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

Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien AmberSierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber

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BA SCORE
72
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111 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 17.32%


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:
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

(Beer added by: Gusler on 07-22-2004)
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear amber color with a thin beige head that rapidly dissipates. Very thin lacing. The aroma is earthy malt and sweet caramel. Medium-bodied and skewed toward a sweet malty flavor, but with a light hops presence now and then. That's really about all the beer offers flavor-wise. The finish is fruity with a touch of hops. Pretty straightforward Amber, but I don't see anyone beside Mulder going back to this one regularly.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 18:50:51 | More by Dogbrick
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Virtually unnoticeable presence of co2, slippery lace and poor head retention. Pretty subtle aroma: smells sweet, with a little caramel and fruity esters, and some hop notes. Flavor is sweet and the mouthfeel is livelier than expected (but not much) ? some fizz and a hop finish that takes up the rear after a few sips. All in all an ok drink for The Land of Enchantment, but nothing to write home (or any other planets).

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 22:18:02 | More by SeanChouffe
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BucannonXC5

California

3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at ABQ Pub in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 21, 2012. It was tough to see with the lighting, but seemed to be caramel amber. About a finger of head once I got it. White, frothy lacing on the top. Wet, foamy and spongy film on the sides.

Worked hard to find a smell, but eventually got some roasty, nutty and toasty malts.

Tasted somewhat similar to the nose. Nutty, roasty malts. Seemed to get some light chocolate notes as well. Foamy and smooth.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Above average carbonation. Smooth, somewhat long finish.

It was an OK beer overall. It had its moments and I might have enjoyed it more (or less) if I wasn’t at a UFC fight.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 03:56:16 | More by BucannonXC5
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up over the summer because I've never had a beer from the Land of Enchantment and like others, I feel for the marketing hook once I saw the name and label. Sure enough, this went down easy and was a typical Amber Ale that fit in well with the summer. Nothing memorable but it wasn't anything "alien" or foreign in the taste department either.

The pour was standard - mahogany with average head and lacing. The carbonation and mouthfeel were light as well, with the taste being a bit closer to a Brown Ale than I imagined. There were hints of a nut brown ale and some currant but by no means was this spicy. Not a lot of hop bitterness to be found here at all - whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you but I didn't have a problem with it. I think the heat was getting to me and I just needed a beer to quench it!

Sure, this would be a good session beer and I guess I could see myself drinking a few of these in one sitting. I prefer my beers to bit more bold if they're going to be an Amber and in the sea of them available, this is pretty generic. If you're from New Mexico or love aliens, give it a go. Otherwise, pass over it...there's a lot of other choice out there, even in the southwest.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 04:43:52 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Bcant

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 03:07:35 | More by Bcant
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mactrail

California

3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2013 05:05:17 | More by mactrail
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark color with no head what so ever.

S: Odd rich fruity figs plums raisinswith licorice taste not expected at all.

T: Same as smell this is not a bad thing just not expecting this for the style.

M: Medium bodied to heavy, no bubbles streaming to top or anything happening here.

O: Maybe with the right dish would be good but ok at best in this glass today.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 22:56:12 | More by nukem5
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 22:37:08 | More by Gusler
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armock

New York

3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured an amber color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is pretty light some sweet malt

T - Follows the nose with the sweet malt not much going on

M - This beer has a lighter body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is one of the most average ho hum beers out there I like ambers but this was like a light version but its also a beer that I could drink a few of while hanging out playing darts

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 21:12:35 | More by armock
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cgmees

Texas

3/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 19:29:55 | More by cgmees
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Jason

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 02:34:36 | More by Jason
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:42:57 | More by Thorpe429
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ocelot2500

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 00:59:15 | More by ocelot2500
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Pegasus

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:56:24 | More by Pegasus
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rowew

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: This was part of a random purchasing spree on a quick trip to Santa Fe. I was trying to get different brewers, and I admit the gimicky label is the reason I picked this one over other Sierra Blanca beers. The label is blue with an alien and space ships on it.

Appearance: Yep, thats an amber. Slight haze to it, average head, not much retention.

Smell: A bit of caramel malt, but the dominate aroma is cooked vegetables.

Taste: Very average flavors - a bit of bready malt, very light hop presence.

Overall impression: This is a pretty generic amber - not bad, but certainly nothing memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 20:32:06 | More by rowew
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arizcards

Arizona

2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of Alien Amber from AJ's in mid August for $1.59.

