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 dhartogs
4.71/5  rDev +35%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Stoneyrok
4.51/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aluminum bomber bottle poured into a globe new Belgium bottem inscribed glass. Excellent redish, clear, excellent head, looks great!

S = caramel, sweet, roasted malts, fresh and light smelling..

T = taste similar to nose, sweet, mildly malty, roasted malts, sweet caramel,

M = smoooth, caramel, nice carbonation, this beer grows on you quickly! Sweet, but not too sweet, just a great balance, low hops, but enough to balance the caramel, smooth, yet drinkable and enjoyable. This would make a great session beer and is a great beer for cross overs to crafts since it has high drinkability, flavor, and ease of a great crossover beer

D = yip, could drink just this beer for the night on the right night. This brewery needs to get out there, and perhaps get their signature IPA, porter,and stout, then I think they will have to hire some extra employees to get this rolling.

Will sample this tomorrow with a local brew pub in NC to see if we can get this down here in NC!

Thanks to Dhartogs, I am honored to have such a great brew. It seems like the target market for this is beginner craft brewers and most beer drinkers sick of domestics!

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Photo of jmfc8237
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a very cool looking aluminum bottle. Has a dark redish hue almost burgundy color. Little to no head but that was due to a bad pour by me.

Smells great.. Lovely malt aroma that really stands out. Biscuity as all get out. Not a lot of hop nose.

Very crisp mild chocolate and bright doughy taste. Great aftertase with a perfect hop aftertaste that leaves your pallet wanting more of this great beer!

Very light and fluffy mouthfeel that is refreshing yet complex in its body. I am pleasantly surprised by this local beer and I will be back for more.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

One Delaware brew in another's glass. It makes the experience seem a bit more...forbidden than elsewhen. The naughty brew pours a clear blood amber topped by over a finger of thick, creamy, beige foam. The nose comprises caramel, sharp maple syrup, and a healthy portion of citrus hops. The taste is an effective blend of caramel and citrus, both in equal quantities, buttressing one another. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light carbonation and a rather creamy feel. Overall, a surprisingly solid and tasty brew, that I could easily see pounding back in front of a fire. Get some!

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. aluminum bottle (different, but nice) poured into a mug.

Appeaance: Pours a deep dark ruby red color, beautiful.The head formed 1-2 fingers thick and had excellent retention.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and toasted malt.

Taste: Sweet caramel and dark fruit up front. The sweewtness really comes through in the middle. The finish is toasted malt, turning slightly bitter as it lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The carbonation balanced well.

Overall: Good stuff. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought from Delaware by "J." (Thanks!) Comes in a 22 oz aluminum "bottle." Pours into the glass a slightly hazy, deep amber to orange, topped by a nice tan foam head that laces nicely till the end. Biscuity malt with a subtle hint of fruity hops in the nose. Initial taste is all malt with a touch of hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Something special about this stuff. It tastes "rich" but is medium bodied with a soft carbonation and extremely refreshing. As the beer warms, it presents a bit more sweetness and a Scottish ale-like flavor. Very nice. I'd like to try this on tap. A bit pricey in the tall container, but worth trying.

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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 mulder1010
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to theCPJ for sending this out. Much appreciated.

Imperial Pint can poured into an Odell Imperial Pint glass.

A-- Poured an opaque dark golden brown color. No visible carbonation to this at all, very clear looking. Short lived light brown head. Just a touch over film. Just a tad bit of retention on swirling. A couple lines of lacing but not much else.

S-- Malt, malt and more malt. Roasted malts, Carmel malts, the list goes on. Carmel and a biscuit like smell in this.

T-- Very straightforward malt taste. A little sweet but a lot of malt to this.

M-- Very good carbonation. Lower medium carbonation but a higher than medium feel. A little bit of a roasted Carmel taste mixed with some orange. Slight bit of hops in the taste but not a lot of them in this. Very Carmel dominant.

