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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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111 Ratings
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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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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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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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Spider889

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 04:53:28 | More by Spider889
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ArrogantB

Colorado

1.55/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On tap at the San Antonio airport, ugh. Dark amber color and an awful stale smell. The taste was even worse, vinegar, old cardboard, just really gross. I don't know if the keg was abused or really old but this was one sorry-ass beer. This was truly bad and I only finished it because i wanted to catch a buzz before my flight. I should have asked for a replacement.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 02:28:52 | More by ArrogantB
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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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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New on tap at the Chimes, figured I'd give it a try.

Poured a dark amber color, not a huge head, but that's how it goes at a bar... looks about average to me.

Not much smell to it, some light hops, and pale malt, but nothing strong.

The taste is a lot lighter and thinner than expected... tastes more like an Irish creme ale than an amber ale. The malt presence is weak, but the texture is real creamy and smooth. Compares to a Wexford Irish-style Creme Ale pretty well.

Very smooth and light, super easy to drink... not bad, a decent beer to get a pitching of and share because no one is likely to dislike it... just not overwhelmingly good either.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2009 03:21:59 | More by theboozecruise
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.55/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 17:38:12 | More by Squelch
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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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DoubleJ

California

3.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

New Mexico is known for a few things; nuclear testing, roadrunners, and aliens. How appropriate that one of those things is covered in a beer name. Unlike other Alien's, this is one which I welcome to Orange County. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The color is sitting at autumn brown with red hues. Above it is an inch of head which drops with a pace to a paper-thin lace and leaves a few marks on the glass. A few whiffs of the aroma and It smells malty with a little rawness that could use extra squeezing. Grainy, some sweetness akin to a marzen, with a squirt of grassy hops, so it's a fair aroma.

Taste is fair. It's not offensive, and it's not the next Nugget Nectar. The flavor is a decent bready maltiness with a kiss of fruity esters, a pinch of bittering hops, and a sweet floral aftertaste. The beer is towards the lighter end of body, with a lower amount of carbonation.

End result; decent amber ale that's no frills and easy to drink. Could be worse; could be a strong, unbalanced mess.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 06:01:39 | More by DoubleJ
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:13:47 | More by vickersspitfire
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly, I found nothing bad or overly dull about this gimmicky beer. I like that it stays in theme. Seems the entire town of Roswell is a gimmick. Not that I have a problem with that. Anyway, onto the beer, it definitely stands out from the amber ale crowd. It's got a yeasty thickness and a distinct taste of wheat. It's got little to no hop bitterness. These are things I generally appreciate in a beer, but all in all, I can't really say I find anything pleasant about this beer. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think it could use a hop or two. I would say this nice yeasty beer is basically "OK" as far as the flavour going on and I absolutely wouldn't suggest drinking it anywhere near Roswell. Not refreshing at all. Maybe up in the mountains, it'd be pleasant, but not at its craft brew price tag. I regret saying anything bad about a beer that's trying to stay away from hops, but I would not buy this again. It's decent, but not worth paying for.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 05:14:10 | More by ElCommodoro
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 19:32:24 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

id say this is one of thie biggest pleasant surprises from bottle appearance to actual total quality. it looks all gimmicky in the bottle, with the 1999 alien head state fair thing, but the beer within is pretty decent. it pours a swollen dark amber color with a one inch retaining white head. the smell is sweet malts, on the red side, and a decent bit of hops all things considered. the flavor is good, starting a bit sweet and irishy, moving to an american hoppy vibe, finishing a positively roswell crisp and clean. i appreciate what this is, for what it is. not my favorite brew ever, but the carbonation is good, the body is medium, and its well refreshing. a little too much sweet, but its yummy in a lot of ways. get into it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 05:12:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - medium brown in color, with about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - malty, somewhat sweet like caramel or cookies.

Taste - much like the smell, it's definitely more malty, and it has an essence of something sweet like caramel in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans ever so slightly on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad tasting brew at all, but also not terribly intriguing to sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 01:37:01 | More by Nerudamann
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beergoot

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden-amber body produced a pretty nice white head. Smell came across with a caramel/biscuit/slightly fruity (slightly apricot) profile. Taste is malty with a slight tartness, perhaps a bit of honey-like sweetness. No real hop bitterness noted overall. Mouthfeel is soft and wet, smooth with a nearly medium weight feel on the tongue.

A pleasant and unassuming beer. Overall seemed a little watery in taste, yet the light bread malt tone gently keeps you sipping along.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 01:54:41 | More by beergoot
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle compliments of drabmuh.

Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head that fades to a thin collar. Nose of toasted malt, grains, slight caramel sweetness. Flavor has a little more malt sweetness and nicely balanced the toast and bready flavors with minimal hop presence. Full, creamy body, moderate carbonation and a clean finish. Don't really taste anything wrong here, seems like they hit their mark of making a mass appeal amber with little hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 00:05:04 | More by yourefragile
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a tulip. Thanks to mnbearsfan for tossing this one in as an extra; state tick #40.

A: Clear reddish-orange body with a thin tan head. Meh.

S: Harsh, boring, rather terrible caramel malt. Sweet, sharp, and bad.

T: Sweet caramel, grossness, and some faint bitterness. Tastes like toffee, chlorine, and hell.

M: Light, frothy, creamy, smooth, and awesome.

O: This is not a good beer. Do not buy it, unless you want to get a laugh out of its absurd label. I'm sure New Mexico can do better.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 17:49:46 | More by woosterbill
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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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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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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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears orange, with 1/2" of head that leaves some random traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma is earthy, and piney, and malty. The flavor is balanced, with a bready, earthy taste being more present than the hop character. The feel is fairly light bodied with a buttery consistency on the palate. Overall, a decent brew. Nothing terribly exciting, but I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 15:58:00 | More by Huhzubendah
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kemoarps

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had minimal head and no lacing, but poured a rich caramel amber.

The nose comes across primarily as sweet, and a little flowery, toasty caramel malts.

The flavour follows the same essential profile as the nose, with a sticky sweetness, little to no hops, and a toasty followthrough.

Was a little more carbonated than I had expected, but not overwhelmingly so.
Overall, it was much better than I had originally expected (I picked it up for the fourth as a lowest common denominator type thing, and was pleasantly surprised), but definitely not stellar. I'd definitely drink it again if the situation arose, but I won't be going out of my way to find one. I am slightly surprised that it's gotten such negative reviews on here, however, but that could just be me.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:58:40 | More by kemoarps
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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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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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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, why do people hate this beer? It is a fine Amber Ale in my opinion. Beer served in a Roswell Alien Amber ale glass because if you could you would.

Beer is dark amber but clear with nice steady high levels of carbonation and a good head with retention and lacing, definitely looks like beer.

Aroma is mildly piney with hops and some malt. smells good, nothing special.

Beer is medium in body and has a decent malt backbone, a drinkable beer for sure, mild piney bitterness and hop flavor throughout the beer. Nothing too spectacular but a fine ale if there ever was one.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 22:46:05 | More by drabmuh
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Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
72 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.