May 09, 2011
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Boone757, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -12.8%

ROGUE16, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

tommyguz, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +9%

bigred89, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

IdrinkGas, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

WDJersey, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

sulldaddy, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

twenty5, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.36/5  rDev -31.4%

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

ThisWangsChung, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Drknight
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Drknight, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +16.3%

JeffTheJuice, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Flounder57, Dec 15, 2012
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Inlet IPA from 16 Mile Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.