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Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber - Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande) visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gusler on 07-22-2004

We have blended eight different types of barley to create this amber ale. It appeals to the largest segment of craft beer drinkers who enjoy a smooth, malty ale with no hop bitterness.

15 IBU
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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 59
Reviews by ommegangpbr:
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this guy sitting around in a box of beers that a friend had picked up on my behalf during a journey.
Not the freshest sample but age doesn't seem to have harmed this beer. Perhaps age has even mellowed this out to being more interesting that when it was fresh?
Pretty typical amber ale stuff going on without some of the characteristics I often find offputting about the style. Plenty of biscuit and caramel notes. Bits of sweetened black tea. Thin but light on the palate. Simple and easy drinking if you happen to be in the mood for something on the lightly sweet and totally non-bitter side.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
1.82/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Roswell Alien Amber poured a light amber with a frothy white head that quickly went to a bubbly collar.

It had almost no aroma whatsoever. Very faint malt and toffee.

The flavor was some roasted caramel and toffee with a little metallic faint bitterness. It was pretty thin and watery.

Overall, this was a very bland "beginner" beer. Kind of like a bastard step-child of Fat Tire.

Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Hazed reddish amber color, lacing is ok. Fruity and caramel nose with some toasted biscuit. Smooth and a bit slick, waffling medium body. Dry-ish toasted malt flavor, hint of caramel within but more of a fermentation twang on the palate that drops some fruit and nutty yeast. Timid hopping here. Flavors seem not to mesh here. Ok, nothing bad but easy to move on to another beer before the beer is even finished.

Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a small white head. The aroma is iced tea and grain with not too much else going on. Overall, the beer doesn't really have much aroma. The flavor is heavy on the grain with a little bit of grass. Very watery with not much going on in the flavor department. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very bland beer with no redeeming qualities.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pretty deep amber/brown color with a small off white very creamy head. Nose has a light hop to it, mostly malty with a bit of a burnt note to it.

Has a similar character to Magic Hat, but it's pretty similar to a stout in flavor, it's got some smokiness to it and a pretty complex maltiness. It's got a nice full mouthfeel and a bit of a metallic finish but overall quite good!

Photo of Bcant
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head made of small bubbles that dissipates rapidly. Sweet bouquet, toffee notes but not overpowering. The Alien is sweet from sip to swallow but the aftertaste is sour and very slightly metallic. This beer is not very refreshing but is modest alcohol contest and its lack of palate complexity do not make it particularly hard to drink.

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the brewery.

Pours amber/copper with a fluffy 2 fingers offwhite head. Minimal head retention and lacing

Smell: Sweetness, frutiness & caramel

Taste: Caramel, slight hop bitterness, and a sweet nutty finish

MF: A tad thin and slight under carbonation

Drinkable enough, but just another okay amber in a sea of them. According to the owner, they sell more of this than the rest of their beers combined, has to be the marketing hook.

Photo of cgmees
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle bought on impulse for the name.

Appearance was an amber color with white head

Smell sweet malt with a light hops

Taste was a mix of oak, vanilla and some smokiness to it.

Mouthfeel medium with some carbonation feel

Overall not bad but nothing that really stands out except the name.

Photo of ocelot2500
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of light caramel malts.

Tastes of nutty caramel malts with little to no hops. This beer is malt dominant with notes of caramel and some toasted nuttiness. Hops are barely noticeable with some herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice light amber color, crystal clear with mild carbonation forming a thick light tan head. The head solely thins out into a layer of light bubbles with a thick wall of lacing. Light wheat and floral aromas come out first. Mild malts and hops flavors come through in even amounts, and the overall taste is rather sweet with a mild bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.
Overall, this is a decent beer and worth trying just to add to your list of “I had this Beer!” I would recommend getting this as a single, or if you’re into the whole mixing thing this would be great for a black and red.

Photo of Squelch
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber colored. Slightly hazy. Slight head

Smell: smells of malts. No hop aroma

Taste: pretty tame but well balanced. Slightly sour.

Mouthfeel: puckering dry from the sourness. Light bodied. Med carb

Drinkability: I could put back a few of these.

Photo of eclaycamp
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look, I’m just going to come out and say it. I bought this one because I’m an X-Files geek (or an X-Phile to those “in the know”) and I just couldn’t resist a bottle with a green alien head on it. I have high hopes for this beer just based on bottle design alone, so let’s see if it can live up to them. Pours – well look at this – amber. Beer looks like it’s filtered or they use finings – it’s damn clear. I could probably read a newspaper if the light was a bit brighter. Beer comes out lightly carbonated and the head disappears fast and pretty much without a trace. Aroma is malt backbone – again I’m travelling and my sinuses can get me gummed up from time to time, so this could be on me – and faint. Smells pretty good, actually. Very inviting malt aroma. My fist impression on my first taste is of forward malt sweetness, but there’s this (sorry for the cliché) alien thing going on in the finish. Something’s sticking out and I’m not quite sure what it is. It’s like this metallic / green apple / sour grape / fruit mineral thing. Maybe chewable vitamins is a good description? It’s out of place with this beer, which calls for a clean finish that this beer just doesn’t have. Seems like they tried to mask things by making it sweet, as the beer leans that way, for sure. It’s almost too sweet. It really has a cumulative effect as you continue to drink it and becomes somewhat cloying. More carbonation would scrub the palate a bit more, making the drink more enjoyable in the process. The best part of this beer was the beginning, including my anticipation of the first pour and the first sip before I got the weird fruit thing gong on. Overall I’m nonplussed but I’ll still likely pick up a bottle for the wife, as she’s an even bigger X-Phile than I am.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.46/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Roswell Alien Ale has a thin, off-white head and a cloudy amber appearance, with black specks floating about. Carbonation is pretty high, as evidenced by all the bubbles streaming up the glass. The aroma reeks of overripe citrus, and the taste is likewise of turned fruit. Mouth-feel is pretty watery, and this ale finishes unpleasant and difficult. Overall, I did not like this and was sorry that I was stuck with a six-pack. I would not have it again nor recommend that others try it.