D-- Session beer!! Very good beer. If you like Carmel this is very good. Very much a malt bomb with flashes of hops to provide background. More of a classic red ale than the one's being made with a lot more hops in it now. One of the styles in Australia brewers can not do here that well and nice to have every so often. One of the better bottle presentations I have seen with this brewery.

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Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From one of the newer breweries here in DE. For such a small state there is no shortage of good craft breweries. Its kind of funny to see who chose bottle and who chose can as this beer comes in a nice looking hard aluminum bottle. Similar to the bottle I've seen BMC's use at the local bars around here.

Beer poured a dark brown with a red tint to it. Not much head, and what was there didn't hang around long.

Aroma is mostly malty along with dark fruits and caramel.

Taste is somewhat similar with sweet toasted malts up front. A light hop flavor lingers around in the backfield. Biscuit and caramel round it out.

This was a good beer. I would definitely try it again along with seeking out other 16 mile beers.

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Photo of dhamalian
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, deep orange-red. An intial thick head that later dissipates.

S: Malty sweetness is dominant. Floral hops, although distant, is present.

T: Bitter-sweet. Very slight roastiness. Buttery. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Very well balanced and quite delicious.

M: Surprisingly full bodied, perhaps even a little creamy.

D: It's refreshing. The sweetness is not overpowering so it is quite drinkable. I only had one so I can't really be sure.

A lovely beer. From what I hear, the brewers are very nice and will let you taste their beer from the fermenter. I wish this nearly two month old microbrewery the best of luck.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While perusing the shelves at Total Wine & More in Claymont, Delaware an employee added a new beer to the shelves. I'd never seen 16 Mile so I thought I had to give it a try, and the bottles were still cold to boot! I grabbed two. Only later did I learn that they were $7.99 a piece :(

It poured a somewhat hazy, dark mahogany-brown body beneath a short but creamy head of off-white. Unfortunately, the head retention was quite limited, although there was some thin lacing.

The aroma displayed a deeply caramelish, biscuity, and almost roasty maltiness with a bit of fruitiness from both yeast and hops.

The flavor followed true to the aroma, and there was just an edge of roastiness to the maltiness, and a good dose of citrusy hops. The flavors worked well together, and it was nicely balanced by a stiff bitterness beneath. It finished dry with some of the roastiness lingering dryly as the citrusy notes evaporated.

Overall it's a pleasant enough, tasty beer. And with its roasted edge and citrusy notes it's slightly different. That combination has obviously been done before, but at least it's got something going on beyond a standaard amber ale. It initially kind of leans towards a kind of porter-amber hybrid while cold (because the roastiness stands out more), and then it's more like a kind of a Scottish ale with a bit of an American hop bent as it warms.

Additionally, the packaging is very attractive. The brushed aluminum bottle is nice. Oddly enough, however, I should note that although I bought my bottles in Delaware, DE is not listed as a state that requires a bottle deposit. There's Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Michigan - but no home state of Delaware. Odd.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz aluminum bottle into a pint glass. Until there is an "aluminum bottle" category under serving type, I'm reviewing this as a "can", since designating the type of material that the serving container is made out of is more important to me than its shape.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with 1 1/2 fingers of smooth off-white head. Thin layer of froth skims the surface, leaving some solid patchy swathes of lacing back. The aroma takes a bit to get going, but once this warms up, I'm treated to a deeply smokey tang from sweet caramel and roasted malt character. Hops add some floral spice and a good measure of citrus to boot, further adding to the tanginess of this.

The taste matches the aroma, being sweet with caramel and citrus, which then mixes with a BIG toasted malt presence. Spicy bitterness shores up the back, adding a zippy drying finish to this. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a bubblier creamy feel to it. It's actually a touch light in spots, considering the surprising fullness of the flavors, but this is pretty darn drinkable stuff.

