Amber Sun Ale | 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Amber Sun AleAmber Sun Ale

Brewed by:
16 Mile Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

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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Photo of joekoz007
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Dark red-amber color and very clear. Smells somewhat yeasty/sourdoughy. Taste is much too sweet for my palate. Mimimal hop taste to counteract the extreme malty sweetness. Needs more hops to create some balance. Not horrible but won't drink again

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Photo of bsp77
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cross between an ESB and Amber Ale. Cherry, caramel, roasted and earthy notes in the taste. Aroma is similar but muted. Mild spicy hop finish that is semi-dry.

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Photo of Shippy
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Pours a clear amber with a thin, off-white head. Aromas lean toward sweet caramel with a little pine. Taste is fairly sweet, some caramel notes, followed by some hopiness and a crisp, bitter finish. The bitterness on the end is not overpowering or intense and rounds out the flavor nicely. The feel is light/medium bodied with some slickness and dense, airy carbonation somewhat like seltzer water. Overall, a solid amber that is easy to drink. The flavors give this beer a nice depth, but the feel leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small shaker pint glass. Pours a medium reddish amber with a two finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, mixed stone fruit, light biscuit; malty. Flavor is mellow caramel malt with light fruit, light biscuit and grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A malty red/amber style ale that does not have as much biscuit as I'd expect for an ESB. Pleasant and mellow but not memorable. From notes on my August, 2015 trip to Delaware.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, nuts, some honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, honey and fruit come in. There’s a mild but complementary hops bitterness that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of Boccu
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice easy to drink ale. Ok aroma. Nice color in the glass. Mild spice hop flavor. Got it from beer of the month. Nothing amazing. Brewery is ok. Nice flavor.

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Photo of Bear1964
4.11/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from. 12 oz bottle showed a very nice reddish brown beer with a tan head that left a string of strong lace, aroma was sweet and roastey with a malt brown sugar finish. Tastes hits with a sweet fruit rolling into a malty and roasted bitter...this beer has a lot going for it for sure, medium mouthfeel works great here as it goes down smooth. Overall I would like to try more from this brand,this one is part of a beer of the month club so I can't pick them up here in Nebraska...this is a very tasty beer for the style.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep copper from the bottle with a fast reducing white head. Caramel and bready aroma, but not terribly strong. Tastes of bread, caramel and toffee, with just a touch of bitterness. Medium mouth that's maybe even a bit creamy. This seems to be a decent, but unremarkable beer.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No bottled on date I can find

Pours red, copper, brown mix with soapy half finger head. Good clarity.

Smells of caramel like malt. A bit of toffee.

Taste is very mild but a bit nutty and the caramel comes thru some. A little bit of sugary sweetness but hops and bitterness are almost non-existent up front. A little bit of bitterness does come thru later but sweet malt is highlighted here.

Feel is a bit light but wouldn't say it finishes dry. Carbonation is on the low side of medium. Could probably use some more.

Pretty pedestrian beer.

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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 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 kcrosson492
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Since my girlfriend grew up in Georgetown I always grab a case of 16 Mile when I'm here. It is a pretty good beer.

A-The bottle is okay but could have a little more character.

S-The smell is malty and roasted.

T-The taste is okay but gets better over time.

M-A little weak but goes down smooth.

O-It is an okay beer overall. It is nothing to brag about.

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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 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 Act25
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 Mile - solid brews that focus on alt, english and brown style ales so far in my experience. Willing to take chances. A solid player at reasonable prices. Attention restaurant owners, esp in mid atlantic, - it's got great LOCAL pub ales, great food ales.

Poured from glass bottle into .5 L Cylinder to complement pasta and salmon w fresh from garden tomatoes. (Great food match)

A: Crystal-clear red-amber. Nice color, head, carbonation. No lacing.

S: Toasted bread, dried fruit, yeast. Much better than say - Newcastle. Vert pleasing brown ale aroma.

T: Agree with what ABro wrote " broth, yeast, faintly buttery". Also malt, caramel, woody, spice, only a very little hops, semidry finish, light finish.

F: full bodied. A real English style. Old fashioned. weighty without being too heavy.

Great flavor and balance. It's a stronger English Ale style, which is great now and then. I'd take it over New Castle or Smithwicks 1000x.

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Photo of Samp01
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark reddish amber with a quickly fading medium beige head. Both taste and aroma has some toasted caramel malt, barley with some mild bitter hops for balance. A medium bodied brew with mild carbonation on the palate. Finishes with some toasted caramel malt and mild hops bitterness. Flavor could have been a bit stronger but overall an good drinking brew.

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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 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 mgironta
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

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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 dacrza1
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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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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 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'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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Photo of Kranders
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of corylew
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Amber Sun Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
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