16 Mile Brewing Company has been on the local beer store’s shelves for a little over a year now and, until recently, I haven’t seen anything new. The last time I went to the store I was happy to find two new beers from them. They also stopped bottling beers in 16 oz. aluminum bottles and went to the typical 12 oz. glass bottles. 16 Mile Brewing Company is in the small down of Georgetown, DE, which is not terribly far from Dogfish Head. I’m always happy to help out a small local brewery so I picked up a few more bottle than what I normally would have.
Inlet IPA is an English-style IPA that comes in 6.1%. Unlike American IPAs which are all about the hops, English IPA take greater pride in the subtle complexities that malt can offer. This ale pours a nice clear orangy amber color white a medium density white head. The nose has a slight bit of hops, but nothing like a “typical” IPA would offer. There was a nice sweetness coming through and the hops had a caramel flavor attached to them which I really enjoyed.
The nose really offered some serious hints to what this beer was going to taste like. There were some nice strong caramel flavors upfront that were quickly followed by some English ale esters. I really enjoyed the complexity that the esters added to the beer. The hops are there, but, again, not like a typical IPA. Instead of being biting, these hops form a great backbone to the beer that meshes up very nicely with the malt.
I found this beer to be very drinkable, but I think it would really shine on a colder day. The malt is sweet and it sticks to you all the way down. I’m going to be getting this one again once the fall hits to really enjoy it fully. If you like malt forward beers this one might be a good one to try. It will obviously be hoppier compared to most malt forward beers, but I don’t think that you will be disappointed. (more…)