Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber - Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
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2.83/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
09-08-2006 00:35:28 | More by UnionMade
2.85/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
05-05-2011 01:39:50 | More by eclaycamp
2.88/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
07-16-2011 19:06:01 | More by depechemode1983
2.88/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
09-07-2005 23:21:58 | More by arizcards
2.9/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
12-31-2008 20:32:06 | More by rowew
2.95/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
10-31-2010 00:59:15 | More by ocelot2500
2.95/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
08-24-2011 23:56:24 | More by Pegasus
2.98/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
06-13-2011 21:42:57 | More by Thorpe429
3/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
04-10-2011 02:34:36 | More by Jason
3/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-16-2010 19:29:55 | More by cgmees
3/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
07-22-2004 22:37:08 | More by Gusler
Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
72 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.