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Amber Sun Ale | 16 Mile Brewing Company

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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.

Added by Imstillthegman on 08-05-2009

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Photo of dhartogs
4.71/5  rDev +35.7%
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 Cbgachot
4.53/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stoneyrok
4.51/5  rDev +30%
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 +24.8%
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 rclangk
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
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 briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
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 +21%
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 +18.4%
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 Jonasm4
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mulder1010
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
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 olinwp
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Sterno
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of eschuler
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of RyanBeer13
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of jniagar1
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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Amber Sun Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 165 ratings
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