Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber - Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
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3.93/5 rDev +27.6%
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.
04-12-2010 00:24:07 | More by Reagan1984
2.7/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
01-06-2010 04:09:37 | More by wagenvolks
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
2.73/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
10-01-2008 02:42:17 | More by thekevlarkid
1.85/5 rDev -39.9%
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.
10-07-2004 05:55:08 | More by Beaver13
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
3/5 rDev -2.6%
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
02-21-2010 21:12:35 | More by armock
2.45/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
12-30-2010 02:19:40 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.28/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
07-12-2013 19:32:24 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5 rDev +25%
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.
09-24-2010 04:53:28 | More by Spider889
3.53/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
07-19-2012 01:54:41 | More by beergoot
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
3.68/5 rDev +19.5%
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!
01-17-2010 20:43:55 | More by kingcrowing
3.23/5 rDev +4.9%
12 oz. bottle tried 23 May 2008.
A small white head rapidly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Clear auburn brown color. Smells like almonds, caramel and sour apple. Starts appley sweet-sour. Some caramel malt. Sour fruity aftertaste. Light in body and alcohol.
Pretty average amber.
03-08-2009 16:26:47 | More by htomsirveaux
3.13/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-25-2012 03:56:16 | More by BucannonXC5
3.1/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
10-11-2009 04:43:52 | More by JerzDevl2000
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
Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
72 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.