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 Gushue3
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Really small head that does not stay around at all. Body is an amber red and clear.

S- Sweet malts and a caramel come through. nice scent.

T- Theres a sweetness upfront that has a hint of fruitiness. Really not too much going on in the taste and is kind of blah. light caramel toward the end and the finish leaves nothing to linger.

M- About a medium mouthfeel that feels pretty nice but theres almost no carbonation.

O- not too impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was on tap at the Irish Eyes Pub in Rehoboth Beach, Since I never had it before or even heard of it I figured I'd try it. The beer poured out with a reddish color to it with a thin tan colored head on top. The head didn't last very long and left no lacing either. The smell of this beer is malty and a little grainy. The taste a little bland, there really isn't too much excitement here really. The mouthfeel is average, it's a little watery and doesn't really good to much for me. Overall it's an average ale.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown. Pretty appearance. Smells malty and sweet. The smells is probably the best part of this beer. Tastes boring. Malty... A bit thin. The mouthfeel is okay. Nothing special . Overall the beer isn't bad but isn't great. Finished the glass no problem but wouldn't order it again.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22-ounce aluminum bottle into a plain tumbler pint glass.

A: Medium, reddish copper color with fierce carbonation building to a two-finger head of dense, creamy, off-white foam which retains nicely and leaves a bit of sticky lace.

S: Sweet, roasted caramel malts, a bit of toffee and smoked peat, but also a hint of bubble solution or sidewalk chalk; hard to place it.

T: Smooth, creamy, bitter roasted malts with a hint of metallic, watery grains that interrupts an otherwise semisweet and fruity malt palate. Very low bitterness with a dose of smoky, sticky malt sweetness and herbal, mineral water and hop taste in the finish.

M: Medium-full bodied with a hint of creaminess. Very smooth throughout but a bit of a harsh, metallic feel before the finish.

O: Not a bad red, but certainly one that isn't without its flaws. Hovering around 6% ABV, it's on par with the plethora of other red ales and even has as good of a look and mouthfeel as most. A bit overly carbonated and maybe a bit metallic, but not all that bad of a red ale.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear red/brown color with a two finger tan foamy head. Foamier than most beers, very light foam though. Pretty good retention and decent lacing.

S: A good bit of caramel malt, some toasted bread, and a light citrus hop aroma. Not bad.

T: Not a ton going on, some sweet caramel, grains, and some fruit, mostly bruised apple and a little bit of plum.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: I don't mind beers in the style that are on the malty side, but this one has no sign of hops at all. The bottle is cool, but 16 Mile is moving to glass bottles soon. Too many good beers out there to buy this one consistently.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to woodychandler for his constant contributions of new beers. Poured from a 22oz. aluminum can shaped as a bottle. Has a dark brown/amberish color with a small head. Smell is on the malty side. Taste is also of malts, a slight hop presence. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange red with a 1 finger head

smell: mostly malts, with little hops

taste: caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this category has a very broad range from hoppy red's to very malty reds. this one leans towards the more malty side.


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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can, shaped like a bottle, and the cap is pretty hard to get off cause the bottle opener gets stuck on the can, nice idea but needs improvement. Can thanks to THECPJ.

Pours a large 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, bubbly and fluffy, sticky lacing, clear darker amber maroon brown color, a bit too dark for an amber.

Nose light creamy toasted malts, reddish malts, light hops, touch of syrupy malt, crystal almost bready malts.

Taste toasty reddish malts, but of syrupy malts, semi sweet, bit of earthy hops, little grassy and touch herbal, finishes a bit drier, light juicy, crisp, lingering toasty reddish malts.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied decent carb.

Overall decent, nothing special, lots of reddish toasty malts, touch syrupy, hops are a but too light imo

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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 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 jsanford
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Aluminum Can-bottle poured into a Weizen Glass after a hard day of yard work. Sent to me by THECPJ. Cheers Shane!

A - Pours a dark caramel color with a thick head of off-white foam that dissipates slowly, leaving very little lacing.
S - Sweet toasted caramel malt with a subdued, slightly bitter hop finish. Sweet is the main word here, lots of malt.
T - Pretty spot-on with the nose, the lightly toasted caramel malt again dominates, with just the slightest taste of bitter hops in the finish. Fairly crisp and clean, though, a pretty drinkable beer.
M - Medium-bodied, with a fairly full mouth-feel and lowish carbonation.
O - This was a pleasant surprise, as I had no idea this brewery even existed, let alone what the beers were like. A very nice, sessionable Amber Ale with a neat presentation.

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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 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 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 deskim
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber, very clear, two finger head, reminds me of a redwood tree

Smell - smells slightly hoppy, fairly sweet

Taste - carrmel, straightforward amber ale, sweet and still slightly malty

Mouthfeel - slightly carbonated

Drinkability - very drinkable, would have again, really cool bottle as well more craft breweries should adopt this style

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Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hey, for those that reviewed the serving style as "Bottle" vs. "CAN", I would beg to differ with you. The message is the medium and it is aluminum, which CANstitutes "CAN" in my book. I do not care what shape it may be formed into, if it is not made of glass, it is not a bottle. Hell, on this site, 5L kegs are CANsidered CANs. That's my p.o.v. and I am sticking to it until directed otherwise. Diatribe aside, this marks # 398 as I inch closer to another CANQuest (TM) milestone. I had gotten a BeerMail from a father and son who scored some of this for me, but we could not seem to cross paths until last Saturday at TJ's. Many thanks!

No Crack, but plenty of Glug! A thin, wispy head with low retention was produced and I immediately missed a regular CAN. Nose was very sweet with caramel malt, almost toffee-like in its intensity. Color was a very hazy reddish-amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a really intense caramel sweetness initially followed by a quick wash of citrus hops and then the return of the caramel malt. Finish was equally sweet and while I CANnot dun it for the style, it was really rich for my taste.

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Photo of treyrab
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my parents for bringing me back a few different varieties of 16 Mile Brewing beers on their recent trip to the Delaware coast. I didn't think there were many breweries that I have not heard of before, but alas, there is at least one. They only make three beers and they come in 16oz aluminum cans.

A: Pours from the aluminum can a beautiful red copper with a nice, creamy one finger head into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. The head lasts for a while and laces pretty nice. It is a nice eggshell white.

S: The smell is fairly straightforward for an amber ale. Decently sweet caramel and a touch of toffee and coffee. Very grainy with grainy sweetness and sugar. Also, hints of apple as well.

T: The taste is fairly decent. Nothing extreme, but decent sweet caramel and sweet pale grains. The apple flavor carried into the taste, but not in a bad way.

M/D: Nice carbonation and a pretty good body.

Overall, this beer is average. I'm glad I tried it and I would definitely get it again.

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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 VaTechHopHead
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber brown (shocker)/ruby red. Quick fading one finger head, no visible carbonation, nice and clear.

S - Toasted malts, caramel, and a slight smoke/molasses aroma. Pretty much all the average aromas one looks for in an amber ale.

T - Nothing too special/exotic. Lots of caramel and sweet sugars. Nice toasted grains and malt flavoring.

M/D - Great carbonation, sweet finish, moderate alcohol feel, and very easy to drink.

A good amber from a new brewery and I dig the fact they are trying to bring the aluminum bottle to the craft beer scene!

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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 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 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 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 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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