Solid little Amber Ale here from this new-kid-on-the-block brewery down in DE. My only beef is with the price point of these bottles, which can be found from anywhere in the $5-7 range. That's right, $5-7 for a bottle of AMBER ALE! I'm sorry but if I'm seeing a 22 oz bottle of Stone Ruination sitting next to this in the cooler, at a CHEAPER PRICE (which I did!), then there is something seriously wrong here. I wish these guys the best of luck, but $7 for a sixer of this is more in line with my thinking.

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Photo of nbeattie
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear red with an khaki colored head. The head is nice and creamy looking, sticks around the glass as you drink.

Plenty of carmel malt on the nose. Slight hop aroma and bread.

A clean tasting beer...Heavy caramel and toasty malt is most dominant with a nice hoppy finish and bready - yeast finish. However, when 1st released out of the bottle, it can have a slight metallic taste to it..Not sure what that might be...maybe the can or something when it was brewed?? Regardless, A great all alround tasting beer..nice and balanced!

The mouth feel is nice and creamy that seems spot on with the style.

I really liked this one, a pleasant surprise when I found this in my local total wine and more. Great to see a new local brewery kicking out such awesome stuff!

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up two bottles at Woodside Liquors south of Dover while visiting my brand-new grandson.
Ap. I love the aluminum bottle, beautiful. It pours a very dark coppery amber. The beer was cold from the fridge and had no head whatsoever. The second half pour produced a nice head.
Sm. Not a real strong smell, but I noticed mostly sweet caramel with a faint lemon that got stronger as the beer warmed up.
Ta. The caramel was foremost, but I also thought of coffee, candy, butterscotch?, but it was not an overly sweet taste. A nice bitterness in the finish with lingering caramel.
Very pleasant.
Mf. Decent carbonation, filling, with a nice thickness.
Dr. I like this beer and could easily drink a couple of these, except for the price. Six dollars per 22oz. bottle is out of my range for common beer drinking.

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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 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 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 akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. aluminum bottle from Liquid Assets in Seaford, DE. Halftime of a disappointing Ravens game.

A: The bottle offers up a sizeable head, over three fingers on first pour. No lacing followed the slow dissolution of the off-white head. The amber ale underneath is caramel and ruddy, a reddish brown hue that is transparent.

S: Aroma-wise, the amber is a little light. Caramel malts along with a mild hoppiness linger around. The toasted aspects stand out.

T: Plenty of caramel and bread to start things off. The malt profile stakes its mark early with both caramel and toast. The flavors aren't cloying, just solid. A faint kiss of citrus hops follows on the heels of the malts, quickly retreating. The maltiness is the highlight, returning for the finish and lasting a while.

M: The mouthfeel is bready, nearly chewy but not quite. The syrupy caramel flavors are worth the price of admission.

D: I like the container. Oh yeah, and the product within the container too. A soothing amber ale - no frills and nothing fancy, just a good tasting ale.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"651 ml" aluminum bottle that's really more like a can with a bottle top. I'll consider this a can. I poured it into a Nonic. No date or info on it. [The bottle has a really kick ass design though]

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this cool bottle/can!

A - The dark beer pours a hazy brown, dirty copper-amber color with a low tan head despite a vigorous pour. Low retention as it went down to a loose layer right away.

S - Toasty amber malts with a dark fruity sweetness comes up right away. A floral hop aroma finishes the aroma with just a light hint of pine. Everything kind of gets muddled together.

T - The Amber Sun has a strong toasted amber malt to the flavor with a toffee hint and a light sweetness. The hops clean the flavor up at the end with a floral - maybe noble - aspect to them.

M - The heavy malt use in this beer gives it a medium-full body with a really toasted and dry finish. Smooth and almost creamy, it's not flavor but has a low - not noticeable - carbonation level to it.