RJT

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The after is escape from the 12 ounce brown bottle pours a translucent deep amber to mahogany color, the head is modest and frothy, the color a nice light tan, as it dissolves the resultant lace leaves a fine sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt with a citrus like crispness; fresh and clean, start has a nice light sweetness, the malt adequate and the top light to medium in feel. Finish is mild in its acidity, the hops light to the palate, dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, and it goes down nicely in this 113 degree weather.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A work trip to Roswell would not be complete without a sampling of Alien Amber, now would it? 12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a light copper color with a fine-bubbled beige head. Retention is average but does leave some nice lacing on the glass.

Nose is burnt toasty malts with a smattering of Cheerios and light floral hops. Fairly unique aroma, the biscuity yeast/malt combo is interesting.

Taste follows in the same direction with some hints of what I imagine oak bark tasting like and maybe even a bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel is about medium and the carbonation is about right. Hops along with the toasty malts balance out nearly all of the sweetness. I will concede that it is a bit gimmicky, but I like the label and the beer is not half bad.

Photo of Pegasus
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium reddish-amber in color, with a small white head, moderate carbonation, and thin, scattered lacing.

Aroma: Tart toasted malts dominate the aroma, with lesser notes of sweet caramel.

Taste: Opens with tart toasted malts, and understated caramel. The toasted malts dominate the taste throughout. There is a mild wave of herbal hops at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with slight, stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Its not bad, overall, but could have been much better. Substantial additions to the malt bill are justified.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Photo of Zorro
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice clear dark amber brew.

Smell is mild and malty, a bit sweet smelling.

Taste is a dry caramel flavor and not much else at all. An under flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is thin.

A drinkable brew. If you buy this and expect a subpar gimmicky brew YOU ARE CORRECT! Not much to this one.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to drabmuh for this beer. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a small white head and a collar as it goes down. The nose brings forward some very light caramel along with a bit of lightly-toasted bread. The flavor is mostly defined by the malt with some toasted bread and the slightest bit of caramael. Some very light earthy hops in there as well. Light body with fizzy carbonation and an oddly-dry finish. Okay, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of jmbranum
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second review done on 12-4-2011: I decided to re-review this one, because this tasting was much better than it was before.

A little bit hoppier than I remembered with more fresh notes. Some copper in the background. Like it much better.

Review of 12-26-2009:

Old ratings: 3.5/4.0/3.5/4.0/4.0
A friend got this for me. I'm reviewing it poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass.

Pleasant amber color, mostly clear with a just a little bit of haze. Aroma is ok. Flavor is on the sweet side, lots of malt, some warm toasty notes, with a little bit of whole wheat bread flavor. There's a little bit of hops.

The main problem with this beer is that it is to sweet and leaves too much of a sweet aftertaste. But still a decent amber beer.

Photo of Spider889
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this while in Santa Fe. I was seeing it everywhere and finally decided to get a pint on my last night while at the hotel.

Nice dark cinnamon color, didn't have much of a head or leave any lace.

Lightly carbonated, very easy drinking, I wished I had gotten a second. But we had some trouble with the staff at the hotel and decided that they didn't deserve to get any more of our money...

For an American Amber this was great IMO. Nice and malty, caramel undertones and nice earthy hops for balance.

Overall it is what it is. This seems to have more bad reviews, but how many beers in this style actually wow you? This one was one of the better ambers I've ever had.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reddish-brown, clear, decent head and sparse lace.

Aroma and flavor is quite malty, caramel malt, sweetness, a little herbal and a little earthy.

Body is pretty light, and despite the low IBUs, bittered enough to be pretty balanced. Carbonation is low but ample enough.

Overall it's not fantastic, but it's refreshing enough that I'll enjoy each of the six bottles quite nicely.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose is malty with some chocolate roast and slightly hoppy/herbal. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear amber, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Mild malt with soft roast. Moderate bitterness. Tea-like herbal hoppiness. Soft tartness.

Pretty good. A fun theme beer.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - Clear amber body with some visible carbonation. Slightly off-white head with medium-low retention.

Smell - Black cherry. Roasted character. Sweet. A little bit of hop. Sweet licorice. Smells good, but a little too sweet. Not enough balance.

Taste - Very sweet frontend with a dry finish. Too sickly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Good body and carbonation.

Drinkability - Too thick and heavy to be a session beer. More like a dessert beer at best.

Photo of zeff80
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of malty sweet caramel with notes of toffee and grassy hops.

T - It was nutty with bready malts. There was just enough grassy hops to add some bite.

M - Not so good. It seemed a little soft and thin. Not watery just weak. A light bodied ale.

D - Despite a weak mouthfeel, it tasted good and it easy-drinking. Worth a try.

Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark amber in the pint shaker. Modestly carbonated. While the foam dissipates after a while there is a persistent tingle on the tongue.

Sweet and somewhat malty, though it's a prety light brew. Taste sort of lemony, for some reason, but actually rather pleasant given the sparse charms of the stuff. A little bit like herbal tea, but then it dawns on me there no actual hop flavor. A faint bitterness of some medicinal sort. Not much in the way of aromatics. Can't say this is one to look out for, but for a local brew it's what's on tap at Zia's Lounge in Albuquerque at the Best Western.

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Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
72 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.