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

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BA SCORE
73
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57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 137
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 11.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 137
Photo of Thorpe429
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.49/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  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. (590 characters)

Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +31.1%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber clear color with a quickly dissapearing pale head. The aroma is sweet and malty with with a caramel note, a hint of cinnamon, and perhaps a hint of hops. The taste is lightly sweet and finishes with a bit of malty, caramel-type nuttiness. This beer is pretty light, and quite quaffable. There is a light, spicy bitterness in the finish that serves as a pretty good foil for the the malt notes that dominate this beer. All in all a simple quaffable brew. (468 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of corby112
1.96/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber/copper color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.

Slightly sweet caramel malt aroma with subtle hints of biscuit and earthy/grassy hops. Kind of bland unfortunately.

Earthy dry hops up front whic taste very soily and dirty. Weird metallic adjunct astringent flavor which is pretty bad. Subtle caramel biscuit malt but overall very sweet with an unpleasant metallic Chemical flavor. (496 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.71/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
2.62/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
1.62/5  rDev -46.9%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
2.31/5  rDev -24.3%
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! (517 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I finish writing this review, I wonder if the cartoon label and subsequent marketing is hurting this beers rating. I drank the beer, wrote the review, then was a little surprised at the scores.  This isn't a great beer, but its no "C".

Finger of white foamy head forms and fades atop this straight amber brew. No lacing, bright clarity.

Aroma is toasty malt, bready and fruity.

Very bready/ fruity flavor. Quite nice. A nice sweet bready flavor is center stage. Has anyone had that Hawaiin Bread?  Reminds me of that. Sessionable.

Medium/light body with pin prick carbonation.

I find this very drinkable. Would I chase this, no. But I like it. (658 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.46/5  rDev -19.3%
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 (491 characters)

Photo of arizcards
2.86/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
1.82/5  rDev -40.3%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (717 characters)

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Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
73 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.