D - Due to it's thicker body it can't fall into the session category for me but it is a good, solid beer though. One bottle of this is enough for me.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I visited the 16 Mile Brewery in the summer of 2010 and had this beer on-tap at the brewery. I met the two owners who are super nice and very passionate about their beer. Review is based on a 22oz Alumi-bottle given to me for Christmas.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a deep golden, amber color. Little to no head upon pouring. Whatever head there is quickly dissipates. Leaves a very faint whitish foam around the edge of the glass while drinking. Little to no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - A caramel sweetness is very noticeable.

T - Very malty. A sweet, caramel taste with no hops present at all. A biscuity taste is also present. There is a tangy aftertaste after each sip.

M - A slightly watery mouthfeel but the heaviness of the malts balance this out. Not highly carbonated.

D - A decent beer. Not a beer for those seeking a hoppy type of beer. Very malty. Very drinkable but not a true session beer in my opinion just due to the heaviness of the malts.

Overall: I like this beer and I like the taste even though I'm more of a "hop head" at heart. The aluminum bottle is a cool concept and it did a decent job of keeping the remaining beer slightly chilled after I poured and enjoyed my first glass. I would have no problem drinking this again, although I like the taste of an good IPA so I don't know how often I would seek this out.


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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

651 ml aluminum vessel that for the sake of this review I will refer to as a can shaped bottle...which (per their website) primarily is what all 16 mile products come packaged in if not a keg or some other larger format.

Pours a very clear amber-red color with more than a finger of yellowish stained tan head. Head is mostly comprised of large bubbles and it receeds fairly fast as the bubbles crack. Leaves a spotty amount of lacing on the glassware. The nose of this beer is quite fruity with grain/malt filling out most of the fullness of the aroma and a bit of hops in the background. Taste is a blend of hop bitterness and toasty grain with a light body and prickly amount of carbination. Leaves a lingering taste of grain in the mouth. Throughout the tasting experience, there are times when a fruity and sweet taste is in the foreground, and other sips yield hop bitterness primarily in the front with malt filling out the rest of the profile. All in all it is a fine beverage with a warming alcohol presence if you let it come up to temperature. The only downfall to this beer is there seems to be a slight metallic twang left in your mouth.

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Photo of Genuine
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a clean pint glass.

Poured a nice medium golden color, with a white head that seemed to have a short visit.

Smell - this one smells very..buttery and light. Very interesting to say the least.

Taste - this has got to be one of the most unique tasting beer's i've had so far. Right off the bat, it has a nice buttery/sweet taste, that finishes ever so well with the carbonation. At the end, the hops show up for a very, very nice finish. Nice and light for the summer, but not lacking taste!

Mouthfeel - nice and light

Drinkability - I could drink this all day long. Definitely a huge winner in my book.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up-along with the same brewer's Old Court Ale-at Atlantic Liquors (a beer lover's paradise for those of us in the south) while visiting Rehoboth Beach back in January. The Old Court Ale I enjoyed some time, but this one's been sitting around for two months. I've never been particularly enthusiastic about American amber ales (the sole exception being Duck Rabbit's Amber Ale), so they tend to hang around a bit in my collection 'til the mood strikes. Well, the mood struck, so . . .

It pours much darker than most ambers I've tried. The dark brown hue recalls American brown ales. Very little head formed; what did form dissipated rapidly into a scant few tiny bubbles around the rim connecting glass to brew. The smell is enticing indeed: there is a strong grainy aroma with the backbone of caramel and dark fruit. Hmmm. This a smell that begs for a taste. Upon first sip I realize this is no normal amber ale. The sweet, fruity front is full of flavor and quickly gives way to a rich, caramel center. Hops are mostly detected near the end, connecting finish to aftertaste. That tell-tale bitterness enters madly, interrupting the sweet flavors and allowing a shift in the taste experience. The mildly lingering aftertaste combines the two distinct flavors, and they mingle delightfully on the tongue.

It's a medium-bodied ale, perhaps a bit heavier than most amber ales, but it's entirely drinkable and is pleasing in medium doses.

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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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Amber Sun Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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