Poured a cloudy red color with a small head but decent head retention. Nose is different, heavily weighed by caramel malts and too much of a toffee nut influence. Taste is heavily weighed by the toffee nut and not enough hop counter-balance. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, beer is pretty lively. Overall drinkability is not great, the brewery needs to scale back on the nut influence.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 23:21:58 | More by arizcards
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depechemode1983

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear dark brown with red hues. Head is off-white. Retention is something to be desired. Lacing is patchy and uneven, but its there.

S - Decent aroma. Picking up maple syrup, honey, sweet figs, bread and just a dash up citrus with some spice in the background.

T - Flavor is lacking. Sweet syrup upfront with honey undertones and just a bit of citrus hops to give it some bitterness. Not much. Seems watered down actually.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation seems to be in the middle range. Maybe leaning towards low.

O - Nothing special here. Just a mediocre beer. I probably wouldn't buy it again. Glad I tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 19:06:01 | More by depechemode1983
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eclaycamp

Kansas

2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:39:50 | More by eclaycamp
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UnionMade

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the beer, Nick!
Clear reddish amber. Holds a good collar of head, with splotchy lace. Caramel malty aroma, definitely one-dimensional. A bit of nut and pear fruitiness. Doughy yeast presence. The flavor starts out malty, and continues malty all the way through. Doesn't change much or offer anything in the way of complexity. A bit watery and light, with a doughy, yeasty presence throughout. Softer carbonation. Some fruity esters come through by way of pear. Finishes off with toasty caramel malt, underscored by minimal herbal, grassy hops. Overall on the sweet side. It's got flavor, but kinda bland and reminiscent of unbuttered bread. I'll definitely drink the whole sixer, but I wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 00:35:28 | More by UnionMade
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Zorro

California

2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2004 02:29:26 | More by Zorro
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw the label and, being a New Mexican at heart, just had to buy it. But was it worth it? The beer was a clear, amber/copper color upon pouring with a two finger head of white foam. Spotty lacing and decent retention. The aroma was malty, mostly caramel and sadly one-dimensional. The flavors were similar, caramel malt and some dry nuttiness. But the hop character was unfortunately misplaced and the beer was slanted accordingly. The mouthfeel was average but the body thin for an amber. Have to say, I shared the rest of this sixer and didn't feel any loss.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 02:42:17 | More by thekevlarkid
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wagenvolks

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Meantime snifter. Oh, impulse buys...

Imagine that--an amber ale with an amber color! Actually, thought not "out of this world", Roswell Alien Amber shows an attractively clear body the color of fossilized tree sap. The head is less spectacular, as big eggshell-white bubbles recede quickly to a tiny wisp and ring of foam. Can't really say much for the aroma either...it's sweet and faint, with hints of toasted caramel and amber malts, but there are a few notes that throw me for a loop. Smells a bit like white grape juice mixed with plastic and orange peel. Hard to tell if the citrus note is coming from the hops, the yeast, or...somewhere....ELSE??? *cues X-files music*

Back to the program. Flavor is flat and lifeless with the slightest hints of caramel and roasted malts trying in vain to make an impression on the palate. Where are the hops? Minuscule pin-pricks of bitterness 'probe' the back of the tongue, but there is very little hop flavor to be found. Body is thin and woefully under-carbonated, but in it's defense, Roswell Alien Amber doesn't have any detectable off-notes. It's just that it doesn't have many notes at all. Red Hook Light, perhaps? Pass on the sixer, but a single 12oz purchase wouldn't be a total waste.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 04:09:37 | More by wagenvolks
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Haybeerman

Colorado

2.6/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Ruddy red/amber color; evenly hazy. Poured a thin off-white head with poor retention. No visible lacing.

S: Definite roasted malt character. Sweet nose. Very little hop character.

T: Sweet and very malty up front. Quickly transitions to a sticky, sweet finish. Smooth, but rather flattish. While nothing was seriously wrong - average at bet.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth, but mainly because it was flat. Lingering sweetness.

O: Perhaps I had a bad bottle, just calling it like I see it. If you want to collect the bottle, find an opened one, pour out the beer that wasn't finished and rinse out the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 16:02:45 | More by Haybeerman
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Mora2000

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:58:42 | More by Mora2000
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

2.45/5  rDev -19.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:19:40 | More by RonaldTheriot
Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
72 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.